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A Back to NOLA Giveaway

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New Orleans is a special, weird, and wonderful place that we’ve been fortunate to call home for our entire lives. Day to day life here is exciting enough, but throw in a constant cycle of festivals (like New Orleans Pride coming up June 8th) and it makes for a city that is hard to leave.

But a few months ago we decided to do just that – take a break for a short while. If you follow along on our Instagram, you probably saw that for the last three months we’ve been traveling West with our camper trailer. We hiked mountains and splashed around in the Pacific Ocean and spent time roaming the desert. It was amazing, but finding culture as concentrated as it is in New Orleans was tough. Now that we’re back from life on the road, we’re sharing some of the things we missed the most, and offering a free trip to New Orleans so you can experience it yourself! Have a look at some of our favorite things to do to plan your trip.


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1. Picnics under the Oak trees in City Park

Nothing compares to the gigantic centuries-old oak trees in City Park. They’re dripping with Spanish moss and really give the quintessential Southern swamp feel, right inside of the city! Our favorite way to take it in is by doing what we do best: eating, duh. Grab some cheese and snacks, a picnic blanket, some wine or beer and prepare for the best afternoon ever. Our favorite for the best cheeses and crusty bread things: St. James Cheese Company.

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2. Local Seafood

Have you ever sat down to a massive golden plate of fried seafood from the Gulf of Mexico? Or slurped fist-sized oysters covered in cocktail sauce? Or been lucky enough to experience a true Louisiana crawfish boil? Eating local seafood not only helps support the fishing economy, it’s also literally the best seafood experience ever. Our favorites: Elysian Oyster Bar, Peche, Deanie’s Seafood.

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3. Evening Strolls Through the French Quarter

We entertain a lot of folks visiting town, and one common comment when we take them to the French Quarter is that it feels like a different country. We’ve always been like, “lol OK” because to us it just seemed normal. But now that we’ve visited pretty much every major American city except for all those ones right in the middle of the country (sorry y’all), we can say there’s no other place that feels quite so Caribbean and European as New Orleans – especially in the French Quarter. Spending an evening walking around the French Quarter means you’ll see fantastic street performers and galleries on Royal St., live music, and small shops selling everything from that typical tourist t-shirt to gemstones that re-align all your chakras after a night out on Bourbon Street. And we’re not going to lie, you should probably do the whole Bourbon Street thing at least once. It’s kind of a sight to behold.

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4. Wine on the Porch at Sunset

Some of the best parts of New Orleans are in our local traditions, and an evening spent on the porch enjoying (or praying for) a nice breeze during a hot summer is one of our favorites. It’s part of how our communities are built and upheld, as you’ll eventually get to know everyone passing by. Grab a bottle of something nice and cold, sit back and relax with your friends and neighbors. Our favorite wine shop: Faubourg Wines.

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5. Po’ Boys

Good French bread and fried Gulf seafood or slow cooked roast beef, or both. Po’boys are the best sandwich ever and we won’t be told otherwise. Most folks have their favorite spot to get them, and ours is Parkway Bakery & Tavern. They do a really really good job, and their massive seating area means you won’t end up trying eat the sloppiest sandwich of your life while standing in a corner waiting for a table to open up. Our favorite po’ boys: the classic fried shrimp or the “Surf & Turf”, which has their slow cooked roast beef and their golden fried shrimp.

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6. Authentic Vietnamese Food

Finding good Vietnamese food isn’t always easy, but in New Orleans there’s a significant Vietnamese population that’s contributed massively to our local cultural identity. That also means you’re never too far away from one of the best bowls of phở you’ll ever have. Whether you’re up for a drive to New Orleans East for the highly regarded Dong Phoung Bakery for some incredible bánh mì, or want to go to the centrally located 9 Roses – you’re in for a treat.

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We're Matt Armato and Beau Ciolino, and we're writers and photographers covering food, travel, lifestyle, and interiors on our blog, Probably This. Both natives of New Orleans and both graduates of Loyola University, we live in the Bywater and we love biking around town and taking photos of the beautiful streets and homes in our hometown.

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