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A Birthday to Remember: New Orleans Delights

New Orleans, Louisiana

July 2021

My mom wanted to go to New Orleans to celebrate her birthday, and it turned out to be a truly memorable experience. Explore the highlights of our time in this vibrant city.


Bourbon Street

A visit to New Orleans wouldn’t be complete without exploring Bourbon Street. There are plenty of stores, restaurants, and bars. My sister and I tried the Grenade and Daiquiri during our time there. The best time to go is at night that is when Bourbon Street becomes very lively!


French Quarters

I recommend to go to The French Quarters due to the beautiful architectural buildings, the famous beignets, the stores, and the French Market District. We took pictures in front of the Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral. A must-visit spot is Cafe du Monde, where the famous beignets are worth the wait. Exploring the Farmer’s Market District, we checked out Organic Banana and Lorettas Pralines for a treat.


Exploring NOLA

We explored New Orleans, where we looked at colorful buildings. Canal Street has plenty of restaurants and stores. The Shops of Canal Place have a lot of luxury stores. The Riverwalk, where you can walk alongside The Mississippi River. You can ride on the steamboat or shop at the outlet. Magazine Street has plenty of boutiques, small businesses, and restaurants. We went to Sucré, which sells gelato, cupcakes, pastries, macaroons, and coffee. Their cupcakes and macaroons are good!


Brunch

We went to Trenasse, which is located in Intercontinental New Orleans. We ordered beignets and bottomless mimosas. The bottomless mimosas were .The best part because our waiter kept filling it up with champagne. I ordered the Chisei Ham Benedict, which was good. Make sure you make reservations before going.

The Ruby Slipper is a small diner with indoor and outdoor dining. There is a LONG wait, so I recommend you go to their website to get on their waitlist. You have to go to the site early in the morning. The food is good especially their benedicts!

The Court of Two Sisters has a mid-1800s, sophisticated atmosphere. They have a brunch buffet that costs $33/person. The price is WORTH it because the food was great and the service was excellent. Also, they will play jazz music. We weren’t able to eat outside because it has been raining. You have to try this restaurant when you come to NOLA.


Domenica

This is an Italian restaurant located around the corner from Canal Street. You have to make reservations! The interior was very beautiful. Their house olive oil has a little spice, which made the bread taste better. I ordered Lasagna, which has green noodles, but overall overall it was REALLY good!


Meril

Meril is one of Chef Emeril’s restaurants, and you have to make reservations. The atmosphere was nice and the staff was friendly. I had the Sunday’s Special, The Fried Chicken. The fried chicken was good, BUT I didn’t like the Red Beans & Rice and the Collard Greens. They were both cold. I’m from the south, so I was expecting it to be better. The collard greens had this vinegar taste. I wouldn’t order that item again. It cost $40, and I don’t think it should be that much. My mom and great aunt had the Today’s Fish special, and they said it was good. This wasn’t my favorite place.


Magnolia Hotel

This hotel is located in Downtown New Orleans. It is a few blocks from Canal Street and Bourbon Street. Everything is walking distance. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They tell us what’s going on in New Orleans and what’s the best place to go. The room has a window, so you can get a view of the city. The refrigerator won’t be in the room, so you have to request it. There is a patio where you can view the city. Parking isn’t free. You have to park in the street, parking lot, or the parking garage. It costs around $25/day to park.

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