Craving Adventure

Early on last week I was sitting at my desk just looking at random places around us on Google maps… Productive right? It was a slow day at work so I had to do something to entertain myself! My husband and I have been craving camping or at least something outdoors that doesn’t consist of walking around New Orleans drinking/looking at the same things we always do. Especially with the great weather we’ve been having! Unfortunately the camping we know of and have been doing all our lives isn’t really a thing here in Louisiana… When I moved here from Oregon about 3 years ago, people would talk about camping and I would get SO EXCITED! Only to find out they were camping in actual houses… Houses that were nicer than any I have ever lived in. Your “camping” house has an elevator? Okay, lame.

Anyways, I came across a place called Kisatchie National Forest. I clicked on it and the first thing I saw was a tent and a fire, an actual tent?! Yep, this is where we are going. I didn’t care that it was going to take us 3 hours to drive there for the weekend. We needed this. Our dogs needed this. It was going to be great!

Clark Creek for the WIN! After doing a little more research on Google Maps, I gave my husband an ultimatum. It was the French Quarter Fest here over the weekend, so I texted him, “Would you rather day drink/go to the FQF… OR go hike this awesome trail that’s 3 hours away and camp out somewhere on the side of the road?” Of course he chose the fun route, all he did in Oregon was hike! We were both skeptical about the “hiking” here… There aren’t any mountains, what are we going to hike? But the pictures on the website of Clark Creek had several waterfalls, boulders, and trails.

Saturday morning at 5:00 am, we loaded up the car with 2 puppies and headed north to find some hiking on the Mississippi/Louisiana border. We had a cooler full of yummy snacks, water and good tunes, ready to go! Another benefit of leaving so early is the traffic, or rather lack thereof. The weather was mid 50’s, we had the sunroof open, windows rolled down and cute puppy heads hanging out sniffing all of the new smells, it was wonderful! We pulled up to the trail around 8:55 am, had a little potty break, ate a couple hard boiled eggs and just took it all in. Once our backpacks were full of water, dog food, snacks and some Jack Daniels, we were off!

They had a nice “beaten path” trail you could take all the way through for an easy walk but Andrew, being the man he is, likes to make his own trails! Which I agree, that is way more fun! It took us around 4 hours to get back to the car, however you could easily cut your time shorter if needed.

OH MY GOODNESS! This place was beautiful! The creeks, the little waterfalls, the cliffs you can climb up, SO MUCH FUN! This was the puppies first time hiking EVER and they loved it and did so good! Great place to bring your dogs (oh yeah, or kids) and just have a picnic, relax and enjoy the scenery.

Afterwards, it was time for us to find a spot and set up base camp. By that I mean our car. We both envisioned pulling off the main road and finding this nice shaded spot by some water (which you can easily do in Oregon) That didn’t work. We drove to Baton Rouge, cruised around to a couple parks, ate some food, drank some beer, and finally found an empty parking lot surrounded by trees. We laid the back seats down, with two comforters underneath us, set up my phone so we could watch It’s Always Sunny and nap with the puppies at our feet. It was so nice! We got back up around 8:30 pm, took the dogs for a walk, squatted in some bushes to handle the business. We talked about driving home that night, but decided that we were already here and if anything, we would wake up early in the morning and go back home. It wasn’t that we weren’t having fun, it was our bed. Jeep Liberties are not very big lol and if you throw in two puppies that that both like to sprawl out, our space started shrinking quickly. We have been talking about living on the road for about a year now and what type of vehicle we’d want to do it in. We both agree that a Jeep Liberty is not the one. Check out our photos from the trip below! We’d love to hear your feedback and stories from some of your hiking trips!

 

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The Switch to Matcha 

We are avid coffee drinkers! Well, WERE avid coffee drinkers. All day we are sipping on coffee, sometimes when we get home we make a pot of coffee and drink it until we go to bed. No it doesn’t keep us up, we just need that fix! When we would go a day without coffee, we’d get these HORRIBLE headaches! Yeah… that’s kind of a problem! So recently, we have switched to matcha lattes!! Have you ever had the matcha ice water from Starbucks? They’re pretty good! And CHEAP! But, that isn’t “real” matcha.

