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Third Time's a Charm-Holiday in New Orleans

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A December 2003 trip to New Orleans by diminor1929

Maison Dupuy Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: This was our third year spending the holidays in the City That Care Forgot-beautiful New Orleans. There were still more things to see, restaurants to try, and fun to be had!

Third Time's a Charm-Holiday in New Orleans

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Overview

The lureof the French Quarter Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Even though this was our third escape to New Orleans during December, we felt like it was our first. Plan at least one really fantastic dinner while you are there. I highly recommend Dominiques (see review). The rest of the time you can fill up on po'boys, popcorn shrimp and gumbo. Don't even try to eat three meals a day - it's impossible (unless you are REALLY a big eater). Opt for two(breakfast and dinner were my best combination). Plan to do a lot of walking - it's the only thing that will help you burn off all the calories from the great food. Avoid mixing several types of alcohol in one day - a surefire route to disaster. The wine lists in even the smallest restaurants were outstanding and ma...Read More

Maison Dupuy Hotel

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Hotel | "Maison Du Puy"

Maison Dupuy Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Joyeaux Noel! The entrance as well as the lobby of the hotel were decked out in classy holiday finery that immediately made us feel that we had made the right choice! It has a real N'Awlins charm that made for a welcoming experience. Staff were all warm, cheery, and helpful. Our room overlooked the lovely courtyard complete with fountains, pool and Jacuzzi, along with statuary and tropical plants. Rooms were a nice size and tastefully decorated with a bathroom appended with all of the conveniences imaginable (including a lighted magnifying mirror). It did lack a ventilation fan, which it could have used with all of the humidity. The room was climate-controlled and we actually had to turn on the ai...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 10, 2004

Maison Dupuy Hotel
1001 RUE TOULOUSE
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
504-586-8000

Dominique's

Restaurant | "Jazz Brunch at Dominique's"

Dominique's Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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A great jazz brunch on a rainy Sunday in the Big Easy...What could be better???Music was provided by excellent jazz quartet and even the food can stand up to any northern brunch-any where,anytime. Everything is first-class; starting with the never-empty champagne glass of mimosas,proceeding to the delecatable and regional cuisine offered at the brunch table and ending with the sounds of sweet jazz emanating out into the courtyard( where we had our after dinner drinks). I started my meal with an array of fresh salads, fresh croissants and smoked salmon that tasted just-caught. The "requisite" omelet chef was there serving made-to-order egg concoctions.. I passed on these to leave room for grits, eggs ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2004

Dominique's
1001 Toulouse St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
+1 504 522-8800

Dominique's

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Restaurant

Dominique's Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Dominique's ranks up in the top five meals I have ever eaten in my life! This world-class chef really lives up to his reputation. The food is described as French with Caribbean influence, but it is absolutely indescribable. The meal started with a complimentary crab salad appetizer that was a tiny morsel of the crustacean, but fresh with a hint of cilantro. Our party opted for salads rather than appetizers, as we had been eating rather heavily and needed some greens. The ladies went with a duck confit over greens wrapped in crispy prosciutto. I have never tasted anything quite like it. The guys both had an assortment of mesclun greens topped with 8-year-old balsamic vin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 10, 2004

Dominique's
1001 Toulouse St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
+1 504 522-8800

Upperline Restaurant

Restaurant | "Upperline"

Upperline Restaurant Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Upperline was a quick 10-minute stroll from Southern Comfort (our B&B) on a beautiful winter night. The establishment is painted bright yellow and consists of a renovated abode that is absolutely charming and decorated with the work by local artists. You can tell that the owner/maitre'd is thoroughly enamored with this city. Her natural Southern charm emanates as she floats from table to table, looking after and catering to the well-being of all of the patrons. The menu was composed of various traditional New Orleans and Louisiana favorites with a tempting tasting portion (for$36) that included six tasting-size portions of items like duck etoufee, corn cakes with pepper jelly, andouille g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2004

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
+1 504 891 9919

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There's a really neat antique soda fountain (not in working order) as well as many old cabinets, a ship's medical chest, jars, bottles and a host of medical oddities and absurdities too numerous to mention (herbal potions, controlled substances, etc...). You have to have at least a little interest in this kind of exotica to really get a kick out of this place. Allow about 45 minutes max.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2004

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
514 Chartres St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 565 8027

The search for the Perfect

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Story/Tip

French Market Cafe Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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On our most recent trip to New Orleans, my husband made it his obsession to find the perfect New Orleans Hurricane. For the uninitiated, a "Hurricane" is a combination of various potent liquors topped with a splash of available fruit juices, then topped with more potent alcohol. It is always shaken,not stirred, and served with a cherry and orange slice. They are usually served in plastic "to-go" cups and are always drunk through a straw - a mainstay of Mardi Gras revelers. Fine dining establishments do not serve them, nor do many restaurants outside the French Quarter (with a few exceptions). But after 3 years of tasting, evaluating and imbibing in a cross section of what New Orleans has to offer...Read More