On Day 3, we started the day with another walk in the French Quarter. We wanted to get some breakfast before we met up with our guide for the walking tour through the FQ and St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 so we headed to the all famous Cafe Du Monde for their renowned beignets.
The beignet themselves are amazing though. They arrive hot and fresh and the dough itself isn't overly sweet so the sugar snow is more than decorative. The donuts are fluffy and lightly chewy and definitely hit the spot, especially with a fresh cup of cafe au lait.
LE MONDE CREOLE WALKING TOUR
H and I both loved our walking tour. I'm not usually one to care about tours, but because we couldn't visit St. Louis No. 1 without a guide, we kind of had to. But in the end, I was happy because it was a really good tour.
We saw a lot of exclusive sites and learned a lot, including the difference between the terms "creole" and "cajun" - creole originally described the colony of settlers in LA and later came to describe someone of mixed ancestry; cajun comes from the term Les Acadians who were the people uprooted from their home in Canada and eventually settled in LA. So creole is more of a mixture of many different cultures (Spanish, French, Portuguese, African, German, Native American, etc.) and cajun has its roots more firmly in just French (or French Canadian).
ST. LOUIS CEMETERY NO. 1
My favorite part of the tour, of course, was the visit to Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1. Because New Orleans is built on a swamp, burying the dead is not logical; burying a casket just resulted in it eventually resurfacing. So, the dead are interred in mausoleums and above-ground tombs. It's beautiful and haunting and an amazing site for anyone who likes being a little spooked.
IKO THE COCKATOO
After the cemetery tour, our guide wrapped up the walk by taking us to visit Iko, a bird on display, one last courtyard, and then finally, an old-fashioned sitting room in an old hotel.
After our tour, we hopped into a cab and headed to the Garden District for our lunch reservation at Commander's Palace. It's not easy to miss this bright teal building.
We left feeling incredibly satisfied with a good buzz, thoroughly impressed by the service and the quality of the food.LAFAYETTE CEMETERY NO. 1
MISS ROBICHAUX'S ACADEMY FOR EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG LADIES
After our Garden District antics, we caught a cab back to our hotel where we dried off and changed and relaxed for a beat.
Soon it was time to eat again. J picked us up at our hotel and drove us to Atchafalaya for our final meal. I started with a beer, the NOLA pale ale, and started to pore over the menu.
The duck breast (which was the night's special entree) was cooked in a classic French presentation with a crispy skin and a citrusy glaze. The duck was incredibly tender (perfectly cooked medium rare) and the haricots verts and tender potatoes were a perfect sponge for the glaze too.
I have one more NOLA-related post (with my video diary) so please come back for that!