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New Orleans Travel Diaries


NewOrleans10NewOrleans1NewOrleans4NewOrleans13NewOrleans12NewOrleans14CommandersPalace NewOrleans2NewOrleans5NewOrleans3NewOrleans6NewOrleans7NewOrleans8NewOrleans9NewOrleans NewOrleans18 NewOrleans19NewOrleans20NewOrleans16Last week Zan and I escaped to New Orleans for a few days. After hearing it has some of the best food, amazing jazz bars, baby alligators that you can hold and it’s Britney Spear’s home state, I knew I had to go ; ) We got  some delicious recommendations for restaurants from ex-New Orleaners, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and the Tabasco team. We were only there for a few nights and unfortunately we could only eat so much!! We didn’t make every place on our list, but the places we did go  lived up to every expectation! Southern food, Southern hospitality and some darn good Southern cocktails… does it get any better? I will say I gained about 7 pounds in 2 days indulging in gumbo, jumbalaya and those dang daiquiris that are sold on every corner! They come in just about every flavor you can imagine AND you can walk around the city with drinks in hand! We didn’t fly to New Orleans just to eat if that’s what you’re thinking… we visited the country side, took a boat ride on the Bayou and swam with alligators. Totally kidding – we just oohed and ahhed over them. We did hold a  baby alligator and fell in love. Such a tease though, because I know if that tape was off her mouth she would be happy to eat a finger, but because she was taped, she just chilled and pretended like she was the sweetest thing in the swamp! Oh and let’s talk about the music. I have to say New Orleans has some crazy talented musicians. You can hear some of the best jazz music while taking a stroll down the street. The street performers are all ages, even high school  kids who blew us away with their talent! Every night we would pick a bar to hang in, grab a table and wait for the music to start. Such a unique experience unlike any other city! Zan thought it was like the charm of Charleston meets the music vibe of Nashville meets the partying of Vegas. haha Oh and if you’re ever there take a bike taxi, it was so much fun! Here’s a breakdown of what we did.

Where We Ate:
Cochon – Just plain amazing.

Commander’s Palace – Best service and incredible food.

Acme Oyster House – Best oysters and soft shell crab!!

Domenica – This place was good, except for the blah service at the bar and the fact that I felt like I was in LA (the city ; )) which isn’t how I like to travel!

Cafe Du Munde – Still dreaming of the beignets. They only sell beignets covered in enormous mounds of powdered sugar and coffee… it’s really the best!

Arnaud’s French 75th – This famous bar is a must. They serve up classic cocktails and the bartender, Chris Hannah is one of the best mixologists around!

The Old Absinthe House – This old NOLA staple has incredible rum punch!

The Spotted Cat – A fun, little music bar.

Drinks on the front porch at the Columns Hotel.

Neighborhoods we visited:
The Garden District has some of the most beautiful Southern homes, it’s full of color and tons of charm. We grabbed a drink on the front porch of the Columns Hotel, then walked through the Garden District to dinner at Commander’s Palace.

Faubourg Marigny/Frenchman Street. It’s hip and has really cool jazz bars. It’s not as crazy at the French Quarter.

Magazine Street was really great for shopping! We picked up some awesome decor accents for our house at AKA Stella Gray.

French Quarter: I wouldn’t recommend staying in the French Quarter because it’s extremely loud! We stayed about a mile away and just walked there when we needed too. There are great bars and daiquiri shops on every corner and some yummy restaurants! It’s absolutely the craziest place I have ever been to on a Friday night though… be prepared!

Credits for the video:
A film by Zan Passante
The song is When You’re Smiling by Louis Prima. © 1991 Capital Records. It’s one of our favorites!

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28 responses to New Orleans Travel Diaries

  1. October 7, 2013

    Loved this! I just recently traveled to New Orleans for the first time, so it was fun reading this post and being able to completely relate! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Eden
      October 7, 2013

      Thanks Sarah! It’s such a unique place right?! We had a great time, but oh my Bourbon street on a Friday night, wow!! I wasn’t prepared, haha 🙂 Hope you had fun too!

  2. Kristin
    October 7, 2013

    What a fun weekend!!! I’m dying for a weekend away with just Ezra!! That is one place I would love to visit!

  3. October 7, 2013

    So glad you had a good time! I went to college in New Orleans over 10 years ago and it’s still very near and dear to my heart. You hit up some of my faves.

    1. Eden
      May 19, 2014

      It’s definitely a city that captures your heart! We’re hoping to make it back in a few years!

  4. Kim
    October 7, 2013

    Oh my goodness I was in New Orleans last week and hit the exact same places you did! LOVED my time there! And yeah, I’m getting too old for the nightlife on Bourbon St. HA! Coming back from vacation is always hard so really enjoyed seeing your post today.

