My main goal for New Orleans was to eat as many po-boys as possible. I did a little research to find the best grilled shrimp po-boys in town and luckily several were on Magazine St within “walking” distance of where I was staying.
First, I tried Mahony’s on Magazine St:
|Note the torrential rain|
|Grilled shrimp po-boy with fried green tomatoes and remoulade with a side of cajun slaw|
Next, Guys on Magazine St:
|Cash only, surprising in this day and age|
|Dressed grilled shrimp po-boy with Barq’s|
Then, Parkway Tavern on the Bayou St John, where I tried the roast beef po-boy. Roast beef is not as photogenic as shrimp and my po-boy looked a bit like a dog food sandwich so I will leave that to your imagination.
Lastly, Verti Marte on Royal St in the French Quarter:
|Haha! I don’t think I have a career as a food photographer.|
Being a Tyson by birth I needed to visit a farmers market soon or I would perish. NOLA did not disappoint; for under $20 I came home with 2 pints of strawberries, carrots, tomatoes, a cucumber, fresh farmers cheese and a mini key lime pie. No cash, no problem. You can use your credit card to purchase market tokens, a very smart idea.
|A flatbed full of produce|
I also visited Audubon Park and found this sweet thrift store on Magazine St.
|Look very closely….what do you see?|
|Pam, this is a must visit thrift shop-has a $2 rack.|
|Bird nerding at Bayou Sauvage NWR|
|Bright colored houses offset dark skies|
My last day in town I wandered around the French Quarter, had my fill of beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde, stumbled across an amazing book about life in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and had the best meal of my trip at Dick and Jenny’s.
|Worth the wait at Cafe du Monde|
|Hot caprese with burrata at Dick and Jenny’s|
|Gumbo with hot from the oven corn bread at Dick and Jenny’s|
After seeing how expensive hotels in New Orleans were I decided to try Airbnb. I found a great place in Uptown just off of St Charles for less than half the price of anything in the French Quarter and got the local insight into good music venues and restaurants from the gals I was renting from. Throughout the neighborhood the magnolias, gardenias and jasmine were all in bloom, and the air was thick with their intoxicating scent.
|My home for the weekend|
|Magnolia flowers the size of your head|
Now the long haul to Charleston, SC to spend the week with my momoo.