On Sunday morning, we woke up a bit on the later side, so we didn't get a chance to grab any breakfast en route to meet our parents. I was starving, so I was grateful that our day included a ferry ride across the river to the neighborhood Algiers Point. We walked around a bit, soaking in all the amazing architecture. It's fascinating to see some of these narrow little houses, painted in all colors of the rainbow, showcasing amazingly intricate amounts of detail on all the woodwork. I want to take one of the little tiny houses and transplant it up here! Luckily, there is a little hidden gem of a cafe right off the from where the ferry drops you off: The Dry Dock Cafe.
I decided to go with a Muffaletta Sandwich, which is a ham and salami sandwich, served with an olive salad and provolone. I've never had one of these before, but I thought it was pretty good. I think I just much prefer a sandwich that is light on meat and heavy on veggies. I don't think you can go wrong with sweet potato fries - especially not when they are crispy like the ones I had here.
I ended up walking around the French Quarter, popping into the little shops and taking pictures with my new Nikon. I love this camera and surprisingly, I feel less dorky carrying it around than I had expected! The streets of the French Quarter in the afternoon are MUCH different than the streets at night. They are clean and the people that are out are not drunken slobs. There's no one standing on the balconies begging you to pay up for some beads. You are able to wander through and appreciate the distinct and unique culture and architecture.
I cannot remember the name of the restaurant where we ended up having my stepmom's celebratory dinner - all I know is that I had more Southern Pecan beers and some terrific crawfish cakes and crawfish chowder. I was stuffed from eating all those afternoon beignets, so I couldn't stomach much more than this! The creole sauce on the cakes was a little heavy, but over all, both were really good.
The food in New Orleans is stellar. I couldn't eat it all the time because it's not necessarily "healthy" or condusive to any sort of dieting, but it was a fabulous weekend of food and drinks. You can't beat spending a weekend with the family exploring a new city. I loved the live music jazz scene and would be thrilled to go back some time for Jazz Fest or maybe another random weekend sometime in the future.