The Big Easy did not disappoint! The New Orleans dining scene is a wonderful mixture of new and old, from the ever-faithful Commander's Palace, to the chic and modern Herbsaint. The architecture of fabulous buildings with snazzy balconies in the French Quarter rolled into gorgeous Southern Plantations that had my inner Scarlett rummaging the hotel room for suitable curtains and tassles to fashion myself a dress that would make even Rhett swoon. It had just enough fun touristy things to make my son excited about our daily "kid activity", and all the antique shops, history, and music to make my heart go pitter patter.
|Dressed for dinner at Herbsaint. Saja coat, MaxMara blouse, Armani slacks,|
Hermes cuffs, Louis Vuitton purse, Henri Bendel necklace & earrings
|Sazerac, traditional New Orleans cocktail. Rye whiskey, herbsaint, bitters, sugar cube.|
|Homemade spaghetti in a cream pancetta sauce with a deep fried poached egg. So delish!|
|Acme Oyster House near Bourbon Street.|
|Gorgeous dining room of August|
|Egg Amuse Bouche at August. I love this dish!!!|
|Mardi Gras World.|
|Next year's Mosquito Float|
|Vintage 1940's gown worn during Mardi Gras. Can I take this home please??|
|It's a $4 martini!!! Was so cheap I had to drink it. ;)|
|One of the dining rooms at Muriel's, close to Jackson Square|
|Can't leave without visiting Cafe du Monde for Beignets and Frozen Cafe Au Lait! Yum.|
|So good I went every other day...|
|And the other days I came here to Cafe Beignet for their beignets and chicory coffee. |
This might have been my favorite over Cafe du Monde, with a crisper outer crust.
|Alligator at Bourbon House!|
|Baked oyster trio|
|Butcher. Cross between a restaurant and delicatessen|
|Loved my lunch here at Cochon|
|Alligator again! Kinda does taste like chicken...|
|Wood fired oyster roast|
|Coquette for lunch|
|Fell in love with their house made infusion spirits.|
It's given me ideas for summer cocktails.
|Fresh made spring pea ravioli. Light, airy, and perfectly delectable!|
|Enjoying French Quarterfest|
|Strawberry & Nutella crepe|
|Jazz Festival at Jackson Square with the legendary Pete Fountain|
|Mint julep at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe.|
|My fav vintage store, Vintage 329. They had an ecclectic mix of signed sports memorabilia, historical artifacts, |
and gorgeoous vintage jewelry pieces. Both the little guy and I could have spent hours here.
|Favorite broach find, to be used in a future DIY project|
|Swamp Tour. Yes, that's a hot dog. His other treat of choice? Marshmallows. What is this??? A campout???|
|I do tricks for food too...|
|Come on... I'm not the only one thinking it... ;)|
Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville Street
*Must try, but best dish is probably the crawfish. It even comes in a cute little net.
301 Tchoupitoulas Street
*Gorgeous room. Loved the service and the food.
430 Dauphine Street
*Worth trying. Service a hit or miss.
144 Bourbon Street
*Nice oyster bar. Great location.
311 Bourbon Street
*I really enjoyed the crisper crust they had. Much larger than the ones from Cafe du Monde.
Cafe du Monde
800 Decatur Street
*Must do! Still my son's fav, as it has a cake-like consistency. Yummy frozen Cafe au Lait.
Cajun Encounters (Swamp Tour)
301 Canal Street
*45minutes away by car, but they'll come pick you up at your hotel. Great swamp tour and nice guides.
1403 Washington Avenue
*Traditional New Orleans restaurant. Turtle soup and tableside Bananas foster is a must.
Cochon / Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas Street
*Delicious smaller share plates.
2800 Magazine Street
*Very enjoyable meal ina charming establishment.
701 St. Charles Avenue
*One of my favorite restaurant visits. Food was delicious.
Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Place
*Cool experience to see the floats very close up.
801 Chartres Street
*Can't beat $4 martinis or Bloody mary's, plus the close proximity to Jackson Square.
Palm Court Jazz Cafe
1204 Decatur Street
*Dixie jazz in a great environment. Owner is a doll!
329 Royal Street
*Great selection of historical, sports, entertainment, and vintage jewelry