About three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans for our annual meeting. It was a ton of work in the weeks (and months) leading up to the event, plus I had my Bachelorette(!) the weekend beforehand, so we were all exhausted going into it. On top of that, days were LOOOOONG… like, 12 hour work days. Nevertheless, we were determined to make the best of our time in the French Quarter. The last time I was in New Orleans was 10 years ago, right before Katrina hit and a while before my 21st birthday. I was very excited to eat and drink away my free time in this city!
We got into town around lunchtime and decided to walk over to Mother’s for our first taste of a true New Orleans’ Po’ Boy. This place was a bit chaotic but had lots of character! I ordered the shrimp and oyster Po’ Boy and was a bit meh about it. I love SAUCE and this sandwich was definitely lacking. There was, however, plenty of freshly fried seafood piled on it (thank goodness, considering the $18 price tag)! Everyone else loved their sandwiches and entrees. I’d recommend it to tourists looking for a big meal, southern food and some casual, New Orleans character. (And apparently they have great Bloody Mary’s!)
That night, we had dinner at Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar and Fish House. This was around the corner from our hotel, so super convenient after an evening of conference setup. I went a little weird and ordered a double house salad (after a day of travel, I needed raw vegetables!). Along with it, I also got a cup of seafood gumbo and a side of crawfish etouffee to try those dishes out. I surprisingly loved them both! I don’t like peppers and was worried the gumbo would be full of them; but it wasn’t so. Both were creamy, salty and helped me sleep soundly that night.
I got up at the crack of dawn to take a walk and get some necessary breakfast/coffee. I ended up at Stanley’s, located in one of the corners of Jackson Square. They had great service, great iced coffee and one amazing breakfast sandwich: Eggs, American Cheese (I subbed out for Swiss), Pecan Smoked Bacon, Ham (I kept this off), Grilled Sweet Onions, and Spicy Mayo on Toasted Multigrain Bread.
After my whirlwind October, the only thing I’ve wanted to do is nothing… on the couch. And open a can of pumpkin. I was in New Orleans for work the week before last—which was an exhausting but fun trip, by the way. Even though we were working 12+ hour days, I made sure to take advantage of the little free time there was. I tried to get up early to walk and get coffee or breakfast (BEIGNETS!) down the street in the French Quarter (breakfast and fresh air > the hotel gym). We did a ghost tour one evening, went to a few awesome restaurants for dinner and stopped in a few boutiques the last day. All of what I’d consider the New Orleans tourist necessities.
When I arrived back in Richmond, all of a sudden it was FALL. In a matter of a few days time: the leaves were on fire, there was a subtle chill in the air, and pumpkin was screaming my name from its grocery shelves! The first thing on my list was pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, a beloved recipe I’ve had since college. Well… I actually had misplaced it since then (which is likely why I’d never shared them here!). Luckily Sarah was able to text me a picture of the recipe to help make my dreams come true on Halloween Eve’s eve.
In a blink of an eye, it’s the end of October and haven’t posted a single thing! I didn’t intend on taking a “fall break” but it was very, very necessary. It’s been a busy, exhausting last couple of weeks and the last thing on my list of priorities has been blogging. Top of the list? Unfortunately: work (and travel), but followed by social events (including my bachelorette!), wedding planning and sleep when I can get it.
I miss exercising consistently, I miss baking and cooking for fun, and I even sort of miss writing. But for a while, I just didn’t feel like sharing anything. Life felt better living it, rather than giving in to the magnetic force of my computer or phone outside working hours (oh, and did I mention I got a new laptop? everything has yet to be migrated over…). I also went through a season of protectiveness and self-consciousness—my INTROVERSION in full effect—of this little life of mine. It’s funny how that occasionally carries over into my online life too
I’ve always been really terrible at typing up words for the sake of posting. I’ve tried to fake it before, and they are never words I’m proud of… or really worth anyone’s time. I think people—myself included—read blogs because they are authentic, relatable, thought-provoking or cover topics you dream of, are scared of, or want to learn more about.
Pursuit of Sweetness a modest blog of recipes, unadorned images, occasional accounts of fitness and travel, REAL LIFE, and everything else that I love and makes me happy. Naturally, there’s an ebb and flow of my passion for blogging and, like mentioned above, how much I want to share. I’m hoping in the coming months I’ll find a balance and consistency again. The pursuit continues!
So, with that, Happy Halloween! I’ll be back again soon <3