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If you have been reading CoupleDumb in the last 8 months, and we know you have, we have been planning a move from Miami, Florida to Big Bear, California. We decided to take the entire Reyes-Fournier clan which includes 3 children and 2 dogs cross country. This was supposed to be an adventure. What we found was the following: 1. Our kids are troopers. 2. You can fit 3 children and 2 dogs on a queen sized bed. 3. There are certain places we never need to drive through again, ever.
Our first stop on this family adventure was New Orleans, Louisiana. Now, before I continue you need to understand something, we love New Orleans. There is nothing about New Orleans we do not adore including that weird smell and the occasional drunken idiot. We love it all! By taking our children, we wished to introduce them to the Crescent City and the magic that it holds on us. The problem with this idea became evident the first night there. In New Orleans, you can either travel with children or pets, not both. We found that there were restaurants that allowed pets but, because of the bar, no children could enter and vice versa. So, we tried to make the most of it.
We must make mention of the great La Quinta hotel that is located on Camp Street in Downtown, New Orleans is only minutes away from the French Quarter. We were able to walk from the extremely pet friendly hotel to the Quarter in less than 5 minutes and that was with 3 kids and 2 dogs! The hotel let us be part of the craziness but far enough removed that the kids did not see the more adult side of New Orleans. We were able to walk everywhere! We parked our car when we arrived and did not pick it up again until the morning we left.
Now, as for what to do with 3 kids and 2 dogs, the answer is simple: EAT! The morning after we arrived we had one goal, beignets and café au lait. We walked all the way to Café Du Monde. Here is where we make a travelers note: Many locals swear that Café Du Monde is just a tourist trap and the better place to get your beignets and café au lait is Café Beignet located on Bourbon street next to the police station. Café Du Monde is right up the street from the French Market which is a lot of fun while Café Beignet is in the heart of the quarter. Café Du Monde has a very limited menu and is very busy (as you can see from the video) but Café Beignet has a nice menu for lunch but the locals kind of give the tourists the stink eye. Well, here is the 411, they are both great!
The best meal we had was at the Palace Café. Paul had the Shrimp Tchefuncte In a Creole meuniére sauce with green onions, roasted mushrooms and popcorn rice and I had a little slice of the Crabmeat Cheesecake. How do you say ‘we died and went to heaven’ in creole? It was amazing! The shrimp was tender and the mushrooms were so tender and added an earthy taste to the entire meal. The star of the show though has to be the Tchefuncte sauce, or the T-Funk. I did consider just ordering it as a side and drinking it. It is such a rich, spicy and complex sauce it will keep your mouth wondering ‘can I put this on everything?’Absolutely!
Like all tourists, we made sure the kids had some gumbo, jambalaya and a crawfish po boy. There was much sharing and ‘taste this’ during this Big Easy adventure.
1. Eat. Eat a lot. It’s all good.
2. Have beignets and café au lait.
3. Go to the French Market.
4. One word: Muffelata
5. Plan a romantic trip with your partner. This has got to be one of the sexiest places in the United States.
1. Bringing both kids and pets. Leave one of them home.
2. Being on a diet when you go.