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New Orleans

New Orleans City Guide

Eat

Gautreaus Restaurant New Orleans
Mariza | New Orleans

Coquette | New Orleans

Bouligny Tavern | New Orleans

Patois | New Orleans

The District - NOLA

District | New Orleans
Mariza Tavern
 – 2900 Chartres Street
Bywater – 504 598 5700
Modern Italian-inspired fare dished out in an airy loft building with an industrial-chic vibe, a “small” wine list that’s full of “outstanding values”.

La Petite Grocery –  4238 Magazine Street
Upper Garden District –  504 891 3377
Uptown stylish bistro perfect for weekend brunch. Delicious Contemporary Louisiana fare modern, but  still very New Orleans.  Gracious and fun staff, the  crab beignets are  “to-die-for”.

Patois – 6078 Laurel Street
Uptown – 504 895 9441
Paris bistro feel with trendy bar in the front room. Great for Sunday brunch.

Bouligny Tavern – 3641 Magazine Street
Upper Garden District – 504 891 1810
Spectacular Happy Hour ($2.50 Kronenbourg 1664, $5 wine, Crostini & Bruschette and 1/2 off all fried snacks, the Tempura Green Beans are a must). Stop in here for drinks and a snack before going to sister restaurant Lillete (next door)

Lilette – 3637 Magazine Street
Upper Garden District – 504 895 1636
Some of the best food in NOLA. French and Italian fare at this stylish hip Uptown bistro. Be sure to grab a cocktail at Bouligny Tavern before or after.

Coquette – 2800 Magazine Street
Lower Garden District – 504 265 0421
Cool Garden District bistro, fabulous ever-changing farm-to-table menu. Beautiful, vintage-looking space.

The District – 2209 Magazine St
Lower Garden District – 504 570 6945
Donuts, sliders and cappucinos. Great for a quick breakfast or lunch.

Gautreaus – Garden District
No name on the door this intimate restaurant is nestled in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Elegant and sophisticated vibe. Reservations are recommended.
1728 Soniat Street New Orleans, La 70115
www.gautreausrestaurant.com | 504 899 7397

Stay

Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans

Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans

 

Melrose Mansion Boutique Hotel New Orleans
Melrose Mansion | 937 Esplanade Avenue
Edge of French Quarter – 504 944 2255
Perfect mix of modern luxury and history in this beautifully renovated 14 suite Victorian Mansion. A few minute walk to the French Quarter, enjoy complimentary coffee and breakfast poolside or in the breakfast room.

Windsor Court – Edge of French Quarter
Elegant old world hotel is centrally. The service is top notch, the rooms are beautifully appointed, the beds are super comfortable. Their are gorgeous flower everywhere, they offer daily British tea service. Don’t miss the roof top pool. The lounge on the second floor is a perfect spot to meet for a cocktail before going out.
300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130
www.windsorcourthotel.com | 504 523 6000

Play

Cocktail Museum New Orleans

Tipitinas – 501 Napoleon Ave
Uptown – 504 895 8477
A NOLA institution (established in 1977), one of the best places in the city to catch a show. Small intimate venue with a food truck out front!

Le Bon Temps – Garden District
Dive neighborhood bar with great local live music. Saw the Soul Rebels and they are great!
4801 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
www.lbtrnola.com | 504 895 8117

Southern Food and Beverage Museum & Museum of the American Cocktail
Unique and fun museum with exhibits spotlighting the food, drink & culture of the South. Guests are encouraged to grab a drink from the attached Toups South Restaurant (second oldest physical bar in the US) and cruise through the exhibit. Although we did not eat in the attached restaurant, it looked very good.
1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
www.natfab.org/cocktail-museum | 504 569 0405

Drink

Bacchanal Wine Bar New Orleans
Cane and Table Restuaraunt New Orleans

Snake and Jakes | New Orleans

Delachaise -|3442 Saint Charles
Garden District | 504 895 0858
Great cozy afternoon wine bar or late night outside hangout. Magical white light draped front patio, outstanding by the glass wine list, fabulous cheese plates and delicious pommel frites. Stays open very late!

