Sunday, May 25, 2014

Celebrating the Unofficial Beginning of Summer


Although it's not officially summer on the calendar (which officially begins on June 21), Memorial Day has become the unofficial beginning of the summer season with picnics, vacation trips, etc.

Of course, the purpose of Memorial Day is to remember those who died while serving in the United States armed forces.  However, at least here in the South, on or near Memorial Day, we also honor any of our loved ones who have passed on.

We all have our individual ways of celebrating Memorial Day.

Each year it's a little different for us, and this year was no exception, as we decided to try out a place to eat that we'd been wanting to try for a while.  The name of the place is Landry's New Orleans Cafe, and it was great!

Landry's serves "authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine," to quote from their extensive menu  brochure.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner various days and times Monday through Saturday.  (See "F.Y.I." below for more information.)

We were there for their Saturday lunch.  Greg and I each had the catfish  po' boy with a vegetable.  The catfish was especially delicious, an original recipe of and prepared by the head chef, Travis Baril.

While there, we enjoyed chatting with the owner, Ricky Landry, an interesting man, originally from New Orleans, who knows first hand about New Orleans food and culture.

Ricky did a great job decorating the cafe himself. 

The curtains came from a dinner theater he used to own in New Orleans.

The unmistakable sound of jazz wafts through the cafe to further your dining enjoyment.

We really enjoyed our visit to Landry's New Orleans Cafe, and we plan to go back soon to try out the breakfast items, especially the New Orleans Beignet which is a French doughnut that is popular in New Orleans.

Landry's New Orleans Cafe
1005 1/2 Carmack Blvd.
Columbia, TN 38401

The celebrating continued as we visited our favorite park to walk, relax, and take pictures.

Finally, on the way home, we decided to finish our mini-adventure with yummy ice cream and made plans for our next outing.  We can hardly wait because we really enjoyed this one!

To top it all off, it was also our cats' seventh birthday.  (Greg and I ate the cupcake, of course.  While chocolate is a poison to most animals, luckily it's not for most humans! )

Positive thought: Happy Memorial Day!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Monday, Becky

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