Usually, in some way, shape or form, B and I end up in NOLA to celebrate his birthday. My sister was gracious enough to volunteer her weekend to watch boogs so we could go child-free! We are so grateful that she’s here and willing to do things like that for us.
We both took off Friday, and left shortly after dropping Sheff off at daycare. B had planned a jam-packed weekend for us, so the sooner we got there, the better. It was lunch time when we got there, so our first stop was Pythian Market – a food hall full of delicious food. We split a lobster roll, and each got a cocktail from their bar. I was so happy to finally be having their frozen Paloma, and it didn’t disappoint.
After lunch, we headed over to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. If you’re like me, and not super into museums, I suggest asking for their scavenger hunt. Even though it says for kids under 12, they will give you one. It made it way more fun for me, and I even got a bad ass scratch n sniff sticker after I’d found everything. I even got to help out another kid there who was doing a different one than me. I like to think he thought I was cool, because I was doing it too – and that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself. Attached to the museum is Toups South – which houses the second oldest bar in New Orleans. It was beautiful! We each got a happy hour cocktail and split some cracklins.
After that, we headed to the hotel for a short nap – a much needed short nap if we were going to keep going. Once we felt good and refreshed, we headed over to another food hall called Auction House. B and I split an empanada from Empanola, and I got a super delicious vodka mule. We then hit a super dive bar called Le Bon Temps Rouler, where they serve free oysters! They had a live piano man, and we had a few beverages. After that, we headed to Barrel Proof – a dimly lit bourbon bar. We ordered a giant plate of cheese fries and enjoyed a bourbon cocktail. I headed back to the hotel for some rest, while B went and caught a show at Tipitinas. This girl just can’t hang like she used to.
Saturday, we got up semi-early to head over to the Marigny for the Red Dress Run – hooray for knocking off one of our life’s bucket list items!! This dress is so fun – everyone, and I mean everyone wears red dresses. Calling it a run is inaccurate, because from the minute you arrive at the start, it’s a giant party. Price of the race gets you free booze before the race, and free booze and food after the race. After the two mile walk (it rained on us, which I thought made the race even more fun!), we gorged on hot dogs, tacos and wings. Also, some more beer. We headed down to Pirate’s Alley for some absinthe, and then went back to the hotel for a super long nap.
We had multiple things planned for that afternoon, but none of them happened. We got up just in time to walk the quarter and get our dinner at Meauxbar on North Rampart. I got the yakamein (so delicious) and B got some fish amandine. We shared the burrata as an appetizer, and it was incredible. It’s such a cute little non-assuming place, and our service and food were amazing. I hope to definitely make our way back there. We were so ridiculously full and happy, we uber’d back to the hotel, watched some TV and passed out early. Ahhh, the glamorous life of parents on vacation.
We woke up and were still pretty full from our dinner – we headed over to Magazine Street for District Donuts, but they were out of kolaches and biscuits – and neither one of us felt like a doughnut – so we packed it in and headed back to the ham.
I’m so glad that I got that solo time with B – sometimes you just need a good weekend to remember how much you like each other. It was a quick refresh – and you know we’re already planning our next trip back. 🙂