Monday, May 4, 2015

My First New Orleans Experience

It is a ROUGH Monday for me this morning. After spending several days in NOLA, surviving JAZZ Fest, and traveling all day Sunday..I am exhausted to say the least. BUT it was all worth it...after the fact at least.

I won't venture to say that NOLA stole my heart but I definitely enjoyed the city and what it had to offer! The purpose of the trip was for CLE classes...great location for a conference btw :) but I found plenty of opportunities to have fun.

I ate..ALOT

It's no secret that NOLA is known for its culinary scene and honestly the food is one of my favorite parts of traveling. 

Upon first arriving at the hotel we were told by the valet attendant that we had to go to Mother's Restaurant. This is the type of recommendation I want to get..from a local who walks the streets and eats in the city everyday. He delivered. We immediately knew we were in the right place when we saw the huge line outside the restaurant. It was a booming crowd full of locals on their lunch break and tourists. This is not a fancy place. The cafeteria style restaurant boasts to have the world's best ham and while I am not a ham fan I heard great things. I opted for the shrimp po'boy and was very pleased. Great lunch spot!

Based upon TripAdvisor reviews we headed to SoBou for dinner. Perhaps it is me and my unsophisticated palate but it was not my cup of tea. I tried very hard to be open minded to menu items such as yellowfin tuna cones with avocado ice cream and sweet potato beignets with foie gras fondue but I just couldn't. It was a very cool spot and an experience indeed but just not for me. 

My favorite meal by far was at Muriel's in Jackson Square. I would go back to NOLA just to eat the crawfish and goat cheese crepes--amazing! The pecan crusted drum fish was also very good and duh, I had to get the red velvet ice cream sandwich. 

I drank..

In a city that allows you to drink freely in the streets at any time of day there is bound to be some debauchery. Let's just say I had my fair share of many that I may never want one again.

Of course we had to have Lilly drinks on Oaks Day to bring KY spirit to NOLA on Derby weekend.

I walked my legs off..

NOLA is definitely a pedestrian friendly city which is perfect when you're traveling without a car. My hotel was luckily within walking distance of everything in The French Quarter. My FitBit was very happy during this trip as I logged LOTS of steps. My thighs were also very happy because I was able to counteract all the food I ate with some walking. Here are some sights..

Jazz Fest

I'm going to post more on this later but Jazz Fest was quite the experience and may have gotten the best of me. After the 3 hour packed as sardines bus ride, the 1.5 hour wait to get tickets, and fighting a crowd of thousands of sweaty people I may have realized that I do not like music festivals. In the words of my friend Levi, it was "asses to elbows" and I can't think of a better description.  I wanted to LOVE it so much..but it was SO much work. But..I did get to hear and see from very very afar Elton John, TI, and Ed Sheeran. 

It will for sure be a double coffee morning but Happy Monday friends! 

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  1. Okay, yum - that shrimp sandwich looks amazing! I love the top you wore to the Jazz Fest too, I'm obsessed with white for the spring/summer!

  2. Looks like you had an awesome time!! I go there for a conference each year!

  3. I would LOVE to go to new orleans. So pretty and so much life!! Plus, big fruity drinks, beingets, and po boys... food is my life.

  4. This makes me so very excited to go to NOLA for my first time this June! I can't wait. Going to have to put some of these food places on the list and attempt to match you Hurricane for Hurricane!

  5. The foooooood!! Wow, it looks so amazing! The architecture looks really cool too! Sounds like such a fun trip - thanks for the great recap!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  6. Omgggggggg the food!!!! I'm drooling!!!!!
    The line up, what what that must be good food!!
    Love your photos! Looks like an awesome time.

    I won't mention the word hurricane hahaha

  7. I have never been to NOLA either but you had me at red velvet ice cream sandwich and drinking outta that fish bowl. So fun! Oh and that top at Jazz Fest, love it!!! So glad you had fun, your pictures are beautiful and so are you!!! :-)

  8. That food looks amazing! I would need to do tons of walking after eating all of that haha. We keep meaning to go visit New Orleans since we're just a few hours away, but haven't made it there yet. This makes me want to plan a trip right now.

  9. Looks like you had so much fun. The food looks so good. I want some. I really want to go to NOLA.

  10. Looks like such a fun weekend! I love food tourism as well, I just think that food says so much about a city and it's identity. Looks like you did an awesome job on the food front! I could see how hurricanes could end up as too much of a good thing! Sorry about your music festival, I kind of feel the same way, they are a bit dirty, super cramped, and you don't really get to enjoy the music, I much prefer just going to a concert. Glad you enjoyed NOLA, definitely need to visit there! Lucy x

  11. Sounds like you had a fantastic time! I went last year for a bachelorette and definitely did a lot of drinking but not enough eating. I want to go back to explore more of the history and sites. Hope your Monday wasn't too rough!

  12. Jealous. I've been wanting to visit New Orleans for two years now!

  13. My 1st and only trip to NOLA was for the National Championship game. We seriously drove straight there, spent 3 hours before the game in the French Quarter, and then headed home after the game (it was at the end of my last semester in law school). Anyways, it looks like you had an awesome time:)


  14. Looks like a pretty perfect weekend! NOLA has been on my to-travel list for awhile and I'm hoping to visit soon :)

  15. Oh my gosh! That trip looks amazing!

  16. Good lawd! The food is to dangerous because it just continues to fall into you mouth without warning. lol. At least you can do a lot of walking to pretend to work the calories off. :-)

  17. So many yummy eats! I would love to visit there one day!

    Her Heartland Soul

  18. i can't believe i've never been to nola - great suggestions for places to go! i would eat and drink my way through that city too - i just know it. at least there was plenty of walking to (help) balance it out :) thanks for linking up! xo

  19. Sooooo much fun! I went to NOLA several years ago and can't wait to go back. All the food and of course the drinks are amazing. Can't wait for another hand grenade and hurricane :)

  20. Out of all things about NOLA, the food is what I miss the most. Eating is the first thing on my to do list whenever I go home! So sorry to hear about your Jazz Fest experience, that sound awful! Hopefully you still had a good time! I've never had to wait like that for Jazz Fast, but it's been like three years since I've been able to make it. I wanted to go so bad this year! The lineup was amazing! Did you by any chance get to try the crawfish monica or crawfish bread there? Those are always a must!


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