Well, if there was ever a delicious day in New Orleans, it was this one. I mean, everyday was delicious, but this day was the most food intense day yet. It was also one of our more relaxing days since the day was broken up by: delicious food, relaxing boat ride, delicious food, bed. It was obviously a painful day for all of us ;) I also may have started my day with coffee and salt and vinegar chips for breakfast---- but I mean, when on vacation, right?
We started the day a little bit later than we would have liked. We are in no way shape or form early birds in this home. Like, Marlowe was confused the day before when we woke up before the sun--- it just made no sense to her (it makes no sense to me either). On any given day it would be a miracle for all or any of us to be out of the house before 9 am--- the school years will be interesting to say the least. (see day one HERE)
So we were up, missed our breakfast mark a bit and headed on a downtown walk towards Borgne. When I had looked at the Borgne menu the previous week, I was hesitant. Vegans + seafood places never ever mix--- at least not here in Florida. Borgne was a different story--- Chef Brian Landry was (and is, obviously) amazing. He prepped a vegan gumbo recipe for us to try. And not some mock meat tofu version of gumbo, but a real, delicious from the earth meal of kale, collards, and a bunch of other green (9 greens to be exact). This dish is absolutely going to be a new staple in the house. It's rich and filling--- but packed in greens-- could it be any better?
Every time the word 'gumbo' or 'sorbet' comes up, Marlowe asks about "Chef Brian"--- apparently she has developed a new love for blackberry sorbet. Brian was so kind--- and just so cool. You're cool, Brian. Let's hang. He taught us about using sassafras as a thickener--- something more common to New Orleanians--- but not so much for us South Floridians. It's been really funny to see Marlowe grow up in our home kitchen, but also to watch her reach a little higher in restaurant kitchens too. She has yet to visit Alex at his newer restaurant--- but I'm hoping that can change in the next few months since she's been growing increasingly better at eating out.
After our cooking lesson we headed out to the dining room--- where we waited for the gumbo to simmer a bit and Marlowe and I walked around the empty (not yet opened restaurant) taking photos. She took some really good, abstract ones ;) Then, we were served not only the gumbo, but also, a bunch of other delicious things.
Like I mentioned yesterday, I'll be talking about food a whole lot more in another post, but for now, Borgne: an amazing restaurant for everyone. I was happy. Alex was happy. And the kiddo was happy. None of us left hungry. I left thinking, I wish I hadn't eaten that bag of chips so I would have that much more room. I was rolled out of the restaurant and then we jumped in a cab and headed to the French Quarter waterfront
I think everyone mostly thinks french quarter when they think bout New Orleans travel, right? I mean, I get it, it's a HUGE part of New Orleans--- but there was so much beyond the party--- even within the french quarter. Our first visit there though, I wanted to check out the touristy shops. I was excited for sequins and feathers. Yes, I'm a "must wear black" everyday kind of girl, but you guys know I LOVE my sparkles. We went in and out of shops for an hour or so, waiting for our lunch time Steamboat ride. It was a good way to work off our late breakfast, early lunch ;)
Look to the left of Alex's butt. See that sign? I am SO bummed I didn't notice that sign until I was uploading pictures! What if there was beignets?! Or croissants?! I feel like I failed hard here. There's always next time?
You're seeing a trend.
We spent our whole California vacation trying to get a family picture and BOOM we have now two in New Orleans. I went to take a picture of Marlowe, and what do you know, another amazingly kind local walks up and asks if we would like her to take a family photo?! Nicest. city. in. the. country.
By the time we got to the Natchez, we were hot, really hot. And sweaty too. We were charming....? But once the boat got going, we were able to cool off with drinks and air condition in the dining room and then shade and breeze out on deck. The jazz band was good. The drinks were good. It was really a great (and relaxing!) experience in the middle of the day. It was also nice that it was a partially educational too. We had no idea what a big port N.O. was---- I also had no idea how much sugar Domino produced in a day. It's A LOT.
Not a fan of boat horns, but oh so cute.
After the boat we headed back to the hotel, cleaned up, fancied up, and headed outside again. We walked the few short blocks south? maybe south? to August. Nice accessory, Alex.
August was charming and delicious. I wouldn't recommend trying it with squirmy or anxious kids--- but with one entertained and very tired kid, it worked well for us--- even with spending a few hours there enjoying the five course tasting menus--- with wine pairings of course ;)
Alex and I both loved our food and enjoyed sipping light summer wines--- we left very happy. Marlowe, well she was sleepy, but happy to have me cuddle in bed right next to her and join her for an early bed time ;)
Day two of New Orleans: deliciously and enjoyably conquered.
day one HERE.
cheesy french quarter tourist shops
marlowe's coral dress: HERE
marlowe's coral dress: HERE
my backpack: HERE (ps. it's 'vegan' leather but/and absolutely great quality-- which if you looked, is really hard to find).
my shorts HERE (clearance)
my hat HERE (it's black, but super light for heat! woo!)