Day 1 - Sunday August 3rd/Monday August 4th
We didn't arrive until 12am and we were hungry. We checked into Hotel Provincial and then walked to get a yummy grilled shrimp sandwich on a bun from Verti Mart and went to bed.
Day 2- Monday August 4th
We were picked up at 7:45am for our Honey Island Swamp Tour. We saw one big croc (I forget his name), at least 5 medium crocs and I small croc named Elvis. Along the way we saw a big black grasshopper, lots of turtles and a couple of different birds. Our tour guide fed the crocs hot dogs and marshmallows along the way. They would swim right up close. It was great. The guide was great as well - he really knew his stuff. The scenery was amazing. All the gum trees in the water and Spanish moss hanging from the trees. I loved it. We were brought back to our hotel and we decided to nap.
After our nap we went to Gazebo Cafe for a dreamcicle before making our way to Daisy Dukes. I had an Amazon.com 'Groupon' type thing and wanted to make sure I used it. I decided after that that they have my favorite gumbo. Their oysters were pretty small. I had the shrimp po-boy, it was good. I also had the bottomless bloody Mary but I only had 1.01 because it wasn't my thing. I much prefer Caesars.
From Daisy Dukes we walked up to the Moon Walk along the Mississippi River and walk to the French Market. We walked around there for a while and Margaret bought a pretty hat.
After that we went in the pool and had a drink at our hotel's Ice House Bar. I had a refreshing Pimm's Cup and she had a sweet Hurricane.
We then got ready for dinner at ACME. Once we got there we waited in line for about 15 min. I tried the Charboiled Oysters and they are delicious! I also had some raw oysters, crab claws and craw puppies. I liked the puppies but could have done without the crab claws (too plain). Margaret had their trio of jambalaya, beans and rice and gumbo. I tried some gumbo and it was pretty bland.
We went from their to the Famous Door. We listened to a couple of songs, but left because it wasn't really busy and I think it's for an older crowd. We made our way to Pat O'Brien's and sorry to say we both had mojitos. We told each other that we would be back for a hurricane later. We spend most of our time at the dueling piano bar. It was a lot of fun.
Day 3 - Tuesday August 5th
We went to Cafe Envie for breakfast. She had a breakfast sandwich and I had a bagel with lox. Both were comparable to the breakfasts we would have back home. I tried a Cafe au Lait and she had a coffee. We both think the coffee in NOLA is a little strange. haha.
From there we walked around the French Quarter. We had lots of time until our Cemetery and Voodoo tour with Spirit Tours at 1:15pm. We wondered around, in and out of shops along the way. I bought a bunch of little souvenirs in the 600 block of Royal. The closest public washroom before our tour was at JAX brewery, so we quickly went there before our tour.
It was the hottest day of the summer so far so the cemetery tour was a bit brutal. I kept spraying sunscreen every 5 minutes. Haha. It was awesome to see and very informative. Not that I remember anything other than the Marie Laveau and Nicolas Cage tombs and the different styles of tombs. We ventured to the visitor centre next door to talk about Voodoo in air conditioning. It was great. He didn't know too much about Voodoo, but it was enough.
We then went to Antoine's and he showed us around all the different rooms. That was pretty cool. I would have loved to go into a mystery bar from the women's bathroom back in the day. My favourite room was the escargot room. I wish I were a man, then I could be a part of the group and eat escargot! MMM. All the pictures everywhere were interesting to look at.
From there Margaret and I went to Canal Place. She had some time to shop as I had an appointment with Cari Roy in the business district. I took a taxi there. She was awesome. I really thought that she knew what she was talking about. I am excited to see how it turns out. ;) I had to book 2 months in advance for the only time slot left during my whole trip.
I met Margaret back at the mall and we shopped around for a bit. After that we wondered back to the hotel and dropped our stuff off. We went to Coop's for dinner. It was the best meal we had so far. I had a couple of pieces of fried chicken which were alright (but I have had better) the jambalaya was awesome! and I tried fried oysters and those were great too. Margaret had the shrimp creole. She loved it. I had a bite and I couldn't wait for more. I told her that we would be back!
It was early to go out to the bars, but we did go to Cafe du Monde for a beignet with our leftover beer from Coop's Place. The beignets were pretty crunchy and I like soft donuts. After that I was eager to try them at Cafe Beignet on Royal as I heard the beignets there are the best.
We just chilled out in our hotel room until it was just after 9pm. We decided to go down to Frenchman street. We tried Snug Habour but hardly anyone was there, so we spent some time at The Spotted Cat where most people seemed to be. The band playing was very entertaining. Once they went off stage we started making our way to Yuki's but we stop at the corner to listen to the street performers for a while. Once we got up to Yuki's the door sign turned off. :( From there we went to Lafitte's for a beer. The vibe there is neat, we spent most of our time sitting outside listening to the piano and singing along. We were getting pretty hungry by then so we crossed the street and went to Clover Grill. I had the biscuits and gravy and some tater tots and Margaret had an omelette. I enjoyed the biscuits and gravy but I couldn't finish all that. Haha. Margaret thought her omelette was too buttery, but she still enjoyed it.