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« on: January 07, 2009, 05:49:31 PM »

Saturday, we leave for NOLA for five days.  Here's the itinerary so far, but things are very flexible so if someone has a killer suggestion or warning, please let me know.

Based on what you see below, obviously the girlfriend and I are very big into food.  I'm pretty stoked about the WW2 museum and the Aquarium.

Saturday (arrive at 6:30)
Dinner - Galatoires
After Dinner - Drinks around the area / Gambling at Harrah's.

Sunday
Brunch - Commander's Palace
Afternoon - Cemetery Tours
Dinner - Luke
After Dinner - Drinks around the area / Gambling at Harrah's

Monday
Breakfast - Cafe du Monde
Morning - ??
Lunch - Willie Mae's Scotch House
Afternoon - River Cruise / Tour
Dinner - Herbsaint

Tuesday
Breakfast - @ Hotel
Morning - City Park
Lunch - Liuzza's By The Track
Afternoon - National WW2 Museum
Dinner - Arnaud's

Wednesday
Breakfast - Cafe du Monde
Morning - Aquarium of the Americas
Lunch - Central Grocery
Afternoon - Tea @ Windsor Court
Dinner - Restaurant August

Thurs (leave @ 4PM)
Breakfast - Hotel
Morning - ??
Lunch - Dooky Chase - provided it's reopened by now.

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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009, 05:58:31 PM »

The food down there is so good, enjoy! Make sure to have a hand grenade. Just to be able to say you had one.
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009, 06:28:19 PM »

I grew up in New Orleans and I must say this looks pretty good.  I would recommend going to the Audubon Zoo, if you have some time ( I see some blanks, but not sure a morning would cover the zoo).  Also, if you can work any visits to plantations, those are pretty nice as well.
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009, 06:34:19 PM »

Sorry, Carnival has started, but the meat isn't until February.  I had posted to go to a parade, thinking about the first official parade yesterday, but it is pretty dry after that. Do get a King Cake, though, if you can find one.  Preferably one from Haydel's bakery.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009, 06:39:06 PM »

The aquarium there was great!

I wish the WWII museum had been open when I went.

Looks fun.
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009, 06:39:57 PM »

Seriously - you simply  MUST hit up Mother's Restaurant for lunch one of your days.

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It's a total New Orleans scene - you simply must check this place out.   (the line outside will tell you you're in the right place)
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2009, 06:42:27 PM »

I'm a big WWII history buff, if you take any photos, please do share.  icon_cool At some point, I should share some of my own from when I got to play around inside and outside of a B-17 in Virginia. There's a company that renovates and flies famous WWII aircraft. I didn't get to fly in it (the cost was exorbitant), but to sit in it and walk around in it was a real treat.

I got to go to New Orleans in early 1991 for a friend's wedding (her parents lived there). She has a whole nightmarish Katrina story in that she was in New Orleans then for a family reunion and it turned into a week long nightmare trying to get back home to Ohio.

But 1991 was a happier event - I stayed with a couple friends in a hotel right on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. We were only there a couple of days. We had a great steamboat ride on the river, though we ended up on one that was mostly senior citizens on a tour trip. My friends danced with seniors, while I just enjoyed the evening river view and generally drank too much coffee and ate too many baguettes.  icon_cool
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2009, 06:44:22 PM »

Quote from: Unagi on January 07, 2009, 06:39:57 PM

Seriously - you simply  MUST hit up Mother's Restaurant for lunch one of your days.

Debris Po'Boy


It's a total New Orleans scene - you simply must check this place out.   (the line outside will tell you you're in the right place)

Yes, Mother's is really good.
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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2009, 07:07:43 PM »

Mother's... will check it out.

Plantation trip is something we're going to try and squeeze in, and we've heard good things about the zoo as well.  Lastly, we purposely booked this trip just before true Mardi Gras, since we aren't much into the partying scene.

And I plan on taking my camera, but I have a bit of a knack for forgetting it when I actually use it (or taking it out on low batteries).  Provided I can escape my usual dimwittedness, I will bring pictures slywink.

