Monday, May 19, 2014

Aloha to the RT Booklovers' Convention - Day One: French Quarter




From Megan Mulry's Twitter Account @meganmulry:

14-year-old to Mom: Why don't grown ups who are friends have sleep overs?
Mom: They do it's called RT Booklovers Convention!

Last Monday, I arrived in the Big Easy for the 31th annual RT Booklovers' Convention.   As soon as I arrived at the convention hotel, I felt I was with my people.  Kathryn Falk, founder of the RT Booklovers' Magazine, often refers to romance readers as a "tribe" - an apt description of Romanceland.  I connected with author Anne Elizabeth, author Mary Wine, Aussie bookseller Megan Bamford and her delightful hubby Andrew Bamford for lunch in the French Quarter.  


We walked down Chartres Street and stopped in a gem shop.  I bought the Golden Tiger's Eye, Red Tiger Iron, and the Ocean Jasper.  


Chartres Street offers New Orleans charm ...


... and historic buildings.


We lunched at the Chartres House - Megan recommended the Crawfish Bread:

Leidenheimer® french bread topped with our creamy blend of spinach, crawfish tails, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.


The group also shared fried alligator bites while I sampled the remoulade sauce ... just delicious!

Do you like Cajun Food?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash plus swag!   Comments are open through Saturday, May 24, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 25, on my book blog, SOS Aloha.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 

Coming tomorrow - the Book Blogger Conference hosted by Sarah Wendell (Smart Bitches) and Jane Litte (Dear Author).



23 comments:

  1. The crawfish bread looks scrumptious! I remember getting a tray of crawfish while in NewOrleans - very tasty but a lot of work lol.

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  2. Do I *like* Cajun food? I love it! I grew up on it! And I'll be using some of my Cajun cooking talent this week, when I prepare a large batch of chicken and sausage jambalaya for a Friday night party. It's good to see you had fun in NO, Kim.

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  3. I've only really had seafood gumbo, but I really wish I was in New Orleans to sample the beignets and muffalettas.

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  4. haven't had real cajun food to know ;) wish I could have been there to give a try

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  5. Oh, it looks like you have so much fun! :D
    I have had remoulade sauce and it is yummy.
    NOLA is such a pretty place. I have only been there once, but enjoyed the short time that I spent there.

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  6. Love it, live spicy food, thanks
    Kimh

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  7. The only Cajun food I have had is gumbo, and I love it. I enjoy spicy foods.

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  8. Oooh, I should have gone eating with you!! Shared on Twitter and FB.

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  9. I've never tried it before but then I'm a rather picky eater

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  10. I've never had Cajun food, but if I burn something while cooking I say it's Cajun style so does that qualify my answer as yes? LOL! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I haven't had many opportunities to eat Cajun food, but I have liked what I've eaten.

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  12. Kim,
    How fun, thank you for sharing! OHMYGOSHm the crawfish bread looks AMAZING! Sighworthy. :)

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  13. I like some Cajun food and some I do not.

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  14. I'm not fund of very spicy food - the kind that makes my tongue & throat throb and breaks me out in a sweat, but I like good flavorful food - if I ever get to NOLA I'd definitely want to try some Cajun - especially seafood.

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  15. Been to New Orleans back in 1988 for the Science Fiction World Convention. The husband and I fell in love with Creole (loved Cajun as first husband was Cajun and introduced me to that food--only good thing he did).

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  16. best food in the country...don't give me swag I have already shipped the pallet home LOL

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  17. I have never had Cajun food and I am sure I would love it, I have watched chef's making it on the food channel and once I saw shrimp in with the rice, I was hooked.

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  18. I like Cajun rice OK but that's about the only Cajun food I've ever had...I think.

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  19. The food looks so yummy! I've never had Cajun food before and I've heard that the food can be quite spicy, but I'm game for a little spice in my life! :-)

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  20. I'm not much into spicy food, it makes my throat all itchy. So while it looks good in pictures, I'm afraid it's not for me.

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  21. I would answer no YUCK lol. I'm not much on spciy food it tends to make my throat sore and I'm a Texas girl steak and baked potatoes or some Tex Mex for me.

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