Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Orleans Travel Recap | Part 1

As most of you have probably gathered by now, my husband and I are constantly on the go. So of course when our good friends asked us to join them on a trip to New Orleans, we couldn't say no. My best friend's husband turned thirty and we couldn't think of a better place to get together and celebrate!

I've been asked several times what the highlight of the trip was and of course, aside from spending time with our sweet friends, the food was at the top of my list! I'm also pretty excited about two purchases I made while I was there, but more about that later. I didn't want to overload you with too many photos in one post, so I decided to break up my recap. Be sure to check back later for part two!

We rented a charming little cottage located in the Bywater neighborhood – a trendy, hipster area just five minutes downriver from the French Quarter. Our cottage was so adorable. The outside was bright and colorful as are most of the other cottages in the neighborhood. The inside was beautifully decorated and provided the perfect space for a party of four.

Some interior photos sourced from VRBO.
If you follow along on my Insta stories, you may be aware that Whit and I decided to drive (from South Carolina) instead of fly. The trip wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but needless to say, we were very ready for some good food and cocktails by the time we arrived. 
We headed towards the French Quarter, making our first stop at Pat O'briens for an infamous hurricane. A drink a little too sweet for our liking, so we kept moving.  After a quick google search for the "best po boys near me" we were directed to The Bourbon House, a premier oyster bar and seafood restaurant, offering an extensive selection of bourbon. My assumption is that this place is most likely a tourist spot, the kind that visitors venture to in Charleston. But we were in fact tourists and I'm so glad google led us to this spot. This place had the best charbroiled oysters I've ever tasted. We loved them so much, we ate their twice during our trip. They also had my favorite seasonal beer on draft which was another added bonus.
I'm not a bourbon drinker, but I would assume this list just about covers anything and everything a bourbon lover could want and more. 
We had just the right amount of food to coat our bellies and continue on exploring the city.
The weather was beautiful the entire time we were there. The first day it was 80 degrees- I was ready for it, but my pale skin wasn't. 
We stumbled across the cutest little boutique and I couldn't resist purchasing a blue and white top I spotted on the mannequin. I love shopping at local boutiques when I travel. I always feel like my purchases have a little more meaning. You can see what I purchased in part two of my recap, coming soon. 
Dessert before dinner is totally acceptable when it involves warm powdered sugar covered beignets from the infamous Cafe Du Monde
Enough to tease our tastebuds, we refrained from getting more in order to save room for dinner at La Petite Grocery. Located in the central business district in a quaint cottage that housed a grocery store in the 1800s, La Petite Grocery's Chef Justin Devillier is serving up fabulous Louisiana fare. Here are a few things that crossed our table. 
For starters, we split the ricotta dumplings and the roasted brussels sprouts with cane syrup butter, pecans & smoked bacon.
I decided to go out on a limb and try one of their most popular dishes, turtle bolognese with bucatini, sherry, parsley & fried soft boiled egg. It was a risk I'm glad I took, because my meal was delicious. If you can get past the name, I recommend giving it a try. 
We also tried the gulf shrimp and grits, roasted lamp chops and the LPG cheeseburger. Let me just say this, when a nice restaurant has a cheeseburger on the menu, it must be something special, and this one sure was! Made with house pickles, onion marmalade, arugula, whole grain mustard, aioli & gruyere on a soft bun served with hand cut fries — my husband made an excellent choice.
Check back later for part two of my recap as the food saga continues!


  1. so fun! new orleans is such a beautiful city! and all this food looks amazing xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  2. My best friend's husband turned thirty and we couldn't think of a better place to get together and celebrate!

  3. The outside was bright and colorful as are most of the other cottages in the in Moldavia