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On My Way

by Meghann on April 7, 2010

I’m flying high in the sky on my way to New Orleans!

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Many thanks to Caitlin for getting up at the butt crack of dawn to take me to the airport early this morning! You know you have a true friend when she agrees time and time again to drive you to the airport for ridiculously early flights. I owe Caitlin BIG time! Anyone have any suggestions on what I can bring her back from NOLA?

Security was awful this morning. I arrived at the airpot an hour and fifteen minutes before my flight and made it to the gate just as the plane was boarding.

Of course my mini detour to Starbucks didn’t help.

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I don’t know what it is, but there is something about flying that makes a grande Awake Tea Non-Fat Misto a requirement. They’re just so tasty and I will be thankful for that extra caffeine in my system once I land.

Per usual I packed an on-the-go breakfast for the plane.

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Another airplane treat – my last Chocolate Oikos.

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I had grabbed a knife to cut my pear with before I boarded, but somewhere in the shuffle of getting settled the knife disappeared. So instead of adding the pear to my cereal I munched on it on the side.

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Unfortunately my cereal wasn’t quite the same without the addition of the fruit mixed it. I missed the extra sweetness the fruit adds to each bite.

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Once we land I’ll be put straight to work setting up the reception area for this evening and securing all last minute details. I plan to sit back, relax, and enjoy the remaining hour of the flight with a good gossip magazine before the craziness begins.

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See ya in New Orleans!

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Does anyone have any suggestions on what to see and do in New Orleans? Derek is flying up tomorrow and we are staying the weekend to explore. I’ve never been to New Orleans and am excited to explore a new city!

1 Jessica Livingston April 7, 2010 at 9:39 am

There’s a place called The Gumbo Shop, it’s really good. Other than that, gotta go to Pat’s, gotta go to Cafe du Monde πŸ˜‰

2 Evan Thomas April 7, 2010 at 9:39 am

This was on some Food Network show, I can’t remember which. But it sounds fantastic: http://www.creolecreamery.com/

3 britchickruns April 7, 2010 at 9:41 am

I love that picture outside of the plane window! I didn’t know you could take photos on planes – I thought NO technology was allowed!? Shows how often I fly…
Have a safe trip!

4 megzzwinsatlife April 7, 2010 at 9:41 am

You and Derek are too cute!! I am so jealous of all the fun things you get to do together!! Have a fun weekend!!!

5 kate April 7, 2010 at 9:44 am

Have a blast! πŸ™‚ I’ve always wanted to go to NOLA!

PS – I can’t believe they let you through security with your Oikos!!! I’ve totally tried to make it in with yogurt before, without luck. Lucky girl!

6 Marina April 7, 2010 at 9:49 am

I hope you’ll two have a great time πŸ™‚
Enjoy!

7 Carrie @ I See Monsters April 7, 2010 at 9:50 am

New Orleans is a blast! Definitely go to Cafe du Monde, and while you are there eating your delicious beignets you can get Caitlin some of their coffee as a gift. It is fantastic! πŸ™‚

8 morgan April 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I also think you can get packaged beniet mix as a gift. Who doesn’t love fried pastries?

9 morgan April 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm

beignet, I mean

10 Jenny April 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

Go to Sucre on Magazine st!

11 maren April 7, 2010 at 9:57 am

wow you got thru security with yogurt and a knife?? (or maybe not the knife since it disappeared). but still! lucky!

12 Brittany April 7, 2010 at 10:00 am

You absolutely have to go to Cafe du Monde for an order of beignets and cafe au laits!

13 Neely April 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

Please, please God tell me that your knife did not make it through security.

14 Neely April 7, 2010 at 10:04 am

ETA: Nevermind I saw you said you grabbed it before boarding (must’ve been plastic). Whew!

15 Diana April 7, 2010 at 10:21 am

Yay for awesome friends. πŸ™‚
Have fun!

16 hogeruns April 7, 2010 at 10:22 am

Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats was just in New Orleans – all her posts sound like great ideas for you and D to spend the weekend exploring!!

