Dear Traveling Sarasotan: Last spring my husband, Mark, and I took a road trip to Louisiana for WrestleMania XXX. We only spent about 12 hours in the city, but let me tell you, New Orleans was amazing! The event was held at the Superdome, so we arrived early, parked in the garage and walked the French Quarter. If you go, try the Original French Market Restaurant and Bar, which was founded in 1803. I had my first steamed crawfish boat there, along with some gumbo and a Bloody Mary. Authentic and awesome! Then, we moved onto drinks at The Abbey Bar, which apparently sells the most Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) and Fireball Whisky shots in New Orleans. Mark is a huge PBR fan and my name is Abby, so it was meant to be.
After that, it was on to Aunt Sally’s for Creole pralines (pronounced “prah-leens” in the Big Easy) — the ideal sweet finish. We made sure to scoop up some Café Du Monde beignet mix for our friends back home. And we got to see Daniel Bryan win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. All in all, an epic road trip.