Monday, November 7, 2011


Sorry for the delay. I've been working on this post for over a week. Trust me when I say we have a LOT going on...some of which we would rather NOT have going on...

The hubs and I took a quick trip to NOLA to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary.

We try to take an anniversary trip every year. We hope to be able to keep the tradition and take the kids along as they get older. Our first year we went to Chicago and our second year we went to NYC. The third year we were unable to take a trip because Miss Chloe was only 5 months old. This year we left her with Shorty and Pop for two nights while we soaked up the Big Easy.

We flew out of Houston's Hobby Airport on Friday morning at 6:00 a.m. We were in New Orleans by 7:00 a.m. and on our way to downtown NOLA. We left Sunday morning at 7:50 a.m. We were so exhausted that we had to take a nap at my parents before we could drive from Houston to Austin. But, it was so worth it!

Rather than give the whole play-by-play of the trip, (which consists of looking at art, walking, eating, drinking and listening to live music) I'll share the few pictures we took. At the end of the post, there is a list of places we ate and what we had...this is for my own records but feel free to take a peek if you care. I recommend everywhere we ate!! That's the first time this has ever happened on a trip. On most of our trips, we stumble into restaurants that are lacking.

Let me say this for the record. Do not let the media stories scare you about visiting New Orleans. The city, while dirty because it's old, seemed safe. We stayed on the touristy beaten paths, but we were out way after dark and we went down some dark streets. I never once felt unsafe. The people in New Orleans are hands down the nicest people I have ever met. And, that's saying a lot because I grew up in West Texas where we are notoriously some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

Mark doing Night of the Living Dead at the Saint Louis Cemetery

Crypt at Saint Louis Cemetery. The burial practices in New Orleans are interesting.

Lafitte's Blackshop Bar -- oldest structure used as a bar.
Built between 1722 and 1732.
Ordered a Bloody Mary and a Hurricane here.

Bourbon Street

Hanging out on Bourbon Street Friday night.

Our Hotel room...we got switched to a sister hotel, called The Ambassador.
It was a cute boutique hotel. Clean but old.

Brunch at River's Edge. Louisiana omelet with crab meat.

Mark and I at River's Edge.

Bourbon Street on Saturday afternoon.

Love that people don't ask for money. They 'perform' for money.
I gave this guy $2 to take his picture. At least he's doing something (i.e. working).
I hate how in Chicago and NY (and Austin) people just walk up and ask without offering any reason or service.
Me and some strange guy. Paid him for a picture, too.

Mark in his costume.

Me in my costume.


Cafe du Monde

  • Breakfast at Cafe Du Monte. We ate beignets (pronounced: ben yay) and drank Cafe Au Lait.
  • Lunch at Huck Finn's. We ate Po Boys. Mark had pulled pork and I had fried shrimp.
  • Dinner at Pierre Maspero's. Mark ate steak and I had Jambalaya. We both enjoyed a Hurricane. (As a side note, the boudin (pronounced: Boo Dan...I asked.) sausage in NOLA is as tender as a good steak. We also enjoyed some alligator sausage that was to die for...and my Jambalaya was one of the best things I've ever eaten on a vacation.) 

  • Brunch at River's Edge. Mark had a Jambalaya omelet and I had a Louisiana omelet with crab meat. We both drank mimosas. It was delicious.
  • Lunch at Daisy Dukes. I ate the fried green tomato Po Boy and Mark had a sausage Po Boy.


  1. Glad y'all had a good time. I think Chloe has fun on her vacay. I know we had a blast keep her.

    Excellent choice for your Halloween costumes!

    I really like the night photo of Bourbon Street; the way the lights are refracting is way cool.

  2. What a fun trip, looks like y'all had a great time! I love the blonde in your hair- you look awesome as always.
    PS- is that guy walking a monkey? Cause if so, that's AWESOME! :)
    Love you!

  3. I was sure you would enjoy your trip. THe pictures are great and you both look so happy. That is a must see again place to visit. I liked your costumes you wore. Bet you turned some heads. Did Mark sing a song from The Sound of Music? He looked handsome in his costume.

  4. haha.'re gonna think I'm so NOT awesome. The guy is walking a toy dog. But he was frozen in place--like a statue--then every few minutes he would take a step and freeze again. He has some great balance!

    A monkey would have been so much better!!

  5. Okay- I just blew the picture up and then I thought it looked like a demented squirrel! :) I honestly would never have known it was a fake toy though! Maybe I need to go study my animals better!


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