Long Weekend In New Orleans With Friends

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5 Days, 4 Nights | April 2019 | 5 Couples | Dining, Music, Culture

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Soniat House Built in the 1800s, the Soniat House has a story to tell. What was once the early 19th-century family residence of Joseph Soniat Dufossat is now a 30-room hotel celebrating New Orleans’ unique history and architecture. It is recommended annually by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, praised for its style by Architectural Digest, and a fixture on the Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List.” The hotel consistently earns TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence.” The Soniat House is ideal for those seeking a quiet retreat in the vibrant and historic French Quarter. “It is,” wrote one reviewer, “the epitome of taste and refinement throughout.”Tip:

We were lucky enough to have a room off of the street, on the interior courtyard. One of the couple’s room was street-side and they didn’t like the noise in the morning. Do request an interior or 2nd level room. We very much enjoyed our stay and the hotel staff was excellent! The honor bar was a perfect place to gather at the end of a long day.

Thursday Evening Dinner: Cocktails & Dinner at Commanders Palace, 1403 Washington Avenue.

Commander’s Palace, nestled in the middle of the tree‐lined Garden District, has been a NewOrleans landmark since 1893. Known for the award‐winning quality of its food and its convivial atmosphere, the history of this famous restaurant offers a glimpse into New Orleans’ storied past and has been the go‐to destination for Haute Creole cuisine and whimsical Louisiana charm. The winner of seven James Beard Foundation Awards, Commander’s Palace has evolved into a culinary legend.Tip: To get the mood prior to your trip or to reminisce after your trip check out Commander’s Palace recipes at https://www.commanderspalace.com/cuisine/recipes/ The beer can chicken is delicious!

I had the Pecan Roasted Gulf Fish – Wild caught Gulf fish, rainbow chard, melted leeks, petite herbs, spiced pecans, Prosecco poached jumbo lump crab and a sauce made from sweet corn & Woodford Reserve bourbon, delicious but not cheap, around $45!

Thursday Late Evening – Snug Harbor

We took an uber back to the french district and did a bit of bar hopping, avoiding the big rowdy bars in favor of the smaller places. The hotel staff can help you find a late-night venue that suits your group. Half of us closed down Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro while the other half headed back to the honor bar at the hotel.

Friday Morning: Beignets & Coffee at Café du Monde

The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans. The Original Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh squeezed Orange Juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk.

Beignets are square French -style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar.Tip: Get there early, half of us crawled out of bed around 7:30am to avoid the Beignet rush. We were able to corral enough chairs around a few tables for the late arrivers. Cafe du Monde is a bit touristy (well a lot touristy) but a definite must.

Friday 11am: New Orleans French Quarter, Cemetery and Voodoo Tour

This is a great way to explore the city and it is really three tours in one. Explore the French Quarter and Armstrong Park in the district of Treme. Visit the City of the Dead, the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. Learn burial customs and see the Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau’s tomb.https://www.getyourguide.com/new-orleans-l370/the-3-in-1-french-quarter-cemetery-and-voodoo-tour-t40205/Tip: Bring an umbrella if there is a chance of rain. The rain came down in buckets while we were at the cemetery but it just added to the overall mysterious ambiance.

Friday Lunch: La Petite Grocery Address: 4238 Magazine street

In the late 1800s, John B. Willig built a Creole-style cottage on the corner of Magazine and Berlin Streets in the Jefferson City area of New Orleans. He leased the store to a young entrepreneur named Frank W. Mackie and together they opened the Central Tea, Coffee and Butter Depot. The small store was located across the street from the Jefferson Market, a very busy center of trade due to its proximity to the bustling port of New Orleans. On a May night in 1908, a fire that spread roughly two square miles devastated the area and burned the store to the ground. Mr. Willig, along with his daughter Josephine, agreed to rebuild at the same address. The end result was a building like no other in the neighborhood at the time: it had a full service grocery store in front and a barn in back to house delivery carriages, a few horses, stable hands and delivery boys. The store was sold and then closed in 1982. In March of 2004,

La Petite Grocery opened its doors in the same building that John Willig and Frank Mackie built almost 100 years earlier with similar aspirations: to provide the neighborhood with exotic teas, locally roasted coffee and fresh produce. By doing this we hope to provide a dining experience that evokes nostalgia of old New Orleans.Tip: We shared about 10 appetizers and our favorites were blue crab beignets, chilled roasted beets with ricotta, walnuts and citrus vinaigrette and the hand cut fries. The fries where a hit with those of us that stayed out a bit too late!

