It was our final full day in New Orleans and we had a few must see tourist items to tick off our list, checking out NOLA’s voodoo scene, as well as treating ourselves to Café Du Monde beignets.
The interior was basic, but homely and the two servers were abrupt but got the job done quickly. As we waited for our food to arrive the family next to us played videos on their iPhones with no headphones, something I have major issue with. Just as I was about to walk over, our waitress rushed over and told them sternly to put their “damn phones down” and enjoy their breakfast. She was blunt but won them over with her southern charm and soon they all began to laugh and put their phones in their pockets.
Now quieter, I settled in just in time for our food to be brought out. It was kind of slammed on the table but luckily I like a place with big characters! I went for the Eggs Sardou which were poached to perfection and served on a bed of creamed spinach, artichoke, fresh english muffins and their ‘sassy’ hollandaise sauce.
The meal was delicious, but heavy going and I needed to walk of some of those creamy calories.Wandering around the streets we took in the stunning architecture and street art before stopping off for a drink at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, the oldest boozer in New Orleans.
Next up on the tourist trail was to explore some of the voodoo culture which had been one of the main reasons I insisted we drive all the way from LA to New Orleans in the first place.
We started out at Esoterica Occult Goods, then Voodoo Authentic to browse some of voodoo gifts and books available before heading to Marie Laveau’s House
The last item on our must do list was to try out the beignets from Café Du Monde; the riverside cafe was queued out the door and since I had already waited for food that day I opted for the shorter takeout line. With super efficient staff soon we had a warm bag of the sugary donuts and a coffee in our hands. Though I was tempted to scoff them straight away we restrained ourselves and instead sat on the banks of the Mississippi River to watch the boats go buy as we savoured our last local delicacy of the day.
As we had to set off early to hit the road again we opted to book dinner at our highly acclaimed hotel restaurant before enjoying our last cocktails in the bar.
Staying at a hotel as stylish as The Ace was an absolute pleasure and though Christmas is an odd time to visit New Orleans I began to ease into its unique vibe and left with both an appreciation and fondness of The Big Easy.