Dining and Driving with Cats    

Alice Unplugged by Pat Patterson

Stop Pussyfootin' Around and Start Readin'

Humans enjoy "A Moveable Feast" - cats under table.
Chapter 11 - Churros and Smart Casual “Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.” Neil Gaiman, British author
       Hobnobbing with celebrities was not our purpose in choosing Clancy’s. We would not be shocked to see a recognizable face but that was not our reason for going there. Alice and I fully expected the restaurant to live up to its reputation as the Creole bistro that started the New Orleans Creole dining scene. We would be surprised if the Fried Oysters and Brie or Smoked, Soft-Shell Crab didn’t live up to its fame. We had another reason - a more personal reason for choosing Clancy’s. We were going to have a contest.

The Secret is in the Sauce
A dinner at Gautreau's in the Audubon District, New Orleans. The true story of Alice's penchant for Grandma's Sunday Poulet. Follow Alice around the Bucci Market in Paris and see why Voltaire would only dine at the Procope.

The Other Woman
"If you truly believe that the words written on your heart are all that matter then seek those things which matter most." Alice had a spy. A colleague who alerted Alice to what appeared to be my obvious interest in another woman. Only a book with a personal note untangled the fiction from the truth.

Alice's One True Love Fights a Pirate
The last time Johnny Horton's words helped me was on a sophomore American History exam.
"In 1814 we took a little trip,
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip',
We took a little bacon, And we took a little beans,
And we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans."

Follow along in Chapter 10 and find out who really won the Battle of New Orleans. Be aware - this is the only place in the story where the Name of the Restaurant has been changed.

Food, Drink and Good Company
Ecclesiastes 8:15, ‘Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry’. Solomon is reputed to have uttered this most agreeable suggestion after devoting his entire life and all his wisdom to answering the question "what is the meaning of life?" Alice introduced me to cats and our cats agreed totally with Solomon. Cats get it. So should we.

The Adventure Never Ends

Travel and Surprises
Fascinating people and scrumptious dining is often a discovery from research and sometimes just plain good luck. Alice is a phenomenal researcher and she has the luck of the Irish.
Unexpected Virtue
Sometimes even the best of intentions can be misunderstood. When everything works out for the best in the face of potential catastrophe it is easy to believe in an "invisible hand". I often think Alice has frequent communion with that "hand."
Real life with a fictional twist
Backfin lump crab swathed in a dill based mayonnaise should not be left out in the New Orleans sun between breakfast and lunch. Strange experiences may occur. And they did.
Wisdom
Ecclesiastes 8:15, ‘Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry.’