Let’s take a trip Tuesday – New Orleans, LA

Hattie is here from another favorite blog of mine – a moment of forever – to tell us all about New Orleans!  Nola has my heart – I spent two summers there in college, my bachelorette, two new years  and my parents were engaged in Audobon Park.  It is a special place filled with joy and character.  If you’ve never been I guarantee after Hattie takes us on our trip you’ll want to book the first flight out of your city pronto.

{meet: Hattie & Corey}


Name: Hattie Collins
Blog: a moment of forever
Location: New Orleans, LA
How long have you lived there? About 2 1/2 years
If you moved from somewhere else, where did you move from? Why? After graduating from TCU in Fort Worth, TX, I moved to New Orleans 
to get my Master’s degree in Art History at Tulane University
How is the weather? Late Fall and Spring are my favorite times of the year in New Orleans–when the temperature stays within the magical range of 70-75 degrees, humidity is almost nonexistent, and a cool breeze always seems to be blowing by. It’s during these few months that Audubon Park is always full of picnicking groups, countless crawfish boils are held at The Fly, and the sidewalks of cafes more crowded than their insides–a very rare, but happy occurrence in Nola! It can get very chilly in the winter, especially because it is a “wet cold” that gets into your bones and can be hard to shake sometimes. Of course, it’s no secret that the summers here are H-O-T and the humidity is almost suffocating at times, but luckily we’re blessed with countless places to cool off and avoid the heat (places that usually provide a little entertainment to boot!) 

{audubon park}
{gorgeous audubon park}
{the stables in audubon park.  all shots Hattie took on afternoon strolls in springtime}
{a springtime crawfish boil at “The Fly” which is an extension of Audubon Park that borders the MS River}
Tell us what a typical weekend is like for you there? There is always something going on in New Orleans, and the city is anything but “typical,” so weekends can offer anything from a Po-Boy Festival to a Midsummer Mardi Gras Parade. If it’s football season, the weekend is (rightfully) devoted to The Saints–talking about The Saints, tailgating for them, and of course screaming our lungs out in The Dome–or College Football games. Cooter Browns and Bruno’s are our favorite places to get together for Saints away games, as well as to spend an afternoon watching our college teams play. Springtime brings crawfish season, and there is a boil hosted almost every weekend, a very social event that is as much about eating as it is about visiting and catching up with friends. During the summer and winter, we usually gravitate towards doing things where we can stay cool/warm…so lots of eating out, movies, and meeting for drinks with friends. But if I had to describe a “typical” weekend, it would be full of things like eating at a favorite restaurant with friends, spending hours laughing and talking at a neighborhood bar, relaxing, shopping on Magazine Street, and just going with the flow….because like I said, you never know what might happen in New Orleans!
{Mardi Gras: remnants of the celebration. People hang the treasures they’ve caught on their iron fences on Fat Tuesday, proudly displaying them for about a week}
{WHO DAT!  tailgating with friends right before the NFC championship!}

Where do you like to eat in your town? Where do I even begin? I could write a whole book about the food in New Orleans, so I’ll try to keep it brief by breaking it down into categories, and listing some of my favorites in those categories.
Breakfast: Slim Goodies, Coulis, Ruby Slipper, Camellia Grill

Lunch: Gott Gourmet, St. James Cheese Company, Parkway Bakery (po-boys), Domilise’s Po-Boys, Felipe’s
Dinner: Cochon, Lola’s, Port of Call, Bayona, Mona’s, J’Anita’s, El Gato Negro, La Thai, Il Posto

Where do you like to shop? Anthropologie, Hazelnut, Swap, Per Me, Blink, UAL, Spring, Hemline

Suggest some must see places for an out of town visitor. Ride the St. Charles line streetcar to see the beautiful houses along the Avenue, visit the National WWII Museum, catch a show at Tipitina’s (the original, Uptown), go for a walk through Audubon or City Park, ride your bike along the levee and watch the barges and boats on the Mississippi, spend a night on Frenchmen Street for great live music (d.b.a., Apple Barrel Bar, or the Spotted Cat), see a movie at the Prytania Theater (a one-screen gem Uptown), browse the collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art, float in a canoe down Bayou St. John, and be open to exploring hole-in-the-wall places that are far away from the cliched Bourbon Street tourist traps. Find out what makes New Orleans a city full of surprises, investigate its character, and branch out. You won’t be disappointed!

{beautiful creole cottage}
{Delachaise:an amazing wine bar that is inside a replica of an old streetcar. Feels very Parisian and so romantic!}
{a pic from Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse}

Tell us why you love your town: It’s a city that welcomed me with open arms, that introduced me to my future husband, allowed me to become a part of its culture, helped me appreciate the quirky, the unusual, and beautiful eccentricities, and taught me to keep my heart and my mind open to adventure and possibility.

{spanish moss galore}

Anything else we should know about where you live? New Orleans is a place full of joyful, passionate people and also a city where you should learn to expect the unexpected!

{pieces of art from the Abita Brewery on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain}

Thank you so much Hattie!  

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