Bacchanal – Bywater
Bohemian Eclectic bistro that doubles as a wine and cheese shop. Pick out your cheeses in the wine room and then they put them together on a platter with delicious accompaniments. Trees with strings of lights overhang a courtyard with mismatched tables and chairs and nightly live music. This is one of my favorite NOLA spots, you will need to take an Uber/ taxi.
600 Poland Avenue New Orleans, La. 70117
www.bacchanalwine.com | 504 948 9111

Cane and Table –  French Quarter
1113 Decatur Street – 504 581 1112
Rum based cocktails, young hip staff, charming interior and courtyard where the ambiance feels like Old Havana.

Snake and Jakes | 7612 Oak Street
Uptown | 504 861 2802
Legendary dive bar set in a shacklike setting with late hours (open to wee hours in the morning) and year-round retro holiday decor.

F & M Patio Bar | 4841 Tchoupitoulas Street
Uptown (a few blocks from Tipitana’s) | 504 895 6784
The diveiest of bars,  mandatory late night cheese fries while watching Tulane students dance on the pool table.

Coffee

Stumptown Coffee New Orleans
Stumptown – Warehouse District
This chic and delicious coffee shop is located in the trendy ACE hotel lobby. The oversized windows, exposed brick and marble floor interior offers plenty of seats to chill and work. I like the NOLA location even more then the NYC shop!
610 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
www.stumptowncoffee.com | 855 711 3385

Denver

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Stay

The Maven Hotel – LOVE this new hip downtown Denver hotel. Fabulously located in the LoDo neighborhood just 2 blocks from Union Station and across the street from Coors Field.  The friendly staff made me feel like a local in this vibrant and trendy neighborhood. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary cocktail in the Poka Lola Social Club.
1850 Wazee Street Denver CO 80202
720 460 2727
www.themavenhotel.com

Eat

The Kitchen – Downtown Denver, 1 block from Union Station
Great concept, building access and education to real food. Enjoyed a delicious and healthy lunch outside surrounded by beautiful flower pots.
1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202 | 303 623 3127
www.thekitchen.com

Urban Farmer – Downtown
Bustling bar scene located in The Oxford Hotel. Menu focuses on sustainability.
1659 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202 | 303 262 6070
www.urbanfarmerrestaurant.com

True Food Kitchen – Cherry Creek
Delicious eco-chic chain  serving seasonal  healthy fare. My go to lunch spot in Cherry Creek.
2800 E 2nd Ave #101, Denver, CO 80206 | 720 509 7661
www.truefoodkitchen.com

Drink

Poka Lola Social Club – Located in the  chic Maven Hotel lobby  (known as LoDo’s Dairy Block complex)
The soda parlor looking cocktail lounge is  located in the Maven Hotel Lobby. Bartenders pour highly original creations.  Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary cocktail for hotel guests.
www.pokaloladenver.com

Coffee

Aviano – Cherry Creek
Coffee shop of my dreams please someone open something similar in Aspen. Great spot to work or hang. Delicious coffee and I love they use local organic milk.
244 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206
303.399.8347

New York

Marlton Hotel NYC
Marlton Hotel
Claudette - New York
Claudette
Claudette
Claudette
Butchers Daughter
Butchers Daughter
Stumptown Coffee
Stumptown Coffee
Marlton Hotel
Marlton

Stay

The Marlton Hotel– West Village
Love this charming European styled boutique hotel.  Located 2 blocks from Washington Square Park and a few blocks to multiple subway lines. The rooms are small yet beautifully appointed, the staff is friendly, the lobby is trendy hang out. The Espresso bar, roof top terrace (for hotel guests only) and fun old world bar are great hangout spots.   Breakfast is included and served in the lobby restaurant Margaux.
5W 8th Street (Between 5th & 6th Aves.) NYC – 10011
212 321 0100
www.marltonhotel.com

