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New Orleans: The Food, The Drinks, The Cleavage Cupcakes

Well--that was some vacation to New Orleans!
Total length of vacation = 60 hours
Time spent sleeping = 16 hours
Time spent driving = 18 hours

Posing in the French Quarter

So....time ACTUALLY spent on vacation = 36 hours. But we managed to fit in so many sights, eats, drinks, and fun times! Here are some of the best food and drink highlights:

The first night at Pierre Maspero's we started with some fried alligator for an appetizer. Nothing special, but it had to be done! I followed with an appetizer of crab cakes as my main, and a glass of sauvignon blanc.

An order of--what else in Louisiana? Fried alligator for the table!

Crab cakes with parsley and red pepper remoulade

A glass of sauvignon blanc with dinner.
After dinner it was inevitable that the three of us end up on Bourbon Street. I'm not a big drinker anymore, but I wanted to have a hurricane at Pat O'Brien's just to say that I had! So I shared one with the hubs--and I'll be honest, that was plenty. Those babies are STRONG!

The next day's adventures will be detailed another time, but I had a rather mediocre lunch (gryo at a little cafe in the French Market) that was redeemed by the amazing dessert: Bread Pudding served piping hot with a warm caramel whiskey sauce. We split this three ways and I was calculating EXACTLY how much was one third--I wanted every bit I was allotted! The night's dinner was a seared ahi tuna salad--light and delicious. 

Bread Pudding--Heaven!

Lightly seared tuna Caesar salad

And of course, no trip would have been complete without a trip to Cafe Du Monde. It was the very last thing we managed to do, and I ordered the beignets for breakfast before we left New Orleans. They were every bit as crispy, sugary, and delicious as I imagined. I ordered a chocolate milk on the side--I figured if I was having donuts for breakfast why not go ahead and have a kid's drink with it?

I know you're all dying to know about the cleavage cupcakes. Since you all know by now, I'm just a handful gal. (Check out my current bra giveaway if you're curious!) So this product in a shop window intrigued me:

I love their slogan: "Just like homemade"--that cracked me up so much, I just had to take a photo!

What would you prefer--one weekend getaway each month, or a 2-week holiday once each year?
Hmm---obviously I would pick a 2-week holiday each month if it were possible! I am really enjoying our quick little trips recently though. It's nice to relax and visit a new place, especially since I don't know this area of the US very well yet. 

What is the best food you've ever had on vacation?
The beignets are fresh in my mind--it might be them! I went to the Philippines for a girl's holiday once with a couple of friends, and we ate some really amazing food--duck gyoza dumplings that still stand out in my mind, I'd love to have them again!


  1. Woo Hoo!! I love me some New Orleans! We live about an hour away, and we visit often. In fact, that's where we honeymooned. I remember the time I got the most drunk ever in my life.. and it was on Bourbon St. with my MOM, DAD, and GRANDPARENTS! (Their treat $$) Needless to say, the next day was the WORST hangover of my life. Have you ever tried King Cake?

    By the way, that is a beautiful picture of you in the quarter.

  2. Lovely pics of you. Glad to read you had such a fun time. Sometimes these impromptu getaways are just the best!

  3. oh my gosh all that food is making me drool looks super yum!

  4. I love that you savored every minute (err, bite) of your mini vacay! Fun - food looks yummy and I'm jealous!

  5. bread pudding is my favorite. yum.

    with three kids, i would choose one weekend away per month. for now.

    p.s. i love whatever it is you're wearing in the first photo (is a dress? i'm sorta hoping so).

  6. Looks like a delicious vacation. Alligator is a big let down. I remember the first time I had it, I was convinced it was chicken and everybody was playing a joke on me!

  7. Next time you're in town let me know and I'll tell you all the places to go! Glad our weather was kind of cool while you were here!

  8. That salad looks amazing, and so do the beignets!!

  9. had me at the title! ;) i think it's always fun to see companies that have that little shock value in their goods...but it all comes down to the question of: does it taste good and is their cleavage all it's cracked up to be?? ;)

  10. I'd pick a 2 day holiday per month as well! And you are one brave girl to eat that alligator... I'd probably run screaming from the restaurant!

