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New Orleans Fun


We're back from the Big Easy!  We had such a good time and as always, it was so fun to explore a new city.  This weekend was spent detoxing from New Orleans -- I ate my weight in seafood and drank more drinks than I usually consume in one month -- and sorting through our pictures.  I won't subject you to a recap of that but hopefully you'll enjoy our trip recap!  Word of warning: it's long.  I couldn't help myself!

This little vacay was born out of a work conference that Nick had to attend.  We figured that we should take advantage of the fact that I'm not working right now and have a wide open schedule that allows me to tag along.  While going away two weeks after moving may have made life a little crazy, you just can't turn down a practically free trip :)

We flew out of Detroit since we were in town for a wedding on Saturday night so that worked out perfectly.  We arrived in New Orleans on Monday morning and after checking into our hotel (the Crowne Plaza/Astor Hotel), headed to check out the French Quarter.  Our first stop was Pat O'Briens on Bourbon Street for one of their infamous Hurricane's.  Woof, those babies are strong.




Since we were starving (and knew we couldn't drink anymore without getting food in our system), we stopped in to Napoleon House.  We shared a muffaletta and tried out a Pimm's Cup that they're known for.  The sandwich and drink were new to us and we enjoyed both of them!



We spent the next couple of hours popping in and out of shops in the French Quarter and pretty much pointing out all of the beautiful architecture and unique buildings to each other.  New Orleans was similar to Charleston in the fact that I could just walk around all day taking in the little details of the city.

Around 2pm, we headed back to Canal Street to grab the St. Charles streetcar.  A $3 pass allows you to use the streetcar all day which is a great deal.  We took it over to the Garden District which is known for it's gorgeous and historic mansions.  I had wanted to do a walking tour (check out Free Tours by Foot... tip only tours in plenty of cities) but we just couldn't fit it into our schedule since I "planned" our trip so late.  It was okay though, we just wandered up and down the streets taking in all of the seriously amazing homes.


 Loved the stained glass windows

One of my favorites

Our last stop in the Garden District was Lafayette Cemetery.  I'm a big fan of the movie Double Jeopardy so I was looking forward to checking out places that were featured in the movie... the cemetery being one of them!


Apparently they close the cemetery at 3:30pm everyday but we managed to sneak in just as they were closing.  One of the gatekeepers gave us a 15 minute tour and it was really interesting to learn more about New Orleans culture... I could of walked around and read the gravestones all day long.






The skies were threatening rain so we headed back to the French Quarter on the streetcar.  We hid out in the hotel room while it rained for a bit and then we were off again to Royal House Oyster Bar.  We went pretty early as we wanted to keep things casual and we were starting to get wiped from our early morning and traveling.

I had a fried fish po'boy and I forget exactly what Nick had but both of our meals were delicious!  The best part about Royal House was being able to sit on the balcony.  It made for great people watching and we were able to enjoy the live street music.




After dinner, we had to walk off our meal so we headed over to Bourbon Street where things were starting to get a little wild :)  We stumbled upon Musical Legends Park where they were playing live jazz in a beautiful, somewhat quiet (and clean) courtyard.  We grabbed drinks and just took in the music for a bit before calling it a night.





Tuesday morning started off with breakfast at The Old Coffee Pot.  Yes, we do choose our restaurants based on places that have been featured on the Food Network :)  Breakfast was delicious and if you ever get in there, try the Calla Cakes!  So good.

Our next stop was to find the New Orleans Convention Center so Nick could set up his trade show booth for the show that began the next day.  I tagged along and it was fun to get to see what he does when he goes to these conventions.



It took us a couple hours but things went smoothly and then we were back to playing tourists!  The Convention Center is right next to the Riverwalk Outlet Mall so we walked through there but didn't really see any stores worth stopping at.

