In Search of New Orleans' Best Beignets

In Search of New Orleans' Best Beignets

A couple of years back, my sister, who had been attending Tulane in New Orleans, mentioned that the beignets served in Disneyland were nothing compared to the ones at Cafe Du Monde.  More recently, I was watching "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" New Orleans edition, and Alton Brown claimed that Cafe Beignet has the best beignets in New Orleans (not Cafe Du Monde!?).  So, naturally, I got to thinking.  Is there really a clear difference between these beignets?  They're just fried dough with sugar, right?  Well, this trip, we had a unique opportunity to be in Disneyland just days before heading to New Orleans.  That's when I decided it was official: the taste test was on.  Want to know the winner?  Keep reading...

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3 Great Spots for Breakfast & Brunch in New Orleans

3 Great Spots for Breakfast & Brunch in New Orleans

As I mentioned in my first post of this New Orleans series about our awesome accommodations, I'm going to be recapping some of the highlights of last month's trip in a series of posts.  This one is focusing on some of our favorite spots for breakfast & brunch (and, boy, does the Big Easy know how to do those well). Based on this trip and prior experiences, here are my top choices at multiple budget levels...

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Tiki Drink Recipe: Hurricane

Tiki Drink Recipe: Hurricane

In honor of our New Orleans posts this week, we're serving up a classic drink that originated in New Orleans: the Hurricane.  This week, it's being served in the second edition Trader Sam's Krakatoa mug.  Looks like we're in for double trouble with this volcanic tropical storm combo...

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One of the Best Airbnb Listings in New Orleans

One of the Best Airbnb Listings in New Orleans

When we started to plan our trip, I decided to explore the options available on Airbnb.  They were definitely cheaper and more interesting looking than hotels for the weekend and, for the three of us, many offered the luxury of multiple bedrooms, a kitchen, the works.  As a designer, I usually seek out unique accommodations when I travel because, if I'm spending the money, why not stay in a cool space?  I ended up stumbling across this decorator's home right off of Magazine St...

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Returning After a Long Hiatus

Returning After a Long Hiatus

Hello again and sorry for my absence!  Quite a bit has been happening since I last posted.  I sadly fell off the radar with my 100-Day Project but I'm contemplating continuing it at my own pace or creating an abbreviated set of work.  I was enjoying it until life got in the way.  Life has also gotten in the way of our Grog Logging!  We haven't logged since March - hopefully, we make it out to the Tonga Hut this week!  Beyond getting bombarded with lots of design consulting work (this is a good thing), April and May were jam-packed with travel.  I'll be posting more about my trips but, in the meantime, here are some of the things I've been up to...

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