Friday Five-RnR NOLA Marathon Edition

Whoa, it’s been a week since I updated.  We were out of school Tuesday and Wednesday due to the weather and then my poor husband was ill today so there wasn’t a lot going on here. I really wanted to post a special Rock n Roll edition and link up with Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, since the New Orleans half and marathon are this weekend and so many blogger runners will be hitting my town. So here are my top personal five recommendations to do while you are in New Orleans.

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actually along Bayou St. John, not Uptown, but you get the idea

1. Wander Uptown on foot: I’m talking a few blocks behind Magazine St, maybe after a little shopping at Fleurty Girl or Storyville. You will see street after street of classic New Orleans shotguns and Creole cottages. As long as I live in this city, I will be amazed at its architecture and its residents reverence towards it. We take pride in living in, caring for, and restoring their homes.

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streetcar inception

2. Ride the RED streetcar: Being the Mid City folk that we are, we are partial the red line. It’s air conditioned after all. You can start in the French Quarter and take it the entire way down Canal St. towards City Park.

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clockwise from the top right: Cake Cafe apple and goat cheese, Randazzo’s praline, Sucre, Tastee Donuts McKenzie’s recipe
photo credit: Amy

3. Eat some King Cake: Not some grocery store brand they might serve at the finish line of the race. Go to Sucre, Haydel’s, Randazzo’s, Cake Cafe,or even Tastee Donuts (although you will want to ask for the McKenzie king cake) and eat a serious New Orleans treat.

actual Prytania popcorn

actual Prytania popcorn

4. Take in a show: Of course, there are tons of great places to see live music and hang out (our favorites: Bayou Beer Garden or Finn McCool’s in Mid City, dba on Frenchman, Preservation Hall in the French Quarter or even the newly renovated gorgeous Saenger for theater) but I’m talking about an old school picture show. The Prytania Theater is in a beautiful Uptown neighborhood and it’s a one screen movie theater, the last in New Orleans. They are currently showing lots of Oscar nominated films. Curling up with an ice pack and a latte or gelato in the balcony sounds like a great post race recovery activity.

Enjoy your City Park finish

Enjoy your City Park finish

5. Have a great race! Running in New Orleans is my favorite thing to do and The Rock N Roll course is known for being flat and fast. The weather should be beautiful. Enjoy. Special shout outs to Running for Bling, Krissy Runs, all the Steel MagNOLAs racing, and Coach Mike. May you PR!

P.S. As I was finishing it, I actually couldn’t stop thinking of things you should do while you are in town… get gelato at Angelo Brocato’s, or fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House, go the World War II Museum, see Mardi Gras World, and of course, if you’ve never done it, drink a hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s and get beignets at Cafe du Monde. So please, come back and visit us again!

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Posted on January 30, 2014, in Seen in New Orleans and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the shout out!! Looking forward to a (hopefully) great race and (hopefully) a new PR!! Fingers crossed! And this is a great list!

  2. Awesome! I’m saving this post. I’ve only been to NOLA once and plan to go back sometime this year so I’ll need ideas! now RnR NOLA is on my list :)

  3. I’m saving this post too! I’ve never been to NOLA, but it’s *high* on the list of cities I want to visit!

  4. Great post about NOLA! There’s a couple things you’ve listed that I never tried yet!

  5. I’ve traveled all over the US and the world, but NOLA is somewhere I have NOT been! Thanks for the highlights!

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