Matcha definition:

“Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. It is special in two aspects of farming and processing: the green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest, and the stems and veins are removed in processing”

It’s not the greatest smelling stuff, but if you make it right, it is so delicious!
We follow a bunch of recipe pages on Instagram and came across this yummy recipe! After researching the products a little, we found certain ones that work just for us 🙂 see below.

(Click links to go to each product)

Sweet Matcha Tea Powder: when you drink matcha, you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf. You can use matcha Powder for just about anything, desserts, pastries, smoothies, etc.

Healthworks Maca Powder: Maca Powder is used to increase energy, stamina, helps improve sexual function and is also good for your hair and skin!

4th and Heart Ghee Butter (vanilla bean): This is naturally packed with vitamins! It is good for weight loss, your digestive track and I even read that it helps make beautiful babies lol.

Sports Research Collagen Peptides: Collagen peptides is and important nutrient needed to maintain strong bones and healthy joints. You can mix it in with just about anything!

(ALMOST boiled unsweetened almond milk and water. Plus cinnamon and vanilla extract to taste.)

Even though we have only been drinking this for a week, we can already tell a difference! The cravings for coffee aren’t here, we don’t feel “sluggish”… I guess what we (mostly me, Andrew is just going along with it!) want to accomplish is the not NEEDING coffee. Not waking up and thinking “I need coffee before you talk to me or before I can function” so join us on our journey! We will keep you updated 🙂

Museum of Death

Andrew smoked his cigar while I drank my frozen Irish coffee, at that point in time we didn’t have a worry in the world!

We stumbled upon this little museum one night during Mardi Gras, and yes, stumbled is absolutely the right word. Big, bright letters across the windows read “MUSEUM OF DEATH” If that doesn’t catch a fella’s eye, I don’t know what would!

We peeked through darkened windows, trying to see through their sheer curtains and all we could really see were posters. Too dark to make out, but still light enough to make you wonder. We both decided that on our next day off together, we would venture back down to the corner of death (Dauphine) and Bienville.

Well boys and girls, we made it there! Unfortunately you weren’t allowed to take pictures. So you’ll just have to take our word for it 🙂 The museum was great! It was filled with facts about the worlds “greatest” serial killers, their prison artwork, photos.. Lots and LOTS of photos, embalming tables, surgeon tools, anything and everything about death and killers you could imagine.

Please do not take your children there unless authorized by an adult and you have their eyes covered the entire time.

It was morbid, but if you’re into this kind of thing, it is a must see. I don’t know what I was thinking that day, but I decided to wear sunglasses instead of my everyday glasses… KNOWING full well that we were going to a museum. I don’t have contacts, I’m either too lazy to make an eye appointment or I don’t want the hassle of taking them in and out with poking my eyes, I haven’t decided which one yet. They also had a “Theater of Death” which was super creepy. They had real news videos and footage of trauma and, you guessed it, death. The videos they had just kept playing on a loop with happy-go-lucky music in the background.

 

There is a main location in Hollywood, so if you’re around either parks, go take a walk through death!

Only $15 per person and you can stay as long as you want. Click here to see website!

Did Someone Say Happy Hour?!

It’s ALWAYS 5 o’clock in New Orleans!

I remember when I first moved here and my eyes caught sight of a bar sign reading  “happy hour 10pm – 2am” I was speechless! Coming from a small town, I automatically  assumed ALL happy hours were 5pm-7pm (or something like that) The bar I worked in back home didn’t even have one!

SO, here’s the deal. Everyone loves happy hours, right? Below, we have compiled a small list of some of our favorites.

BE WARNED, some of these places have food while others do not.

**click names to see restaurant menus, not all apply**

La Casita – Julia St – This place is one of my faves! Daily from 3pm-7pm they have 1/2 off guac, queso, chips and salsa.. YUM! Margaritas? ONLY $4! They also have $2 simple tacos. My husband tried his first happy hour mojito here and fell in love. (Although he doesn’t like to admit it) 🙂

Samuel’s Blind Pelican – St. Charles Ave – Daily from 4pm – 8pm, you can get raw oysters for 25 cents each OR 75 cents can get you charbroiled oysters WITH the purchase of an alcoholic beverage. They now also offer 1/2 price pizza and beer! I’m not a big oyster fan… But I still manage to choke down a few charbroiled ones. Side note, their fried green tomatoes are the bees knees!

