Hola from NOLA !!

Hey everyone!  We made it safely to New Orleans despite last minute snafus of a tenant with a nonworking furnace late Friday night and a bloody nose in the morning.  Great way to start a vacation, right?

We are staying at the Place D’Armes Hotel in the French Quarter.  I love this place because it really fits into the Quarter style wise and it is very reasonable.  Not to mention being easy to walk everywhere!

It was pretty cold here on Saturday – 40 degrees (which was 45 degrees *warmer* than what we left behind)

We were ready for dinner and hit up a classic business district place:

Mother’s! Always crowded, but the line went really quick.  We split a bowl of crawfish etouffee:

Yum!  Plus we split the house specialty the Famous Ferdi Special, which is a sandwich with ham, roast beef and debris, which is a mix of shredded roast beef and gravy left over from the roasting process.  This was a rich tasting sandwich and sooooooooo goood!

Very tasty sandwich, I have to say.

We were lucky enough to catch a parade Saturday night!

It was the

Krewe de Vieux parade

This is one of the only big parades that goes right through the French Quarter (and a block from our hotel).  I love the parades here because you get involved in them.  The parade people toss out trinkets, beads, and souvenirs.  This parade can get political and quite racy, I have to say LOL!  It was funny, though.

And Who D’at?????  This city is soooo proud of it’s Saints.  Here is a take on that with this float.

Here is my collection of stuff tossed to me at the parade (it was sooo cold, too)

Then we had some beignets!  Cafe du Monde had an enormous line, so we went to Cafe Beignet instead:

So good.  Although du Monde is better, I think.

This morning, I was all ready for a run!

John, not so much:

We headed out for a 30 minute run all around the Quarter.  I would have gone farther, but John hasn’t run since the end of October!

Then we hit up CC’s Community Coffee for some brekkie.  John decided to get a piece of praline king cake:

Richly decadent and more like dessert.  I decided to have a Sunday staple:

With some damn good coffee.  Now we all ready to do some sightseeing and more eating!  I’ll be back tonight.  I love free internet access in the hotel!

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21 thoughts on “Hola from NOLA !!

  1. becca

    Have a great trip! I miss NOLA, so much fun. If you’re into art at all take the street car to the museum if you have time. They have a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden and a fairly decent collection. I especially love the mossy trees in the garden and the beaded necklaces they made for them 🙂
    .-= becca´s last blog ..lunch =-.

  2. PTG

    Looks like you’re having a great time!! The food looks yummy too – though I’m not much of an etouffe person, I’m sure if I had it made “the real way” I might change my tune. LOL

    Have a great time on vacay!
    .-= PTG´s last blog ..off to see the wizard… =-.

  3. Kimberley

    Even though you did not get off to an auspicious start things seem to have gotten much better.

    Loving the food pics. Just checked out the hotel and it looks very lovely.

    Glad you are having a wonderful time!
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..Really Brief Post =-.

  4. Leah

    Sounds like a great beginning of a trip. You are so funny to share your adventure with all of us. 🙂

    I’ll take your husband’s breakfast as a treat…looks yummy.

    The French Quarter is wonderful. Enjoy yourself!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Perfect 10 – Update #4 =-.

  5. Susan

    Ohno!!! You got a bloody nose too!? Thankfully you’re now in a spot that hopefully has a little more moisture in the air 😉 Wow, the food in this post Lori is spectacular. That sandwich!! My inner carnivore wants summa that right. now. 😛 Keep having a blast, can’t wait till your next update!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Things I Learned – January =-.

  6. Barb

    Looks like vacation is off to a great start! Glad the couple last minute hiccups didn’t delay anything! Enjoy every moment…and every bite!!! Bon Voyage!
    .-= Barb´s last blog ..Busy and Bunco =-.

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