The skies were starting to turn dark when we got out of the mall and next thing we knew, it was pouring rain!  We hid out under a store awning for a bit but it didn't look like the rain was going to stop anytime soon so we ran to the nearest restaurant to grab lunch, The Crazy Lobster.  The highlight of this restaurant was that we got to sit outside and overlook the Mississippi River... but that was about it.  Nick and I split a mahi mahi sandwich (which was SO spiced that I couldn't even it) and was ridiculously overpriced.  Not worth wasting a precious meal here!

My mouth was on f-i-r-e!

Luckily for us, our next stop was Cafe du Monde for dessert :)  I was all ready to wait in line but we walked up to the "to go" window and there was only one person ahead of us!  This was Nick and I's first time eating beignets and they were soooo good.  Honestly, little bites of heaven.  What I would give to have one right now....




Upon stuffing ourselves with fried donuts, we spent the next couple of hours exploring more of the French Quarter.  My favorite stop was for drinks at the Carousel Bar located in the Hotel Monteleone (another Double Jeopardy spot).   Yes, it is literally a carousel bar.  It spins, slowly of course, and it is the coolest thing!  I enjoyed a Moscow Mule and Nick had a Gimlet and we had the best time there.  A highlight of the trip and definitely a must do in New Orleans.   





Dinner that night was at Irene's, thanks to Elise for the suggestion!  I had tried to get a reservation for the two of us before leaving with no luck.  However, Nick's coworker arrived into town and wanted to join us for dinner so I figured I'd give trying to get a reservation for three a chance.  It worked out and we were able to snag a 6pm table!  Since it was a work dinner, I couldn't be snapping pictures (haha) and only got this one but let me assure you, the food was exquisite.  Best meal of the trip, hands down.


After dinner, it was back to Bourbon Street.  That place really does come alive at night!  While we weren't trying to go too crazy with the partying, it was fun to enjoy drinks there each night and you can only imagine the people watching. We grabbed beers, thanks to another Elise suggestion :) and headed back to our favorite Musical Legends Park for more live jazz!




Wednesday was the first day of the trade show Nick was in town for.  We got breakfast at Mena's Palace (good but nothing special) and then parted ways for the day.  He headed to work and I headed to the pool :)  I spent almost the entire day laying out and reading The Fault In Our Stars.  I know, last person on Earth to read this book!  I managed to get quite the sunburn on my shoulders and chest so I considered the day a success.



Nick and I met back up in the hotel room about 4:30 where we got cleaned up for the night.  We had another work dinner to attend but before, we grabbed a drink and fried alligator (another first, yum!) at Le Bayou on Bourbon Street.  



Next stop was the work dinner at Red Fish Grille, upon recommendation from a local.  Dinner was good but the highlight of the meal was the dessert - Flaming Banana Foster Ice Cream Cake.  Oh my word.  I could have eaten the entire thing myself.


After dinner it was -- yep, you guessed it -- down Bourbon Street for us.  Since it was our last night, we decided to keep things really classy and get Hand Grenades.  Haha they were quite strong but also quite delish!  We popped in a few other bars but ended up at our favorite park again for some more live jazz.  Musical Legends Park was our most favorite thing about New Orleans.  We had the best time there and I loved that the show was different each night.  




Since it had been about two hours already since we last ate (and you just can't go that long while on vacation), we decided to give Cafe Beignet a try to see how it compared to the famous Cafe du Monde.  We grabbed some to go and took them back to our room so we could eat them in bed... talk about a gigantic mess.  But the conclusion?  Nick and I both agreed that Cafe Beignet was WAY better!  Maybe we just had a bad batch from du Monde but Cafe Beignet blew them out of the water.


The next morning, we were rocking a beignet/hand grenade hangover so we slept in a bit.  Nick headed off to his final day of the work conference and I checked us out of the hotel.  I spent the rest of the day shopping and exploring areas we hadn't seen yet, like Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest active cathedral in the United States.  The park was beautiful but I stopped into the church and it was breathtaking.  The pictures don't do it justice.












