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  1. Thank you! I'm so glad you are enjoying the review. I'm sorry it's dragging on so long. Stuff is getting in the way, but I'm determined to give everyone what I promised. New Orleans is a really special place, I don't know if you could see it all in a single lifetime.
  2. Here's some more museum shots, because it was so darn cool in there. (I'm a food nerd) They were also recording a podcast in there the day we visited.
  3. The museum itself is great!!!! If you are into food, especially southern food, you'll love it here. They even have a copy of an original popeyes biscuit recipe~! They also have all manner of artifacts from southern food life. From Absinth spoons and bottles to BBQ.
  4. Toups south is the restaurant at the Southern Food and Beverage museum - https://southernfood.org/ A GREAT MUSEUM~! WITH AN EVEN BETTER RESTAURANT! Let's start with the food first. Menu: I regret not getting the cracklins, because I love cracklins, but we certainly had a super delicious meal. A+++. This place is fantastic. The biscuits with crab fat butter were divine. Crispy on the outside, fluffy pillows of love on the inside. The crab fat butter was certainly crabby, but smooth and full of amazing flavors. Just the right amount of seafood, salt and happy. A perfect match to the biscuits. The Octopus was somethin' else. Lemme tell ya. The sauce was unctuous, smooth and delicious. A great balance of flavors. The octopus was so so tender too. You could really taste it too, the sauce was not overpowering. I wish I had ordered 5 of them and not shared with my wife. The restaurant is stark, but nicely done. All that separates it from the museum is a curtain. So you can get a drink from the bar and then tour the museum. I think you can also rent it all out for a big awesome party. The bar is also apparently the oldest operating physical bar in the US. It isn't at the original location though. It was rescued from its former location and set up here. Kinda cool actually. We had come a little early that day, so it was pretty empty. i'm sure it fills up fast.
  5. If you're into Sushi, Mikimoto in NOLA has been around forever and is really great. Get a box roll! I've never had anything like it before. It is a layer of rice, some crab (real, not the fake stuff), more rice, then raw fish. Super good. Also, the fried oysters I had there were the best I had the entire time I was in NOLA. They were super fresh and delicious. My wife used to come here a lot in college, and it is a MUST stop every time we are in town. I certainly don't complain about it. Did I post these yet? I love how festive the city is! Also, you have to love cajun-claus I also really love how full of live everyone is in NOLA. This gentleman was totes rockin' out, and just enjoying life. He wasn't high or anything, just... full of life and jazz. VID_20191226_183312.mp4 More random NOLA architecture for good measure.
  6. The Riverwalk shops/mall across from the terminal very clearly caters to tourists. And that's necessarily a bad thing. You've got your usual smattering of mall shops. A few have some very touristy gifts. Some actually have really lovely NOLA gifts too. Crescent City creations has some funky sparkly clothes my wife likes. You'll find your usual assortment of t-shirt shops and such too. The Fossil outlet store often has good prices. If you've forgotten some clothes for the cruise, this is a good place to grab 'm before you board. Yay! Ugly stuff made in China!
  7. The French market is a hoot. You've got a few different sections of it. One part has lots of food and some gifts, then there's a section with a little higher end gifts, and the tent-ish part outside is a flea market of sorts with cheap gift things. Great for picking up a souvenir. Some of the items for sale are actually great. I picked up a few little trinkets there. The snowball stand in there isn't the BEST I've ever had, but decent. They also have a shop selling apple beignets. Those are darn tasty.
  8. A few years ago I became a fountain pen nerd. I love using them. In a word where I'm about as important as the gum on someone's shoe, it makes me feel special. NOLA has a store called Papier Plume that is well known in the writing and fountain pen community. They have all sorts of writing goodies, wax seals, etc. They also make and sell their own custom inks in store. I bought a bottle of the red beans and rice ink. Great stuff. If you know anyone into journaling, writing, etc. This is a great shop to visit. They have a range of pens too, from crazy fancy to affordable. And an awesome skull pen holder that my wife wouldn't let me buy. 😞 The one in the middle here that is black and gold is actually made with metal from the titanic. If I had $8,500 to spend on the pen.... I might have. Maybe. But not brought it on the cruise. I feel like that's bad luck. I'll stick with my $20 pens.
  9. Sorry folks. I only go on vacation once every few years, and now I remember why. Everything goes to poop when I get back. I have a close relative who just had to have a brain tumor removed. Sucks. But that's why I've been so spotty. Anyway, back to NOLA, since I promised. Here's a few more pics that should give you a sense of the history and the beauty in this city. And that house: And beignets. Because Beignets.
  10. Well written, and yes, the muffaletta at central grocery in particular tastes like history.
  11. I"m so sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Coming from chicago, I was actually surprised how reasonable most of the food was other than a few famous places. Ruby slipper is worth every penny. And 2 of us shared one meal and we are NOT small eaters. Trolly stop is also good. And Johnny's po boys in French Quarter. Sorry again for not getting you more names sooner.
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