Last weekend the Mr. and I spent the weekend in New Orleans. It was the quickest trip we have done in a really long time. We arrived in NOLA on Saturday afternoon and flew back out on Sunday afternoon so we were only in Louisiana for about 23 hours.
Neither of us had been to New Orleans before and even though it was a whirlwind we had a great time. We arrived then took a taxi to our hotel in the French Quarter. After dropping our bags we laid out our clothes for dinner to ensure they wouldn’t be too wrinkled then decided to go for a walk. Since we didn’t have much planned we just walked through the financial district and walked down by the WWII museum and then back to the hotel.
Months ago I made reservations at Commander’s Palace so we changed into our dinner clothes and waited for a streetcar. We took the streetcar to the Garden District and walked right in to Commander’s Palace. It was a magical experience. Everyone was incredibly friendly and warm and it was the epitome of Southern Hospitality. We didn’t want for anything and had a wonderful time enjoying the fine dining experience.
I ordered the most delicious L & L vodka Collins cocktail. It was made with lavender simple syrup, vodka and lemon. For the salad course I had the strawberry salad. It was far from ordinary and was topped with pistachios and fried carrots.
My main entrée was the chicory coffee crusted quail. It was heavenly and was stuffed with the most beautiful concoction. Dessert was their famous Creole bread pudding with whiskey sauce and the Mr. ordered their famous strawberry shortcake. We shared both desserts and words cannot describe how perfect they both were.
We walked around the Garden District a bit after dinner and just enjoyed the atmosphere. The weather was perfect and the homes were magnificent. Most of them looked as if they were ready for a magazine shoot at any given moment. After taking the streetcar back to our hotel we settled in for the night.
The next morning we woke up and laced up our shoes for a run. It was a short run with the purpose to see more of the French Quarter and get beignets.
We ran down Canal and Bourbon Street (yuck) then headed into the more historic area of the French Quarter. It was stunning. I loved all the little shops and galleries and wished we had more time to explore that area of the city.
We ended our run in Jackson Square and walked across the street for chicory coffee and beignets at Café du Monde because hello, this is New Orleans. We split an order of beignets and a large iced coffee and strolled around Jackson Square for a bit. After that we decided to walk back to the hotel, get showered and hit the Ruby Slipper Café for a proper brunch.
I ordered a glass of fresh squeezed OJ and their famous eggs blackstone benedict with bacon. Yup, you heard me right…bacon. I ate bacon for the first time in nearly three years. It was tasty, but I’m not obsessed. The eggs benedict was delicious and was served on a biscuit. As a southerner, I always embrace a biscuit and the entire meal was perfect.
After brunch it was back to the airport and home to pick up Chloe Mae from doggie daycare. We had a lovely time in NOLA and I look forward to returning and exploring more within the city. This trip was really just about getting our feet wet in a new place and getting away for the weekend. Also, I’ve dreamed about Commander’s Palace since I was girl.
Have you been to New Orleans?
What are your favorite things about NOLA?