17 Eileen April 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

I love your blog and never comment – but I was just in New Orleans a couple weeks ago and loved it – one fun activity is to take the St. Charles street car (a must do regardless! costs $1.25) all the way up to Audobon Park – the entrance is right across the street from the loyola and tulane campuses. You can walk through the park to get to the zoo on the other side (walk is about a mile) and then do the zoo – they have a very nice one! When you’re standing at the park entrance, if you go left and follow the route that way, you will be able to see all the egrets that are nesting at this time of year in the trees. Even if you don’t have time for the zoo, i would def. still reccomend going to the park and walking around to see the birds and the all the beautiful houses that line it. Hope this helps!

18 Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com April 7, 2010 at 10:29 am

I second this!! We’ve done this the past two times we were there. The park is awesome!!

19 theprocessofhealing April 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

I’ve never been to New Orleans either but I’ve always wanted to go!

20 Lacey @ Lake Life April 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

Definitely try some beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Dumonde- you could bring some beignets back for Caitlin!

Also check out St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square and walking through the Garden District is beautiful.

If you’re a vampire fan you could visit Destrehan Plantation, where Interview with the Vampire was filmed. Or you could take a vampire cemetery tour! http://www.neworleanstours.net/

21 Run Sarah April 7, 2010 at 10:25 am

Your plane bfast looks awesome! I haven’t been to New Orleans but would love to, it looks like such a vibrant place.

22 Domesticated-Bliss April 7, 2010 at 10:26 am

There are tons of things to do in Nola, I have to go there a lot for work so here’s my to do list:

French Quarter – you should eat at one of the many Brennan’s restaurants or at Drago’s in the Riverwalk Hilton.
Beignets at Cafe du Monde (they sell the mix to make your own beignets so that’s what you could bring Caitlin back)
Ride the cable car on St Charles Street
Visit the SuperDome
See a Plantation House
The Audubon Zoo is awesome
Swamp Tours
WW2 Memorial Museum
Food and Beverage museum – I’ve heard awesome things about it.

23 Britt @ Runnerbelle April 7, 2010 at 10:29 am

So jealous, I LOVE New Orleans!!! I went to college & graduate school there at Tulane.

Some of my favorite things to do…. poke around the Quarter, shop on Magazine St., ride the streetcar up St. Charles, MUST run at Audubon Park & out to “the fly”, if you go to the far side of the park, the fly is right across the street you go around the zoo and out to the river and it loops back around (I highly recommend!!!!), French Market in the Quarter, walk around Tulane (it is a great campus).

Food!!! Beignets of course at Cafe Du Monde. Muffaletta at the Central Grocery. Jacques-Imos is my favorite restaurant! Other favs…. Stella!, any of Emeril’s places, best burgers are at Port of Call, Acme Oyster House for oysters, oh my too many great places to name….. great breakfast/brunch at Elizabeth’s in the Bywater District, awesome fresh juice at Surrey’s Juice Bar.

Drinks…. Columns Hotel on St. Charles, awesome place to sit and watch the world go by! Pat O’s… tourist trap but fun. Loews Hotel has 25 cent martinis at lunch time (fruity ones too!). Hotel Monteleone has a fun carousel bar… the bar actually rotates.

Definitely grab a Gambit or Whear You At for info on what is going on and who is playing at what clubs!

24 Amanda April 7, 2010 at 10:30 am

I’m surprised that your yogurt made it through security! For New Orleans ideas, check out Iowa Girl Eats’ blog. She and her hubby just got back from a trip there!

25 Ellen April 7, 2010 at 10:31 am

You should check out Saint Louis Cemetery #1. This is where the Voudou (Voodoo) Queen, Marie Laveau is buried in her tomb. It is really neat to see. People still leave offerings at the tomb and write on it.

FYI: Don’t go by yourself anywhere or get separated from your group/BF. Also, do not except roses or other offerings from people- they only want money and will follow you. I went to NOLA for the Sugar Bowl a few years ago and it was def. an experience. Have fun.

26 Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 7, 2010 at 10:33 am

Cafe Du Monde and Mother’s are the classic tourist must see spots. Take a walk around all the beautiful mansions too, I bet you’ll have a blast!

