In early March 2014 I moved from a little bungalow in Venice, California to the heart of The French Quarter, New Orleans. I adore New Orleans. The people are proud and welcoming. The food is rich and distinct. The buildings have history. The graves are above ground. You can feel this city the second you step into it!
I am too new to New Orleans to call myself an expert, but as I explore the city and find things that I love, I’ll add links and thoughts here. It is my great hope that you come visit New Orleans and find as much love, beignets and crawfish as I did and do. This page will be updated as I get acquainted with the city. For other glimpses inside New Orleans follow me on Instagram: #jtbnola
Where to Eat:
/ Jacque Imo’s / Dooky Chase / St. James Cheese Company / Big Fisherman Seafood (for crawfish you can take home) / Boucherie / Guy’s Po-Boys / Cochon Butcher (and every other thing Chef Donald Link touches) / Slyvain (make a reservation and get the cheeseburger!) / Dat Dog (chili dog whaaat!?) / Peche (best new restaurant of the year!) / SoBou / La Petit Grocery (romantic and lovely) / Domenica (the cauliflower and the pizza forever and ever) / The Joint / Company Burger / Atchafalaya (brunch it up!)
Get At That Sweet Tooth:
/ Cafe du Monde (totally classic beignets) / District Donuts (totally over the top and so good!) / Gracious Bakery / Maple Street Patisserie / Creole Creamery / Satsuma Cafe / ManhattahJack (the cookies! the brownies! EVERYTHING!) /
My Favorite Cocktails:
/ Maple Leaf Bar (for music and a whiskey) / Bar Tonique (amazing weekday afternoon happy hour!) / Cure / Pimm’s Cup at The Napoleon House / A (blended) Daiquiris, any kind any time any where. The open-air French Market offers fresh fruit daiquiris.. just saying’. / Keife & Co. (for bottles of wine, spirits, and gourmet foods) / Bacchanal Wine (amazing outdoor wine and bites in the Bywater) / Cane & Table (my favorite cocktail in town! sit at the bar and order a traditional daiquiri.)
Where to Shop:
/ Swap (really great, name brand, used retail clothes) / UAL (brand new, super discounted high-end fashions) Exodus Goods (Brooklyn art meets New Orleans funk) / LoomedNOLA (the most lovely hand-woven Turkish towels and scarves) / Garden District Book Shop
Favorite Spots for Sitting and Seeing:
City Park / New Orleans Athletic Club / Royal Street for music in the streets and art galleries / Bike ride through the Garden District / Cubs the Poet / St Louis Cathedral / Yoga at the Cabildo / Crescent Park
My Current New Orleans Reads:
Even if you can’t make it to New Orleans, you should, at the very least, make your own beignets! Try the best Buttermilk Beignet recipe!