This was my first time to New Orleans and it's definitely an interesting city. The first night we arrived there was a huge Anthropologist convention going on at our hotel and the lobby was just filled to the brim with people. When we headed out to dinner we were greeted by a marching band parade down the street! Great music and free entertainment!
|The view from the room at the Sheraton|
Our first night we at dinner at the Red Fish Grill on Bourbon St. It was pretty good southern food even if we had to wait over an hour for a table. Since we were in New Orleans I had to order something authentic. I decided on the Herbsaint Flamed Catfish. It was served with sauteed spinach, yellow split peas, and tobacco onion rings. I'm sure there are better seafood restaurants in the city but for something that is authentic, reasonably priced and close to the hotels near Bourbon St. this is a great option when visiting.
|Inside the bar at Red Fish Grill. I love Fleur de Lys's and they are everywhere in NOLA!|
The best food we encountered was at Satsuma Cafe !!!
If you go to this city you must stop at this lovely cafe and coffee shop.
We went here both days when we had breaks before our performances!
|Random people playing instruments down the street|
The second trip back I felt like breakfast so I had their egg sandwich with avocado and
arugula on hearty wheat bread. They have a lot of vegan baked goods that are very tasty as well.
|Inside the Satsuma Cafe|
|The egg sandwich and chai tea|
|Satsuma cafe has great signs|
|Outside on Satsuma's patio|
Whenever I travel, like most foodies I end up coming back with food related souvenirs. Since we didn't have too much shopping time I was just able to pick up some chicory coffee from the famous Cafe Du Monde. I just bought mine at the airport with leftover per diem! This coffee is great made with a french press or as cafe au lait. I just saw the other day that you can buy this at World Market stores!
So if you are headed to NOLA anytime soon definitely check out these two restaurants, pick up some chicory coffee, and catch a dance performance presented by New Orleans Ballet Association!