27 Sarah April 7, 2010 at 10:35 am

Our friends brought us some fresh pralines from NOLA. It was the best gift. There are some places that are better than others, apparently. So do some taste-testing and then buy her some right before you head back to Florida. They don’t stay fresh longer than a few days. Totally amazing.

28 Anna April 7, 2010 at 10:36 am

Have fun in my home state!!! Bring her back some Hurrican Mix!!! πŸ™‚

29 Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com April 7, 2010 at 10:37 am

For Fun:
Harrah’s Casino
Audobon Zoo
Aquarium of the Americas
Insectarium
Madam Laveau’s House of Voodoo
Audobon Park
French Quarter

For Food:
Rib Room (dinner)
Clover Grill (breakfast) (they filmed a scene from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button here)
Muriel’s (dinner)

Here are my vacation recaps:
http://lovinlosing.com/2010/01/04/back-in-the-big-easy/
http://lovinlosing.com/2009/10/21/new-orleans-recap-6-i-think-this-is-the-last-one/
http://lovinlosing.com/2009/10/21/new-orleans-recap-5/
http://lovinlosing.com/2009/10/20/hello-world/

30 Jayce April 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

Go to Cafe du Monde and eat lots of beignets!!! Mmmm!! Have fun! πŸ™‚

31 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

Oooh have fun in New Orleans. I second the Cafe du Monde idea.

32 Katie April 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

Bring Caitlin back hurricane mix and beignet mix!! Almost every little souvenir shop sells it.

Go to Pat O’Briens – sit outside by the fire and go to the piano bar. And stop at the little beer stand in an alley on Bourbon Street, it’s actually next to a strip club (sounds weird, I know!) – there is an older lady who usually works there and she is so sweet! Buy a cherry bomb from her – but only one, they’re lethal πŸ™‚ Spend as much day time as possible in the French Quarter. And go to Mother’s (restaurant) it’s a little grungy, but it is AUTHENTIC New Orleans food! The city has SO much culture.

I went to NOLA 3 times during college – we had a marketing conference there. In fact, my boyfriend is still in college and is down there right now for it. If you see several college kids on Bourbon Street yelling AMA – it’s them πŸ™‚

33 Matt April 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

I would also say Cafe du Monde and a streetcar ride down St. Charles. Also Central Grocery for the Muffalata and any of the Brennan restaurants.

34 Kelly April 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

Haha oh yeah you have to fly up to New Orleans. I’ve never been but it seems like an awesome place. Have fun!

35 Danielle April 7, 2010 at 10:49 am

Cafe du monde in the French quarter for beignets and a cafe au lait! They are amazing. Do Not eat breakfast at Brennan’s…expensive and terrible service.

36 Gabriela (froyolover) April 7, 2010 at 10:55 am

Hahahaha – such fun pics!
Delicious breakfast πŸ™‚
CaitlinΒ΄s really the cutest… a true friend!
Have a great day, Meghann!
Brazilian XOXOΒ΄s,
Gabriela

37 brandi April 7, 2010 at 10:57 am

I’ve never been, but it’ll be so much fun! Hope you trip is safe and quick!

38 caitlin April 7, 2010 at 10:59 am

caitlin enjoys booze!

39 Gracie (complicated day) April 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

Hi! Britt at Runnerbelle suggested I give you some NOLA tips since I live here!
You picked a great week to come: French Quarter Fest is this weekend. It’s free! Take the street car if you aren’t already staying in the quarter; the best day of music will be Sunday (Trombone Shorty is performing).
I agree with Britt that you should do a fancy shmancy cocktail on the porch at the Columns hotel; perhaps you can hit it on the way back from a walk around Audubon Park in this beautiful weather we’ve been having.
I like to take friends to the Marigny district for the quaint architecture; and window shop (or actually shop!) down Magazine street. Of course the Cathedral at Jackson square is lovely; There are millions of great places to eat, but I usually stay away from tourist-y places since the food and service just isn’t as good. I adore:
-Luke on St Charles – try the express menu for $23!
-Lebanon on Carrolton for relaxed hearty food (bring your own wine; no corking fee).
-Creole Creamery on Prytania for ice cream TO DIE FOR
-Plum street snow balls
-Ralph’s on the Park at City Park (a Dicky Brennan restaurant)
-Cure (a new artsy, dressy bar – read the dress code first)
-Coquette (fantastic cocktails)
-The Pelican Club in the quarter
-If you want to try an Emeril’s restaurant NOLA is the best in my opinion
Let me know if you have any q’s and enjoy your trip!!

