Celebrating a New Orleans Birthday on Christmas Eve.
I got my ID back! Just in time to prove to everyone that this baby-face is actually 34 today!
Only one place on my mind for breakfast!
The wait to sit at Cafe du Monde is insane, as usual.
We hopped on the to-go line, which is much more manageable.
A very good family friend just happens to be in town, so I got to see him for the first time in five or six years! We got two orders (they come three for $2.14) and sat across the street in Jackson Square.
SO. MUCH. SUGAR!!!
I sorta wore the worst outfit for this.
Ordered a decaf cafe au lait…
…perfect for dunking!
Amazing. I had these the last time I was in New Orleans but don’t remember fully appreciating them the way I did this morning.
Everyone should be so lucky to eat beignets for their birthday breakfast. (They taste more like funnel cake than donuts, for those of you who have never experienced one.)
Afterwards we took a little walk along the river and listened to the steamboat calliope.
He was rockin some X-mas tunes!
My feet were beginning to hurt again from yesterday’s 9-ish miles so we tried to do as many non-walking things as possible. Starting with a reading at Bottom of the Cup Tea Room.
For a 10-minute tarot card reading, I paid $30 (plus a $5 tip).
She got NOTHING right (said I was in education/a student, embarking on a new romance, etc.)
But at least I got a tape to listen to my rip-off session over and over!
We’ll see if what she predicted for my future comes true in the next 6 months – she said some WACKY stuff that would be akin to a Christmas miracle!
Other ways to experience NOLA without moving too much – listen to GREAT street music…
(The Jaded Optimists, from Seattle!)
Abe paid for some really bad coffee so we could sit outside a cafe and people watch…
…and then we rode the streetcar!
Before hopping on we stopped into Rouses Food Market for some local junk food. Those beignets were surprisingly filling – I was held over for 5 hours and just wanted a little snack.
Since seeing their factory yesterday I’ve been curious about Hubig’s:
They had everything from Coconut to Apple. I chose Sweet Potato and split it with Abe on the streetcar.
YUMMERS. Just like a sweet potato pie, with icing.
We rode the St. Charles Line, which goes into the Garden District, past Tulane. Beautiful window watching.
At $2.50 for 2 hours, this was much better than any guided tour bus! We rode all the way, from the beginning to the end of the line.
Here I am, wishing Emeril’s Delmonico was open (they’re closed for the holidays).
Luckily, not every big New Orleans chef has closed tonight. I am SO READY for my birthday dinner! And after the “meals” I’ve had today, I’ll be perfectly fine if there’s no cake!