Imagine that – I won another trip thanks to entering Sweepstakes! To recap, my first trip was to NYC sponsored by American Express in June. Then, I went to California just last month thanks to Kohls and Keds. After California, I thought for sure, I won’t be needing my suitcase again for a while – but just about 2.5 weeks ago I received a call from Million Dollar Media saying I had won a trip to New Orleans for their Masquerade Ball sponsored by Dos Equis. I was super excited, because because by now, I was being a lot more selective of what trips I was entering, mainly because the year is almost over and the thought of taxes keep popping up in my head! When I enter trips, I don’t ever expect to win, but there is always that “just in case” thought and I always think about who I was take if I won, and I knew that this would be the perfect trip for my boyfriend, Dan. It’s not as easy to always take him because we have a son to be taken care of in our absence. But, thankfully his parents were more than happy to spend 4 days with him!
Our first stop of note was Cafe Du Monde. Before we even left, we were recommended this place multiple times by different people, we HAD to try the beignets – and try we did! We went two nights in a row to no waiting, so if you’re gonna and don’t wanna wait in line, I suggest going around night time! It’s still busy, but we never had to wait either nights. Having a beignet and a cup of hot chocolate was the perfect ending to each night. The beignets remind me of a funnel cake, so good! Even Dan who isn’t into sweets was quoted as saying, “Omg, this is the best place ever.”
We spent most of our days exploring – I swear everyturn was a new place to go, new shops to explore, and new sights to see. You can imagine the food was delicious, I had my first taste of grits, believe it or not, and Dan tried Alligator Sausage. I also brought back a Christmas gift for my dad – Cajun Alligator Sticks. I know he’s gonna like those, because he’s always looking for something that’s going to make him laugh. I’m sure he’ll like them, too!
The Dos Equis festivities kicked off on Friday night with a Pub Crawl on Bourbon Street. There were 100’s of people, some I imagine as other winners and some who had paid to be part of the event! We were escorted throughout the street and it was a crazy experience to be sort of the center of attention as part of this parade. People were taking photos and cheering and it’s just something I never imagined I’d ever be a part of. Surpringly, the pub crawl was a lot of fun. We ended up meeting a young couple our age from NYC! I learned quickly that bar time here starts around 5pm on the weekends! Everyone is out looking for a party, which totally makes sense as to why most shops close around 6pm and don’t open until 10am the next day. The atmosphere was very fun, lots of happy, drunk people just having a good time! It’s something that spreads, for sure!
Saturday night was The Masquerade Ball, and I had NO clue what to expect. I worried a bit about our attire, but quickly realized that there was all different levels of fancy dress (and some not so fancy, sweatpants were seen!). Let me tell you, Dos Equis knows how to put on an AMAZING party – down to every little detail! My interpretation of it was that one side was red and vibrant with LIFE, and the other side was dark and gloomy like Death. The Death side had dark music, worms on caramel apples, real live owls and crows, and spooky characters. I LOVED the dark side the most. The Life side had happy characters, normal food, and upbeat tunes.
Q-tip was the guest DJ and Dan was pretty excited about that. I didn’t know him enough but still thought it was cool that we had a guest! Also, The Most Interesting Man, was there, that I did not realize until the next day when I saw people’s photos. So bummed we missed out on a picture with him!
I’m so thankful to Dos Equis for throwing a great party and allowing me to join and even better I barely paid a dime of my own money!
Our last day was mostly rainy, but we ended up going to St. Louis Cemetary. As a friend mentioned, going to see one of the cemeteries is a must. I thought they were beautiful in an odd sort of way, or something out of a movie. Our last stop we were able to see where Hurricane Katrina heavily impacted, thanks to Dan’s friend who drove us to the airport.
We both loved New Orleans, so much I swear that Dan is mentally planning our next trip. I’m so glad I was able to check this off my travel list. Thank you, Dos Equis!