Eat

The Butchers Daughter – West Village
Plant based, healthy and delicious cafe. Rustic chic indoor and outdoor dining. Earthy feel with white interior and greens every where. Best for lunch.
581 Hudson Street NYC — 10014
917 388-2132
www.thebutchersdaughter.com

Claudette – West Village
Elegant cozy cottage decor. Farm to table menu with influences from Provence and the Mediterranean. Brought you you by the creators of Bobo and Rosemary’s. Best for mid week lunch.
24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011
212 868-2424
www.claudettenyc.com

Palma – West Village
Italian classics made from organic seasonal ingredients. There is an intimate indoor area and a full garden seating in back filled with cut garden roses and other fresh flowers. Best for dinner.
28 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014 b/t 4th St & Bleecker St
212 691 2223
www.palmanyc.com

Coffee

Stumptown – West Village
Delicious coffee, ideal for on the go. They have both indoor and outdoor sitting but gets very crowded with people on their computers.
Open daily 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
30 W 8th Street, New York, NY 10011
www.stumptowncoffee.com

Marlton Espresso Bar – West Village
Cozy wood-paneled setting in the lobby of boutique Marlton Hotel. Great spot for coffee and to sit and fun hip vibe.
5 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

Raleigh

Jubla Coffee Raleigh

Jubla Coffee Roasters Raleigh NCJubla Coffee Roasters –
Delicious coffee, studious NC State University crowd, love the yellow and dark wood color scheme. Had a fried egg and cheese on a biscuit that was slightly sweet and delicious! Great spot if you are on NC State campus,  they have an additional location in North Raleigh.
2100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC
www.jubalacoffee.com

Las Vegas (Off the Strip)

I always love a friends birthday as an excuse to a head to warmer climate for a few days. Vegas can be tons of fun, for me it was about exploring  O F F The Strip! Both the new Arts District and Freemont East are short Uber rides from the strip and full of eclectic stores, restaurants, galleries and coffee shops.

Las Vegas Off the Strip Guide

Art District

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Vesta Coffee Roaters Art District Las Vegas
Vesta Coffee Roasters
Vesta Coffee Roaters Art District Las Vegas
Vesta Coffee Roasters

Art District

A 10 minute Uber ride off the strip. The downtown Las Vegas Arts District is an up-and coming area that is full of art galleries, boutique coffee shops and retro/thrift stores.

Makers & Finders – coffee shop and cafe
Bright and stylish spot with amazing coffee and yummy latin fare. Great spot for breakfast.
1120 S Main St, Las Vegas NV
www.makerslv.com

Buffalo Exchange –
High-end thrift store. Products displayed beautifully. I scored here!
1209 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
www.buffaloexchange.com

Vesta Coffee Roasters –
Urban contmeporay feel, they roast the coffee in the back
1114 S. Casino Center Blvd. #1 Las Vegas, NV 89104
www.vestacoffee.com

Fremont East

Public Us Las Vegas
Public Us
Public Us Las Vegas
Public Us
Public Us Las Vegas
Public Us
Turmeric Flavors of India East Fremont
Turmeric Flavors of India

Fremont East

A 15 minute Uber drive from the strip, covered in street art, and full of cool bars and restaurants. Just up the road from here is Fremont Street which is a less crazy version of the Strip.

Public Us – start here and make your way towards Fremont
Strong neighborhood vibe,  farm to table fare and great coffee.
1126 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
www.publicuslv.com

Turmeric Flavors of India
Delicious Indian food, so many yummy options. Great prices
700 E. Fremont Street, Su #A

Places Worth Going

Lotus of Siam – take an uber, in a strip mall, not a nice area.
The best thai food I have E V E R had. We went for lunch. They have an impressive wine cellar.
953 E. Sahara Ave. Ste A5,  Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
www.lotusofsiamlv.com

Herringbone
Great for a leisurely brunch. Lounge outside on the chic patio. Feels more like Santa Monica then the middle of the strip!
3730 Las Vegas Blvd. – located in the Aria Hotel
www.herringboneeats.com

East Freemont Las Vegas

 

Puglia – Bike Tour

Alberebello - Trulli

Alberebello - Trulli

Alberebello - Trulli

Puglia Bike Tour Cicolposse

Alberobello – 23.6 miles & 18.2 miles

Today was the first real day of riding.  We broke the ride into 2 segments with a break for a cappuccino, lunch and tour of  the town of Alberobello.   Our charismatic guide Nemo shared his knowledge of his beloved city, the first known Trulli city dating back to the 14th century.  All  Trullis were constructed with white limestone and without mortar so that they could quickly be dismantled in order to evade taxes.