  11. Would be great to do both ... mini get away every couple of months and then a big 2 week vacation (not that I'm counting but my two week trip to indonesia is just six weeks away ... woooo hoooo)

    Best food away ... everything - I'm not cooking it or cleaning it up what could be better!

  12. Omgosh I really want you to send me some of those beignets!
    glad ya had fun girl.

  13. Can I have two days a month AND the two full weeks once a year? That seems reasonable no? :)

    I've had some pretty good food on vacation but one thing that sticks in my mind is my soup appetizer when I went to Morimoto in Philadelphia. I still think about that soup...

  14. I love long vacations because they give me a sense of belonging somewhere. I know it's weird but i feel like I live somewhere by the end of the second week. The only thing sucks going home!

    I cannot believe you ate alligator!!! That sounds so crazy to me! I want some bread pudding! I've tried a lot of really amazing things. The pizza in Italy was to die for, the selection of macadamia nuts in Hawaii was unreal, and everything in NYC is ridiculously amazing!

  15. Even if it was only 36 hours, that looks like so much fun! And SOOO delicious!

  16. The best food I had on vacation was seriously at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. I had the Chicken Pipette pasta dish and no joke- I was hugging the bowl while eating it. I was in LOVE. I even packed up the leftovers, carried them aroudn with me, and ate the rest of my delicious pasta while watching the Fantasmic show. SOOOO GOOD!

  17. You're brave to try the alligator! AND the hurricane. :)

    Love your dress!!

    I love weekend trips in the summer, but I always try to plan a week long trip to get me through the winter months. Preferably somewhere HOT!

  18. We are weekend warriors! I think the longest trip we have taken since getting married is only 4 days! But we love to hit the road for the weekend :)

  19. I just forwarded your reviews ri my fiance. He's going for his bachelor party weekend. I think I'd prefer two weeks because there's nothing like not having to work for two whole weeks!!

  20. Looks like you made the most out of a short trip! I go back & forth. Generally, I use most of my vacation days for long weekends. But, I'm taking an entire week off next week, & I'm extremely excited just to get that mental relaxation that's hard to achieve when you just have a few days off.

    Cute pictures!

  21. LOVE cafe du monde...LOVE those hurricanes. ahhhh i just LOVE new orleans. what a fun trip!!!

  22. tell me more about these cupcakes please!!! yum!!! my favorite food on vacation was in vegas - white chocolate french toast. to die for.

  23. LOVE mini vacations! And all of this food is making me hungry. YUM!! That salad looks so good.

  24. mmm, i've never been, but i think i need a trip for all those yummy eats :)

    Sam @ fitness food & faith (giveaway today!)

  25. I'd love to go to New Orleans someday!! Glad you had fun!

  26. Glad you had a fun trip!

    My favorite dish was Colcannon I ate in a tiny pub in Waterford, Ireland.

  27. Your trip looks like yo had a blast!! I love weekend getaways, sometimes they are hard though because you come back on Sunday tired and have to head to work the next day. Most amazing food I tried was when Craig and I went to San Fransico last summer, we had endless amounts of salmon, crab legs, and shrimp...and the sourdough bread!

  28. Looks like a fun time! I've done a couple of weekend trips this Summer, and I decided that they're good but feel a little rushed. Especially if they involve 8-9 hour car trips. So, essentially, I'm dying for a vacation.

  29. I like the one weekend getaway a month - Tripp and I try to do that, whether it is close to Boston or not...

    BTW - YOu fit in a ton on this trip! Nice work!!! And those hurricanes? So strong and a bit sweet- did you go in the piano bar?

  30. Love bread pudding.
    I think I make some decent bread pudding. Need to work on the whiskey sauce though ...

  31. Next time try a hand grenade on Bourbon. If you like green Hawaiian punch, you will like this drink. But one is the limit unless you are seasoned. LOL!


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