After hearing about the magic of New Orleans my entire life, I am pleased to say that the city totally lived up to my expectations.
The overall point of visiting the city was to partake in the New Orleans Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon but also to eat, check out some jazz, and spend time with my family.
I started out my trip at my Uncle and Aunts house. They recently moved just outside of New Orleans and invited me (or allowed me to invite myself) to visit their home and check out some cool sights nearby. We went to Avery Island first to see where Tabasco is made and to check out the swamps. I ended up seeing one alligator, but it quickly swam away once I got close enough to take a picture.
The 1/2 marathon was on Sunday, so I headed to New Orleans on Saturday morning to meet (so exciting!) Joanne from Eats Well With Others and to hang out with her in the city. We hadn’t actually met in person before, so it was super amazing to get to know her and chill as we ate our way through the French Quarter together.
After checking out the Rock n’ Roll expo, we headed straight for Cafe du Monde – the famed home of chicory coffee and delicious powdered sugar Beignets. This place is definitely worth the hype. The beignets come out piping hot and the chicory coffee is absolutely delicious.
Joanne and I are both vegetarians so eating out together was really easy. New Orleans isn’t much of a meatless city, but we managed just fine. We hit up LA Thai for spring rolls and curry for a pre-race dinner – neither of us really subscribe to the whole carb loading thing.
Sunday morning we excitedly woke up and got our gear together for the big race. It was so nice to escape the snow and run a gorgeous jazz music filled course with sunny skies. We ran the entire race together ignoring our full bladders and ended up finishing in 1:54. It was my first time ever running with someone else, so now I’m definitely addicted!
Since Sunday was our last full day in NOLA we made sure to check out everything the French quarter had to offer. We started at Stanley’s for brunch. Joanne ate the messiest eggs benny I’ve ever seen, and I enjoyed an omlet sandwich with caramelized onions and spicy mayo on toasted grainy bread.
We weren’t finished with beignets and headed to Cafe Beignet to see if it was anything like Cafe du Monde (and to drink our first “Hurricane”). Honestly, I didn’t notice a difference in the actual taste of the beignets, only they were way bigger and were enjoyed in front of a live jazz band…so I would definitely recommend this place!
For dinner we hit up a vegetarian place called Green Goddess. It was good and healthy, but not a place I’d visit again. Mostly because I was served cold red wine in a cup and charged $15 for it..what’s up with that?!!
Our entire goal on Sunday was to stuff ourselves silly, but after running a 1/2 marathon in the morning, walking around the city for 6 extra miles, and eating healthy, we felt we needed to end the night off with cheesecake. And so we did. Our last meal in NOLA was spent eating take out cheesecake from Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro in our bed while watching the Oscars. Not bad!!