New Orleans - Food Fanatics Live Event
New Orleans has been on my list of places to go for awhile. So when I found on one of the Food Fanatics Shows was going to be there I knew we had to go early and explore. It was going to be this mini vacation with our friends and it was going to perfect. Well until the tropical storm hit. Since I don't live in that area, I don't really pay attention to when hurricane season is. Apparently it runs from June to November. Obviously there isn't a hurricane after another hurricane every week but it does rain a lot.
So as soon as I found out Tropical Storm Cindy was coming through I became obsessive. I was checking weather updates, watching videos, hoping that the storm would stop within the 5 minute beak I took from the last time I checked. It wasn't looking food and ultimately we decided to cancel.
I was pretty bummed. That might even be an under statement. I'm not sure if it was because I just really wanted to go to New Orleans or if I was just in need of a break. I absolutely LOVE running my own business but the hours I put into that on top of my other freelance work is nuts sometimes. I think I was just looking forward to a break.
I was able to still make it to the food show several days later. I had about and hour and half to explore, try and authentic beignet, and pick up a souvenir or two. While the city architecture was beautiful and the streets were full of art I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed. I'm not sure if I had built this trip up so much that when I finally made it there it did not meet my expectations or if years of watching movies set in other cities had disillusioned me to what the city was actually going to be like. I had this problem when I went to Paris.
So I guess we will have to see when we finally make it back to New Orleans if I was just disappointed from the cancelled trip or if New Orleans wasn't exactly as I imagined. Regardless, I managed to get some beautiful street photos as I explored.