Birthday Trip Part 1: Goooood Nawlins Eats

As my sister so perfectly reminded me the morning of my birthday, “calories are negative on your birthday.” And believe me, Patrick and I ate that way our whole trip πŸ˜‰

Plenty of seafood, plenty of snacking, and paaaleeennnnntyyyy of birthday desserts made for an incredible 4 days in New Orleans. Marrrvelous time ❀


The night before we flew out to NOLA, we stayed with friends in Chicago and they cooked some AMAZING Nigerian food for us. My first time having it! We had scotch eggs, fried plantains, and spicy beef over rice. Oh, and we had meatpies but apparently I was too starving to take a picture and just devoured them πŸ™‚ SERIOUSLY good. ❀

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The next morning, we flew into New Orleans and made it to our hotel just in time to grab brunch at the Ruby Slipper next door! YUMMMM!

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Fried catfish over cheesy grit cakes with hollandaise.

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Cochon de Lait benedict.

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That night, we ate at an INCREDIBLE restaurant situated in the heart of Jackson Square called Tableau. Fancy fancy fancy. But we found the happy hour menu πŸ™‚

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Cajun shrimp over tomato, crab claws, and lump crab over a fried green tomato. I seriously couldn’t pick which was my favorite.

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Spicy mini BLT sammies. SO SO SO SO GOOD.

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Egggggzzzzz ❀

Patrick surprised me by telling the chef that it’s my birthday and they brought out my FAVORITE dessert (monkey bread) with ice cream. And I wore a really neat Chef’s hat πŸ˜‰ He’s the best ❀

The next morning we went for a run and grabbed breakfast at our hotel (easy and free!). We had lunch at Red Fish – which was highly recommended by a few of our friends! We shared gumbo, and each got a po’ boy!

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AGAIN, Patrick told the waitress it was my birthday (still isn’t my ACTUAL birthday by the way) and we got bananas foster ice cream cake. HOLY MAN you guys! They flamed it (the blue you see) and then we devoured it. Yup πŸ˜€

That night, we had dinner on a REALLY AWESOME Steamboat Natchez cruiseΒ (which I’ll explain in a later blog) and of course I didn’t take pictures of our food. Womp. But it was a buffet filled with New Orleans traditional food, and yes, lots of bread pudding, which I thoroughly enjoyed a few times πŸ˜‰

The next dayyyyyy was my birthday!!! We started off our morning with an 11-mile run, which REALLY worked up our appetites. Patrick took me to the famous Court of Two Sisters for brunch, and we smashed the entire buffet table (again).

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Guess what Patrick did again… TOLD THEM IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY. I got a huge slice of Oreo cake (that I barely touched to be honest – brunch was already so filling!) and I got serenaded by the jazz band they had at the restaurant πŸ™‚ It was such a wonderful surprise ❀

After a fun and busy day touring the city, we decided to have dinner at a WONDERFUL Italian restaurant down the street from the French Quarter and our hotel. It was called Giovanni’s and GO THERE if you go to New Orleans!

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We indulged with a few drinks, ordered an asparagus prosciutto appetizer, and then I had chicken/shrimp and pasta for dinner and Patrick had roasted duck with potatoes. One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in my whole life!

Opera singers walked around during dinner, with a pianist playing in the corner, and sang traditional songs and popular songs from musicals while we dined.


Of course the first song we heard was “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, and the guy walking around singing had the BEST voice…and a paper towel covering half his face. SO HILARIOUS!

Dessert was, again, a surprise from Mr. Patrick, as he knows how much I LOVE CANNOLIS. Yeah…that’s the only reason he got it πŸ˜‰

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It was such a spectacular birthday, and we enjoyed every single bite ❀ πŸ™‚

Our last day in NOLA consisted of visiting the World War II Museum, and indulging in our last wonderful lunch items; we visited Felix’s Oyster Bar, because HELLO you need oysters if you go to NOLA! And we split a crab po’ boy. An absolute must for me. How delicious does that look?!

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Char grilled oysters are now on my list of favorite foods. Just saying.

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That about sums up all the food we ate. I know. We ate a lot. And very well. And had a dessert for every meal πŸ˜‰ BUT it was a fantastic birthday weekend and we definitely have new wonderful memories, new recipe ideas for cooking, and so many more trips to look forward to! ❀ πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for more posts this week detailing the rest of our trip! I obviousssssly had to get the food out first, right?! πŸ˜€

Happy Monday!

Peace, xoxo


One thought on “Birthday Trip Part 1: Goooood Nawlins Eats

  1. Well… it probably wasn’t the best idea to read this post on an empty stomach. My heavens does every single thing you ate look good. What a fantastic birthday weekend. Big props to you for fitting in a couple runs too.


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