New Orleans

I went to New Orleans for a couple of days in January of this year with a good friend of mine — it was definitely one of my all time favorite vacations!  Unfortunately I lost a good portion of the pictures I took when my computer crashed, but I had to share the utter awesomeness that is New Orleans with you, so here goes! :)

We started our first day with a trolley ride uptown for brunch at the highly Bee recommended Dante’s Kitchen.  Unfortunately it was closed, so we ate at the Camellia Grill — luckily it was delicious!  We had their famous chocolate freezes…

…with their pecan waffle and a chili and cheese omelette with fries.  Artery clogging deliciousness!

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After brunch we followed the Garden District Tour outlined in the Frommer’s New Orleans guidebook. Whether you decide to walk the tour yourself or go on a guided tour, this is a must do for your New Orleans trip.  The variety of architectural details, the history, and celebrity houses galore was fascinating!

This house below was owned by Anne Rice and her family.

I think this is Nicolas Cage’s house below.  You can’t really tell in the picture, but it’s a ginormous mansion!

Horse Parking

The Lafayette Cemetery

We had a very yummy dinner at another famous New Orleans restaurant, The Palace Cafe.

At the time we were obsessed with Twilight, so we had to do a Vampire Tour in the French Quarter.

Don’t our guides look like vampires?!

We had to have a hurricane from Pat O’Brien’s.

We came on the weekend of the Sugar Bowl, so the streets were filled with Utah and Alabama football fans!

Bourbon Street

We started the next day bright and early with the beignets at Cafe Du Monde.

Even the horses were beedazzled!

St. Louis Cathedral

This shop in the French Quarter had weapons, plantation keys, deeds of sales for slaves, money from when each state used to issue its own currency – a fascinating glimpse into southern history!

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Remember that scene in Interview with a Vampire when they’re carrying out all the coffins of the bodies that Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst have killed?  This is that building!

I was obsessed with all the colorful plantation shutter doors.

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This was one of the highlights of the trip — a muffaletta from the Central Grocery.  It’s a plate sized sandwich made of cheese, olive salad, and various cured meats.  All the food in New Orleans is to die for, but this was my single favorite meal!

These college kids were asking us to flash them in exchange for beads.

We even scored some tix for the Sugar Bowl! (Utah won.)

We bought them off this couple, who were very recently engaged!

We took a ferry across the river to visit Mardi Gras World!  Riding on a Mardi Gras float is now on my bucket list!

This trip was all about the food.  I ate so much, I couldn’t fit into the only pair of jeans that I brought.  I had to buy the dress below and wear it everyday to accommodate the 3 pounds I gained in my stomach over one weekend!

Harry Connick Jr. has the most prestigious krewe, called Orpheus.  You have to pay I think $2000 to ride on the float, and spend another $1000 or so on beads to toss!

Oysters, fried crawfish, jambalaya, and gumbo at Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar.

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Another absolute must do is listening to jazz at Preservation Hall.  I can’t say I’m a huge jazz buff, but this show was phenomenol!

Not pictured but we also:

  • had brunch with the adorable BOPS! :)
  • ate delicious po boys at Mothers
  • did a cemetery tour of St. Louis No 1
  • visited City Park (it was deserted and is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina)
  • stayed at the International House (a very nice hotel conveniently located 2 blocks from the hubbub of the French Quarter)

Please feel free to comment with any questions about New Orleans, or if you have any suggestions for places I should visit next time!  I don’t often visit a place more than once because there are so many places to see in the world, but New Orleans is one place that I must definitely return to with Mr. Bee.   The food! The culture!  The history!  The partying!  Whether you’re looking for a great minimoon, bachelor or bachelorette party destination or just a little getaway, New Orleans truly offers a little something for everyone!  I’d come here over Vegas any day! :)

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Mrs. Bee

Location:
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Wedding Date:
March 2005
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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:50 pm

    SO shouldn’t have read this post hungry — what was I thinking?! New Orleans is definitely on our list of places we hope to visit. (It’s a loooong list!)

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    maryjane 1971 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:57 pm

    OMG YUM. I’m getting fat reading this post.

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    dachshund 689 posts, Busy bee @ 4:58 pm

    All of that DELICIOUS looking food is putting my cup-o-noodles I’m having for lunch to shame.

    Mmmm.

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:00 pm

    Wow look at all that food! You’re lucky you only gained 3lbs… I’m pretty sure I gained atleast 5lbs from just looking at the pics! It looks like such an awesome trip :)

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    ke3 255 posts, Helper bee @ 5:07 pm

    I LOVE the preservation hall jazz band! They’re amazing. Glad you loved New Orleans!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:12 pm

    New Orleans just got bummed up on our list of places to go! That food looks tasty!