Day one we did a short 12 mile ride to get used to our bikes. We road to the coolest little local coffee/bar shop. They had the most amazing ceramics made from local artists.


 

Puglia bike to Matera

Puglia bike to Matera

Bike Trip Ostuni Puglia

Bike Trip Puglia

Matera via Palagianello – 40.2 miles

After breakfast at the Maseria we rode through the trulli filled coutryside to the town of Palagianello. The town was founded in 1102. We enjoyed a yummy lunch at a funny cafe in town (my Moms Italian was very helpful).  After lunch we had a 45 minute drive to the ancient cave town of  Matera. We met our fabulous guide for sweats and cappuccinos before entering the historical center know as Sassi.  In the 3rd Century BC the city was allegedly founded by the Romans. The city was dug into the rocks. In 1993 was declared “World Heritage” by UNESCO. The best way to see Matera is to wonder around the winding streets, we laughed that this never would be allowed in the US, too many obstacles!

It was a 2 hour drive back to the Masseria. For dinner we went into the old town of Ostuni (10 minute drive), which is known as the white city. We ate at the charming family restaurant Taverna della Gelosia.  It is a popular local spot that was chalk-a-block full of the owners collection of shadow box framed religious relics.  As with all of Puglia they are known for their appetizers. Try the pasta nera, it is a medieval recipe.

Ristorante Taverna della Gelosia
Vicolo Tommaso Andriola, 26, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
+39 0831 334736
www.tavernadellagelosia.it


 

Luigino - Puglia

Luigino - Mesagne - Puglia

Li Veli - Salento - Puglia

Li Veli - Salento - Puglia

Li Veli - Salento - Puglia

Li Veli - Salento - Puglia

Bike Tour Puglia

Bike Tour Puglia

Bike Trip Puglia

Cellino San Marco (Le Veli)  – 39.9 Miles

Today we rode to the Li Veli winery with a stop at Luigino D’Errico in Mesagne for cappucino made by Luigino himself. From there we rode to the beautiful winnery Li Veli in the Salento area. We enjoyed a beautiful private lunch with wine tasting followed by a tour of the winery.

For dinner we went to Al Solito Posto. This is unlike any pizza place I have ever been to. Loved the contempory fun interior. Again it was hard not to fill up on the unbelievable appetizers.

Masseria Li Veli – private wine lunch
72020 Cellino S. Marco (BR) Puglia – Italia
Tel. +39 0831 618259 | info@liveli.it
http://www.liveli.it/en

Al Solito Posto – gourmet pizza
Via Cesare Braico 37, 72017, Ostuni, Italy
Tel. +39 0831 305850
www.alsolitoposto.it


 

Biking to Martina Franca

Puglia Martina Franca Bike Trip

Biking to Martina Franca

Biking to Martina Franca

Biking to Martina Franca

oil oil tasting Puglia

Olive Oil Tasting Puglia

Olive Oil Tasting Puglia

Olive Oil Tasting Puglia

Cooking Class Ostuni Puglia

Cooking Class Ostuni Puglia

Puglia Bike Tour

Martina Franco & Olive Oil Tasting at Trisole – 38 miles

Today we stopped for cappuccinos in the beautiful historic town of Martina Franca.  The Gran Café, is located directly outside of the city gates. We had time for a very quick walk around of the city and then back in the saddle to ride to the Family Owned Trisole Olive farm.

