New Orleans Mash Up…

Another off the charts Jazzfest weekend! 2014 was memorable for so many different reasons. The timing was almost too good to be true (says the overthinker who lives in my head). The company…excellent~chill travel companions who aren’t in it to micromanage an unmanageable dang good time!

This years music lineup included Chaka Khan, Foster the People, Christina Aguilera (seriously preggers and going all out in her 4 inch Louboutin’s), The Head and the Heart, NOLA’s favorite sons Better Than Ezra, The Alabama Shakes, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Arcade Fire.

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20140506-210131.jpgThe weather was so un-bayou like I actually wore a jacket the whole first day.  Anyone who festivals in NOLA knows that is unheard of.  This year we changed up the dining experience and made brunch 2 of our 3 big meals.  The first was Elizabeth’s on Gallier.

Elizabeth'sMimosasA local favorite that’s a southern slice with a funky twist…we sat at the bar and had pour your own mimosa’s (can you say trouble) and dined on Old Fashioned Callas and Fried Boudin Balls in Creole Mustard sauce.  My brunch was Eggs Sardou, a NOLA specialty-poached eggs on artichoke hearts atop creamed spinach with Bearnaise.  YUMMMMIE!
Katie's Mid CityKatie’s in Mid City was Sunday brunch.  A true neighborhood restaurant Katie’s has an interesting and very inspiring story.  Like much of New Orleans Katie’s was devastated by the flooding of Hurricane Katrina.  What the storm didn’t take, greedy looters did.  Owners were almost forced to close, but took five years to slowly rebuild and return as the corner restaurant NOLA patrons love.  We loved it~maybe a little bit too much!  Our final stop before the last day of music was The Columns Hotel in the upper Garden District.  We sat in the elegant courtyard and enjoyed a Pimm’s Cup.  It was relaxing-very not the usual energy you experience in New Orleans.  I’m so glad we tried NOLA cuisine this way in lieu of relegating all of our fine dining to post-festival.

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20140506-204357.jpgThis trip was just what my mind, body (for the most part) and soul needed.  Live music fills me up in a way very few things do.  It reminds me to live in the moment and that it is okay to forget life’s responsibilities once in a while.  I am so lucky to have these two great friends above who feel it as much as I do!  I hope you all get the chance to visit Katie’s, Elizabeth’s and The Columns if you ever venture down to the bayou.

Cheers and Happy Wednesday!  XOXO, Catherine

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