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).
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.
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.
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.