My Birthday in New Orleans
Honestly, I expected to be out of the country celebrating my 40th birthday this year. Due to life happening it didn't quite go that way, so I decided on one of my favorite cities in the U.S., New Orleans. Though not my first time in the Big Easy, I definitely wanted a different experience outside of the typical tourist attractions.
We touched down on a Wednesday, and soon after we checked in to our boutique hotel we headed to my favorite breakfast spot The Ruby Slipper. Their biscuits are amazing along with the rest of the food. There are a few locations throughout the city so you have plenty of chances to dine and get your breakfast on.
The same day we headed to The Whitney Plantation for a tour of the grounds and what life was like for African slaves. The range of emotions varied for me, but an experience I would recommend on your next visit to New Orleans.
On my actual birthday I headed to Studio BE in the Bywater neighborhood featuring amazing murals and art by Brandan "BMike" Odums. If you do nothing else in New Orleans make sure this is on your list. Show some love by purchasing some art, a print, t-shirt, or one of his signature signed spray cans that he has actually used in many of his creations after you tour the beautiful gallery.
Of course one of the main reasons to head to 'Nola outside of its dope culture, vibe, and history, is the FOOD! To be quite honest, I enjoyed a lot of good meals but still searching for that amazing meal that you just won't forget. A few of my favorites include The Ruby Slipper (as mentioned before), Red Fish Grill located in the French Quarter, The Rum House on Magazine Street, and Morrow's.
We hit Bourbon street one time which is really all you need during any visit and of course Frenchmen Street for the outdoor flea market and live music. I ended my bday weekend with a photo shoot which I've never had before, a treat from my wife that made me feel extra special, and we enjoyed the Gumbo festival at Louis Armstrong park. Of course, I can't wait to get back to this city to dive even deeper into the roots of New Orleans culture and learn even more about this great city.
What are some of your favorite activities to do or places to eat in New Orleans? Let me know.
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