Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NOLA - Part 2

So where was I?  Oh yes, Nick and I's mission to eat/drink at least 10,000 calories a day while in New Orleans...

After tasting several different versions of the New Orleans staple, hurricanes, and grabbing a sandwich for lunch, we decided to just stroll around the French Quarter for a bit to explore.  The people watching is never-ending in the Quarter.

No trip to New Orleans is complete without a stop at Cafe du Monde.  Beignets are one of my favorite things about the city.  Yummo!  The place was packed earlier in the day, so we decided to continue to walk around and try to swing back around later in the day.  Luckily, on our second pass, the line had diminished and we were able to sneak right in to grab a table.  The menu is limited, but a few orders of beignets and some ice coffee sounded perfect on a hot afternoon!

It's so rare for us to take pictures of each other these days.  Usually Georgia is our model, so it was fun to take some actual pictures of "us" this weekend...

Cafe du Monde

Waiting patiently for a waiter!

Nick playing around with the different functions on my camera!

And then they arrived.... the most perfectly warm, sweet, and tasty little goodies all packaged in half a ton of powdered sugar...

You've got to take a photo before you dig in!

Powdered sugar madness!

Damn straight I got my own order!

Yummy beignets = happy Jenn!

We decided to head back to the hotel for a few hours before dinner to just relax and hang out by the pool.  Unfortunately, our hotel's pool wasn't anything fabulous and was already in the shade that late in the afternoon.  But, we managed to pass an hour just chatting with a fellow tourist and watching the frat boys on the other end of the pool funnel beers while swimming!

We had a dinner reservation at Muriel's right in Jackson Square.  I had walked right by this restaurant hundreds of times, but never had eaten there.  However, they had great reviews on Trip Advisor and the location is amazing, so I figured we could try it out.  We definitely were not disappointed.  Nick tried out the alligator bites (the rumor is true - tastes just like chicken!) and I had an amazing goat cheese/crawfish crepe for appetizers.  Unfortunately, between appetizers, beverages, and all of our snacking, we had little to no room for our entrees, which looked wonderful.  I had ordered the BBQ shrimp and Nick had the pork chop.  They tasted great, but we definitely left too much on our plates.

Nick loves his girly drinks - trying out a martini specialty!

Again, with the crazy settings on my camera!

Nick's pork chop

My shrimp

We definitely needed a stroll after such a wonderful meal, so we headed out to Jackson Square to just roam around and take in dusk in the city...

St Louis Cathedral at dusk

Of course, a night in New Orleans means that at some point, you end up on Bourbon Street.  Like a typical Saturday night, the place was H-A-P-P-E-N-I-N-G!!  I'm always surprised at the demographic make-up of Bourbon Street - you name the age group and they are represented.  You have the young college kids drinking like crazy, but they are joined by bachelor/bachelorette parties, well-dressed folks coming out of fancy restaurants, tourists pushing around strollers with infants/toddlers/small children, etc.  The religious fanatics are handing out literature, the cops on horses help with crowd control, and beads and boobs are thrown around like everyday is Mardi Gras!

Trying out a new look for the night!

Bourbon Street

Panoramic shot on the action!

We finished off our night by playing some slots and roulette over at Harrah's casino.  What a day - and we had been in NOLA less than 24 hours.  We had a full schedule and plan ready to go for Sunday!

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