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A March 2005 trip to New Orleans by Carmen

Bourbon Street Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: I went into this trip thinking I wouldn't like New Orleans. Turns out, I really enjoyed visiting this unique city!

N'awlins Y'all - Bon Temps!

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Overview

Bourbon Street Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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There are so many highlights and memorable moments that I can't possibly put them into 400 words. However, here's a stab at it. Beignets at Cafe Du Monde: They're hard to spell but wonderful to eat. I walked around the whole trip covered in powdered sugar. Dinner at NOLA: As Emeril would say, "Bam!" While I had lots of great food in New Orleans, I'd say this was the best meal of the trip. Riding a Segway through the city: I took a Segway tour (it's a motorized scooter on two wheels--read the journal to see photos) of New Orleans. Anyone have an extra three grand lying around so I can buy one of these things? Royal Street: ...Read More

International House

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Hotel | "International House/Loft523"

International House Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I read in Frommers that if the French Quarter was the best place to party, this hotel was the best place to sleep it off. Plus, it was only a few blocks from the French Quarter. I arrived mid-morning at the hotel, and while a room in the International House wasn’t ready, there was a room ready in its loft property – Loft523 - just across the street. The front desk arranged an upgrade for me, and I headed off with the bellman to my room. I was surprised that the front entrance to Loft 523 was inconspicuous. If I hadn’t had the bellman leading me, I wouldn’t have known it was there. We entered through the large copper-looking door into a small lobby with a modern motif – lots of hard lines an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

International House
221 CAMP STREET
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-553-9550

Loews New Orleans Hotel

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Hotel | "Loews New Orleans - Business As Usual"

Loews New Orleans Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The purpose for my visit to New Orleans was to attend a conference there. I chose the first night’s hotel, as I planned to be in the city a day before the conference so I could see the sights. My stay at the Loews hotel was chosen for me by my company for its close proximity to the convention center (three blocks). It is also very convenient to Harrah’s Casino. The Loews is all business – and they take their business seriously. There wasn’t anything spectacular about the design of the room, other than how spacious it was. I think the room was about as big as my condo at home. However, what is spectacular is the service. If you want to feel like you’re the only person staying at a hotel,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Loews New Orleans Hotel
300 POYDRAS STREET
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-3216
504-595-3300

NOLA

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Restaurant | "NOLA – Bam!"

NOLA Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Emeril Lagasse has three restaurants in New Orleans, but I would have to say that the most talked-about establishment is NOLA (which stands for New Orleans, Louisiana). Everyone told me before I went to New Orleans that I had to eat at NOLA. What they didn’t tell me is that reservations for this place were taken months in advance. My first attempt to get a table on a Sunday night scored a big zero – booked solid. However, on Monday night, the concierge at my hotel managed to snag a reservation for two at 8pm, and I was willing to wait. Upon arrival at NOLA, my date and I headed directly for the bar for a pre-dinner drink. I ordered a cosmopolitan, and it was the best one I think I’ve ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

NOLA
534 St. Louis St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 6652

K - Paul's Louisiana Kitchen

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Restaurant | "K Pauls - I'll Have Mine Blackened, Please"

K - Paul's Louisiana Kitchen Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I received many restaurant recommendations for my trip to New Orleans, but the one I received most frequently had to have been K Pauls. I would say that this restaurant was the most "New Orleans-y" restaurant I visited on my trip – I was told that this is the place where "blackened" was invented. I don’t know if that was meant literally or figuratively, but either way, it was a lovely dining experience. I thought that perhaps we’d need a reservation, especially with its French Quarter location, but the concierge at my hotel thought we’d be fine without one. We did arrive a bit early – 6 pm – and we were seated right away. That said, I don’t remember anyone standing in line for very long...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

K - Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
416 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 596-2530

Cafe Du Monde

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Restaurant | "Café Du Monde – A Sweet Place to Eat"

Cafe Du Monde Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I think almost anytime you mention New Orleans to someone, one of the top three things they associate with the city would have to be the delightful beignets served at the famous Café Du Monde. These little donut-like desserts are a must-eat for any traveler to the city. If you’re wondering what they taste like – think carnival funnel cake, only in little squares. The best thing about these little wonders is that you can get three of them, with chicory coffee, for $3.50. I’ve been told that the lines here can get pretty long, especially during peak times – think about avoiding them for breakfast or brunch. My first visit was on my first night in New Orleans at a bit after ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 525-4544

La Cote Brasserie

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Restaurant | "La Cote Brasserie - Great Gumbo!"

