New Orleans

I am headed to New Orleans this spring and I am pretty stoked about it. My friend Sara, of Stalk my Kitchen, is traveling with me as are our two husbands. Sara is a planner, and she’s provided me with lists of things that we can do during our trip; I thought I’d share a few of the places I can’t wait to visit here. If you have any recommendations, send them our way.

My favorite cocktail, the Ramos Gin Fizz, was invented in New Orleans, so I obviously am excited to check out the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel, where the drink came to be.

Like most things New Orleans, the Ramos has a great story behind it. Huey P. Long, the governor of Louisiana from 1928–1932, loved the Ramos cocktail.  During one of his many political trips to New York, Long stayed at the New Yorker, a hotel that boldly claimed to be the home of the Ramos Gin Fizz. After taking one sip of the New Yorker’s Fizz, the governor picked up the phone and called The Roosevelt New Orleans with orders “to send his best gin fizzer on to New York by plane so he could teach these New York sophisticates how and what to drink.”

Yeah. We’re going there.

Other bars on our list: Vaughn’s Lounge, a dive bar known for its live music; Cure, a take on the modern craft bar; Mimi’s in the Marigny, Hermes Bar at Antoine’s and roughly twenty other places.

For food, there is a list too long to write here. But I plan to eat at least one beignet at Cafe du Monde and we’ve secured a table at Couchon. From there, who knows what we’ll dine on. (Fried green tomatoes, oysters, fried chicken, po’ boys, muffaletta and crawfish, perhaps?)

Credits for the Ramos Gin Fizz photo, Cafe Du Monde photo.

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