40 hundredtenpounds April 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

Have fun! It sounds like a great place to visit. Be safe.

41 Kim April 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

Absolutely Cafe Du Monde.

42 Carly April 7, 2010 at 11:29 am

I love New Orleans, and can only echo “Cafe du Monde” being an absolute must. The aquarium is pretty cool, and absolutely get a hurricane at Pat O’Briens – it’s a great little restaurant, too.

43 Amanda April 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

I went twice i the past 2 years and each time saw something different. I think to really get a feel of the city the bus tour was helpful, it brought us through the Katrina hit areas as well as through some cemetaries and the garden district. We also took a swamp tour, which was interesting (but could do without). I really loved the plantation tour which is a bit of a hike but worth waking up early for and really understanding some history! Of course, there are the jazz clubs, etc. I also recommend visiting the Green Goddess (http://www.greengoddessnola.com/) for delicious food. It’s small, you can sit outside, and the chef comes out and talks to you about your order~! SOOOOO WORTH IT! Have fun! πŸ™‚

44 missyrayn April 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

Get beignets at Cafe Du Monde! Your taste buds will thank you.

45 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

A friend of mine used to bring me home pralines– I don’t know if there’s a certain brand or something that’s famous in NOLA, but it would definitely be a great gift to bring home!

46 f April 7, 2010 at 11:52 am

Go to Frenchman St. at night (behind the quarter). Lots of great bars and music. In the quarter Carousel Bar is fun at Monteleone. Mimi’s in the Marigny also a great spot. Burgers at Port o Call

Uptown: running in the park is great. Po Boys at Domilise’s- by far the best Po Boys. Crawfish boil at levy (the fly). Magazine St.- shopping, bars, restaurants

47 suzie April 7, 2010 at 11:52 am

I travel for work and communited every week for a year from San Diego to New Orleans. Here is my list:

jacques-imos cafe is a must
beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Dumonde
St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square
Destrehan Plantation
Oak Ally
French Quarter
Drago’s for the original chargrilled Oysters
Ride the cable car on St Charles Street
Hurricane at Pat ‘Os
Hotel Monteleone has a fun carousel bar
Cork and Canvas
Commandor Palace

48 f April 7, 2010 at 11:54 am

Also, it is French Quarter Fest this weekend. Tons of free music all in the quarter. Great restaurants have stands set up throughout as well. You can spend all day there eating and listening to great music.

49 *Andrea* April 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm

any excuse for starbucks works for me πŸ˜‰
safe travels!!! you look so pretty today!

50 KatieTX April 7, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Oh my birthplace πŸ™‚ I second everything people have said. It is a large touristy area downtown/uptown. Not mentioned in the Riverwalk that has a mall attached to it. You can walk down it and watch the ferry boats and whatnot. Some things mentioned are outside the city(like plantations) but if you wanted to do a daytrip and see some cool city names that you will never guess how to pronounce, go to oak alley and such. French quarter includes an outdoor flea market that starts at cafe du monde(a must). St. Louis cathedral is in jackson square along with lots of street entertainment. Uptown is where Tulane and the pretty old mansions are. There is a great restuarant called Cannon’s on St. Charles you should check out! All the food is delicious but not healthy at all! If you want crawfish, it is the season for it! Take a walk down bourbon at night and be prepared to be slightly offended by all the titty bars and inappropriate people!! Have fun!!!

51 Ellen April 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm

LOL!!! I totally forgot about the titty bars! We went down Bourbon and I was with my husband and in-laws- it was nuts. Some of the girls were standing in the doorways to these places with everything hanging out. Def. NOT a place to take the kids on vacation at night. I was a little embarrassed as I was with my father-in-law πŸ™‚ There are also pics and ads with naked girls ALL over them posted to the buildings.

