Do or Don’t: New Orleans
DO stay in the French Quarter if you plan to send your evenings at the bars. It’s not terribly priced and walking the streets is relatively safe after dark.
DO go against my usual advice and splurge on a hotel. Many cheaper options in the area had not fully repaired their rooms from water damage. I couldn’t care less when it comes to the looks, but the mold issues plagued us even in the lower levels of a five-star hotel (they moved us up to the top floors at no charge). This may or may not be accurate since it’s been a while, but definitely ask when they last renovated the rooms before booking at a less expensive option. If it sounds too good to be true, it definitely is when you’re in NOLA. (more…)
What to Eat in New Orleans
Beignets: Fried sugary deliciousness that’s light like a pillow and not like a donut. Get them at Café du Monde with a café au lait. This is not up for discussion.
Gumbo: Seafood gumbo is the best. The best. Think: spicy peppers and rice and hot sauce and shellfish. It warms your insides but doesn’t coat them (unless you eat too much and want it to). A Creole favorite, this dish is best eaten spicy. If you don’t do spicy food then you might as well skip this because there’s no point in having mild gumbo. That’s just silly. (more…)
Where to Go: New Orleans
Audubon Park dosed us with tranquility when we needed it, a perfect escape from the city that borders it on all sides. It was a bit of a jaunt from our hotel in the French Quarter (about five miles without wandering) in the sweltering heat, but it was worth it. We were no good at taking a straight route because every other block begged for us to walk down it. They called out with their antebellum houses or the brick sweating its red into a dusky pink or the little shops of lace dresses and cafés with tea. (more…)