All I have to say is WOW. I had a blast there. I ate a ridiculous amount of food and probably gained a gazillion pounds but hey… at least I enjoyed the food. Before I went to NOLA, I researched all the restaurants and must eateries on opentables.com and tripadvisor.com (I am on it as The Style Gourmande). I made an itinerary of all the restaurants I am to visit so that we don’t waste time when we are there. Click on the below link for an example of my Itinerary (feel free to post in the commentary with questions on this):
I stayed at the Omni Royal hotel on Royal street. It was in the middle of everything and I loved it! I would go back to this hotel every time! When you go to NOLA, make sure you don’t stay at a hotel on Bourbon Street, because that block is disgusting and loud. I mean if you plan on going there to drink all night and not sleep, then feel free to stay on that block, otherwise, a block over is Royal street and it is more civilized there.
Here are 3 categories that I will talk about: Food, Visits and Shopping.
NOLA is known for its amazing restaurants and I can tell you, there will be no disappointment there! However, a forewarning, almost everything in NOLA is fried and greasy. If you’re lucky, you can find a good salad. But who wants to eat healthy in NOLA? NOT I! Here are some great restaurants that I went to that everyone should go:
The Old Coffee Pot: their best dish would be the lost bread. I am so crazy about the lost bread that I am constantly thinking that I should take a weekend trip there just to eat it!!
Cafe du Monde: so all you can get in this place is beignets. BUT they are famous for beignets and you have to go to get this. You can have it for breakfast but if not, go other times. Beware: they always have long lines, so going in the morning would be best.
NoLa: Owner Emiril Lagasse has everyone in this place so well trained that you feel so well taken care of. They give amazing service!! Their fried chicken is my favorite dish!
Commander’s Palace: I suggest their commander’s 3 course selection or their pecan crusted crispy catfish, this was off the hook!!!
GW Fins: Great seafood restaurant. Again, great service and because I am a seafood lover, any of their dishes was great. I tried quite a few given I went multiple times.
Mr. B’s Bistro: This is the first restaurant I went to that didn’t have too many fried dishes. I ordered their pork chop and it was delicious! Cooked to perfection so the meat isn’t dry but juicy.
French Market: I loved going through all the little stands and stores for some cheap shopping. I made it out there with 10 personally made rings at $10 each ring. The lady made them for me on the spot. They are super cute and simple, but at $10 a ring, it was totally worth it! I also got a NOLA T-shirt with the fleur-de-lis on it. They also have seafood stands where you can have a quick lunch, or buy some herbs to bring back home to cook with.
Royal St: if you enjoy antiques, this is the block to go to. I went to a whole bunch of stores looking for antique pearl bracelets which I found a few. I ended up buying at the second store I went to because that was the prettiest one for me. But they have antique furniture, paintings, jewels, coins or anything you can think of, they will have! I love that block and will always spend a day to take a walk there.
Trashy Diva: I love this store!! It has all the cutest and sexiest dresses with styles from the 50’s – 60’s. If you like wearable period clothes, this would be the store to go to. Also, their dresses are especially good for curvy, busty ladies!
Psychic: Yes, I went to one. =0) It was fun! I actually went to two. My favorite was with Jessica at Earth Odyssey. She was very good and that is all I will say. =0)
Stay tuned – pictures to come.
The Style Gourmande