About a month ago, I met up with my friend, Laura, for a vacation in New Orleans. I’d been meaning to go for years and finally followed through. Years ago, while still living in Charlotte, I won free airfare to New Orleans at a charity event. But due to a flight problem, we were bumped from our flight and had to get vouchers. We decided to trade in our vouchers to go to Las Vegas instead. No regrets on that! I knew that I’d get to New Orleans eventually.
Cut to 5 years later….
One thing I learned, everyone and their neighbor has a recommendation on where you should eat, drink, go in New Orleans. I can’t do it all people! There’s only so many meals to eat during a few days. So, if blah blah blah is better than where we picked, oh well I still had a blast & it was delicious!
Oysters & turtle soup at Felix’s.
Taking a walking break to listen to jazz at the Maison Bourbon.
The St. Louis cathedral…so lovely. It was great walking around there at night too with all the fortune tellers out. I got my palm read for the first time.
Beignets & cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde. I was sweating my ass off, but still had to get cafe au lait too. It was the experience of it!!
Drinks & dinner at NOLA. My meal was great! I had the cauliflower soup & the garlic crusted drum.
Besides eating some great food, I was most excited to go to the cemeteries. The history of them…so many unknown stories…the pain of them but also the beauty…the peacefulness. I felt calm there.
Smoked Pork Eggs Benedict
Listened to music at Pat O’Brien’s piano bar & drank hurricanes.
We took a bus tour around the city, which was nice. We also took a steamboat cruise along the river, which was pretty darn boring. Not recommended. It did give me a chance to rest up for more drinking though.
Hand grenades. Love love love, I wish I’d started drinking them the first night.
At dinner, I drank wine though. I’m classy at dinner.
Not a good picture, but this coconut cake at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse was the best!!! So tasty. And how confusing is it with all the Brennan stuff! We made the mistake of going into Brennan’s Bourbon House first and they had to redirect us. And don’t mistake Dickie Brennan’s with Brennan’s—because that’s closed now.
And PS they also own previously mentioned Commander’s Palace. (I listened on my bus tour of the city. 🙂 )
We took a trip over to the Oak Alley Plantation as well. The trees were amazing and would have loved to have just sat under a tree and read a book. The house was underwhelming for me. It’s hard to get excited about exploring an old house when you’ve been to the Biltmore. They don’t compare! At Oak Alley, they did make a good mint julep though!
It was a fun trip and my stomach feels full just from writing this wrap-up, whew!
In October 2014, I’ll be vacationing with Laura again…but this time in Key West!
Where was your last vacation? Where’s your next vacation destination?? I know where Linda is going!!