"I still love Preservation Hall. It's so authentic and the guys
playing are incredibly gifted, and it's a real part of New Orleans.
Otherwise, there's always some place you can check out that has
music if you still have the energy after you've eaten all that
food, which I usually don't. But after dinner, I would go to the
Napoleon House for a drink. They're always playing opera. It was a
house that was prepared for Napoleon, but he never actually lived
there. The Columns Hotel on St. Charles is my favorite place to
have a drink in the Garden District. It's so cool, sitting on that
porch. The oldest bar in New Orleans is Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop.
It's a grungy, down-and-dirty kind of little bar, but it's so old
and it has so much history."
"All the plantation tours are wonderful. I did the ones at Nottoway
and Oak Alley. When I saw Oak Alley, with that whole alley of
trees, I decided I was going to get married there. I had
invitations printed and everything, and then I called off the
wedding, and then I met Mr. Wonderful. The invitations didn't go
out, thank God, but they were all printed."
"I filmed a movie in Baton Rouge recently and fell in love with
Lafitte's Landing, a restaurant in Donaldsonville, about an hour
from New Orleans. Lafitte's has been there forever. It's in this
old house, so it's like being in somebody's home. They have awesome
gumbo. [Food writer] Craig Claiborne named one of the gumbos Death
by Gumbo, because it was so incredible. I think they put a piece of
stuffed quail in the middle of it."
EARLY MEMORIES OF NEW ORLEANS