Christmas Eve Dinner on the Creole Queen

Last Christmas we had a bit of a hard time finding decent Christmas Eve dining options.  Eating at the hotel as a last resort is expensive and not really what I had planned.  This year I made sure we had something booked that we would all enjoy.

New Orleans had several options.  Reveillon Dinner are very popular and many restaurants offer them even on Christmas Eve.  They usually offer three to four courses for a fixed price.  Unfortunately for me, they were pricey once I removed the seafood courses I would not want to eat.   If you are looking for a great resource I used this website to see who had plans to be open during Christmas.  https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/traditions/reveillon-dinners

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Jackson Square in New Orleans

We found ourselves several times in Jackson Square.  Early morning, afternoon, late nights we kept passing through it.  It was also the meeting spot for our Free Tours by Foot tour so that is why we were there late at night.

You just never know what you are going to see here!

Jackson Square

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Jackson Square

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You can have your palm read, take a carriage ride or dance with the band.

Jackson Square reading mule

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Jackson square music

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This square is what I pictured New Orleans to be.

Jackson Square

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And sometimes you need to make a small donation to see what happens…

Jackson Square

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Jackson Square can be found at 700 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116.  The beautiful St. Louis Cathedral is the backdrop.

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Fun Times at the French Market

I love a good artisan market and hunt them down when we travel.  New Orleans has one along the river on the edge of the French Quarter.  We visited twice during our trip.  The first time was Christmas Eve and then again on a Monday. Each time we found different items.

French Market New Orleans

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As usual the market has t-shirts, souvenirs, art, music and food.

French Market NOLA

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Daughter and I shared a chocolate crepe for lunch on Christmas Eve from the Crepe Cart.  She says she shared with me, really I paid $6 and got two bites but it was really good.

French market crepes

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Husband went with a gator Kabob for his lunch.  There is even someone shucking fresh oysters in the market. There are small table sets to eat at if you purchase food at the market.

French market gator kabob NOLA

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We bought an hand-painted oyster shell Christmas ornament.  A couple of pairs of earring and Daughter had a bracelet made that she wears daily.  And we took some Italian Christmas cookies back to the room for Christmas Eve treats.

French Market music & smoothie

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And my favorite frozen drink listening to the band play across the corner.

The French Market is open daily from 10am -6pm.  It is an easy walk or you can take the Riverfront street car.  More information here: https://www.frenchmarket.org/parking-directions/

 

 

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When in NOLA…

We try to sample regional foods when we hit a new area on vacation.  I knew I had to find some beignets because I love them but the other items I was not so sure about.  A Po-boy and a Muffuletta are not offered in my neck of the woods.   And I can be a picky eater sometimes.

We were walking back from the French Market when we walked past Central Grocery.  I made the very reluctant family go inside.  Really, they were complaining about having to eat something.  Once they got a good whiff inside they were game to share a half of a Muffuletta with me.  The line moves pretty quickly so do not let it discourage you.

Central Grocery

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Instead of sharing tables in the back of the grocery we took ours to Jackson Square to share on a bench.

Muffuletta from Central Grocery

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I tried my first bite and knew I was not a fan of the olive spread.  I was able to scrap most of it off my side and onto my husbands.  He loved it!  Daughter liked the meat and cheese but also was not an olive fan.

I would order a Po-boy again before the Muffuletta.  It still is very weird to me that you put lettuce, mayo, pickle and tomato on a gravy covered sandwich

Hot beef po boy & gator bites

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If you want to try Central Grocery they are open daily from 9-5.

More information here: http://centralgrocery.com/

CENTRAL GROCERY
923 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116

 

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Best Western $10 Gift Card Promotion

Here is another example of a deal that is really only worth anything IF you already have a Best Western stay planned.  I am not going to be swayed to stay at a hotel over a $10 hotel gift card even if it is unlimited stays. The only plus is that you can redeem more than one gift card on a future stay.

Best Western Rewards® Members
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Hilton Honors 2K Everyday Bonus

Earn 2,000 Points every day at over 4,800 hotels when you sign up
and complete a stay from February 1 through April 30, 2017.
Just another way that we get you, more.

Register here: https://www.hiltonhonors.com/13799_01242017/?lang=EN&cid=OM,MB,CORE13799x_53ee0.3a47.3eb26de6.1d56fa4e_All,MULTIPR,Interact,Multipage,SingleLink

 

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Use Hilton Honor App for Bonus Points

Book with the Hilton Honors app and get 500 more Points for each completed stay through December 31, 2017. Combine with other Bonus Points offers this year to earn even more.

More information here: https://www.hiltonhonors.com/MobileBonus2017/?WT.mc_id=zebBR0AA1HH2REP3FriendlyRedir4CORE14328x_Jan5AppBonus6MULTIBR7EN8i1

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Happy Mail

Yesterday the mail box held good things.  Lately its been full of college information, bills and magazines.  This time there was only one college brochure, one magazine and my Fair Trade Friday package.

Fair Trade Friday Feb 2017

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My first item is a taco cord keeper.  This will be so handy when I travel!  Between chargers and headphones I usually have some sort of mess brewing in my bag.

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Time for Oysters!

We arrived late evening in New Orleans and we were hungry.  I had read several places that Acme and Felix’s were the place for oysters.  I had also read that Acme usually had a line down the street.  Since it was late Friday night we avoided the long Acme line down to the corner and had a short wait at Felix’s.

Felix's Oysters

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We were seated in the room on the far side and quickly given our drinks. I tried a Mississippi Honeybee and I could have sat and sipped those all weekend.  Yummy!

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Country Inn and Suites New Orleans

Country inn & suites NOLA

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We had a slight mishap when we were leaving the airport.  Life had been a little beyond crazy and I had forgotten to update the GPS.  I got in the car and started to type the hotel and it found nothing.  Nothing at all for Louisiana.  We are NOT stellar with maps, even less so in the dark on a very busy night on highway 10.  There was a football game Saturday and the highway was jammed.   It was not a great start to our time.  Daughter was able to get directions on my phone and was helping navigate us around.  Much easier when its not bumper to bumper traffic but we found the hotel a short time later in the business district.

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