new orleans food & drink highlights


While Christmas is still a week away, Michael and I already exchanged a gift—the gift of a big New Orleans weekend. As I’ve stated before, when it comes down to a material gift or an experience, I will choose experience every time. Fortunately, Michael feels the same.

Also worth noting is the fact that we made a deal before the trip began: no calling and/or making plans with the many friends and family members we have in New Orleans. It was time for some “us” time, if that makes sense. And while it is always wonderful to go out with friends and family, we usually end up on the other side of the table or bar from one another, talking to other people…not each other.

Weekends spent in New Orleans are usually gluttonous ones, filled with copious amounts of scrumptious food and intoxicating refreshments. I must admit that this weekend was no different. Michael and I hit up some of our Crescent City favorites, but we also discovered (and delighted in) a few new bars and restaurants. Since we covered a lot of ground in 48 hours, I’m going to incrementally post some of the highlights from our indulgent weekend. First up: St. James Cheese Company on Prytania. YUM!

Overall, it was an incredible weekend. Eating and drinking my way through New Orleans with my best friend…gifts don’t get much better.

No matter its form, I hope you receive (or give yourself) a truly worthwhile gift this holiday season.

St. James Cheese Company New Orleans

St. James Cheese Company New Orleans

St. James Cheese Company menu

St. James Cheese Company slow roasted beef and bleu cheese on multigrain

SMOKEY BLUE SANDWICH House smoked Mycella blue cheese, top quality roast beef, Worcestershire mayo, tomatoes and lettuce on toasted Wild Flour multigrain bread.

HOOKS CHEDDAR SANDWICH Hooks Cheddar from Wisconsin with house smoked turkey, fresh basil, tomato, mayo and avocado on fresh ciabatta.

Learn more about St. James Cheese Company by clicking here.

More New Orleans food & drink highlights to come this Wednesday. Have you been to St. James before? If so, what’s your favorite sandwich there? I’m determined to try them all. If not, what’s YOUR favorite sandwich spot in Nola? I’ll add it to my “must try” list.


  1. Omigosh. Mouth is watering at the picture of the Smokey Blue sandwich. It’s been too long since that delicacy has touched my lips!