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New Orleans

For the past few days I’ve been in New Orleans.  It was my third trip to the city and by far the best.  It’s really growing on me and might become a place I consider living for a couple of years.  However, the insane humidity in the summer might derail those plans.  Here’s a trip recap.

Sunday I made the trip down I-55 and arrived around 4:30 p.m.  My friend actually lives in Metarie and was kind enough to let me stay with her.   For dinner we headed into Uptown and picked up her friend who needed his car jumped.  We all hopped in his Jeep and went to Sushi Brothers which was pretty tasty.  I had the vegetarian roll and asparagus tempura.  Both were good but I liked the latter more.  For dessert we headed to La Divina Gelateria on Magazine.  They have some unique flavors.  I had three including a delicious Jameson Whiskey.

Monday – I spent the morning working; however, it was a great coffee shop close to Tulane, Rue de la Course.  While there a girl asked me what my favorite breakfast place in the city was.  I was glad she thought I was a local, but sad because I had nothing to offer her.  I’ll add breakfast places to my list for next time.   Lunch was at Fresco on Maple.  I got a sandwich but should have really gotten pizza.  The rosemary potatoes were on point and much better than boring fries.  Monday afternoon was a trip the WWII museum.  It was even better than I anticipated and I’m upset I didn’t allow more time to see everything.  The film at the theater next door was definitely worth the extra 10 bucks too.  This is a must see if you’re in New Orleans.  It is surprisingly emotional and even more because of the number of WWII vets who will most likely be there seeing the exhibits.

Tuesday – Tuesday was concert day!  I started off driving into Uptown via the interstate and got mixed up on Claiborne.  It’s not the first time it’s happened either.  After making it to Magazine I wandered about and went to several small shops.  I ate lunch at La Boulangerie which was decent for what I paid (7 bucks).  I had a ham and cheese sandwich and a chocolate eclair that looked better than it tasted.  Of course, I still ate the whole thing.  Other discoveries on Magazine were Blue Frog chocolates, a really awesome Whole Foods, and a great little stationary store name Scriptura.  I got some fun envelopes to add to my stationary drawer.  After exploring Uptown I headed downtown to check into the hotel I got for the evening.  The Hilton St. Charles was a great choice and I had a nice sized room for a big city.  The afternoon was spent exploring the French Quarter.  The concert was at the House of Blues and totally epic.  I made a lot of new friends (assisted by some whisky) and had an all around excellent time.  I was also proud because I stayed off Bourbon.  I’ve been there and done that, but that’s not a story for this blog.

Wednesday – I drove home around 10:30 and had an uneventful trip.  I wanted lunch at Raising Cane’s but was too far north once I got hungry.  I guess I’ll catch it next time.