Five for Friday: A Northerner in New Orleans

9 Mar

I don’t really have any ideas for recapping my trip to New Orleans – so I’ll just give you 5 highlights (other than my kick ass race!).

Highlight #1

Yummy drinks (and monkeys on surfboards) (and shark bites). It was 80 and HUMID on Friday, so I was craving summer time drinks.

Monkey DrinkSurfing Monkey

Shark Bite

Highlight #2

Really cool old stuff to look at.

Old Building 1

Old Building 3

Old Building 2


Highlight #3

Everything was SO GREEN! Coming from the land of winter deadness, this made me SO HAPPY!

Red Flowers & Boat

Pink Flower

Highlight #4

Avenue Pub. Yup this place deserves a highlight of it’s own. Apparently draft beer and micro-brews are not really a “thing” in New Orleans. This pub was recommended to us and completely lived up to its expectations – thank goodness, we were really looking for some good beer. Me, Coachy, and Tim headed here for a brew after the expo. We met a guy there too, who lived in Rhode Island for several years! What a small world.

Avenue Pub Taps

Highlight #5

The food, of course. I was too busy eating to take many pics of my food.

Stop #1 was the Napoleon House for lunch on Friday. I had a muffuletta – which I’ve never had before. It was delicious!


And this beer that just begged to be tried because of the name!

Blackened Voodoo

Friday night dinner was at the Bourbon House where I took one picture of my dinner and it came out crappy. We also had calamari appetizer which was AMAZING. The dipping sauce that came with it was this creamy, spicy, bowl of complete deliciousness. I did manage to take a picture of the inside of the restaurant!

Bourbon House Lights

The lights were so cool, and I was intrigued by the ceiling fans on a pulley system. I’ve seen that one other place before, but I can’t remember where.

I took it easy on my stomach on Saturday – I didn’t want to risk eating anything crazy the day before the race. Nothing exciting here – some chicken tortilla wraps for lunch and pizza for dinner.

Sunday, post-race dinner was at a place called Mother’s Restaurant. The food in there was begging to be tried – there was always a long line to get in! Luckily we didn’t have to wait.

Again, no pictures, but it was post race dinner and I was stahhhhhving. I had red beans and rice, jambalaya, a wicked good bloody Mary, and topped it off with a serious piece of pecan pie. I can totally understand why there was always a line outside of this place!


Between the city itself and the race – I definitely plan on returning to New Orleans!



13 Responses to “Five for Friday: A Northerner in New Orleans”

  1. JessSutera March 9, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    Ohhh yummy!! I’ve heard of Mother’s Restaurant, not sure where though? Maybe on Food Network?? I love all your pics, so pretty!

  2. jobo March 9, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    yum!! the foods and drinks look great! And I bet it was glorious to see GREEN and FLOWERS and warm weather. That’s the best part of when I travel to SoCal for work!

  3. misszippy1 March 9, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    I love NoLa! Sounds like a fantastic trip and that you hit all the important things (in addition to the all important race!)

  4. Tiff March 9, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Good call on the muffuletta. When in Rome…errr, NoLa. 🙂

  5. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean March 9, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    LOVE that ceiling shot and the shot of the street!

  6. runningwithsass March 9, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    oh I LOVE mother’s! I have never driven by there and NOT seen a line. It’s so crazy! Glad you enjoyed your trip to my hometown area!

  7. Kristin March 9, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    We were at Mother’s on Sunday too! We wen’t around 6. The line moved pretty fast. Love your pics – you’re quite the photographer!

  8. readytogetsweaty March 9, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    OMG that draft beer selection is to die for! It sounds like you had a great trip, run and fun! Love the pics, especially the gree ones. Can’t wait for that up here 🙂

  9. eatingforexcellence March 9, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Yum everything looks great!

  10. Heather (Where's the Beach) March 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Love all the pictures. I’ve only been to New Orleans twice. Once as a kid and once to go on a cruise. Let’s just say I don’t remember much and I have beads….

  11. Karen March 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Sounds like you really had a nice time before and after the race.

  12. Jessica M March 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    I am so drooling right now!! The pictures are amazing, and the food sounds equally so. I could use a good Hurricane right about now! 🙂

  13. Ara March 9, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    This post makes me want to go to NOLA now. 🙂 Looks like a ton of fun.

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