NOLA, Day 3, Part 1
For our last full day in NOLA, M and I went to check out the Garden District. We headed out early in the morning and took a streetcar to the District. First stop, a building called the Rink. It used to be a skating rink, but now it houses a few shops, including a coffee shop called Still Perkin, where we stopped and got breakfast: yogurt and cafe au lait.
We then did a walking tour of the Garden District. It’s completely different from the French Quarters, and it feels like you’re in a different city: a very RICH city. The houses are MASSIVE!
Walking around this neighbourhood made me want to own a house like this. After we finished the walking tour, we headed over to a restaurant called the Commander’s Palace. It’s owned by the same group that owns Brennan’s. It’s a fancier restaurant, and there is a dress code of no jeans and no shorts.
We started the meal off with some martinis-they were only 25 cents!!! I had a melon flavoured martini, and it was delicious! To start, I got a turtle soup, and M got a chicken gumbo. The turtle soup was ok, but it was a bit bitter, not really my thing. Just before serving, the waiter drizzled some sherry over it, and that didn’t really do anything for me either.
For mains, I got a crawfish salad and M got a BBQ pork dish of some sort (I can’t remember what it was called, and it’s not on the menu! What is it with online menus?!) Both were delicious, I really enjoyed the crawfish salad: the crawfish was battered and fried to perfection. M’s dish came with black beans, and I think they were mashed up a bit and then baked, because there was this crispy shell around them, and that tasted amazing!
For dessert, we shared a Creole bread pudding souffle with a whiskey cream sauce. It was delicious!
I had seriously considered ordering another martini to go with dessert (25 cents!!!) but I was already feeling sleepy from such a huge lunch and the first drink. We ended up going back to the hotel for a nap to round out the afternoon.