Travel Thoughts: New Orleans

The last time I went to New Orleans I only had a couple hours to cruise around and check things out during a late night. I hit up a couple jazz bars and maneuvered my way through tons of partying (drunk) tourists.  This time, I still only had a few hours, but they were in the early evening on Saturday night, a much different experience as the bar-hoppers weren’t out just yet and it was mostly tourists like me, enjoying the laid-back evening and taking it all in. Since I didn’t have much time, I headed straight for the French Market. I wanted a drink, I wanted to try the world-famous beignets at Cafe Du Monde, and I wanted to enjoy the perfect 78 degree weather while people watching – my favorite thing to do when I’m traveling. 
Louisiana Lemonade
at Market Cafe
Stopping in at Cafe Du Monde! 
These were better than you could even imagine. 

I love having nowhere to be 
and people watching in different cities.

 Cruising Decatur St. 

The food. The people. The weather. The energy. It’s all got an electric feeling to it. 
It’s just so unlike other places in the states. There’s SO much culture.
New Orleans is definitely one of my favorite cities in this country.
And here’s a fun article about 10 Things New Orleans had before anybody else!
Like cocktails! And Jazz! #thisplaceiszesty
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What’s Been Goin’ On

So things were a bit hectic last week. Here’s what’s been goin’ on:

My dad has retired, so his work threw him a little retiring party:

I walked all over creation the entire day Thursday to get everything set for Conrad’s Birthday. Flew to the store between clients, baked a cake in between clients, etc. Got C’s stuff all set up in the kitchen, left the house to teach a class and Conrad comes home to his “surprise” (literally five minutes after I left the house) to see that Tango had gotten to it first:
Whatev. Dinner at Rivue was amazing and we got some free dessert because of C’s bday. (Tiramisu is definitely more fancy than my Funfetti Cake. It was yummy, but nothing will ever be better than Funfetti cake. Just sayin’)

Then I went to New Orleans (N’awlins)…

To teach these peeps how to teach TRX classes:
Then went out to hear some good jazz at The Spotted Cat and this place across the street from it. I didn’t know what the name of it was… maybe d.b.a.? But why would you name a place d.b.a? Does business as? I don’t know, but the band was great! It felt like the New Orleans-y thing to do…

I even got home on Sunday afternoon. Enough time to go have dinner with C, get the house cleaned, and watch a movie together. Good times had by all!
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Coast to Coast… to Coast

So here’s my January:
13th-15th: Los Angeles, CA – For the In-Laws and the L.A. friends.

16th-18th: San Diego, CA – For the Friends and the SUN. Image via

21st-23rd: Newark, NJ – For the NYC friends, the Shore, and the TRX Trainers. Image via
28th-30th: New Orleans, LA – For the TRX Trainers and my own exploration… Image via

Am I near you? Wanna work out?
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