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NOLA Bucket List

Last weekend I went to New Orleans for a wedding. First off yay to BL to becoming BP, beautiful ceremony and super fun reception. Secondly, I can't believe it took 7 years post college graduation to go back to Nola, that's just crazy and now that I've been back I'll be sure to not wait so long. In addition to seeing a fab Gamma Phi get married I got to hang with another fab Gamma Phi and cross some things of my Nola bucket list. When you're in New Orleans and in college you are surrounded by culture, great food, and great drinks but some of the awesome New Orleans experiences just aren't things a college student would do, it was fun to go with a local knowledge but tourist mindset. Most outsiders think of Nola as Mardi Gras and bourbon street but its really so much more. Mardi Gras should be on every one's life bucket list but here's some thoughts on a Nola specific bucket list that has nothing to do with Mardi Gras.

Things to drink:
1. Pat O'Brien hurricane - strictly 21 and up I sadly never made it there in college
2. Port of Call Monsoon - two types of rum and most deliciously strong. Stick around for the amazing food, the salad dressings are made in house and the burgers are just ridiculous
3. Tropical Isle Hand Grenade - I don't know what's in it and don't want to know but after 4 years of Gammabunga here I can certify this drink is awesome
4. 25 cent lunch time martini at Commanders Palace - a visit to commanders should be on every one's bucket list anyway
5. A cocktail from the carousel bar at The Monteleone - sometimes you need to class it up, plus it's one of a kind
6. A cocktail on The Columns porch - move the class uptown
7. Drive through daiquiri shop daiquiri - it's yummy, and where else can you get alcohol without getting out of your car
8. Abita Beer - beer drinkers claim it's good stuff, and it's locally made
9. Old absinthe house drink - absinthe, it's an experience
10. Copeland's Cras and burn - 1, just drink 1 . . . trust me

Places to Eat
1. Camellia Grill - counter seating, old school greasy spoon where the waiter first bump you
2. Port of Call - see above
3. Commanders Palace - see above, but also get the bread pudding. You need to dress nice for this place, no jeans. It is pricey and reservations are recommended for dinner and brunch  
4.  Palace Cafe - another Brennan family restaurant, it's pretty and as ood food
5. Mothers - in an old brick building north of the quarter, the food is good and the ambiance old school casual
6. Jacques Imo's - real New Orleans style food in a funky atmosphere
7. Cafe Du Monde - coffee and beinets in the quarter at an outside cafe for super cheap, yum! Ask for a hat
8. The Court of the Two Sisters - go for the jazz brunch, it's a buffet and $32 a person. Food is good, not the best but good but the ambiance is wonderful. Get reservations, they're busy. Casual dress is allowed but you must have sleeves.
9. haydels bakery kin cake - its the best, plus they come in lots of awesome flavors
10. Plus street snoballs - amazing and refreshing treat

Things to do:
1. Ride the street car for an entire loop - cheapest way to tour the city
2. Ghost tour - it's cheesy but fun, and educational
3. Get you palm read / fortune told in Jackson square at night - please don't take this too seriously, my friend MC was told he's a sexual predator and can't control himself around hot girls . . . MC is gay
4. Just walk around the quarter during the day - seeing the sights, people watching, it's fun
5. Magazine street boutique shopping
6. Steal something - I know, crazy I'm suggesting this right? I'm pretty sure they're used to it. I am not suggesting you shoplift, but be it sneaking drink stirs of the bar, pulling a flower out of a hotel arrangement, taking a cafe du Monde napkin dispenser or walking off with a pallet everyone deserves that free Nola souvenir (yes, a pallet, it was heavy and a pain to get in the car too, what can I say, too many pallet craft Pinterest pins)
7. Tour a Mardi Gras float facility, they are so cool to see up close
8. Go to a Saints Game ,its fun and different to experience football in an indoor arena
9. Visit a cemetary - cool, not creepy they are uniquley above round and the moselums are so intricate and pretty. Take a tour if possible  
10. Take a funny photo, here's mine. Really New Orleans police, if your scooters are tourists photo props then close the gate around them. Posing with the human statues in Jackson square, fake passing out in the street on bourbon, these will do as well. Nola is really one of the only places where acting a little silly is just the expectation


 
 
Ps, things to NOT do:
1. get arrested, especially for public intoxication, how embarrassing. I only know from rumor that their lockup is not somewere you want to be
2. get alcohol poinsiong, again, really? I only know from rumor that its painful to have your stomach pumped
3. Pass out in public, you will be robbed at the least and lord knows what else, I do not know from experience
4. hit potholes at a reular drivin speed - many a birthday present was new tires, and one year rims
5. Be rude, a party pooper or take life too seriously . . . Laissez  Les Bon Temps Roulez


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