Second home indeed, huh? So I talked about the half marathon that I did in New Orleans, but didn’t get to talk about any of the other fun stuff we did while we were down there!
We got down to NOLA around lunch time on Saturday. We went to the convention center to pick up our race packets, and then headed over to Cochon Butcher for a quick bite to eat. We got some bacon melt delicious thing and some of their homemade chips and split it, and it was perfection. After lunch we headed over to the grocery store to get some race essentials – my pre-race morning bagel and wine for the parade.
After the grocery store, we headed down to the quarter for Krewe du Vieux – one of the raunchiest, most parody parades you could imagine. Their theme was “Erection 2020,” and the floats are so great. Definitely not a place for children or the easily offended. We took off a little before the parade’s end to get to our carb loading at Domenica. I got a pizza and B got squid ink pasta. The food was delicious, and we poured ourselves into bed early.
Sunday we got up, did the race thing and immediately came back to get showered and ready. We had brunch reservations at Bywater American Bistro (more on this delicious place later!), and it was so good. After that we went to The Elysian Bar, and then headed to see ‘Tit Rex. Think Petit. We got a bottle of wine at a local wine shop and sat down on the parade route to wait for the tiny floats. Y’all – this was the greatest thing. The floats were so cute, and they even had teeny tiny throws. After the parade, we headed back to the hotel for naps. By this time, we were both completely worn out.
For dinner, we woke up and headed to Dat Dog for dinner. I love that place so much, and rarely get to go there! I was so happy. We then went over to dba to see Future Cowboys. It was not even close to being packed, and we were so close to the band. I even got a picture with the lead singer, and B got his CD signed. They were so grateful that we knew their songs and were singing along. It was such a good time. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped in at Molly’s for an Irish coffee – and it was the perfect ending to a great day.
On our way out in the morning we stopped at Bywater Bakery for breakfast (their go-cups filled with grits and bacon and cheese, so amazing) and even picked up a couple of their king cakes. Their cheesecake one was probably the most delicious thing I had ever eaten, and I bought a traditional one to take to work, which was also amazing. On our way out we stopped at Dong Phuong to get one of the most renowned king cakes – the line was short, and our car smelled like king cake the whole way home.
It was a short trip, but filled with so many fun things. Our next trip is in April, and I can’t wait!