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Erin’s 30th Birthday Trip- Part 2! NOLA

Heeeeeyyyy!

So wow, this is like the 4th post this week.  Cool huh?  I think I could keep this up.  Assuming you all continue reading!

Alright, so let’s continue from where we left off shall we?

So I’m in NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana!),  and I’m visiting Sandra and Derek (who FYI either moved today already, or are moving tomorrow, so good timing!) who have been there for a year (Derek), and about like 4 months (Sandra).  Before I came Sandra told me it was cold, and I didn’t believe her.  When I got there, I still didn’t believe her!  It was sunny, I only wore a sweater to dinner (and we walked!), and even the second day it was warm and sunny, and only required a sweater.  Then came Monday.  The only day we picked for a walking cemetery tour was so F-ing cold we had to buy gloves.  And I still froze.  Our tour guide was dressed up in a toque and gloves too!  It was also super duper cold at night.  So cold, that I (someone who sleeps with a fan and always half way out of the covers) friggen froze, and definitely needed a second blanket!  Cemetery tour was cool, regardless of the weather.  Very old, very neat.  Interestingly enough these above ground cemeteries pop up all over the city right in the middle of urban/residential areas.  The one we visited was directly beside a ghetto.  Seriously.  If we were in London, this cemetery would have been EOA.  You London people know what I’m talking about.

Alrighty, so cold, in the ghetto, but in a pretty neat cemetery (oh FYI Nicholas Cage has already purchased and built a pyramid style grave thing in this cemetery in case you’re looking to spend eternity laying next to him!), and we come to the end of our tour….at a voodoo priestess temple.  I don’t really know what Sandra and I were expecting…but let me tell you, it was not this.  First of all the lady does not seem like a voodoo priestess.  Not that I’ve ever met one, but she is about 65, wore bright old lady clothes, and always had a smile on her face.  Second, she told me my voice sounded like I was a singer.  What?  Anyways, she also told us nothing about voodoo.  She led us to her temple, and scolded us for not listening, then basically lectured us about the economy.  Weird.  That was our experience in a voodoo temple.

How can my time in NOLA get better than that day?  Well my friends, it just did.  The next day Sandra and I headed to the insectarium.  That’s right, we went to a museum full of dead, and LIVE insects!  It was actually pretty neat.  We also got to eat some insects.  I ate something called a wax worm.  It did not taste like nothing.  It tasted gross.  Sandra had a cricket, and said it was just crunchy.  We also saw a tiny Alligator, which was so friggen cute, but all by itself in this massive tank full of insects and water.  Also weird. 

Since this was my last night in NOLA, we HAD to have King Cake.  I like to call it baby cake because they used to put a little plastic baby in the cake for someone to find as a prize.  Some people say if you get the baby you buy the next cake, some say if you get the baby you will have a baby next.  Either way, they don’t put them in the cake anymore, they put it in the package, and you can put it in the cake, or keep it for yourself.  It’s up to you.  Anywho, this baby cake is so friggen good.  It’s like really thin cinnamon buns that are shaped in a cake, and stuffed with cream cheese icing (not sweet icing though, just super fluffy good icing).  You can get them plain, or filled with fruit and stuff,  but Sandra said the cream cheese was the best.  It was so good!!!!  They only make these baby cakes close to Mardi Gras, so I was just in time! 🙂

Ohhhhhhh, before we leave off here, I forgot to tell you about a couple things!  1. Bourbon Street- the infamous French Quarter Street in NOLA which is full of bars, strip clubs, and touristy stores.  It’s seedy, and gross, and smells like a combination of pee and puke.  Seriously.  I’m sure if I was with a group of people at night and we were bar hopping like 5 years ago, it would be great, but I saw it in day light.  Almost like when they turn the ugly lights on in a bar at 2am. ugh.  We even saw a stripper having a cigarette outside a club in her thong.  Classy!  2.  They have drive through Daiquiris bars.  For real!  I guess driving with open alcohol isn’t such a big deal!  We didn’t go through a drive through one, but we did end up going to a regular bar/store and they had a bazillion flavours that pour out of slushy machines and are served in MASSIVE styrofoam cups.  Ridiculous!  3.  In the French Market I purchased an Alligator claw backscratcher with a real alligator claw on it.  They farm alligators for meat here, and end up selling the other parts (feet, hands, claws, heads, etc.) to tourists like me in the form of key chains, backscratchers, and other weird items.  My horribly bad pets promptly got a hold of it when I got home and ate it.  (seriously, and it was gross)  So it no longer exists.

