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NOLA for Winter Vacation

January 12, 2017
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Hi friends!

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:

DAY 1

First stop: lunch at Acme Oyster House

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Oh, and banana bread…because…when in Rome 🙂

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We used our coupon towards the famous bar inside the hotel called The Sazarec. For cocktails, I went with the French 75.

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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.

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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 😉

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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.

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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.

DAY 2

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.

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Adam and I split the green goddess wedge salad

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and beet hummus.

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We got an all day pass to ride the Streetcar that took us all over town.

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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At night we walked up and down the streets popping in and out of bars and outside markets.

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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.

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I ordered the bayou seafood salad that came with shrimp and a lump crab meat.

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Adam ordered a shrimp poboy. He hated it 😉

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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!

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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.

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We can’t wait to go back again!

Cheers!

xxJ

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