The night before venturing out to New Orleans, we were watching Diners Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. They did a show on the LA Pines Cafe in Slidell, which is just up the road from New Orleans, so we decided to give it a try. If you want to watch the episode, you can do so here.
|Guy Fieri's mark at LA Pines Cafe.|
We have decided that we are going to try and hit most of the places that are on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives if they are not too far out of our way. We love to find good places to eat and Guy has already done the work for us! The kids were also fond of the idea so it will be something we all enjoy doing.
|Ethan, Ian, Tia, Courtney, Chloe, Misty, & Avery in front of LA Pines Cafe.|
After getting our bellies full, we decided to take a buggy tour of New Orleans, which we have done before, mainly for the kids benefit. Our tour guide was pretty good and did tell us a good bit about New Orleans and the French Quarter.
|Buggy ride through New Orleans.|
Of course if you are in New Orleans in the French Quarter, you have to take a picture of Bourbon Street or at least its sign. Although, we could hardly hear our tour guide due to the deafening music coming out of the bars there.
We also had five young lads stroll up to the mule pulling the buggy and try to kiss it; Of course, they were drunk as skunks. They were cursing worse than sailors with an emphasis on FU . When our tour guide told them to watch their tongues, they had a few choice words for her too which also included FU.
Luckily they staggered on their way and did not try to back up their threats of kicking our tour guides butt. Don't worry, Misty and I were armed with strollers and ready for combat in case things turned ugly! Thankfully, the kids did not notice the commotion due to the loud music and taking in all the other sights.
|Sign for Bourbon Street.|
Next we made our way to the Audubon Institute Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, which was way better than the aquarium. I took pictures of some of the butterflies, but did not really pay attention to what type they were. I could look them up on the internet, but will pass for now.
|Red Swamp Crawfish that turned blue for some unknown reason.|
|Cinnamon Bug Crunch. A fried waxworm rolled in cinnamon and sugar.|
|Courtney eating her Cinnamon Bug Crunch.|
|Three choices of juicy insects and worms.|
|Courtney trying a Crispy Cajun Cricket.|
This picture is actually from the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, which was very crowded and so we did not stay there that long. Tia was insistent that I get a picture of her on this giant frog and so, here it is.
|Tia riding a giant frog.|
There were hundreds of them and we did have seed sticks, but I guess with thousands of people coming through there that day, the parakeets were not hungry. It really took some effort on our part to get them to eat the seeds off the sticks. Luckily we did not get pooped on like some other individuals there.
|The kids trying to feed the parakeets.|
The last thing we did while in New Orleans was to ride the trolly. We did not have a lot of time left before we had to get back to the RV, due to having our dinner cooking in a slow cooker, but Avery really, really, really wanted to ride the trolly.
So that is what we did and as you can tell from the picture below, he was very happy.
|Avery enjoying his trolly ride.|
Well that was our weekend in New Orleans, which for the most part was pretty good. We were ready to come back to the RV and relax afterwards though.
I would like to add that when visiting Audubon attractions with kids, it is well worth your money to purchase the Audubon Membership for $149; which allows you to visit the aquarium, insectarium and zoo unlimited times for one year. It also allows you to purchase IMAX Theatre tickets at a discounted rate. Considering the zoo alone would have cost us $94 for one visit, I think we got a great deal.
Until next time, God bless!