Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Orleans

I mentioned last week that Brian whisked me off to New Orleans for a lovely 3-day weekend. It was a complete surprise and we had a fabulous time.

New Orleans is clearly all about Music, Food and Architecture. So if you are interested in these three things, you need to get yourself out there.

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I fell in love with the character of this city. The stately homes that have scars leftover from Hurricane Katrina. Weathered walls, cracked sidewalks, I think it all adds to the charm of New Orleans. And I couldn't get over how friendly everyone was! Everywhere you turn, people tip their hat and greet you hello, and even a man on a cell phone excused himself from his conversation to say a brief hi to us as we passed by.

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Brian and I passed by a crowded Jazz Bar on our last night there, notes of music billowed out into night. I grabbed his hand and we danced in the middle of the street. It was so much fun.

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We tasted a lot of delicious food. Authentic Gumbo and Muffalettas, Frog Legs, lots of delicious Beignets.... oh the beignets are what got me. They would have to be my new favorite dessert, and they aren't even chocolate! I had tried beignets at a restaurant here in Houston once, but they have NOTHING on the Beignets at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. Pure bliss!

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For those of you who have never been to New Orleans - I highly recommend it! ESPECIALLY if you are a foodie!
(if you are interested in seeing more pics of the food we ate, and the scenery, you can peek at more photos here).

* And thank you to Lindsey for all her restaurant recommendations!

36 comments:

Renee said...

It looks like you had a great trip! I'm not very adventurous food-wise. I don't think I would try a lot of that but I'm glad you liked it!

MYSAVIOR said...

What a beautiful tribute that you wrote to New Orleans. I love the architecture, the wrought iron, but have not had the privilege of tasting their food. I think that New Orleans is a little taste of what France would be like.

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a little twig birdhouse said...

Sounds like such a great trip! I've never been, have always wanted to, but you have just made me want to go even more, sounds wonderful!

Jaime said...

I love all 3 of those :) Would love to go- my mom and step dad went right before Katrina and loved it. Such a special city.

Kaye Prince said...

All of your food pictures are making me hungry over here (and I just ate lunch)! Looks like you had a fabulous time!

LBB said...

Oh how sweet of Brian to surprise you with a getaway like that! Those beignets look soooo good! Especially next to that coffee! Thanks for sharing!

Tracy-Girl said...

I have never been there, but i have always wanted to make a trip over there. Your pictures are beautiful. I love the blue shutters and the houses that you have in your pictures, not to mention the delicious food!

Phoenix said...

Oh my God, those Beignets look amazing! Are they just dough covered in sugar? Because that would taste so incredibly good...

And I had no idea New Orleans was so polite and classy! How wonderful :) It sounds you had a great time.

alli michelle said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip! I love the photos you took.

maggisaar said...

I will go there one day. Oh yes, I will.

Kiki said...

Aside from the frog legs, it sounds spectacular! Need to add that to my list of places to visit. The list is getting long.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Oh what a terrific surprise & weekend. I am sad to say we have never visited yet. So close yet so far-away. I look forward to the day. In the mean time I loved seeing your spectacular photos & your experiences. How cool for the man on his cell ph. to stop & give you a greeting!

simplesong said...

sounds like a great trip -- what a nice surprise! and oh how i love beignets.

Carol said...

I've never been but I totally want to go, especially after reading your post!

Carissa said...

I've never been to New Orleans but I'd love to go. looks like you had a fabulous time! and those beignets look absolutely amazing. I have heard good things about Cafe Du Monde and your photos just prove it! :)

lyndsey | paper girl said...

love it! what a fun trip. and seriously -- frog legs?? how were those??

Maki said...

I've never been to New Orleans and it's been on top of my to do list; to visit the music city!!!!

This post absolutely reinforced such feelings:)

xo

Michelle said...

New Orleans looks so charming! I've never been, but really want to visit sometime. It is clearly a foodie city!

Tali Schiffer said...

Sounds and looks heavenly! I sure hope to one day go visit myself!
I can't believe the man excused himself off the phone to say hello to you two, when he doesn't even know you. Wow!!

Kotori said...

New Orleans is so fun... the food, the shops, the buidlings.. so glad you had so much fun. What a sweet hubby!

Dash said...

It sure looks like the trip lived up to ur expectations, Dionne. I love it when that happens,cos u come back truly satisfied. i like the shots of the pretty buildings and the to-die-for food, but am most impressed by the warmth of the people!

the Lost Earring said...

What a wonderful surprise! The food photos are just tantalizing! I would love to go there someday, and of course EAT the ENTIRE time :) Thanks for sharing your trip!

Jennifer Rose said...

i am so jealous! really want to go one day

aubrey said...

what a wonderful place..i've never been to new orleans..:)

mindy said...

you had me at beignets....i've never been to new orleans but now i really want to go! glad you had such a fabulous time. :)

and sorry for my lack of comments...my baby boy decided to come a few months early, so i've been out of the blog loop for awhile. it's good to be back!

Nicole Marie said...

oh my gosh i want to go there so bad! it look beautiful! and dancing in the street! how romantic!

jeannie said...

sounds like a fun trip! great pics!

Lindsey said...

So glad you had fun and got to experience a great slice of Louisiana! Next time you come this way we will have to meet up! I love that you guys danced in the street...that is what N.O. is all about!

Annie said...

sounds and looks like you two had a fabulous trip!!

i love FOOD, i think i need to add this to my places to visit list ;)

have a great weekend hun!!

tales from an oc cottage said...

It all looks so YUMMY!

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Kristin said...

There is nothing like having a beignet and coffee in New Orleans! Sigh.

Tender Branson said...

What did you think of the frog legs?

Dionne said...

Tender B, I LOVED the Frog Legs. Divine!

Summer said...

Um, yeah, after we found Cafe Du Monde, we ate there every morning while in the city - yum!

miss moose said...

My bf and I went to New Orleans during our trip to the USA- It was wonderful! And you're right, the food was amazing :) I remember eating a sandwich called a po'boy, it was sooo yum. In the evening we went to a jazz bar that a local recommended- it was dark and dusty and so charming, like something out of a movie! So cool. We danced away to the live music too!

Love your blog and your art is awesome. I'll be visiting often!

PS. Thank you for your comment on my blog :)

Des said...

The beignets at Cafe Du Monde are so good that eating them is practically a religious experience. I went to school in Houston so I assume you're talking about Crescent City Beignets in your post. And yes, Cafe Du Monde is far superior.