Friday, July 9, 2010

The Avenue, Anniversaries, sushi, and KABOOM!

A most excellent day- I accomplished a wide variety of things and am very pleased with my place in the world. That place being New Orleans.

After dropping Tom off at work, I came right back home so I could get myself some breakfast before my 10am conference call with the KABOOM coordinators and volunteers. This is a project that I've volunteered for, chairing the Recruitment and Registration Committee. Basically, we in the Irish Channel are partnering up with KABOOM! and Marriott to rebuild a neighborhood playground here.

We're currently trying to raise $7,500 toward the project, so if you are interested, check out the link here. No amount is too small! And it will really benefit the kids and the community! (I'll likely be blogging this in greater detail in the future.)

So, I spent time on a couple conference calls, worked with the president of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Associations to run some errands for the cause, and stopped at Sake Cafe on Magazine with her for a quick sushi lunch.

I've been to Sake a couple times now, and it's a nice straightforward sushi place. Today I had a "mangotini" and to eat, the tuna and avocado maki and the smoked salmon and avocado roll. Tasty! Just the thing on a hot and sunny New Orleans afternoon.

When I came home, I resisted the urge to follow up on my tasty mango and rum cocktail with more daytime drinking and instead got a peach cobbler in the oven instead. This recipe was super easy, and very delicious.

After waiting patiently for Tom to finish at work (he had to work late) I picked him up and we drove to The Avenue Pub on St. Charles. We like to go there on Friday nights- there's a group of beer loving folks that we've become friendly with there, they have awesome food (the Duck Sammich With No Name for me again tonight and of course the Best Fish Sammich Ever for Tom, as always), and awesome beer.

Tonight was the second anniversary of my friend Jeremy's Beer Buddha blog (you can always find his blog on the list of links on the left hand side of this page) and he celebrated in grand style on the Balcony level of the Avenue Pub. They had 2 special Brooklyn Brewing beers on tap: Brooklyn Blast (a Double IPA) and the Brooklyn Buzz Bomb (a braggot style ale, part mead and part beer, with honey and spices) as well as Red Seal Ale (from North Coast brewing hailing from the fleshpots of Fort Bragg, CA) ON CASK, the brand new NOLA Brewing Seventh Street Wheat, as well as their regular assortment of awesome beers.

I love hanging out with The Avenue Pub beer crowd. They are so friendly and awesome.

So a long day of doing lots of stuff- I think I'll sleep well tonight.

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