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.


Posted on April 28, 2011, in Travelling. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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