One of my 2018 Adventure Getaways is in New Orleans, so I thought it was time to share some of the Unexpected Things to Do in New Orleans for when you come on this trip with me!

For as long as I have been alive, my memories have been defined by what I ate during those experiences. I couldn’t always tell you the name of the person I was with during that particular moment, but could describe in precise detail the Nicoise salad I had in 1995.

In New Orleans, pursuing your next great meal is a religious institution. On Bourbon Street the air is filled with competing music from rooms and doors and windows, the notes collide, mixed into a cocktail of sounds. Past a miniature doorway, under a golden flour-de-lis, you’ll find a man in shiny tasseled shoes who catches shrimp by day, play the drums as they have never been played before, tapping his feet on the old wooden floor.

At Café du Monde, a boy sits on a fire hydrant humming into his tuba and inside, powdered sugar floats in a cloud across the room as people exhale into their beignets and it drifts down again into the pores of the place.

Here in New Orleans, everyone is named Baby. It is one of the only places I now where you can indulge in the sweet sounds of a jazz singer with a sweet oily voice until early morning, and a few hours later have access to a whole lot of raw nature from which the locals make incredible food. In New Orleans, the culture, food and adventure is all part of the same beautiful, rambling meal. Since we just filmed the pilot episode of my new show “Wild Food” on Travel Channel, I thought I would share some of my favorite places with you to enjoy next time you’re in this city.

So hop on over to our Adventure Getaways website and read our Eat, Drink, Stay, See, Acquire suggestions to help you uncover the enchanting bits in New Orleans. Let us know what yours are in the comments!

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Georgia Pellegrini

Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.