New Adventures, New Food, New Friends in New Orleans

A few weeks ago I had the blessing of being able to visit New Orleans as a part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection & Travel Girl Magazine‘s Women Travel Writers Weekend. We were put up in some of their most posh locations. I myself stayed in the Audubon Cottages which if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you would have seen the gorgeous photos. A few of my writer pals were staying in the Bourbon Orleans, the most haunted hotel in the French Quarter {more on that later!} and a few others were in the Dauphine Orleans Hotel.

Entrance to the Audubon Cottages

From their website:
“Discover an exceptional collection of upscale hotels, restaurants, bars and lounges that capture the essence of New Orleans charm and hospitality. The New Orleans Hotel Collection is set apart by its distinctive style, personalized service and superb location ideal for meetings and weddings large or small as well as business and leisure travelers alike.

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, historic French Quarter and Warehouse District provide the backdrop for our collection, allowing our guests to experience the spirit of New Orleans. Take a leisurely stroll along the Mississippi River, discover the art galleries and antiques of Royal Street, take part in the nightlife of Bourbon Street or travel stress-free with a close stay to the airport.”

The Audubon Cottages were a nice little slice of heaven tucked away like a secret right in the French Quarter and just a few blocks from the famous Bourbon St. action.

Inside 1st floor of Audubon Cottage #5

We visited some of New Orleans most loved restaurants such as Kingfish, Tableau, Court of Two Sisters, Hotel Mazarin and Patrick’s Bar Vin. I ate so many new foods like crawfish, beignets, gumbo and pralines. I also discovered new ways to eat other classics like chicken- I have never had chicken like the chicken at Kingfish. It’s as if the food is infused with the flair and passion of the people; it’s rich, flavorful and addicting.

infused chicken at Kingfish

Cafe Beignet

Beignets were something that I was most looking forward to trying because of my love for donuts and cake. This tasted like a mix of a donut and funnel cake to me, it was like a little pillow of heaven.

One really interesting thing that I did while there was visit Mardi Gras World. It was full of information about how these fantastic floats are made to the “krews” who run them to the famous Mardi Gras King & Queen. The royalty bug may have bitten me.

Mardi Gras World

While in NOLA I also was able to enjoy the very festive and entertaining Red Dress Run¬†which in spite of all it’s craziness, is to benefit several local charities. So all the madness is for a cause!

New Jersey Digital Moms at the Red Dress Run

My trip ended in the most beautiful way it could, brunch at The Court of Two Sisters. The atmosphere was fantastic, live jazz music and gorgeous greenery and rod iron decor. The food was a-maz-ing! I have to admit I was a tad skeptical because it was a buffet style, however it was delicious. I tried their special omelet of the day which had shrimp in it– so yummy. I also finally had the chance to try NOLA’s ever so popular “King Cake”. No baby in my piece but I enjoyed it anyway.

Cafe Au Lait

New Orleans is a place that has certainly stole a piece of my heart. The culture and food alone was enough to make me want to extend my stay. I was there for 3 whole days and as much as our wonderful hosts tried to get us to see the beauty of the city, we would need to spend months there to truly grasp it all and take it all in. The place is just spectacular. If you ever have the chance to visit, and I hope that you do, I recommend everything that I did above and the hotels that are collectively known as the New Orleans Hotel Collection. They are the cities top hotels and I am certain you will love your experience as much as I did.

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Clarissa Nassar – who has written posts on THE POSH PARENT | Clarissa Nassar.

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