16 February 2016
NOLA :: Day 2
It's probably no surprise that our days were full in New Orleans. The weather was pretty much perfect, so we walked at least 11 miles a day -- Brian wore his Garmin so this is a fact. But we also ate and drank our way through the city, so it was the least we could do to balance things out. We started the day by walking around Lafayette Cemetery and the Garden District. Nerd alert -- thanks to Frommer's I printed out a couple walking tours, which turned out to be really fun. It would have been fine just walking around and take in the beautiful homes but this was a really great way to do it, if you ask me. We realized we hadn't even eaten by this point (!!!!) so took an Uber to the French Quarter. What a crazy place! And that was during the day. We started out by going to Central Grocery for a muffulata sandwich, then went to Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar -- reportedly the oldest structure used as bar in the US, dating back to the early 1700s. Now we had gotten the party started, so went to Pat O'Briens for a hurricane. It may have been one of the more disgusting drinks I've ever had, but something that must be done. And don't get me wrong, I did finish it. By this point, we were hungry again, so picked up a po boy (pork belly) from Killer Po Boy, then some beignets and cafe au lait from Cafe Du Monde (of course), before heading back to the area we were staying in. Seriously, as soon as we got there, we went to Baru for a drink and cornmeal oysters. Here's the thing, we made a pact to split everything, so while it seems like a ton of food, it wasn't too bad. The good news is, that was around 5pm, and we couldn't get dinner reservations until 9:45pm, so we could give our bellies a little rest. However, probably should have called it quits, because all of our drinking and eating must have caught up with us and we weren't even hungry by then. But we are troopers, and powered through. We went to La Petite Grocery, which was so good! We decided to stick with small plates, and had ricotto dumplings, griddled octopus, charred cucumbers, grits (which I've decided, is one of my favorite things ever), fried green tomatoes (another favorite thing) and butterscotch pudding. It really was delicious. What a day! Right?