“If New Orleans is not fully in the mainstream of culture, neither is it fully in the mainstream of time.”
“Lacking a well-defined present, it lives somewhere between its past and its future, as if uncertain whether to advance or to retreat. Perhaps it is its perpetual ambivalence that is its secret charm… New Orleans listens eagerly to the seductive promises of the future but keeps at least one foot firmly planted in its history, and in the end, conforms, like an artist, not to the world but to its own inner being–ever mindful of its personal style.” –Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume, 1984
Char-grilled oysters from Acme Oyster House, beignets from Café Du Monde, and Lamb Neck with Black-Eyed Pea Ragout from Toups Meatery were among the culinary highlights of the trip.
For the last five years or so, if you asked me what U.S city I’d most like to visit, my answer would be New Orleans. So when I was invited to a fall weekend wedding in the Big Easy, I gladly accepted and decided to add a few days of exploration to the trip. Most people are at least somewhat aware of New Orlean’s cultural impact, especially when it comes to music and food, but the experience of walking through the city firsthand exceeds expectation and perception to the nth degree.
From the Creole townhouses clad with cast-iron balconies, to the vibrantly colored shotgun houses, the architecture in New Orleans gives the city a charm and presence like no other.
Simply put, New Orleans is different. The multi-cultural and multi-generational influence that the city is built on is evident the first moment you first set foot onto its streets. It’s a city that has endured much throughout its history, yet has a vibrancy and spirit that is unmatched by any place I’ve been. Even touristy Bourbon Street has an appeal that puts Times Square to shame.
Due to limited time, I wasn’t able to experience as much of New Orleans’ music scene as I would have liked, but I was able to make my way to d.b.a on Frenchman Street and Bacchanal in the Ninth Ward for some jazz and blues.
Though wedding obligations limited the time I would have liked to spend seeing the city, I was still able to experience much of the architecture, food, music and people that make New Orleans a truly special place.
A wedding at historic Race and Religion was the perfect centerpiece to the trip, and from the space to the food to the music, embodied everything that makes New Orleans so special.