Last week, Frank and I traveled to New Orleans for some fun!! We stayed with one of my couples who got married this past Summer and it was an absolute blast!! The weather wasn’t quite what I would consider warm but who can complain when you are in one of the most fun cities in the world. Allison and Ray were the best hosts ever, home cooked meals and homemade bread, transport services, not making fun of me when I ran one of my worst times ever in the Rock N Roll Half. Seriously, these two are the best and we really can’t thank them enough.
While Allison and Ray’s house only really has windows on one side, they had some really great lighting for picture taking. And she really did make bread. And hamburger buns. She is crazy domesticated.
The first night we were there we went to Nola Brewing which was so cool! They host a free happy hour on Fridays from 2-3pm. You literally go in and get beer…for free! For a whole hour. There are also tours and outdoor seating and corn hole. So fun. And you can tip. In jars. And they are witty.
Carbo load breakfast was at Surrey’s and holy crap this food was delicious. Allison and Ray only know delicious places to get food.
We all finished, some of us in under 2 hours coughcoughrayandallisonarenutscough and I got my picture with Patrick from Biggest Lose!
Eeek! A medal on beads!!! Yes!!!
Frank and I spent a few hours wandering around the French Quarter doing everything you need to do there the next day (post race was superbowl sunday and pizza night). But before we left, we got to meet Brie, who Frank was obsessed with. Allison and Ray have 2 dogs and 2 cats, just like us, but she graciously has been watching this one for the last few weeks during the day for one of Ray’s co-workers. I don’t want it to sound like Allison just sits at home all day watching dogs, reading books and making bread, she just got her masters in Epidemiology and is on the job hunt. You should hire her!!
Awww. I’m cute, right? I don’t look like I would be turning 29 the next day, right??
And then I get all messy so I am not so cute anymore. Powdered sugar everywhere.
The musicians in the streets are my favorite part of New Orleans.
Oh the hot sauces.
We went to the oldest bar in America which was pretty cool – they have no lights and everything is lit by candles and lanterns. It felt like the opposite of the rest of Bourbon Street. Also – LA needs to get on board with the no smoking in bars. It would make for a way more enjoyable Bourbon St experience.
Tuesday was my birthday so I ate cake for breakfast!! King Cake!! Yummmm.
The one thing I didn’t do when I was in New Orleans the first time was a swamp tour, so we took my birthday as an opportunity to hang out on the bayous with Captain Tom T who spoke legit cajun and it took me at least 20 minutes to fully understand what he was saying. He told some really great stories. And there were only 10 people on the tour which was awesome! Even though the morning tour had 52! Yikes.
These raccoons feasted on marshmallows. Adorbs.
See the alligator? This is a small 6 footer.
He can’t hide as well as his pops. See if you can find him.
I held a baby gator on my bday!!
My birthday night we went out to this place called the Rum House and it was delicious. It was $2 Taco Tuesday and these tacos…omg, I can’t stop thinking about some of them, they were so delicious. Rum House knows how to do tacos. Go there.
The next morning, we had breakfast and headed home. Despite an ice storm in the morning, our flight landed nearly right on time, which is crazy surprising to me. Also, I got to eat some airport jambalaya before we left. Delicious.