The World Needs More Star Trek

I know, I know.  More about Star Trek.  Trust me, I have a point to this and it will all tie in to our New Orleans neighborhood by article’s end.  I haven’t lied to you yet, have I?  Now, let’s find out why the world needs more Star Trek.

If you’ll recall, we’re sponsoring a podcast called Rachel Watches Star Trek.  If you haven’t subscribed to it yet, I highly recommend it.  Chris can’t remember a time when Star Trek hasn’t been a part of his life.  Rachel can’t remember a time when Star Trek was relevant to her life.  She’s never watched Star Trek so now she and Chris are watching every episode of the original series and discussing their impressions.  It’s very interesting.  Rachel has the voice of an angel.  Here’s a link to the latest episode.  Thanks for the plug, Chris and Rachel!  Frau Schmitt and I are proud to sponsor this project.

And now, a word from our sponsor:



Alright, I admit it.  The majority opinion may be that the world needs more Star Trek like it needs more athlete’s foot.  Some people have had it up to here (you know what gesture I’m making as I write this) when it comes to Star Trek.

You’ll find plenty of Star Trek in New Orleans, though, and I’m not just talking about the flags that fly in front of our small personalized New Orleans hotel.  I recently made a pleasant Star Trek-related discovery right down Esplanade Avenue from our tiny hotel, on the very same street we hope you’ll call your New Orleans headquarters.

Now, before I go on, I have to point out that Rachel has not seen any of the original Star Trek episodes before making her podcast.  She and Chris are watching them in order without any preconceived notions.  Rachel, if you are reading this, STOP NOW!  I’m going to including some video footage from Episode #20 of the third season.  You’re only on episode 25 of the first season.  Good things come to those who wait.

As proof that the world needs more Star Trek, let me tell you this story now that Rachel isn’t around.

I was at Buffa’s on Monday to listen to Antoine Diel, who plays at Buffa’s every Monday night.  He is a very good singer and Frau Schmitt (who is the better half of this operation) is usually out on Monday evenings training our dog to run obstacle courses.  If I haven’t mentioned this before, our dog is quite the athlete, though, like most (all?) dogs, he doesn’t have athlete’s foot.

I was looking over the menu at Buffa’s and this is the last item on the menu:

The world needs more Star Trek
The Way to Eden, New Orleans-style, at Buffa’s on Esplanade Avenue.

The Way to Eden Burger!  Fortunately, the menu provides the rationale behind the naming of this vegetarian burger:  “If the Space Hippies from that classic Star Trek episode had this, they would never have left earth.”  Indeed.

I didn’t order it.  I had something else that I’ll discuss in another installment when I want to talk about why the world needs more Star Wars.  Suffice it to say, that the world needs more Star Trek and Buffa’s is serving up Star Trek two patties at a time.  It makes your mouth water, doesn’t it?  That’ll be $13.00 tastily spent.

Now this probably goes without saying to the geek squad that occasionally reads this blog, but just to illustrate what this vegetarian delight is named after, here is my favorite scene from the classic Star Trek episode, “The Way to Eden:”


Needless to say, Antione Diel is much, much more entertaining than those space hippies jamming out to their trippy-dippy space lyrics.  Antione Diel sings classic show tunes from the great American songbook.  That’s why I try to always make my way down to Buffa’s on Monday nights.

If you need a little more Star Trek in your life, it will be all around you in subtle ways in New Orleans.  If you already have enough Star Trek in our life, and, believe me, I understand why you might feel this way, there are plenty of other cultural currents in New Orleans.  New Orleans is a city dense and richly textured with culture, most of it home grown.  When you come to visit, stay at La Belle Esplanade.  We’ll get you out of the tourist bubble and into the real New Orleans.

This will be my last mention of Star Trek for awhile.  I’m not a Trekkie, or a Trekker, for that matter.  Frau Schmitt and I, like Rachel and Chris, have watched every episode of Star Trek, but we did it in a different order.  We started with Next Generation.  We’re only watching TOS (in nerd-speak) right now, pretty much on the same schedule as Rachel and Chris.  Don’t worry, unless you want to talk about Star Trek, and some people do, I’m not going to bend your ear over the minutia of Star Trek lore.  I sleep through most episodes.

If you want to talk about New Orleans while you are here, though, we are happy to serve as your goodwill ambassadors for all things New Orleans.  Frau Schmitt and I love New Orleans and we love to share what we know about this wonderful city we call home.  Visit New Orleans like a New Orleanian.  That’s what we’re here for.

Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, that’s for beginners.  Five or six nights on Esplanade Avenue at La Belle Esplanade, that’s a destination for winners.  You won’t be bored while you are here.

Have a great New Orleans day, today, wherever you may happen to find yourself,

La Belle Esplanade.

…ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans and in Louisiana, #3 in the U.S., and the #17 place to stay in the whole world.

Thursday, June 7, 2018:. It’s Zydeco Night at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl tonight.  What does that mean?  We’ll tell you when you are here.  New Orleans is full of pleasantly unexpected surprises.  À votre santé.

The world needs more Star Trek.
Your #1 New Orleans Star Trek hotel. Your #1 personalized New Orleans hotel, period.  You have two friends on Esplanade Avenue.