Tuesday, March 16, 2010

MTV Spring Break: New Orleans!

Our trip to the Big Easy was a great way to kick-off the break, and I've spent all of today recovering from it!  I think every step we walked was in direct correlation to every bite we took!  Too much food!  But delicious.  I think the best thing I ate was a crab cake from Johnny's Po-Boys.  The po-boys were HUGE but the lady taking orders suggested I get a single crab cake if I wasn't that hungry.  omg, it was HUGE and the best crab cake I've ever had (and I think less than $5?). 

Ok, photo recap:
We stopped by Pat O'Brien's for a famous Hurricane

Hanging out on Magazine Street.  The weather was gorgeous each day we were there!

We went to Emeril's restaurant NOLA and I have to say...so disappointed.  I ordered Hickory Roasted Beef Brisket (I've had better) with Orecchiette Pasta-Brie Cream “Mac & Cheese” (with angel hair pasta b/c they were out of orecchiette apparently) and Bacon Smothered White Beans (which needed salt and were not that good).  I should have gotten the  Carolina Style Pulled Pork Panini on Roasted Onion Bread with Pepperjack Cheese, Potato Salad, Slaw and Green Onion Hush Puppies.  Someone at another table ordered it and it looked so good.  I'll just say avoid NOLA all together and stick to exploring other lesser known local favorites)

Perefect weather and a laissez les bons temps rouler attitude meant taking time to watch street performers and check out all of the artists.

We had a drink at the Omni bar and the bartender suggested we check out the bar at the Monte Leon Hotel, because it was a moving carousel!  It was fun!

Abita Amber, a Louisiana lager.

After that we went to Crescent  City Brewhouse and had a sample of their brews.  Eh, not impressed, but I'm glad I discovered Abita.

The "must" on my list was a visit to Cafe Du Monde.  The cafe au lait was to die for and puts all other coffee to shame!

I've never been to a casino ("I like my money right where I can see it--hanging in my closet!"), but we stopped by Harrah's.  I was willing to part with $5 on the penny slots, but actually won about $4!  I played until I hit back at $5, so I left with what I came in with.  Not too shabby.

One more trip to Cafe Du Monde.  I love the ecclectic crowd these sweet treats lure.  Yes, those are nuns standing behind an indie rock band.

A great trip!  Now time to detox and get in a few more runs before my half marathon on Saturday!


rena said...

I love NOLA and looks like you hit some good places!

Vic said...

Fun fun fun! I am obsessed with Cafe du Monde... mmmmmmmm...