It’s been a VERY eventful weekend so far! After a long week, Jared and I walked around New Orleans on Friday night. We walked around Magazine St. first to find some dinner and ended up at a restaurant called Ignatius. I ordered a shrimp Po-Boy – my first Po-Boy ever! Pretty tasty. Then we walked to the French Quarter… about an hour walk… there was a lot of walking on Friday night. The new Riverwalk in NOLA just opened so we went to have a look at that. Its definitely a tourist area with a new mall, near the hotels and casinos, and lots of tourist attractions next to the Riverwalk. Headed down to Bourbon St. and had a good time with the crowd. Tasted some Praline samples and wow… sugar bomb in my mouth. While walking around, we found a gelato store that sold cannoli gelato. Got some gelato before the long trek back to the house. Whew. What a night. Yesterday, Jared and I went to the Greek Festival near Lake Pontchartrain. The Greek food was fantastic and the people were so excited to explain their Greek culture to us. We attended a Greek Orthodox vespers service before we got a tour of the cathedral. I’ve never been to vespers before so it was an educational experience. Apparently, the Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans was the first Greek Orthodox church in the Americas. We also walked toward the West end of Magazine St. and found a really nice french bakery – reminds me of all the bakeries I see in Singapore (which I’m sure have European influences). It’s all about eating and drinking down here in NOLA if you didn’t catch that vibe yet. Apparently, Sunday brunch is a huge thing down here and restaurants don’t even open until 10am because people don’t wake up that early. So of course, Jared and I went for Sunday brunch at a restaurant called The Ruby Slipper Cafe. The wait was 2 hours… TWO HOURS! Was it worth it? I would say it was almost worth it. But dang, two hours… I ordered shrimp and grits and the homemade biscuit that came with it was amazing. While we were waiting, we walked around the French Quarter down Decatur St. where we found an amazing candy store called Southern Candymakers. When you walked into the store the smell just engulfed you – definitely made my mouth water. Oh it was so good. If there was a way to send smells through the internet, I would post the smell here in a heartbeat. Mmmmmm… Then we found a store that sold masks. We had a good time playing around and trying all the masks on for a while. The House of Blues is located on this street as well.
I finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett last night. 5 stars, recommend to everyone, so good, brilliant, yes. If you like historical fiction, definitely read this book. Reading 1984 now by George Orwell. The only other Orwell book I’ve read is Down and Out in London and Paris. Very good as well.
So that’s my super busy weekend in NOLA so far… and its not over yet! We’ll see what’s to come. I think we’re going to the World War II museum tomorrow because there’s a special Memorial Day event going on.