This year Mike and I finally start traveling again since we won't have to save every single penny for the wedding, yay! We have a few trips in mind and not to mention, our honeymoon in June!
I kicked off the new year exploring New Orleans for my first time. Eight of my closest girlfriends and I celebrated my bachelorette party in NOLA and it was one of the best trips I've been on! When people say that city is lively and has amazing food, they aren't kidding in the slightest. This is my first travel guide and I'm sharing my experience in this wonderful city!
I want to make it clear that I'm somewhat of a picky eater. I've gotten better at it over the past couple of years and holy shit the food in New Orleans blew my mind. I was extremely full and beyond happy after every meal. I can't even begin to explain how amazing the food is there. I honestly would go back just for the food!
Friday Night dinner after traveling: Cochon Butcher- perfect for a delicious quick bite and drinks without having to get dressed up and then waiting forever for a table.
Saturday Brunch: The Palace Cafe- Such a great place for a classy brunch with live music and classic southern charm! The food was so flavorful and decor was on point.
Saturday dinner: BB Kings Blues Club- The food was great for half of us and just okay for the rest. Luckily, I was the half that loved it! I had the ribs and it was perfect for my craving. What we all agreed on was the live jazz entertainment and vibes made up for what was missing for some.
Sunday Brunch: Surreys Cafe and Juice Bar- We actually had a reservation at another place and it got cancelled. We ended up taking a chance and waiting over an hour on a hunch for this place. I think it's safe to say this place was out of this world amazing for all of us! Worth the wait for the service, vibes, and most importantly, their f**king delicious food. I'm so mad writing this knowing that I can't go back tomorrow.
Sunday Dinner: The Gumbo Shop- Talk about the perfect last dinner out! All of us were trying each other's plates and we were all so satisfied, it was unbelievable. The jambalaya exceeded all of my expectations and the deserts were to die for- fudge brownie with pecans and ice cream and banana bread pudding.
Quick bite before the airport: Dat Dog- I haven't had many before but this is definitely the best fried chicken hot dog I've ever had. It was so good that I wished I gotten two, lesson learned. Oh, and their Margaritas are also delicious!
To be honest, there were so many spontaneous adventures and drinks involved that I don't exactly remember everywhere we went. To make up for it, I do remember the most fun things!!
Below, I've listed streets, districts and specific places that are a must see in my opinion! All of these places made my first New Orleans trip a 20/10. Definitely recommended!
NOLA is truly an amazing city filled with culture, great food, warm people, and pure talent. Everywhere we went we heard the best street performers playing with soul and we had the best freaking food! Oh, and strong, tasty drinks haha! I could go on and on but I'll just say I think everyone deserves to experience New Orleans at least once.
Do you have any amazing trips coming up? What city would you recommend?