Thanksgiving in New Orleans 2023

[2023 – Nov 22 through 25: Thanksgiving in New Orleans, LA, US]

I was all ready to go to London, UK for the week of Thanksgiving. However, the volcano in Iceland was about to blow it’s top so I canceled the trip (since I did not want to get stuck in England if it did spew ash into the air).

So I thought I’d just stay in my abode; however, last minute, I decided I wanted (British) afternoon tea and turkey for Thanksgiving. I searched on “british afternoon tea and restaurant open for thanksgiving” and New Orleans popped up. Did some quick sleuthing and I booked Hotel Monteleone to stay, starting on Wednesday. The hotel, although French sounding, was as British as you can get. Had the typical British umbrella in the closet. The room had both ‘still’ and ‘sparking’ water (as opposed to typical US hotels, nothing), and to top it off they had “Gilchrist and Soames” (not imported from the UK, it was made in the US – bummer) ameneties in the lou. Plus the hotel definitely had British vibes to it, like the hallway with stairs jutting out randomly in the hallway.

Once there, I visited their rotating Carousel Bar that night. The bar on the first floor of the hotel just to the right side of the front desk area is very popular. It rotates. It is cool. Never knew about it until I literally was sitting at the bar. =snort=

On Thursday, I went to hit Jack Rose for Thanksgiving Dinner. Three course dinner with wine pairing. It was awesome. For desert, I had their signature Mile High Pie 🙂

Then on Friday afternoon, walked over to Le Salon for Afternoon Tea. It was great. Bottomless tea of course! Although I do have two minor issues: (a) they did not have Pimms! Oh well, I had some minty concoction instead, which was good. And, (b) the serving tray was only a double-decker! Must be three! It doesn’t have to be, but it would have been nice. But no matter, it was great. I had, Earl Grey, hot – of course. (Although I didn’t say “hot”.)

So here are all of the pictures I took in chronological order, just click on the picture or link below:

Thanksgiving in New Orleans 2023

The General’s 33rd Annual New Year’s Eve Party Dec 31, 2015 in Tucson, AZ

[DEC 31, 2015, Viscount Suites, Rosario Room, Tucson, AZ ]

Okay, here are my pics from my 33rd Annual New Year’s Eve Party on Dec 31, 2015 in Tucson, AZ. Rented a room at the Viscount Suites with food and drinks and everyone had a great time. Here are the pics:

The General’s 33rd Annual New Year’s Eve Party Dec 31, 2015 in Tucson, AZ

Seattle – First Starbucks, Maximilien, then to Starbucks Reserve

[January 16, 2015, Seattle, WA, US]

Okay so I went to Seattle for a science fiction convention… Well, the con was rather blasé… The thing I did that was way superior was to hit downtown Seattle. And go to the original Starbucks (Store #1). The crew at my local Starbucks were frothing at the mouth and wanted me to get “Pike Place Special Reserve Blend” (as opposed to standard “Pike Place Blend” that all the stores carry). So I got a few bags for them and a few of my friends. Original store: Starbucks First Store – this is a major Starbucks FAIL – they didn’t even list the address on this page. Yeah, “Pike Place” in Seattle is a short street, but still, they can give the address!!! (Go to bottom pic and click on that for more pictures.)

So after I got the coffee, I went to my favorite restaurant down there, hidden in back of the Market. I found it last time I was meandering down there in Seattle a few years ago. Anyway, it’s French. With French Staff. And the best French Absinthe 🙂 Food is amazing. The view is amazing. If in Seattle, go there! Make reservations – limited space. Maximilien Restaurant

Lastly, went to the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery on “Pike Street” (not to be confused with “Pike Place”). Wowowow. Cool! Amazing building with amazing coffee, available any way you want. I did the Clover vacuum extracted Sulewesi Pango Pang Iced Coffee. You can tell all the subtle flavors of the coffee, and you need no sugar, no milk, nothing. Go on a weekday, weekends are beyond packed! Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Here are my pics from the trip (click on the pic or the link below for more):

Absinthe Fountain at Maximilien

Bilbo Baggins Pub with Ed and Kathy September 19, 2011


[September 19, 2011 – Alexandria, VA, US]

My friends from college who live in the DC area and I went to dinner at the Bilbo Baggins Pub in Alexandria, VA. Well, we thought it was a dinner. We ordered the 11 beer flight that we shared. Ordered the food and we were merrily tasting away the selections and we “noticed” we didn’t get our food. The server forgot to enter the order! Wow, that was like bizarre. We’ll we were all kinda full on the beer and bread anyway, so we canceled the food. At least I got the Green Dragon beer glass for free!

Here are the pics from the pub…

Bilbo Baggins Pub, Alexandria, VA