We were so lucky to be at the olive farm during harvest. Outside the farm there was an olive tree that is over 1000 years old. Walking into the harvest area the smell was overwhelmingly delicious. We saw two processes of making olive oil. The traditional process with old stone that grind the pit and the olive which produces a more bitter and strong olive oil.  And the new way which the pit is removed from the olive and produces a more delicate taste.

For dinner we went into Ostuni for cooking class. We dined at the same delicious restaurant Osteria del Tempo Perso.

Gran Café – cappuccino break
Piazza Venti Settembre 7/A, 74015 Martina Franca
Tel +39 329 375 9082
http://grancaffemartina.it

Osteria del Tempo Perso – for dinner
Via G Tanzarella Vitale, 47 – 72017 OSTUNI
Tel. +39 0831 304819
www.osteriadeltempoperso.com


 

Puglia Bike Tour

Bike Trip Puglia

Bike Trip Puglia

Puglia Bike Tour Cicolposse

Puglia Bike Tour

Bike Trip Puglia

Puglia Bike Tour

Puglia Biking

Cycling Along the Coast – 37 miles

Today we skirted the ocean with its numerous beach clubs and miles of undeveloped beaches. We stopped at another local coffee shop overlooking the Adriatic before doing a climb up to the mountains. We ended the biking portion of the trip at a beachside restaurant.

We enjoyed a fun and information wine tasting at the Masseria and followed by yet another wonderful dinner.


Cicolposse

I can not say enough wonderful things about our biking tour with Cicloposse.  For me it is very important to experience the local culuture. The places Marco chose were as local as it gets. Some of the coffee shops, cafes and bars I could not even find online. I felt like we got a true Italian experience. The bikes were top of the line. Marco and Tomaso were wonderful and always kept us laughing. Julianna was behind the scenes and did everything to make our trip seamless and customized to our groups desires and abilities.  We are already looking forward to our next adventure.

Masseria Cerverolo, Puglia

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

Masseria Cerverolo

 

Stay

Masseria Cerverolo
S.P.14 Ostuni – Martina Franca
+39.0831.303729 | info@masseriacervarolo.it
www.masseriaververolo.it
The masseria Cervarolo is a farm with trulli houses. It was built in the XVI century, and has been restored over the past 5 years. It is located just 6 km from Ostuni village.

We called the Masseria home for 6 nights, while we explored Puglia by bike during the day.  The owner Tio and the staff made us feel so welcome from the moment we arrived and they were waiting at the entrance. The most beautiful breakfast is served in the dining area.  The library area in the main masseria serves as an evening cocktail area, where it is fun to meet other guests. In the comfort of the library area we had an educational wine tasting evening from a lovely, passionate young sommelier.  Late afternoon simple cooking classes are organized to show how to make the local specialties (orcchiette, focaccia, taralli, and  biscotti).

I dream (most comfortable bed with ironed sheets) of  returning to this beautiful retreat.

Sienna

Sienna Duomo

Sienna Duomo

SIenna, Italy

Sienna

Sienna
We did a day trip out to Sienna via the train.   The train is very easy and drops you at the bottom of the city.  Then we took a long escalator up to the old city.  We enjoyed wondering through the streets that are a bit less crowded before reaching the Piazza Del Campo. There is a great coffee shop on the corner right when you enter the old town gates.

Eat

Osteria Le Logge
Via del Porrione, 33
+39 0577 48013
Loved this restaurant. The kitchen has a large window that looks out to the streets. Just one block off of the Piazza Del Campo. Make a reservation, ask to sit on main floor.

Florence

Florence

Boboli Gardens

Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens

Stay

AIRBNB in the center of Florence

Florence Apartment in City Center

Florence aparment
L’Antica Torre (The Ancient Tower)
My parents and I stayed in L’Antica Torre and we loved it! The apartment is beautiful and so interesting with all of its history. We loved to meet the owner, Gianni and learn the history of the tower and how he renovated it. The apartment is spacious and incredibly clean. I could not believe the location, it is smack in the heart of everything. We enjoyed walking across any of the bridges to get out of the city center a bit and found prices for food less and a bit less touristy. The tower is a 5 story walk up which made us feel like we could indulge in pasta and gelato.
www.airbnb.com

Eat

La Menagere Florence
la ménagère
Cafe il Sole, Florence
Cafe il Sole
Trattoria Angiolino | Florence
Trattoria Angiolino

*All dinners in Florence it is best to make a reservation.