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Relying once again on my hotel’s concierge, I requested a good place for lunch where I could eat a substantial meal, as it was likely to be my last for the day because I was flying home. She suggested La Cote Brasserie, a short three-block walk from the Loews Hotel. She also told me that her husband – apparently some kind of expert on New Orleans gumbo – thought the gumbo here was one of the best. A bonus for me, it was not a seafood gumbo, so I could try it. Unfortunately, almost everything else on the menu was seafood. I ate little mini filet mignons and fries so I could have some food that wouldn’t send me to the ER. But to start, I had the gumbo. I was nervous, because I’m a pretty ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

La Cote Brasserie
700 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
504-613-2349

Brennan's

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Restaurant | "Brennan's for Brunch"

Brennan's Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I’d heard some great things about Brennan’s New Orleans brunch, so despite attempts by my concierge to make me a brunch reservation elsewhere, I managed to sneak into Brennan’s about 10am on a Sunday morning. I honestly didn’t expect that I’d be able to get a table, but when I walked in, they said it would only be a 20-minute wait. They led me to a beautiful courtyard to wait for my table and asked to take my drink order. I’d barely sat down and started to enjoy the surroundings when the host came out to tell me my table was ready. Wow – that was a fast 20 minutes! My table was by the window overlooking the courtyard, so I could still admire it. When I sat down, several people made sur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Brennan's
417 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 525 9711

Funky Butt at Congo Square

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Attraction | "Jazz at the Funky Butt – Yeah, You Read It Right"

Funky Butt at Congo Square Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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When in N’awlins, do as the N’awlins folks do – have yourself a drink and listen to some jazz. That’s what I set out to do when I visited the Funky Butt. We arrived at 10pm – a little early for the jazz action, which was scheduled to start at 10:30. When we ordered our drinks (beer and some fruity concoction that the bartender made up for me), we had our choice of tables – we were the only ones there. I decided that the table nearest the open door would be a good choice. It was right up front, and we’d have some air. Both were good ideas – getting there early and sitting by the door. By 10:30, it was standing-room-only, and it got really warm in there. The “band” (I think they were...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Funky Butt at Congo Square
714 North Rampart St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 558 0872

Segway Tours

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Attraction | "Segway Tours – Oh What Fun It Is To Ride"

Segway Tours Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
Quote:
I entered a contest through Budget Travel magazine, submitting a story about what I would do with an extra $100 on my next trip. I said I wanted to take a Segway tour, and the editors granted me my wish. If you’ve never seen a Segway, it’s a motorized "scooter" on two wheels with a self-balancing component. When you lean forward, you move forward (up to 12mph). When you lean back, you can stop (if you’re going forward) or move backward (if you’re stopped). I had seen security guards in Las Vegas riding them and just thought it would be so neat to try. However, at $3,000 a pop, I didn’t think I’d be owning one anytime soon. So, when researching tour options for New...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Segway Tours
941 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Cemetery and Ghost Tours – The Dead and the Undead Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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There are several companies in New Orleans that offer cemetery and ghost tours, so how do you know which one to pick? I asked my concierge, and she recommended New Orleans Spirit Tours. The cemetery tours run each day at 10:30am and 1:15pm and meet at the Royal Blend Coffee House on Royal Street. I went on the afternoon tour on a beautiful day. The reason I chose a tour is that the cemeteries are pretty dangerous if you go on your own. This particular tour is called a Cemetary and Voodoo tour. Also note that these are WALKING tours. First stop was St. Louis Cemetery #1, where VooDoo Queen Marie Laveau is thought to be buried. Our guide, Julia, was great. She walked us th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Cemetery and Ghost Tours – The Dead and the Undead
Royal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Pat O'Brien's

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Attraction | "Pat O’Briens - Caught in a Hurricane"

Pat O'Brien's Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I think it’s against the law to leave New Orleans without having had a hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s. I didn’t want to get arrested, or buck a trend, so I headed off to the famous establishment to partake of this famous drink. It was about 9pm on a Saturday night and the place was already hoppin’. The courtyard was filled with revelers – many in St. Patrick’s Day garb – and most were already drunk. But they weren’t an obnoxious kind of drunk, which surprised me. My friend and I sauntered straight up to the bar and ordered our drink. It was served to us in a “to-go” cup, which I’ve only seen in a few cities in the US. (Basically, there are no open container laws in New Orleans, but you can’t ta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Pat O'Brien's
718 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 525-4823