Monday, March 23, 2009

Wish You Were Here: New Orleans

There's no better city for a foodie than New Orleans, Louisiana and luckily it's only minutes from my hometown! I'm always on the lookout for any excuse to head to The Big Easy. And the thought of going 3 years without authentic Creole food, fresh beignets or the French Quarter has me homesick before I've even left the States!

Wish You Were Here: New Orleans

Snack:
Café Du Monde. Local favorite, yes. Tourist destination, oh yes. Tourist trap, no way. Their beignets live up to all the sugary, doughy hype! And the Café au lait isn't to be missed either.
Dick & Jenny's. I'm always a fan of casual, unassuming restaurants that serve a mean menu.
Petunia’s. No better spot for brunch.
Adolfo’s. Down home gourmet located in Marigny.
Commander’s Palace. You'll be treated royally by the wait staff and the food will give you plenty to write home about!
Pascal's Manale. Best "old" New Orleans style restaurant—don’t you dare pass up the barbecued shrimp.
Central Grocery. Because it would be a crying shame to go all the way to Nola and not get my muffuletta fix.
Hansen’s Sno-Bliz. If words could only describe my obsession with sno-balls... and because there's no better afternoon pick-me-up.

Sip:
Swizzle Stick Bar. A definite stop to unwind with a Corpse Reviver #2. I first went here with my parents and it's now a must! Plus the logo couldn't be any cuter.

See:
Audubon Park and Zoo.
• Walk off at least one meal by roaming the French Quarter.
• Mass at St. Louis Cathedral.

21 comments:

Bonjour Madame said...

I love Dick and Jenny's!

Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

I would likely sell my soul for a life with Cafe Du Monde's cafe au lait and beignets every morning.... MMMM!!

Ps. You can buy the mix to take with you overseas!! :)

http://www.cafedumonde.com/beignetdemo.html

Texan Couture said...

I crave it all! How I miss New Orleans!

CC {Cindy} said...

All my favorites too, Courtney!!!! ENJOY New Orleans!!!

PS....LOVED your TV spot!!! :)

J said...

A-M-E-N!!!

Tara said...

I've never lived there but I've visited often enough to miss it. :) One of my best friends lives there and we stop there on our way through to Houston every time. I know what it means to miss New Orleans. ;)

Joyce said...

Ahhh... the memories of visiting years ago. FUN...xoxo

Chris said...

How about the fresh stuffed artichokes at Central Grocery? Just like mama makes...

Pigtown-Design said...

I took a can of CDM coffee with me when I moved to the UK. Had to have that!

Gina Cartwright said...

Oh my gosh. I LOVE a quick trip to New Orleans. The best eating town the entire world! I think I gained 5 pounds just reading your post.

Christina said...

My first business trip was to New Orleans. I don't know if it was staying at a comfy hotel by myself for the first time or expensing delicious dinners on the company, but it remains one of my favorite trips. I remember walking through the French quarter are 5 pm and seeing the city come alive with street performers. It is quite a special place.

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

New Orleans is sooo wonderful! p.s. love that mustard dress in the photo! I can only imagine what you're going through as you get ready to uproot--wishing you all the best in your new life and hoping you will keep blogging about it all!

erika said...

Now I wish we were driving so I could stop in New Orleans on our way!!!!!!!!!!!!
XO
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K @ Blog Goggles said...

Don't worry, it's not too hard to come back to the States pretty often (I live in Hong Kong and will do the back and forth 5 times this year). Once you do the flight a few times you get used to it, and you build up so many miles on each leg that every third flight is practically free. :)

Vanessa said...

I've always wanted to go to New Orleans! Thanks for your insider's tips!

Kelly said...

i adore new orleans! i haven't had the chance in visit since before Katrina, but am planning a trip for late spring. thanks for the down-low!

xo
kelly

Abby said...

Great tips! I'm headed to N.O. next month and I'm definitely going to check out the swizzle stick bar!

Nicole Marie said...

i LOVE those ruffled shirts!!

Arlynn said...

You know me, as a former Nola girl, I have too many comments to share!

Oh, how I NEED a beignet... now.

It's obvious, the Big Easy will miss you as much as you'll miss it - almost.

: - )

And I can't get over your garage sale. Awesome!

No.35style said...

i am wanting to get up a couples trip to NO with some friends for this fall. It's been too long since i've been!

Anonymous said...

Not to forget
Mother's for their Po'Boys
Olivier's for their French food.
The Palace Cafe for a night out on Canal.