48 Hours in New Orleans

French Quarter

I went down to New Orleans – literally for 48 hours – this weekend to run in the Mardis Gras half-marathon and hang out with Laney, Judson, and Shelby. I’ve heard New Orleans referred to as a “state of mind,” and I whole-heartedly agree. It’s a vibrant, colorful city heavily influenced by a relaxed southern vibe. I left telling Laney, “Sheesh, I feel like we did a lot!” yet I never felt rushed.


4 p.m. – I arrived, later than planned, on Saturday. The race was early the next day, so we checked into the hotel and went out to eat. I forgot my snacks for the plane, the airline didn’t give out even one edible thing, and I had no time during my layover to grab anything. I was extremely hungry, which I now believe is the best way to arrive in this city. You surely won’t leave feeling that way.

6:30 p.m. – I ordered the shrimp and spicy sausage Po’ Boy at American Sector. Judson and Laney were keen on having me sample southern cuisine, so I also nibbled on southern greens, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, homemade peppermint patty, Devil’s food cupcake, and a milkshake. Everything was delicious, and I left fueled up for the race!

Shrimp and Spicy Sausage Po' Boy

Shelby liked to show me her shoe. She’s recently discovered where her “toes” are and it’s the cutest thing.



10:30 a.m. – Reunited with Shelby, who loved my beaded race medal! The race was actually a lot of fun. It started early. We had to get up at 5 a.m. to pick up our race numbers, and the race started at 7 a.m. It was a big event – about 15,000 people. They had live bands every few miles, Krispy Kreme donuts at mile one, and beer at mile eight. {I had both!} The weather was warm and gorgeous. I must have said twenty times to Laney while we were running, “I just can’t get over that there is no snow?!”


1:30 p.m. – Jazz brunch at Commander’s Palace!

Commander's Palace

Mimosas for everyone.

Commander's Palace

Entertained by live music. Shelby got a serenade.

Commander's Palace Commander's Palace

I had the Commander’s salad {romaine lettuce, Parmesan, pressed eggs, house made bacon, French bread croutons, grated Gruyère and creamy black pepper dressing} and the pecan crusted gulf fish. I sampled some turtle soup for the first time as well.   The best part was the dessert sharing at the end. We all ordered something different and passed them around. Check out the crème brulée adorned with the fleur-de-lis.

French Quarter

4 p.m. – Chilled at Alison’s parents’ place in the French Quarter. Most amazing house ever! I’ve never seen such tall ceilings or doors. {Judson is around 5’10”.}

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And it was nice to relax on the second-story porch.

French Quarter

I mean, really, this is fabulous. I could people-watch out here for hours on end.

French Quarter

8 p.m. – Out at a cute bisto/wine bar sort of place.

French Quarter

The pommes frites {fried in goose fat} were possibly the best fries ever.

We got the goose-fat fried fries.


11 a.m. – Walked along Magazine Street.

French Quarter

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French Quarter

I should have bought a King Cake. Darn!

Boulangerie in the French Quarter

12:00 p.m. – Waiting for brunch at the Stanley in Jackson Square. Laney and I posing with Shelby and rocking out to the street music.

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I saw a man walking with a cat on his shoulder.

Jackson Square

Brunch! Call me boring, but I love a good egg, potato, toast, and bacon brunch.

Breakfast at the Stanley

3 p.m. – After walking around the French Quarter – I bought some spices at the New Orleans School of Cooking where Alison works –  we had some pinkberry {my first time!} and I headed back to the airport around 4 p.m.

My first pinkberry

The weekend went much too fast for my liking. I can’t wait for my next trip to NOLA.

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9 Responses to 48 Hours in New Orleans

  1. I’ve only been to New Orleans once (a year ago, for an adventure race – great way to explore the city!) and I loved it. I know a few people who ran the half last weekend and it sounds like it was a great time. I’ve definitely added it to my to-run list!

  2. Laney says:

    Shelby wants to know when Sarah is coming back to visit her? Thank you for coming down south and for being such a wonderful friend!! We love you!

    ps – the high here next week is 80 degrees.

  3. Rae says:

    I love NOLA. I was born in Mississippi and we went to Mardi Gras almost every year. But the great thing about the south is there are Mardi Gras parades in LA, MS, and AL… so no matter which state you’re in, you can find the fun.

    And yes, you should have gotten a king cake – they are SCRUMPTIOUS. I order one every year from Paul’s Pastries. Best King Cake pastry shop in town, in my opinions. Check them out and if you order one, get the Mixed Berry. It’s the best!

  4. Terry Reid says:

    WOW! What an awesome weekend! Sooo happy you had a fantastic trip! Woo Hoo!

  5. Sarah says:

    I love these photographs.

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