Weekend in New Orleans: Part 2

We were up not-so-early on Saturday.  But that was fine by me.  See….I usually suffer from FOMO.  What is FOMO?  Fear of Missing Out.  I wake up early on vacation with the urge to get up because there is something to do! There is something to see.  Something we are missing because we are here.  I rush through meals trying to get to the next thing.  But me and God have been having talks about my FOMO….and it was gone.  I had decided that wherever we were was the best place on the planet.  If that was in the hotel room eating pizza….so be it.  If that was sleeping in…great.
So we got up and had our “breakfast” by eating lunch at Mulate’s. 
 Mulate’s is one of my favorite spots in New Orleans.  I first went there when I was in 10th grade on a school trip.  It was sooo good then.  For dinner, it is usually packed, but you can get the same menu and not have to wait for lunch (but really, the dinner atmosphere is fun with the band…but we just wanted the food).
I had the Catfish Cecelia (which was stuffed with crab stuffing and blackened) and Tyler had the Catfish Mulate’s (blackened and topped with crawfish etoufee) and we both had sides of jambalaya. 
Y’all.  This meal was out of this world.  Everything was delish.  The veggies had a cajun seasoning on them, the twice baked potato was awesome…and the fish was to die for.  YUM!
We walked around NoLa after lunch.  We walked through the Riverwalk (which they are turning into an outlet mall…so lots of stores were closed), and then we went to the Aquarium of the Americas. 
SO much fun!

They had great exhibits!  An awesome stingray tank…
Seahorses (my favorites!)
And penguins!  We watched the penguin feeding which was so neat.
We had some beignets from Cafe Du Monde for a snack.  YUM!  Tyler wasn’t thrilled that I was taking his picture, but he loved the beignets.  He didn’t love the Cafe Au Lait (but I do!). 
For dinner that evening, we ate at Deanie’s.  The original location is in Metairie, but they put one down in the French Quarter.  It was AWESOME.  We started with broiled crawfish tails and honestly I filled up on those.
When they brought out our food, I only had like 10 bites before I was totally stuffed.  But it was AMAZING.  We took it to go (and had it for breakfast the next day!).
I had their crawfish sampler (fried tails, etoufee, crawfish dressing balls, and crawfish au gratin).  Everything was so good.  I’m dreaming of the au gratin still.
Tyler had the seafood platter (half size…I would hate to see the full!) and it had fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, crawfish dressing balls, and a softshell crab.  
He wasn’t a fan of the softshell crab…but everything else was great.

We went to Bourbon Street after dinner.  We aren’t big party people…but you have to go.  It was NUTS!  Lots of bars, half naked women hanging out in strip club doorways, live music, and more.  We walked down a few blocks, took a shot (we HAD to….it was Bourbon Street!), and then we left.  It just wasn’t much of our scene. (we had to take our picture in a parking garage because everything on Bourbon Street was too inappropriate. ha!)
On the way out, we did come across the start of carnival parade!  A Marine band and some ceremonial fun.  They threw beads and coins from the balcony and it was neat.
We came back to the hotel and crashed.  Fun day.

Weekend in New Orleans: Part 1

Our trip started late Thursday evening.  After I taught Zumba, I hopped in the gym showers, put on some pjs, and we hit the road. We drove about 6 hours (stopping only for Taco Bell and one gas stop!) getting to Vicksburg, MS about 2 a.m.  We stayed at a crummy hotel there, but we were only there for like 6 hours, so it wasn’t too bad (except they messed up my reservation and gave us a smoking room.  I felt like I spent the night in an ashtray…but for $50 a night I couldn’t complain too much). 
We hit the road the next morning and stopped at Cracker Barrel for breakfast.

I got a Diet Orange Cream soda for the road- my favorite!

We got to New Orleans around 1 and drove straight to the French Quarter.  We had lunch at Johnny’s Po Boys (recommended to us by some friends).  We had a GREAT meal!
I had a classic muffeletta (ham, salami, olive spread) 
and Tyler had a seafood muffeletta- which was basically a GIANT po-boy.  Po Boys are sandwiches, usually stuffed with fried seafood.  Well, his seafood muffeletta was just double the size of a po boy!  Stuffed with fried oysters, shrimp, and fish…it was SO good!
 We also got a dessert there in their ice cream shop up stairs.  I don’t remember what it was called…but it was heavenly.  Caramel, white chocolate, gooeyness.

We walked around a bit seeing Jackson Square and the French Quarter.  
In Jackson Square…

On the Riverfront

And in Jackson Square again enjoying the art.

We were pretty tired from driving all night (and getting crummy sleep in the ashtray hotel) and walking around so we came back to the room and rested.  We were going to go out for dinner, but OU was playing in the Cotton Bowl…and Tyler is a big OU fan.  So we decided to just order pizza and watch the game.  It was nice to rest a bit.

We had a great first afternoon in NoLa! And we got some rest so we could party all day long on Saturday! Part 2 coming tomorrow!