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The name Rue Bourbon means Bourbon Street, in English, is a tribute to the unique cuisine and famous party street in New Orleans, Louisiana, the yearly Mardi Gras parade. And for those who don’t know, Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Why would someone be interested to use Rue Bourbon as a name for a pub???? Let me give you a bit of history…
Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility. When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided to incorporate these popular local traditions into the new faith, an easier task than abolishing them altogether. As a result, the excess and debauchery of the Mardi Gras season became a prelude to Lent, the 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.
Traditionally, in the days leading up to Lent, merrymakers would binge on all the meat, eggs, milk and cheese that remained in their homes, preparing for several weeks of eating only fish and fasting. In France, the day before Ash Wednesday came to be known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.” Many historians believe that the first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when the French explorers Iberville and Bienville landed in what is now Louisiana, just south of the holiday’s future epicenter: New Orleans. They held a small celebration and dubbed the spot Point du Mardi Gras. In the decades that followed, New Orleans and other French settlements began marking the holiday with street parties, masked balls and lavish dinners. When the Spanish took control of New Orleans, however, they abolished these rowdy rituals, and the bans remained in force until Louisiana became a U.S. state in 1812. (Party poopers!)
Louisiana is the only state in which Mardi Gras is a legal holiday.
Rue Bourbon is a famous and historic street that spans the length of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. When founded in 1718, the city was originally located in the French Quarter.
Though largely quiet during the day, Bourbon Street comes alive at night, particularly during the French Quarter’s many festivals. Most popular among these is the annual Mardi Gras celebration, when Bourbon Street teems with hundreds of thousands of tourists. Local open container laws in the French Quarter allow drinking alcoholic beverages in the street in plastic containers (drinking from glass or cans is prohibited). The streets are packed with tourists’ drinking Huge Ass Beers (a large plastic cup of draft beer marketed to tourists at a low price).
To make it short, Rue Bourbon is associated with merry making, drinking, topless drunks, beads, masks, floats, parades and literally a place for fun, fun and FUN!!!
As we entered the pub/restaurant, you can immediately feel the coziness of the place. Perfect if you want chill out and relax those stressed nerves. The music they play is not the type that would kick your migraine into high gear. Ambiance was perfect. We proceeded to the second floor as we were ushered by the waitress. Wood, yep, I can see wood everywhere, I can say the coziness definitely came from the amount of wood I saw. Trellises and old-fashioned lamps make you feel like stepping into a different era.
Mark started to take out his camera and other equipment (I don’t know much about cameras) while I started to check the menu.
We decided to order 3 Big Ass Beers for starters (yeah, they’re called Big Ass Beers…) P180
As for the chow, we ordered the following:
Rue Nachos –a smashed piñata: pale yellow, deep red, and purple tortilla chips topped with jalapeños, Mexican spiced beef, sour cream, and cheese. Top it all with tomato and onion salsa, fresh and mild and definitely went well with the Big Ass Beer! P370
|For the price, it was worth it!|
Bourbon Barbecue Ribs – the ribs were really good, the meat was so tender that it fell right off the bone as soon as my knife sliced through it. Very flavorful, served with Cajun Rice and corn and carrots. P295 (solo) P550 (sharing) Since there were 3 of us, we ordered the big plate.
Buffalo Fingers- I was disappointed with it though. Don’t get me wrong, it was good but nothing spectacular. Loved the dip though. P225
Gunpowder Shot- Sambucca set aflame; a dash of cinnamon and it blazes. The waiter covers it with a glass, killing the flame and trapping the fumes with a napkin. She hands me a straw. The waiter passes me the glass, and tells me to suck the fumes. (Php195)
I was the first one to try followed by Jed and Mark.
As for Mark, there was a little accident and I’m not going to post the photos… Lesson, don’t be too excited to take the gunpowder shot and don’t inhale at the same time as you’re drinking the shot… That is if you don’t want to have your sinuses cleaned!!!
Overall, our evening at Rue Bourbon was great! As Jed and Mark said, we will back! Next time with new recruits to try the gunpowder shot(makaganti man lang daw!).
Most of the photos above were taken by Mark Baldonaza, I am not taking credit for his photos. Watermarks were placed to avoid having the photos stolen. Thank You!!!!
|Mark Baldonaza with his cam|