Weekend in NOLA

Good morning and happy Monday to you! I am a week behind on this post but I wanted to still share our fun weekend in New Orleans with you.

For my birthday my husband bought me tickets to see one of my favorite groups the Chainsmokers in New Orleans. We decided to head out of town Saturday morning so that we could enjoy the day there before the concert and stay the night. I booked us a room at the Troubadour Hotel which is located in downtown New Orleans.

When we arrived, the staff was very accommodating and we were able to get an 11am check-in to our room! The style of everything in the hotel was modern and clean.

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The rooms were really nice and spacious with a fully stocked bar and barware- how nice!

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PLUS they had a rooftop bar on the 17th floor! I forgot to snap a pic of it but I snagged one from their website. You can come visit the bar even if you aren’t staying here. It’s definitely a must visit.

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Photo: http://thetroubadour.com/

After we got settled, we were off to brunch at the Ruby Slipper Cafe.

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They use the “No Wait” app and I was able to save us an hour of wait time by “getting in line” on the app. Such a great idea and we just showed up a few minutes before it said we should and got a table immediately. We each tried their eggs Benedict combos. I could barely get a picture before Darin was already scarfing the food down, he loves when I take food pics 😉

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After filling ourselves up at brunch, we decided to walk around Magazine Street and explore the little bars and shops along the way.

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We stopped for a Margarita, chips and salsa break at La Rosita Cantina. How cute is this little bar?

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After that we got an Uber back to the hotel to chill before the concert. I searched Yelp forever to find the best dinner option in the area and it was a bit overwhelming as New Orleans has so many restaurants to choose from. Mais Arepas Columbian restaurant looked so delicious and we love trying different styles of food out so we jumped in an Uber and headed there.

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There was a wait for a table but the bar was open and we could order full menu so we decided to do that! The homemade Sangria was to die for, it basically had a full serving of fruit in it 🙂

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We had to try the Arepas since that is what they are known for. They are corn cakes made from corn flour and they stuff them with different types of meat and sauces. They were so delicious, you must visit! The staff here was so friendly and engaging too, they shared their tips on their favorite dishes with us and were very helpful.

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Last stop of the night: The Smoothie King Center for the Chainsmokers concert. YOU GUYS- this concert was insane. You just have to be there to understand but the energy level of these guys and the show they put on is incredible, we had a blast and danced the night away.

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The next morning we wandered down the road to The Daily Beet for fresh juices and smoothies to fuel our ride home. If you are looking for a healthy spot in town, this place had so many great options from juice and smoothies to acai bowls- it was very refreshing.

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Thanks New Orleans for being good to us! We will be back soon.