‘Everything in New Orleans is a good idea’.
Made another trek over to New Orleans for the 2019 Rock and Roll Half Marathon. This was race #2 in my 2019 goals for my running program.
Happy to report my training program has gained me additional time off my personal best for the half marathon distance. Was able to clock 2:10:39 (official time) which took three minutes off my previous best time. I’m learning more about training, lactic acid thresh holds and pain management. Slowing but positively heading towards my goal of running a half marathon under 2 hours—it’s coming!
Was excited to get back over to New Orleans this year. It’s a great place to visit—lots of food, drink and culture options available.
Decided to stay a little more central this year on Canal Street. The hotel was far enough away from the hustle and noise of Bourbon Street but close enough to walk there for entertainment options. Made it down to Bourbon Street to watch the street performers (singers, drummers, dancers, etc.) and experience the crowds who flock there to experience this New Orleans tradition.
What’s a trip to New Orleans without eating at The Original Cajun Restaurant, Mulate’s? It has become a staple on the New Orleans trip because the food and atmosphere are that good. Generous portions, plenty food options and cold beer are major draws for this restaurant. Normally get there during the day so have never experienced the bands that play the main stage at night. Will make it a point to get there for the bands on my next journey over.
A pleasant surprise and ‘new’ favorite place to eat in New Orleans is the Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar. The Creole House is right on Canal Street and was next door to my hotel. The convenience was great since I was doing a lot of running and walking while in New Orleans but beyond that the food was fantastic. Got a chance to experience multiple meals at the Creole House and the menu selection was great. I will warn you, the ‘house mayo’ they use on the Po Boys (sandwich) is good BUT spicy. They don’t tell you that up front, so it was a surprise to me—I don’t do spicy. 😊
I would recommend the chicken and waffles they have on the breakfast menu. Every meal I had at the Creole House was great, but the chicken and waffles took it to another level. Best chicken I’ve had in a long time and the waffle was large and fluffy. Wish they would have this all day long, but it is a great way to start the day. Will get the chicken and waffles every time I’m back in New Orleans—it’s that good!
New Orleans is a great place—recommend you get there for a visit if you haven’t been yet. Also, recommend experiencing the great food and culture available. It’s more than a place to collect beads on Bourbon Street.