Hello there friends! How is your week going so far? Mine has been pretty good, busy, but good! I’ve started walking with a friend on Monday’s & Wednesday’s so Nick and I end up spending our evenings there for the most part. Nick has been working out with her husband almost every day of the week, so it’s pretty convenient! Last night I had a Discover Arbonne event that I went to, I always enjoy going to those because they’re very encouraging and always informative! I’m hoping I’ll find some people to bring with me at some point, but for now it’s just me, myself, and I. I’m so lucky to have found some sweet friends in this business already! I definitely look forward to every Arbonne event I attend.
Me, Noelle, & Lacy at Disney Wine & Dine
I promised that I would recap my super quick, but super worth while trip to New Orleans last week. Now, I’m honestly not a fan of NOLA – it’s gross, smelly, ugly, and just not up my alley, but my wonderful friend Lacy was there for a conference and 3 hours is much closer than 20 something hours so I knew I had to drive down, even if it was for a quick dinner and a short nap.
I got off work at 3:30pm on Thursday so I could make the 3 hour drive down. We decided it would be best to park my car in the parking garage and to walk or use uber the rest of the night. I was really craving a unique restaurant that was vegan. We don’t have any vegan restaurants in Jackson, but I assumed NOLA had to have something good in that department and boy was I right! I wasn’t really sure what we were getting into, but I found a decent vegan restaurant that was only a mile from her hotel, so we started our walk towards dinner. We had planned to walk back, but as we neared the restaurant, there was a small section that didn’t feel very safe, so we ended up using uber for our trip back to the hotel.
The area was quaint and as soon as we saw the restaurant, we could feel that this was going to be a wonderful experience! We felt pretty hipster too. It was a completely garden based restaurant and had a lot of southern favorites – fried “chicken” nuggets, gumbo, chili cheese fries and so much more! I absolutely love a good fried tofu nugget, so I was especially excited to see that on the menu!
We both raved about the appetizers. I think I enjoyed the chili cheese fries a little more than Lacy did, while she enjoyed the hummus more than I did, but overall they were both excellent! The chili cheese fries seemed bottomless because we barely made a dent in them!
I could not say enough good things about my chicken fried tofu. The crispiness was absolutely perfect and I chose the agave mustard dipping sauce which was amazing! Lacy ended up not liking her gumbo so much. I thought it was great and ended up eating it for lunch the next day, but I’m in no way a gumbo expert, where as Lacy loved gumbo before she went vegetarian and so she has more room to be critical! I don’t think she thought it was spicy enough or the taste wasn’t on point, but I really couldn’t tell a difference – again, I think it’s because I really don’t have an expectation of what gumbo should taste like.
We ended our meal with a chocolate chip cookie that was divine. I was thoroughly impressed with this restaurant and I told Nick that we would have to go here if we came to New Orleans. He of course said that’s a big IF because we really are not fans of New Orleans, but I know I’ll be down there in July when I fly out for my companies annual meeting – so I may have to indulge at Seed again, whether or not others want to join me!
Later that night, we thought it would be a good idea to walk down to this arts festival, but that was more trouble than it was worth and absolutely smelly and gross the whole way there – again, not a huge fans of New Orleans. We finally made our way back to the room so we could have girl chat and drift to sleep before I had a 5:00 am wake up call to drive back to Jackson for work on Friday.