Once You Know Her It’s Hard to Leave Her

…New Orleans that is.  I picked up a tee with that saying on it from the popular Fleurty Girl shop during our recent trip back to New Orleans. (Note: Denning Beta also got a pretty cute onesie to commemorate its first trip to the city.) It was my first time back to New Orleans since we moved away not quite two years ago and it was good to be back. Two years was long enough that I could enjoy my visit and it feel like a vacation, but not so long that I would forget how to get around or where my favorite spots were. All in all a nice get-away.

New Orleans is the kind of city where visits are centered around drinking and eating, and because Denning Beta put a cramp on the drinking part, we made this an eating tour!

New-Orleans-1P1110207We started at Cake Cafe and got there just before the morning rush to enjoy delicious pastries, egg sandwiches and biscuits and gravy. Then, as if we hadn’t had enough of a morning wake up, we headed a few blocks away to our old favorite hang-out, the Orange Couch, for a cup of coffee and a chai tea latte.

New-Orleans-2We beat the rain for most of the afternoon and wandered the quarter like tourists, shopping, enjoying the music and reminiscing.

P1110246New-Orleans-4{the obligatory pregnancy shot – 20 weeks, can you believe it?}

New-Orleans-3Just as the rain was starting to roll in, we hopped on a bus toward the bayou for the most amazing catfish po-boys and sweet potato fries. There was no way I was leaving New Orleans without one.

P1110260And lucky for us, we had good company while we took shelter at the bar and waited out the rain.

I was reminded of lots of things about our time in New Orleans while wandering the city, but I think what I missed the most was the relaxed and easy-going nature of the city, the appreciation for time spent enjoying good food and good music, and the sense that you can walk slowly and get there when you get there. We will never be able to replicate the rich culture that is New Orleans, but I think we can certainly remember to slow down and enjoy life, wherever we are. Until next time New Orleans!

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