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Hard at work in NOLA

by Meghann on April 8, 2010

What a day, What a day!!!


Don’t I look like I’m hard at work? I was taking videos all morning with my flip cam and editing them for our blog. Have I mentioned I love my job? πŸ˜‰

Honestly the morning was pretty much a blur. I grabbed a plate of fruit, eggs, and bran bread from the buffet, but could barely find time to eat it!


Just as I would sit down to eat someone else would come up to me with a new question. I felt very important, but also very hungry.



I learned a thing or two when it came time for lunch.


I may or may not have hit the buffet before they let the general session out so I could secure a plate of food and consume it before the masses. That was I was free to mingle and answer everyone’s questions during the lunch break, instead of constantly being pulled from my food.


The buffet was full of many great options. I had filled my plate with salad, 1/2 a crab cake, ratatouille, potatoes, and a roll.

The cakes for dessert were gorgeous as well.



I had a very thin slice of carrot cake and a taste of the double chocolate.





For our afternoon snack my supervisor, Shelley, selected the chocolate sampler.


At first I was planning on ignoring the chocolate sampler because I figured it would be the typical chocolate cakes, cookies, and candy bars, but then the chocolate dipped pretzels caught my eye.


When I heard chocolate dipped pretzels I was envision pretzel sticks, but boy was I wrong. Chocolate dipped soft pretzels? Thats new to me!


Shelley and I were very fascinated with the pretzels and each managed to snag a bite.


It was just like eating a chocolate covered donut. It was so rich, only one bite was needed and that one bite was fantastic!



We wrapped up day 1 of the conference around 5:00pm and I was free to enjoy the night with the birthday boy himself.


Derek had arrived in New Orleans earlier this morning and had spent the majority of the day lounging by the pool. πŸ™‚

Derek is a steak man and thanks to a little research on Yelp, I had made reservations for the two of us at La Boca Steakhouse for the evening.



Good thing we were there for steak because steak was all they had. lol


I had read good reviews about La Boca and was pleased with the fact that all of the steaks come from organic, grass fed cows and the city and state the meat comes from is listed on the menu.


We began our meal with a glass of Malbec.


And some bread.




I know this place is known for steaks, but my salad was pretty kick-ass on its own.


I ordered the Ensalada de Frescas with the dressing on the side.


The arugula was peppery and had a lovely bite to it that was only enhanced by the sweet strawberries and salty goat cheese. It was very delicious and I had cleaned my plate. πŸ™‚

I’ not a big red meat eater and have probably not ordered a steak at a restaurant in well over two years, but I figured if you’re in a place known for their steak than you get the steak.:)


I ordered the house special, which was a sirloin that had been marinated in lime juice and served with fresh avocado.

Before we dug in the server gave us our choice of knives.


We also had our choice of sauces. I can’t remember which was which, but the green one was my favorite. πŸ™‚



With a  side of grilled asparagus.



My meal was fabulous, but I was most interested in whether Derek was enjoying his or not.


I quote “there are no words” πŸ™‚


To round out our perfect evening they delivered a flourless chocolate cake in honor of Derek’s birthday.


Happy Birthday Baby!


We both left stuffed and happy. If you are looking for a quaint little restaurant that serves a delicious steak I highly suggest paying La Boca a visit while you’re in New Orleans. πŸ™‚

Derek and I are now in our PJs chilling for the night. I have another early morning tomorrow as we enter the final day of our conference.

Good Night!!

1 Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Today’s Adam’s birthday too!! April 8 is a great day!

2 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm

That conference food looks fabulous–I spy some healthy options there. Awesome that you got first dibs πŸ™‚

You all should have chocolate dipped pretzels at HLS!

Happy Bday again to Mr. Derek!

3 Kristen April 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Looks delicious…. (and the green sauce might be chimichurri, but it is hard to tell just from a picture)
Happy birthday Derek!

I kind of want to try a chocolate soft pretzel now

4 Jenny April 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Happy Birthday, Derek! Glad it was a good one:)

5 Whitney April 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I feel like I should know this already. What do you do for a living? I’ve been trying to figure it out, and I know you’ve mentioned it before…but I don’t remember πŸ™ Looks like something I’d like to do!

6 emily April 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I was stuffed from dinner 2seconds ago but now all I can think about is a chocolate covered soft-pretzel! I guess it’s a good thing I can’t buy that here πŸ˜€

7 Nicole April 8, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Chocolate covered soft-pretzel! I’ve never seen such a thing, I might have to recreate in my own kitchen.

8 Melissa S. April 8, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Happy birthday Derek!!! I’m so happy to see you guys are having so much fun!

Great choice at the restaurant; it sounds amazing!

9 Beth April 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I loove that they gave you a choice of steak knife! How cool. Also – could that sauce have been chimichurri?

10 chrissy April 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Wow…you look just like your sister in that first picture πŸ™‚

11 learningtocookeatandenjoydeliciousfood April 8, 2010 at 11:46 pm

It sounds like you are having an amazing time in New Orleans… I hope that you and Derek have a great weekend and that Derek has a great Birthday weekend!! πŸ™‚

12 Lizz @ Leading the Good Life April 9, 2010 at 1:09 am

Those chocolate dipped pretzels look insane!!