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    worldtrekkerbride 73 posts, Worker bee @ 5:20 pm

    I’m so happy you enjoyed your trip to Nola! I was born and raised in the heart of Cajun country (aka south central Louisiana) but weekend trips to New Orleans are the norm. Next time anyone comes down to LA, try visiting Lafayette, St. Martinville and the surrounding areas. It’s about 3 hours from Nola but this is the true heart of the Cajun/Acadian community and we have retained most of our traditions in their orginal form. New Orleans is an amazing and proud city, sort of a hybrid combination of various cultures.

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    bellanottebelle 15 posts, Newbee @ 5:30 pm

    You’ve really got to look out for those colourful margaritas on Bourbon St. What colourful goodness goes in, must come out in a similar colourful state.

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    alvina 807 posts, Busy bee @ 5:34 pm

    That golden retriever was so cute. And I can’t believe that house had red hooves!

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    onion 711 posts, Busy bee @ 5:45 pm

    Looks like you had a fabulous time. I’ve only been to New Orleans once for a conference, but wish I’d seen more while I was there. I’m thrilled you got to hear the Preservation Hall Jazz Band — they were the headliners on August 1st this summer at the Litchfield Jazz Festival in CT and they were fan-freakin’-tastic. They even had the stage packed with audience members at the end! I’d totally go to New Orleans to hear them again.

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    birdofparadise 345 posts, Helper bee @ 5:46 pm

    yay! i’m so happy to hear you loved nola + to read your recap! mr. bop and i had such a great time meeting the two of you!

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    Kat, Guest @ 6:05 pm

    Holy Canoli Bee! What a fun time! The pictures are great and the food looks HEAVENLY!

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    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 6:11 pm

    Whoa! You are much braver than me. I could never step foot on St. Louis No. 1…ever!

    Next time, you and Mr. Bee totally need to do the jazz brunch at Commander’s Palace on a Sunday. You might be able to snag the presidential booth, where Prez Bush sat whenever he’d go there (which was everytime he went to NOLA apparently).

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    loveardently 85 posts, Worker bee @ 6:17 pm

    Ooooh… i’m so glad you post about New Orleans! We are planning to do a road trip from Texas to there for our little Christmas getaway, but we know NOTHING about the city and everything. So, i’m glad you’re giving a good amount review about it!

    I was interested about the Mardi Gras World you mentioned. Is that just opened/available during the Mardi Gras day? Or can we visit it the rest of the year?

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    missvintage 571 posts, Busy bee @ 6:39 pm

    So glad you love NOLA! I just moved here 2 months ago, and I am so in love with this city. And you are sooooo right about the muffalettas and, unfortunately, how easy it is to gain weight here!

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    missvintage 571 posts, Busy bee @ 6:40 pm

    loveardently: oh and to answer your question, you can go to mardi gras world year round, it’s where they store the floats during the year. Their website is http://www.mardigrasworld.com

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:41 pm

    I really need to visit New Orleans, my grandma’s from there and I’ve always wanted to see what it’s all about. Looks like a great time.

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:53 pm

    oh my gosh you take such fantastic pictures!! And it looks so fun and beautiful there! I must go now :)

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    lalalandTN 131 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:12 pm

    Absinthe house!! You must! I love NO :) but the last time we were there, trolley such as in pic #1 crashed into a pickup truck on the tracks (whaaa) so it stole a few hours from us while reports were written etc.
    Cafe Dumonde! Saint Louis! Central Grocery! Check check check! Great pics :)

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    Miss Cashmere 41 posts, Newbee @ 7:15 pm

    I’m so glad you loved my city!!! I’m getting married at St. Louis Cathedral in May!!!

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    Ferris Wheel 224 posts, Helper bee @ 7:33 pm

    Aw, I love New Orleans! Next time, be sure to go to the Marigny to see Frenchmen Street and eat at the Cake Cafe on Chartres Street… if anyone’s interested here are some attractions I put on my wedding website for out of town guests: http://www.mywedding.com/oct2409/attractions.html

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    van pham, Guest @ 7:40 pm

    oh how i miss new orleans. no other place like that. if you had came later in january you may have been able to go to a parade for during the mardi gras season.

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    Epiphany, Guest @ 7:41 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this! We’re thinking of doing our mini-moon in New Orleans, which should be a blast on New Year’s Eve.

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    jhguba 242 posts, Helper bee @ 8:09 pm

    wow, what a trip! That food looks amazing, but my favorite picture was the horse’s bedazzled hooves! haha

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:52 pm

    that looks amazing! New Orleans always seems like it has so much character, and SO much yummy food!

