a couple of weeks ago we ventured to New Orleans (and Baton Rouge) to celebrate Brandon’s birthday and to go to the WVU/LSU game. I’d never been to New Orleans before so this was a very exciting adventure for me too! I have no doubt that we walked 15 miles in 2 days. We stayed in the Hilton next to the Riverwalk and we literally walked EVERYWHERE (No seriously, we got on the trolley ONCE…to go about .5 mile and in our last hour of time in New Orleans). We walked to bourbon street twice a day and all over the warehouse district on Friday. My legs were complete jello when we hopped in the car on Saturday morning to drive to Baton Rouge. But that was ok, we ate enough to not lose one pound from all the walking. LOL. Have ya’ll ever eaten the beignets at Cafe du Monde?! OMG…I could eat them everyday?!?!?! The powdered sugar was poured on top by the CUP (like, measuring cup) full!! New Orleans was amazing. It just seemed that everywhere you turned there were artists and culinary geniuses at every corner. The food was unbelievable…the drinks were terrible (drinks as in the frozen _____ (fill in the blank…you choose) on bourbon street. UGH! The margarita was like this nasty tart/tangy UGH and I thought “I’ll try the hurricane….you know, for the experience.” bad choice. Stick to what you know. Or regret spending the $9 on a nasty, cheap powdered mix on a glob of ice. :)

We learned a lot about the historical significance of the area, walked around and “toured” as we all must do too and found this cool little place called W.I.N.O which just made me laugh (literally) out loud. I’d never seen a wine bar like that…you insert a card and can sample wines (hundreds of them) for $1-5 per ounce (depending on the wine). So fun!! SO of course we had to stop there (being the “winos” that we are). We figured we could have a few samples considering we’d just fueled up at Mother’s (see the pics below) with some red beans and rice and a friiiiiiiied shrimp po boy (we shared). :) And I can say with most honesty that I’ve NEVER eaten red beans and rice that tasted as amazing as they did at that place. WOW. So…if you’ve never eaten there you MUST make it a necessity to stop and eat at Mother’s if you visit New Orleans. I can just taste it now…and its making me hungry!!

We finished up the weekend in Baton Rouge after going over at least 40 miles of swamp land…for real. Partied with the WVU people at a huge tailgate at LSU and then sadly lost the game. But we did have a blast and I did look awesome in my mardi gras beads that said WV on them ;)….(totally a beginner novice WVU fan…but I rocked it). Overall, we had so much fun and were so thankful for Brandon’s parents coming in to stay with the girls and to both our parents for the birthday gifts that made our trip so much more exciting!! Not to mention Lindsay and Jeffi for coming to relieve the grandparents of the girls on Sunday as we returned home…that was a HUGE help!!! Thank you ALL for a successfully awesome weekend! we love you guys!!

Here are the pics. 😉

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4 Comments to feature friday: new orleans or bust

  1. I love the “beverage” in the back pocket :-)

  2. I know….its hilarious. I failed to mention that I had a canned drink in my purse when we left and to serve me right, it EXPLODED IN MY PURSE. So. Learned THAT lesson…don’t try to “carry out” anything carbonated!! LOL!!!

  3. Oh no! That’s terrible! It does sound like something I would do though!

  4. Nice pictures Elizabeth! I’m glad that you & Brandon had a great weekend…we did too!! Call us any time that you need a babysitter for the weekend. We’ll be glad to oblige! Love, Mimi

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