Happy Birthday, Derek!

13 Ida April 9, 2010 at 1:09 am

looks like an awesome day of eats! Glad the b-day dinner was a success.

14 Diana April 9, 2010 at 2:51 am

The steak does look really good. πŸ™‚
Glad you and Derek had a nice and relaxing evening!

15 britchickruns April 9, 2010 at 3:07 am

Yay, I’m glad he had a good brithday! That torte looks SO good!!
I hope you get a bit more time to yourself today – I had not being able to properly enjoy my food cos I’m so busy πŸ˜›

16 Diana(mymarblerye) April 9, 2010 at 5:19 am

I’ve never seen sauces like that before for steak! what a fancy and classy way to spend his bday! That place is a must if I go to Nola!!!! I want that avocado!

17 Danielle April 9, 2010 at 7:24 am

That green sauce is chimichurri…which is delish. Looks like you had a great time. NOLA is awesome, especially if you hang out on Bourbon Street for a bit…Pat O’Brien’s is totally worth the wait.

18 Matt April 9, 2010 at 7:32 am

Gappy bday Derek!

19 Suzanne April 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

That green sauce looks like chimichurri to me. Pretty delicious!

20 amanda April 9, 2010 at 7:57 am

I am drooling over that dessert buffet table and then over the delicious looking steak. WoW!

21 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 9, 2010 at 8:11 am

What a massive heap of mixed greens.

22 pursuitofhealthfulness April 9, 2010 at 8:27 am

I love the picture of the man delivering the knives! You should consider a as a professional photographer! (:

23 Kelly April 9, 2010 at 8:28 am

Aww what a nice bday dinner. Malbec is my favorite favorite type of red wine!

24 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 9, 2010 at 8:43 am

Your job sounds way more fun than most πŸ˜‰

25 Jes (Self Motivation) April 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

That steak looks AMAZING! I think it’s really great that Derek joined you out there. I hope your trip continues to go well!

26 brandi April 9, 2010 at 8:59 am

what a fun birthday dinner πŸ™‚ glad the conference is going well!

27 runningwithsass April 9, 2010 at 8:59 am

Glad you liked the restaurant!

28 Jordan April 9, 2010 at 9:07 am

I’m not a big steak eater, but that looks amazing! My husband would just die right there.

Oh how I love work conference food. It’s so hard to walk away with a healthy portion.

29 Jenna April 9, 2010 at 9:11 am

looks like a fun filled day πŸ™‚

30 Rachel April 9, 2010 at 9:28 am

Sounds like you had a busy but good day! I am glad day 1 went smoothly and hope day 2 is equally as smooth. All of the eats look amazing. Whoever did the food planning did a terrific job. I have never heard of a chocolate covered soft pretzel, but your description is making my mouth water πŸ™‚

31 Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

Looks like an awesome birthday dinner! Glad you guys are having fun πŸ™‚

32 Carolyn @ lovinlosing April 9, 2010 at 10:10 am

Yay for a new restaurant to try next time I’m in New Orleans! πŸ™‚

33 Tracey @ April 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

You’re doing such a good job of balancing your conference and Derek’s birthday! Hope you guys enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

34 emeraldelegance0702 April 9, 2010 at 10:24 am

So jealous you are in New Orleans! I have always wanted to go there! I have become an avid follower of your blog/lifestyle & have recently started my own blog! Thanks for the posts & inspiration to keep healthy & fit! Enjoy your time in NOLA!!

35 fitandfortysomething April 9, 2010 at 10:24 am

What a lovely bday dinner:)

36 DiningAndDishing April 9, 2010 at 10:29 am

Happy birthday to Derek! Hope you guys have a great weekend. I love New Orleans…you guys are in the perfect place to celebrate!! πŸ™‚

– Beth @

37 Heather April 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

Happy Birthday to Derek!

I do the same thing when I am hosting an event – eat before everyone else does – I say its for “quality control.” πŸ™‚

Enjoy your time in New Orleans – I have never been there!

38 Brooke April 9, 2010 at 10:47 am

I need to visit NOLA asap! I think the green sauce you had was chimichurri sauce which I believe originated in Argentina, when I was there I may or may not have started eating it with a spoon….

39 Evan Thomas April 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

I think a soft pretzel in chocolate sounds even better! Especially if it has a touch of sea salt

40 hundredtenpounds April 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

DANGEROUS dessert table!!!!

41 Lee April 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I don’t eat steak but that avocado sure looks good! Happy Birthday to Derek.

42 The Pancake Girl April 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Those look like some delish eats, esp that lovely pretzel!

Yay for NOLA- I hope you have a better time than I did when I went haha my boyfriend ended up getting appendicitis while we were vacationing.. Make sure you get to Cafe DuMonde for a beignet!

43 missyrayn April 10, 2010 at 9:28 am

Smart move snagging lunch before everyone else. And I would totally taste that pretzel too πŸ™‚

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