Trip to New Orleans

Kelly and I woke up on Saturday in the Big Easy! We decided to visit New Orleans since neither of us have ever been there and Labor Day weekend (September 4-7, 2015) ended up being a good weekend for both of us, so we booked it.

  
It’s a pretty amazing city, really. The architecture is gorgeous and the history is rich. It’s also very hot and a little stinky, which we found out as soon as we hit Bourbon street at 9 am, on our way to breakfast.

  
Cafe Du Monde is as advertised. We had a feeling it would be when we saw the line of damn near 100 people waiting outside. Beignets are delicious and I love them in all of their powdered sugary goodness. After breakfast we checked out the scenery and took a walk down to the Mississippi River. There is an awesome monastery that Pope John Paul II has used to put on a mass, which is kinda cool. And right in front of it is a statue of Old Hickery – Andrew Jackson – the hero of the Battle of New Orleans and, of course, the 7th President of the United States. My third favorite president of all-time.

For lunch I got some Creole Shrimp. Definitely as good as advertised but spicy as all hell. For me at least. But it was good. We also smashed some frozen drinks.

  
After lunch we grabbed a nap and made some coffee in the room, to get ready to go out. Oh yeah, it was Southern Decadence, which was quite interesting. We unknowingly stopped in a gay bar for a Bloody Mary (a really freaking good one too). One guy asked us if we were a couple and said we are both hot. Pretty funny.

  
I forgot to mention that we saw Dick and Heather in the airport Friday. Their flight was delayed so they came to say hi when they heard that I got to meet Danny Shelton – the Browns first round draft pick (I sent a text to everyone I know). He was a super nice guy. Real chill and freaking massive. We also spotted Steve-O in the Charlotte airport on the way home.

  
For dinner I added red beans, rice, and smoked Andouille Cajon sausage to the list of foods I’ve tried. Also tried a sample of seafood gumbo. Best I’ve ever had. Remoulade was the joint and it was on point.

At night we did some good partying but ultimately went home rather early. We stopped at a place called Bourbon Cowboy to listen to some country and have some ‘buy one get two free’ beers (yea, really). And we stopped at a bar that was inside a townhouse that had a cool upstairs and a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street.

  
It was too bad to see all of the hate at the Decadence celebration. It was a little scary if I’m being honest. All the ‘burn in hell fire’ bullshit is a little over the top. Let’s be real here, there is nothing more hypocritical than those assholes. Look around, people are being themselves; free in their own skin, feeling love, and extending love to others. Isn’t that what life is all about? Fucking hate seeing that. It’s gets me all fired up.
Anyway, I said I was going to blog unapologetically. So there ya go. 
And I’ll leave you with a quote from Joe Rogan: “There are only two reasons to hate gay people: either you’re a fucking moron or you’re secretly afraid that dicks are delicious.”

One more, courtesy of the captain of the Steamboat Natchez. “It doesn’t matter what the question is, the answer is always love.”

  
Speaking of the Natchez, Sunday morning we went for a cruise of NOLA via the Steamboat on The Mighty Mississippi. It was cool to learn about the Battle or New Orleans, Andrew Jackson, and some other historical facts about NOLA. We also went by the Lower Ninth Ward, where Katrina had its worst impact. I feel like we should have checked that out but we decided against it. The boat had a live jazz band and a bar, as well. I had a really dope Cajon Bloody Mary and Kel got a fruity N’awlins drink.

After that we grabbed some lunch at the Ruby Slipper, a cool local breakfast joint, and did some shopping. Then we made the walk back to the hotel, stopping for some soft-serve and coffee, and chilled in the room for a bit. Then we made a drink and headed back towards Bourbon Street.

We decided to go to the casino and that turned out to be the right choice. I sat at a $10 Blackjack table and won $85 in 30-60 minutes. Plus, I got two free drinks. That come up paid for our dinner at Drago’s Seafood where I had charbroiled oysters (holy shit, yo) and duck. Another great meal. The food in the Big Easy is no joke. Worth the trip for that alone, obviously.

 
After that we went back to Bourbon Street for some beers. We had to be up at 4:30 am on Monday morning and didn’t want to pull an all-nighter, so we called it quits relatively early. 

Plus, we just couldn’t wait to get home to our Marshall. Kelly’s parents watched him while we were gone. It’s perfect because we know we don’t have to worry and because Marshall freaking LOVES his Grandma. 

 

Marshall and his new favorite toy.
 
Until next time, NOLA.

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