Ahhh, our triumphant return to New Orleans. It has been eight months since we last visited – to say we were excited would be an understatement. We were so happy to be returning to our city.
We left Friday after work/school. We had reservations at Grand Isle – we had to make reservations pretty much everywhere we went due to Covid capacity restrictions, but were lucky enough to snag one each place we wanted to go. Grand Isle was a little touristy, but a quick ten minute walk from the hotel when we were all pretty exhausted, made it a great place to start the trip. We shared a dozen oysters, and I got a delicious roast beef po’boy. Sheffield was happy enough getting a coloring sheet and being able to color on the paper tablecloth.
Our Saturday was jam-packed, so we all woke up early to get ready for the day. We started out at Willa Jean– one of our favorite breakfast/bakery spots in New Orleans. Sheffield got a delicious chocolate croissant, and I had their spicy fried chicken biscuit. We got some pecan brownies to-go, and headed out to catch the street car. We rode the St. Charles streetcar almost to the end of the line to get to a pumpkin from St. Andrew’s pumpkin patch. We rode the street car back to the hotel to drop off our pumpkins. We then went to pick up lunch from from Picnic Provisions & Whiskey – a fun little place that makes its way by offering picnic portions of fried chicken and supplies. We got mild and hot tenders, and the hot pimento cheese dip and crab dip. We then got to meet up with my girl Lindsay and her family at the Fly for a picnic lunch and play date! The kids played together, and it was so so so good to see her. After lunch, we went back to the hotel and got ready for a quick walk through the Quarter. I was so excited to see how many people were wearing masks and staying distant from each other. We got Sheffield his annual Christmas ornament – shocker that he picked Mario, and went back to the hotel so Sheffield could nap. After naps, we headed over to Central City BBQ where the AU alum meet up to watch the game. It was an awful game, but the way Sheff’s eyes lit up when he tried brisket is something I will remember forever. We went back to the hotel at half-time, got into pajamas and watched TV.
Sunday morning, we woke up and just sort of lounged around the room, watching cartoons, eating leftover brownies for a breakfast snack – all the normal things one does while on vacation, of course. We had a reservation for brunch at Atchafalaya. We got a table outside, and the weather was beautiful. Sheffield got a giant waffle with whipped cream and fruit, and I got the most delicious shrimp po’boy I have ever had in my life. After brunch, we walked around Magazine Street – my most favorite NOLA street. Sheffield even found a new kitty friend.
It was a much needed trip back, and we were so lucky to get such gorgeous weather. I’m not sure when our next time back will be – but you know we’ll be missing it in the mean time.