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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2009, 07:43:54 PM »

Mothers is not what it used to be after they changed ownership.  It's still good but not fantastic. (the best po-boy shop now is probably Parkway Bakery)  IMHO you can get by with food just as good and a lot cheaper by going to places like Upperline and Jacque Imo's but you can't go wrong with the big ticket ones you picked.  You would be better off going to Audobon park instead of City Park.  It was beat up pretty badly by Katrina.  Also, I haven't been there since the storm but I am pretty sure Dooky Chase is open. 
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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2009, 08:13:25 PM »

I went to college in New Orleans.  If time permits, you need to go to Jacquesimo's.  It's in uptown.

http://www.jacquesimoscafe.com/


I really miss the Big Easy and I'm trying to figure out how to get down there for Mardi Gras, but I may have to settle with a later trip.
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« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2009, 08:46:05 PM »

Jacque Imo's was high on the list but everywhere I read says it's a pretty long wait there.

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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2009, 09:49:58 PM »

Quote from: Silky on January 07, 2009, 07:43:54 PM

Mothers is not what it used to be after they changed ownership.  It's still good but not fantastic.
That's a bummer to hear, I've not been in the city for years now.  icon_frown
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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2009, 10:45:09 PM »

Cafe du Monde is good, but I wouldn't go their twice.  Too many other places to eat.

Definitely see Audobon Zoo.

Plan to spend many hours at the WWII Museum. 
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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2009, 10:53:05 PM »

Quote from: Unagi on January 07, 2009, 09:49:58 PM

Quote from: Silky on January 07, 2009, 07:43:54 PM

Mothers is not what it used to be after they changed ownership.  It's still good but not fantastic.
That's a bummer to hear, I've not been in the city for years now.  icon_frown

That is to bad to hear. The atmosphere and food was great the last time we went.
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« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2009, 12:31:00 AM »

Quote from: SkyLander on January 07, 2009, 10:53:05 PM

Quote from: Unagi on January 07, 2009, 09:49:58 PM

Quote from: Silky on January 07, 2009, 07:43:54 PM

Mothers is not what it used to be after they changed ownership.  It's still good but not fantastic.
That's a bummer to hear, I've not been in the city for years now.  icon_frown

That is to bad to hear. The atmosphere and food was great the last time we went.
When did they change ownership?  I usually go to New Orleans once a year and gorge myself.  Mother's is always a stop since I need my Ferdi Special po'boy.  The only change I've really noticed is that it isn't packed the way it used to consistently be before Katrina.

Oh, and gellar:  The only thing I see wrong with your trip is that I'm not there.  icon_biggrin You're gonna have a great time!
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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2009, 02:31:35 AM »

Regarding Cafe du Monde, I recall it being packed to the gills every time we wanted to eat there. We went there the week before Katrina hit and that spot was filled. Not sure what it's like now. If you're in the French Quarter, I would highly recommend Acme Oyster Bar (if it's still there) because everything on the menu rules pretty hard. Also, be prepared in the WWII museum to be knocked out in the Pacific section. As brutal as I knew it to be, there are pictures and stories there that left me stunned. As in I almost started crying and I'm never to that point. Doesn't matter what you know about WWII, the stuff in that section of the museum is among the very worst things you will ever see in your life.
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« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2009, 03:22:30 AM »

Since I don't normally go to place like New Orleans, with so many famous restaurants for example, for vacation I am amazed at the amount of planning involved. When we go on vacation we generally don't plan a thing because I just want to relax, but I guess if we went to places like N.O. I would copy you to a T that's a pretty slick schedule.
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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2009, 06:12:35 AM »

I see no plans to see boobies, gellar.

I am disappointed.
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« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2009, 02:04:34 PM »

Quote from: Biyobi on January 08, 2009, 12:31:00 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on January 07, 2009, 10:53:05 PM

Quote from: Unagi on January 07, 2009, 09:49:58 PM

Quote from: Silky on January 07, 2009, 07:43:54 PM

Mothers is not what it used to be after they changed ownership.  It's still good but not fantastic.
That's a bummer to hear, I've not been in the city for years now.  icon_frown

That is to bad to hear. The atmosphere and food was great the last time we went.
When did they change ownership?  I usually go to New Orleans once a year and gorge myself.  Mother's is always a stop since I need my Ferdi Special po'boy.  The only change I've really noticed is that it isn't packed the way it used to consistently be before Katrina.
They changed ownership in 1986  Tongue  I didn't mean to alarm the faithful fans of the joint.  I used to hit it up for lunch occasionally but increasingly found it wasn't worth the hassle.  I suppose if I was down on vacation I would have a different outlook.

