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VENTURE OFF THE BEATEN PATH IN NEW ORLEANS

Traveling for me is a cultural experience. Some people are into history, others are into architecture, and then there are those who seek to eat and drink their way through a city. That’s me! I love getting lost and taking in the sights without a specific destination. There is one aspect of a trip, however, that I will rarely leave to chance. That’s food! Call it neurotic and over-the-top, but I will literally research the best places to eat within 20 miles of my trip route. If there is a chance I could end up there, you better believe I will know the best spots to eat. Not only do I enjoy the culinary experience, but also the people-watching and interaction with locals and perhaps other travelers. And, of course, by the end of one meal, I am pretty much already planning where to eat at the next (crazy?!).

Well now that I have shared my travel philosophy with you, I am super excited to share my favorite restaurant in New Orleans for breakfast and brunch! It certainly is not the fanciest spot but goodness gracious does it have some delicious food! I came across it a few years ago when in New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival. That is a whole other blog post entirely but just know the festival is a must!!! So… this restaurant.

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One key word – Elizabeth’s! Elizabeth’s Restaurant is little gem way down in the Upper Ninth Ward. It is this amazing mix of classic Southern and New Orleans fare. I wanted to go out of the box a bit so I had soft shell crab benedict and praline bacon. It was so good! There were other amazing items on the menu including Redneck Eggs made with fried green tomatoes and Duck Waffle with sweet potato and duck hash on top of a corn bread waffle. They are serious and reasonably priced! Just a note that there could potentially be a long wait so maybe go early.

If you do go, I would love for you to comment and let me know about your experience!

Bon Voyage!

 


 

FRIDAY FAVORITES: AUSTIN EDITION

Favorite Things Austin Edition

I WASN’T BORN AND RAISED HERE IN AUSTIN BUT I FEEL LIKE A TRUE AUSTINITE! IT’S BEEN AMAZING TO SEE HOW THE CITY HAS EVOLVED IN EVEN JUST THE PAST 5 YEARS SINCE I MOVED HERE. AT TIMES I TAKE THIS AMAZING CITY FOR GRANTED BUT I THINK IT IS SO FUN TO ACT LIKE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY, ACTING AS IF YOU ARE VISITING FOR JUST A DAY OR TWO… TAKING IN ALL OF THE BEST SCENES AND TASTES.

SO, THIS FANTASTIC FRIDAY, I GIVE TO YOU MY PERSONAL FAVORITES, AUSTIN EDITION!

 

FAVORITE NEW RESTAURANT: FIXE SOUTHERN – GET THE AHI TUNA MUFFULETTA!!!

Fixe Austin RestaurantFixe Austin Restaurant

FAVORITE BRUNCH SPOT WITH AMAZING COFFEE: HILLSIDE FARMACY Hillside Farmacy on the East Side

FAVORITE BOUTIQUE: FOUND BOUTIQUEFound Boutique Austin

FAVORITE BAR AREA: RAINEY STREET WITH IT’S ECLECTIC MIX OF AMBIANCE AND BAR CHARACTER Rainey St Austin

FAVORITE RUNNING AREA: LADY BIRD LAKE IN DOWNTOWN AUSTINLady Bird Town Lake Austin

 


 

a chic weekend in the hill country

There are so many reasons why Austin is known as one of the greatest cities in the country, but of them all, it’s helpful to note that San Francisco is not the only city with an award-winning wine country just an hour road trip away. Yes, that’s right friends, Austin isn’t amazing simply because it is in the great state of Texas. So, a bit back, some friends and I headed out of town to enjoy good wine, mouth-watering bbq, and sheer relaxation. Oh, and good company of course!

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Wine was certainly the focus of the weekend and with that said, there is no greater place in Texas for enjoying vino than Fredericksburg. Located just 60 miles from Austin, Fredericksburg is a quaint little German town known for vineyards, a great little downtown, and relaxing bed and breakfasts.

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My favorite and probably most well-known vineyard in Texas is Becker Vineyards. It wasn’t the only winery we visited but definately worth the feature. The winery’s buildings are a perfect mix of French rustic and chic. But even more than the beautiful grounds and numerous fun events throughout the year, the wine is just divine. Not only is their selection of wine vast in numbers but really is wonderful for both the recreational wine drinker and enthusiast.

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Looking for a peaceful and relaxing place to rest your head after all the wine drinking? Look no further than this beautiful gem of a bed & breakfast. “Enchanting, serene, secluded…Hoffman Haus Bed & Breakfast is the essence of rustic sophistication in the beautiful hills of central Texas.” With close proximity to the historic Main Street of Fredericksburg, the location is perfect for walking to shops and restaurants. Oh… and I wouldn’t dare forget to mention the wonderful breakfast, which is delivered to your room each morning!

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Last stop, but certainly not to be forgotten or devalued, is the amazing and famous BBQ you just must make a stop for! After eating your delightful brekkie and checking out of the B&B, be sure to take an extra scenic route on your way back to Austin to stop at the smoky deliciousness of The Salt Lick BBQ! No trip to the hill country would be complete without this. Be sure to taste a bit of everything… but save room for dessert. The pecan pie is AMAZING as it has sat by the smoker since it made its way out of the oven and is soaking up all that smokiness!

Pray tell, what better little weekend could you have? For out-of-towners, I just gave you one more reason to visit the great city of Austin! And, for my fellow Austin-ites, if you have not made this weekend getaway… what are you waiting for? Oh… an open reservation at a B&B? Valid answer. Yes, be sure to book your accommodations a bit in advance!

Bon Voyage!

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