Darwin’s Fattest of Tuesdays

Nothing makes me miss New Orleans more than Mardi Gras.

And on this Fat Tuesday, I wanted to share a tiny bit about why I love Crescent City so much.

1. The French Quarter looks like it’s been waiting since the 1800s to meet me.

The pantina, paint and stucco are as warm and inviting as the people.

The pantina, paint and stucco are as warm and inviting as the people.

The French Quarter is beautiful! The colorful buildings bring to mind a different time and definitely say, “You are not in Utah anymore.” It’s easily one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world.

2. History lives here.

A statue at Preservation Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A statue at Preservation Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In the Preservation Jazz Hall you can find statues and photos of the people who made NOLA what it is. It is a place that is celebrated and reviled. It is a place that thrives on a history so palapable it feels like stepping inside a time machine.

Maybe it’s the swamp air, or the bayou’s ability to slowly destroy everything, or the floods, or the fires that have destroyed this city so often. It’s impossible to spend a sober moment in the birthplace of jazz and not feel the love citizens have for the corrupt and broken city. 

3. Life is a celebration.

Even if it weren’t the biggest part of the year right now. Someone somewhere is having a wonderful time in New Orleans. This is a city that is as in love with food and booze nearly as much as I am. They know how to eat, drink, sing and dance.

It’s like no other experience.

And puts New Orleans at the top of every vacation wish list.

Now before we get too caught up in all the fun that is the party of today, let’s remember the most emo of scientists,  Charles Darwin.

It’s his big day today. His birthday! Happy birthday, Darwin! Thanks for thinking great thoughts and sharing them. It’s enough to make me want to visit across the pond. Although I will wait until Jamie Oliver is around and it’s a bit warmer.

And yes, I’m thrilled to celebrate a day of science and debauchery. May I suggest some Evolution Amber Ale paried with etouffee to celebrate this day?

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