Carmo at New Orleans

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Unfortunately, the New Orleans weather took a turn for the winter worse today. It’s cold and dreary, and we simply aren’t prepared with the right clothes and baby gear (the forecast called for better weather, I swear). And the museums we wanted to check out are closed on Mondays!  So our day has turned into a hunker-down-in-the-hotel kind of day, which I guess is just fine, considering how much time we spend running around like crazy people in our normal lives.


We did venture out for lunch!  We went to a little café called Carmo.


We split two specials: one was a plantain with a vegan meat and cheese topping – it was good.


And the other was some sort of squash and marinara dish.  Wish I could remember the details, but suffice it to say that it was delicious.  And warming, which was nice.  Brr.


The Carmo staff was sweet and let us hang out for a few minutes after the closed for lunch.  We were waiting for a break in the rain and finally got it.


We really wanted to check out Bourbon Street, but that’s going to have to wait until tomorrow.  In the meantime, we got acquainted with the downstairs of our  hotel.


I don’t usually do martinis and the like, but this one is worth mentioning.  The rim was a 4:1 ratio of sugar and cayenne pepper, and the drink itself included vodka, ginger syrup, citrus, whole cilantro, and rhubarb bitters.  Sounds strange, right?  But it was so good.  It was called the Zen Garden, and I’m so glad that Kristien and I split one.


Stay warm and cozy, wherever you are!



  • Kelly January 14, 2013, 7:00 pm

    Brave the rain and head down to Cafe du Monde for a beignet and coffee – then dash back to the hotel and cozy up for the night. It sounds fun to me!

    • Elisabeth January 14, 2013, 7:49 pm

      I second that! 😉

      • Marissa C January 15, 2013, 1:08 am

        I third it! Woman, you will be missing out. Seriously, my husband and I daydream about those beignets and chicory coffee all the time

  • Emily @ Hungry Delights January 14, 2013, 7:51 pm

    it all looks delicious… Hopefully the weather improves for you! Swap weather? It is super hot and dry where I live in Australia – I would much prefer so cold and dreary weather right now…
    xo Emily @ Hungry Delights

  • Lauren January 14, 2013, 8:10 pm

    Ugh, sorry to hear NOLA isn’t as steamy as usual. I was there in July and it was the exact opposite. A complete oven. Make sure you visit Cafe Du Monde for the beignets.

  • AmandaonMaui January 14, 2013, 8:14 pm

    No problem with the warm and cozy here on Maui, but we’re trying to not blow away today! My car was feeling the effects on the road.

    That martini sounds divine. It almost sounds like it ought to be healthy for you!

    I agree with Kelly. Go for it!

  • Kayla @ Lovely Ride January 14, 2013, 8:37 pm

    Oh man that cocktail sounds amazing! I might have to try and recreate that!

  • Angela January 14, 2013, 9:32 pm

    Wow! That drink sounds pretty interesting… I would be tempted to try it if I saw it on the menu. Hope you stay warm and dry!

  • Jolene ( January 14, 2013, 10:38 pm

    That martini sounds awesome!

  • Sara @ fitcupcaker January 15, 2013, 7:32 am

    me and martinis do not agree 🙁 But that does look like it tastes very different and good!

  • Jan January 15, 2013, 9:20 am

    The photo of the martini was magnificent.

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats January 15, 2013, 9:26 am

    I def recommend buying a sweatshirt and making your way around the French Quarter. There is so much food and fun to be had! I spent a verryyy rainy and cold Mardi Gras there and had a total blast.

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