On June 27th, B and I celebrated ten years of marriage. It hasn’t been an easy ten years, and the only advice I can give is to make sure you have fun with the person you marry. Just keep having fun – that’s all.
Thanks to my wonderful sister and her bf for watching Sheff, B and I got to share a weekend together in New Orleans. We took Friday off work and headed down to get there right at lunch time. We started with an amazing lunch at Saba, then went to a few stores on Magazine Street. After lunch, we headed over to Nola distillery and tried a flight of their liquors. I am not a huge fan of drinking straight liquor, but their Fireball-like whiskey was pretty awesome. By this time, I was so full and so tired – so we went to check into the hotel. We took about a two hour nap and got up to get ready for the night. We went to Jewel of the South for a cocktail (I had a French 75), and then went to our dinner reservation at Effervescence. B and I split the seafood plateau (shrimp, oysters, west indies crab salad, ceviche and caviar) and two flights of champagne. By this time, I was so full I wasn’t sure I was going to make it the rest of the night!! But I powered through, and we ended up at Howlin Wolf to watch Rebirth Brass Band. Word to the wise: if a New Orleans concert venue says the band is going on at 11, expect it to be around 123o before the band you came to see gets on stage. That was the first time in a long time I’d been awake past one in the morning. Needless to say, I was ready for sleep once we got back to the hotel.
Saturday morning, we got up and went to walk around the Quarter. Neither of us were particularly hungry after our first day, so we settled on a frozen Irish coffee from Molly’s on the Market – and it was definitely the best one I’ve ever had. After our walk, we went back to the hotel to drop off our treasures that we had bought, and then tried to decide on what we wanted for lunch. We decided on Barracuda – a cute little taco shack. And it was perfect – and their margaritas were strong! Then onto the Bulldog for a few more drinks before heading over to the Woodhouse for my surprise couples massage! It was so relaxing, and my girl was amazing. She got all the knots out of my neck and shoulders, and we left feeling completely relaxed. Then it was on to Angelo Brocatos for some gelato and a mini cannoli. Best cannoli ever. EVER! Then back to the hotel for our afternoon nap! These are becoming necessities with our jam-packed NOLA schedules – after naps, we got ready and headed to Bar Marilou for some French cocktails – and B drank a cocktail out of a copper bird, and I had a super strong drink called Sea, sex and sand, and it was amazing. Then it was onto Sidebar NOLA to see Paul Sanchez play. It was such a nice intimate venue, and for some reason, I always seem to get a picture with a band member looking straight at the camera. By then we were starving, so we left a little early and went to Pizza Delicious in the Bywater for a slice and some garlic knots. We met Lindsey for a glass of wine at Bacchanal and called it a night.
Sunday morning we woke up and headed to Russell’s Marina Grill by the lake. We split some sweet potato beignets (SO GOOD) and Eggs Ponchartrain – poached eggs on top of bacon and fried green tomatoes all on top of an English muffin. After breakfast, we went to pay our respects to Dr. John, did some shopping on Magazine and headed home.
It was a great way to spend our ten year anniversary – getting to sleep past 5am and eating fried chicken in bed at 1am like newlyweds.