my big fat weekend in nola... ahhhhh
now that I'm back home, I feel like I need to be squeezed on the blueberry juicer a la violet beauregard in charlie and the chocolate factory. to be exorcised of all the cream, butter and other lovliness consumed during our trip. we had a fabulous time... thank you all for contributing to that. we definitely need to come back as there was no way to fit everything in... but we managed o.k. here's my report.
arrived on the 3rd, 8 women descended on new orleans.. possibly still high from walking passed all teh strollers and car seats piled at hte end of the gang plank on the airplan and realizing we had a whole weekend without kids or husbands.... a good start.
we arrived at our hotel, hotel monteleone... starving. hit the acme oyster house for an appetizer and drink since we had dinner at stella! later... we a smattering of items, but the char-grilled oysters were the best. for the rest of the food, hunger was a good sauce, but it probably wouldn't be a repeat visit.
bar at antoines (hermes?) - pre-pre-dinner cocktails... we tried
-ramos gin fizz
(gin fizz, pimm's and french 75 were the favorites... the sarezac apparently wasn't girlie enough for our crowd, but were were glad to try it)
carousel bar - pre-dinner cocktail
-view carre - strong, but tasty
dinner at stella!
I had a blue crab and citrus salad that was excellent.. and a tandoori salmon dish, though I had wished i'd ordered the scallops. the food was great and we really enjoyed it. dessert tasting for the table was over the top...
after dinner we hit vaughn's for a little kermit ruffian.. but were too ahem, thirsty to drink anything but water...
cafe du monde
-cafe au lait & beignets, well, you know... because we had to... tho in hind-sight, fried dough followed by a bike tour on cruisers was not an ideal way to go.
stopped at marie's bar for a bloody mary on the tour, gotta love a place that keeps aqua net in the bathroom for that extra primping one might need.
lunch at coop's for some fried chicken and gumbo... luckily we just missed a torrential downpour during lunch. good timing, so we all sat back and waited for the rain to pass with a little planters punch.
after lunch, thanks to a tip from our waiter (nathan) at stella's we hit "meltdown" for a popsicle.. we stopped several times over the weekend... the strawberry basil was my favorite.
columns hotel - a little jazz and pre-dinner drinks... lovely, but over-run with a wedding party
commander's palace - dinner. services was weirdly off there... a couple of us had water dumped on us from a tray, our champagne was served warm... a couple other hitches. but once the food started coming, things evened out and we had a fine dinner. just wasn't quite what we were expecting. but the food, for what it was.. it was good. turtle soup and a chicken and andouille gumbo were faves of the table. (oh and an orgasmically good crawfish carbonara)... oh and the goat cheese grits? delicious... and the bread pudding souffle were the hits of the night.
had a quick breakfast at mena's around the corner from our hotel as we had early swamp tour, which was a lot more fun than we anticipated thanks to our great tour guide.
then off to the central market for muffaletta, we were starved so our sandwiches went down pretty easy with some zapp's and barq's rootbeer.
it was our last night in town, so we decided to do a little pub crawl...
old absinthe house
-absinthe frappe, not that favorite.. but a few really liked it
-ramos gin fizz, delicious!
-pimm's cup, one of our fav versions of the trip
Irene's for dinner... baked oysters again were sooo tasty, cajun tomatoe sort of a caprese salad but with blue cheese.. was delicious. and my entree of soft shelled crab and linguine with crawfish sauce was one of the best things i ate.. tho its hard to pic a favorite. we were too stuffed for dessert.
on the wa home we hit lafitte's blacksmith, walked bourbon street and stopped in to pat o'brien's for a hurricane.. because, well.. you know... we hit a few other places... but it might be a bit fuzzy in my mind. all i know is that I'm probably a little too old for bourbon street...
jazz brunch at arnaud's
-creole bloody mary was great... loved the shrimp remoulade. the rest of the brunch was fine, we were soooo tired from the excesses of the weekend it made it hard to enjoy the lovely poached eggs and banans foster as we were all in serious need of butter (and alcohol) detox at that point)
and then it was off to home... we really enjoyed ourselves in your fair city. everyone was lovely and friendly, for the most part. thanks for all your help. hope to visit again soon.