Subject: Recent trip to New Orleans
I recently got back from a convention in New Orleans. I stayed at the Hyatt Regency, which is fine for a convention, but, IMHO, not an interesting place to go on vacation. I went to a mixture of my past favorites and new places.

Let me first pass along some of my dining experiences.

1. I had to have my muffaleta fix at the Central Grocery, across the street from the French Market. Wonderful lunch. 2. I then had my beignet fix at the French Market. Wonderful end to lunch. 3. I had another lunch at Ralph and Kakoo's. The gumbo was magnificent. 4. One night, I dined at my favorite Creole restaurant, Galatoires. I had an excellent (but not the best ever) sazarac, IMHO the definitive New Orleans cocktail, an incredible appetizer and salad (shared with others), and, finally, a gulf fish stuffed with crabmeat. Magnifique. Still my favorite and not horrible price-wise. 5. Another night, I ate at the Pelican Club. It was almost at the level of Galatoires, but I am loyal to my favorite. Wonderful jambalaya.

For jazz, I went to the Tin Roof Cafe, just outside of the Quarter. It was inexpensive, not crowded, and first rate.

In sum, New Orleans has not lost anything. The only problem was rain from the time I arrived until I left.

Ira H. Bernstein, Ph. D.