NOLA Here We Come

Before we left Mobile, Alabama for our week in NOLA we did a little bit of sightseeing at Battleship Park. Of course our GPS made it sound like we were going to Battlesheep Park. (What a remarkable tool the GPS is! It gets you where you need to be and it entertains you.) The park is quite interesting with several actual planes and of course, a battleship. We did our own little walking tour, went to the gift shop to buy a souvenir spoon to add to my collection and then headed for NOLA which was less than 3 hours away.

NOLA Here We Come

Battleship Park, Mobile, Alabama
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

NOLA Here We Come

Battleship Park, Mobile, Alabama
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

NOLA Here We Come

Me and my Namesake at Battleship Park
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

While we were driving we were discussing that we needed to make sure to get in some good cardio every day so we wouldn’t be whales when we returned home. Oops! I remembered my sneakers and socks but I didn’t have a single workout outfit that fit me. Which was actually a great thing since my old ones were all too big after losing a ton of weight over the past year. But that’s a whole bunch of posts for another time. Funny thing was, Steve forgot to bring gym shorts. And then he mentioned that he saw an email from Steinmart as he was shutting the computer down. They were having a huge weekend sale with coupons for even more savings. Say no more. It’s on sale is my middle name. And don’t cha know it, there was a Steinmart that we would pass just two blocks from Domilise’s where we were headed for lunch. We both scored big time. Steve got shirts, gym shorts and a buttery soft, light yellow cashmere sweater. And I got an exercise outfit, a dress and a fabulous headband. The dress was perfect for my awesome new fuchsia suede stilettos that lace up the leg.

NOLA Here We Come

My Red Dot Find – the Perfect Dress to go with my new shoes!
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

All of that, and we arrived at Domilise’s right in the middle of the lunch rush but we didn’t care. We were back in our favorite city at our favorite place for Po’ Boys. So we took a number, #47, and scoped out a table, since there are only about 6 of them, and waited to place our order. One of the fun things about Domilise’s is that it is mostly locals and a conversation is always easy to start because New Orleanians a very friendly. We got lucky and diners at a four top were getting ready to leave. They were happy to have us wait by their table until they were through so that we could sit right down. Now here’s what happened – we started talking with a nice guy, #46, who sounded like he was from Boston but was born and raised in New Orleans. So when we were able to sit down we just asked if he wanted to sit with us. We have often share a table at Domilise’s. It’s just part of the charm.

As it turned out #46 was a retired school teacher and runs Kids Tours for a living. What a cool job to have. He runs walking tours of the French Quarter for kids of all ages. But for those with children in tow, his tours are age appropriate, which is a good thing because Bourbon Street can be quite raunchy. The 1-1.5 hour tours are for kids 4-18 and give the culture, history and geography of the area. If you are coming to the area you should really check out frenchquartourkids.com.

NOLA Here We Come

Steve Bringing our Po’ Boys to our Table
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

NOLA Here We Come

Don’t you want to take a bite?
Photo Credit: Sandy Axelrod

By the time we finished sharing an Oyster Po’ Boy and a Spicy Smoked Sausage Po’ Boy we were able to check it at our hotel/timeshare the Wyndham Avenue Plaza on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District.

NOLA Here We Come

Our bedroom in our suite at the Wyndham Avenue Plaza New Orleans
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Anyone who knows Steve and I knows that New Orleans is our absolutely favorite vacation destination. So when we were discussing how to celebrate our 48th Wedding Anniversary and my birthday the first words out of my mouth were “Let’s go to New Orleans!!!” 

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Charcuterie at a Mano

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Gorgeous Composed Salad

Since we are driving we will be spending the first night of our vacation in Mobile, Alabama and then continuing in the morning to our beloved NOLA. Our first stop, before even checking in to our suite at Avenue Plaza in the Garden District, will be for Po’ Boys at Domilise’s. And we know just what we are ordering. We will share an Oyster Po’ Boy and a Spicy Sausage Po’ Boy. Both fully dressed of course. Which means the works. There is only one other place on earth that we must make our first stop upon arriving and that is the White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City. Both places have a similar vibe and both deliver high octane flavor and great bread with their sandwiches. Thank goodness we can go to the White House at the end of August because it has been far too long since we have been either place. 

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Crab Cake at Oak Plantation

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Fried Oyster Lunch at Oak Plantation

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Yummy Fried Chicken with Coleslaw

I am teasing you with some pictures from our last trip 5 long years ago to New Orleans but I promise to share the new ones just as soon as we return!

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Decadent Dessert

Vacation Plans-Nola Here We Come!

Another Decadent Dessert