Hello, New Orleans!


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Some cities are just filled with magic.  London has magic.  St.Louis has spooky magic.  I think my Venice home has a good amount of sparkle magic.  But New Orleans… New Orleans is aalll magic.

I was lucky enough to visit this special city last week.  Because it was my first visit to New Orleans, I.. a) melted in the humidity.  b) was horrified by my frizzy hair.  c) drank daiquiris in the streets.  d) ate beignets several… SEVERAL times.

Want a peek?  Here we go!

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In every new city visit, it’s really nice to start with a map.

Two big streets and a curve in the grid.

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Evening hours in the French Quarter.

Horse heads everywhere.

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Evening hours outside of Saint Louis Cathedral.

Dark and romantic.

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Evening hours inside this smokey, candlelit bar.

There was piano music, people huddled in conversation, and a really smelly drunk dude that danced me into a corner.

Tell me you’ve been danced into a corner… that’s real.

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Ham, butter, and brie on a baguette is one  of the best lunches EVER.  Thank you St. James Cheese Company!

Louisiana beer is also as fine as could be.  I’ve come to appreciate the wonders of the Strawberry Abita.

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There’s a salad in that Bloody Mary… and I’m totally drinking this pineapple daquiri in the street!

It’s like a party everyday!

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Any menu that serves Champagne and Fries is a menu I want to be reading.

I mean… come on!

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Late night beignets at Cafe du Monde.

Yes… these were the second round of beignets I had eaten on this day.

Yes.. I ate a whole order myself.

Sometimes I have trouble sharing.

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I spent a day at Jazzfest!

Crawfish bread.  Cold beer.  Gospel tent. And Ne-yo singing R&B Jamzzzzz!

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Is this magic JR and the Inside Out Project!?

I think it is!

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Look how rad humanity looks!

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We ate big trays of crawfish!

It was awesome… but I’m still not sure how I feel about this.

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Back to the beignets… clearly.

I was on a strict beignet diet.

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In New Orleans I got to meet my oldest blog friend, Evan!

Evan and I have been chatting for the past four years.  She knows about various boy and cake disasters.  It was so nice to meet her and squeeze her pregnant belly.  Love!

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The cemeteries in New Orleans.  So old and worn.

This particular cemetery had damaged headstones.  These piled up pieces feel beautiful and unfortunate.

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The cemeteries are beautiful… and also put just a tinge of fear in my heart.  I don’t know what that is…

New Orleans is magic.  The food.  The sites.  The people.  The energy… you can feel it in the air.

Pro tips:

There is no need to lift your top for beads… you can get those anywhere.  They’re even hanging from trees… no joke.

Order more beignets than you think you’ll need… because you’ll need them.

Stand in line for fried chicken at Coop’s Place.

Don’t share your crawfish bread at Jazzfest.

Thank the people that make New Orleans magic.

111 thoughts on “Hello, New Orleans!

  1. I love, love, love NOLA. I like to think I can live off beignets and gumbo…and etouffee…and shrimp creole. And daiquiris. You’re right, it is just magic.

  2. Lafitte’s is my go to bar whenever in NOLA. So laid back and fun to watch people there. Do a Ghost Tour next time – they are great. The city is truly magical – but next time go earlier – less humidity!

  3. Oh, I love this city. I traveled twice to New Orelans and it’s really a magical place. The people are so special, so nice and wonderful. I wish I live around the corner.

  4. I went to New Orleans for the first time last summer and was blown away by how different it was from everywhere I’ve been. Yeah, bourbon street was a little insaneo, though a good experience…drinking in the streets, I’m down for that. The beignets are killer….it’s incredible how something so freaking simple can be such a pleasurable eat. I hope you tried jumbalaya, fried green tomatoes and gumbo (my favorite foods of Louisiana). I’m bummed that I never had crawfish bread. Beautiful photographs – it looks like you had an amazing time!

  5. I LOVE, love me some New Orleans! The food – shrimp po’boys are my weakness…crawfish etouffee – mmm, buckets of crawfish. Puffy fingers and ankles from all of the salt and heat… Music all day and allll night…HORNS! Being danced into a corner is part of the charm, and dancing yourself out only adds to it. On a previous visit to NOLA I was told by a very drunk stranger-man with a charming Southern accent that he was going to take me home and lick my teeth, he’d never seen teeth so nice. I laughed, then cringed when I realized he was serious. And, yes, the cemeteries…beauty and history, and a little bit eerie. Ah, the charm of NOLA, amIright? Got BIG love for that city.

  6. I could have walked right passed you at Jazz Fest! I live in the Quarter in New Orleans and wish I could have stopped you for an autograph! I’m an avid fan of your book and blog.

  7. New Orleans IS magic! I lived there when I was in college 10 years ago and still miss it every day. I just have to know…where did you get that bloody mary? Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  8. You really captured new Orleans. I think you got the best of everything. It’s nice to see everything looking so much better after the katrina storm. We went there to volunteer after the storm and it didn’t look so nice. This post makes me want to go back again.


  9. So glad you enjoyed NOLA. It’s a place I’m so proud to call my hometown. Such wonderful people, culture and history, not to mention FOOD! I hope you got to try a snowball too! Sort of a staple when it warms up around here. :-)

  10. Never been to New Orleans but now after reading this post, I think I should add that on my list of places to visit! Drinking a daiquiri on the streets is definitely something I want to do!

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