FBQ Sunday Brunch

Welcome to the Big Easy Miss Things!

Yes, this Fierce Black Queen could have chosen a much less crowded and touristy spot for brunch this week, but The Court of the Two Sisters is not only historic–it’s also got some of the best food I’ve had in New Orleans.

by sjb4photos

Try the Shrimp Etouffee. It reminds me of misty mornings walking down by the river, and looking in the windows of shops off of Royale before they open. Also, order up a Hurricane to sip–if you dare. Like the city, it is deceptively sweet and delicious–but packs a powerful punch that will have you staggering around the French Quarter screaming “STELLA!!!” up at every window (…uhhh, so the Queen has heard). For me, New Orleans is the perfect blend of Good and Evil. From the magnificent beauty of the Longue Vue House and gardens, to the blatant poverty of Orleans Parish–pre and post Katrina. From the awesome, natural wonder of the mighty Mississippi, to the dawning uneasiness that grew as I realized that only a few generations ago someone who looked like me would have been sold at auction on its very banks. I like to say that after God finished making the Universe, whatever Good and Evil were left She balled up and tossed over Her shoulder. And it all landed in New Orleans.

Drapetomania

The Queen has not had a chance to visit the New Orleans African-American Museum yet. However, I have been told by friends that it is a wonderful place to gain perspective on New Orleans black history.

Located in the historic Tremé neighborhood, the museum’ stated mission is: “…to preserve, interpret and promote the African-American cultural heritage of New Orleans, with a particular emphasis on the Tremé community.” The Queen is particularly interested in an ongoing exhibit called “Drapetomania”, which seems to explore the propaganda of the mid 1800’s which sought to define runaway slaves as victims of a mental disease. Apparently, wanting to escape slavery is a curable disorder. I agree with that hypothesis. It can be cured…BY BEING FREE.
Anyway, maybe we can check the museum out after lunch. There are also lovely gardens in which we can stroll and tell ghost stories.

“The world changes, we do not, therein lies the irony that kills us.”
― Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

When I think of New Orleans, among other things I think of Anne Rice. I love her work. She has a way of capturing the tiniest details which cause the worlds she paints with words come to life. After all these years Lestat remains one of my favorite characters of fiction. I have often wondered why there aren’t more works about Black vampires. In searching, I re-discovered this prologue given to me by a young man I once taught. I haven’t spoken to him for a while, but I’m certain that he wouldn’t mind if I shared it. In re-reading it, I discovered a few delightful elements, and some fairly novice components. However I think it is a great concept. It’s rather long, and contains some graphic violence, but if you have the time the Queen would love to know what you think.

Full? Artistically and Literarily sated? Good.

photo by Floridianed

Get your passports in order. We’re flying overseas for our next meal. Hope you Miss Things have a great day.

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7 thoughts on “FBQ Sunday Brunch

  1. Ooh, that was some good writing. Thanks for sharing it! Really brilliant, I think, to have both a vampire story set in that period of gay life in New York and the dangers of the docks, and to have a black vampire who had escaped the violence of his childhood in the Bronx who must wrestle with receiving this “Gift,” a different twist on exploring the pathos of the vampire than we have seen much of.

    I too love Anne Rice’s work (and I come by the interest in vampires honestly since my grandparents emigrated from a tiny Rumanian village in the Transylvanian Alps!), though it has been awhile. But since her, I must say my interest has become, um, pretty sated. I can’t get into the whole Twilight thing at all. I think the whole genre has been devolving quite a bit.

    But when I went back to college almost six years ago, one of my first forays in decades into having to write a college essay was about the evolution of the character of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in film. I’ll send it to you via your FBQ Facebook page if you’re interested in it.

    Ah, now that I’m happily stuff with Shrimp Etouffe, I’m going to follow the links and do some sightseeing. Great brunch!

    • “…one of my first forays in decades into having to write a college essay was about the evolution of the character of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in film. I’ll send it to you via your FBQ Facebook page if you’re interested in it.”

      Are you kidding me? OF COURSE I am interested! First of all, any chance to read your work is appreciated, and second I have always been the lover of a good vampire tale–I did my Literature Final in college on The Vampire in Modern Society (I even interviewed an actual vampire–not dead, but heavily into ingesting blood for sexual pleasure). I too am not a big fan of this new generation of stories about the Undead. I think it’s because I tend to follow the old school characteristics of Nosferatu (die in sunlight, must drink living human blood, etc), and am not a fan of blood-suckers playing baseball in direct sunlight. Ah, well everything must change.

      I’m glad you liked my young student’s (well, he’s not so young any more) story. As far as i know, he’s never finished it. I might have to try to contact him, and let him know he’s got some praise for his efforts. Thanks so much for dining–we missed you at Camacho’s! 😀

      • LOL, okay, well, I already sent it. Didn’t even wait for the invitation after all! Would love to read your Vampire in Modern Society as well, though I realize it’s maybe not so accessible as mine was (I DID love finishing college in the computer age, compared to the archaic way I started it!)

        And I think your student’s work holds up quite well as a short story as is, even if it was never finished.

  2. Vampires makes me think of that Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter movie. Apparently, it was a book first. But it is an interesting concept: comparing pre Civil War Southerners to vampires–since they both live off of others. Clever, clever.

  3. I love your description of New Orleans as the place where the leftover good and evil from all creation ended up. It is such a unique and fascinating place. I haven’t been there post-Katrina, but would love to go again sometime. The Court of the Two Sisters sounds like a great choice for brunch–but, girl, if we’re drinking hurricanes that early it’s gonna be one hell of an afternoon. You go ahead and shout for Stella to let you in, because after a couple of hurricanes, I’m liable to be looking for an encounter with Mr. Stanley Kowalski (against my better judgement).

  4. I’m from New Orleans (although I moved after Katrina) & I do miss it, but you are right, there is a real dichotomy in that city like no place I’ve seen — so much bad & so much good all rolled into one. You can complain for days about all that is wrong with it & still love it.
    I know I’m biased, but despite all of its problems, I’ve never been to another US city (and I’ve been to a lot of them) that can delight all 5 of my senses the way New Orleans does on a daily basis — taste (of course; there can be no debate that New Orleans has the best food in the country), sight (the beautiful architecture in the French Quarter & Garden District), sound (ever notice that where ever you go in New Orleans there is back ground music – from the jazz clubs, to the street performers), smell (the Creole spices, the Mississippi, the moss hanging on the huge Oaks of St. Charles Ave) and touch (the sticky humidity in the air). But also I really love the people — I’ve never known more open, friendly, fun-loving people as New Orleanians (again, my bias is showing). A pretty prominent New Orleans writer Chris Rose wrote this about New Orleanians & I agree with it 100%:

    You probably already know that we talk funny and listen to strange music and eat things you’d probably hire an exterminator to get out of your yard.
    We dance even if there’s no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much and laugh too loud and live too large and, frankly,we’re suspicious of others who don’t.”

    Aw, you really made me miss New Orleans today — thank you! 🙂

  5. I’m a Brit Girl and New Orleans is the place in the world I would most like to visit, thanks to Ms. Rice. I feel a little sad for those whose early adulthood revolves around the Twilight Series, I had Louis, Lestat and the infinitely complicated Armand.
    Apparently director Ron Howard has recently bought up the rights to The Tale of The Body Thief… we shall see.
    Oh, and everybody’s postgrad. work sounds amazing, I specialised in Mythology and Legend so I feel right at home here. Thanks Hun! xx

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