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New Orleans!

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I’ve been putting off writing this post for a while now because I took sooooooooo many pictures.

Well, I finally bit the bullet and edited all my 200+ photos, narrowed it down to 50-ish and am now typing everything out about the trip.

For my complete list of places I visited, scroll down to the bottom of this post 🙂IMG_6045

Well, who knew it took forever and a day to fly from Portland to New Orleans?! It seriously was a long day of travel. My seat mate was quite the entertaining man, however. Yup, I did a selfie. He thought I was weird.

What else is new?!


I finally got to the cute apartment late Monday and met up with Amanda! By Tuesday morning, we were ready to go!! But first of course, we had a little work to do.


We were staying at an apartment in the French quarter. To get into the apartment though, we had to walk through some courtyards that were part of the property. I LOVED all the old and worn look of everything in New Orleans.


I mean, come on!! How adorable are these tables and chairs? LOVE!

Loved the fountains too, and I even saw a few lizards and things. Not a bad way to start the day.


For breakfast, we walked over to the Ruby Slipper Cafe. By the time we got there though, it was like lunchtime….lol! I still ordered breakfast though 🙂 The best thing on this plate was the bacon. If I were to go back, just get the bacon 🙂
Ruby Slipper Cafe

After breakfast, we thought it only customary to do a self guided beignets tour. Sounds gluttonous to me!! The name of the game in nola!!


We hit up a few places, but the ones worth mentioning are Cafe du Monde and Cafe Beignets.


To be totally honest, I didn’t like the beignets at Cafe du Monde. They were tough, greasy and tasted kinda like old Chinese food.


They sure to photograph well, though. It’s worth the experience to go.


The ones from Cafe Beignets however were seriously LIFE CHANGING. Pillows of sweet dough that were so soft it was like cake. So so amazing. I’d recommend these guys in a heartbeat. If you are in New Orleans ever….go to Cafe Beignets. It would be my first stop next time I visit.IMG_0025

By the time were were done trying sweet beignets, we walked around the French quarter a little more. I loved Jackson Square. It seemed like the cleanest spot in the whole French Quarter. IMG_0044


We ended up taking a street car down to a new outlet shopping mall called the Riverwalk. It was so nice to walk in some air conditioning for a while! It’s seriously so humid and muggy in Nola. I felt sticky 97% of the time.


For dinner, we went to La Petite Grocery for dinner with friends and omg, the food was amazing.


Shortrib spaghetti was one of my favorites.


But the real showstopper were these blue crab beignets. It’s a buttery, creamy, savory take on the classic beignet. These are incredible.

la petite grocery

I have no idea what was in these, but mama, I wanted a whole plate to myself for dinner.


The homemade butterscotch pudding was dreamy too.


The next morning, we headed out of the French Quarter and over to a cute boutique shop called Sopo.


The lovely owners brought in some delicious muffins from Pagoda Cafe. I died over this coconut almond one. Look for a copycat recipe real soon 🙂 Mmm…..


After breakfast and a little shopping, Amanda and I headed over to Magazine street to do some more shopping. My tieks walked all over New Orleans this trip!!


We were lucky enough to stop in at Sucre, this adorable {and delicious!!} shop. They have macarons, chocolates and gelato galore!


The toasted almond gelato was my very favorite I tried. SO SO good!!


I also had some macarons too. Can’t not get any 🙂


These caramel filled fleur de lis were so fun too 🙂


AND! Amanda and I were lucky enough to stop by the Sucre test kitchens to see how everything was made. We even got to try these new chocolates {coming to a Whole Foods near you!}


Can you tell what it is? It’s an inside-out macaron!! The macaron shell is covered in chocolate….talk about dreamy! I’ll post more about them once I find them at my local Whole Foods. You’re gonna love ’em! Very rich, but so good.

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I loved the look of these blackberry macarons too. So pretty 🙂 Chef Tariq who is the brains behind Sucre showed us a few tricks and let us sample tons of goodies! By the time we left, my stomach was churning because we had so much sugar!!


After that experience, we were ready to relax, so obviously we had to get some massages at the Windsor Court. The Acai Berry juice was super good and the cucumber water was good to help detox after all that sugar!!


Yes, I’m the weird girl taking selfies at the spa. Pretty sure my awkwardness almost got us kicked out of the spa. Lol! And those earrings were the ones I got from Sopo! LOVE!


After our massages, we decided to get……sno-balls. I went a little buck wild with my eating, ya’lls.

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Sooooo, I got a small sno-ball complete with ice cream, almond and coconut flavors, sweetened condensed milk and sprinkles! If I were to go back again, I’d order the same exact thing. It was so so good!


For dinner we headed to Gautreaus, where the head chef {Sue Zemanick} was on Top Chef and Top Chef all stars. To say this dinner was delicious would be an understatement. I had the steak. And it was phenomenal.


The Salted Chocolate Tart and creme brûlée were my favorite desserts that were brought to the table.


And here’s our group with Sue. She was probably one of the nicest people ever. If you are ever in New Orleans, so to Gautreaus. It’s pricey, but oh so worth it.

