Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fat Tuesday- Get those cookin pots out!

Happy Fat Tuesday ! Had some time this morning in between projects.
Need to wish you all a Fantastic Fat Tuesday.

My heart and soul are in New Orleans today.

Not to mention my stomach.When I think Mardi Gras- I first think food.
I'm dreaming of jambalaya, gumbo, sweet drinks,oyster stews,
Étoufée,King Cake, and sweet fried fritters with powdered sugar.

However my teddy bear of a man body is stuck here in Phoenix.
Not in New Orleans celebrating Mardi Gras.

However that won't stop me from digging out my "Justin Wilson" cook book.
Making my darling lady and I a big batch of Jambalaya.
A loaf of fresh bread.
Mix a Hurricane or two.
Sit in the backyard with our mighty fine eighty degree weather.
Turn up the music and listen to the sounds of Professor Longhair.
I can damn well pretend I'm in New Orleans!

Next year- I'm going! At least a week or two.
Maybe I can make an altered art/ class/ retreat/ around the whole trip.

What do you think Team Ranger?
Perhaps a Ranger trainning in New Orleans after all that CHA Madness.
T!m? T!m are you listening? Ranger? Bueller? Suze Weinberg?
Do I have any connections? Sadly-no.

Perhaps I'll plan it on my own.
I will invite a small band of artistic merry makers & myself.
Judy B? Cece? K & J? The Peddler?
Oh yeah- the Peddler. He strikes me as a good Mardi Gras man!

Think of the treasures we could find! The pictures that could be taken.
The inspiration from such a trip.
The well of creativity would be runneth over.
Or something like that.

It could be pure heaven!

Make a little art.
Eat a fresh beignet from Cafe Du Monde.
Make a little more art.
Why it just so happens I have a picture of such a fritter.
A beignet with a soothing iced latte.
Does that intrigue any of you?

Perhaps I need to plan this retreat with some of my European friends.
The incredible Tanya Watts? Lisa from Spain?
We could take a walk past the Old Absinthe House and down towards
Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop for a quick drink.
Look for a vampire or two.?

Love it!
For now- Happy Mardi Gras!

Attached are random images and a few Mardi Gras videos to inspire.
Also with any luck this week.
I will finally get around to sharing my California/CHA trip.

It easily rivals Mardi Gras.

It was a week filled with art, fine cuisine, cabaret acts,
absinthe fairies, a glimpse of Suze Weinberg, dancing dwarves,
Santa Monica. Awesome new products,trapeze artists,
a smidge of T!M,
burlesque dancers, travelling hobos, underground bars,
Lesley and her bar fights, good music, inspiration for the soul,
and of course Mickey Mouse.
Almost better than a hot beignet.

No it wasn't all a dream. Just my vacation two weeks ago.

Now where is my Sazerac?

Here is a look from the Krewe du Vieux from a few weeks ago.
The Krewe du Vieux is a "in your face", sexy, opinonated, rebelious,joyous, adults only walking parade that winds from Marigny through the French Quarter. It shares a wide range of views. This is up my alley!
The darker side of goodies!

Enjoy all!
Go enjoy a bowl of gumbo and a Sazerac!
May it all kick your week up a notch or two.


JWood said...

first, welcome back AGAIN! second, happy mardi gras to you two too! lol...

Jack and Cat Curio said...

Thanks J!

Paris Cowgirl said...

Sounds dangerously fun!

eclectic archivist said...

I'll pop "The Big Easy" and "Undercover Blues" into the DVD player...you please pass the beignets.

Tina said...

Take me!! Take me!! we are a day's drive from the Big Easy..lol..

CeCe said...

Don't forget the barbecue shrimp at Pascal's Menale! i
It is right up there with Cafe DuMond! Yum! Yum!

tanya watts said...

hiya my crazy sweet friend hihi! sounds like a blast, count me in any day! but for now i'm off to spain in a few weeks time... a small holiday (re)treat of my own , i'm visiting sue clifford and treating her clients to some of my altering and mixed media madness hihi.... i think!
anyway dear, you sound like u r feeling better! i like that! keep the spirit hight and be true to your heart! big hug! oxo

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carlene federer said...

Great post! I was missing NOLA yesterday too!
I ran into the Peddler (AKA the Mayor of Mesa-LOL, good one!)
last Saturday & forced him to sell me some treasures he just found on the spot! You never know what'll happen at Mystic!

Scarlet Fields said...

Count me in...and happy huricane! S

Heartinmyhand said...

Sounds like fun!!!Haven't seen you in awhile we need to get together

C. Geertsen said...

Must have been a burp in the space-time continuum, I read your New Orleans entry and I was so there. great music too.

Anonymous said...

That sounds amazing, Mike--thanks for the invitation and thinking of me. I would love to someday visit New Orleans--Harry Connick came through town last November and I went to see him at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona (amazing venue btw, if you don't already know of it!). Listening to his band had my mouth watering for all things New Orleans...Amazing! CHeers and best wishes to you and The Cat :)

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

My life has been all about Girl Scout cookies the past 3-4 weeks, so I was totally not thinking Mardi Gras. I am now!! But, alas! Too late!! I'm on to St. Patty's now!!!! Nice to have you back, though I've been MIA!!!

JWood said...

*wave* hi...

JWood said...

well... it's almost st. patrick's day, time for jack and cat to blog again *lol*

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

Hey there.... I left you a little something on my blog. Stop by and pick it up!!


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