It’s late at night on Bourbon Street. I’ve had a few too many Hurricane cocktails, and the lights of the whole city seem to be glowing a little brighter than they were a couple of hours ago. Everywhere I go, it’s pretty clear that people know I’m a little tipsy, but they still greet me with a smile and warm welcome. It’s part of the spirit. Southern hospitality meets strong cocktails in certain parts of town and everyone becomes a neighbor that’s always in the mood to party with you.
Escaping from Bourbon Street, though, you notice that the same attitude stays true. The short walk to Frenchman brings the same thing. A little more laid back, sure, but still brought to life by the smooth sounds of saxophones and trumpets instead of party-goers throwing beads and screaming at the top of their lungs. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but sometimes you’re just looking for a different vibe, and finding a place to just chill out and listen to live music provides that. Sure, the drinks will have you feeling some kind of way, and considering the fact that most of them are both cheap and strong, they’ll be flowing.
When the sun comes up, though, and you have to peel yourself from the bed as the sun rises, New Orleans comes right back at you with ridiculously amazing food to cure your inevitable hangover. From Po Boys to Gumbo, the food history of the city is unreal. The whole city embraces itself as a foodie haven. Crawdads, Jambalaya, and other foods that are famous in NOLA are part of the regular menu, and the number of Po Boy variations is ridiculous. There are even a number of restaurants that serve up Peanut Butter Burgers. Yes, you read that right. Peanut. Butter. Burger.
But the history is much larger than the food, too. From legends of Voodoo and witchcraft to the unbelievable amount of American History as a whole, it’s also the perfect place for every history buff in your life. Every road seems to have a history in itself, and there are a number of sources that will offer you tours of places both historic and haunted. I myself love the number of historic sites from the days when the French occupied the city prior to the American Revolution.
Why you really need to visit New Orleans, though, is much deeper than any of the experiences you have there. Although, the team did have a lot of fun on our visit with a just a few too many drinks… But, getting back to the point, there’s something special that’s happening in the city. It doesn’t take too much research to find that recent history hasn’t been too kind to the city, but they’re stronger than ever. The sense of community is one of the best we’ve ever seen, and before we left, we felt like a part of the community. New Orleans, we love you, and we’ll be back before the end of the year. That’s a promise.