52 Kara M. April 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Oh my gosh soooo much to do in NOLA:

For eats:
Cafe du Monde
The Gumbo Shoppe
Jaques Imo’s
Pascale’s Manale
Mother’s or Port of Call (these two are in no way healthy but oh so delicious)
Sunday brunch anywhere!

For Fun:
Magazine street for the shops
Walking around the French Quarter
Cemetery tour or a Haunted tour of the city

Hope you have an awesome time!

53 Erin April 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Ooh, bring her some beignets. Yes, it’s just a glorified doughnut but SO delicious! πŸ˜€

54 Christina April 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Have a great trip!

55 runninghealthy April 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Have fun in NOLA! Definitely get some beignets and Cafe DuMonde! You can buy some beignet mix to bring back to Caitlin, they are pretty easy to make at home. I can’t believe you were able to get through security with the yogurt!

56 Lauren April 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

You should ask Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats. She just got back from there.

Have a great time!

57 Summer April 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm

You MUST go to Central Grocery for a real muffaletta! They’re amazing there. You can even buy the olive salad to take back home! Cafe du Monde is a must…walk down Magazine Street and check out the Garden District…and of course, go down to Jackson Square and see the Cathedral. I’m so jealous; I love NOLA! Have a fabulous time!

58 Melissa P. April 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I absolutely love the city of New Orleans and there is a ton to do. The food is outstanding! A great gift for Caitlin would be some pralines. There is a praline shop right by Cafe du Monde, which is a must for beignets and coffee (they also sell great cajun spices). Nola is probably my favorite restaurant there and is owned by Emeril. It is a little pricy and you must make reservations, but it is outstanding! Also, Petunia’s is a locals brunch spot that is unbelieveable. It is in a historic home in the French Quarter and the french toast is insaine!
In terms of sights, there are a bunch of great bus tours- the historic plantations are neat and there is a boat/ swam tour where you get to feed the gators. It is also fun just to take a cable car into the Garden District and look at the homes (this costs next to nothing) and Magazine street is there, which has some great shopping!
Enjoy your time there!

59 Leah April 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm

If you want the best Jambalaya ever, go to Coop’s Place. It’s a hole in the wall, but amazingly tasty. Get the supreme!

60 Neely April 7, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Man I am printing all this info out just in case I ever get up to New Orleans. Lol.

61 Jenni April 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm

How exciting! I didn’t realize you were staying for the weekend, too! My parents visit NOLA quite regularly, and they are always, always, always talking about the food — especially the bignettes and muffalettas. In fact they travel to two distinct places for each, but I can’t recall the name at the moment. But they said they are both to die for. Also, on their first trip they made a point of going to Izzo’s Illegal Burrito. They aren’t even Mexican food fans — but our last name is Izzo and they really wanted to visit for that reason. Even they were impressed. And my mom said the “illegal” burrito is enormous — the biggest burrito she has ever seen. Might be something you want to check out. πŸ˜‰

Can’t wait to see all the pictures!

62 livelifeeatright April 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Have fun girl!!! You are so cute! I’m surprised they let u bring food Through security, there are so many rules these days… My least favorite part about traveling. Go to the French quarter and the famous cafe du mone for binetrs and iced cafe ole! I’m sure u can find catkin something at the markets there! I got my parents some nice gumbo mix! Take care and have fun!!

63 Erin (Texan Couture) April 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I went to college in New Orleans, it is such a fun city!!!

Are you and Derek staying through the weekend? If so French Quarter Fest will be going on you must attend! Tons of music, drinks & of course food booths all over the quarter!

64 Matt April 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Make sure you go to Mother’s Restaurant. SO GOOD.

65 laura April 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm

My husband and I have an ongoing argument over what you can and can’t carry on the plane, food-wise! I’m loving the fact that your yogurt made it through security (and surprised like everyone else)! Have a great trip!

66 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) April 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I’ve never been to New Orleans either, enjoy! Can’t wait to see the places you visit πŸ™‚

67 runnerforever April 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Never been to New Orleans but I hear it is hard not to have fun!
That Oikos yogurt looks so good, I can’t wait to try some.