La Ménagère – best for cappucino and light food
Via dè Ginori 8r | San Lorenzo Neighborhood
www.lamenagere.it
This unique modern space is a perfect setting to get some early morning (they open at 7) work in while drinking a cappuccino. It draws a trendy crowd of both locals and tourists.

Cafe il Sole – best for casual lunch
Via Guelfa 25r | San Lorenzo Neighborhood
We went to the Marceto Centrale for lunch, not realizing the main floor is closed on Sundays. Fortunately we stumbled upon this eclectically decorated, think rose decorated tablecloths, christmas lights and Italian soap operas on the tv cafe. Food was great and prices were even better. I had my go to pesto gnocchi followed by a cappuccino. Interior decor is cute and cozy and they have outside dining. A great alternative to the Marceto Centrale when in the Saint Lorenzo area. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Mangiafoco Caffè | Dinner or Glass of Wine/Cheese
Borgo Santi Apostoli, 26
+39 055 265 8170
This cute restaurant was a few steps from our Airbnb. We came here for a glass of wine and ended up staying for dinner. Food is yummy, interior is cozy, staff is very friendly.

Cantinetta Delle Terme | Dinner
Via Delle Terme 14r
+39 055 239 6084
This restaurant was downstairs from our Airbnb. Although it is located just one block off the main drag, it has fair prices and not too touristy. I really enjoyed the ribollito soup and they have nice wine by the glass. Make a reservation and request to sit on the main floor.

SAN SPIRITO NEIGHBORHOOD  – Staying in the city center can be overwhelming crowded, not to mention expensive for dining.  I love finding the spots that locals love. The San Spirito Neighborhood is a short walk across the bridge (one or two up from the Ponte Vechio).

Trattoria Giovanni | Dinner
Via Sant’ Agostini, 38R | San Spirito Neighborhood
Loved this tiny restaurant. Here I enjoyed bruscetta with pecorino and truffles to start. Followed by picci pasta with ragu. We had dinner here, they are also open for lunch.
www.tattoriagiovanni.it

Trattoria Angiolino | Dinner
Via di Santo Spirito, 36 R | San Spirito Neighborhood
+39 055 239 8976
Fun scene, big bar which you can dine at which is not common in Florence. We left at 11:00 and there were still people waiting to sit down.

Puglia, Monopoli

Its that time of the year again. Fall off season,  which translates to: travel time.  First stop is Don Ferrante Hotel perched on the rocks above the Adriatic Sea.  The tiny city of Monopoli is the heal of Italy’s boot is comprised of narrow white stone streets, large rock stone pavers, white ceramic pots laden with succulents, castles, cathedrals and the beautiful blue sea.

Don Ferrante, Puglia

Don Ferrante

monopoli

Don Ferrante, Puglia

Don Ferrrante Puglia

Don Ferrante Breakfast

Don Ferrante, Puglia

Monopoli, Puglia

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 Stay

Don Ferrante
This tiny boutique hotel is beautiful and has the most stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. The staff is exceptionaly friendly and accomindating. The rooms are elegant down to the Frette ironed sheets. The breakfast is wonderful, try to get a table in the window perched above the sea. Persecco on the roof top terrace is a must. I loved everything about Don Ferante.
www.donferrante.it

Eat

When in Monopoli eat the seafood. Throughout the day fishing boats come and go with the daily catch. You can watch the locals catch octopus with their hands.
Puglia has many wines to offer and at incredibly reasonable prices. My preference is Primotivo.
You will want to make reservations for dinner.
Puglia is known for its appetizers. Many times they will just be sent out without ordering them. Often times we found ourselves full before the main courses had arrived.

il Guazzetto
Via Dell’Erba 39/41
Monopoli | 080 4107175
Local, very authentic.