Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Death Defying Circus Act And Other Good Stuff!

What started out as a truly disappointing evening at neighboring establishment was highlighted by a visit to the Blind Pelican at 1628 St. Charles Ave
in New Orleans.
I walked up the steps to this mansion type building and sat at the bar to order a ===========>
a long sought after local beer from 
NOLA Brewing Co.  It was OK, but not hoppy enough for this Hop Head. The bartender knew exactly what I liked as he is a home brewer from Washington State where the beers are full of hops.

So, I'm complaining about this  place I just came from and this guy was very interested in my disappointment. When I asked him why he was SO interested he introduced himself as Steve Seeber, the owner of the Blind Pelican. He just bought the place a couple of months earlier.
So I ordered some oysters and an interesting "Adult Grilled Cheese"
which included pepper-jack, cheddar and fontina cheeses!  One sniff of this and you put on five pounds...very good.

After much conversation with Steve and people at the bar, two of which were almost exact doubles for Woody Harrelson and Sean Penn,
Steve revealed to me that he is recovering from falling 30 feet from his balcony and landed on his feet!!  Although not professionally trained at Ringling Brothers, he made it through this, although nearly breaking every bone in his body!! That's going to hurt in the morning!!  
The opinion of the Korean trauma doctor told him, in his professional opinion that; "You are one lucky Mother F#@*ker!"

Since I was at the Blind Pelican in April, there is a new Chef and a new menu and from what I'm reading, things are really good.  I'll be back.

Drove My Chevy to The Levee

 I was able to observe first hand, the immediate neighborhood where the break in the floodwall occurred during Hurricane Katrina.
Although it is now seven years later and most residents have made repairs and moved back, there are still homes and buildings still boarded up in this otherwise very nice area of New Orleans, just off Lake Ponchatrain in the marina 

 Just to the right of where I was standing, you will see high rise apartments and dark wood shingled townhouses reminiscent of the Jersey Shore, several restaurants and also some brand new commercial construction in an area that was sadly devastated.

Sections of the new wall, above and below
                                                                                                                   Eventually the breach area will be turned into a park soon, hopefully 
as this would be even more devastating than the flood itself!

I was able to meet with Sandy Rosenthal, founder and executive
director of Levees.Org who has
been able to work with the bureaucracy, mainly the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in order to maintain the memory of the the area as a historic site that was not properly constructed in the first place.

Sandy also meets with groups of organized tours to show and explain the breach area.  It just seemed strange to me that 2 
buses arrived, although I was standing there doing the same thing.  It really sets your mind in action as how the hell this ever happened.

Her website says it all;
"The flooding...was primarily due to the levees failing, not the ravages of a hurricane".                                                 

All information about LEVEES.ORG can be found by