36 Hours in New Orleans
Armed with a few tips and a couple rolls of film, I spent 36 hours in New Orleans solo. I anticipated a lot of awkward tables for one, but luckily for me - Southern Hospitality is alive and well.
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Cafe du Monde's famous beignets and chicory coffee draw in tourists from all over the world for good reason. They are staffed almost entirely by an army of Vietnamese women moving down the line pouring coffee and delivering beignets with fast, gruff service. Tips for the best pho in town can be found here. Hint: It's found alone a rural stretch of Chef Menteur Highway dotted with shrines that resembles Vietnam almost exactly.
No trip to NOLA is complete without a visit to Angelo Brocato's - an italian bakery serving up Sicilian style treats since 1905. You can literally feel the childhood memories inside the shop. Take home a box of confetti sprinkled fig cookies for the ultimate souvenir.
Acme Oyster house is a classic pit stop right in the French Quarter. Hungry locals and tourists queue up outside, waiting for a their chance to snag a table and throw down on some grilled oysters and cold beer. If you're lucky, you'll be able to grab a seat at the bar and chat it up with bar man Curtis.