Thursday, January 29, 2015

Travels With Steff: Baton Rouge to NOLA

Friday morning I woke up to more rain and chilly temps. I can south to warm up! What the heck!!! My friends both had to work until early afternoon, so I caught up on some TV and relaxed. Hey, I’m on vacation!!

I was promised sunshine and warm temps!!

Once they both came back, we had to do some shopping. Josh needed to get some stuff and while his was checking out the man working in the store said “Do not make me take off my belt with company over.” I was laughing so hard that I had tears running down my face. Jaimee shrugged it off and said “Welcome to the South.”

It was restaurant week in Baton Rouge so we ended up going to Cheesecake Bistro for dinner. It was a super cute place that was sort of like a Cheesecake Factory. We met two of their other friends for the evening and had an interesting booth with mirrors in the corner of the restaurant. The ladies across from us brought their own beer koozies! I couldn’t believe it! Best part of dinner was the Red Velvet Cheesecake!!

Can you see the koozies?
Yep, I ate it all!

After dinner we ended up at a cute little bar called Oliver Twist. Nice bar with couches and tables. The drinks were good too. The rain had stopped by now, but it was still really chilly. Josh promised me the next day would be perfect, he’s a weatherman and I am happy I trust him.

They had a ladder to get to the top!

Saturday morning we headed to the grocery story so I could get some of this Blue Bell Ice Cream I have heard so much about. Of course, I got red velvet and if you can get this ice cream, I highly recommend it! We had heard Lauren had finally got to NOLA, and I found her a mini king cake.


We made a quick exchange back at their place, and then me and Jaimee were off for NOLA!! Josh was right, the weather was perfect 60 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire ride down.

Such a beautiful day!
The Superdome is HUGE!!

We met up with Lauren in the hotel lobby, dropped our stuff off in the room and made our way to the expo. Lauren needed to change her bib from the half to the full, so Jaimee and I wondered around the expo. It wasn’t what I expected at all. I expected a lot more. I found nothing I wanted to buy. I did get Jaimee a parking pass and we got wrist bands for the finishers area. We maybe spend 20 minutes there at the most.

My partner!

So us three ladies took to the streets of New Orleans and did some sightseeing! We really wanted to go see Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. We also needed some food. Bourbon Street was something. I could not believe the amount of people walking on this tiny street, and cars driving down it!!

We ended up eating at a place called Café Maspero and it was amazing! Strawberry Daiquiris for $1 and great food! It came out so quickly we were so excited! Plus, a former co-worker of mine ended up stopping by! It was so nice to see her and her new husband!!

This may have been my second one...

After lunch we walked around the French Quarter, then wandered around the river area before back to the hotel for a quick power nap before dinner. We ate at a sports bar right by the outlet shops called Time Out. Again, food was great and we had a great time!

Jaimee, Lauren and I being tourists! 

The three of us ended up back in our hotel super early so we could relax. Luckily figure skating was on and we were all fascinated by what these ladies could do! It really helped me relax. We sat down, worked out a plan for the race and got everything set. I could not believe that in a few short hours, I would be running a marathon!

Flat Steff was ready to go!!

Do you spend a lot of time at race expos or would you rather do more sightseeing?


  1. So much fun! Score on the $1 daquiris;) Great recap

  2. I try to spend a decent time at the expo but the main concern is sight seeing, and by that I mean checking out the local bars