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As we pack for a long weekend in NOLA, I’m reminded again of how much we’ve streamlined our travel kit over the years. We’ve written before about the joys of packing light, and no matter where we’re headed–New Orleans for a few days, or Europe for a week and a half–we only travel with carry-on luggage. But there are a few items we never leave … Continue reading Travel kit essentials
Rumors online are indicating that Tujague’s, that venerable restaurant and bar in the French Quarter, may be closing soon. Though Rob and I have only had drinks on several occasions at the unique, stand-up bar, we will be very sad if the rumors are true. Tujaque’s represents a beautiful part of New Orleans, the gentility of a (perhaps, sadly) bygone era. Opened in 1856, the … Continue reading Tujague’s: end of an institution?
We’ve been to New Orleans six times now, and each time we love the city more and more. Two places we’ve stayed more than once are the Place d’Armes, and the Hotel Monteleone. The Monteleone is a classic, grand New Orleans hotel: doormen, concierge, lovely throughout. It can also be a little expensive, depending on the season. Off season rates are better, but since some … Continue reading Sleeping easy in the Big Easy
Along with all the fantastic eating we did last weekend in New Orleans, we also managed to fit in a few activities. As the city was gearing up for both the SuperBowl and Mardi Gras, there was plenty to get our attention, including some early parades in the Garden District as well as a couple of unique “walking parades” (i.e., no floats): Krewe of Barkus … Continue reading Gumbo Ya Ya
The reentry shock of returning from sunny Louisiana, where the temps were in the 70s our entire stay, to frigid Boston in the middle of an ice storm on Monday night, is finally wearing off. A few days of rest, day job, and less indulgent meals have cleared our heads enough to get down to a solid post on the most important facet of any … Continue reading New Orleans restaurant roundup
We have been incredibly lucky, weather-wise, on this trip. The few days before we left Boston we had been checking the forecast and things were looking OK, but on the cool side (low 60s). So far each day has hit mid-70s and bright sun. Friday we had some spectacular food, first at Bayona for lunch, and later dinner at Adolfo’s. And if you count the … Continue reading NOLA highlights, days 2 & 3
…three things we came down to our favorite US city for, not necessarily in that order. But, given the frigid temps in Boston this week the sunshine has turned out to be more delicious than usual, so it was good timing on our part. The thermometer said it was 69 yesterday but it felt more like 80 to us. Also good timing for another reason: … Continue reading Sunshine, music & oysters