The Big Easy.

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Recently we went to visit our friends in Mississippi and decided that while we were there, we had to visit New Orleans, neither of us had ever been so why not!?

We stayed at Hotel Le Marais, right in the French Quarter.

{There was A LOT of construction near the hotel, so I had to call to get an alternate route, Pierre was such a huge help, he stayed on the phone while guiding me street-by-street to the parking garage.}

We chose a room on the courtyard side of the hotel, so we didn’t have the street noise right outside. Loved the cute little balcony!

We set out to explore and find an adult beverage, so we made our way to the historic Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (the oldest bar in the USA) and had one of their famous Voodoo blend drinks – It was perfect for the HOT fall day!

You guys, I’m from Virginia and was NOT prepared for the heat/humidity of the deep south…I don’t care if it’s “Fall” you pack for Summer!

Next up was a visit to the Voodoo Museum, this small museum (house) is FULL of voodoo artifacts and you can learn a bit if you take the time to read the descriptions. This is not your typical museum but worth the 15-20 minutes and $7 entry.

I spent a lot of time just admiring my surroundings…

For dinner we went to the highly recommended Cochon – everything that we had was fantastic, starting with the Fried Boudin Balls.
(if you’ve never had Boudin you’re missing out on a unique eat, our favorite is pork but you can find it made with shellfish and alligator as well!)

For my entrée I had the Smoked Beef Brisket with Horseradish Potato Salad and a side of the Smothered Greens – yeah… It was fantastic.
Southern comfort food at its finest.

After dinner we made our way back to Bourbon Street for a night cap. I wish I could tell you that we stayed out all night and saw the sun come up buuuut no. I love my sleep too much and did not want to have a hangover!

First on the agenda the next morning…. BEIGNETS! We grabbed a small table at Café Du Monde and enjoyed the listening to the jazz performers over coffee and the most wonderful, fluffy, powered sugary beignets!

(Mission: Learn to make beignets like this at home)

If you know me, or if you’ve read my previous posts, you know I am a sucker for an old church. St. Louis Cathedral went through a lot to become the lovely structure that it is today – definitely worth the visit.


Another spot that caught our eye while wandering around was the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. This place is full of interesting medical history, tools and artifacts – another quick stop worth the $5 entry.

For lunch I can’t think of a single thing I would’ve rather had than this monster sandwich from Central Grocery… this my friends is the muffuletta and Central Grocery is where is was created. I could eat the olive salad with a spoon…

{tip: unless you want to be miserably stuffed, half a sandwich is plenty for two…the whole sandwich…well, remember no diets on vacation!}

For dinner we went to GW Fins – {we showed up without a reservation and had to wait about 45 minutes, it was worth every. single. second.}

We stared with the Crispy Pork Belly and Yellowfin Tuna Tartare…

For the main course I had the Blackened Swordfish {sautéed spinach, mashed potatoes, fried shrimp} and Chris had the Scalibut, GW’s signature dish {halibut, sea scallops, lobster risotto, snow peas}

Should you find yourself in Nola, make a reservation and go. Do it. Treat yo self. We also took dessert to go!

Our last morning consisted of more food {surprise!}
For breakfast we went to the Ruby Slipper Cafe.

When you can’t decide which Eggs Benny to get, you get two! On the left Eggs Cochon {slow-cooked, apple-braised pork topped with a poached egg & hollandaise} on the right Chicken St. Charles {fried chicken breast topped with a poached egg & finished with a pork tasso cream sauce} and across from me, the Shrimp Boogaloo {Gulf shrimp with pork tasso, creole tomato sauce over fried green tomatoes} *wipes drool from chin*

I am a HUGE American Horror Story fan, so of course we had to stop by the Buckner Mansion aka “Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies” which served as the exterior house on AHS: Coven.



And one last stop on the way out, was by Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 – we didn’t spend a lot of time here as we had a 16 hour drive ahead of us, but would love to do a guided cemetery tour next time!


New Orleans…so much to do, so much to eat, so little time… We enjoyed our few days and will definitely be back!


Have you been to New Orleans? What were your favorite spots?

Tell me in the comments below!



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