Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Orleans Continued (#acnola)

Day two in New Orleans was probably more eventful than day one. We started the day out on Decatur street near Café du Monde which has famous beignets and Café au lait. YUM! We had a few mimosas at an outdoor restaurant and listened to the jazz band play. I think October is probably the best time to go anywhere in the south because the weather is just amazing. We made our way to Montrel's which was pretty famous for their crawfish, which we ordered three pounds of. In addition to the alligator crab cakes and crawfish bisque. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

By the time we finished at Montrel's it was time to roll on over to the Blues & BBQ Festival, only we stumbled upon another festival in the process -  the Louisiana Seafood Festival! How could it get any more amazing than that. We decided to walk the few miles to the Blues & BBQ Festival and I'm glad we did, because the music was amazing, the food was delightful and we met some very interesting people. 

Lafayette Square is where the next festival was held, smokey BBQ was all you could smell so as you can imagine it was heaven. Within the first ten minutes or so, we were approached by two big guys asking us how we were enjoying our trip so far.  Being the social butterflies that Caitlin and I are, we automatically chat them up, take pictures with them, etc. Right as we were moving on and telling them it was nice meeting them, we find out that they are both on parole from the federal penitentiary otherwise known as Agnola. Oh, it gets better. One for murder and one for being the self-proclaimed "most notorious drug dealer in the entire state of Louisiana." Now, these things really don't happen to normal people. Now I'll tell you the best part. We all exchanged phone numbers. Keep in mind, this was before we found out they were on parole. We leave a while later after listening to Keb' Mo' and make our way to the next place, a gumbo bar. Alligator gumbo is probably the tastiest thing that's ever been in my mouth, right along with oysters. I really love seafood. 

We leave the next morning and Toby calls us stating that one of the dudes we met from the festival (the one convicted of murder) has called him 14, yes, 14 times within an hour and a half. We don't think anything of it. Caitlin and I get back to my house in Florida and both have missed calls from the other one, whose numbers were programmed into our phones! What a mess. I then had to explain to Patrick why I had a paroled convict calling me, that's another story! In retrospect, exchanging phone numbers probably wasn't the best idea, but it's a good laugh now. I can't wait to go back, I seriously love that city! Once again, most of these photos are in order. If you have Instagram and want to look at the entire album, including Caitlin's pictures you can search #acnola. <3

The random cat that jumped on my lap at a Mississippi BBQ joint. It was startling because he didn't have a tail.

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Orleans!

I think it's best to split this post up into two different days, there are a ton of pictures but they're mostly in order.

We spent the first day eating amazing food and walking around Bourbon street.  A friend recommended a restaurant called Boucherie. I have never tasted anything like this in my life! It was soul and southern food but with a fusion twist. The head chef and the owner are good friends with my neighbor so naturally most everything was "compliments of the chef."  I tried "boudin," which was probably the most phenomenal thing that I've ever eaten. Duck liver and pork - who would've guessed. Caitlin and Toby both ordered the brisket and I ordered mojo duck breast. HEAVEN. I could literally talk about the food the entire post.

After dinner we made our way to Bourbon, smelled just like I remembered. Like vomit and horse poo, but it's always so fun. The last time I was in New Orleans was July of last year for a bachelorette party and we were only there for one night. There's so much more to do during the day which is what I'll post photos of tomorrow. Seafood festival, blues and BBQ festival, street performers, you name it!

For now,  day one.

The most hilarious shot of our trip. Why was I standing like that? Did I have to pee?

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