General Discussion, Friday, August 21, 2020

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  1. Lucille says:


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  2. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  3. Gary says:

    Good Morning good people of Stella’s Place, it is a pleasure to be here.

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  4. czarina33 says:

    For those of you who like dinosaurs, here’s an article about a megapredator that ate another megapredator, then died quickly and both were fossilized. Probably should have chewed better before swallowing. Not as pretty as Lucille’s flowers, but kinda cool.

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  5. Lucille says:

    By Catherine Boeckmann

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  6. Menagerie says:

    At this moment in time this gets my all time best, favoritest video evah vote. Voting to have to go some to top this.

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  7. czarowniczy says:

    It’s our anniversary today, or yesterday – we’re never sure. Sorta been like that for the last 38 years, we forgot the exact day, we look it up then forget it again.

    Anywho, we decided -considering the restaurants in the city – to go to our old favorite -Rocky and Carlos- in Chalmette. Chalmette is sort of the Brooklyn of New Orleans, the blue collar rough and tumble area that the uptown folks look down their noses at and make jokes about. It was fishing boats, refineries, a huge aluminum mill and porting facilities and many of the manual workers who manned the ports lived there and gave its color – the local accent even sounds like Brooklynese.

    Rockey and Carlos were two Sicilians who opened an eaterie to feed the needs of the manual laborers, no frill and no really fancy stuff, just good and hardy Sicilian, Italian and New Orleans food that evolved over the years. You get good food, and lots of it, at a more than fair price, a working person’s food but tasty.

    Pre-Katrina it was…wornish. The tables and chairs were quite old as, really was about everything in the place. The food though and the staff made the place. Their trademark is the huge serving of house-made mac and cheese you get. Originally it provided the cards and fat a worker on a 12-hour shift needed but now it provides carb and fat comfort. There’s also wop salad, a green salad dressed with dollops of olive salad and a handful of Parmesan cheese…it’s a killer.

    In the old days real oldtimey local, some heavily Italian, older women used to work the kitchen behind the food counter. It was organized mayhem, there’d be trays of food on the serving counter behind glass and you’d tell your serving lady what you wanted as you moved down the line while, immediately in back of them, trays of food were being removed from ovens while 20 gallon pots of macaroni were being boiled while resting on cinder blocks. Other women had long loaves of french bread tucked under their arms while slicing off huge chunks to be served with the meal. You’d get to witness the kitchen lady dustup were one to interfere with the order of another, these little old ladies (many built like dock workers) would get into rows that would stop the whole kitchen process and have any folks not familiar with the process covering their childrens’ ears.

    At the end of the line was Rocky sitting at the cash register. He was old enough to have catered the Last Supper and looked think, craggy and crabby. Once he recognized you as a regular customer you’d be greeted with a smile and that was an accomplishment. He managed only the cash register, that was all he did and the only time you’d see his appointed second is when he had a bathroom or meal break. He kept the money in a till but, as in the old days, he had a cigar box right under the register where he put the ‘;extra’ money when he felt the till was getting too full. If it had been a busy day it wasn’t unusual for one of the tired waitresses to take a break, pull out one of the spare chairs at the table, sit down and distractedly tell you what a ***** of a day it was and how her back and feet hurt.

    Today we had the seafood gumbo, it’s a thin broth gumbo, no roux. It has crab, oysters and shrimp with gumbo. I got a whole clove of cooked garlic in mine. For the entree we both got the veal parmesan. You get three veal chunks and a HUGE side of mac and cheese (using the big macaroni), there’s a huge serving of red gravy on the veal that oozes over onto the mac and cheese. It’s served on two stacked plates as there’s so much red gravy the bottom plate catches the gravy that oozes off. You also get a large basket french bread (now carved with less finesse) to work the gravy.

    You’ve got the $200-or-more per meal food shops in the city but you also have places you’ve left a hundred memories at that give you comfort with comfort food.

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