Happy New Year! Can you believe we have entered into 2017!!!
Over this holiday break Adam and I decided to take a mini vacation to New Orleans, a.k.a.
I have never been before and he has only gone for business. It was only 1.5 hour plane ride away to spend 2 nights and 2.5 days away.
Here is what we did, and more importantly, where we ate each day:
First stop: lunch at Acme Oyster House
We each ordered a Bloody Mary and shared a 1/2 dozen raw oysters and a dozen char-grilled oysters. I’ve never eaten char-grilled before – they grill the oysters with cheese and lots o’ butter!
Afterwards, we walked around the French Quarter and waited in line at Cafe Du Monde for a cafe’ au lait, an order of beignets and a boxed mix to go for my dad (he LOVES sweets and baking).
The next 3 hours was spent resting in the hotel. We stayed at The Roosevelt.
The hotel holiday decor was MAGICAL! All lit up with beautiful flowers all over.
There were so many perks at our stay here that included a complimentary breakfast each day and $100 coupon to use anywhere in the hotel.
For the two mornings we ate breakfast there, we went to town!
We chowed down on avocado toast, croque madame ( anything with an egg on top is a winner), bagel with lox and egg scrambles.
Oh, and banana bread…because…when in Rome 🙂
We used our coupon towards the famous bar inside the hotel called The Sazarec. For cocktails, I went with the French 75.
It was not too sweet and the fizz was nice to sip on.
Adam went with the bars’ famous drink, also named after the bar, The Sazarec.
We strolled to our next pit stop, dinner at Arnaud’s, which was recommended by our Dani and also my fellows on Travel Channel – Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmerman of course 😉
We sat in the jazz bistro – it was only $4/person more to hear live music -what a bargain!)
We started with a bottle of Pinot Noir (which was later a bad mistake since both of us didn’t sleep too well from the fermented grapes),
escargot and their famous oysters bienville, oh and a whole loaf of bread and butter 😉
For dinner we shared Veal Wohl, which had a sampling of their crab cakes, a small piece of veal and crawfish with a side of wild mushrooms.
After dinner we took a stroll down Frenchmen Street. Bar after bar after bar. Almost all with LIVE music!!! It is seriously never a dull moment in this town.
Before taking our own walking tour around the city, a quick snack, or lunch number one you could say, was warranted. We stumbled upon Green Goddess.
A kombucha for the girl.
Adam and I split the green goddess wedge salad
and beet hummus.
We got an all day pass to ride the Streetcar that took us all over town.
We rode it to the Garden District.
The Garden District had beautiful, ornate homes, more like mansions, quaint shops and the friendliest store owners I’ve seen in a long time. Everyone was quick to offer great restaurant suggestions and chit chat about their city.
Sucre for sweets in the Garden District is a must. They offer a full range of gelato, macaroons and our favorite was the array of pastries.
A hot, drip coffee for him and a decaf almond milk cappuccino for me.
We split this divine invention.
This minty, chocolate heaven. I am not usually a big dessert person, but this was wayyyy worthy!!!
On our second and last night in NOLA, we took our uber drivers suggestion and ate at Red Fish Grill– we shared the seafood tower. Do I need to say more? It came with a dozen oysters, boiled and seasoned shrimp, and marinated crab claws.
At night we walked up and down the streets popping in and out of bars and outside markets.
Our last day we made a pitstop at Lululemon and a hippie store to get a tie-dye dress. Adam hates going shopping, so I bribed him with a snack and a comfy seat so he can chillax on his phone.
Our last meal we ate at Deanie’s. We order the fried artichoke hearts dipped in marinara sauce.
I ordered the bayou seafood salad that came with shrimp and a lump crab meat.
Adam ordered a shrimp poboy. He hated it 😉
Other lunch restaurant recommendations:
–Commanders Palace in the Garden District where you can wash down your food with 25 cent martinis. We tried to get reservation, but they were sadly booked up 🙁 Next time!
–Dooky Chase – another one recommended by my fellas from the Travel Channel.
Other dinner resturant recommendations:
–Mr. B’s Bistro
-Willie Maes Scotch House – for fried chicken and Mac ‘n Cheese
Overall, New Orleans was such a great place for a quick getaway. So much to do, eat and see.
We can’t wait to go back again!