Travel: New Orleans

New Orleans, LA America’s most interesting city is one of my favorite locations and I can’t wait to go back! There was literally so many things to do, but not enough time in the week that we stayed there. I still have a pamphlet of a tour that we put a deposit down on and didn’t make it because we were so busy! Good thing it was only a $10 deposit! I’ll probably hoard the pamphlet for a year, daydreaming of when ill get to us see the beautiful city again.

The place we stayed at we rented from Air bnb. (This was my second time using that website, and I already booked another vacation Oct 2018, to Tybee Island. ) Our location and price was perfect. About 15 minutes at most in between everything we visited. It was amazing because for a distance that should of took us 4 minutes to drive too, it took us about 20 minutes. That’s how busy the city was!

We volunteered to dog walk at Villalobos rescue center. It is the rescue center on Animal Planet  (Pitbulls & Parolees). The times for dog walking are at 8 a.m., 230 p.m., and 7 p.m. We did the 7 p.m. one and got done around 9 p. m. There is no appointments necessary for dog walking, you just show up. For more information click here.

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Molasses(on the left) and Thick( on the right) are the dogs we walked. They are the dogs in the very first episode of Pitbulls & Paroles. Both were very sweet dogs, who I wish I could of took home with me.

Bourbon street is insane!! It’s insanely busy! I don’t know if it’s called it already, but I felt like its the city that never sleeps. I honestly don’t think Bourbon street closes. There’s two bars called Paradise Isle on each end of bourbon street, and the same t-shirt shop next to it. Therefor you constantly think you’re going the right way when you see the store. Both ways down the road look the exact same! Paradise Island has a drink called “Shark Attack”, I highly recommend it!

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I recommend doing tours of the city! There are always tons of them everywhere that can be booked! We did a 5 in 1 tour that met at a Voodoo shop by Bourbon street. During the tour we had a restroom break at Lafitte’s Blacksmith bar, which was built in 1761. The only electric lighting in the building was around the bar. The building was a blacksmith shop, but was said to hide the truth of the owner’s Jean Lafitte nefarious needs. Apparently there was a bar in it when he owned it, therefor making it one of the oldest bars in the Crescent City. Sometimes the cries from sobbing woman, or even haunting from Mr. Lafitte himself have been reported.

The Coyote Ugly bar that I hula Hooped at! 🙂

 

Parking is no joke there. Make sure you pay your meters! We got a boot because we were late getting there and we accidentally typed in the plate number wrong by one letter! So please pay for parking! Honesty, I’d recommend taking a Uber or the Trolly if possible.

Lafayette Cemetery is where some of the scenes from The Originals were filmed. We were unsuccessful at scooping out the exact locations though. The trip was still a success because the place was beautiful and I got a lot of great shots.

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I did however get some cool photos of a black cat. Which we did encounter two all black cats during our stay in New Orleans. Once here in the cemetery, the other at the house we were staying at. It was only there for about a hour with us one night on the back porch. Can you spot the black cat in all the photos?

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Royal Street was probably one of my favorites things we did. Bars everywhere had Jazz playing, and even in the streets people were playing Jazz. The Axeman, a seriel killer from 1919 who was never caught, always said he’d spare the lives of the people who played jazz from their homes. The American Horror story season three had the Axeman in the show.

While on Royal street go to beenie.bella.braids by Ms Lyn to get your hair braided or wrapped! I got a wrap! It is 19 inches long! I went on this trip at the beginning on November, and I still have my wrap. Still in perfect condition! 🙂 Royal street had artists galore. I think one of my favorite things about the city is the talent.

Also in the area, is the famous Cafe Du Monde. Great place to stop in and have a quick breakfast & coffee. All they serve is coffee and delicious beignets. Now You See Me, So Undercover, and Runaway Jury have all been filmed at Cafe Du Monde. It is also mentioned in the song ” The Wino and I Know,” by Jimmy Buffet.

