Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 -- week 11 of #projectlife -- bachelorette weekend!

a couple of months ago, my girlfriends started to ask me where i wanted to celebrate my upcoming nuptials, just us girls. at this point in our lives, however, we live all over the country, so it didn't make sense to have it on one coast or the other, instead we decided to meet in the middle, in new orleans. and what a good choice that turned out to be! we spent the weekend eating, drinking, and celebrating. there was crawfish, beignets, and a penis candy necklace, a tutu & new red shoes, more than a couple of hurricanes, beads, flowers, and a parade, a ride on the ferry and the streetcar, old houses, good food, a lesson in eye makeup application, and amazing company. i'm so grateful for the wonderful ladies who were able to join me; i had a blast.

that being said, the thing that stood out the most about this trip, for me anyways, was the food (and the wonderful people i was able to share it with). from the moment we woke up in the morning to moment we went to sleep, we ate, and ate, and ate. we were actually at a loss for what to do in between feedings, that's how much this trip centered around food. everything we had was better than i could have hoped for. below you'll find a fatty's guide to new orleans, places to eat, drink, and be merry. if you have other recommendations i'd love to hear them, because this trip was not my last.

laissez les bons temps rouler!

a quick guide to new orleans -- 

- for a fancier place, try bayona. the food is delightful and delicious.
cafe amelie is all kinds of cute, with an outdoor courtyard and fun food.
cochon is outside of the french quarter, but it's worth the hike. try the oyster & bacon sandwich .
- if you're looking for a good crawfish boil, try mrb in the french quarter. it's where the locals go.
arnauds has a prix fixe jazz brunch on sundays that is not to be missed.
- the green goddess is out of the way in an alley, but the vegetarian food is killer.
- and of course, cafe du monde, known for their beignets, is a must! (we learned an awesome trick with the beignets -- close up the top of the bag and shake, it allows the powdered sugar to really coat the beignets and make them extra delicious.)

pat o'briens is home to the original hurricane.
lafittes blacksmith shop bar is (supposedly) the oldest bar in the united states.
- like arnauds itself, the french 75 bar at arnauds is all class.

algiers point, one of the oldest neighborhoods in nola, has gorgeous houses and is a quick ferry ride away from the french quarter. 
the garden district is filled with beautiful houses owned by famous people and easily reached via the streetcar. 
lafayette cemetery no. 1, part of any good garden district tour, lafayette cemetery is peaceful and beautiful. 

do: listen to music on frenchman street and enjoy the street parades!