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Another good day of eating in New Orleans…
Lunch was at Mother’s Restaurant — a little hole-in-the-wall that’s been around since 1938. Stand in line to order your food and then find a table. Great food, fresh ingredients — really popular. I had a Grilled Shrimp Po’ Boy and Jerry’s Jambalaya.
Each year, Mother’s serves up:

  • No less than 175,000 pounds of ham and roast beef
  • More than 40,000 pounds of turkey
  • A staggering 30,000 pounds of homemade sausage
  • Quarter of a million biscuits (and even more eggs!)
  • A whopping 90,000 pounds of jambalaya
  • Some 25,000 soft-shell crabs and even more shrimp
  • Nearly 250,000 pounds of cabbage
  • An incredible 150,000 loaves of French bread
  • As many pies as there are ships passing through the port of New Orleans (3,500)
  • A spicy 1,500 gallons of Creole mustard
  • And an honest ton of hot pepper sauce

Dinner was at the Gumbo Shop – a delightful place. We were seated out on the patio on a beautiful evening. Our waiter was excellent and allowed us all the time we wanted, and the food was delicious traditional creole.
I had Seafood Okra Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Hot Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. Outstanding.
Bourbon Street is a zoo, even in December. I just passed 30 drunken santas (one wearing one red and one green stockings).
So why am I in my room blogging? Hmmm… I better get back outside.

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