Southern Jaunt

Last week I spent a few days visiting a friend in her home town of New Orleans, Louisiana. It was essentially my summer vacation– I finished my internship and packed my bags for a couple of fun days down south with a fellow batesie that I hadn’t seen in over 8 months! I made a similar trek last summer but this year it was bigger and BETTER! We did the touristy thing, ate incredible food, explored the nightlife and a lot of other things! The one downside was that this year was much hotter than my last trip– being outside felt about 117 degrees! That hindered our plans a little bit. But it was still lots of fun! Here are some photos.

Schuyler and I ready for a fancy dinner with her parents at Patois— yum yum! Not to be confused with this picture from last year.

We went to the zoo! I love zoos (and aquariums, too!)

Schuyler is READY for the zoo– we even parked next to the ZOO MOBILE!

Check that bird!

Who was hotter, that black bear or me?

Ducks roamed freely– as did peacocks

I was being really silly. There are LOTS of monkeys at this zoo, however, because of the heat, they were all napping in the back of their cages. I was forced to improvise…

I thought that this picture of me and an elephant’s butt was really important.

Clearly a big fan of statues…

Schuyler was too!

And last but not least, we found a bobcat. Go bates college!!

After a long day of walking around the zoo, we stopped for lunch at an incredible restaurant called Couchon. BBQ with a hip, fresh flare. Guess what I had? ALLIGATOR. Guess what it tasted like? Chicken.

Later that night, Schuy and I sampled local cuisine. We got milkshakes…

Which was not the only milkshake I consumed — in fact, the next day we breakfast at Slim Goodies Diner  and I had a delicious vanilla milkshake too! Look how serene I am…

We tried walking the french quarter– through the market and bourbon street, etc, but it was just too hot. We attempted to cool ourselves down with cold drinks, but it wasn’t doing the trick.

It was hot hot hot, but then again what can you expect from N’awlins in August? It was a great trip — other highlights included lunch at La Petite Grocery , sampling ceviche and rubbing elbows with the elite of NOLA at Cure, and apparnetly barely escaping food poisoning at Nacho Mama’s (unfortunately, our companion Taimur was not so lucky…).

New Orleans is just such a fascinating city. There’s so much to see, so much to do, so much to eat, to drink, to learn. It’s definitely a place I would like to keep visiting; each time I go, I experience completely new things!

And it’s back to Bates on Friday!


Southern Escapades

As promised, photos from my wonderful trip to visit my friend Schuyler in her hometown of New Orleans before we both head back to school in a week. All photos taken by the lovely Schuyler.

First thing’s first. Get this girl a po-boy.

We went out to dinner and were over come with our excitement at being together!

There was an awful lot of legacy at that dinner. From left to right, Margaret ’10, Rob players president 09-10, Schuyler ’11, Rob players president 10-11, Taimur ’07, Rob players president 06-07… and me. PRESSSURREEE.

We ate delicious gelato. Schuyler’s was tiramisu!

Mine was sweet cream, I’m a sucker for that flavor.

Schuyler’s parents took us out for an amazing fancy Louisiana dinner at Herbsaint. Because I was visiting New Orleans, I had to try gumbo and WOW what a place I picked to take the plunge. The gumbo of the day had rabbit and sweet sausage in it and was SO GOOD. I will be the first to admit that I am not the most adventurous when it comes to new foods, but I figured I had too. MMMMmmm. The taste was incredible and spicy and delicious. I followed that up with gnocci with pancetta and cherry tomatoes… and for dessert I had a banana butter tart with caramel sauce. I could barely move I was so full at the end. BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT!

We spent my last day split between traversing the French quarter and running through the aquarium. Here we are sitting in front of the St. Louis Cathedral.

The aquarium was SO COOL. I love aquariums. They are severely under-enjoyed by my age demographic. More people in their twenties should appreciate marine life, they’d live happier lives. This is the amazon rainforest room!

This is a slightly embarrassing photo, that I only post to emphasize how going to the aquarium=having more fun in life. I was trying to synchronize swim with the penguins.

Schuyler made a new friend and his name was MR TERRIFYING. This white alligator was asleep with eyes shut when she sat down, but upon examining the photo his creepy eyes are open! Scary!

Then, we hugged penguins in the gift shop.

And we ended our day eating beignets, the most delicious thing in the entire world. Beignets are only sold at this one cafe in the French Quarter, Cafe Du Monde, who, of course, are famous for the “French doughnut” that is absolutely DOUSED in powdered sugar. As a result, it is impossible to effectively eat a beignet without covering yourself in the white sugary mess and therefore all photos taken are entirely top secret.

Instead, I will post a scene from the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog” about beignets. This is actually the first place I was introduced to the New Orleans specialty confection, when we watched it during a rainy day at camp earlier in the summer. Though animated, throughout the movie they appear just as delectable as they are in real life, and I was terribly excited when Schuyler took me to the home of the pastry.

Whew. So there you have it. A few days in New Orleans running around, giggling, using funny accents and pretending that I was a Southern Belle. It was just what the doctor ordered post-work, pre-school. Countdown to Bates: ONE WEEK!