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.
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.
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 hurricanes...so 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..
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!