Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NOLA - Day 1

I am back from my adventures and am on a diet.  I ate, and ate, and ate.  From the minute I got up until the chocolates on the bed at night, I ate.  I have mega camel toe with my yoga pants because they are stretched soooo tight.'s all worth it!

What we flew...

US Airways A330-200

At 1:00AM the morning we left, a huge storm blew into Knoxville.  Kept me up for roughly an hour.    Huge tree down just past our driveway.  We flew from Knoxville to Charlotte , straight into the storm that hit us.  Then Charlotte to New Orleans, back through the storm.  Ugh.  A bit rough and we were delayed one hour but all in all not bad.

Where we stayed...

The first time we visited New Orleans we stayed here, Windsor Court.  The second time we came to the city, we booked reservations but they kicked us out...something about President Bush and NAFTA being there.  So, this time we tried it again.

Where we slept...

Windsor Court Hotel: New Orleans' Top Luxury Hotel

Hunter's reputation must have proceeded him.  Yep, upgrade!!!  Actually, we booked with AMEX and one of the perks is they upgrade you, if available.  We had a lovely room on the club/concierge level.  They served a continental breakfast, tea, and then evening hors d'oeuvres.  Booze was available from 1:00PM on.  Thankfully, they closed at 9:00PM.  You would have thought we hadn't eaten in weeks.



Cochon Butcher: Le Pig Mac.... 2 pork patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed

Cochon Butcher's Le Pig Mac.  Grammy had the Cubano, Hunter and Papa Mike had the Muffaletta, and I had that bad boy above with a root beer.  Living Large.  Highly recommend.


Southern Candy Makers
We got to see a tow truck hook up a car just when the owners came out.  That was entertaining.  Lots of begging and pleading and $100 later, the couple got their car.  In all fairness, the tow sign was small and facing the other way.

Krewe of Cork...

And Hunter didn't even have to take his top off!  This started at 1:00PM and people were already drunk...hey, it's the Krewe of Cork.  If you want beads, bring a kid, a cute kid.



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Works for me.


Harmony cat-napping

Happy Hour...

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Still working.



We were just going to wing it and ended up just eating in the hotel.  AMEX gave us $100 food credit.  Meh.  I never do well with dinner on travel day.  Just tired I guess.  Plus I had already had two glasses of wine and two plates of hors d'oeuvres from upstairs.

Krewe of Oshun...

This parade started at 6:00PM and were at the end when they passed our 9:00PM.  The poor band/dancers/baton twirlers were exhausted.  


Harrah's Casino...why not?  Up at 4:30AM, in bed by 11:00PM.  Light weights.


  1. I have seen le pig mac and want it.

    1. It was really, really good. I was also starving and almost ate the whole thing. Saved Hunter a bite and he decided it was better than the muffuletta. There was no containing this baby in a diaper.

  2. Sounds like you had a lot of fun,haha!
    Now you can recoverer a few days before heading out again:)

    1. I know. We are on a strict diet so we can blow it again :). So excited to see you soon.

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    1. New Orleans is a city I can do every five to six years. Food is great but the drunks...I'll get to that my next post.

  4. I love your travel diaries! You capture all the fun. Looks like it was a blast.

  5. I want to hear about the drunks! Looks like you had a beautiful time and you're cracking me up as usual.

    1. Oh the drunks were just idiots but the trip was delightful.

  6. Laissez les bons temps rouler, chers!

  7. I love New Orleans! My brother lives there and it's so much fun to visit him. I'm drooling over your Cochon Butcher pic. It's our favorite place to go when we visit. I have dreams about that place...

    1. I was very impressed with both the Butcher Shop and the Restaurant...highly recommend.

  8. Your post cracks me up. Looking forward to the one about the drunks.

    Husband and I went there for our honeymoon. This is our 25th in April, am thinking about a return visit. The food down there is astounding, for sure!

    1. We do not have good eats in Knoxville so New Orleans is always a treat. The vagrants were also pretty much non existent...or else they just blended in real well.

  9. Oh I. So want to go to New Orléans!
    Tea looks delicious!