Ok, lets fast forward back to the last day again!

Sadly, my time in NOLA felt like it was over before I knew it.  Early morning flight meant an uneventful night of baby cake and Pet hoarders on tv. 

Here are some of my more interesting pics of NOLA.  🙂

Bourbon Street

An impromptu Jazz Concert? But of course!

Mmmm! One of my many delicious meals- french toast stuffed with banana cream cheese, and topped with a rum caramel sauce!

Alligator heads for sale!

Cable car!

Super cold cemetery tour with our tour guide. He's in front of a tomb where a voodoo queen is buried!

Cemetery

More cemetery.

Voodoo temple!

More voodoo temple

Me and the beignets from the famous Cafe du Monde! They are small deep fried balls of dough that are covered in powdered sugar! Delicious!

Massive daiquiris. Mardi Gras beads. Alligator backscratcher. Can we say TOURIST?!?

Sandra is eating a bug!

I'm eating a bug!

Baby Cake!

Mmmmmmm baby cake!

 

Alright.  So that’s it for NOLA.  It was fun.  And cold.  Also delicious. 

Next up- Part 3: San Francisco Bai! 🙂

Peace out.

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Help!

For those of you that read my blog yesterday, you may have noticed it changes colours/themes/header picture thingys like a bazillion times!  I can’t make up my mind!  Sooooooooooo, you tell me- what do you like better?  This new theme, the old theme, something more simple, lighter, brighter?!  What!?

I can’t make up my mind!!!!!

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Monday Meals live from NOLA!

….ok so when I say live, I mean like 2 weeks ago.  It was live when I took the pictures though.

Soooooooooooo, this whole thing started when on the second day in NOLA, we (Sandra, Derek and I), went out for breakfast.  Sandra was excited for this bagel/cheese/egg thing BUT it was no longer on their menu.  Hence our Monday Meal!

Our Monday Meal today (on Tuesday/almost Wednesday) is an eggel.  Well, that’s what I’m calling it.  It’s basically a bagel cut in half with an egg cracked in the hole, then covered in cheese, and broiled so it’s all cheesy, eggy, goodness!

ingredients

Grate some cheese.

Next, cut the bagles in half, and place them flat side down. Oh, wait- first grease the pan! Next actually crack 2 eggs into a bowl, and stir. Then pour a bit of egg mixture into each bagel hole.

Let it fry for a bit so all the egg is cooked. It may leak out the bottom, but that's ok, it will still stick to the bagel.

After egg is fully cooked, put bagels on cookie sheet and cover with cheese. Broil until cheese has melted!

 

There ya have it folks.  Eggels.  Delicious!  I promise!  I ended up making these for Bai in San Fran, and he loved it!

Ok, that’s it for now yo. 

Check ya later.

PS- Trip photos to come, food photos to come (I’ve tried lots of new things!), and hopefully  some more crafting to come really soon!

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Monday meals….

Ok Monday meals is delayed due to a missing cord that connects my camera to the computer. :@

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Erin’s 30th Birthday Trip- Part One.

So here it is- the start of 9 days of vacation.  Missed connections, lost luggage, mechanical trouble on planes, sunny weather, cloudy weather, fantastic food, beer filled boots, insects, crazy hills, cemeteries, national parks, voodoo temples…..  are you ready to get started?

February 5th.  330 am.  The start of a VERY long day.

