A Love Letter to Mother’s Restaurant, New Orleans

Dear Mother’s Restaurant,

I just adore finding restaurants that have as much quirky charm in their aesthetic as they do delicious food.

When I was traipsing around NOLA on a recent trip, I had my heart set on an authentic po’boy sandwich.

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As a general rule of thumb in cities like this known for their incredible, regional flavours, if you see a line outside a restaurant, go stand in it!

The lineup at Mother’s Restaurant was long enough to convince me that the food would be good but not so long that I would be stuck in the sun for any longer than I could stand. By this point, the sun had left its signature on my pasty Nova Scotian complexion DESPITE spf 45 and a hat. Oy vey.

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The place smelled so delicious and I was in awe watching the hustle of your staff as they prepared and served food to all the hungry guests.

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I discovered that Mother’s Restaurant is famous for their authentic New Orleans flavours, featuring all the delicious classics like red beans and rice, crawfish ettoufee, jambalaya, gumbo, their special baked ham, and (the reason I was there) po’boys.

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I especially enjoyed seeing all the photos of celebrities who frequent the restaurant on their NOLA trips. The walls lined with autographed pictures only added to my building excitement. I mean, when your guest list includes Beyonce, it doesn’t get more exciting than that (except maybe DEA Agent Hank Schrader from Breaking Bad. “They’re minerals. Jesus, Marie!”)

I left happy with a delicious shrimp and oyster po’boy that was UNBELIEVABLY scrumptious. (And also a slice of pecan pie that I devoured without taking a picture. #sorrynotsorry.)

Thanks, Mother’s Restaurant!

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A Love Letter to Deep Ellum

Dear Deep Ellum,

As I strolled around Dallas, Texas just hoping to take in some of the local sites (and having done uncharacteristically little research prior to my trip) I was surprised and delighted to stumble upon your dreamy, colourful neighbourhood.

The quiet mid-afternoon streets provided the perfect opportunity to snap a handful of images that I’ve been wistfully scrolling and re-scrolling through ever since. The combination of brightly coloured business signs with amazing murals painted across every wall elevated even the most pedestrian parking-long (how’s that for a paradox) into something from a Roal Dahl universe.

It made me wonder why every other town doesn’t push their business owners to be as creative as the ones I passed in Deep Ellum. I would love to see more craft breweries incorporate…apocalyptic fantasy tanks…like the one outside BrainDead Brewing. (Not to mention the excellent art displayed within BrainDead as well.

Deep Ellum, weird and wonderfully so, welcomes the Instagram contingent with open arms.

And the cat wall?

As if that weren’t enough to convince someone that this gem of a neighbourhood is a pure fantasy world, let’s talk about the cotton candy sunset.

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I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I was totally freaked out by the flocks of blackbirds (I think?) that were covering each and every powerline…but one thing is for certain…

Deep Ellum Birds on a WireThis is one neighbourhood that certainly isn’t for the birds. (But it actually is because LOOK AT ALL THE BIRDS!)

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Who Wants a Love Letter?

Dear friends,

Did you know that April is National Letter Writing Month? Last year, I was inspired by local artist of all things adorable, Tara Andrews. This year, my IG friend Lianne announced that she would be sending letters by post this month as well as poems. How lovely! I was so delighted to open her letter!

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I started thinking, “What a perfect complement to my year of letter writing!” I guess that means it’s time to share the love.

Would you like to receive a note from me IRL? Just complete the form below and I’ll be sending them out over the next few weeks.

 

Happy Letter Writing!

xoxo Krista

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