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Happy Tuesday with Joy the Baker

On a humdrum Tuesday, Joy Wilson, a.k.a. Joy the Baker found her happy place in New Orleans.

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Coffee and juice from District Hand Pies & Coffee Bar. (Photo: Joy Wilson)

How can you feel down on a Tuesday when you’re Joy Wilson, a.k.a. Joy the Baker? After all, you could whip up lemon poppyseed pancakes for breakfast and keep eating your feelings with double-chocolate cake donuts or buttered popcorn chocolate chip cookies — “I’ve been known to eat my way through the day,” she says. But even Wilson admits a Tuesday can get her down. That is, until she experienced a New Orleans Tuesday.

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Joy Wilson.

Wilson has lived in the city since 2014, but as a California girl, she didn’t quite grasp all we have to offer on any given day of the week (especially the Internet’s most-hated day of the week). We challenged her to try a proper New Orleans Tuesday, complete with yoga at the Cabildo, the Treme Brass Band, comedy, and more, then asked her about her experience below.

Happy Tuesday with Joy the Baker

So, did you have a Happy Tuesday in New Orleans?

A Tuesday in New Orleans is good as Tuesday gets!

Yoga at the Cabildo. (Photo: Joy Wilson)
Yoga at the Cabildo. (Photo: Joy Wilson)

What was the happiest moment of your morning?

I loved my morning of yoga in the Cabildo. It’s such a unique space to practice.

…your afternoon?

Walking through Uptown with a cup of coffee.

…evening?

Sunset cocktails at St. Roch and seeing the Treme Brass Band.

Did you find your happy place in New Orleans? If so, where?

I love just walking the streets and feeling the energy in the air.

‘Even if you can’t be here in New Orleans, you can still summon its spirit.’ — Joy the Baker

Oysters and a cocktail from St. Roch Market. (Photo: Joy Wilson)
Oysters and a cocktail from St. Roch Market. (Photo: Joy Wilson)

As a baker, what did you like the most about your trip?

I’ve been known to eat my way through the day, so I really enjoyed my food journey across town.

Name something you tried for the first time.

Cowbell.

If someone only had 24 hours in NOLA, what’s the one thing you would recommend they do?

Enjoy a meal at Cochon, have a cocktail at French 75, and see music on Frenchmen.

What’s your advice for someone having a bad Tuesday?

Take off early, and make yourself a Sazerac. Even if you can’t be here in New Orleans, you can still summon its spirit.

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