Visions of Beignets, and Chargrilled Oysters Dancing in My Head

I love to travel! It is one of the strongest passions in my life to see as much as I can of what this big beautiful world has to offer. Like many people, I do not have tons of free time or tons of money, but somehow I manage to make time for a little getaway adventure every so often. As I scroll through all the travel booking sights checking flight prices for some of the destinations on my must-see list , my mind keeps wandering to New Orleans . So much so that I am even using Google Maps to “walk” around the Quarter to see what’s going on. I know it’s weird , but it beats actually focusing on what ever is going on in the office (who actually “works” on a Friday afternoon anyway? ).

I was first interested in visiting New Orleans after reading a series of fiction books in middle school that took place in “the mysterious bayous” and “dazzling city” of New Orleans. The books described it in such awesome detail I thought, “I have to get there someday or else!!”  Or else what? I’ll never know…. But I am blessed that I got the chance to visit this amazing city more than once . There is just something so truly mysterious and fun about it  that keeps calling me back!

                 Here are my top five favorite things about New Orleans:

1. THE FOOD !! 

If you are on any sort of special diet plan , you are going to want to scrap it the second you step out on the town and smell the delicious aromas emanating from any restaurant in New Orleans. It’s in this city that the recipes of Creole , Cajun , and French cuisine dance together to create a uniquely New Orleans flavor that will hook anyone’s palate.

I'm not really an oyster fan. But I am a huge fan of Chargrilled Oysters from Acme Oyster House.
I’m not really an oyster fan. But I am a huge fan of Chargrilled Oysters from Acme Oyster House.
Ohhh Willie Mae's Scotch House . The best fried chicken you will ever have. Ever.
Ohhh Willie Mae’s Scotch House . The best fried chicken you will ever have. Ever. EVER!
Amazing Italian style Sandwich with New Orleans flair
Amazing Italian style Sandwich with New Orleans flair
Famous Baked Alaska from Antoine's !
Famous Baked Alaska from Antoine’s !

 

I was feeling adventurous when I ordered gator soup  from Antoine's . It was yummy !
I was feeling adventurous when I ordered gator soup from Antoine’s . It was yummy !
Beignets from cafe du monde make me so happy!
Beignets from cafe du monde make me so happy!

2. The People and the History

There must be something in the air there because the people of New Orleans are some of the most fun, easy-going people I have ever met ! I guess they don’t call it “the Big Easy ” for nothing? They have such pride and passion for their city and traditions, and it shows!

Now, this look like a wedding I'd like to be a part of ! So fun!
Now, this look like a wedding I’d like to be a part of ! So fun!

Being French, then being Spanish, then French again, then American . Plus War, Jazz and Storyville, Pirates, Voodoo Priestesses, and the dark and tragic decades of slavery. If walls could talk, imagine the stories that could be told . Well, walls don’t need to talk much in New Orleans. You can really feel the pulse and energy of the city’s history just by walking down the streets.  

Not sure about the history on this one. But the name is awesome!
Not sure about the history on this one. But the name is awesome!
One of the oldest Cathedrals in the United States. St. Louis Cathedral in the middle of Jackson Square.
One of the oldest Cathedrals in the United States. St. Louis Cathedral in the middle of Jackson Square.
 Supposedly , this is where the Voodoo Queen Marie Lavaeu is buried. St. Louis Cemetery # 1
Supposedly , this is where the Voodoo Queen Marie Lavaeu is buried. St. Louis Cemetery # 1
Peaceful and beautiful.
Peaceful and beautiful.
Having a Jack and Coke at Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. The place to hang with pirates since he 1700s.
Having a Jack and Coke at Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. The place to hang with pirates since the 1700s.

3. The Music

You can hear some of the most talented musicians for free by just walking through the French Quarter. There’s pretty much music on every corner. If you want more of a venue experience then head over to Frenchman Street . There’s tons of great live music venues , as well as places to eat and drink.

Walked right into this one!
Walked right into this one!
Just taking a break listening to great music.
Just taking a break listening to great music.

4. Mardi Gras

Ahh yes, Fat Tuesday. I’m not into the crazy drunken “boobs for beads” party scene that takes place on Bourbon street. Contrary to popular belief Mardi Gras is a family friendly tradition . Just venture to parts other than Bourbon Street to see how much fun the Mardi Gras Season (Yes, season. Not just a day) can be. I even got to see a doggie parade!!

Throw me something Mister!
Throw me something Mister!
French Quarter decked out for Carnivale !
French Quarter decked out for Carnivale !
Got these without showing of the boobage.
Got these without showing of the boobage.

 5. The Bayou

Another world entirely. Teeming with life ! This actually deserves its own post but I’ve only been there once while in New Orleans. I plan to visit again and then the Bayou will get the post it deserves . But if you only have one chance to go to New Orleans , don’t forget to book a bayou boat tour!

Tim and I ready for our Bayou Adventure!
Tim and I ready for our Bayou Adventure!
Looks like the water was higher?
Kind of reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Gorgeous
Gorgeous
I see Louis !
I see Louis !

I could honestly go on and on about different things to do and see while in New Orleans, but my first blog post is way longer than I wanted it to be.  Ya’ll were right : when you write about something you’re passionate about, the words just flow out !

Thanks for reading . Leave some feedback . I’d love to know what you think !

xoxo

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Jamie is a writer with a passion for adventure, history, and more. When she’s not out exploring the world, Jamie is at home in sunny San Diego, CA chasing sunsets and carne asada fries, preoccupied with research, or invested in a good book and a cup of tea.

10 thoughts on “Visions of Beignets, and Chargrilled Oysters Dancing in My Head

  1. Jamie,
    Glad to see your blog finally! Candidly, I loved the narration. Honest & heartfelt! Best part is theres lot of take ways for someone who wants to visit New Orleans. Well written. So please keep writing & you have a follower already.:)

    Below is my blogsite. I do write sometimes but being a IT professional, my blogs could be boringly tech-heavy! 🙂

  2. Hello. I’m interested in going to New Orleans the first week of December. Do you have any recommendations as what to do during that time? I heard the weather is nice and not to worry about rain. How much do you think two people should save up to to spend around there? We’re planning on using Airbnb but our emphasis would be on food and maybe a tour of the swamps. We’re staying five, maybe six days there. Great blog by the way!

    1. Hi ! Thanks for reading! December is a great time to go. If your emphasis is going to be on food, I would save a good amount of money! There are tons of places to find delicious, affordable food but you will want to try some fine dining places while you’re out there too. I recommend Antoine’s especially for the Baked Alaska dessert. Commander’s Palace in the Garden district is delicious but keep in mind that the dress code which is pretty dressy is enforced. Muriel’s in the French Quarter has great turtle soup. You’ll want to try the favorites while you’re there: Gumbo, Jambalaya, chargrilled oysters, muffalettas, and beignets. There are some amazing breakfast/brunch places in the Marigny/Bywater area. My favorites are The Cake Cafe and Elizabeth’s. For things to do: A swamp tour I definitely recommend! I liked Cajun Pride tours the best. Also, a walking tour of the French Quarter would be fun. They have different kinds like a Booze tour, haunted tour, bike tours, historical tour etc. Here’s a link to a post I wrote about visiting New Orleans in December: https://jamiebethlaird.com/2015/12/11/yule-in-new-orleans/

      Happy Travels!

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