Happy Fat Tuesday!!
Anyways, last week Penpal and I drove down to New Orleans and into the French Quarter to celebrate Mardi Gras for a couple of days. Both Penpal and I had never, ever experienced real Mardi Gras before, so this was a bit of an…. experience.
Besides a hangover, 8 pounds of beads, and a magic wand, I also picked up a few tips on how to enjoy Mardi Gras without floating away on Bourbon Street. Unless you’re into that sorta thing… 😉
Still ridiculously fun, but slightly less insane, or expensive (for hotels).
Watch out because you’ll probably get pelted in the face. I almost got a black eye by some erratic throwing.
Don’t be jealous.
Homemade “Dirty Golfers” aka spiked Arnold Palmers with lemonade and sweet tea flavored vodka (delicious).
I hope you didn’t think I meant toothpaste and clean undies. I obviously meant to bring your own drinks and snacks because New Orleans can get priceeeey.. Especially when you start losing track of how much you’ve spent. Or drank?
I love, love, love this restaurant, Capdeville. They have such a great vibe, and it’s off the beaten path. If the locals are on top of it, then you can bet it’s probably a good spot. Penpal and I had the best gumbo there, and some really yummy drinks.
If you’re in NOLA, go there.
(Bad lighting, sorry!)
You don’t need a night FULL of sugary Hurricanes or green Hand Grenades, do you? I mean… not at the beginning of the night at least. My favorite bar possibly ever is Carousel Bar the Monteleone Hotel.
It’s a bar that literally spins like you’re sitting on a carousel, and it makes you feel like a classy lady, even if you’re wearing ten rows of beads while doing so. Just saying.
Welp. Enough said.
(And this was taken the morning after.)
Off to work!
Have you ever been to New Orleans? Any tips you want to share about surviving the French Quarter/Mardi Gras?