|I drive outside of North America, E drives in North America -- this sabbatical year, I made out like a bandit.|
Unlike the lovely 9 week trip we made from California north to Canada and then east, below the great lakes, back up over Niagra falls and through Quebec to Maine and down to Atlanta, we're pushing the mileage and minimizing the site-seeing on our trip back.
|So many wrought iron fences in the French Quarter of New Orleans.|
Also, the food.
5 PM beignet snack before a hot sauce tasting
at Pepper Palace (YIKES!)
and a 2 hour walking tour
followed by a delicious dinner.
We only ate a few meals in New Orleans, but I could not believe the deliciousness of every single bite that passed my lips. These people have combined and savored everything from all of their immigrants and made a cuisine unlike any I've ever had. So many different layers of flavor.
Austin still feels foreign to me, but after several visits in the last few years, it's starting to feel more and more comfortable. For example, I thought I didn't like Tex-Mex, but actually I just hadn't had good Tex-Mex before Austin. Similarly, I thought Texas BBQ brisket was fine, but the best offerings in Austin convinced me that it's one of the most impressive ways to cook beef, period.
|Welcome to Texas, indeed! Driving across the border from Louisiana.|
|Last night's accommodations at the Big Chile Inn, Las Cruces, NM.|