I went to New Orleans for the annual conference for the International Society of Developmental Psychobiology. This is a small conference (~200 people) that took place at The Hotel Monteleone.
This hotel is beautiful!
The Lobby (The hotel has been around for ages, was flooded during Katrina and then redone. Its beautiful and just a block from Bourbon Street in the French Quarter)
The rooms and beds were small, but what it lacked in size it made up for in location
My first stop, Cafe Du Monde for beignets and cafe au lait
This is the cafe, just next to the river front. All they serve is beignets and drinks (coffee and soda). Cash only (and ask for the check... they add tip when they tell you the price).
The French Quarter is full of beautiful buildings
and great street bands
NOLA is Emril's restaurant in New Orleans. I didn't go there (it got $$$$ on urban spoon)
Jackson Square, across from the river front
Bourbon Street after dark (where the party happens)
Hurricane from Pat O'Briens (famous for their hurricanes)!
Dinner on Wednesday: Bayou Burger
The Bayou Trifecta: red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, cajun jambalaya
Also from Bayou Burger: Crawfish Beignets with Tobasco powered sugar
(Think conch fritter with sugar)
Thursday Lunch: Johnny's Po-Boys
This is a muffaletta. Its a sandwich with ham, salami, capicola, swiss cheese, provolone, and green olive and carrot relish. If you like green olives, you'll enjoy this sandwich (I sure did)
Before dinner: Hurricane from one of the slushy drink places, with a side of jello shot
Thursday Dinner: Royal House Oyster Bar
Seafood stuffed mushrooms (one of which was traded for an Oyster Rockefeller)
Friday: Lunch at a local cafe. Got a 1/2 rubin, cup of spinach artichoke soup.
Snack: Sno-ball from Johnny's po-boys (wedding cake flavored). Pretty much a large snowcone.
Dinner: GW Fins - great food, high prices. I had an arugula salad with blue cheese and bruleed figs with the crab potstickers appetizer in a green pea butter
Saturday Lunch: Acme Oyster Bar
12 raw oysters on ice
shared a side of hush puppies and gumbo
This was my first time having raw oysters. I liked them... they were sweet/salty and very tender. Not slimy or chewy as I expected. This place is worth the wait to get in.
Done. (again, traded one raw for a grilled oyster. I think I'd get the grilled oysters if I ever go again. It was yummy and cheesy)
Snack: Cafe Beignet
3 beignets, hurricane to drink
I think this place is better than Du Monde. Its cheaper, faster service, more selection (they have lunch items and quite a few baked goods to choose from), and I liked their beignets better. *gasp*
One last shot of the buildings.
- Kinda smelly (like garbage and vomit)
- Expensive if you don't look around
- Lots of crazy people. Wednesday night at 10pm, the place was crazy
- Not great for young children, lots of drunks and topless ladies
- Can bring drink from one place into another place (usually)
- Great food
- Fun shops
- Great pralines (eat lots of samples, they're expensive to buy)
- Lots of great music to hear on the street
- No open container laws, so feel free to roam around with a drink in hand
- Voodoo shops!
- Easy to walk around. I don't recommend driving because the streets are narrow, parking is limited, people like to jump into the street (me) and you'll be too drunk to drive most of the night anyways.