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?
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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 paulinebjones.com. Or from these retail sites: