[Repost from April 29, 2016]

New Orleans is a city that has mixed reviews – you either love it or you hate it. So I had to find out for myself. It’s no surprised that I loved it. It was rich in culture, a seafood lovers haven, and had a great day and night life!

Where to Stay: If you haven’t already figured it out yet I’m a big fan of Marriotts. There just happens to be one located on Canal street, which is conveniently located between the french quarter and Bourbon Street. Not to mention our room had an amazing view of the city, and there were 2 roof top pools!

Where to Eat: 

Royal House Oyster Bar – Located in the French Quarter this has every meal item you would want to try when in New Orleans. I partook in the the sampling of 3 famous dishes: Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya, Crawfish Etoufee and Chicken and Andouille Gumbo. My husband went with the recommendation of the roast beef po-boy. Both were delightful!

Cafe Fleur De Lis – Be prepared to wait for breakfast anywhere you go in this town – as in lines out the door. Must mean it’s good right? The answer is yes! I love that they text you when your table is ready, so we were able walk around town and partake in some shopping in the French quarter while we waited. I started off with a spicy bloody mary, and ended with a seafood eggs benedict. My husband tried a traditional southern food, boudin, in an omelette. Boudin is a must try when in Nola. So good.

Le Bayou – This place has a great balcony view of Bourbon street, and I ate one of the best meals I have had in my ENTIRE LIFE! I even complimented the chef. It was friend green tomatoes with grits and shrimp, covered in a creamy Parmesan sauce. I plan on going back specifically for this meal.

Daylife: It is very enjoyable to just stroll around the French Quarter during the day. View the exotic art work, see the famous St. Louis Cathedral, and of course you gotta try some traditional Nola beignets. Hop on a horse and carriage to get a tour of the city, or one of the old fashioned trolleys!

Nightlife: Walking around Bourbon street is entertaining in itself. You can find the locals tap dancing, playing the drums, and there was even a marching band following by crowds dancing. There are little stands along the strip where you can grab a $5 hurricane – a local Nola drink. And of course plenty of bars to bop in and out of. One of my favorites being the Cats Meow Karaoke bar. Also the luxurious Carousel bar is a must see!