On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a crawfish and a perfect anniversary. Due to our very mild winter, crawfish season started early this year. We started off our two-year anniversary week with a little crawfish picnic with fixings from Schaefer & Rusich Seafood.
This year Nate and I were talking about what we should do for our anniversary and I had the idea to take turns planning our anniversaries each year. Not to toot my own horn, but I don't know why we hadn't thought of this earlier. In our meager two years of marriage, and especially during this year of constant travel, we've learned the importance of the struggle to be selfless every day for each other. On our first anniversary, Nate planned an amazing weekend trip to Old Mandeville, Louisiana, which I highly recommend as a weekend get away! Since this year was my turn to plan, I decided to plan a little day taking Nate to some New Orleans favorites.
St. Roch Market
The St. Roch Market is a completely restored market in the Bywater area of New Orleans. Inside of the market, several different vendors offer various delicious cuisines, coffee, sweets, and even fresh oysters and produce. The market also has a full bar and beautiful indoor and outdoor seating. During my first visit St. Roch Market, I feasted on Fete au Fete's crawfish poutine, which is basically crawfish étouffée over fried potatoes. With the very first bite, I knew I had to take Nate, a crawfish étouffée enthusiast, back to try this delightful dish. We've been back and forth to NOLA many times but, for one reason or another, we never made it over to St. Roch Market. With that memory in mind, I planned for us to start our anniversary day with a little surprise lunch of Crawfish Poutine from Fete au Fete and amazing charbroiled oysters from Elysian Seafood at St. Roch Market.
I had planned for us to go to Bacchanal, an eclectic wine and beer bar with live music, but unfortunately it was closed for maintenance the day of our anniversary. Our bartender at the St. Roch Market suggested that we try Junction, a beer bar a few blocks away. They are housed in a historic Bywater house and provide a selection of 40 different beers on tap. Perfect for Nate.
St. Joe's Bar
Next, we strolled down Magazine admiring the glowing Christmas store windows before popping into St. Joe's Bar. The owners of St. Joe's decorated the walls with different antique religious art and ornamentation creating a space that feels familiar and fantastic all at once. We grabbed a quick bite and provisions before heading to Nate's final surprise: Rogue One at the Prytania Theater. At over 100 years old, the Prytania resides tucked away in a quiet Uptown neighborhood and continues to play contemporary and classic movies. This is my favorite New Orleans theater which offers a variety of classic theater snacks but is also BYOB.