You bet! This was my mother's favorite drink and my husband and I have adopted it as our Thanksgiving (and brunch) tradition. If you can, pick up a copy of the Commander's Palace drinks recipe book -- In The Land of Cocktails. That is the recipe I use and they have great recipes for all sorts of drinks. In the meantime:
Adjust sugar, nutmeg, brandy to your liking but this is a great start!
I have gotten so many fantastic ideas from Chowhound over the years and I post very infrequently. I hope this makes up for it! I am a native New Orleanian but I moved away to NY and London for 8 years. I am back now and this is my latest and greatest list I send to friends visiting. (Let me know if you need hotel or culture recs too):
With the pressure of being a known destination for gastronomes there is a lot of competition among visitors to New Orleans to eat at the REAL New Orleans restaurants. This is where the locals eat….and where they take their out-of-town cousins. Some of these recommendations are expensive - so maybe not for this trip but for another.
Emeril’s Delmonico steakhouse - in a beautiful old house, great steaks, nice atmosphere. Not too masculine. (expensive)
Restaurant R’evolution - new, high end, run by two great chefs: John Folse & Rick Tramanto (expensive)
The Company Burger
Dong Phuong Bakery, New Orleans East
Satsuma in the Bywater
The Italian Barrel
St James cheese
Bon Ton Café
Juan’s Flying Burritto
Finn McCool’s Irish Pub
Chickie Wah Wah
I agree on Pizza Delicious but I absolutely love Slice too. We swear by it -- we go probably once every two weeks and living in NYC for 6 years made me pretty picky about pizza. Maybe give it another shot? The meat-lovers pizza, in particular, is great!
I know this isn't your question but at any price Drago's in The Hilton is terrible. I live in New Orleans and we had a birthday dinner there for a friend recently. It was so awful it would have been laughable if it hadn't been for our friend's birthday being so bad. The food was bad. The atmosphere was bad. The service was decent but amateurish for the prices they charge. Please, don't waste your money.
to Abgilliam: This is a really late reply but thank you very much. We were temporarily derailed to Switzerland where I used my UK KA mixer perfectly well (and frequently!) with just an adapter. Ahhh...how simple. I'm now convinced I'm going to ship it to the US and find a step-down transformer. Thank you very much for your input!!
to Lina: I don't know much about voltage / wattage etc... but definitely found all of the appliances I brought from US to UK (vacuum cleaner, stereo) would have been MUCH better left in the USA. Hopefully it will be different going UK to US.
My dad used to travel to Colorado from Baton Rouge and check a cool box with crawfish tails (kept cool with gel ice packs) . Not sure how close you and your friend are, but if they are willing to deal with that it'll be awfully nice to have crawfish pie in New York! Otherwise, I'd agree with Big Easy and go with Community Coffee, Popcorn Rice (soooo good) and Tony Chachere's. Also - Zatarains Jambalaya mix is fantastic!
I don't know the place you're thinking of, but I can HIGHLY recommend Bodean's in Fulham or in Soho. The BBQ is awesome! And - if it matters at all - I'm originally from Louisiana and my mother is from Tennessee. This is the real deal! Try the pulled pork sandwich.
I moved to the UK from the US in 2005 and had rotten luck with step up transformers on stereos etc.. The key seemed to be to make sure you get one that is powerful enough. I bought the bare minimum required for my stereo and it never worked properly.
I have a similar problem now... I got a Kitchen Aid mixer as a gift while in the UK and we are about to move back to the US. Does anyone know if I can use a step-down transformer with any luck in the US? J&R seems to have them for about $50 which is clearly a better deal than buying a new mixer - plus this one has huge sentimental value. Any experience with this? I've been trolling the net to no avail...