Day five saw two more members of our group arrive from Cincinnati (hi, Craig and Ashley!). Our first stop of the day was for lunch, where we walked from our hotel to the St. James Cheese Company. Who doesn’t love cheese? I was playing it safe again, and went with the tomato/mozz ciabatta. Why don’t I cook this all the time? It was delicious.
From there, we took a nice warm walk to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. This was one of those niche places that is probably not on many people’s radars, but for $5, it was actually pretty interesting and a solid addition to the trip. There was a bar if you wanted to drink while perusing the museum (with some interesting cocktails), served from a bar built in the 1800s. The museum had a section for each state in the south, with their native food traditions and things like that. There was also an interesting homage to absinthe, and an entire wall dedicated to cocktails (yes!). The rest had exhibits of some of the local restaurants (Copeland’s, Popeyes, Tujagues).
After learning all about food and beverages, naturally we decided we needed both food and beverages. (Mostly beverages.) With the help of some incredibly friendly locals who were not afraid to point us to the right bus and stops, and not without going the wrong way once, we managed to master the transit system and hop a bus out to the NOLA Brewing Company.
We were so good at this transit stuff that we figured out how to get back to our hotel and take a pit stop at Walmart, because sometimes you just need unexpected extra stuff (chips/flipflops). Complete with a bus driver who yelled at us to scan our transit passes because her eyesight wasn’t good enough to read them. So I’m not sure how we actually
made it back to the hotel with a blind bus driver, but that’s a pretty cool lifehack.
Our evening was pretty low key this night. We had dinner at the New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company, which was … well, it was food. The fries were good…
Later, we hit up a bar called Carousel or something like that, aptly named because in the middle of the room was a huge carousel-turned-bar, that actually rotated! But the cocktails were overpriced and we weren’t really into it so we moved on for the night. I think this was the night where we saw a ferret on a leash. This is New Orleans for you.