New Orleans Mardi Gras 2016 Recommendations

Happy Mardi Gras everyone! I’m so excited to takeover’s Instagram account today along with @Juleytl and @apinchoflovely to give you a little taste of New Orleans Mardi Gras 2016! Also, in honor of Fat Tuesday, I decided to update my NOLA recommendations for you! Check out the full takeover plus all of my favorites below:

 First Stop: we’re checking into the International House Hotel, which is just a couple of blocks from the carnival partying streets of the French Quarter!💜💚💛




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Where to stay:

Monteleone Hotel

The Saint Hotel

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel: stunning rooftop view that overlooks the city

Le Pavillion Hotel: Oldest hotel in New Orleans!


International House Hotel (see full review here)

Roosevelt Hotel

Le Meridien Hotel: seriously the most comfortable beds ever!!

Windsor Court Hotel

W Hotel French Quarter

Ace Hotel

Lowes Hotel


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Where to dine:

My Favorite NOLA Brunch Spots:

Court of Two Sisters

Antoine’s: Order the shrimp and grits and of course, their famous Oysters, Rock-a-feller and Baked Alaska! Don’t forget to ask for a tour at the end of brunch! The history behind that place is mind blowing!


Commander’s Palace

Willa Jean: Order the milk and cookies for dessert! You won’t regret it!



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My Favorite Snack Spots In NOLA:

Aunt Sally’s Pralines

Café Beignet: My favorite hidden gem on Royal St.

Café Du Monde: Be prepared to wait in line while enjoying music from talented street performers and jazz bands!

District Donuts

Sucre & Salon by Sucre (see full review post here)

King Cake at Manny Randazzo in Metairie

Snowballs in the summer


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My Favorite Lunch Spots in NOLA:



Port of Call

Cafe Amelie on Royal St.

Neighborhood Restaurant, Katie’s

Camellia Grill

Cochon Butcher

Parkways Po-boys

New Orleans School of Cooking: enjoy wine and a little French Quarter history while you learn to cook traditional New Orleans cuisine.

Juan’s Flying Burrito

Domenica Pizza

Dat Dog

Noodle & Pie




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My Favorite Dinner Spots In NOLA:


Dickie Brennan’s

Jacques Imo’s


Café Adelaide



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Baru Bistro & Tapas: You must order the Mazorca, Guacabello and Atun Tartare

Borgne — great lunch specials too!

Shaya: their endless homemade pita bread and duck hummus is to die for!




Where to wine:

The Carousel Bar

Burgundy Bar

Bacchanal Wine: Enjoy wine accompanied by small plates and live music on the open back patio

Cure on Feret

Pat O’s Piano Bar: great courtyard for drinking and visiting with a large group of friends

Cane & Table



Photos by: Lainey Reed Photography