Sunday in a nutshell.

I don’t consider myself to be a “foodie.” I’m too uninformed and inexperienced. I do, however, love good food. Yesterday, I had the lovely opportunity to go to Elizabeth’s in the bywater. I rarely spend time in New Orleans, but when I do, we always try to go to a new restaurant. Good food is very important to Louisianians, and New Orleans is just the place to get it.

Elizabeth’s is located along a curve of the river, though the view is obstructed. It’s also right in the middle of a residential neighborhood, so patrons are forced to park haphazardly on the side of the levee or in an empty lot next door that surely belongs to someone else. The building itself is covered in Dr. Bob’s art and sort of resembles a funky antique shop.The wait is long, and the place is packed to the brim with diners, but it’s definitely worth it. Their specialty is brunch on the weekends, but they serve lunch during the week. We were able to make brunch on a Sunday. Our meal choices included the Duck Waffle (sweet potato and duck hash over a cornbread waffle topped with pepper jelly), Eggs Elizabeth (two poached eggs over a piece of grilled French bread), and Eggs Florentine (poached eggs, creamed spinach, and fried oysters). To top all of that off, a Bloody Mary for everyone and an order of their famous Praline Bacon to share. Sinful, to say the least.

I highly recommend Elizabeth’s for anyone spending time in New Orleans, whether that be permanently or temporarily. It’s a feast for the eyes and the stomach.
Later, after a rainy drive uptown, we meandered through a few blocks on Magazine, checking out the shops. Magazine Antique Mall captivated us, so we stepped inside. Their stock is never ending with all sorts of interesting pieces, including a full Darth Vader costume, Playboys from 1972, and any sort of trinket you could possibly imagine. None of it is within the realm of possibility, of course, unless you’ve got the money to spend. Their selection may be impressive, but the price tags are out of this world. Darth Vader came in at a pretty $1200 – on sale.
Storyville is two doors down and definitely a must-see for those of you who haven’t. The small t-shirt shop offers a witty, New Orleans themed selection pressed in house that will appeal to anyone with a sense of humor and a basic knowledge of the city’s culture. In the same vein, Funky Monkey and Fleurty Girl can be found on the next block.
And then there’s Sucre, an unimaginable and delectable “sweet boutique.” They offer their specialty sundaes and gelato, various shakes and coffee drinks, bon-bons, chocolates, and miniature pastries that are so intricately detailed and perfected, it’s almost unbelievable. I settled for strawberry sorbet.

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Until next time.
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