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It’s been a while readers. But I come bearing a few great tips for your next trip to NOLA or New Orleans. I’m no native of New Orleans, but thanks to the insider tips supplied by my friend Caroline, a recent bachelorette trip to New Orleans was pretty awesome. New Orleans is really one of those cities that stays in your mind and heart for a long time after you leave.

Whether its the food, music, or general joyful feeling of the city and its people, I am a huge fan of you NOLA. For those seeking a respite from gloomy NYC, New Orleans really is the perfect weekend getaway. So here a few of my favorites, (props to Caroline:)

  • Wake up – head down to the Cathedral area of New Orleans along the Mississippi.  Watch the street performers and random bands. Definitely stand in line and get beignets at Cafe Du Monde (the historical cafe in the center of town), as well as the iced chickory coffee.
  • Wander over to Royal street for antique shopping and vintage clothes. If you’re in the mood head over to Bourbon on Sat afternoon before the crowds get out of control when the music is blaring and the crowd is just plain fun.
  • Get a reservation at Cochon before you go. It is quite possibly one of the best meals I’ve had in a while and it’s not yuppie or expensive, it’s just damn good New Orleans food. Vegetarians – try the sides and let the chef know you’re vegetarian. The chef will prepare whatever comes to mind for the vegetarians at the table.  On the day I went – it was vegetarian croquettes filled with spinach and cheese. On the day my husband went – it was unbelievable pappardelle with cauliflower and broccoli. Anyways dont take our word for it – Sam Sifton from the NYTIMES rated it as one of the best meals of 2010.
  • After a night of debauchery, head to Mothers for breakfast. No reservations, join the line for great pancakes, biscuits, blood marys and the works.
  • On your last night out on the town – head to Frenchmen’s Street for incredible jazz music. I’ve never been to a city that compares to NOLA in the variety of live music venues …and the best part is there is no cover. I can only imagine what the city is like during jazz fest..
  • Check out Vaughan’s Lounge – for awesome live jazz in a dive bar in the middle of a random neighborhood.

ENJOY!!

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