Our first stop after arriving in New Orleans (NOLA) was to StyleLab, an upscale men's clothing store on Magazine St. owned by our old roommate and good friend, Mark Warner. After we exhausted ourselves from a little retail therapy, Beau and I (along with friends, Johnny and Patrick) walked down the street to our first fun food find of the trip: Sucré.
I do not exaggerate when I tell you that this is literally the best pastry boutique I've ever experienced - including those we've visited in Chicago and LA. With executive pastry chef (and top 10 pastry chef in the country), Tariq Hanna, this place offers some serious eats. Since we had all just eaten not too long before, the four of us opted for the lighter dessert option: gelato! Coconut Fudge, Pistachio, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Watermelon Sorbet where the flavors we chose while I (and only I - typical) also enjoyed a refreshing glass of homemade sangria. Insane! The staff was extremely kind and helpful, the shop was so well put together, and the desserts...? Well, all I can say is that they speak for themselves.
After a little R&R at our friend, Amy's, the now five of us were off again to yet another delicious food find - La Thai. While staying true to authentic Thai roots, this restaurant manages to infuse a unique New Orleans twist into the menu. For example, I ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and the "Thai-Coon". This dish included jumbo shrimp, Louisiana crawfish, and a vegetable medley which was sauteed in a spicy garlic basil sauce topped off with fried eggplant and served with jasmine rice. Need I say more?
As we were walking out of La Thai, we visited a very unique shop named St. James Cheese Company. Oh. My. God. This place is cheese heaven, and since we were too full to eat again, I've made it a promise to myself that I will return with an empty stomach! The store offers a plethora of fine cheeses from America, England, Australia, Norway, Portugal,Netherlands, Switzerland, and many more as well as fruits, crackers, and wines for in-house dining. Inside is also a grocery offering homemade fruit spreads, other fun finds, and of course - cheese! As soon as we can get back to NOLA, I'll try it out and let y'all know just how amazing it is.
After a fun night out, starting a Mark's (owner - StyleLab) urban loft located in New Orleans' Warehouse District and ending with bar hopping Downtown, we ended this food frenzy on Sunday morning with nothing less than my all-time favorite thing in the world...