December 22, 2010

Christmas in New Orleans

Filed under: Personal — Neil @ 7:49 pm

We made our 4th annual trip to New Orleans during the Christmas season.  Here’s a rundown of our trip:

  • We stayed at the Sheraton on Canal.  As usual I booked it through Priceline & saved about 1/2 off of their posted rate.  We paid almost as much for parking as we did for the room.
  • Amanda shopped at Canal Place, Esplanade & Lakeside Malls & along Magazine.  I found a lot of good coffee shops & read while she shopped.  PJ’s had my favorite cup of coffee.
  • We spent Tuesday afternoon at the Audobon Zoo.  It has to be the best deal in the city.
  • Our #1 activity when visiting New Orleans is eating.  We go to the nice places at lunch & do something lighter/cheaper at night.  Here’s where we ate & a few suggestions:
    • Palace Cafe – our 3rd year in a row to eat lunch here; good food & servie; great view of Canal Street.  I had the Catfish Pecan & Amanda had the Pasta St. Charles.  We split the Bananas Foster for dessert.
    • Cafe Maspero – supper on Monday night; I had a shrimp poboy & Amanda had red beans & rice.  Good food @ reasonable prices
    • Emeril’s – our 1st experience at 1 on of his restaurants.  1 of the best meals we’ve ever had.  We both had the 3 course lunch (just $18).  Amanda – gumbo, chicken & waffles, & creme brulee; Neil – gumbo, grilled shrimp, chocolate & peanut butter pie
    • Taqueria Corona on Magazine – 1 of our favorite places to eat in New Orleans; we had a combination of chicken & steak tacos, chicken burrito, shrimp flauta & cebollitas
    • Bourbon House – another Brennan’s restaurant; we had planned on eating @ NOLA’s, but didn’t realize that it’s only open for lunch Thurs – Sunday; good meal, but didn’t compare to Emeril’s.

Now it’s time to get back to the gym.


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