Friday, February 1st, Marci and I invited 19 of our friends
from Houston to journey with us to New Orleans for the 2008 M.O.M.s
ball. Attempting to herd this many cats is never easy but being a
native New Orleanian, a city that prides itself on hospitality, we were
up for the challenge!
Knowing that keeping the cats corralled for any length of time would be
impossible, I asked that we all meet at the Swizzle Stick Bar to meet my
brother, the provider of all things MOMs- especially tickets!
Swizzle Stick bar is owned by the Brennan family who owns the world
Famous Commander’s Palace Restaurant, the restaurant that started the
careers of Emiril and Che Paul Prudhomme, the restaurant that brought
us tasty treats such as Bananas Foster and Bread Pudding Soufflé.
and Lally Brennan are the two sisters that opened the bar and named it
aptly after their aunt Adelaide. The story is that Aunt Adelaide often
wore a gold swizzle stick as a necklace and elegantly let it fall into
her drinks where she would give them a gentle stir with it.
swizzle stick bar is known for its exotic drinks and our crew had a fair
sampling of such local favorites as the “brake Tags”, the “Adelaide
Swizzle”, “Orgeat punch”, and of course the classic “Sazerac”!
we had prepared ourselves with the proper libations the group split with
a some heading to the French quarter and the rest heading to a small
Italian restaurant called Eleven-79.