5 Days in New Orleans + Eating Recommendations

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It felt so good to be back in New Orleans, if only for a few days. I love the city even more now that I have children. Growing up less than an hour from New Orleans, with much of my extended living family living there, I was lucky enough to be heavily influenced by the cities rich culture, strong tastes, sounds, and sights. “Having” (poor us!) to fly in for a good friend’s wedding was a great way to kick off our annual Summer out of a Suitcase and I’d say we did so with a bang.

New Orleans may be notoriously known for Bourbon St., Mardi Gras, and a place for drive-thru daiquiris and jambalaya but there is so much more to it. The historic homes, the hospitality, the energy, the Spanish moss that hangs from the ancient live oak trees (what I miss the most living “north!”), the rotating smells of beignets, Tony’s Chachere’s or unwelcome sweat – I just love it all.

One thing that I’m most excited about is the burgeoning food scene (for non-traditional New Orleans food that is) that’s come to New Orleans in recent years. For someone who grew up on Southern/Cajun food and cooks it often at home, I’m not necessarily looking for those dishes when I travel there. I will say however, I could sit in the courtyard or balcony dining room of Brennan’s allll day. With the help of my cousin and sister, I was so happy to discover some non-New Orleans-y places to eat that I can’t wait to return to next time. I’ve listed them below along with some pictures from our trip, and a few other tips for anyone traveling there soon with little ones. Enjoy and thanks for reading! -Addie

Non-touristy places to eat in New Orleans:

  • Bearcat Cafe for Breakfast-whatever you order make sure you order the potatoes as your side!
  • 1000 Figs for Lunch– most beautiful and inventive, yet authentic, Mediterranean food I’ve ever had. The small space and light airy setting will make you feel like you’re at a friend’s for lunch.
  • St. James Cheese Company– Any time a restaurant has cheese in the title, I’m there. This is a great place for lunch or just an afternoon snack. Well-curated salads and sandwiches, not to mention a varied selection of artisan cheese. The girls enjoyed their very own chef’s board.
  • Reginellis for pizza to-go– If you’re ordering take-out this is a great option, just make sure you call the location nearest to where you’re staying!
  • Auction House Market for Dinner– Another awesome food hall in New Orleans where you can order a drink then choose from a variety of different dining options including Indian, sushi, empanadas, dessert and more. It has a great atmosphere with the sassiest bathroom I’ve ever seen.
  • District Donuts for breakfast or dessert.
  • Cochon Butcher for lunch or gourmet food items to go.
  • Dung Phuong in New Orleans East (or Little Vietnam) for French bread, pastries and a superb Banh Mi. This is a bit out of the way but has a scenic drive of old fish camps, bridges, and beautiful marshland. The spot recently won a James Beard award and while I’m not thrilled about having to possibly wait in line for some take home French bread, I’m so happy this family-run, long-time New Orleans business got some much deserved recognition.

A few other travel notes on the city if you’re bringing children….

  • You could trek to Cafe Du Monde and maybe have to wait in line, or you could head to City Park and have beignets at Morning Call.
  • Take the kids for a ride on the streetcar along the riverfront and hit up the aquarium (make sure to find the white alligator!) as well.
  • Storyland at City Park is a must.
  • We rented this adorable shotgun VRBO and can’t say enough good things about it.
  • This time of year, water, hats and sunscreen are essential!

That’s all folks! Thanks for tuning in and happy summer!

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-Addie

Archive: Christmas in Mississippi

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Bonjour friends & family!

Apologies for the long absence we’ve had from this little blog of ours. It’s been a busy few months. Andl honestly, even though we’ve had many little trips, meals etc that would have made for good content on here, I’m not organized enough to remember to take photos, & then write about them. Late New Years resolution perhaps? I thought I’d share some photos from our delightful Christmas back home in Mississippi. It’s a struggle to look at these & not get home-sick. Thankful for this blog & whomever is reading this to allow me to re-visit our low country Christmas memories. There is nothing like the food, the warm salty air & the slow and hospitable pace of life. But mostly, it’s the people that have my heart. I’ll keep this short. Below are a few highlights from our Christmas holiday. Apologies for some of the poor quality photos. Most of these are from my phone or very outdated camera.

 

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Celebrating our nieces first birthday.

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Annual oysters at my dads house. Roasted in burlap over a roaring fire. Yes that is a solo cup wine glass.

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And more oysters. Wouldn’t be a Christmas down South without mass amounts of them.

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Enjoying my moms delicious, rich, spicy, crawfish, corn and andouille soup.

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After dropping off my older sister (who spent her Christmas in MINNESOTA!) at the airport, spending an early morning along the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

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One of my favorite views.

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Piping hot beignets covered in powdered sugar with a cafe au lait from Cafe Du Monde.

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My mother & her new shed door thanks to Chris and his dad! Isn’t she cute?

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Live oak sculpture along Beach Boulevard in my home town.

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Big-D & my man enjoying a po-boy. In case you wanted a close up, that’s a fried a soft-shell crab one!

IMG_0651Hanging out in rural Poplarville Mississippi at my uncle’s farm.

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Getting extra snuggles from my first k-9 love, the one and only Moose.

IMG_6190 Our town finally got a grocery store! Well, technically it’s the next town over but it will suffice. It’s not just any grocery store. It’s completely authentic. We stocked up on Cajun potato chips, venison sausage, bbq sauce and more

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My mom’s Christmas tree, isn’t it fun?

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View from my dads house. You could spend days on his front porch.

While we were home for a week, it went by so quickly and I’m sitting here racking by brain going “Did I not get any photos from Christmas day? Did I not take any at Christopher’s grandparents house?” Maybe I’ll do better next year. Until then, i’ve made a little resolution to be better about posting to this thing. Thanks to everyone who took such good care of us while we were home! Until next time!