New Orleans

July 15, 2013

New Orleans…I’ll be honest, we weren’t really prepared for you.

You see, Ben and I did not think we would get that far South during our recent USA trip. But we ended up having some extra time and we jumped at the chance to head to The Big Easy! When we arrived we were a little unsure. We didn’t instantly fall in love, as we did with San Francisco, Austin and New York City.

New Orleans is… unique. It’s ornate and dirty and gorgeous and sticky. Sometimes it’s a little scary. Often it’s covered in powdered sugar or hot sauce. And it sounds like this…

It gets under your skin.

Ben and I were loaded with stellar food recommendations, which were so exciting, but really, we were a bit exhausted at this point of our trip. Ben had to work during the days and funds were ooooh a little tight at that point. So we ended up chilling out at our Air bnb rental and working for a decent portion of our visit, sneaking out for a few fun excursions to see some sights, enjoy tasty eats and soak up that Jazz. Yeah, it was pretty great. And by the time we left New Orleans, we had it. We got it. It’s magic.

Here are a few photographs of this beautiful, beaded city, plus some recommendations for you.

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First up, we dove into yummy shrimp Po Boys from Parkway Bakery and Tavern. These famous Louisiana sandwiches were ‘shove in your face’ good.

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We went to Gumbo Shop. For gumbo. Duh. Oh, and for daquiris at 11am. Double duh.

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Opposite Gumbo Shop on Royal St is a super cute coffee shop.

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Stanley‘s reportedly serve very delicious eggs. Their gumbo was tasty, as were their Creole potatoes, and I enjoyed my salad (I needed greens, you feel me?).

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Beignets. Do it. Get it. Love it. Cafe Du Monde is where it’s at.

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Boucherie is the sweetest little restaurant. They serve modern, gourmet Po Boys for lunch (think slow roasted beef with horseradish cream and pickled onions) and their garlic parmesan fries are super tasty. Oh, and their Pimm’s is outrageously delicious too. Thanks for the recommendation, Joy! Ben and I also visited for dinner one night and enjoyed one of the most lovely scallops and mussels.

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Dooky Chase is an absolute institution and well worth a visit. Rice and beans is their thing. I ate fried green tomatoes here. Anyone…?

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Pies & Quiches is a darling little shop that sells beautiful homemade Ps and Qs. We got a small chocolate cream pie to share. I wish there was more time for more pie…

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D.B.A. is an ace little Jazz bar on Frenchman Street. We saw Linnzi Kaorski do her sweet thing and now I’m a bit obsessed with her music. Please do visit Frenchman Street for Jazz and drinks and general fun. It’s where you need to be (not Bourbon Street!).

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The World War Two Museum in New Orleans is an excellent way to spend a few hours. I learnt so much, I left completely embarrassed about my lack of World War Two knowledge and with so much respect for the men and women who fought in that war.

And I cannot recommend doing a Free Walking Tour of the Garden District/Lafayette Cemetery enough! Our tour guide Sarah was so charismatic and full of information.

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Here is a list of recommendations we didn’t get to try (from friends who truly know good food).

Camellia Grill (the original location!) – for burgers, milkshakes and pecan pie.
Jaques Imo’s – for aligator cheesecake (whaaaaaat?).
Port of Call – for burgers.
Sucre – for ice-cream and macarons.

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New Orleans Notes

Length of Stay: 5 nights. A nice amount of time. You could certainly see a lot of the touristy parts in less time, though. We visited in June and it. was. hot. I’d recommend visiting in a cooler month, for sure. Mardi Gras would be wonderful, and I’ve heard St Patricks Day in New Orleans is a hoot.
Accommodation: we rented a fabulous Air bnb pad (seriously, this place is the bomb!). It was a great location for the French Quarter and Frenchman Street, though personally next time I would stay in The Garden District, to be more central to the eats I was after and to also stay amongst the gorgeous, grand houses.
Where we ate: see above!
Highlightsfalling for Beignets, the walking tour, late night Netflix sessions watching Breakdown and playing Trivial Pursuit, the World War Two Museum, Jazz on Frenchmen Street and just being in the South.

Heidi xo

 

 

 

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  • Cilla July 15, 2013 at 10:44 am

    OH I SO WANT TO GO THERE!

    I have a question. It may seem impertinent but I am going to ask it anyway because I suspect others are wondering the same thing..

    All that yummy food – how did you manage your weight? I want to know! (Perhaps balance, lots of exercise, not going too crazy etc) but would like to hear it from you 😀

    • Heidi July 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Hey Cilla! Sure thing, happy to answer 🙂 For me personally it’s all about activity. When I am on holidays I am usually super active – maybe a run or walk in the morning, then walking a lot during the day, maybe riding bikes, hiking etc. I love to be active & when on holidays this explodes & I need a lot of energy (kilojoules) to maintain my weight otherwise it can drop. When Ben & I backpacked across Europe we both became skinny runts as we were so active but not able to afford too much money on food. I could certainly keep the energy up with nutritious foods, & we did sometimes, but when on holidays in the USA, burgers & fried chicken are naturally going to feature 😉 Lots of green juice to keep the vegetables up as they make me feel good. But yes, that’s how I managed things. Hope it was a helpful explanation! xo

  • Hannah July 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I feel you. I miss you. And now I need to watch the second season of Treme. xo

    • Heidi July 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      I need to watch the 1st season!!! x

  • Leah July 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Yep, its on the list of go to places 🙂

    • Heidi July 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      good job 😉 x

  • addie | culicurious July 16, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Glad you had fun. You’re right about June not being ideal for coming here. Our nicest months are October and March. Best weather around at that time.

    Looks like y’all had some fantastic food. Let me know next time you’re back. There’s so many more great restaurants to try. And more opening each month! 🙂

    • Heidi July 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks, Addie 🙂 Cannot wait to visit again, maybe one year in Feb/March! Looking forward to coming again & hopefully meeting up at a fab restaurant x

  • Todd @ HonestlyYUM July 18, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Another good thing that happens in NO is Tales of the Cocktail. It’s actually just starting now so that doesn’t help you, but for future years. If you like cocktails, it’s pretty much the best thing EVER!!

    • Heidi July 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Good to know, Todd!! Sounds amazing x

  • Heidi July 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Have been looking forward to reading your recommendations! We should hopefully be in New Orleans in late October for 2 nights and I am super excited 🙂

    • Heidi July 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Oh ace, you’ll have a blast! You must do the walking tour & visit Frenchmen St x