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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

New Orleans

 We returned home from New Orleans a couple of weeks ago and it was a super fun holiday: lots of sunshine, lots of cocktails and lots of delicious food.
I thought I'd write a quick post featuring our favourite restaurants and bars... the places we'll go back to if we visit again.  
Jackson Square

Garden District

Black Dress Brigade in Jackson Square.
Me and my bestie pals The Lauras.

The Supreme Court of Louisiana
 There's a super little oyster bar right across the street from the Supreme Court.  We fell in love with the signature chargrilled oysters served all over town... so delicious with some cocktails.
Royal House Oyster Bar
 I loved the lighting in that spot too:
 Perhaps our most memorable evening was at Commander's Palace.  We had spent the morning touring the Garden District (where the restaurant is located) and we were able to make a reservation for that evening.
I took the picture below, of these amazing wall panels, when we entered the building.  After that I simply forgot to take any pictures at all.  It was a really amazing experience, we were ushered in through a series of rooms and suddenly it was like we were in a film: perhaps The Great Gatsby or something.  The pace was fast, colourful, always moving.  Drinks flowed, plates for six arrived at the table with a flourish of perfect timing... it was all so wonderfully distracting and festive.
The wall panels at Commander's Palace in the entry.
 We spent a day at the National WW2 Museum which I would highly recommend.  There are so many good exhibits and you'll want to pause and celebrate liberty and freedom in their well-run restaurant.  We ordered Veuve Cliquot and ate some fried okra with crab salad:
The American Sector Restaurant and Bar
 Pat O'Briens is a famous landmark bar in New Orleans.  It was the number one place people recommended we visit, and I can understand why.  The whole place has the spirit of a New Orleans good time.  We spent some time on their terrace drinking cocktails, meeting some other tourists and just generally having a laugh.
 My friends were drinking the signature Hurricanes but I stuck to my usual white wine.  I wanted to avoid passing out under the table.
Sorry no Hurricanes for me.

Fire fountain in the terrace at Pat O'Brien's.
 I absolutely loved our dinner at Superior Seafood in Uptown New Orleans.  It was a bit of a cab ride but totally worth it.  Such a fun atmosphere and the food was excellent.  I particularly loved the bar:
The bar at Superior Seafood.
 If you love jazz you have to make your way over to Frenchman Street.  We walked up from our hotel  at around 11pm and the whole street was hopping.  Our favourite was The Spotted Cat:
Late night at The Spotted Cat.
 On the last day of our visit we ended with the most wonderful and civilized lunch at Galatoire's.  You must go here for lunch if you are in New Orleans on holiday, you will not be disappointed.
Classic shrimp cocktail at Galatoire's.
 The fish in the lemon-butter caper sauce was to die for.  Order it for your main course!
Lemon Caper Sauce at Galatoire's.
I'll have to write a post about my packing up for this trip, of course I panicked at the last minute and added some lighter clothes.  It was a good thing I did as it was super-hot and sunny the entire time we were there.
I hope that you've been well and up to something fun.
xoxDani

18 comments:

  1. Dani, these photos are wonderful. I've never been to New Orleans and this post is making me want to plan a trip. I like trying new restaurants on vacation. It's one of my favorite ways to get to know a new place.

    Glad you had a good time!

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    1. SunnyD I was so in awe of the food! New Orleans is a party town for sure but the restaurants were amazing. So delicious but so fun. And the people so friendly! You would love it. xxx

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  2. Terrific post, yummy food! I could just feel the good times that you experienced! I'd loved to see your clothing recap!

    Renee in Northern California

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    1. Renee I'll have to get that together then! I bought a couple of things from Velvet by Graham and Spencer at the last minute and I was happy I did because it was so hot there. Thank you it was good times for sure. xxx

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  3. Love looking at the food images, feeling hungry now!
    It all sounds like a wonderful trip Dani.
    Welcome back!

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    1. Thank you Hostess, the food was really divine, best shrimp ever. xxx

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  4. Love your recap! I visited New Orleans a few years ago and instantly fell in love- the people, food, music, and architecture was simply fabulous! I am planning to return next month. Would love to see your clothing post for inspiration.

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    1. Dana you're going back next month how excellent! Yes the architecture too, so pretty there. I felt like I was in a super hot version of Quebec City. I'll get that clothing post together the next few days. xxx

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  5. Looks like a fab trip - I have never been and clearly need to - love the jazz scene, reminds me of a weekend trip to Chicago years ago. Please post clothing choices! Anna26x

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    1. Anna you would LOVE. Go with your hubs it's super romantic too. Or go with a rowdy group of friends ;) We packed light and it was all fine.. I brought a few things that worked out perfectly. xxx

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  6. Great trip! of the places you mentioned, I've been to Galatoires. Excellent! I also loved Antoines and I really REALLY want to visit NOLA again sometime soon. The music, the food, the warm weather = HEAVEN!!

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    1. Vava isn't Galatoire's so wonderful? We had a drink in the bar before lunch too. I'd go back there in a flash. I was tempted to take sneaky pictures of some of the other people having lunch too as they were so well-dressed, men in seersucker suits with bowties etc. Excellent! xxx

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  7. What a FABULOUS GET AWAY!!!!!!!!!!
    ADORE the three of YOU in BLACK was that PLANNED?
    I can tell you all had a GREAT TIME!
    XX

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    1. Contessa we had so many laughs it's true! We didn't plan to all wear black, actually blonde Laura (the Italian one) was wearing a pink dress but her husband spilled coffee all over her so she had to change :) xxx

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  8. i went in May and it was such a shock all that humidity. I just remember heat and great food. I also think that the garden district is probably the prettiest area ever. If it wasn't for humidity and floods, i really do think i could live there. I think I ate fried stuff for every meal :) please do share places to eat too xx

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    1. Naomi it was really hot I was surprised. It gets hot here in the summer, in the 90's, but it was 90 there by 7am, and a blasting sun. Another spot for food is Stanley's for breakfast. We had the biggest mimosas ever and that was a nice way to start the day ;) We also had dinner one night at Muriel's which is just opposite Stanley's and that was very good too. But at Commander's Palace the food was excellent as well as the atmosphere so that would be my top pick.
      The Garden District is lovely, we had a walking tour there and the guide had grown up there, he knew a fella who lived there and he allowed us into his house to have a look around the main floor: stunning! Such nice people too. xxx

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  9. Dani, Great post. New Orleans is on my bucket list. So much to do and see there. I love your black dress and bag. As usual you look so chic. I am packing now for a trip and it's always an issue what to take! I wish I had you here to help me. I'm so glad you got away and had some fun after a stressful spring. Hugs, xo Kim

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    1. Kim I wish I was there to help you too! We'd have fun with it. I'm going to email you, I want the details. Thank you Kim xxx

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