So New Orleans is just a really fantastic city. We spent four nights and five days, and I still was craving more. I can't wait to go back.
The city is so pretty, full of vibrant cultural happenings (seriously there is live music on every block), and delicious food. We ate our fair share of classic New Orleans Creole food, such as this amazingly fresh BBQ shrimp from Jacques Imo's Cafe or traditional Southern food like crispy, fried catfish po' boys and crab salads from Muriel's Jackson Square.
One of my favorite meals was a brunch at Atchafalya, a cozy, sunny restaurant boasting fresh and local ingredients. I loved their savory bread pudding, shrimp and grits, and the daily special, a poached egg with fried oysters, cream cheese-flavored grits, creamed spinach, and crispy bacon. Seriously. This is what I ate for breakfast and it was AMAZING.
When we weren't stuffing our faces during beignets taste-offs, we sipped champagne with other sweets such as the praline monkey bread pudding and chocolate pot de creme from Tableau Restaurant.
Don't be shy if you're heading to NOLA soon or simply want to create a wish list for a future visit. I have a ton of restaurant and shop suggestions, and other ideas of fun things to do in this vibrant and historic city.