New Orleans

Summer is definitely in full swing and we’re out here trying to make the most of it. What have you been up to so far this summer? We’ve been in Mississippi the past few weeks visiting family and basically eating all the fried catfish I can find.

While in Mississippi, we decided to take a quick trip down to New Orleans for a night. New Orleans holds a special place in our hearts. We have family not too far from the city and we also took our first trip as a couple there when we were dating for her birthday!

When we arrived, it was lunch time, so we stopped at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen for pasta.

I got the gulf shrimp and crab pasta with roasted tomatoes and basil in a lemon butter sauce. Ashlynn had the Bolognese. Both were incredible!

After lunch, we walked down through the French Quarter to Cafe Du Monde for dessert. If you’ve never had a beignet from Cafe du Monde, it is an experience all in itself. Sitting in the French Quarter, covered just about head to toe in powdered sugar is pretty close to heaven in my opinion.

Next, we headed to our hotel. We stayed at The Eliza Jane, a boutique hotel on Magazine. If you ever want a centrally located hotel, we highly recommend.

The hotel is only a couple of years old. They have a restaurant on site, but it was closed due to COVID-19. We really enjoyed our stay here and will stay here again next time we’re in New Orleans.

We decided to stay in rather than going out to eat, so we ordered delivery from Oceana Grill. Ashlynn had a sampler of crawfish étouffée, gumbo, and red beans and rice, and I had the shrimp po-boy.

The next morning, before heading out, we stopped and had brunch at Stanley in the French Quarter.

I ate the crab cakes Benedict and Ashlynn had bacon, eggs, and grits. They also had incredible coffee!

This trip was so much fun and a much needed getaway! There were so many places friends recommended that we weren’t able to get to. One of the best guides I found is on Joy The Baker’s blog. If you’re planning a trip, it’s definitely worth taking a look!

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