One of our local Uber drivers said it best when she chuckled, “If you aren’t craving a salad and water once you leave, you did something wrong.” Everyone knows New Orleans is the place to be for good food, good drinks, good music and good fun. But, there are so many amazing places, choosing the BEST can be overwhelming – especially once you’ve stopped into a few “to-go cocktail” spots. If you have a limited amount of time in one of America’s greatest foodie cities, here are my MUST stop restaurants and bar recommendations:
Every morning I️ start my day with a strong cup of coffee, a piece of peanut butter toast and the morning news. My house doesn’t get cable (because we’re ballin’ on a budget) but we do have a smart TV that lets me access the NBC and ABC News apps. After the biggest headlines and hard news have been played, there are always fun, thought provoking or informational longer-form stories that start to queue.
I️ noticed that I️ kept saving story names and URLs in my phone to reference “one day” or maybe share later on social, but never really did. And then I️ thought, why not make a running blog post for them!
So, without further ado, here are some (mostly news, but some podcast or documentary or youtube) segments that I️ have found inspirational, informative, funny or, in some other way, worth sharing.
This past Easter weekend my boyfriend and I headed to Florida to spend time with his family and enjoy some warmer weather. Although not the longest road trip I’ve ever taken, 7 1/2 hours in the car was not something I was looking forward to. However, time flies when you’re having fun (& in love). Here are some of our favorite road trip car games and activities that you can try with your special someone next time you hit the road.
I wish we would have started our trip with this tour, although I’m glad we snagged a spot with Adam from Utah. In his red Bubba Gump hat and waist length scraggly hair featuring crooked bangs, he was charismatic in both appearance and personality. When I first saw him, in addition to knowing this tour was absolutely free, I was definitely skeptical. However, the free walking tour ended up being a highlight of the trip. Getting a fun history and narrative of the city gave me some context and connection to the unfamiliar streets and sights around me. It was entertaining, informative, compelling, complete and free! I definitely recommend signing up for one at the beginning of your trip. The only cost involved is in the form of a tip. Choose whatever amount you think reflects what the tour was worth.
Why are there so many pizza restaurants on Franklin Street? Every year a new one moves in. What is the logic? It’s like gas stations that move in across the street from one another and compete by the penny for price per gallon. Let’s mix it up. Can I get a Chopt?? Can I get a Cookout????
Anyways, rant complete…
I decided to figure out what was so special about all these joints. In a stroke of genius investigative journalism, I spent the last couple months touring every pizza place on Franklin. Starting from IP3 and eating my way up to Benny’s, one slice at a time.
Drum roll please…
Below are the final rankings from The Great Franklin Street Pizza Tour:
My past two spring breaks have been spent abroad. Last year in Bergen, Norway and this year in Madrid, Spain. I had the time of my life exploring these amazing cities and hope to continue the tradition next year.
When people see my different posts and pictures from my frequent and extravagant excursions, I get a lot of questions about how a college student is paying for it all. (Yes, it all comes out of my own pocket.)
To start, if you want to travel in any capacity, you need to be good with saving and managing your money. I prioritize travel, so after paying the bills and eating, my life goes something like work, save, travel…rinse and repeat.
Once you have the money to spend, below are my tips for making it go the distance!
Over this past winter break, to celebrate the new year and my upcoming 21st birthday, I️ got to explore the beautiful Hawaiian Islands with my mom. Now, let me just say, my mother would be the first person who comes to mind when you mention a lot of things: support system, dinner date, person to brag about my accomplishments to and cry about my failures with. “Travel buddy” was not at the top of the list. However, after this epic, two-week journey through paradise, I️ thoroughly believe that everyone should travel as an adult with their mother. Here’s why: