Recently back home in England after an amazing week in New Orleans
The week got off to a bad start as my wife had to purchase a wheelchair right before our holiday when her arthritis flared up a couple of days before, making walking extremely difficult. Not to be discouraged we intended to go out and enjoy as much as we can!
After a long delay at Atlanta airport we finally arrived at the Bourbon Orleans hotel around 3am on Monday 25th March, the rest of that day being a complete write off due to lack of sleep although the benefit of Rouses Supermarket immediately round the corner provided us with some fried chicken and mac and cheese!
Things picked up Tuesday so off we went for Breakfast at Stanley for the Breaux Bridge Benedict which I must say was superb there are enough pics around to see how great it looks, I was mightily impressed! Lunch was at the Gumbo Shop where me and my wife had the chicken gumbo and seafood gumbo, very tasty indeed followed up by the bread pudding with whiskey sauce which was incredibly sweet but very tasty also!
Dinner was delivery from Verti Marte, didn't quite fancy a po'boy yet so went for the country fried steak, spinach and mac and cheese. Country fried steak stone cold very disappointed although sides were great and filling, too tired to care at that point so fell asleep straight away. Wife had ribs and she was very pleased with hers and they were hot!
Wednesday began with more fried chicken at Rouses grocery store(skipped breakfast completely) which I found quite tasty and only $3.50 for two pieces! Afternoon involved Hurricanes at Pat O's, had to stop at two as I was wheeling my wife around but thoroughly enjoyed them relaxing in the courtyard!
Dinner consisted of a soft shell crab po'boy at Stanley, it was tasty enough but still felt it lacked a bit of flavour considering everything else I had eaten was packed full of flavour up to that point!
Wife was feeling brave on Thursday so off we went to Honey Island Swamp, had a great time and my wife managed to get on and off the boat with no problems saw a few turtles, snakes and an alligator, thoroughly enjoyable and the weather was great also, Dinner was at Oceana Grill. I had read up about this place before and the situation with the reviews etc but still felt the need to go maybe out of curiosity I guess. Wife had shrimp po'boy which she enjoyed and I had the catfish platter which was huge, must have been around 2lbs of fish,shrimps and fries on the plate it was massive still ate it all up and enjoyed it very much! Service was great and food came out pretty quick even though it was busy, So I will leave a genuine review for that one!!!!!
Friday started early round the French market which was great, had a good look round then grabbed the Gator Potato for lunch, delicious generous portion for around $8 wife had the frogs legs a bit more expensive but served with dirty rice they were delicious also! Afternoon was broken up by a visit to Electric Ladyland Tattoo on frenchman for a great tattoo I arranged prior to the trip, done by Scott Barbier who was a very friendly and knowledgeable gent.
Wife was feeling a bit ill at this point with very swollen ankles and feet but she insisted we take the jazz dinner cruise on the Natchez which was great, had lovely weather, nice buffet food, (chicken,fish,cajun potatoes,maque choux corn, creamed spinach and the delicious bread pudding) also tried a sazerac...less said about that the better! Really disliked it there were about four shots of bourbon in it and not much else (prefer rum myself) got back to the hotel around 10pm absolutely dead tired!
Wife was quite bad on Saturday so stayed in most of the day did pop out to the walgreens pharmacy on decatur or chartres can't remember which one about a 5min walk away, and saw a wedding which was great, big band playing and police escort nice atmosphere and lovely weather again (25C)
Thought we would try the infamous All That Jazz po'boy at verti marte didn't go for delivery went straight there myself and was pleasantly surprised at what a quaint little grocery store it is! once I ordered I decided to wait outside a bit as the place is so small, after 10 mins or so got my order and literally sprinted back to the hotel. All I can say is amazing it was jam packed with turkey,ham shrimps probably more things I can't remember I just devoured the whole lot, it was delicious the WoW sauce was phenomenal I Would highly recommend it to anyone!
Wife decided to go to Tulane hospital on Sunday as her feet got really bad, we were flying back the next day and were very concerned if there were any blood clots, luckily enough there weren't and she received excellent treatment over a few hours there, pumped full of steroids and antibiotics she felt better so we preceded to try a visit Cafe Du Monde because it was jam packed every other time we walked past. Got straight in as the weather had got a bit wet so went straight into the beignets and cafe au lait which was delicious, beignets average but a nice combo nevertheless, After a brief walk round and a quick hand grenade at Tropical isle (very refreshing but not as nice or as strong as the Hurricane at Pat O's) it was over to the Royal House Oyster bar for dinner, Went for the duo of oysters appetizer which was phenomenal! and the 3 cup sampler entree (seafood gumbo, chicken gumbo and chicken jambalaya) Wife had the shrimp etouffee which was incredible. A great meal washed down with a couple of Hurricane's after a leisurely stroll back to the hotel it was time to call an end to our trip.
Overall I was mightily impressed by New Orleans, It had everything, amazing food, great drinks, fantastic culture, history, friendly people and most of all music...The soundtrack to the city was incredible whether it was a trumpet playing or a guitar being strummed or just someone singing it was everywhere and infectious throughout.
Due to my wife being ill we had to cancel an Easter Jazz brunch at Antoine's and a trip to Oak Alley plantation but everything we did do was great all the simple things such as walking through jackson square or just watching a street performer were never taken for granted and it was an incredible trip.
Thanks for the contributors on here giving me a heads up on certain things and I sincerely hope to be back in this beautiful city one day!