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The Audubon Zoo and Aquarium we got a Groupon deal, so make sure to check for that if you do decide to do it! The Zoo was not as huge as I expected. I am from the St. Louis Zoo that is free and GIGANTIC. I still think it’s good to go because it helps support the animals.

The Audubon Aquarium was definitely worth it! I got some fantastic shots as well! I was excited to see Dory and Calvin (Finding Nemo)! The Green Moray Eel was intriguing to watch.

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Of course the one thing you almost have to do when you go to Louisiana is to go on a swamp tour! That is another thing we ended up finding a deal on groupon! Below is a photo of a graveyard from the New Orleans hurricane of 1915 that we saw on the tour. It was a catergory 4 hurricane that killed 275 peopled and caused 13 million (1915 US dollars) in damage.

 

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New Orleans was a great escape. I recommend it for a bachelorette or bachlor party weekend, birthday celebration, or girls weekend. I think it does lean more towards on a party city, then for a family vacation. Hope this helps some people with their visit in NOLA!

Have you been to any of the places above? What was your favorite?

How to eat pizza without the calories.

If you’re like me and love pizza,but don’t love the calories then keep reading! A large 14 inch original crust pepperoni pizza from Papa John’s has 2,808 calories, a large 14 inch hand tossed pepperoni pizza from dominoes has 2,370 calories, a large original crust pepperoni pizza from Little Ceaser’s has 2,362 calories, but a Zucchini large cheese pizza has less than 600 calories! It’s Easy and only takes 20 minutes of prep time at most! (I have a toddler with me while I cook, so it may take you 10!)

List of the things needed:

  • Zucchini Squash
  • Large Bowl
  • Pizza Pan(s)
  • Large spoon
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • Mozzarella shredded cheese
  • Grater
  • Paper towels
  • Vegatable oil
  • Italian seasoning and/or Pizza seasoning
  • Optional: Salt
  • Optional: Pizza Sauce

The only thing I didn’t have in my kitchen already was a Grater! I got a Stainless Steel Grater from amazon for only $6.99.

After washing the zucchini’s, start grating them into a large bowl. I cut off the ends first, but it is not a necessity. Grate the zucchini’s down to the core. When the seeds are showing, then that’s the core. I grated five small-medium squashes, and it made two pans of zucchini cheese pizzas.

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Next you’re going to want to pull out as much moisture out of the zucchinis as you can. I read to use cheese paper for this. Well never in my life have I heard of it! So I compromised and used paper towels to absorb as much moisture as I could from the shredded zucchini.

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I would place a paper towel on the bottom of the zucchini and on top. Press down and keep rotating the paper towels to absorb more and more moisture. I use every dry area on the paper towel as I could.

Another way to make sure the squash gets dry enough is to sprinkle a layer of salt on the shredded squash. Mix the salt and squash, then let it sit out for 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Don’t add to much because then it will taste salty. Just a pinch of salt.

In a large bowl mix the shredded dry zucchini, 3 eggs, and 1/4 cups of flour. Spray the pizza pan with oil and spread a thin layer of the mixture all around each pan. As in the picture below.

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Once again I had enough to make 2 pizzas. It may very depending on the size of the zucchinis. To make one pizza- use two eggs, 1/4 flour, and 3 zucchinis.
Cook on 400 for about 15-20 minutes or until zucchini crust is turning golden in the center and dark brown around the edges.

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Add mozzarella cheese all over the crust and let cook for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted like the photo below. Sprinkle some Italian and/or pizza seasoning on the pizza. Enjoy with a side of pizza sauce or marinara sauce!

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This is basically cheesy bread. When you dip it in sauce it tastes like pizza though! Honestly, this is hands down one of the best pizza’s in my life I have ever tried. I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did because it is made from zucchinis. If you are a pizza lover like me, but are trying to eat healthier, please try this!

If anyone does try this please let me know your feedback.<3