We took a super quick (one night) trip to New Orleans on Sunday. Y'all know I love New Orleans, and I was in such a hurry to get there I got a speeding ticket - oops!
We stayed at the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street. With an interior/courtyard-facing room, we didn't hear any noise, which is pretty amazing! It was a lovely and very clean hotel. Small rooms, but plenty of room for us. You can't beat the location.
We spent a few hours walking around the French Quarter, observing the balcony gardens, drinking daiquiris, and buying weird art at the Great Artists Collective. The balcony gardens aren't in full swing, but were pretty nonetheless:
We had a delicious Jazz Brunch at Muriel's on Sunday, then went for a "swamp tour." Unfortunately, this was a bad time of year to go on a swamp tour. The alligators are apparently hibernating! So we mostly saw floating fishing shacks (which are admittedly interesting in their own right).
We had an amazing dinner Sunday night at Green Goddess. It is a TINY restaurant with a few tables crammed in the same room as the kitchen. The chef is there hanging out with you the whole time, and making recommendations. I wanted to eat there because when I read the menu online, I couldn't imagine how the dishes would taste - how intriguing! We had: roasted yellow tomato bloody mary with moonshine, a couple of Canadian high-alcohol beers, a cheese tray selected by the chef and including a sweet flat bread, honey almonds, quince jelly, and lavender-infused honey, a crawfish papusa (basically a biscuit with a crawfish mix inside), golden beet ravioli with truffled chevre, avocado oil and pomegranate molasses, and an Indian-inspired lentil pancake with peas and tamarind. IT WAS AWESOME!
After dinner, we saw an equally awesome jazz/funk band, Pat Casey and the New Sound, play at the Spotted Cat on Frenchmans Street.
Monday we ate breakfast at the Trolley Stop, a diner where lots of locals and law enforcement officers hang out. We always eat there - it's cheap and good! We both had spanish-style omelets (and lots of delicious Community Coffee).
It was a very fun, albeit very short trip. Somehow the city just makes us both happy. I'm ready to go back!