NOLA – Saturday

Uncharacteristically, we slept in on Saturday morning. It was glorious. We exchanged anniversary gifts and had a great time surprising each other. After much discussion, we decided on a two-part breakfast excursion.

cdm

Coffee (John) and a shared order of beignets at Cafe du Monde were part one of our breakfast.

beignets

Part two was fresh mint julep juices from Petite Amelie, a great breakfast spot on Royal.

juices

We did some window shopping on the walk back to the hotel. Such fun!

Once we arrived back at the hotel, John went to our room to relax and I hit the gym for a workout. Later, once we were both officially ready for the day, we walked over to Touchpoint Reflexology for some killer foot massages. Friends, if you should find yourself in NOLA, please make a visit to this place. You won’t be disappointed. I had a 30-minute foot massage that left me feeling AMAZING.

Afterwards, we walked over to Mr B’s Bistro for lunch.

mr bs

The restaurant was bustling and we were excited to be back in a familiar place. We split a salad for an appetizer and I had the Gumbo Ya Ya for my entrée.

mrb salad

It pains me to write this, but my gumbo was only so-so. I am no creole expert, but it tasted as if the roux had been burned. Anyhow, I didn’t really care for it and left most of it behind. What a waste.

mr b gumbo

After lunch, we did some shopping at a few of our favorite NOLA stores – Kids Nola, New Orleans Silversmiths, Luccalulu, Sucre, and French Truck Coffee. After all of the eating and walking, it was time for a nap (for me at least – John watched soccer while I snoozed).

We spent the early part of the evening relaxing before meeting up with friends for a cocktail at French 75 (a bar affiliated with Arnaud’s). We had a great time visiting our friends and I was so glad to see them.

monkey

For dinner, we made the short walk over to another one of our favorite restaurants – Bayona.

bayona sign

Bayona is a quaint restaurant that serves delectable French food.

bayona

We sat upstairs in the wine room – it was a special nook for a rainy night.

soup

We shared some mushroom soup for an appetizer and I had the grilled pork chop for an entrée.

chop

Everything was delicious, friends! For dessert, we shared an order of the chocolate empanadas. Perfection.

emp

On the short walk back to the hotel, we encountered a festive Second Line. Naturally, we had to watch it go by before turning in for the night.

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