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Color of Discovery

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hotel Indigo. The opinions and text are all mine.Seems like just yesterday that I was exploring Baltimore and Alexandria with the Hotel Indigo team, but it’s been a minute! I came from that trip and jumped straight into a million holiday deadlines and found myself with the flu. Or something incredibly close to the flu. Literally wasn’t able to pry myself off the couch for over a week. My energy levels were so slow that I didn’t even open up Instagram. Obviously, that’s a rarity for me. The flu this year is no joke, y’all. So take care of yourselves! But I am excited to finally share a few more photos of the trip! I did a lot of traveling last year, but this trip was hands down one of the best. Why? Because the Hotel Indigo team helped me stay in each new city JUST like a local would. From the best spots to grab coffee in the mornings to the best bars to wind down – they knew where to send me. Not to mention, each property was perfectly located in both cities. Meaning that everything to…

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Open For Breakfast

This post is sponsored by Kellogg’s, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Last month, I had the chance to head down south with Kellogg’s for a quick visit of a rice farm to learn a little bit more about where my food comes from. Today, I’m excited to share a few more photos from that trip with y’all. As well as some of the information I learned while visiting Kennedy Rice. Growing up in a farming family and community means this post and trip hold a very special place in my heart. I know firsthand the amount of time, effort, and resources that go into making a farm and the community it’s a part of successful. The Kennedy family has been in the rice business for 50+ years. While on site we got the chance to see their love and dedication for the industry and for American-grown food. This is a sentiment that I whole-heartedly stand behind, since I do my absolute best to eat farm-to-table whenever possible. And it’s incredible to see big brands like Kellogg’s being on board with this mindset as well. Much of the Kennedy family farm’s medium-grain Jupiter rice is used…

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Boudin Bourbon & Beer

As I’m sure y’all can tell by now, my trip to NOLA was a busy one. A trip full of highlights and bucket list check-offs for certain. While I’d have a hard time narrowing the list down to one favorite experience, getting to attend Emeril Lagasse’s Boudin, Bourbon, and & Beer is close to the top of the list. To start off, if you’re not familiar with boudin (don’t worry, I wasn’t always aware either.) It’s a type of sausage. Traditionally blood sausage to be exact. BUT in the New Orleans region it’s boudin blanc meaning it’s a white sausage made without blood. Fun fact: my grandpa used to own a butcher shop. So when I talked to my family about blood sausage/blood pudding they knew exactly what I was talking about. See, my love for sausage really does run in the family. But back to the matter at hand! Each year Boudin, Bourbon & Beer challenges more than 60 chefs, from both New Orleans and the South, to make the tastiest dish they can with boudin and other sausages. Meaning it’s a festival for all the senses, from the delicious food to award winning national musical acts – like…

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Explore The City

Seeing as this was my first time visiting New Orleans I wanted to make sure I was in the heart of the action. Royal Sonesta Hotel was the perfect home base for that exact reason. It’s perfectly located in the heart of the French Quarter. Making it the perfect place to start and finish my days spent exploring the city. The hotel is conveniently perched on one of the busiest corners of Bourbon Street. It also comes complete with just about everything you need for a visit to NOLA. Like the world-class jazz club, The Jazz Playhouse, complete with craft cocktails and delicious appetizers. While there’s plenty to see in the areas of the French Quarter and surrounding streets I was most excited about learning more about the history of the city. So I set off on two separate tours of the surrounding, older neighborhood. First on my list was a tour of the Garden District with Sheila from Architecture Tours of New Orleans. We spent about 2 hours exploring not only the Garden District but a cemetery. The Lafayette Cemetery to be exact. And the first cemetery I explored in NOLA. And to be honest, that was one of…

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Where to Eat in New Orleans

Guys, I can’t believe it has taken me this long to visit NOLA – especially with as much as I LOVE food. I am happy to report that I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. The only disappointment I do have? That I didn’t have enough time to try the exhaustive list of restaurants that caught my eye. Which means I’ll just have to make another trip back down to knock a few more off my list. Who’s with me? But in the meantime I’ve got y’all covered. Today I’m breaking down the restaurants that I did get a chance to enjoy, savor, and photograph. Stay tuned though! As I have a feeling this will be updated rather shortly as I’m already dying for another visit. In the meantime, here’s a great starting point on where to eat in New Orleans. Where to Eat in New Orleans Compère Lapin: I stumbled on this spot mostly by accident, and by accident I mean I just looked for Instagram worthy restaurants on Yelp! until I stumbled on this one. It didn’t disappoint. In fact, I ordered so much food that a server asked me multiple times when someone was joining me. The Biscuits…

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