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Our Last 2 Days in New Orleans as Told Through My Food Journals

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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.

Hotel… 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!


11 a.m. Brunch at Appoline based on a recommendation from Brandi.  I had the shrimp and grits — it was to die for! Plus we split an order of cinnamon bacon — amazing!


We got a small table by the window.


If you like cinnamon and sugar and bacon.. this is a must-try. I never had anything like it before.


My first ever shrimp and grits. Why didn’t anyone tell me it was so good?!? This photos doesn’t do it justice.

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.


I love cute food, especially cute food that’s chocolate.

4 p.m. Po’ boy at Mothers with a side of jambalaya and some tastes of gumbo — another Brandi recommendation.


I ordered the SMALL! — Only ate half the bread. It was just too much.

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!


Photo doesn’t do this justice either. We got the side salad to make ourselves feel better.

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.


Just under 9 miles! Longest run since the marathon. I surprised myself. It was FUN! and no music!


12:30 p.m. Split 1/4 muffuletta, steamed Gulf shrimp and fried crawfish tails with The Husband at the French Market.

I wasn't sure I was going to like it as I'm not an olive fan but HOLY YUM! So good!!

I wasn’t sure I was going to like it as I’m not an olive fan, but HOLY YUM! So good!!


We were thinking of getting crawfish but we didn’t know how to eat them!

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.


I don’t like taking a lot of photos at fancier restaurants but this warranted a camera shot. I don’t think I’ve ever eatequail before!


The staff was really nice. They surprised us with a goodbye message on our dessert plates.

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!


The PB bar has a cute history. I’ll share it when I review the hotel.

We pretty much ate our way through the city, hitting many of the spots folks recommended.


Our last night in New Orleans on the streetcar heading back to the hotel.

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. :)

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    April 14, 2015

    I live in South Carolina and shrimp and grits is on just about any restaurant’s menu that you go to. And I’ve had it at just about every wedding I’ve been to. Most people who haven’t had it usually balk at the idea of shrimp with grits – but it truly is a delicacy here. I have a friend who moved here last year and his goal is to eat shrimp and grits from every restaurant he tries. He’s succeeding so far! (He, too, was like you and said “why didn’t anyone tell me!”)

    I just started reading your blog, and it’s quite serendipitous that I started with your posts on New Orleans–I’ve lived in NOLA almost 2 years now, and I haven’t eaten at ANY of the places you guys went to (except for Cafe Du Monde)! My husband and I both work full time, and we have 2 toddlers, so life gets a little crazy. One of these days, my plan is to send the kids off to their grandparents in Texas so we can be tourists in our city for a weekend :) I’m glad you had an awesome time!


      April 16, 2015

      That is such a great idea! My husband and I will both take a day off every now and then of a staycation… totally worth it!


    April 14, 2015

    I also ‘discovered’ shrimp & grits when I visited Charleston SC…as a native Californian, I had no idea. I also fell in love with cheesy grits for breakfast. You can get Bob’s grits from Amazon, and they are super easy to make. I’ve discovered there are just about as many things to do with them as with steel cut oats. Apparently there’s also a whole ‘thing’ about whether you make corn grits or hominy grits, I love the taste of corn grits, which has a strong corn flavor.

    Mary Nell

    April 14, 2015

    Shrimp and grits are amazing! And now that I’ve read your blog I have two new goals: New Orleans and ride on a train :). If you are ever in SC, let me know. I’ll tell you the best places around here to grab some!


      April 16, 2015

      Will do Mary! :)

    Angelic Lively

    April 14, 2015

    I’m so excited that I ran into your blog! I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans! I can’t wait to read more about your journey to good health! I’m pretty new to blogging, so I’d appreciate it if you could pop by my blog and give me some tips on making it great. Thanks! :)


      April 16, 2015

      Looking good! Just keep it up. I swear the biggest secret to blogging is simply consistency and longevity.

    Kirsten Leah

    April 15, 2015

    So fun!

    GiGi Eats

    April 15, 2015

    I was supposed to go to NO last October but sadly I did not wind up going… So it’s still on my bucket list. And if I knew I were going to die tomorrow, I would wolf down all that sugar-bacon in the world!!!