Big Easy

Have you been to New Orleans?  If not, hop a plane now before the next storm closes your airport and go.  Yeah, I think it’s raining there now, but trust me… it won’t dampen your spirits.

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My daylight view of NoLa

I didn’t get to see it at all during daylight hours, except from our room window.   I was there on League business, and the days were LONG, deep and productive.   We didn’t get to any of the great restaurants y’all suggested, but we had FINE dining experiences just the same. 

We stayed on Canal Street, and Friday night, we were too tired to even take a cab uptown.  We just asked the concierge for recommendations.  We landed at GW Fins.   I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever had a better meal.  I started with Conundrum, which is my new favorite wine.  (Be still my heart… the wine shop on my way home carries it.  Sissy, dinner will be late because Mama needs new wine.)

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Doesn't Sissy need this wreath?!

Saturday, our nearby recommendations failed us.  My travel companion is a loyal Yelper, and Yelp didn’t paint the right pictures of the places we were sent.  One looked awesome, but neither Yelp nor the concierge told us we needed reservations.  We weren’t willing to wait two hours.  So, we’d passed The Pelican Club both nights and we thought it looked nice… it was.   The moral of this story is that when in NoLa, if it’s good enough for dinner, call ahead for reservations.  That’s probably obvious to most of you, but such is the curse of living in podunk.  Even the places that require reservations around here will work you in pretty quickly in most cases.

I can also say I’ve never been in a friendlier city.  From the doorman to the NoLa League president and everyone in between, they couldn’t stop telling us how happy they were to have us in their city.  Now, I do suppose that the locals still there now are the ones who are very passionate about their hometown, but still… it was delightful to be their guest.

I do have to mention one cause our Friday lunchtime speaker champions.  If you went to a theater last weekend, you might have seen the Women of the Storm public service announcement.  Regardless, I hope you’ll take a moment to click over and watch the video or just cut to the chase and sign the petition.

Since most of my readers are women, I’m going to take a moment to remind you that we are powerful.  As a collective force, there’s almost nothing we can’t do.  What are you passionate about?

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23 comments on “Big Easy

  1. Sue says:

    Was this your first trip to NoLa? It’s one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit.

    I guess I’m passionate about animal issues and I consider the Gulf Coast an animal issue. I feel that animals need a voice.

  2. gMarie says:

    It’s too early for deep questions – I’ll get back to you.

    I’m glad you had a lovely time, even if it was rushed. I hope you came home feeling refreshed. g

  3. km says:

    What a wonderful trip. I’ve always wanted to go. My former flour eating self always wanted to sit at a cafe and sip a café au lait while eating a beignet. Even if it was business…glad you enjoyed yourself.

    Thank God women have a powerful voice…where would this world be without them!

  4. Barbara says:

    Oops! I could have warned you about reservations! We need them here, too. But I’m glad you had a good time anyway….wish you could have seen more, but this means you’ll go back next time as a tourist, right?

  5. Jessica says:

    So glad you had a great time! I need more food details though! LOL!

  6. Amy says:

    I LOVE New Orleans. John and I went there two years ago and I long to go back one day. It is an amazing place, full of magic and wonder, amazing architecture, and very kind people!!!

  7. I haven’t been to NoLA…glad you had a nice, productive trip, however brief. Now perhaps you and The Knight might purpose to spend a little time there someday….?

  8. Bubblesknits says:

    All signed. Love the name of the group and their mission. Absolutely wonderful.

    Sorry you weren’t able to get in to some of the restaurants. I should have warned you about reservations, too, but forgot. Glad you had a good time, though! : )

  9. Blond Duck says:

    I’m sorry you didn’t have a good time in NOLA!

    I’m passionate about writing, puppies and family!

  10. Kathy says:

    I love New Orleans! We have been several times over Easter weekend to run a race and just enjoy the city. The food is fabulous! There is also a fun yarn store called The Quarter Stitch. I hope you can go to New Orleans soon for a vacation.

  11. Nichole says:

    I’ve yet to make it to the Big Easy but hope to get there sometime soon…. sounds like the hospitality was wonderful!

  12. Nichole says:

    PS – all signed!

  13. Mr. Puffy says:

    Wow ~ what a fun adventure! Try wines in the Russian River Napa area ~ that’s known for nice wines albeit more for pinot noir.

  14. kathy b says:

    Wait friendlier than Chicago?? Really????

    Must try your favorite wine!
    WHat am I passionate about? Saving dogs and cats in shelters….:)
    Passionate about knitting and blogging too

  15. Marjie says:

    Looks like a good weekend. I’ve never been to NoLa. It’s just never been on the way to wherever I’ve been driving.

  16. Robin in VA says:

    Yes, I have been to NoLa….and had a GREAT time! Boy, I ate some good food that week. Looks like you had a great time too!

  17. Walden121 says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit there. Not sure if it’d be the same now though.

  18. Blond Duck says:

    Have a great Tuesday!

  19. I just started Yelping after a long hesitation towards it. So far so good… but all I’m doing is putting up reviews of places I already frequent.

  20. Anita says:

    Looks like fun! 🙂 I’ve never been there. Unfortunately I won’t be going on any trips anytime soon, no cash flow for that kind of thing.

  21. Terrie says:

    My parents were in New Orleans this weekend, too 🙂 I’ve never been there, but I’d really like to go!

    Thanks for sharing the video and petition link. I’m passionate about animals and the environment so I definitely signed the petition!

  22. Katie says:

    sounds lovely. unfortunately – they have already started cancelling flights… i guess i’ll have to go AFTER the next storm.

  23. Kathy says:

    Love the group’s mission :).

    Never been there but 3 of our 4 kids have. Sorry to hear about the reservations but now you know for the next time ;).

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