NOLA Here We Come

Before we left Mobile, Alabama for our week in NOLA we did a little bit of sightseeing at Battleship Park. Of course our GPS made it sound like we were going to Battlesheep Park. (What a remarkable tool the GPS is! It gets you where you need to be and it entertains you.) The park is quite interesting with several actual planes and of course, a battleship. We did our own little walking tour, went to the gift shop to buy a souvenir spoon to add to my collection and then headed for NOLA which was less than 3 hours away.

NOLA Here We Come

Battleship Park, Mobile, Alabama
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

NOLA Here We Come

Battleship Park, Mobile, Alabama
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

NOLA Here We Come

Me and my Namesake at Battleship Park
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

While we were driving we were discussing that we needed to make sure to get in some good cardio every day so we wouldn’t be whales when we returned home. Oops! I remembered my sneakers and socks but I didn’t have a single workout outfit that fit me. Which was actually a great thing since my old ones were all too big after losing a ton of weight over the past year. But that’s a whole bunch of posts for another time. Funny thing was, Steve forgot to bring gym shorts. And then he mentioned that he saw an email from Steinmart as he was shutting the computer down. They were having a huge weekend sale with coupons for even more savings. Say no more. It’s on sale is my middle name. And don’t cha know it, there was a Steinmart that we would pass just two blocks from Domilise’s where we were headed for lunch. We both scored big time. Steve got shirts, gym shorts and a buttery soft, light yellow cashmere sweater. And I got an exercise outfit, a dress and a fabulous headband. The dress was perfect for my awesome new fuchsia suede stilettos that lace up the leg.

NOLA Here We Come

My Red Dot Find – the Perfect Dress to go with my new shoes!
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

All of that, and we arrived at Domilise’s right in the middle of the lunch rush but we didn’t care. We were back in our favorite city at our favorite place for Po’ Boys. So we took a number, #47, and scoped out a table, since there are only about 6 of them, and waited to place our order. One of the fun things about Domilise’s is that it is mostly locals and a conversation is always easy to start because New Orleanians a very friendly. We got lucky and diners at a four top were getting ready to leave. They were happy to have us wait by their table until they were through so that we could sit right down. Now here’s what happened – we started talking with a nice guy, #46, who sounded like he was from Boston but was born and raised in New Orleans. So when we were able to sit down we just asked if he wanted to sit with us. We have often share a table at Domilise’s. It’s just part of the charm.

As it turned out #46 was a retired school teacher and runs Kids Tours for a living. What a cool job to have. He runs walking tours of the French Quarter for kids of all ages. But for those with children in tow, his tours are age appropriate, which is a good thing because Bourbon Street can be quite raunchy. The 1-1.5 hour tours are for kids 4-18 and give the culture, history and geography of the area. If you are coming to the area you should really check out frenchquartourkids.com.

NOLA Here We Come

Steve Bringing our Po’ Boys to our Table
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

NOLA Here We Come

Don’t you want to take a bite?
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

By the time we finished sharing an Oyster Po’ Boy and a Spicy Smoked Sausage Po’ Boy we were able to check it at our hotel/timeshare the Wyndham Avenue Plaza on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District.

NOLA Here We Come

Our bedroom in our suite at the Wyndham Avenue Plaza New Orleans
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Anyone who knows Steve and I knows that New Orleans is our absolutely favorite vacation destination. So when we were discussing how to celebrate our 48th Wedding Anniversary and my birthday the first words out of my mouth were “Let’s go to New Orleans!!!” 

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Charcuterie at a Mano

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Gorgeous Composed Salad

Since we are driving we will be spending the first night of our vacation in Mobile, Alabama and then continuing in the morning to our beloved NOLA. Our first stop, before even checking in to our suite at Avenue Plaza in the Garden District, will be for Po’ Boys at Domilise’s. And we know just what we are ordering. We will share an Oyster Po’ Boy and a Spicy Sausage Po’ Boy. Both fully dressed of course. Which means the works. There is only one other place on earth that we must make our first stop upon arriving and that is the White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City. Both places have a similar vibe and both deliver high octane flavor and great bread with their sandwiches. Thank goodness we can go to the White House at the end of August because it has been far too long since we have been either place. 

