Hello from New Orleans!
I made it! And I’ve been having a blast!
Check out my digs!
I was upgraded to a suite and I am sooo not complaining!
My favorite part is the gorgeous view of the city.
Once we landed and were settled out group split for lunch. Half of us went to Crescent City Brewery and the other to Acme Oyster House.
Acme Oyster House was one my ‘must eat at’ list so I happily joined that crowd.
Fun fact: Acme Oyster House was featured on an episode of Man v Food where Adam competed in the 15 dozen oysters in less than an hour challenge.
He won and his name is proudly displayed above the bar. 😉
My lunch today was pieced together by a few things that struck out at me on the menu.
I started with the corn and crawfish soup.
The soup was rich, but delicious.
Next 1/2 a dozen Raw Oysters. I mean, who goes to an oyster house and doesn’t get oysters?
With some bread instead of crackers for consuming.
Lastly I had a couple of hush puppies my boss had ordered.
After lunch we got to work setting up the reception area.
There may have been a little incident where the bell captain sent me to the package loading dock and I got in trouble by security for taking my own boxes because no one else is around, but we’ll skip those petty details. 😉
We actually were done a little early so a co-worker and I set off to explore New Orleans.
There was a crowd by Peaches Records and we were pretty excited to see a movie filming.
Apparently the movie stars Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman, but we saw neither in the crowd.
You’ll never guess our final destination on our walk…
Cafe Du Monde! Famous for their beignets and suggested by almost every person who has ever been to NOLA.
We ordered a bag of Beignets to share and ate them by the water.
WOW!! These babies were like little pieces of heaven. They were served hot and were absolutely amazing! Of course they reminded me more of a funnel cake than a donut.
I don’t drink coffee, but Caroline ordered a small one of the famous brew and said it was very tasty.
We decided to be nice and brought back beignets for our co-workers.
I think they enjoyed them 😉
Tonight’s reception was the open ceremonies for our user group.
I was in charge of the registration table and am happy to report that everything went smoothly. It was nice to finally put a face to all the e-mail addresses I have been in constant contact with for the past couple of months.
There was a lot of great food options, but I was too busy to grab anything to eat!
I did manage to track down a glad of red wine though. 😉
Once the reception was done, a few of my co-workers and I headed down the road to Mulate’s for dinner.
The cajun cafe had a live band and dance floor with the cutest couples two steppin’ right along!
Caroline ordered an Abita beer and when I heard it was a local brew of New Orleans I couldn’t resist ordered their seasonal red ale myself.
My table started with a GIANT sampler platter of fried and grilled seafood goodies.
I tried some alligator and a frog leg simply because I don’t get the opportunity to eat those everyday.
I also split a little crab cake with a co-worker.
My co-worker, Caroline, and I were both indecisive on what to order and decided to split the Catfish Mulate’s.
We split a blackened grilled catfish that was topped with crawfish etoufee, jambalaya, steamed veggies, and a twice baked potato.
Ironically we both left the jambalaya and potato behind, but had both cleaned our plates of veggies.
What a long day! It was fun, but very exhausting. Tomorrow is the first full day of our user group. Cross you fingers everything goes smoothly!
Sadly I didn’t get into the ING NYC Marathon today? Did you?