Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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We're Moving to Louisiana

I adore Louisiana. I do. For a Californian—and Philadelphian before that—I've spent an inordinate amount of time eating and drinking my way through South Louisiana; New Orleans, of course, but also Lafayette, New Iberia, LaPlace, Mandeville, and more. Even a casual spin through the Whiskey Forge will show my affection for the place.

And while I honestly believe there are few places on this Earth as beautiful as California, we're picking up stakes and moving to Baton Rouge sometime between, oh, next week and the middle of September. Over the next several weeks, I'll be packing the culinary library, making Goodwill runs, and trying to decide if we take both cars or put one up for sale.

Then there's the liquor. The one guideline I'm following (not an inflexible law, just a organizing principle) is that open bottles won't make the trip. So, we've been enjoying an inordinate number of cocktails the past few months as we make sure that anything open gets enjoyed right here on California soil.

Over the coming weeks, I'll toss out recipes of what we're drinking to lighten the load. Until then ~ Laissez les bons temps rouler!

9 comments:

Lew Bryson said...

"The one guideline I'm following (not an inflexible law, just a organizing principle) is that open bottles won't make the trip."

Brilliant. Enjoy the trip, and the packing.

erik_flannestad said...

Dibs on the floor in the Library...

Congrats, enjoy yerselves, and feel welcome at our place any time you get an urge to visit SF!

Matthew Rowley said...

Lew ~ we did the same in Philadelphia. By our last days in South Philly, we still had something like 6 boxes of bottles left. I called Zeke Ferguson from DiBruno Bros and told him to come take the lot. No cherry picking: all or nothing. He was such a good sport about it, I threw in all my homebrewing equipment as well.

Erik ~ you are welcome to our place any time! Urge to visit SF happens, oh, pretty much every time I think of SF.

laurat said...

im jealous i have yet to explore other louisiana cuisine outside of nola.

Tammy said...

Ha! Open bottles, sounds like you'll have a lot of help packing...Good luck with the move, something tells me you'll have a lot of fun in the other LA.

Matthew Rowley said...

We're looking forward to settling in there. Originally planned for next month, the move has been pushed back to September. Among other things — such as more time with California friends — this means that we ease off draining all those bottles just yet.

TikiGeeki said...

Hey, I'll be in SD shortly for Tiki Oasis. Feel free to dump some boxes of books and bottles in my car if you need! ;)

TikiGeeki said...

(ignore that last comment, just noticed the recent post about not leaving... had rss feed sorted in the wrong order... my bad)

Matthew Rowley said...

No worries ~ I hardly read this thing myself, much less in chronological order. ;)

And, for the record, I'm out of disposal mode and into acquisitions. Rum, in particular. So if you find yourself with an abundance of rum after Tiki Oasis, I'll gladly take it off your hands.