After the trade show was over, Nick and I met back up for our last Louisiana meal at Bourbon House.  The crab fingers were especially delicious.  




From there, it was on to the airport and back to Michigan.  We had such a great time but after a week of the heat, drinking and eating, it was also really nice to be home :)  Thanks for a wonderful trip, New Orleans!

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43 comments

  1. What an awesome trip! I've had a little too much fun at Pat O'Brien's before. Those Hurricanes sneak up on you! Bourbon Street is insane!

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  2. New Orleans is hands down one of the best cities in America. So much fun, so much to do and so diverse. Pat O'briens holds a special place in my heart as does Cafe Du Monde. Isn't the culture fabulous down there?

    I know people look down on Bourbon street, but it's SUCH a fun staple. A good time for sure.

    Your food sounds amazing. I always gain 10 pounds when I visit NOLA

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  3. How fun! Love that you get to travel with him..!! He looks great in his suit, and you're not the last to read the book.. I have yet to read it!! Is it good??

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  4. What a great trip! I love the musical legends courtyard!! We stumbled upon it once and some of my favorite pictures from New Orleans were taken there!!

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  5. yahh! im so glad you had a great trip! NOLA is such a beautiful city! I dragged H to the cemetery too!! he never saw Double Jeopardy so he didnt really get why I wanted to go there hah xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  6. What a fun trip! I went to NOLA back in high school, and it is still one of my favorite trips to date! Loved the food especially ;) We went a few weeks after Mardi Gras and people were still partying like crazy a night on Bourbon St!

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  7. I love New Orleans. Glad you had such a great time. Especially after the move! Chicago misses ya ;)

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  8. This is SO my kind of town. Holy moly, the food and drinks and history and architecture... perfect! PS you'll have to watch "The Fault in Our Stars" after you finish the book. I liked the movie better for some reason!? Welcome back!

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  9. Yayyyyy loooove NOLA! Looks like you guys had a fabulous trip, so glad you guys made sure to get Hurricanes, Hand Grenades, and beignets at Cafe du Monde YUM!

    How neat is that carousel bar?! I've never heard of it, definitely a must do on my next trip there :-D

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  10. This post just made my entire day! FAB pictures! I want to go so so badly and that cemetery is def the icing on the cake! So glad you two had a fabulous time and glad you're back safely! xoxo

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  11. OMG what a wonderful trip!! I am dying to go to New Orleans now!! That food, the sights and all the history - that city just has it all!! I could go for some beignets right about now!!

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  12. Umm so so SO jealous of your trip! Looks like an amazing getaway! I definitely want to go to New Orleans sometime. The food just looks amazingggg! Glad you had a good time!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  13. I'm so glad you got away from all the moving hub-bub & got to have such a fantastic time in the neatest town. I'd love to go down & visit some of those cemeteries!

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  14. holy cow this looks amazing. i've never been to NO but i am in March! gave me great ideas! love the cemetery pictures and that one of you with ice on your tongue. hahaha!

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  15. oh my goodness. no words. i went to new orleans for like 2 days 5 years ago and basically saw some pretty buildings and a lot of bourbon street. i can't even pick what i like the most about this recap but i have pinned it because one day i am going to copy the entire thing. lol. i would have cried about the mahi mahi -i cannot handle ht food, i'm such a baby! but really, gorgeous photos and i want that ice cream cake. yum!

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  16. What a perfect little getaway! I would love to visit there one day too. I loved all your IG pics you shared :) PS- I LOVE Double Jeopardy too!

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  17. Yay! I'm so glad yall had such an amazing time AND that you went to Irene's! That cemetary is beyond cool and I'm so jealous of all of your beignets you got to eat. I somehow forgot to visit Cafe Du Monde when I was in NOLA and I still kick myself! What a fab trip!

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  18. I hope you kept your hurricane glass! My parents lived there before moving to STL and we have tons of them. I haven't personally been to NOLA but trust me, its on my list!!

