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W.T.F.?

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For six nights, we called the W New Orleans home

The Poydras Street location; not to be confused with the one in the French Quarter, which is much smaller!

Not quite as festive as the Ritz Carlton (where we stayed last year) but the common areas are a lot more chill and spacious during the day.

The beds/sheets are comfy…

…and the rooms are a nice size. They’ll bring you an extra fridge too – which came in handy for leftovers.

Best bath products ever – I’ve stocked up on all the face washes!!!

Very grateful for daily free apples…

…and the delicious water too (which turns into sweet tea late in the afternoon, then disappears at night)

Those are all the pros. Unfortunately, there have been a number of cons.

The gym looks beautiful, but 1/2 the machines are broken. (Yes, I actually “worked out” one day.)

And the complimentary headsets don’t fit in the TV’s, so I just watched hundreds of silent, dancing Santa Clauses.

A lot of little problems (leaking shower, sloppy maid service, outdated iPod deck, no cotton balls/Q-tips, thin walls and loud neighbors) but also some big ones. The main issues being that we had to get our key cards re-done about a hundred times, and the walls in my in-laws’ room kept rattling from the heat.

The staff couldn’t have been friendlier/accommodating, it’s just that I expected a little more from the W chain, which have always been of a certain standard.

Then again, I’ve never actually stayed in one before – this is just from what I’ve heard from others!


Cochon

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We were up bright and early to see our family off before their flight – one last romp through the French Quarter…

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…to Cafe Beignet

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These were featured on Alton Brown’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” list…

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…everyone else proclaimed them better than Cafe du Monde’s version (<—click for David's video review). I didn't actually eat any, since I felt I’d already gotten my beignet fix

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…plus I was saving room for my final NOLA meal at Cochon

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Had to make reservations for this place last week (they were booked the whole time!) and arrived just as they opened

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Despite its name (and menu) there are a number of veggie-friendly items. Our waiter was super knowledgable and helped us navigate the menu.

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Meat for moi – Braised Pork Cheeks…

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…with sauerkraut potato cakes, applesauce, and goat feta. Yummy, but seriously paled in comparison to the pork dish from Domenica.

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I had just a small taste of Abe’s…

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Pumpkin Calas (essentially, a pancake/fritter) with pickled radishes, apples, and toasted pecans

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Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

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All three of these complimentary rolls got eaten by me – since they’re made with animal fat

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Good, but Abe really wasn’t missing out anything. (In fact, I liked the bread at The Chimes better, which means I’ve probably just lost my New Orleans readership.)

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One was dipped in extra pork juice…

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…and mac n cheese

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One was coated in traditional spread (butter)…

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…and the last was doused in their house-made chili vinegar + hot sauce

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Almost too full for sweets. Almost.

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While we waited, I tried a sip of Abe’s “bootleg” Dr. Pepper. Not bad, but $5 for 8 ounces is a bit steep in my opinion…

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…especially when for $3 more you can eat one of the best desserts ever!

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake made with Cornmeal, and drizzled with Dulce de Leche

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The coconut lime sorbet crumbled like ricotta!

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Surprisingly (or maybe not so shocking, considering this is me we’re talking about) dessert was BY FAR my favorite.

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I guess I had this place hyped up – it was on every foodie/blogger list, with a big celeb following and hard-to-get reservations. But honestly, I’ve experienced much better meals on this trip (with double the portions and half the price) and feel there are a lot of equal/similar places in Los Angeles I can eat at regularly (Animal and Salt’s Cure come to mind).

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Although, I must admit I don’t often see women in head-to-toe leopard fur back in La La Land.

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Adelaide

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Our last night in The Big Easy!

Since our large group couldn’t make it all the way to Commander’s Palace, we trekked across the street through the Loews Hotel instead…

…to its sister restaurant, Cafe Adelaide

(& the Swizzle Stick Bar)

Not too many folks at 6pm…

…but a perfect time for our niece! This place really knows how to treat kids – they also brought her a special drink in a plastic cup/straw and crayons/coloring book…

…she also loved their bread, which came in paper bags. I only had a bite of mine and gave her the rest.

Wasn’t feeling terribly hungry from my catfish po’ boy lunch so I just ordered two small sides:

Garlic Wilted Spinach

Sweet Potato Hash

The theme of this trip has been sharing! I nibbled on 3 little plates of everyone else’s orders…

Shrimp and Tasso Corndogs – essentially shrimp dipped in andouille corn dog batter with 5 pepper jelly and hot sauce butter.

This was my favorite – I even dug the pickled okra (the one veggie I’m not a big fan of)

Spinach salad with bourbon spiced pecans, goat cheese, and molasses vinaigrette

Shrimp Remoulade (SPICY) with a side of Crab Salad

More salad – a chopped one with romaine, bacon, tomato, eggs, parmesan, toasted brioche croutons, and black pepper-buttermilk dressing

Bacon Crusted Oysters – with tomatoes, arugula, charred tomato mayo, on top of warm french bread

Fries – super duper salty ones

Roasted Potato Flatbread with cheese and arugula

There was a turtle soup, too – but I had a pet tortoise in college and couldn’t quite bring myself to try it.

One clear choice for dessert –

Their White Chocolate Biscuit Pudding has been on my radar ever since it was featured on Esquire’s “Best Desserts of 2011″ list…

…so we ordered two of them!

Ice cream with root beer caramel and fried nuts?!? So genius!!!

I ate a little more than 1/3 of our bowl, plus the scraped up buttermilk biscuit bits

Such a special evening – service was outstanding!

I loved that they gave me my choice of herbal tea, too

*Sniff*

The rest of the family has a much earlier flight, so Abe and I still have a little more NOLA left ahead…but it’s never as much fun without the whole gang!

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