Quote from: gellar on January 07, 2009, 08:46:05 PM

Jacque Imo's was high on the list but everywhere I read says it's a pretty long wait there.

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I wouldn't go there past 6:00 PM.  If you can fit it in with your plans you can show up between 5:00 - 5:30 and get seated right away.
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« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2009, 03:12:08 PM »

The Early Bird Special, you mean.
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« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2009, 03:54:32 PM »

Quote from: whiteboyskim on January 08, 2009, 02:31:35 AM

If you're in the French Quarter, I would highly recommend Acme Oyster Bar (if it's still there) because everything on the menu rules pretty hard.

Acme is still there and still pretty good (was there in the fall).  City Park sufferred a lot of damage from Katrina, but the Museum has reopened;  you can take the streetcar to get to the museum in City Park.
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« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2009, 04:49:22 PM »

Quote from: whiteboyskim on January 08, 2009, 02:31:35 AM

Also, be prepared in the WWII museum to be knocked out in the Pacific section. As brutal as I knew it to be, there are pictures and stories there that left me stunned. As in I almost started crying and I'm never to that point. Doesn't matter what you know about WWII, the stuff in that section of the museum is among the very worst things you will ever see in your life.

Yeah I had a very similar reaction when I visited Pearl Harbor.  I'm expecting the same here.

Quote from: Tebunker on January 08, 2009, 03:22:30 AM

Since I don't normally go to place like New Orleans, with so many famous restaurants for example, for vacation I am amazed at the amount of planning involved. When we go on vacation we generally don't plan a thing because I just want to relax, but I guess if we went to places like N.O. I would copy you to a T that's a pretty slick schedule.

Generally I'm the same as well if I'm going somewhere tropical.  With New Orleans though, we knew there would be more restaurants than we could possibly go to and that some would require reservations, so we decided to plan parts of the trip out.  Plan this week, relax next week slywink

Quote from: pr0ner on January 08, 2009, 06:12:35 AM

I see no plans to see boobies, gellar.

I am disappointed.

I (generally) don't go to strip clubs.  Paying for something I can get for free seems a bit odd in my head.

Quote from: Silky on January 08, 2009, 02:04:34 PM

I wouldn't go there past 6:00 PM.  If you can fit it in with your plans you can show up between 5:00 - 5:30 and get seated right away.

I'll definitely keep it under consideration.  Do they have an appetizers or bar menu of some sort?

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Quote from: whiteboyskim on January 08, 2009, 02:31:35 AM

If you're in the French Quarter, I would highly recommend Acme Oyster Bar (if it's still there) because everything on the menu rules pretty hard.

Acme is still there and still pretty good (was there in the fall).  City Park sufferred a lot of damage from Katrina, but the Museum has reopened;  you can take the streetcar to get to the museum in City Park.

Cool.  Thanks.

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« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2009, 05:04:59 PM »

gellar, you are going to be in New Orleans.  Who said anything about paying for it?
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« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2009, 05:21:43 PM »

Quote from: pr0ner on January 08, 2009, 05:04:59 PM

gellar, you are going to be in New Orleans.  Who said anything about paying for it?

Well I am going with my girlfriend, so picking up chicks in bars is prob not gonna go so good slywink

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« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2009, 05:30:12 PM »

Quote from: gellar on January 08, 2009, 04:49:22 PM


I (generally) don't go to strip clubs.  Paying for something I can get for free seems a bit odd in my head.


I think he meant postponing to go to Mardi Gras where you don't have to pay at all.
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« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2009, 05:31:22 PM »

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Quote from: gellar on January 08, 2009, 04:49:22 PM


I (generally) don't go to strip clubs.  Paying for something I can get for free seems a bit odd in my head.


I think he meant postponing to go to Mardi Gras where you don't have to pay at all.

Ah well yeah... like I said, not my scene really.

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« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2009, 06:49:09 PM »

Quote from: gellar on January 08, 2009, 05:21:43 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 08, 2009, 05:04:59 PM

gellar, you are going to be in New Orleans.  Who said anything about paying for it?

Well I am going with my girlfriend, so picking up chicks in bars is prob not gonna go so good slywink

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