Hercules the hound dog

One of my dear friends in the animal kingdom has passed away. Hercules was a superb animal, a confidant, an excellent companion, and was loved and respected by all those who met him.

Hercules was born in Neshoba County, Mississippi in 2001. His stay in the Magnolia State was brief and most noted due to his being caught in a bear trap on one of his frequent sojourns out in the woods.

Hercules gnawed off one of his back legs to regain his freedom. He lived 16 years as a three-legged dog.

Rest in peace old friend.

Antlers of Lafayette has closed

Hearts are heavy in Acadiana as the oldest bar in the city of Lafayette has announced their closure. We were just there on Sunday and the workers did not say a word about the pending shutter. One imagines they were not informed by the owners.

Any time we found ourselves in Lafayette we always popped into Antlers for a cold beer and a meat pie. Rest in peace Antlers, shuttered at 97 years of age.

Dieske the mammoth donkey has died

One of our dear friends in the animal kingdom has passed away. Dieske, a mammoth donkey living in Zeist, Netherlands was put to sleep by his caregivers at Stichting De Ezelsociëteit recently.

Mr Dieske was 27 years of age. He had developed laminitis, a painful inflammatory condition of the hooves. Euthanasia may be in the best interest of the donkey in these cases as the level of pain the creature experiences can be intense.

Dieske’s remains were cremated and the kind workers at Stichting De Ezelsociëteit built a sort of shrine to this noble animal at their donkey sanctuary roughly 45 minutes south of Amsterdam, Noord Holland.

Two dozen donkeys are being cared for at this rural refuge.

Rest in peace Dieske. We love and miss you

Rest In Peace Queen Trini Lisa’s Quick Mart aka Hank’s Meat Market

The stove has gone cold at Queen Trini Lisa’s 9th Ward quick mart aka Hank’s Meat Market. We knew it was going to be a tough row to hoe when Miss Lisa lost her alcohol license last summer. But do not despair, Queen Trini Lisa will be bringing her Caribbean cuisine to Roux Carre, 2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd from January 30 to February 11th 2018.

See y’all there.

Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar in Treme is no more. The building now holds Jokers Wyld & Mickeys Playhouse. We spoke with a girlfriend of Ooh Poo Pah Doo owner Judy Hill, and she informed us that Hill is looking at starting over in a new space as soon as possible.

The new concern will also feature a restaurant. Anybody that ate from Judy Hill’s crockpots knows that woman can flat cook.

At her one year anniversary party we showed up with a big pan of jambalaya straight from the Scrumptious Chef kitchen, and were greatly chuffed when Hill declared it the finest she’d ever eaten.

Ooh Poo Pah Doo was our favorite bar in New Orleans for some time, and we lost count of how many sweaty nights we enjoyed on Hill’s dancefloor.

Good luck Miss Judy, we can’t wait for you to reopen.

L.A. Frey & Sons Meat Packing Plant

The old L.A. Frey & Sons Meat Packing Plant is being torn down today (August 3rd 2017). The complex has a track hoe sitting on top of it and a crew of workmen are busy deconstructing the former concern.

L.A. Frey & Sons Meat Packing Plant was constructed in 1921 at a cost of $10k. The dimensions are enormous: a 52,500 sf building adjacent to a 15,000 sf empty parcel, plus a 14,000 sf office building with an 8,100 sf parking lot.

New Orleanians of a certain age (really old) will remember Frey’s ad campaign featuring the slogan “Demand The Brand” Frey’s frankfurters were banded together in the fashion of machine gun cartridges with paper bands connecting the links.

Frey Meats was founded in 1865 by Alsatian Andreas Frey when he was 58 years old. At one point Frey Meats employed 450 people.