New Orleans is a city I have always wanted to visit. It has been on my bucket list ever since I saw the city on a travel show. Finally, I decided this was the year to visit New Orleans during Thanksgiving (as all extended family members who were supposed to visit us decided not to travel).
The city did not disappoint. The French Quarter is unlike anything else in the US. The narrow, meandering cobblestone streets remind me of European destinations.
One of my favorite architectural structures were the balconies. From simple to intricate, often overflowing with flowers,these porches and balconies had an otherworldly effect.
Our first stop after arriving at the French quarter was Cafe Du Monde. I had heard a lot about this coffee shop, which is a landmark of the city. When expectations are high there is a high probability that there will be disappointment. I am happy to say that that was not the case here. The beignets were light and fluffy without being too greasy, and the chicory coffee was the perfect compliment.
I am really glad I researched restaurants before I went to Nola. It was definitely worth the time as I discovered a wonderful gem called Peche. In the up and coming warehouse district, this seafood restaurant won the James Beard Foundation award and chef Ryan Prewitt won the award for Best Chef in the south in 2014. With accolades like this, the bar is high. I found the atmosphere to be casual and bustling. The predominantly seafood menu is full of classics like Louisiana shrimp roll, white beans and bacon, and grilled chicken with bbq sauce. My favorite dish was the catfish with pickled greens and chilli broth. Everything worked well in this dish – the mild catfish a perfect vehicle for the tanginess of the pickles and the kick of the chilli. It is so good – order two servings – trust me. Peche is a highly recommended stop for any visit to NOLA