Friday Mid-afternoon: New Orleans Museum of Art 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans (closes at 9pm but check)

Established as the Delgado Museum of Art in 1911, New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is the oldest fine arts museum in the city. Situated in City Park, the Museum is home to a renowned sculpture garden and a magnificent permanent collection of almost 40,000 art pieces. The collection, which has a distinct focus on French and American art, consists of several paintings, including works by masters of the School of Paris such as Picasso, Braque, Dufy and Miro, drawings, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works.Tip: The museum is on the other side of the French Quarter and about a 20 minute ride from La Petite Grocery (6 miles) On Saturday the museum closes at 5pm so best to go on Friday.

Friday Dinner: Paladar 511 Address: 511 Marigny Street

Paladar 511 is a neighborhood restaurant featuring house made pastas, pizza, gulf seafood andseasonal local produce. A chance to experience the modern evolution of New Orleans cuisine.Tip: We ordered family style! The Peach sundae was delicious – mascarpone ice cream, peach sorbet, snickerdoodle

Friday Evening: Preservation Hall Jazz Show Address: 726 Saint Peter

New Orleans’ Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America’s truest art forms – Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a nonprofit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture.Tip: Often a long line, so be prepared to wait in line.

Saturday Morning: The National World War II Museum Address: 945 Magazine Street

Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, The National WWII Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories, taking visitors inside the story of the war that changed the world.Tip: The BB’s Stage Door Canteen/Theater at the museum is not to be missed. You can find out what’s playing in the theater by looking online or ask at the hotel.https://www.nationalww2museum.org/events-programs/bbs-stage-door-canteen

Saturday Lunch: Frankie & Johnny’s Address: 321 Arabella Street

As a compliment to the formal New Orleans food, Frankie & Johny’s provides an opportunity to experience down home Cajun cooking!

Saturday Pre-Dinner Cocktails, The Napoleon House

For almost two centuries, The Napoleon House, on the corner of Chartres and St. Louis streets in the historical French Quarter of New Orleans, has been a mecca for civilized drinking and eating. Its vibrant history prevails-the optimistic plot to provide refuge for the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte by the original owner, Nicholas Girod, Mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815, did not come to pass for the emperor. The building has been known as the Napoleon House ever since, either as an Italian grocery store to a restaurant with a long list of classic Creole favorites.Tip: Try a Pimm’s Cup. Pimm’s Cup has New Orleans lore-the popular drink made its mark at the Napoleon House bar in the late 1940s amongst the bon viveur set.

Saturday Dinner: Cocktails & Dinner at Galatoire’s Address: 209 Bourbon Street

Founded in 1905 by Jean Galatoire, this infamous address distinguished itself on Bourbon St. from its humble beginning. From the small village of Pardies, France, Jean Galatoire brought recipes and traditions inspired by the familial dining style of his homeland to create the menu and ambiance of the internationally-renowned restaurant. In its fifth generation, it is the Galatoire family and descendants who have carried the tradition of New Orleans’ fine dining restaurants and influenced its evolution.Tip: Jackets required for men, work with the hotel staff to get a reservation prior to arrival.

Sunday Brunch: New Orleans: House of Blues Brunch, 225 Decatur Street,

Gospel Brunch includes local talent performing both traditional and contemporary Gospel songs. All-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast favorites plus tender carving stations, southern specialties and desserts.Sunday Afternoon: Wander around the French Quarter with drink in hand and get your fortune read in Jackson Square!

Sunday Dinner: Sylvain, 625 Chartres Street

Sylvain takes its name from the first opera to take place in New Orleans. It was a raucous and comedic one. Sylvain is located just a block off of Jackson Square and blends the line between restaurant and bar. Sylvain, set in a carriage house built in the late 1700s, honors our French Quarter neighborhood’s history while infusing an energy that reflects where New Orleans is headed. The menu offers Southern bistro classics elevated to the style of refined cuisine. The house cocktails look to the classics while embracing the resurgence of cocktail culture, utilizing fresh-squeezed juices, homemade sodas, tonic and bitters to reflect the seasonality and careful sourcing inherent to our identity.Tip: Try the fried oysters!

Sunday Evening:

Find a local jazz place and chill! Ask the hotel staff for a recommendation. We wandered into a bar with a band playing old 70s hits and had a blast.



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