Another weekend spent in New Orleans – shocker right. Just buy a house down there already. RIGHT? I know – one day, one day. We usually end up down there for B’s birthday, for one weekend or another in August. This time it just so happened to fall on his actual birthday.
We headed down after work on Friday – it took us a little longer because of rain and traffic, but Sheffield and I were busting out our Disney songs, so it was a pretty good time. We got to New Orleans, got a daquiri from a drive-thru daiquiri place (god bless Louisiana), and a po’boy from Acme and ate in bed. We were pretty tired, so hit the hay pretty early.
The next day was B’s birthday! We started the day at Vintage Nola and their beignet flight. And oh my was it so good. One was filled with raspberry pie filling, the other one tasted like a s’more, and the last one was filled with matcha. They were amazing – and I definitely want to go back and try their late night menu that includes fries and champagne.
After breakfast, we headed down to the Quarter to walk around. We stopped to get an Irish Coffee at Molly’s on the Square and did a little shopping. We stopped at Mr. Ed’s oyster bar for a dozen oysters before heading back to the hotel for Sheffield’s nap.
After naps, we hit the hotel pool for about an hour or so – you know something fun for the kiddo. He’s been getting so good at going under water, and I’m so proud of him. We forgot his swimmie, so he got some good practice in trying to swim on his own. It helps SO much now that he’s not terrified of going under water. After the pool, we got out and got ready for our date night! We again used our amazing babysitting service, and they were perfect.
We started out at Shaya for a glass of wine – the bartender suggested an Israeli Malbec which was amazing. We then went over to La Petite Grocery (James Beard award winner!) for B’s birthday dinner. We started with the blue crab beignets, and I legit could have just made a meal out of those things. No pictures of the food, because I was starving and inhaled it. But know that it was amazing, and you should go there. After dinner, we went over to Sidebar Nola to see Mia Bridges. She was amazing and so funny. Plus we got seats at the bar, so refills on demand. We sat there for a good portion of the night, and ended with a nightcap at Bayou Wine Garden. And like how any good night out ends, we stopped for mozzarella sticks on the way back.
We got up in the morning, and did our normal leaving day routine: Hit up Rouse’s for all of the Louisiana goodies we can’t get at home and brunch. B picked one of his favorite places for brunch: Toups Meatery. My favorite thing? Bottomless mimosas. Perfect way to end the trip if you ask me. Oh yeah – and their cracklins and burger were fire. B got the Boudin Benny (eggs benedict over boudin), and also said they were amazing.
Sheffield was pretty great during the meal (not so much the ride home), but we did make it home safely, watched some Toy Story, and everyone went to bed thoroughly exhausted. It was such a good fun trip – I normally like our easy laid-back, no plans trips better than our jam-packed itineraries. Usually makes for a happier Sheffield – and mama if we’re being real.
This week has been weird – I hope to have more on that later this week, but I can’t guarantee I can get my shit together before then. I hope y’all are having a great week so far!