Matt and I had both been to New Orleans before, but it was a long time ago for me and only a 48 hour trip for Matt. So, we wanted to see the sights. We had planned to do a ton of walking and a few morning runs, a historic bike tour of the city, and a walking tour of the French Quarter. Sadly, we had rain and unusually cold temperatures, so we weren’t up for as much outdoor activity as we had hoped.
The only nice weather we had was when we arrived on Sunday night. We headed straight for Bourbon St. and searched for a balcony to have a drink, since we knew it would be getting colder.
The bars sure were hopin’ on a Sunday night!
We found a great spot on the corner of a balcony – Matt tried one of the famous grenades and I had an Abita Purple Haze, an old favorite from my college years.
On Monday, we headed out for a long walk through the Garden District.
I love looking at houses, so we weaved through some of the back streets and checked out some of the mansions.
I’m obsessed with the old architecture and all the little details on the houses. They just don’t have places like this in Dallas.
I also enjoyed the live music, which was everywhere. It’s too bad it wasn’t warmer because I think we would have spent more time just listening to music in the streets.
Jackson Square was one of my favorite areas – it reminds me so much of Savannah (another favorite city of mine) and I love the combination of palm trees and old architecture.
We opted to skip the walking tour of the French Quarter and did a carriage tour instead – they provided big blankets, so it was a lot more enjoyable than walking. I would definitely recommend this! My hair pretty much looked this terrible the whole trip because of the drizzle…
Gosh I love the French Quarter!
On our last day, we walked along the water to the IMAX, where we saw a documentary on hurricane Katrina. It was SO interesting (and scary) and a great way to warm up.
One of the highlights for me was seeing Imagine Dragons perform! They put on a free show for the Sugar Bowl and they were awesome.
We met up with Andrew again and he had snagged a great spot. Demons is one of my favorite songs ever, so I was pumped!
I’m sad the trip is over, but I was so happy to get home right before I came down with a classic cold. There’s nothing like being in your own bed when you’re sick. I’ve done a whole lotta nothing this weekend, and feel relaxed and excited for a fresh, new year!Read More
Last night was a blast – Ingrid was phenomenal and Rufus was hilarious!
Before the show, we had a delicious Aviator winter beer – I promise to update my beer page soon! It seems like incredible Belgians and high gravity seasonals are the only brews that make the list these days…
I made a big batch of sweet potato and black bean enchiladas – haven’t made these in forever!
I think they are better reheated than fresh out of the oven. And since I was home alone tonight, I had them again for dinner. Which was nice because all I had to do was microwave and eat. It was one of those days that wasn’t busy at all, and for some reason that made me even more tired. Sometimes I think being busy is more energizing than being bored. I forced myself to go to the gym though, and once I was home and showered, I felt so good. Sometimes being clean and in a hoodie on the couch is the best thing in the world. Don’t ya think? Oh, and my gym is getting new treadmills!!! Awesome ones that are easier to run on! I’m so excited that I might actually run indoors again.
The music at our wedding is VERY important to me. I’ve always imagined having a really classy band that could play all the good wedding songs at the beginning and then awesome versions of today’s hits once the crowd gets going. Sadly, when I realized that a wedding on an island (my wedding is a small gathering on Bald Head Island, NC for those who don’t know!) came with some extra expenses (i.e. delivery fees, transportation, ect), my dream band was the first thing that had to go:( At first, I was nervous to find a DJ because other than talking with them beforehand how do you really know that they won’t talk too much or play dumb songs? For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been reseraching DJ’s and finally just booked one that came highly recommended by my contacts at Bald Head.
Now that the searching is over, I’m actually really excited to have a DJ. For one, I know he’ll be able to play any song under the sun (including remixes that I love) because he’s assured me that if a song exists on the internets, he can get it. I decided to put a music request form on my wedding website, which means guests will get to hear songs they love as well.
Two, there’s nothing better than an awesome band, but almost anything is better than a horrible band. At least I know that the songs will sound good!
And three, when all is said and done, I just want people to have a good time, and, while I think bands tend to do a better job with entertaining the guests, I think DJ’s ultimately lead to more dancing. More dancing equals more fun. And that, my friends, is the goal of the celebration!Read More
Sometimes six hours in the car isn’t the worst way to spend a Monday:) I packed snacks and listened to all my old cd’s from high school. It’s weird how songs can bring back specific memories.
Ataris – San Dimas High School Football Rules
Tim McGraw – Greatest Hits Cd
Jo Dee Messina – Burn Cd
The Starting Line – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Reality Bites Soundtrack
Where The Heart Is Soundtrack
Jimmy Eat World – Clarity Cd
Saves the Day – Nightingale
The Juliana Theory – August in Bethany
Alan Jackson – Drive
Boston is truly an amazing city filled with great restaurants, unique bars, and beautiful sights…
Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you
the my Best of Boston! I apologize that I don’t have links to all of the recommendations – I visited some of these places before I started blogging.
Obviously, most of my categories are food related, starting with the best…
Places to Eat Pizza
Places for a Cocktail
Places to Drink Beer
- Grafton St. Pub
- The Otherside Cafe (vegan and vegetarian friendly)
- Parish Cafe
- Amrheins (you MUST get the pumpkin risotto in the fall!!!)
- The Intercontinental Hotel
- Hamersley’s Bistro
- Cambridge Brewing Co.
- The Rattlesnake roof deck
- Tavern on the Water
Places to Eat Dessert
Places for Live Music
- The Beehive – make a late reservation for a seat in “the pit” and you’ll most likely hear a funky jazz band
- The Burren – I’ve only been here once and the live music was great (much more alternative then the typical stuff at the Faneuill Hall bars below)
- Faneuil Hall Bars – a bunch of them actually have fun live/dancing bands, but be prepared for lines. I’ve liked bands at the Bell in Hand, Hennessey’s, and Ned Divine’s
Things To Do
- Have a picnic on the Esplanade
- Visit the Museum of Fine Arts
- Visit Boston’s breweries (Harpoon and Sam Adams; Harpoon has a more generous tasting)
- Tour an old house in the Back Bay
- Take the MBTA ferry over to Charlestown and see the USS Constitution and grab a beer at Tavern on the Water