1st annoying thing that happened- I stood in line for 30 minutes in the wrong line.  How did that happen you ask?  Well I was flying with United Airlines, BUT it was on an Air Canada jet.  I stood in the United line.  WRONG!  When I went to the Air Canada line…it was completely empty.  F.

2nd annoying thing that happened- So I’m on the plane now, and I have no one next to me (yay!).  Just wait a sec, that’s not the annoying part- we take off, and it was the worst friggen take off ever.  The plane was for real tilting back and forth and side to side.  At first I thought it was just me thinking this was not normal, but when the guy across the row from me looked over and gave me a shocked look, I knew it wasn’t ok.  About half an hour into our flight (when the seatbelt sign still hadn’t been turned off) the pilot came on and said we’re having mechanical issues and we’re heading back to Toronto.  F. 

A plane similar to mine.

We later were told there was something wrong with our door, which explained the turbulent flight.

3rd annoying thing that happened- this first flight was not a direct flight to New Orleans.  I had a stop over in Chicago first.  BUT by having us turn around, and waiting for our luggage to be unloaded, then reloaded onto a new plane, and by starting our hour long flight again….. I knew my connection was going to be tight.  While on that second flight they told us that United staff would be waiting at the gate to tell us about our connections.  The guy that helped me when I got off said,

“Run.  Your flight is leaving right now.” 

Awesome.  So I ran like a madwoman 3 terminals over to find out that my flight left 20 minutes ago.  Sigh.

I headed to the first United counter I found, and told the lady my dilemma.  First she made it seem like I missed the flight because I was just late (even though I told her the plane had to turn around), then she said the next flight to New Orleans was in 10 hours.  10 hours!!!  Anywho, she told me to go to the actual customer service counter.  To make a long story short, they ended up putting me on a different airline completely and I was on another flight in 4 hours.

When I finally got to New Orleans, I was greeted by Sandra who leied me with Mardi Gras beads! 🙂  The party animals that we are decided just to grab pizza, play Wii and have an early night in.  And that was alright by me!

Part One is just my first day of flying, and there really aren’t any pictures that I took during my stupid first day.  I will say this though, while in New Orleans Sandra and I did a Monday Meals which I hope to post later today, AND the next post after that will be the remainder of my journey in New Orleans (or NOLA as it is also called). 

See ya later Alligator!

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Bad Photos and Bai Signing off …

The Bai Train is approaching it’s final destination, and I’d like to personally thank you all for coming along for the ride! Erin should be just taking to the air right about now, and is on her way back to Canada.

In case you missed this week, here’s what went on:

I hope that I’ve entertained you all, since I had big blogging shoes to fill. The blog duties return to Erin and I get to say my farewell. However, not before posting some awful pics that happened over the course of the week AND a video of Erin.

We all take bad pictures. They’re unavoidable. Much like a train wreck though, we can’t look away. They’re so gruesome, yet so compelling to keep. It all starts off when someone takes a self portrait of themselves, trying to capture the fact that they’re at some place where you’re not, and have that place be in the background while they put on their false smile for the picture. If that wasn’t bad enough, someone has to go and be aware that you’re taking an already poor excuse for a picture, and make it worse by doing this:

Two please!

… also props to the ugly ass shades in this pic. 🙂

Next we have the pic that “takes itself”. I’m not sure I believe in that excuse. Last I checked, cameras don’t function without a person pressing the button.

"I'd like to ... ass-k ... you a question ..."

Erin: Whoops! My camera just took a picture of your ass Bai, all by itself!

Bai: Sure it did …

Then there are those pictures where you have to put on a stupid hat. More stupidly, you agree to put on said hat, and then take direction on how to pose/stand for the proceeding picture to be taken. Even worse is when the camera woman can’t explain to you that you need to lean forward because you’re out of the frame with the hat on! After several minutes of being directed poorly AND laughed at (because you’re wearing a silly hat), the result is this:

"Does the shark look like it's eating my head?!?" - Bai

Everyone loves balloon animals and creations right? Well, have you ever seen a Ariel from Disney’s Little Mermaid in balloon form? Even better, have you stopped a child carrying one just to take a picture of it, with a proud mom looking on? Most importantly though, when did Ariel get so busty?

