Today is an exciting day for two reasons: one, I'm heading out to Grand Cayman tomorrow morning so I just have to endure one day of work this week and two, I'm finally sharing photos from my trip to New Orleans.
I flew down on Saturday morning with H and we had a glorious 72 hours in the Crescent City. The weather was a little uncooperative and we had to deal with some annoying bouts of rain which meant we didn't accomplish quite as much as we wanted to. However, we managed to eat everything we wanted to eat and I definitely boozed up more than expected so it still qualifies as a completely successful trip in my eyes. I should mention that we made lunch and dinner reservations for each day and we made it to each and every one.
The only big bummer for me was that I left my hat at the restaurant where we had our final meal. But, looking at it with a glass-half-full perspective, at least I didn't lose it at the beginning of the trip, right?
pink packing cube. Packing cubes really work!)
Once we landed, my friend J and her boyfriend picked us up from the airport and dropped us off at our hotel. We booked the Q&C which is in the CBD and just a few blocks from the French Quarter. It's been recently remodeled and refurbished and it was gorgeous. I would describe the decor as a rustic hipster vibe and totally Instagram-worthy.
I booked the hotel through hotels.com and managed to score a rate cheaper than what was shown on the hotel website. It ended up being close to $200/night but I chalk that up mostly to the fact that we were there for the Krewe of Boo weekend (Halloween parade) and rates at all of the hotels were elevated.
CANE & TABLE
H and I shared the yucca root and duck confit hash and the poached eggs with sofrito pork on coconut bread.
Everything was really delicious, though the portion sizes were a little smaller than expected. The yucca hash was awesome - the yucca was crisp on the outside and deliciously soft and mealy on the inside, the duck was tender and smoky, and the seasoning had a nice spice. The poached eggs were perfectly cooked with a perfectly runny egg (as you can see in the photo above) and the salsa was bright and flavorful. And the beans and rice - I don't have anything to compare them to - but seeing as this was a traditional NOLA dish, I tend to think it was made classically and it was great. There were huge chunks of andouille sausage scattered throughout the beans and though I wish there was a bit more rice, it still hit the spot.
We also stopped by the Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone (reportedly haunted) on our way back. It was too crowded so we couldn't snag a seat, but we helped ourselves to a few photos of the gorgeous space and also used the elegant restrooms before heading back out.
KREWE OF BOO