Mal's 30th Birthday- NOLA

New Orleans never gets old to me. Every time I am there I experience a new hotel, new restaurant and new people to watch- ha! Growing up just about 1.5 hours away in Hattiesburg, I literally can’t count how many times I’ve been to New Orleans since I was a kid. I still visit about 4-5 times a year, and if I stay away too long, I start to have NOLA withdrawls.

My sis Mallory just recently had her big 30th birthday, so I knew I wanted to do something different and fun. She is a full time mom to this little angel nugget, Emerson. SO that being said, she doesn’t get a lot of time to just relax, shop and do her own thing. (I’m sure all the moms out there understand and can sympathize) Our dad’s birthday was on November 10th, and magically, one of his favorite musicians of all time, James Taylor, was playing in concert on Tuesday, November 12th. Perfect!

I booked tickets for my parents, sister, Curtis and I. That weekend was Southern Miss homecoming, so we came over for the game and then Mal and I went down and spent the night Monday night for a little girl time. I booked our stay downtown at the Pelham House, a locally owned hotel literally one block off Canal on Common Street. It was a quaint little place, but very nice. Our bedroom had two huge poster beds that made me feel like I was back in my bedroom from my childhood. The ceilings were insanely tall, which I absolutely loved. It helped the room feel much larger, even though it was a pretty good size room to begin with. We slept in and decided to go to brunch the next morning.

As luck would have it, the Ruby Slipper was right underneath the hotel on the corner of Magazine! I have been there before last Christmas when we came down to see Mallory and my brother in law Lance. Usually everytime I go to NOLA I like to eat somewhere different, but this place is definitely worth going back to! It is a casual breakfast/brunch/lunch kind of spot that always has a wait. That’s a good sign my friends. Apparently they also have another location just a few blocks away. Again, another good sign. We grabbed some Bloody Mary’s and hung out for just about 15 minutes before being seated. I ordered the Eggs Coubion, which has thin-fried farm-raised catfish over French bread spears, topped with poached eggs, a sauté of spinach, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and tasso, finished with a Creole tomato Courtbouillon. Mallory got the Corned Beef Bennie: A pair of poached eggs topping housemade corned beef hash, sitting on a buttermilk biscuit, accented with horseradish cream and finished with hollandaise.. Um, WOW. Do you see the pictures? SWEET JESUS. I splashed some Crystal Hot Sauce over the top of mine and  GOT DOWN on it. I finished almost every bite, minus some of the bread. Mallory’s was good too- I just love corn beef. (Don’t hate)

We shopped around and went to the Riverwalk, which I haven’t been to in YEARS because it just started fading away in popularity. Well they have really revived that place, first off, by adding a Neiman Marcus Last Call. We also grabbed some coffee at the Café Du Monde inside before exploring the MASSIVE Forever 21. Iggy Azalea was plastered all over that store, which is perfect because I am sure every little NOLA girl wants to be her. Heck, I want to be her. (Beside the point) I snagged a new vest and also some Steve Madden boots along the way. Success!

We shopped around the Shops at Canal Place before my parents and Curtis arrived to join us for dinner. We had muffalettas and other NOLA fare down in the quarter before heading out to UNO Lakefront Arena to watch the show.

What a great show. Thank God my parents raised me to like good music! We used to listen to the James Taylor cd when we were traveling to our away games when Mal and I played high school sports. His music is so soothing. I still have chills. Check it out! Until next time, NOLA….