    1. Eden
      May 19, 2014

      Thanks Kim!! Bourbon street is crazy!! I was like, where am I?! But we loved every minute of exploring the city. Oh how I’m dreaming of going back 🙂 XOXO

  5. October 10, 2013

    Great write-up; I can’t wait to visit! And girl you are gorrrrrgeous!

  6. Sunni
    October 23, 2013

    Gosh, I love your article! I’m going to NOLA next month and I am making my list of places to eat/drink. Thank you!

    1. Eden
      October 24, 2013

      Awesome Sunni!!! You are going to have such a wonderful time! It’s truly one great city… full of things to do and amazing food!

  7. kristen
    January 26, 2014

    Hey Eden! I am going to New Orleans in a couple of weeks and was just wondering which tour you did where they let you hold a baby alligator, cause I want to do that while I’m there too!

    1. Eden
      January 26, 2014

      Hi Kristen! It was called Cajun Pride Swamp Tours. We did the combo tour and it was really great. They brought the baby alligator out on the boat towards the end of the tour and I was so excited! You’re going to have such a fabulous time!! Here’s the link to the tour site:

      1. kristen
        January 28, 2014

        Thanks Eden! I can’t wait!

  8. January 30, 2014

    Fun pictures! Looks like a great trip. We will most likely be going in a couple months so this post will be useful as we plan our trip. Can I ask…where would you recommend staying? We’ll be celebrating our anniversary if that helps =)


    1. Eden
      February 2, 2014

      Hi Mimi! Thanks for the comment! So we stayed at the historic Le Pavillon hotel, which is affordable and pretty cool since it’s so old, but you have to like that old/historic vibe… the rooms are older, etc. It’s a little further of a walk to the French Quarter, but not bad. One thing I would not do is stay in the actual French Quarter or Bourbon street, etc. It’s VERY loud and I actually don’t even know how you would sleep at night, haha! We had dinner at the Roosevelt one night at it seemed like a pretty good place to stay. It’s close to the action, but not on the main party streets. Also, they have a great bar, Sazerac and restaurant called Domenica. I think I would probably stay here next time. Hope that helps a little! Have a wonderful time!!

  9. Kaylah
    May 13, 2014

    Hi! We are headed to NOLA next week and I keep wondering if we should be making reservations at the restaurants we want to eat at. Did you have any trouble getting in? Thanks and awesome post – so adorable!

    1. Eden
      May 14, 2014

      Hi Kaylah! I’m so jealous you’re going! How I would love to be back in NOLA! We didn’t make any reservations before we left, but would call the morning of or the day before. It can’t hurt to make reservations so you don’t have to wait. I would definitely do it for Cochon, Commander’s Palace or Domenica. We did wait at Domenica, but we just sat at the bar and had a few drinks so it was fine. You’re going to have so much fun!!!

      1. Kaylah
        May 19, 2014

        Awesome! Thanks so much 🙂

  10. Debora Damjanovic
    May 16, 2014

    I was looking on Pinterest for things to do in NOLA when I came across your blog. Absolutely love it! Your video radiates your sparkle fun way of being, and your tips are great too. I can’t wait to get down there and have a great time!

    Thank you!

    1. Eden
      May 19, 2014

      Hi Debora! Your comment made my week! Thank you for those sweet words 🙂 I’m so happy you found Sugar and Charm! You are going to have a BLAST in NOLA!! We’re dying to go back soon. It’s such a charming city. Have a few beignets for me!! xoxo

  11. Karina Quebedeaux
    May 19, 2014

    I live in Lafayette Louisiana. But I love going to New Orleans as much as possible I love it. Thanks for sharing

    1. Eden
      May 20, 2014

      Thanks Karina!! We appreciate it and hope to get back there soon. What a great city! Have a terrific week and thanks for the comment!

  12. Cindy V
    April 27, 2015

    Im so glad I stumbled upon this! I’m going in September for my 25th birthday and I’m so excited. Just wanted to know which Daiquiri location you visited 🙂 Thanks so much!

    1. Eden
      April 28, 2015

      Hi Cindy!! You are going to have a BLAST!! Such an amazing place to party for your birthday! So there is a daiquiri bar on every corner, haha!! I can’t even remember which one it was, but don’t worry you won’t have any trouble spotting them and they all seem super similar. Have SO MUCH FUN!!!

  13. Rachel Ewing
    February 20, 2016

    I was wondering where you were able to hold the baby alligator at? I was on Pinterest and stumbled across your page. We’re going in about a week!

  14. Lauren
    August 2, 2016

    I love this!! Made me so excited for my trip in a couple of weeks. Just out of curiousity, what kind of camera was used to film the video?

    1. Eden
      August 3, 2016

      I would love to go back to New Orleans! We had SO much fun there!!! We shot the video on a Canon 5D Mark 3! Have a wonderful trip!!!

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