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WIAW – The Big Easy Eats

The Big Easy…ain’t so easy on my waistline :/

Peas and Crayons
Thanks, Jenn!

Every year, work sends me on a trip to a trade show. It is our largest, domestic trade show…so basically it’s a B-I-G deal! All the prep-work happens two months before, then it’s SHOW time! This year the show landed in NOLA (that’s New Orleans, for those that aren’t hip to my lingo)! Added bonus about this location, is a really good friend from High School, who goes by Hollywood, lives here. So a little fun and a little work all mixed together for 7 days in the Big Easy!

Please bear with this post. The pictures are a plenty and the words will be short…but it will be a LONG one…

Wednesday 6.18.14 
Breakfast @ SMF Airport
Airport Breakfast // Starbucks
 Lunch – bought at LAX, eaten in the airport and on the plane ride.
LAX // CPK // Supposed to be a Pepperoni Pizza
LAX // CPK // Chinese Chicken Salad
 Dinner – Mark whipped up a delicious homemade dinner.

Homemade Dinner // Steak, Cheesy Potatoes, and Broccoli
Dessert // Blue Bell // Coconut Fruit Bar
Thursday 6.19.14 
Breakfast @ La Boulangerie

Croissant & Iced Coffee w/ Soy

Snacks During the Day

Raw Republic // Deep Roots // Beet, Carrot, Cucumber, Lemon, & Apple
Juan’s Flying Burrito // To-Go Sangria’s
Snowballs // Small Watermelon (Me)


Lunch @ The Country Club – Shared meals w/ Hollywood

Poolside Cocktail // Blueberry Stoli & Sprite
Clubs Club // Triple Decker Piled High with Turkey, Ham, Bacon, Cheddar, Swiss,
Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Creole Mustard & Roasted Garlic Aioli on
Toasted White

Fish Stick Tacos // House-made Potato Crusted Crabcakes with Cabbage & Cilantro Slaw


Dinner @ Suhko Thai

Naughty Monkey
Chicken Satay // Skewered and grilled strips of chicken breast or shrimp marinated in
yellow coconut curry, served with peanut sauce and cucumber salad.

Shrimp-In-A-Pouch // Gulf shrimp and herbal sesame stuffing in a golden brown wonton pouch w/ plum dipping sauce.
Dirty Noodles (or Pad See Ew) // Wide rice noodles, egg, garlic & Chinese broccoli or broccoli, stir-fried in a sweet black soybean sauce.


Friday 6.20.14 

Brunch @ La Boulangerie

Iced Coffee w/ Soy & Sando
Brie Cheese, Peppers, Garlic Aioli, Lettuce, and a whole wheat baguette.

Snack During the Day

Raw Republic // Carrot Coco // Carrot, coconut h2o, Apple, Lemon, and Ginger

Dinner @ Bei Tempi

House Cab Sav & Garlic Rolls
Side Cesar Salad
Chicken & Penne Pasta // A classic combination of Chicken Parmigiana and baked penne pasta.
Saturday 6.21.14 
Breakfast @ Starbucks at the Hotel

Iced coffee w/ soy & a coffee cake!

Lunch @ Mulates

Seafood Pasta (sans crawfish) // shrimp, crawfish, and crab sauteed in a delicious cream sauce, mixed in a bowl of pasta. served with sauteed vegetables.
A bucket of Sweet Tea!


Dinner @ Muriel’s Jackson Square

FREE Bread and cute holder!
Soup du Jor // Cold Cajun Tomato Sup w/ cucumbers
Special // Red Snapper w/ asparagus and crab patty.
Dessert // Assorted Fruit Gelato – Blackberry, Pomegranate, and Mango.

Sunday 6.22.14 
Breakfast @ Cafe Du Monde w/ the Team

Water // Coffee (with Chicory) // Beignets

Starbucks @ the Hotel // Iced Coffee w/ Soy (since the other one was so small)
Lunch – Scrounging What I could at the 1st day of the Trade Show

Thanks The Wright Group – Slanging lunch for everyone!
Cheese Pizza, about as good as it looks!
Snack – While watching the USMNT World Cup Game

Snack of Champs // Doritos & House Cab from Hotel

 Dinner @ Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse w/ the Team

Pre-Dinner Beverage // House Cab Sav
FREE Carbs!
Steakhouse menu’s are always so dramatic!

Family Style Appetizer // The BEST Crab Cake I’ve EVER HAD!! No Joke! No breadcrumbs and minimal aoili! // Seared Crab Cake // Jumbo lump Louisiana crab meat folded with traditional ravigote sauce set atop a succulent mirliton slaw
Family Style Appetizer // BBQ Shrimp & Grits // jumbo shrimp sauteed with garlic and abita beer, served with jalapeno
and cheddar grit cakes in a traditional new Orleans barbecue sauce
Special of the Day // Surf & Turf // 6oz Filet, Gulf Shrimp, and Asparagus!
Family Style Side // Au Gratin Potatoes // Idaho potatoes baked golden brown in a Gruyere cheese cream sauce
Coconut Cake // A coconut chiffon cake layered with an Italian butter-cream, toasted coconut, and topped with a vanilla creme anglais.


Monday 6.23.14 

Breakfast – Room Service at the Hotel

Look at this spread!

Basic Breakfast [coffee not pictured]
Lunch @ The Convention Center

Didn’t want to leave the show, went to their vendor!

Pre-Dinner Drinks @ Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse

Glass of Cab Sav and bar snacks!

Dinner @ GW Fins

Glass of Proseco to start dinner!
Biscuit – tasted like Angel Food Cake…weird!
Watermelon Salad // Watermelon (yellow chunks) // Tomato // Basil // Cheese // Balsamic
Sauteed American Red Snapper // Louisiana long grain rice, Craw fish étouffée, lobster butter
Takes 30 minutes to make // Apple Pie ala Mode

 Tuesday 6.24.14 

Breakfast @ The Ruby Slipper Cafe

The Southern Breakfast // Fried Green Tomato // Grits and Cheese // Biscuit // Bacon // 2 Eggs

Lunch – Nothing really, just show eats!

Samples from the IFT Show!
Convention Center Starbucks // Grande Green Iced Tea
Dinner @ The Joint

They didn’t have Cab, so I can’t remember what I ordered.
The W // Pulled Pork, Ribs, and Brisket w/ One Side – Mac-N-Cheese

 Post-Dinner Goodies

Pat O’Brien // Blueberry Stoli & Sprite
Butterscotch Shot on Bourbon Street!

Angelo Borato // Coffee Gelato in a cake cone
Walgreen’s Pick-Up! Are you kidding me?!?

Wednesday 6.25.14
So apparently I didn’t take any pictures of my food intake on my way home! 
Breakfast: Hotel Starbucks // Iced Coffee w/ Soy
Lunch: Subway // Turkey and Cheese Sandwich w/ chips and water
Dinner: Something after I landed in Sacramento and visited my Dad in the hospital.

If you made it all the way to this, then a HUGE thank you! I hope you enjoyed my NOLA Eats as much as I did! Now, all I have to do is go and work off all the calories!

Here are a few random selfies from the trip. Since the Boy didn’t come and I was with my co-workers a majority of the time…it meant #selfies were a plenty 😉

My co-workers are FUN!
I left NOLA, but it still came along for the ride home (by ride, I mean my waistline)!!

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