Gautreaus Chef sue zemanick

The next morning, Amanda and I stopped off at The Old Coffee Pot for breakfast. Amanda’s lost bread was ridiculously good, as was my omlette. The biscuits were awesome too. I’d highly recommend this place as well.

Old Coffee Pot

Blake recommended that I try the pralines from Southern Candymakers and man, was that a good call on his part! Amanda insisted we try a warm one…….SWOON! I just about died. Everyone needs to try a warm praline one time in their life.

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I bought a couple to bring home to my family, even though they weren’t as good as the warm ones.


During the last few hours of our trip, we headed over to Bourbon street because for some reason we hadn’t been there yet.

It was ‘meh’ for me. Kinda dirty and gross. Actually, that’s how I felt about most of the French Quarter. Some parts were gorgeous but most of it was grody…in my opinion.
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I wouldn’t mind living in Brad Pitt’s mansion, though 😉 Ahem…..


Anyways, overall, it was an amazing trip that I won’t soon forget. The food and company were both ridiculously good. If you get a chance to head over to New Orleans, you HAVE to try some of my new favorite spots out. SO worth the extra calories 🙂


And then, I flew home and took a few shots of gorgeous California.

Here’s the list of places I’d recommend. Hit these spots up and let me know if you love them as much as I do!

Ruby Slipper Cafe – get the bacon!!

200 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9355

Cafe Du Monde – it’s worth it to go for the experience to say you’ve been.

800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4544

Cafe Beignets – best beignets ever.

334 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-5530

La Petite Grocery – get the blue crab beignets, short rib spaghetti and butterscotch pudding.

4238 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-3377

Sopo – got earrings here and a cute pillow for Blake’s room

629 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 609-2429

Sucre – for sure get a large portion of the toasted almond gelato, and any kind of macarons.

3025 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 520-8311

Spa at Windsor Court – amazing experience. Massages were wonderful here.

300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 596-4736

Hansen’s Sno-Blitz – get yours with almond and coconut flavors with ice cream, sweetened condensed milk and sprinkles. You won’t regret it.

4801 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-9788

Gautreaus – order the steak. Or the pork chop. And the creme brûlée and chocolate tart. All were amazing.

1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-7397

The Old Coffee Pot – get the lost bread. For sure.

714 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 524-3500

Southern Candymakers – try a fresh praline here!

1010 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-6170


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25 Responses
  1. Ashley Rundhaug

    I used this post to help me eat my way through New Orleans! My favorites were The Ruby Slipper Cafe (Banana Foster French Toast) and La Petite Grocery (Shrimp and Grits and the Butterscotch Pudding for dessert). Everything was delish! Thank you for all of your great recommendations!

  2. Jessica

    I went to NOLA 6 years ago and fell in LOVE. Cafe DuMonde was amazing, but that was 6 years ago and they may have changed the way they make their beignets, or maybe they were having an off day when you went, because they were so good. I’m so jealous you got to go! I can’t wait to go back.

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  4. Kara B

    I am curious where you stayed too and if it is rentable/you’d recommend it? Looking for a place to stay in NOLA for a weekend trip!

  5. Nikki @Seeded at the Table

    Can you believe for the last 2 1/2 years I’ve only lived 2 1/2 hours from NOLA and have never been there yet?? We’re hoping to go for a weekend someday soon! It’ll have to be kid-friendly, though, since we have no family here to leave the kiddos. 🙂 I have heard that it’s pretty smelly and grody like you said! haha! But, the food is worth it!

  6. Nicole

    I have been and seen most of the places you have visited. I love New Orleans. I have been twice and can’t wait to go again.

  7. Charlotte H.

    Love your pics of N.O. – I’ve been there many times and yes, the food is amazing.
    You have to have the right frame of mind to appreciate The Quarter – after all, it’s History, history, history! Thanks for the blog!

  8. Karen

    Love your travel blog, the photos make me want to go there. I have never been. Love your Tieks. The picture of you in the spa is amazing…you look so beautiful! I feel like I gained 5 pounds just looking at all the really deliciousness you photographed. Looks like a fabulous trip! Yes, the blue crab beignets looked so decadent. All your pictures were exceedingly good. New camera?

  9. Karen

    Love your travel blog, the photos make me want to go there. I have never been. Love your Tieks. The picture of you in the spa is amazing…you look so beautiful! I feel like I gained 5 pounds just looking at all the really deliciousness you photographed. Looks like a fabulous trip!

  10. Glory Gooding

    I’ve been to New Orleans several times and just loved it! I am going to save this in case we go back. Nice to know where the best food is. It was fun looking at your pictures. Thank you for sharing Lauren.

  11. Denise

    I’m saving this. Thanks for sharing your experience and all the places you loved. GREAT pictures. I am hoping in the next year or two to spend a few days in New Orleans. I’m from Utah (raised in Southern CA). Always been intrigued by New Orleans.

  12. Erin @ Strawberry Mommycakes

    Those biscuits are making my mouth water! I will have to make it back to New Orleans some day…I miss the Poboys!