Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Dressed up for dinner at Herbsaint

This year for Thanksgiving, we hopped on a plane to New Orleans. I’d only been once before as a 14 year old and remembered nothing about it except for beignets at Cafe du Monde.

There’s lots to share, but here’s a quick overview for starters. More detail about our favorite restaurants will be coming soon.

I should mention, the trip got off to a bit of a rough start.

By mistake, I left our nice camera at security in DC. Even though I raced through the airport to go back, there wasn’t time to retrieve it.

Our flight was boarding, so I had to run to the gate and face husband without camera in hand. It all turned out well though- security found our camera and deposited it at Lost and Found.

The downside was we didn’t have our nice camera for New Orleans, but thank goodness for camera phones, right? ferns

The French Quarter was definitely the highlight of the trip for me. The architecture and those massive ferns hanging from the wrought iron balconies made me feel like I was on historical movie set. Every corner you turned, there was some interesting building or wall facade or musician on the street.

Of course, the first order of business was chicory coffee and beignets. beignets-new-orleans

The weather was perfect this time of year for strolling down St Charles street and admiring all the mansions. I think I could live in this one.mansion

Another gorgeous venue in New Orleans is the historic Hotel Roosevelt birthplace to the famous Sazerac drink. I was so happy we got to see this hotel decorated to the nines for Christmas.

Unfortunately, we failed in actually getting to enjoy a Sazerac here as we didn’t anticipate ALL the other people in the bar who had the exact same idea.


We managed to snap this picture of the cathedral and Jackson Square without any other people in it. Our trick? Go first thing in the morning before the masses arrive. Being on eastern time worked to our advantage for beating crowds in the morning. jackson-square2

This savory breakfast from Ruby Slipper Cafe was so good, I’m still thinking about it. Thank goodness for locals with great recommendations.

Shrimp bugaloo and fried chicken egg benedicts


New Orleans has the most beautiful lush greenery and trees. Audubon Park is lined with trees with giant branches that sweep out low to the ground, making the most romantic views ever.


I’m already scheming about how I can get back to New Orleans soon…

28 thoughts on “Thanksgiving in New Orleans

  1. I’ve never been to New Orleans before, but of course I’m so eager to visit someday, hopefully someday soon! I’m sorry that you weren’t able to take shots with your camera, but at least it was found!!! The food looks absolutely delicious and from what I’ve heard about New Orleans, the food in general is just amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!




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