Napoleon House New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 22, 2017

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I’m not a big drinker. Like many others, I had a few moments I regret in college (and maybe a few after), but for the most part, I will go weeks at a time without a drink. My favorite alcoholic mixed drink is a Pimm’s Cup, and whenever they are on the menu, I’m definitely ordering one.

During our trip to New Orleans, we didn’t plan very well, and so on the night we tried to go to K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, there was a long wait. We were directed to go down the street to Napoleon House. Little did we know that we were walking into our new favorite bar.

Come on. It’s so perfect that you have to go in.

Everything looks as old as it is.

I’m including both images for a full look at the tile details in the entryway.

It is very dark in the Napoleon House, so the next few images are a bit questionable. Don’t let that stop you!

Here’s the look when you walk in the front door. Even with the blur, you can almost taste the air in this bar. It’s incredibly atmospheric.

From the Napoleon House website:

For almost two centuries, the beloved landmark, The Napoleon House, on the corner of Chartres and St. Louis streets in the historical French Quarter of New Orleans, exudes a European charm that is a mecca for civilized drinking and eating. Its vibrant history prevails-the optimistic plot to provide refuge for the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte by the original owner, Nicholas Girod, Mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815, did not come to pass for the emperor. The building has been known as the Napoleon House ever since, either as an Italian grocery store to a restaurant with countless servings of the signature Pimm’s Cup and long list of classic Creole favorites.

Multiple Pimm’s Cups! I went for the original, multiple times. (Perhaps before I took this photo.)

We had to leave Napoleon House before we wanted to, as we got the call that our table was ready down the street. However, we definitely went back the following night before we had dinner reservations at Sylvain.

Old and new(ish) combine well.

A bar with lamps! Does it get better?

Will is having a Pimm’s Cup here as well. Normally he goes for the Sazerac, a New Orleans classic.

In what is one of my new happy places in the world, with my favorite beverage.

I cannot wait to go back to New Orleans. I know that all of our trips there will mean multiple stops at the Napoleon House.

Happy trails!

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Photography: RIP 1999 Nissan Altima

by Jamie Sanford on October 3, 2014

These are William’s photos. To see all of my photography posts, click here.

It’s been over 2 months since the last ride of my 1999 Nissan Altima. After some ongoing problems, it was an electrical issue that led to William and I giving up and buying a new 2014 Hyundai Tucson. More on that soon.

I am more emotionally attached to my cars than I would expect to be, given that I don’t think of myself as a “car person.” My last 2 cars have been ones I obtained from family members, and until this new Tucson, I had never had a new car before. The Altima was Nan’s car before it was mine. It smelled like Clinique stuff for a long time after I bought it from her.

Anyway, when we went back to the house where the Altima landed (and was picked up by, William took these photos of the car, and I wanted to share them. I have similar photos of the 1994 Ford Escort station wagon that died in 2008, and I cannot recommend enough to anyone that they photograph their car! This is always the stuff you look back at later. I wish I had photos of my 1990 Ford Tempo’s interior.

Thanks again to William for the photos.

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Sights & Sounds #42

by Jamie Sanford on April 23, 2013

Sights and Sounds #42

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Fashion says “me too,” style says “only me.” Lynn Dell gets interviewed by Leandra Medine, better known as The Man Repeller.

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I have spoiled myself like crazy on the How to destroy angels_ tour, but I don’t care! Here you can listen to the band talk about the development of the music and the tour.

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I don’t remember if I shared this one, but it’s a 27-minute video on the making of the iconic Nine Inch Nails “Closer” video.

The evolution of the Formula One car. This is insane!

Photo of the week, a non-Instagram image of the Flatiron Building from last week. I was trying to replicate an angle from someone else but it isn’t quite right. Still, how can you not love that view. I’m completely obsessed.

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A Car Wallet for the New Car Owner or New Driver!

by Jamie Sanford on June 28, 2010

My nephew is 15 and has a driver’s permit.  I immediately thought of him and eventually having a car when I saw this item.

The car wallet is perfect to hold all of the appropriate documents – registration, insurance, etc.

I also enjoy the retro look of the cover featuring a classic Beetle.

The Driver’s Wallet is available from Uncommon Goods for $15.

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Jamie as Mythbuster!

by Jamie Sanford on June 3, 2010

Not the actual Jamie who is a Mythbuster, me, busting the Mythbusters!

I am a huge Mythbusters fan, and just the other day, my husband and I left a lighter in the car because we had seen Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage leave lighters in hot cars and they didn’t explode or anything.

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A lighter can explode on a car dashboard.


The lighter was put in a toaster oven to simulate the maximum temperature that the interior of a car can reach, around 180 degrees Fahrenheit. There was no reaction for several hours, and the lighter finally exploded when the MythBusters ramped the temperature up to over 350 degrees Fahrenheit, well above any temperature that can be expected in the interior of a car.

Today, I left a lighter sitting in my car, in the cupholder in the center console.  I went into work around 8:55 and came out around 5:30, and large and small chunks of exploded lighter all over the 2 front seats!

As you can see, pieces were scattered on the passenger seat, the top was near the pedals, and there were 2 sizable pieces on the dashboard.  There are still little bits of blue plastic in my car.

Here are all of the pieces laid out on the hood–

I think I’ve found a bit of a flaw in those results from the show (I’m sure I’m not the first), and I think I know why, based on other knowledge about pressure that I’ve obtained from (you guessed it) watching Mythbusters.   In the car on the way home, I thought about the recent episode where Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara were testing the myth that a gas tank can turn into a rocket.

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If the propane tank on a barbecue grill is exposed to fire, it can rupture explosively and propel itself 150 feet (46 m) into the air.


The Build Team constructed a shed to California building code, placed a grill (with a full tank) inside, and stocked it with wood and charcoal to ensure a long and hot fire. When they ignited the shed, the pressure relief valve on the propane tank eventually opened and vented the gas. For all subsequent trials, Grant disabled the valve on every tank. The second trial involved a tank placed directly on a propane-fired burner; this time, the tank exploded and threw shrapnel up to 300 feet (91 m) in all directions. In a third test, the team bored a hole partway through the tank’s base to simulate an old tank that had partially rusted through, and saw it peel itself apart from the bottom up. Reasoning that the tank might need to have some vapor space in order to launch, they repeated the test with a partially filled tank and got it to fly 60 feet (18 m) into the air.

The team declared the myth plausible at this point, then continued working in an attempt to get a higher flight. Tory built a launch guide and set up a 9 mm pistol to fire upward into the base of the tank as it sat on the burner, creating an instant nozzle. With the fire going and the tank about to burst, the team triggered the pistol and the resulting blast sent the tank into a high, spinning trajectory – enough to convince them that a propane tank could become a rocket under the right conditions.

It occurred to me that I don’t remember Adam and Jamie testing lighters that weren’t new, and therefore not completely full of lighter fluid.  Less propane in the gas tank myth resulted in more space for pressure buildup and so the resulting explosion was more eventful.  I am going out on a limb and thinking that the same thing happened in the car today with my 50% or less full plastic lighter.  The pressure buildup was greater and so there was actually a chance for a real explosion of said lighter!

I am married to a scientist, and so naturally we discussed the other possible factors at play, wear and tear on the lighter, design, manufacturing of this single item, etc.  Of course it could have been flawed in a way that made the situation much more likely.  Even with that in mind, my geekiness was in full effect today when I found evidence of an explosion in my car.

(Edit – Also wanted to clarify that I listened to the Mythbusters and didn’t purposely try this at home.)

Do you watch Mythbusters? Isn’t it amazing? Do you have any wacky explosion stories?

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