August 16, 2013

New Orleans, Day 1

ASOS Dress & Belt / Mulberry Handbag / Madewell Sandals (on sale!) / 
New Orleans is a place I had been meaning to visit for some time now. There is a little restaurant in Massapequa that serves cajun food called Big Daddy's. JD and I have been going there for years to sip hurricanes (or zombies!) and take in the mardi gras themed decor. Every time as if on cue one of us would say "we really need to go to New Orleans." Every time. Well, we finally made it there last week thanks to a Jet Blue credit left over from Ned and Lana's wedding last June. Getting there was a little more stressful than it should have been. For the first time in my life, I missed a flight. We arrived two minutes too late and could not print our boarding passes. The odds were stacked against us as we usually would have printed them at home, and tried to, only to have trouble with the printer. We arrived at the airport and waited eight hours for the next flight. There are not a lot of things to do in Terminal 5, but we made the best of it, and joked that we would have to write a guide book for others who may find themselves stuck there for a prolonged period. 

We arrived at our lovely hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, in the evening, dropped off our bags and went for a walk down Bourbon Street. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I've heard a few crazy stories of mardi gras on Bourbon Street, but in August, with temperatures in the nineties, I would assume that it was much less busy than other times of the year when the air does not feel like soup. There were still a fair amount of people, but the streets were not filled. Instead it felt like every shop, bar, or strip club was on display. People stood outside and attempted to usher you inside. It was mostly an uncomfortable experience. We walked up a few blocks, then back, and stopped for dinner at a restaurant called Desire, part of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Their vintage sign captured my eye and nineteen-twenties decor inside drew me in. I ordered the oysters Rockefeller po'boy and JD had fried catfish. The food was good, I thoroughly enjoyed my sandwich and pulled two small pearls out of it. I can't say I've ever done that before... Afterwards we walked back up Bourbon Street and found a place to sit and watch a band play for a little while before returning to the hotel.

1 comment :

  1. You look great in that dress =] The color suits you well!

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