Sunday, March 27, 2016

Helllloooo Vacation!

On Thursday evening we went to bed at 7:00 p.m., so that we could get a full eight hours in before getting up at 3:00 a.m. to get ready for our flight. 

After three flights, and a stressful travel experience that had us running at full speed through the airport, we made it to New Orleans in the late afternoon, five minutes ahead of schedule.

We checked in to the gorgeous Bourbon Orleans hotel, and then headed to Boucherie for dinner.  Boucherie is a very popular, trendy restaurant, known as the best-bang-for-your-buck in NOLA.  The food is very reasonably priced for the quality and creativity.  The server brought an amuse bouche right away:

We ordered small plates to share, including boudin balls with garlic aioli:

Goat ribs with hummus and strawberry harissa:

Crispy skin duck confit with cabbage dumpling, burnt rye & beet chips:

And finally, collared greens with grit fries:

This dish was perfect in every way.

On Saturday morning we were up pretty early.  We had breakfast at Pierre Maspero's:

After breakfast we went on a jazz cruise along the Mississippi River on one of the only steamboats still operating in the US:

The jazz cruise was so wonderful - we loved every minute of it.

After the cruise we went to Brennan's for the original bananas foster

I am not a big dessert person, but I absolutely loved this; it was definitely one of the best desserts we've ever had.

We each cleaned our plates in about 45 seconds.

On Saturday evening, to end off our first full day in New Orleans, we went out for the most insane, interesting, unique dining experience we've ever had ... but that's for the next post.

Happy Easter!
How was your weekend?  What did you do?


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Fun, looks like your trip got off to a great start. The bananas foster looks soooo good! That was the dessert we made for our last Julia Child Night! And we made Brennan's turtle soup recipe (but did not use turtle!).

Our Easter weekend was low key but fun. We went to Phil's mom's on Saturday and I made dinner that night and then on Sunday she made dinner and we had a relaxing day together. She had a little Easter game for us which was really fun. Mine was a trivia quiz about cooking!

Unknown said...

That cruise look so neat!!! Hope you guys have a great vacation!