Ahh… the Big Easy, beautiful New Orleans!
We took a full day (yes, the entire day) off to explore the many amazing sights and … food … and drink of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Our early morning began at 9 am in line at Cafe du Monde for traditional beignets and coffee (Blaine insisted we get three orders, excessive, I know, but we did finish them). Then we toured the streets like tourists, snapping photos, window shopping and listening to the corner jazz that echoed throughout the streets. We hit up Coop’s for lunch, which was dive-y and delicious, just like we like it. A heaping plate to share of jambalaya, gumbo, and an oyster/shrimp po’boy were the authentic tastes we were craving.
We landed on Bourbon Street that evening – which cutely enough, Blaine thought was a street where they served really good bourbon (sadly for him, no). But we did discover the Blacksmith– which is the oldest (coolest) bar on the street. The bars never close in New Orleans, but we made it back to the Airstream at a reasonable hour.
The next day we caught up on some work (it was rainy) – and later ventured out for the evening. We picked up some trinkets, and headed to The Napoleon House (it really was Napoleon Bonaparte’s home in America, unfortunately he died before he ever got to move in… but still, pretty cool). We drank the famous Pimm’s Cup and indulged in some appetizers… and then we headed to Frenchmen Street for some smooth jazz at The Maison. We dug the local flare, live music and overall vibe in that part of town. Very cool.
After a quick and fun two day adventure, we departed for Alabama to hang out with the super talented RC Hagans and Michael Stricklin whom we met in Austin for SXSW. More to come on the adventures in Opelika, AL.