The Presbytère: A Louisiana State Museum

The year 2005 was such a detrimental year for the state of Louisiana. At that time I was in college back in Georgia. I can recall watching the news and hearing about the pending Hurricanes heading towards New Orleans. I remember feeling anxious for the people there but hopeful that the storm would just pass them by. Fast forward to August 29, 2005, a day that forever changed the residents of Louisiana.

There are two things that this museum hopes to show you: that this state is resilient and celebratory throughout everything. I have been able to witness that in my few months of living here. Downstairs of the museum is dedicated to the Hurricanes that struck: Katrina and Rita for example. Upstairs is dedicated to Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana.

When you walk around the first floor you get a sense of the mass destruction the storms caused in such a short amount of time. News Reports, eyewitness accounts, and artifacts left behind from the storm surround you as you walk through the exhibit. Below are a few photographs from the First Floor Living with Hurricanes: Katrina & Beyond.

Fat Domino’s Piano

One of the most touching parts in the exhibit for me was Tommie Mabry’s Wall. It was his daily diary beginning just one day prior to the storm to weeks following that he kept on his apartment wall. The details, pain, heartache, and fright he must’ve felt are all immortalized on the wall.

Find below a few photographs I took of the Mardi Gras exhibit:

I definitely recommend a visit to this museum while visiting New Orleans. The building itself has a rich history worth noting. It was built in 1791 to match the Cabildo alongside the St. Louis Cathedral. It is located in the French Quarter at 751 Chartres Street. Visit their site to learn more about the museum and schedule your tour.

New Orleans Food and Spirits

If you’re looking for Cajun Seafood outside of New Orleans, stop by this quaintly styled restaurant in Covington, LA.

Okay, so I am mostly a Pescatarian so I was super excited to eat some delicious seafood. If you live in Louisiana or are visiting, you MUST have some Chargrilled Oysters; so of course I had to have an order myself. They were absolutely delicious. A few places I have tried have been too charred or too salty. These were perfect! I opted for the 1/2 dozen as I had ordered the Hawaiian Salmon with Potato Salad as my entree.

The salmon was cooked medium and was juicy; not dry at all. It was a pretty big piece as well so I left feeling full but not overly stuffed. The potato salad wasn’t your traditional texture and was moreso whipped than chunky. Overall, I enjoyed my meal and would definitely go back.

If you’re interested in dining there yourself, visit their website here to see the menu.

Nola, Kela?

So I have literally been missing BUT very much in action the last few months. I was promoted with my company and relocated to New Orleans a few months ago. I’ve been learning my new role, adapting to the minor culture shock, enjoying the food and learning my surroundings. It has had it’s challenges but the free spirit in me has always been able to adapt to change.

I’ve always been a small town girl with city girl dreams so when the opportunity was presented to me I went for it! I’ve lived in a few major cities and what I can say about New Orleans is that it has it’s own unique flair. I cannot wait to share with you all the next journey of my life here.

Stay tuned!

Taceaux Loceaux

This sunday I opted for one of my personal favorites for lunch… Mexican Food! I swung by Taceux Loceaux at 737 Octavia Street in New Orleans. This colorful spot not only has beautiful artwork painted on the walls, but the menu is filled with flavorful options for the pickiest taco lover. The owner recommended the Seoul Man which had Bugolgi Chicken and the Brisket taco. I also tried the Avocado Fries which may be my new favorite snack!

I also had to try the Hibiscus Margarita as they make their own Hibiscus Tea in-house so trying the Margarita was a must.

If you can’t make it into the restaurant don’t fret. They do have a food truck that you can monitor their instagram for their location around town!