Bulldog – Uptown – Wednesdays are pint nights, get a pint of beer and keep the glass! Yep.. keep the glass! They aren’t your basic boring glasses either. They have a variety of sayings, pictures etc. It’s a wonderful little souvenir to keep or hand out! Our cupboards are full of them 🙂 This place has a fun, college age atmosphere. Granted we have only been after the sun goes down.. Thus far, the bartenders are always in good spirits. A couple highlights; they have an adorable back patio (front of bar technically) and a water fountain made of old beer taps. DOG FRIENDLY! Click name to see the rest of their awesome happy hour deals!

Erin Rose – Conti St – Always a good go to! Three words: Frozen. Irish. Coffee. It’s like an adult frappuccino.. SO delicious. My husband LOVES whiskey and they have a great selection! Whenever we are feeling like having a “day drinking day” together, this is always our first stop.

Superior Seafood and Oyster House – St. Charles Ave – 2 for 1 margaritas! SAY WHAAA?! Who doesnt love a good strong margarita? PLUS the delicious 50 cent raw oysters?? Served daily from 4pm-6:30pm, MMMM

Pizza Dominica – Magazine St – Sun-Thurs, 12pm-9pm and Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm . 1/2 off pizza, wine (by the glass) and draft beer. The margherita pizza is my personal favorite! You can never go wrong with  pairing mozzarella and basil together!

We hope you enjoy! Please share your favorite happy hours and experiences with us, we appreciate the feedback!

 

 

 

Top 5 Things To Do on a Budget in New Orleans

New Orleans can be a pretty spendy vacation spot. Especially after hotels, transportation, food, etc. Below is a list of some cheaper things and what we like to call “Must Do’s”

Lafayette Cemetery No 1 – 1400 Washington Ave : Everyday is a good day to stroll through a cemetery! This one in particular is our favorite. It was the very first cemetery we went to and will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Still Perkin’ Coffee Shop is located catty corner from the main entrance, its a great place to cool down with an iced beverage on those hot summer days. The coffee shop sits inside of what use to be a skating rink. It’s pretty neat to see! Maybe someday they’ll reopen the skating rink!

Your Own Walking Tour: Its always fun to guide yourself and a bunch of friends/family on your own tour. There are several free printable walking tours to choose from! Grab a go cup, put those sunglasses on and get to your adventuring!

Magazine Street: A very fun street to walk up and down! There are lots of local shops, yummy restaurant’s and it also happens to be on the parade route for Mardi Gras. So, watch your noggin! You will likely be seeing some beads dangling from power lines and in the trees.

French Market – 1008 N Peters St: This is not your typical Saturday Market. It is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm. You can find everything here, from gator-on-a-stick to this years hottest handbags.

Canal Street to Algiers Point Ferry Terminal: Only $2 each way! Jump on the ferry and cross the roaring rapids of the mighty Mississippi river. Great view of the city, day or night.(headline picture was taken from Algiers Side) On the Canal St side of the terminal, you have Harrah’s Casino right across the street. There, you can grab a free drink with play. A great way to pregame if you ask me!

Please share with us your experiences and/or your favorite things to do on a budget!

 

 

Hidden Treasures 

It’s crazy how you can walk up and down the same street over and over again and notice something different every time.

One Saturday morning, noon still on the horizon, Andrew and I left for an early brunch. After hearty food and several pitchers of mimosas in our tummies we left, full and bubbly. We took the ferry across the mighty Mississippi and decided to continue our day drinking adventure. As we walked along Decatur St. feeling buzzed and happy, we stumbled upon a quaint little antique store. As you walk in, the first thing to hit you are BUGS! A wall full of framed bugs, even bats! I, for one, was not too fond of that last part… We continued to venture down what seemed like all right turns, I noticed these AWESOME tie dye bowls, $40 each. That was our first tell that we probably wouldn’t be leaving with anything. But we didn’t let that bring us down! Wandering around we found a cool old fashion stove, lots of neat glass jars that were dirty… So obviously they’re old, right? When we finally reach the court yard it is EXPLODING with color! (Picture below) Tin roosters?! I was in heaven. I have an unknown obsession for weird looking roosters… My poor husband! Luckily for him, they had tables and tables covered in lego mini figures. So, if you’re ever enjoying a nice walk down Decatur, stop by Secondline Arts And Antiques! Take a minute to admire their selection of trinkets and whatnot. *Click here for ferry schedule*

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