First of all, before I start can I say, Marlowe can be iffy at dinners (picky with the slightly unfamiliar), but with planes, she’s a rockstar. But you know what saved us everywhere we went? These mosaic sticker things. Jen recommended them a few weeks ago and they are the absolute perfect-no cell phone way to entertain a toddler. (We used them on our Miami trip too). Jen, I owe you a million dollars for this recommendation. Thank you so much. (see you soon, maybe?) Go say thank youuuuu, Jen if you try them.
We stayed at the international house hotel. Yes, this is a picture of the bar and not the hotel— but you can see instantly how this hotel might be a good (amazing) place from looking at the bar alone. There really is a hotel option for everyone, but I really liked this place/wanted to stay here, because it has a small boutique feel— which I always enjoy and tend to actually prefer. And when a hotel makes efforts to be eco-friendly and has vegan/cruelty free soaps and shampoos as their only bath option? Well, it’s a great option, obviously. And having this gorgeous bar right downstairs, didn’t hurt either— because yes, you can order drinks and bring them up stairs to where you have a sleeping toddler— no going out required. There’s a gym too, but I didn’t even look at that, like I tried to convince myself I would.
After we checked in, we hit the street to try to visit a restaurant everyone recommended, but it was closed for the week. We were sad, stopped in a coffee shop to re-plan and opted to take a longer walk down to magazine street for the place we planned for dinner, juan’s flying burrito. I took no pictures there, I was busy stuffing my face with a burrito.
It’s no surprise that it was hot in New Orleans. I was surprised that it was cool enough to wear pants (the first day). Lately, I’m in a guaranteed sweat the minute I open the front door here in Florida— in New Orleans it was hot, but thankfully not as hot. Regardless, I didn’t wear jeans again after the first day.
We took a lot of shady breaks. Marlowe asked for them quite a bit, and I gladly accepted.
We stopped in this beautiful umbrella store which is where I received the first real dose of genuine contagious niceness— granted the owner was from Seattle, but still, New Orleans kindness is real. Marlowe was obsessed with all the frilly umbrellas. Is it amusing to anyone else that the man from Seattle sells umbrellas?
We then headed back to the hotel for a quick heat, quiet time break (we woke up at 5 am that day, after going to bed at 1 or 2 am!) and then took the quick 5 minute walk to the waterfront to check out the aquarium.
We then had a bit of time left and opted to check out the insectarium before it closed—- a place one of my south florida friends actually recommended. It was one of the coolest things we did the whole trip. I mean, bugs give me the heebie jeebies— and roaches will make me scream, but this place was awesome.
Hey look! A family photo!
Afterwards we headed back to magazine street to find a Vietnamese place we had passed earlier. I absolutely, 100% regret not buying more egg rolls. They were SO GOOD.
I bought a hat.
Lately when I ask her for photos I get two reactions, one is the most adorable pose and smile ever. The other is a fake mad face. Emphasis on the fake— I don’t know why she does it, but I know I did it growing up too— so maybe that explains it 😉
lilly’s cafe: do not skip this. this will be the first place we visit next time we head to new orleans. Straight off the plane: egg rolls please.
We then jumped in a cab—something I think I’ve ever done only once here in Florida (lots of times elsewhere of course)—- headed back to the hotel, and zonked out for the night.
international house hotel.
magazine street (a funky little street of mostly independent shops and restaurants).
*I plan on doing a whole separate vegan new orleans post in the near-ish future of my favorites and what not— there were so many good spots!
*marlowe’s yellow dress is from HERE.
This trip was in partnership with The City Of New Orleans. A HUGE thank you to NOTMC for inviting us to your beautiful city. &&a huge thank you to all those who recommended such amazing places! Nola, we love you.