Now onto our last day in NOLA!
The shuttle for our flight was scheduled for around 2pm so we knew we could squeeze in lunch and a little shopping.
We stopped at Remoulade on Bourbon Street for lunch – I had a shrimp po’boy
Chelle had stuffed crab
And Lance had a turkey sandwich
I’m thankful these two put up with me taking photo’s of our food the whole weekend ;)
Next on the agenda was checking out Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar. It was built in the 1720’s and is the oldest operating bar in the US. It has a unique ambiance, and had this old dark and spooky look to it.
The rumor I heard was that they didn’t even have electricity since it is lit by candles at night – but clearly that was not true since there was a giant flat screen tv behind the bar… I’m not gonna lie, I was slightly disappointed.
But I did enjoy a bottle of Strawberry Abita beer – Abita is a locally brewed beer (brewed just outside of New Orleans). We sat in the bar and chatted a bit before making our way around to a few shops.
We stopped in Marie Laveaus House of Voodoo – which is one of my must visit places when I go to New Orleans. There’s a lot of odd stuff in there, but some really interesting things as well. I typically get some kind of jewelry or trinkets for good luck. This time I happily walked away with a little clear ring to bring happiness – who doesn’t want happiness right?
Next stop in the French Quarter was to Southern Candy Makers for some pralines. It was a little hidden (we walked past it twice without realizing it was there) but worth every extra step! They were making some fresh ones and had lots of samples to try as well.
I ended up getting a half a pound (plus one for me to eat right away). I got a variety of classic, coconut and sweet potato. Hands down the sweet potato one was the best!
There was some extra time to kill before our shuttle so we did a little bit of souvenir shopping and picked out a few fun things to bring home from the Big Easy. I left with a NOLA T-shirt and a spoon rest.
Chelle also got some gator jerky – where else would you find that?!
There was an awful lot of these weird looking alligator heads for sale – personally I think they a little creepy but it seems like people must buy them..
Then we said our final farewells to Bourbon Street and headed to the airport
The shuttle got us to the airport with a generous amount of time to wait so we took advantage of the wifi and caught up on a few emails (while enjoying one last local drink ;)) I also picked up some blackening seasoning and a few bags of Zapp’s chips from the airport gift shop while we were waiting for our flight :)
These chips are quite delicious (the sour cream and creole onion ones didn’t make it off the plane..).
During our layover in Dallas we popped in Pappadeaux in the airport for a quick bite to eat. If you have one of these near you, you’ve got to try their spinach crab dip – it is so delicious! We devoured it in about 2.5 seconds :)
At that was it for our quick little trip to New Orleans! It is such a fun place to visit, full of great food, beautiful buildings, interesting things to see and do – and a really unique culture to explore. I highly recommend visiting if you ever get the chance, the is no place like it!
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