Where do I start? To sum it all up, New Orleans (NOLA), has been all the hype that you've heard and more! It was my first time in Louisiana and I such a blast! While I was there I was lucky enough to hang out with close relatives and family that I have never met before. Their hospitality was amazing and they are the sweetest people ever, can't wait to see them again!
I attended the Krewe of Boo parade, which was the biggest Halloween parade in New Orleans. I've heard of Mardi Gras and all the the beads and chaos that go with it. I didn't expect the Halloween parade to be anything like it, but I was very wrong. People were throwing beads and things out the floats that rolled past by the ton. Let me just say, people are crazy for the beads! Trying to catch them and collect different colors are addictive. Attending a parade in NOLA is a must do.
The whole time I was there I felt like I was stuffed. The FOOD is amazing in NOLA, it seemed like you could get endless amounts of oysters, shrimp, crawdads (not salty and buttery like Boiling Crab in CA), soft shell crabs, char-grilled oysters, poboys, and several other delicacies on every corner. New Orleans definitely didn't disappoint at all in the seafood category. Now that I have had a taste of that real cajun seasoning that all the seafood was infused with, I can't imagine eating it anywhere else. I will definitely be back again to indulge in all the food, maybe during Mardi Gras. If you're looking for places to eat, I would recommend the places/dishes below:
1. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar in New Orleans (happy hour $3/dozen oysters, shrimp andouille brochettes, "big easy" bbq shrimp, and bread pudding).
2. ACME (deep fried soft shell crab with sweet potato fries, raw oysters, char-grilled oysters and bread pudding). ACME tastes better to me than FELIX.
Side note, definitely hit up "Bliss Nail Bar", if you want to get your nails done. The decor and environment is very modern and pleasant. Plus the staff are superb at what they do!