Let me just say if you have never been to New Orleans, I highly recommend. This specific weekend, there was a vibe that I don’t think any other city could ever put out. I have the luxury of living only two hours away, so Kolby and I packed up the car and headed to NOLA on NFC weekend, hosted by the Saints. My dear friend Katie flew in on Saturday for her first time EVER in New Orleans and our first time ever meeting in person! We were able to pick her and Daniel up at the airport and show them around!
If you’ve ever made a friend on the internet and were able to meet them in person, then you understand. Y’all, I WAS SO EXCITED. We’ve been talking for months and I felt like we’ve been friends for YEARS. Meeting her in person, I’m like..where the heck have you been all my life?! (Side note: I get to meet my other blogger BFF, Sarah, NEXT weekend in Raleigh) Anywho, the airline ended up putting her luggage on the wrong plane, so we joined them for brunch at Atchafalaya, and LOL at how they pronounced it. This little place was SO cute. They had live music, good food, and a bloody mary bar. Louisiana is known for drinking so this was when we got the party started.
We dropped them off at their hotel so they could check in and we headed to ours. We stayed at the Intercontinental New Orleans (sorry Drake) and it was PERFECT. Pricy, but considering the Saints were playing in the championship game this weekend, there’s no surprise there. Our room was HUGE and had a gorgeous balcony and view. Oh and the location was smack in the middle of everything!
Obviously, a newbie to NOLA has to be taken to bourbon street. All the bars, all the booze, and..strip joints. There’s a few things that have to be done when you go to New Orleans. You need to have beads, you need to have a hand grenade, and you need to have a hurricane from Pat Obrien’s (the list goes on, but we were there to party so this was the most important.) Bourbon Street is not my favorite place in New Orleans, but it’s fun. We walked down it, got 3 for 1 beers, a hand grenade, and headed to Pat Obrien’s.
We legit spent the entire night at Pat Obrien’s. We made friends, we took blow job shots (you need one), and we had a good ole jolly time. A wedding party did their little march, too. I can tell you that we had such a great time, because Sunday morning was a little difficult for me to start.
Katie and Daniel went to their dinner reservations and Kolby and I went to one of our favorite sushi places ever, Tsunami, which just so happened to be directly next to our hotel (and thank you JESUS because it was like 40 degrees outside.) We tried to end the night at Harrah’s, but literally none of us four made it and we were sleeping for 11:30. LAME I KNOW, but New Orleans just gets you sometimes.
Sunday started out by me frantically looking around our hotel room for my car keys. I have a push to start, so I keep my key in my purse and never really take it out. The fact that my key wasn’t in my purse made no sense, but after an hour, I found it under a random chair in our room. Literally none of our stuff was even near that chair so I’m still confused. BUT THE POINT IS that my contacts and glasses were both in my car so I couldn’t SEE. If you are almost blind, you know this SUCKS.
Finally we checked out of our hotel and went to get lunch. WE HAD MCDONALDS. I was hungover so I needed my chicken nuggets. After I indulged, Kolby and I went meet Katie and Daniel at The R Bar. We only stayed here for a little bit before deciding to go to The Rusty Nail to watch the Saints game. Y’all, New Orleans is no joke about their Saints. I am NO JOKE about my Saints. New Orleans was C R A Z Y for this game and the fans were READY. This bar was super awesome and packed. I’m talking people in every spot. This was the last spot we were able to go to before heading back to Lafayette for work in the morning. I had to tell my new friends bye, but I’m going to see them this weekend in Raleigh, so it wasn’t such a sad departure. Oh, and if you haven’t heard, the Saints did not get the W, thank you Refs.
Two things that we didn’t do that I do recommend is obviously going to Cafe Du Monde and then also checking out the Carousel Bar.
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