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NOLA

by Meghann on April 7, 2010

Hello from New Orleans!

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I made it! And I’ve been having a blast!

Check out my digs!

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I was upgraded to a suite and I am sooo not complaining!

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My favorite part is the gorgeous view of the city.

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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.

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Acme Oyster House was one my ‘must eat at’ list so I happily joined that crowd.

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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.

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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.

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I started with the corn and crawfish soup.

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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?

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With some bread instead of crackers for consuming.

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Lastly I had a couple of hush puppies my boss had ordered.

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After lunch we got to work setting up the reception area.

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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. ;)

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We actually were done a little early so a co-worker and I set off to explore New Orleans.

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There was a crowd by Peaches Records and we were pretty excited to see a movie filming.

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Apparently the movie stars Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman, but we saw neither in the crowd.

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You’ll never guess our final destination on our walk…

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Cafe Du Monde! Famous for their beignets and suggested by almost every person who has ever been to NOLA. :)

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We ordered a bag of Beignets to share and ate them by the water.

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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. :)

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I don’t drink coffee, but Caroline ordered a small one of the famous brew and said it was very tasty.

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We decided to be nice and brought back beignets for our co-workers.

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I think they enjoyed them ;)

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Tonight’s reception was the open ceremonies for our user group.

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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. :)

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There was a lot of great food options, but I was too busy to grab anything to eat!

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I did manage to track down a glad of red wine though. ;)

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Once the reception was done, a few of my co-workers and I headed down the road to Mulate’s for dinner.

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The cajun cafe had a live band and dance floor with the cutest couples two steppin’ right along!

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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.

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My table started with a GIANT sampler platter of fried and grilled seafood goodies.

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I tried some alligator and a frog leg simply because I don’t get the opportunity to eat those everyday.

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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.

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We split a blackened grilled catfish that was topped with crawfish etoufee, jambalaya, steamed veggies, and a twice baked potato.

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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?

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