New Orleans

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I’ve never been to New Orleans, not until last weekend that is. I was giddy with excitement to finally see/hear/taste what everyone has been raving about all this time. It did not disappoint. We walked all over the French Quarter and the Garden District. There was not a beignet left un-eaten or a cocktail un-sipped by the time we were done.

The first night we went to Arnaud’s French 75 bar for strong drinks, cigars and fried oysters before dinner. I was full, and tipsy, by the time we got to Cochon but managed to try a bunch of delicious things appetizers and amazing peanut butter pie for dessert. In the morning we got up super early and beat the line at Café du Monde for a plate of beignets and café au lait. After covering ourselves in powdered sugar, we walked up and down every street in the French Quarter. That night we went to drinks with my family at the Foundation Room in The House of Blues, which is incredibly cool, but members only. For dinner that night we ate at the many times over recommended La Petite Grocery (get the blue crab beignets).

The next day we took on the Garden District and explored the amazing architecture and famous cemetery. Since no day is complete with out donuts in The Big Easy we taste tested three different kinds at District Donuts Sliders Brew. That night we listened to music at my cousin’s birthday party and then danced the night away listening to jazz at The Ritz-Carlton (where, believe it or not, Kanye made an appearance for a set).

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Coffee Culture NYC

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Recently I’ve become quite obsessed with exploring the best coffee shops in New York. You hear a couple whispers about a place, then you a see an Instagram or two, and then you know it’s a must-visit. Here are three of my current favorites: Third Rail is great if you want to get a muffin and then go sit in Washington Square Park. El Rey has lunch fare as well (and beers). Café Grumpy is great if you’re wandering walk through the Lower East Side and need a little energy. All of them have baristas that take their espresso very seriously and serve perfect cups of coffee. I like a cortado or an almond milk latte, with a little sugar.

1. Third Rail Coffee in Soho. 240 Sullivan Street

2. El Rey in the East Village. 100 Stanton Street

3. Café Grumpy in the Lower East Side. 13 Essex Street.

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