Hey Ariel, do you have a permit for those guns?

Lastly we have the ever popular … take a picture while someone is talking picture. Not only does it make them look silly, everyone will ask “Was Bai drunk in this picture?!

No caption required.

As a special treat, I have a video of Erin playing her Zumba Fitness game for the Wii that she bought while she was here. Truth be told, she’s already a Zumba pro, which is why she knows the steps, but seriously, it looks ridiculous. Also of note, I already know I laugh like a monkey. I had to upload this to YouTube and link it to you, since embedding video on this blog site isn’t free. Please note that it’s unlisted, so the only way to view this video is via the link posted here. If Erin wants it to be public, I’ll change it.

Erin plays Zumba Fitness – Bai laughs – Leela stands around and sniffs the floor

 

And with that my friends, I take my leave. Thank you again for coming along with me on the Bai Train! Adios!

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San Francisco Bai

Oh my, I MISSED a post! Crap. Well that’s pretty much because on Saturday we were all over the place! So I guess that means … DOUBLE POST DAY!

Saturday started early, we were up at 8:00am or so to head off to San Francisco. We left my apartment at 8:30, went to my office to print of some tickets for our Alcatraz adventure, which took a seemingly excruciatingly long time to print. Starbucks pit stop. THEN we were off. But of course, we were supposed to be there between 9:30 – 9:50am … which of course, we arrived at 9:55am and just barely made it in line on time to jump onto the ferry to Alcatraz. Also of note, is the $55 parking ticket I got for being in a hurry and not filling the meter. Curses!

The Rock!

We went on what was called the “Six Hat Tour”, which had a park ranger talk for an hour, putting on various hates and taking on a different personality with each hat. It was very informative and we were fortunate enough to get this specific ranger because it was his last day, and we were his last group. Why was he leaving? Beats me, I didn’t ask him. 😛

After the hat tour, we went inside the prison and took the 45 minute audio tour, which is great. Erin locked me up.Well deserved I’m sure, but only for a few minutes … definitely not long enough.

No beer and no tv make Homer go crazy ...

A few hours later, we found ourselves on Pier 39, which is famous for some reason or other that I’ve long forgotten. All I tend to remember is that it’s famous and it’s a tourist trap, so I should take my friends there. There’s a store there called “Krazy Hats” or something like that, so how could we resist? Upon entering, I immediately determined that these hats were not “Krazy” at all. Most were baseball caps, which are clearly NOT “Krazy”. There were a few interesting hats, but none even close to being “Krazy”. So instead, I told Erin to put on a Harry Potter hat of some Sort (hah see what I did there? No not yet? Check the pic) and took a picture. I then proceeded to tell her that Harry Potter is stupid, and she looked as if I had just ripped out her intestines.

The "Sorting Hat"? More like the "Harry Potter sucks" hat. 🙂

Pier 39 also has a super old, but working Carousel …

It may be old, but it still works! (That's what she said!)

… and sea lions!

Moving on we hiked up Hyde street, detoured over to Ghirardelli Square, back to Hyde and stopped at Lombard street, which for those of you who don’t know, is the Crookedest Street in the World. Though throughout this whole ordeal of hiking up Hyde street, I discovered that Erin HATES walking up hills. Hyde is pretty steep. 😀

Yep ... that's pretty crooked alright!

Now we begin the night festivities. However, I really don’t have much to say other than we went to suppenkuche, and that the food and drink was excellent. I’ll let the picture sequence do the talking!

DAS BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fact: Beer tastes better when you drink it from a boot!

Delicious German food to go with our beer.

Halfway there! Oh, also, Hi Friends! <waves>

Gotta drink every last drop! (That's what she said! Yes, again!)

Victory!

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