NOLA – A Girls’ Trip

A friend wanted to celebrate her birthday in New Orleans. I was hesitant to join but I am so glad I did!

We arrived on a Friday evening, and first stop was Luke’s for dinner.

Ambiance was nice, food was great, service wasn’t so good, our server seemed to not like us…

But anyway, I had Stuffed P&J Oysters and Shrimp Etouffee. Both were really good!

After stuffing our tummies with so much seafood, we decided to stroll around French Quarter. It was beautiful at night.

When we’ve tired ourselves and I was kinda sleepy, I’ve asked friends to grab a coffee and maybe try a beignet… So we headed to Cafe Du Monde.

Place was packed at 10PM!

Coffee was pretty good! Beignet, however, had too much sugar. Still good to try, this was the first beignet of my life!

Day 2: Woke up early to get breakfast. We stayed at Frenchmen St, and found Who Dat Coffee close by and decided to go there.

I ordered a large latte and Not Yo Mama’s Corn Bread, it was soooo yummy, sooo comforting. Just look at those bacon bits! Aside from great food, service was awesome and I definitely recommend this place 😉

Then, we got ready to go to Oak Alley Plantation. We took a Lyft from Frenchmen St, and it cost us around $80 to get there.

When we got there, ticket was $25 each to tour the house and grounds.

This was such a wonderful place. We dressed up cause we knew we wanted to take nice photos around this gorgeous plantation.

After an hour of taking pictures, we finally decided to take the tour of the house. It runs every 30 minutes.

Our tour guide took us back to 1836, there is so much history in this place. We were saddened and disheartened by how slaves were treated back in the day.

It was a first for me to visit a plantation, I wasn’t as aware of how slavery actually was in the 1800s, and this definitely increased my awareness as to why racism has always been a big issue. I left having a changed perspective.

On to happier thoughts! We came back to city and wanted to get fried chicken, our Lyft driver recommended We Dat’s, it’s a fast food fried chicken place, where locals go. I had classic wings and loaded fries, it was delightful!

We rested until it was time for dinner. Yep, we were ready to eat again. Haha.

I made a reservation at Cafe Amelie’s. Such a charming place!

I had their special cocktail drink and gumbo.

Overall, it was satisfying.

Afterwards, we walked (and goofed) around.

We tried going to Carousel, but jeez, it was way too crowded!! It was still nice that we got to see it.

We had to call it a night. We were too tired from walking and we planned another early tour for the next day.

Day 3: Woke up early again, for breakfast, cause it’s the most important meal of the day! (No kidding!)

This time, we went to Horn’s.

I had a large latte and a savory bread pudding, with mushroom and spinach, with eggs and avocado. It was tasty!

Great food and great service at this place!

And yes, for that other early tour, we booked a swamp tour with Cajun Pride for 9.30AM. Apparently, alligators might not come out later in the day and obviously we wouldn’t want that.

A friend got peed on by an alligator, we all thought that was hilarious and once in a lifetime experience! And I captured it on camera!

When it was my turn to hold the alligator, I couldn’t. I don’t know why I just couldn’t but anyway it was such a fun and interesting tour!

Now, on to lunch, we wanted more seafood and this time we opted for ACME Oyster House.

Grilled oysters were so delicious!! Gumbo was ok, after eating gumbo after gumbo, maybe I was a little tired at this point.

Then, we walked around French Quarter, to take mandatory photos of NOLA.

Then, went to Sucre for dessert.

After which, we had to visit Garden District, and of course, the most famous Buchner Mansion.

Then, we walked back and around the city again. Until it was late night and time for dinner! Oceana Grille was a great option cause it was 9PM and most restaurants close at 10PM. Oceana was open til 1AM.

My friend and I shared Fried Eggplant, Oyster Rockefeller, and Taste of New Orleans (Gumbo, Jambalaya, & Red Beans). Oh yeah, we had to eat, it was our last night, so we ate our hearts out!

This restaurant is huge, btw! Food was great and service was just as great!! Highly recommended!!

And that was it for Day 3.

At this point, I realized I only had two meals left, I knew I had to make the most of it!

Day 4: For breakfast, I had to try Cafe Beignet. A friend told me this place has the best Beignet in NOLA and she was right! Coffee was better at Cafe Du Monde though.

Then, we went to Woldenberg Park, just to stroll and see what’s out there. It was beautiful.

Then for our last hurrah, last meal in NOLA, we went for Royal House.

Nice place, good service. My friend tried Shrimp Creole, which was truly delectable! I, however, had to have a Shrimp & Grits, this was my only chance, but it was a total disappointment! I’m sorry! But it was dry and lumped together like mashed potatoes (you can see the three lumps on the photo). In all fairness, our Lyft driver said that Shrimp & Grits in NOLA isn’t like this and I just tried it at the wrong place, too bad!

But I would still recommend Royal House, just not the shrimp and grits!

I had to pick up some Pralines to bring home, and Leah’s Pralines was conveniently just right next to Royal House. I got a hot sauce from them too!

And then it was time to go. I had so much fun exploring this fun and vibrant city!

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leave marks on you.” ― Anthony Bourdain

Be joyful always,

LP

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