Sometimes all you need is a weekend and a cheap plane ticket for a great mini-vacation! Last weekend we had an amazzing time in New Orleans. A few months back we decided to go and check out this city, since we have never been. We found the cheap flights and took advantage of them. We arrived to NOLA on Saturday morning a little before noon and took a cab from the airport straight to the french quarter (25 min/$30 ride). Here is where our adventure begins!!
Prior to coming we definitely did our fair share of research. Since we were going to be here for only about a day, we wanted to make the best of it and make sure that we got to see everything we wanted. For the most part of we found that the two main things to do in New Orleans is to eat and drink. We did just that - a food/drink tour of NOLA! When in New Orleans, here are the foods they are famous for and you should try:
1. Beignets!! These are amaazing - I could eat about 10 of them! they are basically mini fried doughnuts covered in powdered sugar (there is a picture of them below). The famous place to get these is at Cafe du Monde
2. Gumbo - this is a typical Louisiana Creole dish that consists primarily of a strongly flavored stock, okra, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and seasoning vegetables. Gumbo is a must when in NOLA and we went to The Gumbo Pot to get some!
3. Alligator on a stick! Despite what you're first thoughts may be - this is actually one of the most delicious foods i ever tried! We headed over to the French Market to try ours.
4. Jambalaya - one of the traditional ride dishes of New Orleans. This dish consists of chicken, sausage, seafood and a bold flavor and spice. In one word - delicious! Stop by Coops Place to try some amaazing jambalaya
5. Oysters, oysters and more oysters! If you're a fan of oysters - this is the place for you! Even if you're not - I encourage you to live on the edge and try some fried oysters! You can get them just about on every corner of the French Quarter. We tried some at Corner Oyster House. They were delicious and we had a great time people watching along the street!
Over all, the trip was a great success! Even though we didn't get much sleep we definitely saw a lot (and ate a lot too :)) Bourbon Street and Frenchmen Street were alive all night long with live jazz music and entertainment. Traveling abroad has made me realize that America has a ton of great places to offer as well and sometimes all you need is a cheap plane ticket and a weekend!
~~xoxo Vita É Belle sisters Dominika, Ola + Ania