Wednesday, March 6, 2013

this (long) weekend: New Orleans! {part 2}

Saturday, our take-it-easy day, started at Palmer Park, just down the street from our gracious host's home. Ella hadn't been on an outdoor playground since our December visit to see my mother in Florida. It was incredible to see how much she's grown and learned. She has gained an amazing steadiness, and the increased coordination of her arms and legs is amazing to see. She rode on her first big girl swing and tackled her first climbing wall.

We hit up Crabby Jack's for lunch: gigantic shrimp po-boys and gumbo.

With a babysitter lined up for the evening (from Cincinnati even, go figure), we went to dinner at The Country Club with our hosts and several of their good friends.  The meal was solid but had a clear winner: a grilled duck confit with nutella, apple butter and mozzarella sandwich.  Sounded so crazy, we had to try it!

Afterward, we headed to Blue Nile on historic Frenchman Street to hear Big Sam's Funky Nation.  I had no idea what to expect, but the music was incredible and the dancing, even better!

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