We’ll try anything. I mean it, anything.
One benefit of being new to the area is our willingness to go out and explore, attend events we wouldn’t normally attend and surround ourselves with an eclectic group of people (whether we like it or not). Every person that we meet is asked, “what are your favorite restaurants, what bars should we check out, what would you recommend doing for fun, etc…” and I’m constantly surprised by the repetition of answers. So we’ve shifted to bulletin boards and fliers for ideas – conveniently, I work for the local paper which has turned out to be the most ideal job/company for a newbie, like me.
To continue our streak of random activities, last weekend we attended the ARK-LA-TEX Antique Festival, perused Old Day Blues Records store, saw The Soul Rebels (a New Orleans Brass Band) at Bear’s on Fairfield and walked the State Fair of Louisiana Boat Show – confusing name considering the state fair is in October. The antique show was a bit of a bust for large items but at the very last booth I found vintage postcards for Shreveport and West Palm Beach (where Clayton is from) that tugged on my ‘I love snail-mail’ heartstrings… $20 later and I joined the not so exclusive club of antique lovers, which happens to have a huge following anywhere outside of Alaska.
The Soul Rebels had a big sound and infectious energy. My only knowledge of New Orleans is what I’ve researched online or seen in Disney’s Princess and the Frog but they’re show is essentially what I’m expecting during my future visit to NOLA. Listen to what I mean on their YouTube channel. Our sampling of the local culture continued with tastings from the food trucks at the boat show – I tried boudin (pronounced bu-dan, duh) on a stick and deep fried alligator, both from food truck painted camouflage.