We made it to New Orleans around 7 p.m. and checked into the hotel. We had late dinner reservations at NOLA, one of Emeril's restaurants. It. Was. Delicious. We split the special appetizer which was an alligator sausage with greens and sweet potato gnocchi. Oh my gosh. It was so tasty. I had the fried chicken with bourbon sweet potatoes and Mac had shrimp and grits. We split the Warm Ooey Gooey for dessert, which was just insane. It was warm gooey chocolate cake with coconut and coffee ice cream on top. YUM. We were pretty much both in a food coma after that.
On Saturday, we headed out in the rain to have breakfast at Brennan's. We had delicious entrees (I had Eggs Benedict for the first time!) but saved room for the all important Banana's Foster. YUM. We waddled out of there and just wandered around the French Quarter a bit. We hit up the local J. Crew and Anthro (I got a KILLER deal on the vest below), and then went back to to the hotel to drop off our purchases.
After I convinced Mac to not take a nap, we headed back out. We arrived to Cafe Du Monde just as the rain began to pour. We had the rudest waitress ever, but still enjoyed our delicious beignets and cafe au lait. The rain died down a bit, so we headed back out to find somewhere to watch the UT game. We came across this little nook of a bar, Touche. We ducked in and grabbed a seat at the bar. We quickly became fast friends with everyone around us including the bartender, Donna. She was a hoot! She kept us entertained throughout the game.
After the heart breaker of a game ended, I asked Mac to take me to the Carousel Bar. We tried to go on Friday night but it was too packed. It is in a hotel, and the bar is literally a carousel! I think we stayed there for two hours. We chatted with everyone around us and made some new friends. I met a Florida fan, and he ordered a Pimm's Cup at the bar. I graciously informed him that was a girly drink, but it didn't surprise me because he was a Florida fan. :) After the Carousel Bar, we grabbed a street hot dog and wandered around Bourbon Street. We had such a fun weekend!
When we got back to Memphis, the fun didn't stop. We were flooded with cards and messages from sweet friends and family all day on Monday. Mac brought me some beautiful flowers after work and we exchanged gifts. I stuck with the traditional gift of paper by giving Mac a leather padfolio with his initials, and he surprised me with a bracelet I had my eye on.
We had another delicious dinner at Flight and then came home to eat wedding cake (which was just as tasty as it was one year ago!) and toast with champagne. We then watched our wedding video and I cried like a baby. October 1, 2011 was such a special day and it was so much fun to celebrate one year together!