Right now I’m sitting on the train peering out the window, listening to The Husband snore and trying to gather my thoughts about our trip.
But I just can’t get past a simple…. it was awesome.
Alone time with The Husband… awesome.
The city of New Orleans… awesome.
The warm weather — even though it rained… awesome.
Train ride… awesome.
The food… AWESOME!
And that’s where I’m going to focus this post as I did keep up my food journal through the entire trip. I didn’t take photos of everything but I jotted on my phone when and what I was eating.
My plan over the next few weeks is to share a few different aspects of the trip on TheUnwordlyTravelers, especially about the train ride and my recommendations on what to do in New Orleans. But right now let’s focus on one of my favorite part traveling: the food!
12:30 p.m. Chocolate torte and a jasmine tea at a small coffee shop on our walk back. Honestly, we ducked into a place as it started to pour on us. I wasn’t hungry but the desserts all looked so tempting, we had to buy SOMETHING! <– My story and I’m sticking to it.
4 p.m. Po’ boy at Mothers with a side of jambalaya and some tastes of gumbo — another Brandi recommendation.
10:30 p.m. Peanut Butter Burger at Yo Momma’s – split with the Husband but honestly, I ate most it as he wasn’t a fan. (WHO DID I MARRY?) This was a must-try for me after someone recommended it in a comment on the travel blog. It was everything I anticipated and more!
Throughout the day: A couple of beers and 2 frozen drink concoctions as we walked around the French Quarter.
11:30 a.m. Handful of chips after my goodbye-New-Orleans run. I was famished! I needed something small to hold me over until we made it to lunch.
My run was awesome by the way. I ran to the park, strolled a bit and then ran a different route back so I can see the river front.
12:30 p.m. Split 1/4 muffuletta, steamed Gulf shrimp and fried crawfish tails with The Husband at the French Market.
6:30 p.m. Our goodbye New Orleans dinner at Commanders Palace, which was recommended by almost everyone who heard we were going to New Orleans. We got a bottle of wine and I had the soup trio (a tasting of all their soups), a green apple and goat cheese salad, stuffed quail and strawberry shortcake. It was awesome! Not the best meal I’ve ever had at a fancy-schmancy place but yummy and the service was top notch.
10:45 p.m. 1/2 of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat and chocolate milk. Le Pavillion sets up a PB&J bar every night from 10-11 p.m. We had to hit it at least once before we left!
We pretty much ate our way through the city, hitting many of the spots folks recommended.
For me traveling really does include trying lots of local cuisine and ordering things not usually available to me (like quail and crawfish tails).
Both The Husband and I noticed we rarely snacked — we had no desire to — not even in the hotel room even though we had stuff available (like a bag of M&Ms, chips, and Sour Patch Kids.) Trying new things is just so much more satisfying then mindlessly eating generic M&Ms by the handful.
Now… if I can just remind myself of that at home.
OK, I’m off to nap <– The benefit of train travel. I feel no guilt as there really is nothing else to do! My data plan can’t handle any more Internet time anyway. :)