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Going down to Nawlins
So a week ago I got an email from the PayPal Developers Network which included a blurb about the eBay Developers Conference next week in New Orleans - which also covers a lot of PayPal development since they're owned by eBay. I forwarded it to my boss and the VP of Engineering to comment on some of their new technical points and I made the comment that it might be interesting for someone from here to go to the show. Know thine enemy and all. Well, that and it would also be good to learn eBay's technical side so we might be able to implement Pay Cash for eBay.

Well, I never heard back and I got on with my life and work. Then today my boss pops into my cube late in the afternoon and tells me I should book myself into the conference and get a flight and a hotel. OhhhhhKay... So ~$1150 worth of expense reports later I'll be on my way next week. I'm flying down Tuesday afternoon and then flying home Sunday morning. The conference starts early Wednesday and runs through Saturday evening, and flights were such that I couldn't red-eye or anything. Besides, better to have a night's sleep there before the show anyway - I learn better when I'm not nodding off. I ended up being a few blocks away since the hotels across from the convention center were all booked up. I know nothing about New Orleans, so I don't know what that neighborhood is going to be like. Live the adventure. ;-) I should have some connectivity while I'm there, but I'm not sure how much I'll be on.

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Current Media: quiet office

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wedgex From: wedgex Date: June 17th, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
If you're anywhere near the French Quarter I highly reccomend a stop at O'Flaherty's, especially if you can catch the Celtic Folk or just Danny O'Flaherty playing solo in the concert room. Really, *really* good music and atmosphere.
From: jehanna Date: June 17th, 2004 05:18 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ooh, lucky you. Always wanted to go there.

You might poke the gweeps who went to the LISA conference there for suggestions; I know solipsistnation found at least one really great restaurant while there.
carocrow From: carocrow Date: June 17th, 2004 05:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Woo. I'm jealous, haven't been to the Easy in way too long. Tell you what, look up pshaw_raven and tell her I sent you and that you need some recommends, she lives in Houma but is very familiar with NOLA.

Make sure you have some cafe au lait and beignets for me. I lived on the Northshore (across the lake) for about twelve years.
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: June 17th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I hope the conference is informative.

I did a bunch of research before we went in December 2001. I have a list of places we ate and whether we liked them. NO is very fishy food-wise, and many restaurants close early.

We liked Parasol's the best. Not the most convenient location (ok by car though), but fabulous roast beef po'boys. Everyone recommends Uglesich, which is vaguely near the convention center, but we found it over-priced, inconvenient, and very fishy. The oddest thing about NO food is that side dishes are hugely expensive, $5 for a sandwich but $3 for fries, and you're not getting a double portion or anything.

If you're still eating fried food, it tends to be good there. Many bars have happy hours with cheap drinks, something that you don't really see in California. Oh, and it's almost impossible to get a real breakfast in the French Quarter. It seemed as though this was a city-wide thing, and most of the breakfast places we saw recommended were pricey.

Find me if you want more details... I'm sure to be available.


Erm,. I could go on about this for quite a while. Research really helped with the food. I nearly starved the first trip in 1995. The fish problem is rampant.
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: June 17th, 2004 09:04 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
We were there last January. The Convention Center is really close to where the cruises leave from (guess WHY we were there), and there's a huge Gallery there and a casino. You're in walking distance of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. In other words, the French Quarter. That's where the booze and half-naked chicks are.
pfloyd From: pfloyd Date: June 18th, 2004 05:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Go visit one of Emeril's restaurants while you're there... and chow down on a muffelatta (sic) too...
From: norikos_author Date: June 18th, 2004 06:30 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

WARNING!

Don't get a muffelata anywhere but Central City Grocery (on Decatur, IIRC, but it's been a few years). The others are cheap rip-offs.

The best chinese food I've ever had (it took Vel 6 years in texas to find someplace with hot and sour soup that compared favorably) is a place called Five Happiness. You'll need to take a cab to get there, though -- it's a bit out of the way, and you wouldn't want to walk through some of those neighborhoods.

Shalon Wood
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