Great Music and Bad Food

Sorry for the week between posts – I’ve been in New Orleans the past week, and didn’t have quite the time to blog as I thought I would (nor decent wireless service in my French Quarter hotel).

FOOD

New Orleans wasn’t the best place to be for a vegan.  I’m sure there are plenty of options if you’re willing to get out an about, but I didn’t really have much of that option.  Most of the time, my meals consisted of a bunch of side salads.  There were a few places that tried (best being Broussard’s – which did a yummy wild rice and roasted veggie dish).  Since I was mostly there for work and vendors were taking us out, I didn’t have any say in the restaurant selection processes!

The first few days it was just my sister and me, so my meals were much better.  She’s not vegan, but she doesn’t eat anything with four legs and is allergic to shellfish (not good in New Orleans where everything is shrimp, crawfish, crab, or….alligator – which is just nasty).

I did have one highlight though, and that was a kale and sweet potato salad and fresh juice at Surrey’s Monday morning.  Otherwise I had fruits and seeds (that I packed with me) and lots and lots of side salads.

dinner Friday night :)Seriously...we ordered food too, but it wasn't any good.  Wine was though.
dinner Friday night 🙂
Seriously…we ordered food too, but it wasn’t any good. Wine was though.
most of my meals!
most of my meals!
the Columns Restaurant where we did jazz brunch on Sunday
the Columns Restaurant where we did jazz brunch on Sunday
grilled veggie plate that was quite tasty.
grilled veggie plate that was quite tasty.
what they feed the girls at a steakhouse who don't eat meat (IBM dinner....no choice on the location).  Side salad and a plain baked spud....and a 3 liter bottle of vino.
what they feed the girls at a steakhouse who don’t eat meat (IBM dinner….no choice on the location). Side salad and a plain baked spud….and a 3 liter bottle of vino.

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FITNESS

I went for two river front runs while I was gone and tons of walking.  My hotel was a mile and a half to the conference convention center, so other than Tuesday afternoon, I walked it both ways every day.

I will say that Monday I clocked 8 miles in really cute heels.  My blisters Tuesday morning had their own moons and orbits.  I wore comfy (read…not cute) shoes the rest of the week.

LIFE

Wow, despite the lack of food, I absolutely loved New Orleans.  It’s now on “the list”.  For the past 4 years, my  husband and I have been compiling “the list”, which is every place (US or not) that we would live.  We have fun with “the list” and put our very specific criteria on it (no real need for a car, not too cold, great food scene, pretty places to run, lots of culture, arts, and diversity, etc.).

The best description I can say about NOLA is that it has tons of character.  Everything and everyone is colorful, and there’s music absolutely everywhere.  It helps that I’m a huge Blues fan, so I think I spent 6 days dancing.  It’s definitely the type of place I can see begin at often (and somewhere I know D would just love).

Without getting into too much boring detail, I’ll mostly have pictures.  I did the obligatory Bourbon Street night, and that was enough.  There’s some crazy people there!  The night started at Broussard’s, then the House of Blues, then the Bourbon Cowboy, then Lafitte’s again (all but one were vendor events).

The first 3 days were fun with C, and the rest was work (which was also fun and informative).

I got to see President Clinton speak at my conference, which was definitely a highlight of my week (and seeing my first NBA game).  He spoke about being a vegan, which I thought was neat.  Also about global health initiatives and many other wonderful things.

St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Sq.
St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Sq.
horse parking
horse parking (never thought I’d say that)
awesome time at the House of Blues Tuesday night
awesome time at the House of Blues Tuesday night
never did manage to try bourbon...but at $55 per glass and a vendor tab, maybe I should have!
never did manage to try bourbon…but at $55 per glass and a vendor tab, maybe I should have!
random tree in a median.
random tree in a median.
jazz band playing at dinner Saturday night.  Some 80+ yr old man with the smoothest voice singing
jazz band playing at dinner Saturday night. Some 80+ yr. old man with the smoothest voice singing
a picture on the wall of Lenny Kravitz at Lafittes - the oldest bar in the US
a picture on the wall of Lenny Kravitz at Lafitte – the oldest bar in the US
me at Laffites!
me at Laffite Saturday when C and I went!
C getting classy with a red solo cup on a wine stem
C getting classy with a red solo cup on a wine stem

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C putting a tip in a street performer's bag while he played Stevie Wonder music
C putting a tip in a street performer’s bag while he played Stevie Wonder music

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C and a bloody mary!
C and a bloody mary!

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went to one of the famous cemeteries.  I can see why they call them the cities of the dead.
went to one of the famous cemeteries. I can see why they call them the cities of the dead.
our hotel
our hotel

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awaiting new residents
awaiting new residents
my first EVER basketball game.  Lakers vs. Hornets.  I'm hooked (though being in a box suite probably spoiled me).  That Kobe Bryant shooting a free-throw.
my first EVER basketball game. Lakers vs. Hornets. I’m hooked (though being in a box suite probably spoiled me). That’s Kobe Bryant shooting a free-throw.
ROBERT DE NERO WAS AT THE GAME!!!
ROBERT DE NERO WAS AT THE GAME!!!
CT, my virtual running buddy from Richmond was in NOLA the day I was leaving.  Was fun to grab lunch before my flight!
CT, my virtual running buddy from Richmond was in NOLA the day I was leaving. Was fun to grab lunch before my flight!

 

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 43 yo busy career single mom, attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free & nut-free vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “Great Music and Bad Food

  1. LOVE, LOVE,LOVE NOLA. It is such a fun place. I was completely an omnivore when I was there, so I had a pretty amazing week of food. But my favorite part was the people.

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