Our New Orleans Experience

Last week Scott and I spent five days in one of our favorite cities, New Orleans.  We went with two of our closest friends, Sarah and Matthew.  It was their first time to the Crescent City, but Scott and I have had the pleasure of visiting many times.  It was a treat to spend time with them, enjoying all the wonderful food and drink that New Orleans has to offer.

And eat and drink we did!  Scott and I were so excited to introduce some of our favorite places to Sarah and Matthew.  Of course, we hit up Café du Monde for beignets and café au lait.  We also visited The Napoleon House for a muffaletta sandwich and a Pimm’s Cup, The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel for, what else, a Sazerac, and we ate fresh oysters shucked by Thomas at Pascale’s Manale.

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We walked around the French Quarter, basked in the sun in Jackson Square, and swung by the oldest bar in New Orleans, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop.

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We sipped cocktails at Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, and enjoyed a late-night dinner at Sylvain (Buffalo-style sweetbreads, anyone?  Yum!).

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A visit to New Orleans must include a trip to Wille Mae’s Scotch House for her famous fried chicken.  I don’t know what she puts in the batter, but I’m still craving it.  It was absolutely the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.

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We also had the opportunity to watch The Rebirth Brass Band perform at The Maple Leaf Bar on our first  night in New Orleans.  Personally, I found that to be the best introduction to the city!  If you get a chance, go see them.  They do not disappoint – get there early!  Other honorable mentions of the trip are Cochon, Domenica, and Pat O’Brien’s.

I hope I can speak for our friends when I say we had a wonderful time eating and drinking our way through New Orleans and are already looking forward to our next trip back!

As they say in New Orleans, laissez les bon temps rouler!

 

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