    Oh and I haven't read FIOS so I think I'm the last on the planet ;)

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  19. First of all, we were destined to be friends solely based on the fact that you like Double Jeopardy. That made my day! Anyways, what an awesome trip you had! I've never been there, but the buildings and history seem so fascinating. Not to mention all those delicious drinks and meals. :)

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  20. How fun that you got to tag along on a work trip! Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun!

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  21. I'm glad that you had a fun trip! I have been to New Orleans a few times, but it's been a long time. It's a fun city though and parts of it are very pretty. I loved all of those mansions in the Garden District. :-)

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  22. That looks like the BEST trip! I have never been to New Orleans but would like to go. The cemetery and carousel bar are too cool!

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  23. What a fun trip! I never had a particular urge to go there, but now it seems like a fun idea. I am curious about the fried alligator.

    I haven't read "The Fault in Our Stars"...I'm not always into very dramatic romantic reads, unless there is some crime/mystery/suspense.

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  24. well i typed up a whole response but stupid google crashed on me. so good food-good drinks-jealous-hate tradeshows-thanks for sharing haha. you should just stay unemployed forever!

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  25. What a phenomenal recap!! We went to NOLA a few years ago, but didn't get to do much exploring. I definitely want to go back! All of the food we had was AMAZING!

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  26. Your trip sounds like a dream! So fun! And oh, WHAT I would give for a beignet right now. Yummmmm!

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  27. Sounds like so much fun! New Orleans is definitely on my list of places to visit!!

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  28. What a FUN trip!!! Seriously all of that food looks soo good!

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  29. Sounds like a great trip! We went to NOLA last summer and it was a million degrees outside but we loved our time there as well! And the beignets - LOVE!

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  30. Reading this post really makes me want to revisit New Orleans!! Looks like loads of fun!

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  31. What an awesome trip! New Orleans seems so cool!! Loved all of the pictures and all of your food/drinks look delicious!

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  32. Oh wow, what a fun trip! I love tagging along on work trips; I once got to spend 2 weeks in Napa! New Orleans is on my bucket list, and since my brother in law is currently attending law school there, I really need to go soon!

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  33. This looks like so much fun! So much good food and gorgeous architecture in such a short time!

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  34. I love New Orleans! We pretty much go every year and I swear we find the coolest little places every time we go back! This is making me want to go again!! Such a fun city right??

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  35. So how would you rank New Orleans as an overall destination?! And how did it compare to Charleston? (Since I know you've been there recently, too!) Your recap made it sound FANTASTIC - great job?!

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  36. These photos are gorgeous! I would love to go to NOLA -- and I'll have to reference this post! Stephen and I had beignets at a new brunch spot on Sunday morning, but I know they weren't as delicious as yours! P.S. love your romper! xo

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  37. These pictures are amazing! I want to go to New Orleans right now!! You guys know how to do a vacation!! I love that you ate so many amazing things and did so many things on foot! Can I book a trip there and you plan the rest for me??

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  38. Wow! What an amazing city! Look like you had great weather for the most part. I want to eat every single thing you ate. Fresh seafood!! YUMMMMMM!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  39. How fun! I need to try to make it over to New Orleans. I'm only a few hours away but have NEVER been. Craziness.

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  40. wow! I totally dropped the ball on getting you recommendations for NOLA. I'm so sorry. I swear I started writing the email and then I must have gotten side tracked!! Thankfully, you made it to tons of awesome places and it looks like ya'll had an absolute blast!! It is truly one of my very favorite cities!! Irene's is awesome. I'm so glad you got in!

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  41. I am dying to go to NOLA. Your recap is awesome and I love your honesty. I am dying over the seafood pictures, especially the fried alligator. Did you love Charleston or New Orleans better?

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  42. SO glad you had a great trip girl! You guys got to do a lot of cool things for last minute planning!
    Is it weird that I want to go to that cemetery just for the tour? That sounds so cool!

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  43. It looks like you two had a wonderful trip... I love all the photos...

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