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    karameldreamz, Guest @ 11:58 pm

    Love love love New Orleans. There is so much to do and see. I would recommend if you love the food you have to take a demonstration lunch class at the New Orleans School of Cooking (http://www.neworleansschoolofcooking.com/). Try to get the class with Big Kevin. He is so entertaining. After they demo, you get to eat the food and drink beer. At the end you get the recipes. The class I took we learned about Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding (we made Pina Colada Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce…it is amazing!) and Pralines. I went with 4 girlfriends and we had a blast!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:41 am

    aww! i’ve always wanted to go to new orleans. i hope i get that chance someday soon

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    KateMW 2704 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:13 am

    Next time you go you must eat at the following places…

    Acme Oyster House{across from Felix’s} for chargrilled oysters. So yummy!
    Cochon~ a new modern twist on traditional Cajun/Southern Food. Great gumbo and boudin.
    Domilisie’s~fantastic po-boys
    Mother’s for breakfast, not lunch. ham biscuits with jelly are a must!
    Galatoire’s for Friday lunch. It’s quite the scene and soooo entertaining. It’s also very good.

    I could go on and on…

    Did you enjoy the International House? That’s where we stay. Their restaurant is actually really good too, but with all the great food out in the city, it’s hard to take the time out to eat there. There is also a new hotel called The Roosevelt that was just opened. It was redone after Katrina and restored to it’s original beauty from years ago. Lovely! There is a really good Italian restaurant owned by John Besh in it.

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    fanatic888 446 posts, Helper bee @ 10:48 am

    I fell in love with New Orleans when I went down there for a work trip. The beignets at Cafe du Monde are the best pastry I’ve had in my life. It looks like you did quite a little tour. I really want to take my fiance back as well.

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    abrideagain 532 posts, Busy bee @ 11:29 am

    My FI and I go to NOLA every year for Jazz Fest. We meet up with some really good friends and we all travel in to NOLA. We drink, we laugh, we do the walking tours, we eat SO MUCH good food. It’s a tradition for us…

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    shezow 14 posts, Newbee @ 12:34 am

    Love Central Grocery! Another favorite is Acme Oyster House. We go down for Mardi Gras every year and I hit Acme as many times as possible!

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    Mrs. B!, Guest @ 3:46 am

    OMG – I tried beignets and they are TO-DO-FOR! Sweet tooth galore over here!

    Also, the picture is of a mule, not a horse. *wink!*

    :)

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:14 pm

    I’ve never been to New Orleans, but I definitely would like to visit there sometime. This post is great–lots of awesome photos and info. I want those beignets right now!

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    LisaAnn300 72 posts, Worker bee @ 4:57 pm

    OMG! I was there at the same time as you. I went to school ath the University of Utah so I was there for the Sugar Bowl. It was my first time in New Orleans and it was awesome. I can’t wait to go back again when I can spend some more time sight seeing. You gave me some great ideas for the next trip.

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    Adriana26 348 posts, Helper bee @ 7:56 am

    Ok Im salivating…that food looked amazing!!

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    slicey19 3500 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:48 am

    I just found out I’m going to a conference in New Orleans in Feb. perfect timing to read this post! I already want one of those chocolate shake things.

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    The.mrs.2010 117 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:48 pm

    I now have to make plans to go to New Orleans.. ur pics look delicious

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    Miss P, Guest @ 6:49 pm

    OMG, my daughter’s wedding is in New Orleans at St. Louis Cathedral in one month! I can hardly wait to “go home”. There is truly no place like the Big Easy. Hope you all have time to come visit. Laissez les bon temps rouler (Let the Good Times Roll!)

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 9:08 pm

    A vampire tour seems like fun! lol

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    BigWeddingTinyBudget 42 posts, Newbee @ 11:48 pm

    As a born and bred new orleanian – i loved LOVED seeing your pics and hearing about your adventures!! next time you’re in nawlins, try louisiana bistro on decatur, matt and naddie’s on leonidas and dick and jenny’s on tchoupitoulas.
    Those are some local favorites and will not disappoint!!

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    Mrs. Mouse 4927 posts, Honey bee @ 4:41 pm

    Wow, this looks like it was an amazing trip!! I can’t believe I live so close to NOLA but have never been. Definitely on my list!

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    Robin, Guest @ 3:02 pm

    Camellia Grill is my fav…you brought back lots of memories:)

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    Miss Sweet Tea 289 posts, Helper bee @ 4:20 pm

    My family is from New Orleans. Once I left I realized how much I appreciate all teh culture and FOOD! :) I am moving back in Aug.!

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