New Orleans Journals

Celebrating the New Year in New Orleans

A December 2004 trip to New Orleans by misconduct7

Oak Alley Plantation Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: My sister and I decided to ring in the New Year with a bang. We decided that New Orleans would be the perfect place. I've never been to a more decadent city! The highlights have to be the food, the music, and the sultry ambiance of the city.

Celebrating the New Year in New Orleans

Overview

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New Orleans is equivalent to the gumbo dish that they are famous for. The city, like the dish, is a hodgepodge of flavors rooted in the French, Creole, and Cajun ways. Just like there are many different ways that you can make a gumbo, there are just as many different ways to go about experiencing the “Crescent City”. Yes, visiting Bourbon Street is a must, but there is so much more to New Orleans that people often overlook. In all honesty, Bourbon Street was probably my least favorite part of our trip (it smells horrible). Don’t be fooled into thinking that that is all there is to this wonderful city. Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: You don't need to rent a car. Walking a...Read More

Holiday Inn Express French Quarter Downtown

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Express New Orleans - Downtown Area"

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We originally wanted to stay at a bed-and-breakfast or one of the smaller boutique hotels to get the full essence of the city, but since it was around the holiday, the prices were way out of our budget. Most rooms at even budget hotels were going for around $200 or more. Then I stumbled across the Holiday Inn Express for about $130 by using Orbitz. As a general rule, I check the hotel’s website too since they sometime have an even lower rate. BINGO – their website, www.ichotelsgroup.com, gave me a rate of $56 for weekdays and $112 for New Year’s Eve and News Years. A continental breakfast was also included. While it isn’t five-star, it was well worth the price, especially considering it was w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 6, 2005

Holiday Inn Express French Quarter Downtown
221 CARONDELET STREET
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-962-0800

Petunia's

Restaurant

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This place is so good that we went twice during our trip. We normally make it rule not to eat at the same place twice during a trip so that we can try lots of different places, but we couldn’t help ourselves. Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations. There was a line both times that we went, but I would wait no matter how long it was. The restaurant is actually a converted 1830s townhouse, and the dining room is in what used to be a double parlor. If you only get one thing, make sure it is the Pain Perdu or "Lost Bread." It is their version of French toast, but it is unlike any other French toast that you have ever had. It is so good that you don’t need syrup! Just thinking about ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 6, 2005

Petunia's
817 St. Louis St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 522-6440

MeauxBar

Restaurant

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This was a great find. We were actually just walking around when we decided we were hungry and stopped in. The menu is Euro-Asian and is very inventive. Their food was a lighter alternative to the heavy foods normally found in and around the French Quarter. I had the jumbo coconut shrimp in red curry sauce, and my sister had the pork chops. Both were utterly delish! For dessert we had their homemade sorbet. I think that they said that it was a green tea sorbet, but the flavor was so unique, nothing like green tea ice cream. They just opened a little over a year ago, and all of their staff is very attentive. The atmosphere reminds me of a bistro that you would find in New York...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2005

MeauxBar
942 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 569-9979

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We went for New Year’s Eve and it was a blast! I can only imagine what it is like during Mardi Gras. My only complaint is that the majority of the city seems more concerned about the Sugar Bowl than New Year’s Eve. My sister and I looked through local advertisements for places to spend New Year’s Eve, but there were more advertisements on where to go to watch the game! After a great dinner at the MeauxBar (see my dining post), we finally decided to go to the huge block party that the city put on in the French Quarter off of Decater. They had a concert, people were throwing beads (even without being enticed by bare breasts), and at midnight they had a huge fireworks show over the harbor. A...Read More

What we did...

Best Of IgoUgo

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Oak Alley Plantation Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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They call it "The Big Easy," and it is quite obvious why. Not only are the people laid-back and easygoing, but it is easy to lose yourself in the decadent nature of this city. Hell, it sure was easy for me to forget my diet! Nu Awlins is the place to test every one of your five senses. Okay, we all know about Bourbon Street. Yes, you should go there, but you must realize that there is more to New Orleans that just that strip. I personally didn’t care for it. It smelled as though years of vomit have seeped into every crevice of that street. Sure, it serves a purpose, cheap booze and souvenirs, but I’d suggest the other areas in and around the French Quarter. Jazz and food abound,...Read More

Oh, the food....

Best Of IgoUgo

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I got the feeling that the people of New Orleans don’t concern themselves with diets, carb-counting, or fat-free anything. When you get here, it is quite impossible to ignore that everything is made with rich sauces, deep-fried, sinfully decadent, or all of the above, and as they say, when in Rome… When I go on vacation, I feel one of the best ways to experience a new place is to taste it. New Orleans is the greatest city to prove this point. One of the first places we decided to visit was Petunia’s. It was a small townhouse that was converted into a restaurant, and their service was as efficient as the atmosphere was cozy. We waited in line for about half an hour, which we spent talking to...Read More