Weekend Cheat Sheet: Spoiling Mom
Growing up, there was that one person who did everything for you — from making you smiley pancakes in the morning to chasing away the closet-monster at night. Isn’t she deserving of a weekend filled with indulgent eats, stellar sips and activities she’ll fondly remember forever? Of course she is!
Lunch at: Aloha! Get at small taste of Hawaii at the newly opened Poke Loa on the corner of Louisiana Avenue and Magazine Street! Poke (pronounced poe-keh) is similar to fish tartare and made with sea salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, seaweed and chili pepper. This West Coast craze has finally hit the Deep South at Poke Loa where you can build a bowl with items like white rice, tuna or salmon, cilantro, ponzu mango, crab salad, seaweed salad, fresh avocado, tobiko and more! 3341 Magazine St., (504) 309-9993, eatpokeloa.com
Shop at: Go vintage at Century Girl, a “carefully curated vintage boutique” located on Magazine Street across from Juan’s Flying Burrito. Discover gorgeous art-deco jewelry, classically inspired bridal gowns, home decor and designer fashions. Find clothing and accessories from the roaring ’20s to the hip ’60s … items featured include a 1950s hand-painted felt butterfly circle skirt, Frou Frou miniature vintage shoes (boxes included!), a 1930s angel’s trumpet celluloid necklace and a 1920s Mandalian mesh, fringe flapper purse. 2023 Magazine St., (504) 875-3105, centurygirlvintage.com
Sip & Stroll at: Make Mom feel like a queen at one of the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience’s signature events, the Royal Street Stroll! Score tickets to spend an evening shopping the fine art galleries and antiques on Royal Street in the historic French Quarter with outstanding wines at every stop and delicious cuisine to boot. Kicked off by the city’s oenophile elite in the Krewe of Cork, the Royal Street Stroll is a wine and art-lovers dream come true and one you won’t want to miss. nowfe.com
Breakfast at: Located on Bienville Street only a few blocks from Blue Dot Donuts, The Station is a new, Mid-City bakery and cafe launched by owners Megan and Jonathan Walker. Housed in a space that was once home to an old filling station, this quaint, purple-roof restaurant has the feel of a kid’s playhouse on the outside and a hip coffee shop on the inside. Megan Walker, who previously baked at Angelo Brocato’s, makes all of the sweet and savory baked treats from quiche and croissants to brioche and sourdough. All of The Station’s specialty coffee drinks (including pour-overs) are brewed from beans roasted by Revelator and Orleans Coffee. 4400 Bienville St., (504) 309-4548, thestation.coffee
Get pampered at: Located inside the Loews New Orleans Hotel, Balance Spa & Fitness aims to rejuvenate and beautify your body with exquisite pampering and healthful treatments. A full-service spa, Balance offers several types of massage from deep tissue and hot stone to Swedish and even four-handed massage. Their skincare services include several different types of facials from rejuvenating to classic; treatments customized for your back and shoulders, like exfoliation and progressive peels; and glycolic, décolleté and lip treatments. Finish off an afternoon of luxury with a mani/pedi and breathe a sigh of satisfaction. 300 Poydras St., (504) 595-5333, balancespanola.com
Dine at: Taste Chef Michael Gulotta’s creative Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine at his new CBD restaurant Maypop. Located in the South Market District’s Paramount building, Maypop is the culmination of the best specials featured at his Mid-City landmark MoPho. Swoon over crispy fried P&J oysters with a bourbon barrel soy mash aioli and spicy cucumber; wok fried egg noodles with jumbo Gulf shrimp; or the charred lamb with roti in a coconut milk glaze. Finish off dinner with some chai doughnuts served with dulce de leche ice cream and a 94 Lychee with Bulleit Bourbon and ouzo.
611 O’Keefe Ave., (504) 518-6345, maypoprestaurant.com
Revive at: Cool off at the Stumptown Coffee Roasters cafe inside the Ace Hotel with cold brew coffee pouring from brass taps. The Portland, Oregon-based coffee roasters opened their first cafe here in the Deep South almost a year ago inside a former carriage house in the Warehouse District, and the icy-cool brews are certainly something to rave about. Stumptown also offers signature drinks like a mint julep-inspired concoction with mint simple syrup, sparkling water and nitro-charged cold brew. Try your coolest brew of choice with pastries from Port City Pantry and consider your day started. 610 Carondelet St., (504) 799-0548, stumptowncoffee.com
Feel fragrant at: Since 1931 Hové Parfumeur, known worldwide for its fine fragrances, has been offering heavenly scents in the French Quarter. Available in perfume, cologne, massage and body oils, the scents at Hové are made from the finest essential oils and ingredients in the industry. Choose from a literal cornucopia of scents like a simple Azalea, Gardenia or Clochettes des Bois to more extravagant like Fascinator with oak moss and hints of musk. Hové offers scents for men and women, including soaps, lotions and powders. 434 Chartres St., (504) 525-7827, hoveparfumeur.com
Relax at: Created by the same team that brought Restaurant Rebirth to the Warehouse District, Galliano Restaurant (right around the corner) offers a more casual atmosphere with down-home Cajun fare. Chef Ricky Cheramie, who is from Galliano, Louisiana (about two hours south of New Orleans), has created a menu featuring foods from the Bayou Lafourche region like biscuits and cochon de lait gravy; chicken and andouille gumbo with okra; Southern fried chicken with red beans and rice; Plaquemines Parish fried oysters; and a country fried filet mignon. Galliano Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. 200 Julia St., (504) 324-4065, gallianorestaurant.com