Mr. J and I just got back from New Orleans for the first time. From New Orleans, Mr. J and I got on a cruise to the Caribbean Perfect 1 year anniversary celebration (if I do say so myself). I was psyched for the food in New Orleans. Some pretty reputable sources suggested all sorts of restaurants and I’d never been to New Orleans before. I loved it. I thought it was a cute city that definitely had its own vibe and culture. I love cities that have personality.
The food was fantastic. We stayed right down town at a hotel I scored a huuuuge deal with a friends and family discount. I earned it after taking about 134,543,467,874 calls from a sales rep at work. We went to Mardi Gras World to see how the floats are made, we went to all the tourist hot-spots, we went to the Louisiana History Museum to learn more about Hurricane Katrina, Mr. J got to get a couple of photos his dad took years ago from the same vantage point. It was a really great time.
Of course we went to Cafe du Monde. We actually made it early to beat the crowds. Early by our vacation-running-around-on-speed, standards actually means before they’ve even opened the patio seating. Like before they go from 10 tables to 40 tables.
Looooved the coffee. Obviously the beignets were delicious as well. Man, I need more chicory coffee in my life!
We had a super local feeling dinner one night too. We went to Pierre Maspero. We chose it because a) it was in walking distance and we were hungry/tired. b) it had a better balanced menu with choices for both of us c) it was priced that wasn’t going to give me heart palpitations after a 10-day vacay. d) the building has been around since the 1700s which is always a perk for me.
We started with some fried green tomatoes. It came topped with grilled shrimp! It was really good and I could have eaten that for my meal alone. The Mr. J had been eyeing a fried alligator appetizer he spotted on the online menu but that sadly wasn’t on the menu when we got there.
I got fried catfish that came with crawfish cornbread, rice, and white beans. It was tons more food than I needed. I couldn’t finish any of it. I didn’t even waste time on the rice.
Mr. J got the Fettuccine Corn Maque Choux. It had blackened chicken over corn, peppers, ham, and cream sauced fettuccine. He loved it.
It was a great meal in a super cute spot.
We went to the Wine Institute of New Orleans and I loved it. It was an opportunity to try all different wines.
We filled a card with a set amount (after reading that tip from others to avoid the priciest tasting ever). It was really fun and we tasted and enjoyed a ton of wines. It was a fun happy hour for us as a precursor to a later dinner.
I liked that a wine connoisseur wasn’t waiting for me to have a reaction to a particular wine and that we could chose our own size pour. It was really fun. We went as a chance to drink a few different ones. I would love to have this in my neighborhood to try a wine on the spot, buy it, and bring it home.
Some sights & tastes of the Caribbean is to come! Stay Tuned!