Friday, September 24, 2010

NOLA Day One {last Friday}

I'm currently feeling some reprieve from the Allergy Assault of 2010 due to Maximum Strength Mucinex-D, so I thought I'd blog about our first day in NOLA {aka: Last Friday}.  I also decided that I think I will blog our trip day-by-day until I'm done.  So, tomorrow will be last Saturday, Sunday will be last Sunday, and Monday will be last Monday.  I took approximately 250 photos, so I'll try to edit myself and not overwhelm you.

I flew in from Dallas and Abby flew in from Houston.  I was suppose to arrive 15 minutes before her, but my flight left a few minutes late so we basically arrived at the same time.  We stayed at the Marriott on Canal.  It is one of my favorite places to stay in New Orleans for several reasons, but the biggest is that I love the location...right on the corner of Canal and Chartres.

They have done some renovations since I was there last and one upgrade is the elevator.  I'm sure you are thinking "What the heck is she talking about the elevator for?", but let me tell you, it was awesome.  Here's how it worked... You entered your floor number and it told you which elevator to get into.  We never had to wait over 15 seconds for an elevator.  We never had to share an elevator.  We never had to stop at another floor.  It was a brilliant invention!  Here is the genius keypad...

We got a great room.  Exactly what I requested...a high floor with a river view.  We also were right behind the elevator which meant (a) a short walk from the elevator, (b) we were the opposite direction from 95% of the rooms on our floor, so less noise and (c) we had a huge corner room with 2 of the 4 walls being completely windows.  Some of our views...
First thing we did after dropping our bags in the room was head out to The Bar on the Corner.  They serve these frozen lemonades that I love.  Then we carried our frozen lemonades down Decatur Street to the French Market.  Here is our crappy iphone self portrait of this event...

We hit up one of my favorite stores in New Orleans...a Christmas Store...and bought too much and then it was time to head for the room to get ready for dinner.  But first, we made a pit stop at Walgreens.  A whole case of water for the $4 that a bottle cost in our room.  Oh, and we purchased the first of several bags of Zapps!
For Dinner on Friday night we went to Dick & Jenny's  in Uptown.

I had had my heart set on ordering the Beggar's Purse that my Dad had been raving about since last September when he was at Dick & Jenny's, but of course it wasn't currently on their ever changing menu. 

But here is what we did have...

Jenny's Salad with Baby Greens, Blue Cheese, Diced Apple, Spicy Pecans & Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
Savory Bay Shrimp and Black Bean Cheesecake with Summer Corn Salsa & Fire Roasted Poblano Aioli
The Surf 'n' Turf Trio with Beef Tournedos with a Trio of Demi Glaces: Crab-Caper, Shrimp-Sage & Crawfish-Creole Mustard served with Red Bliss Potatoes & Green Bean Amadine
It was all very scrumptious, but sadly we had no room for dessert.

After dinner, we took a cab back to the Quarter and I took Abby down Bourbon Street to see the sights since it was her first trip to New Orleans. 

The back of St. Louis Cathedral...
Our nighttime view from our room...
And that's all of Day One!  Stay tuned for more tomorrow...

2 comments:

Scrappy Girl said...

Oh Bourbon Street at night...I can smell it! Ugh. I can see the Riverside Hilton in your view! Love it! Your pics have me dreaming of a return trip...can't wait for more!

Ann said...

You are making me want to go to NOLA. I've never been. The food looks divine.

 

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