August | New Orleans, Louisiana

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The whole point of the trip to New Orleans this time was for a wedding! The rehearsal dinner was at August. I enjoyed the food a lot. I do not normally like steak but this filet was like nothing I have ever tasted before. It was so good I ate it all. Also, I am not a fan of mint and chocolate together but lo and behold this dessert was amazing. However, my favorite dish was the Breaded Speckled Trout Pontchartrain. The trout was delightfully crisp and buttery. The trout is on their lunch and Sunday brunch menus. August is on the pricey side but definitely worth it for a special occasion. 

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Café Du Monde | New Orleans, Louisiana

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This was my second trip to New Orleans but my first time to make it to Café Du Monde. The previous trip the line was the absolute longest line I have ever seen. Now it will be a must for all future trips no matter the line length. The warm fluffy fried pillows of dough covered in powdered sugar were just as amazing as they sound. For my beverage, I opted for the frozen café au lait which was out of this world. I am pretty sure I was on sugar overload hours after breakfast concluded but it was completely worth it.     

What is something you would stand in line for no matter how long the wait is?

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Around New Orleans

New Orleans is the perfect place to walk around taking pictures. So many pretty scenes. 

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All of the pictures below are from our hotel room window… gorgeous! We stayed at the Westin. I loved it there. I thought it was the perfect location and within walking distance to everywhere we needed to go for the wedding festivities. 

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Looking at all of the pictures again is really making me want to go back! Well, maybe after it cools off not during the 90° weather we are having at the moment.

Have you ever been to New Orleans? If so, where do you think is the prettiest/picturesque place? 

Zoës Kitchen 20th Anniversary + CLOSED Giveaway

Zoës Kitchen is a great place if you are looking for a quick, delicious and healthy lunch or dinner. My favorite is the Grilled Chicken and Slaw Pita with a side of potato salad. Their potato salad is like no other. It is made with an oil base instead of mayo. Definitely a game changer in my opinion. Their Chicken Salad Sandwich is also really good. 

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Zoës Kitchen is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with 20 Days of Goodness in Birmingham. 

“We are extremely excited and honored to celebrate our milestone 20th anniversary with Birmingham, the birthplace of Zoës Kitchen,” commented Kevin Miles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zoës Kitchen. “Since 1995, our people have been living our mission to deliver goodness through our food and our people. We want to celebrate those people who have made it possible, and say thank you to our home community for supporting us.”

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Over the 20-day period from June 10 to June 29, Zoës Kitchen will host a series of special events and surprises for its employees and guests. The company will also spend time volunteering with the Alabama Children’s Hospital, Jones Valley Urban Farm, Habitat For Humanity and Jimmy Hale Mission, to name a few. For a full list of all activities taking place during the 20 Days of Goodness, visit www.zoeslovesbham.com and follow #zoeslovesbham on social media. 

Zoës Kitchen Giveaway

Zoës Kitchen is giving away a $40.00 gift card for a Mediterranean Family Meal (good at any Zoës Kitchen restaurant) to one lucky reader. 

To enter, leave a comment below telling me your favorite meal from Zoës Kitchen or the item you want to try the most.

For additional entries, you can share this giveaway including a link to this post on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Be sure to let me know in the comments below what tasks you have completed so that I may include your entries. 

The giveaway ends Saturday, June 20th at 12:00 a.m. CST. The winner will be contacted via email.   

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And the winner is…… Sarah J.! Congrats! Check your email for details! 

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In case you are curious… the winner was chosen by the following: I made a numbered list with everyone that left a comment including additional entries for posting on social media. I then used random.org’s number generator to generate the winning number.

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Crabby Jack’s | New Orleans, Louisiana

Crabby Jack’s is definitely a favorite of the locals. Walking in you get the vibe that everyone else eating there are regulars.

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I had the fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade poboy. Did I mention they are known for their overstuffed poboys? My sandwich was overflowing with fried green tomatoes and shrimp goodness. If you are ever in New Orleans I strongly suggest you wander away from the French Quarter and make your way to Crabby Jack’s for lunch.    

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