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"Ceci n'est pas une serviette." (This [New Orleans antique store bedspread] is not a napkin.) Apologies to Rn Magritte.

A word to the wise and weak-of-stomach: Avoid all hotels where LA Times staff writer Brady MacDonald has stayed. It doesn't even seem to occur to Brady to keep his icky manners under wraps. Here's the offending paragraph from Brady's piece on New Orleans from Sunday's Travel section:

We ordered our po' boys to go. Back at the hotel, I gleefully assembled my roast beef po' boy with "debris" the slow-cooked roast beef that falls into the gravy while cooking. Yes, that is roast beef with roast beef on top. I forked the debris, which came in an 8-ounce foam cup, onto the sandwich one bite at a time. After the euphoria of my first taste, I realized we'd forgotten napkins. I wiped my hands on the bedspread and plowed onward. (Italics, mine.)

GROSS! Double gross! Luckily, there's no need to guess which hotel to avoid, since Brady helpfully lists it below his piece:

Chateau Hotel, 1001 Rue Chartres; (504) 524-9636, I stayed at this historic French Quarter hotel with 48 rooms and a courtyard; breakfast is included. Doubles from $79.

(Probably not including bedspread dry-cleaning. And let's just hope it wasn't just the po' boy theme that kept Brady from writing about peeing in the pool.)

Posted by aalkon at November 1, 2004 8:53 AM


OK, I know how you feel about little tykes. But if you read between the lines of this article, who would keep bringing their food back to the hotel room except someone with very small children? As someone who once got takeout from Mendocino's lovely Cafe Beaujolais to eat in a hotel room with a two-month old, I have to admire his spirit, if not his bedside manners.

Posted by: Pat Saperstein at November 3, 2004 2:29 PM

There are some children I like -- the well-parented ones. They are few and far-between. I think he mentioned having a kid in the article, and a wife, too. That's a whole lot of bedspread-as-napkin. I'd rather not think about it.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at November 3, 2004 10:23 PM