new orleans.

Ever since we met our wonderful friend Spencer during a school trip earlier this fall, a group of us have been campaigning not-so-subtly for an invite to his upcoming Louisiana nuptials.  Miraculously, our wish was granted, and a group of us packed our bags and headed down to The Big Easy last weekend for four days of jazz, Southern hospitality, and general debauchery.

Our days were relaxed and slow-moving in the best way.  They mostly consisted of moving from one restaurant or bar to the one next door, and so on.  There was no schedule.  If we stumbled upon an amazing street musician, which one does about every block, we stopped to listen. (These women were our faves.)

On Saturday, we made the journey from New Orleans to Houmas House in Darrow, LA, where we got to watch Spencer marry his gorgeous now-wife, Natalie.  The wedding was straight out of Gone with the Wind; the setting could not have been more romantic.  We danced and danced and danced and then all six of us promptly fell asleep on the car ride back to the city.

NOLA is truly a place unlike any other in the States: vibrant, gritty, spooky, and full of life.  We covered a lot of ground during the rest of our trip.  Bourbon Street, Frenchmen, Magazine Street, Lower Ninth Ward, Lafayette Cemetery. We picked out our dream homes in the French Quarter.  Food highlights included fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House (which was without question the best any of us had ever eaten), fried shrimp and oyster po’boys at Domilise’s, bananas foster French toast at Atchafalaya, and smoked pork ribs and strawberry cream pie at Cochon. (See the rest of my NOLA spots on my Nomwell list — thanks to the recs from my expert friends Jack, Lexie, Ryan, and Gwyneth Paltrow.)

Now if you’ll excuse me while I go wash the powdered sugar from the beignets out of my clothes…

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{lafitte’s, the oldest bar in nola.}

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{circa 3 am, we all thought about copying this guy.}

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{home for the weekend.}

DSC_0817 {brunch.}

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{shout out to my sister/bestie, lexie, who got engaged in this spot earlier this year!}

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{powdered sugar ev.er.y.where.}

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{THE fried chicken.}

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{congrats, mr. and mrs. holmes!}

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{brunch at atchafalaya with my pseudo little brother and tour guide extraordinaire, jack.}

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{fried avocado at cane and table.}

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4 replies »

  1. you’re the cutest! love this so much. makes me nostalgic. wish i could have joined in the tour with jacky boy!

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