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Crab Cake at Oak Plantation

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Fried Oyster Lunch at Oak Plantation

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Yummy Fried Chicken with Coleslaw

I am teasing you with some pictures from our last trip 5 long years ago to New Orleans but I promise to share the new ones just as soon as we return!

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Decadent Dessert

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Another Decadent Dessert

Fat Hen

One of our all time favorite restaurants in the Charleston area is Fat Hen. No matter how many new restaurants there that we try, Fat Hen is one that we must dine at on each trip to the Low Country!

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Steve and I enjoying our appetizers at Fat Hen

Fat Hen

Fat Hens at Fat Hen
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

Fat Hen

Owner/Chef Fred Neuville of Fat Hen
Photo Credit: Website

The Fat Hen is owned and operated by nationally acclaimed Chef Fred Neuville and his wife Joan with an assist from their daughter Nicole in the kitchen. Fat Hen is located in the heart of Johns Island,  just minutes from downtown Charleston, South Carolina and offers innovative French Lowcountry cuisine using the freshest ingredients provided by their friends and neighbors in the farming community.

Within a month Steve and I paid two visits to this fabulous restaurant. The first was in late October and the second was this past Saturday night. In October we had the best server ever, Tenia, so when we returned last week we made sure to ask for her. Tenia not only recognized us and gave us a warm welcome but she even remembered everything we had ordered! The entire staff, including Nicole, made us feel like old friends visiting their home for dinner.

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Crab Soup at Fat Hen
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

And speaking of dinner – WOW – the food is sooooo good. Some of the dishes are so amazing that we have to order them each time, like their Fried Green Tomatoes with pimento goat cheese, pepper relish, tomato jam and the Oyster Stew with Benton’s country ham, wild mushrooms and grilled bread. On our last visit Steve had the French Onion Soup which was fabulous and quite cheesy. This time we shared a cup of the Crab Soup that was rich and creamy with lots of sweet crab and a hint of Sherry. We honestly could have stopped there and just had dessert but gluttons that we are we ordered entrées.

Fat Hen

Fat Hen Fried Green Tomatoes
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

Fat Hen

Oyster Stew at Fat Hen
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

What I love about the menu at Fat Hen is that it is not only varied and seasonal but there are many entrées available in half portions which is perfect for us after all of our appetizers and their fantastic artisan bread served with fresh creamery butter. Steve had the Shrimp and Pasta which was loaded with sweet shrimp, house made pasta, caramelized onions, spinach, champagne, House Pernod, tomatoes, capers, artichoke, pistou & liaison. It was the same dish he enjoyed in October. In October I had the Crab Cake with bacon blue cheese coleslaw and pommes frites. But this time I decided to order a dish that I don’t get to enjoy too often because Steve is not a fan of duck. The Seared Duck Confit with demi-glace, smoked apricot chutney, garlic spinach and roasted lemon sweet potatoes was succulent, moist and tender with the crispiest skin ever. The leg and thigh meat was cooked to perfection with all of the fat rendered which left just meat and skin. Maybe if I made duck as good as this I could get Steve to eat it.

Fat Hen

Half Order of Shrimp and Pasta at Fat Hen
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

Fat Hen

Half Order Crab Cake at Fat Hen
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

Fat Hen

Half Order of Duck Confit at Fat Hen
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

By the time we finished all of our wonderful savory dishes we were quite satiated but somehow we found room for one of those desserts that cannot be resisted. The Fat Hen’s Pluff Mudd Pie is a secret recipe darn it. It is a play on pluff (also spelled “plough”) mud. This Carolina Lowcountry term represents a Lowcountry entity — the slippery, shiny brown-gray, sucky mud, with a distinctive smell like none other, of the tidal flats and spartina grass salt marshes. I know the description of fluff mud sounds pretty yucky but, trust me, this dessert is anything but. It is a regal pie with an Oreo cookie crust (of course they make their own cookies) filled with a luscious Chocolate Silk Mousse and garnished with a quenelle of softly whipped cream and a swoosh of Raspberry Caramel. We practically licked our plate clean. It was the perfect finish to another outstanding meal at Fat Hen!!!

Fat Hen

Pluff Mud Pie at Fat Hen
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

The Fat Hen cookbook was released last year. I can’t wait to get a copy so I can try to recreate some of their outstanding dishes. Of course without the local Low Country ingredients it may not be possible to make them as good as at the restaurant, but I will certainly try my best.

Fat Hen
3140 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.559.9090

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