Southern Candy Company in New Orleans
Pralines at Southern Candy Company, Decautur Street, The French Quarter. If you haven’t had one, you’ve missed out.
Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

When I was writing Relatively Risky, I realized how much I missed so many things about New Orleans. Should I be embarrassed that a lot of what I miss is food related? (Nope, not feeling it. New Orleans has some awesome eats.)

One of the places that I still mourn was called La Bonnebinere (I think that was how it was spelled). It was a Belgian pastry place that we stumbled across on our first full day in New Orleans in 1985. Yeah, last century. They had these chocolate eclairs that were as big as a Big Mac and so divine…yeah, I’m wishing for a wormhole back to 1985 or any of the years after until it closed. Abruptly. Without any notice. 🙁

It was across the river from where we lived, so we didn’t get there every week, but I swear, one week it was there and the next it was gone. Forever. Can one wear black for a pastry? Because I’d still be wearing it…

Thankfully, many of my favorite places survived Katrina, the economy (for now) and 9/11 (yeah, it hosed some restaurants, too). One favorite is The Palace Cafe. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that my favorite there is a dessert: White Chocolate Bread pudding. I also love the crab cheesecake appetizer. That’s usually my “meal” when we make it there. One must prioritize when one wants dessert…

So what do you miss, possibly even mourn, that is gone forever? If you had a chance, would you wish for a wormhole there again?

All comments are entered into my monthly drawing for $20 AnaBanana gift card (April only, because my comment system almost went the way of the eclairs). Winner is announced in the first blog post of the new month.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

Perilously yours,


Pauline took Nell from Relatively Risky to some of her favorite places to eat, but only the ones that are still there. If you’d like to visit New Orleans in fiction, I hope you’ll check out Relatively Risky. You can find out more on my website at Or from these retail sites:

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Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, action adventure
When an aspiring illustrator attracts the attention of a New Orleans mob family, and secrets long hidden are unearthed from the past, a handsome homicide detective may be her only chance of surviving the Big Easy.
What Do You Miss That is Gone Forever?

9 thoughts on “What Do You Miss That is Gone Forever?

  • April 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I miss the woods. My father was military, and whenever we moved they’d look for houses near patches of woods where we could run wild and visit other planets. One place I remember had a hug log over the stream. That log was soooo many things. I’ve gone back to check out these places and most of the woods are long gone, replaced by more houses.

    • April 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      It is very hard to go back and find things changed. Obviously I had to whine, er, blog about it. LOL But if you need woods, Wyoming still has them. Lots of them. about 80% of the state is Federal land of one sort or another. And while a bit taciturn, most of us are also friendly. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

      • April 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        I have thought about Wyoming. We moved from Los Angeles County to east of Albuquerque in 2006, to get to wide open spaces. Which I love. I compromised on no trees to be away from fire danger. Now that I’m alone I do think about a change to somewhere else. But, you guys get SNOW. We get some white stuff but rarely does it take up its own zip code

        • April 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm

          Yeah, there is that pesky white stuff. LOL You might try the hill country of Texas (we’re in Houston now). They have low scrub. And actual hills. Ground that goes up and then down. LOL

          • April 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm

            I’ve visited the hill country to judge dogs. Pretty area, nice people. But so low…I’m at 6,500 feet

  • April 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    My Attention Vitamin Water! I really, really wish they would bring that one back.

    • April 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

      I have heard that from other Vitamin Water lovers. Favorite flavors gone forever. 🙁

  • April 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

    A local pizza shop that closed for good. Right in the middle of a university community too.

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