Ray headed to work and I headed to Starbucks for this lovely breakfast. I prefer steel-cut oats, but since Starbucks said it's "perfect", I guess it is, right? ;)
Walked through Jackson Square Park...
St. Louis Cathedral. From the other side while walking on Bourbon Street past strip bars, I saw this church with a symbol of Jesus Christ projected on the exterior. It was interesting... I'm sure many drunks have walked by quite convicted. Haha. Just behind me and my camera are a bunch o' stinky horses!
Love the art culture. They surround the park.
A local artistMeltdown gourmet popsicle! They're located just past Cafe Du Monde on the corner of Dumaine and Decatur. I read about them on Yelp and people rave about their unique flavors. I'm all about supporting the local business that serves a unique treat! I paid $3 for a pineapple-cilantro popsicle and really enjoyed it. Around 85-90 degrees and a decent amount of humidity along with serious winds = popsicle disaster... but I made it happen. :) It could've used more cilantro, but altogether it was pretty yummy. In a blind taste-test, I wouldn't have been able to tell there was cilantro in the popsicle, but still thought it was delish. Some of their other flavors include: lime-basil, strawberry-hibiscus, salted caramel, passionfruit-ginger... Kinda cool, huh?
NummersI thought it was muffaletta, not muffuletta. LOVE. Nevermind that I walked by about 2 hours after eating oatmeal and a popsicle. I wasn't very hungry but decided that eating was logical entertainment.
Go there if you're ever in NOLA. The best sandwich I've ever had (and yes, vegetarian or not!) was from Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica, CA. They have 1,507 reviews on Yelp with 4.5 stars. It rocks the house. You wait in line 100-deep just for a sandwich and don't mind... that's when you know it's amazing. I'd say the place I went today was second in line.........if you like muffuletta.
Except... I didn't walk far before the man and his wife on an opposing bench approached me. The man says something like, "Is that a muffuletta sandwich? From that place down the street? I was talking with someone yesterday who is a local and they said their family has been going to that same deli for generations. Was it pretty good?" Needless to say, I raved about it.
Ah, calories galore. Nummers again. Cheese, bread, and olive mix = my personal heaven.
When you keep heading down Decatur you eventually find yourself at the French Market...
This is just so charming!
Love these stoops and the shutters.
I love this blue wrought iron!
Preservation Hall from the opposite side
Thought this old-school Walgreens was pretty cool. Or in coupon world, people sometimes call it Wags. Did you figure that out yet, Alli? ;)
This seemed like a really charming hotel... but we stayed just down the road at the Hilton instead.
I headed back to the hotel in the afternoon and had a fun g-chat date with my friend Laura. She laughed much of the time as I looked to have a lampshade hat. After our date, I made sure to grab a glass of wine from the hotel bar. Mmm, wine.
When the husband came back to the hotel room after a day of meetings, we headed out to dinner at Red Fish Grill on Bourbon Street. We walked through a load of drunk people near the Mississippi at the Railroad Revival Tour watching Mumford and Sons and enjoyed the warm evening. Great Day 2 in Louisiana! It's funny how much I remember from our last trip to NOLA in November 2008. Here are a few photos from memory lane...
I did contemplate bringing my green pants for this trip... but didn't. I seemed to forget a lot of things, honestly! Not my best work.