68 Claire April 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm

You’re lucky!They wouldn’t let me take my yogurt through security:-( Drink a Hurricane for me!!cc

69 Rachel April 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I too am surprised you made it through security with yogurt! And ya gotta love coffee treats and gossip magazines on flights. They are an essential part of travel!
Go to Iowa Girl Eats blog and check out her posts about NOLA. She just vacationed there and had a great trip! I have heard that Bignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde is a must. Have a safe trip and great first day!

70 Kelly April 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Jackson Square and the flea market…both are musts!!!

71 amanda April 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

super fun! my roommate from college lives in new orleans. born and raised. so when i went to visit her a few years ago, her and her family made sure it was down right. and i have to say, looks like all these bloggers know their stuff. because they’ve suggested great spots not to miss. the street car is seriously such a fun time. the scenery is gorgeous and where it drops you off, if you ride it until the very end, is really cute to walk around. lots of statues and such. cafe du monde is a sure bet. so tasty! but very messy. also, go through a drive in daiquiri place. they are pretty much all over. i get a kick out of them, because it’s like they encourage or allow drinking and driving.

i don’t know if you have po-boys in florida, but if not-you must try one of those! and bourbon street is a heck yeah of a good time!

can’t wait to see pictures!

72 Shelly April 7, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I live in New Orleans and love it here! French Quarter Festival is this weekend and you should definitely check it out. It’s free entry and there is lots of live music and lots of great local restaurants have food booths. http://www.fqfi.org/
If you have a car, you should check out city park or Audubon park- they are great places to run! A lot of people also run along the streetcar tracks, so you could do that too and see all the gorgeous houses along St. Charles Ave.

73 Ariel Cummins April 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I am thirding the recommendation to visit the Creole Creamery. Mmmm, my mouth waters just thinking about their creole cream cheese flavor. It’s also the PERFECT time to hit the zoo — it’s not swelteringly hot yet, and they have a white alligator!

74 Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit April 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Have i mentioned recently how jealous I am of you Americans and your Oikos!?

75 shelly April 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I went to New Orleans in 2000, the part I remember the most is taking a walking tour through the old neighbourhoods with the huge houses and walking through a really old graveyard. The french quarter is also a must. Have fun!

76 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Hope the flight was nice and relaxing before you hit the ground running! πŸ™‚

77 runningwithsass April 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I am from here so I can tell you

1.)walk on the riverwalk
2.)go to riverwak mall
3.)cafe du monde
4.)st louis cathedral
5.) aquarium/imax
6.) farmers and french market
7.)eat at muriels, brennans, go to pat o’s
8.)take a street car and ride down st.charles and look at the mansions
9.) run anywhere! audobon park, city park, garden district

have FUN!

78 Bev April 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Broussards
You MUST go to Central Grocery for a real muffaletta
Cafe du Monde

there are so many places to visit.

Love GM

79 Mel April 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Hi! The French Quarter Festival! Honey, you couldn’t have picked a better time to go…even though it is work related!!! It is such a wonderful festival. We have been for the past 3 years and will be there this Saturday as well.

Others have made Great suggestions. Have a wonderful time! It will be easy to unwind in the Big Easy!

80 Conni April 7, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I’m crazy jealous that you are going to NOLA. I used to live there and I loved it!! Bring her back a box of beignet mix from Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter. Also peruse around the quarter. There are all kinds of fun shops there with cool gift ideas! HAVE FUN!

81 sally kate April 7, 2010 at 9:02 pm

ok, new orleans will quickly become your favorite city ever- it definitly is mine, i left the south and moved to colorado and new orleans is still my favorite place on earth. you gotta go to cafe du monde (not sure if caitlin drinks coffee, but they sell mixes for their beignets and coffee to take home) and a muffaletta. you also have to go to pat o’s piano bar. mothers has GREAT brunch- a bloody mary is a must there. personally i wont judge you if you dont post all your drinks, new orleans is my vegas- what happens there stays there πŸ™‚

82 chasingthenow April 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Have a great trip. Hopefully even though it’s a work trip, you can find some time for fun, too!

83 anotherannabanana April 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Oooo, so wish I could go to NOLA also! I’ve always wanted to go. Can’t wait to see pictures of your eats and exploration.

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