MADE by: Carri Cowan

I suggest you drop a few pounds in preparation for this destination, because eating, drinking and dancing are the main things that you will do. And you know what? That’s quite alright. Cajun and Creole cooking receives worldwide recognition for its rich, hearty flavor…and justifiably so. Gumbo, catfish po’ boys, and beignets are on my menu every time that I visit. You may be tempted to resort to the tourist trap restaurants downtown, but live a little and ask a local where his or her favorite is, keeping in mind it may not be in the French Quarter. Leave the rookies on Bourbon St. and head towards Frenchman’s Street for music and dance that’s a lot less sloppy and a little more grown and sexy. Going for Jazzfest guarantees a lively city, but I suspect New Orleans needs no reason to party. Appropriate for a quick baecation or a girl’s getaway, the N.O. is a no brainer destination for those looking for food and fun.