New Orleans Journals

New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl

A December 2002 trip to New Orleans by Laura

Quote: We went to New Orleans for a few days over New Years with the purpose of attending the 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl.

New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl

Overview

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3-hour Essential City Tour, Haunted History Tour, Sugar Bowl at the Super Dome. Eating beignets - fried french donut/pancakes with powdered sugar - yummm.Quick Tips: The weather was awful in January. It was unseasonable cold and rainy. The buildings are not heated very well and I was cold, sitting in restaurants. We found service in restuarants to be slow and are not sure if it is a function of us being impatient Yankies or if they were very busy due to the New Years/Sugar Bowl tourist rush. Some places put a 15% tip right onto the bill too which is weird for a party of 2.Best Way To Get Around: Walking is the way to go in the French Quarter. There are taxis available too. Str...Read More

Marriott New Orleans

Hotel | "Marriott"

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The Marriott was an excellent location. It is just next to the start of the French Quarter at Canal and Charters - just a block or so from Bourbon. So you are just outside the French Quarter, but not in the mess of crowds. It is also a couple blocks form the failing, but lovely Harrah''s Casino. I know many people prefer the boutique hotels or Inns in the French Quarter, but I prefer the anonymity and frequent flyer miles of a large hotel chain. You never know what you get at those little places. The Marriott guest rooms were not very large and the furnishings a bit worn. The bathroom was very small too. The room has a coffee maker and iron. I would stay there again (or maybe the more upscale ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2002

Marriott New Orleans
555 CANAL ST
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-2300
504-581-1000

Magnolia Cafe

Restaurant

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We went here for breakfast and it was $28 for 2 of us. I had a rajin' cajun omelette that was supposed to have spicy sausage in it. There were like 2 small pieces of the sausage mixed with onions, green pepper and ham. It came with toast and a tiny bowl of 2 bites of luke warm grits. My sister had red beans and rice. These had a lot more green peppers than other places and was served with spicy sausage. The service was slow, but friendly. That was our experience at all the restaurants we went to.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 3, 2002

Magnolia Cafe
200 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 524-4478

Old Nawlins Cookery

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Restaurant | "Olde N'Awlins Cookery"

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This was one of the few places that would accommodate a walk in New Years Eve. The service was again, friendly, but slow. We began with 2 hurricanes at the bar for $13.50 plus tip. We later learned that the glasses were a souvenir keepsake. We also admired the silly t-shirts with an alligator drinking a beer for $5 and took 2 to go - the best deal in town although they were 50/50 cotton/polyester. The focus was on seafood, naturally as is the case all over New Orleans - not good for a non-fish/seafood eater like me. We has a red beans and rice appetizer for $7 (it probably costs them 10 cents). I had a 1/2 roast chicken in a sticky peach brandy sauce for $14.95. It was very good, but a bi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 3, 2002

Old Nawlins Cookery
729 Conti St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 529 3663

Haunted History Tours

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Attraction | "Haunted History Tour"

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New Orleans is supposedly the most haunted city in the US, so we felt a night-time ghost tour was a must. The Haunted History Tour beginning at 8 pm is a 2 hours walking in the French Quarter. The theatrical tour guides are very good orators of the grim and ghastly deeds of the old French Quarter like the LeLaurie House where Mrs. LeLaurie is said to have tortured slaves. They also point out the sites believed to be haunted like the old slave pens. If you stick your hand through the bars, some people are said to have numbness in their arms or legs. There is a stop at the oldest building in New Orleans the Old Blacksmith shop - built to withstand fire, it lived through 2 biggies in New Orleans...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2002

Haunted History Tours
97 Fontainebleau Dr
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125
+1 504 861 2727; +1

Essential City Tour

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Attraction

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This city tour was excellent. It was a bargain for all you see and learn about. It goes through Esplanade Avenue and to St. Louis Cemetery known as the "city of the dead" with its above-ground tombs. At the cemetery, you get to walk around and learn why the grave must be above ground - because New Orleans is below sea level and how they fit all those bodies is a small mausoleum - natural incineration in the hot summer sun. It was fascinating. We also saw Lake Pontchartrain, the bayou and the New Orleans yacht harbor. We went to St. Charles Avenue with the mansions and the MTV Real World House. We went by Tulane, Xavier and Loyola Universities. We went to City Park, previously Plantation lan...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2002

Essential City Tour
233 N. Peters
New Orleans, Louisiana

French Market

Attraction | "Community Flea Market at the French Market"

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The French Market is a flea market with more of the same junk you see in all the shops all over the French Quarter. Beads, t-shirts, baseball hats, cheap ties etc. I did find a cute reasonably priced pin. Mostly, the prices are nothing great. In fact some were just outrageous - like for a winter hat and gloves.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 3, 2002

French Market
1008 North Peters Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 522-2621

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

Attraction | "The Voodoo Museum"

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New Orleans is a big place for voodoo and we thought a stop at the voodoo museum was a must. It was nothing great. But we did learn that many of the icons are the same ones used in Catholic rituals, just with a different name. The rituals like praying to saints is quite similar and likely because New Orleans was settled as a predominately catholic city and then the slaves brought in the African rituals. The museum is not much. It is 2 small rooms of alters and paintings of famous priests and priestesses. The back room plays an informative video about the practice. You also learn voodoo has very little to do with evil acts or wishes.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2002

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
724 Dumaine St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 523 7685

Farmers Market

Attraction

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Apparently this is the nation's oldest continually operated public produce market and they are open 24 hours a day! I found the prices to be a little better than area shops for things like pecans, bananas foster mix, hot sauces jellies and jams. Some vendors are quite charming.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2002

Farmers Market
Uptown Square
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
(504) 866-4513

Aunt Sally's Praline Shops

Attraction | "Aunt Sally's Praline Shop"

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Aunt Sally's has samples out of many of their products which is very nice so you know what you are getting - or getting yourself into with some of the hot sauces and spices - yikes. Some of the peppers will leave you wheezing. They have popcorn to use as a conduit to taste the sauces and spices. It is most known for pralines (pronounced "PRAH' LEENS" in New Orleans). They have traditional and chocolate. You can watch them being made. There is a coupon in the visitor magazine for a free one so bring it along. I think Aunt Sally's has the freshest ones in town. At some places, you can tell they have been sitting around. The sugar gets grainy and dry.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2002

Aunt Sally's Praline Shops
810 Decatur St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 524 3373

Louisiana Superdome

Attraction

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The Supredome is home to the Sugar Bowl. And by now you'd think they would be ready to handle the crowd. First, from the parking lot for buses, we were guided by a cop to the middle of a parking ramp up 2 flights of stairs to get into the dome. It was the strangest thing - like there was no normal entrance from ground level. Then at the beginning of the second 1/2 of the game, all we wanted was a diet coke in a cup of ice. The line, while not very long took forever!! The service was sooooo darn slow. Then we tried 5 other vendor stands. Three had no diet coke, 1 had no ice. Finally the stand that did have the diet coke and ice, did not have lids or straws for the cups! We had 6...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 3, 2002

Louisiana Superdome
1500 Poydras St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
+1 504 587 3810