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Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 30, 2017

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All images taken with the iPhone 7 Plus.

We traveled through a bit of South Florida on a recent road trip. I have many more spots to share, but will start with the most unexpected stop that we took. We were driving north after an overnight stay in Juno Beach, and while in the Ft. Pierce area, I saw a tiny road sign with grapes that said “winery,” and I immediately turned the car around. We were on an adventure, so it seemed like the right thing to do.

We ended up at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery.

Open!

This is about as Floridian as you can get.

The exterior was lovely.

These wreaths are perfect.

We got inside and found ourselves in a tasting room/store.

Local products, and you can see ribbons for a few of the wines they produce.

There was a larger number of wines available than I would have expected.

Here is the tasting menu. What was the most surprising was that they make actual grape juice! It was intensely delicious.

The wines were good, but the muscadine grapes do seem to run sweet, and so a lot of the wines skewed that way. The ones we enjoyed the most were Webejammin’ and Not Starboard, the second of which is their version of Port. We purchased a bottle of each, along with some for friends.

It was a delicious and unexpected stop on our day. We love visiting wineries in New Jersey, and I will admit to not even realizing that wine is made in Florida.

If you’re ever traveling in or around the Fort Pierce, Florida area, I definitely recommend a stop at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery. If you aren’t a drinker, the grape juice alone is worth a visit!

Happy trails!

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Napoleon House New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 22, 2017

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

I’m not a big drinker. Like many others, I had a few moments I regret in college (and maybe a few after), but for the most part, I will go weeks at a time without a drink. My favorite alcoholic mixed drink is a Pimm’s Cup, and whenever they are on the menu, I’m definitely ordering one.

During our trip to New Orleans, we didn’t plan very well, and so on the night we tried to go to K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, there was a long wait. We were directed to go down the street to Napoleon House. Little did we know that we were walking into our new favorite bar.

Come on. It’s so perfect that you have to go in.

Everything looks as old as it is.

I’m including both images for a full look at the tile details in the entryway.

It is very dark in the Napoleon House, so the next few images are a bit questionable. Don’t let that stop you!

Here’s the look when you walk in the front door. Even with the blur, you can almost taste the air in this bar. It’s incredibly atmospheric.

From the Napoleon House website:

For almost two centuries, the beloved landmark, The Napoleon House, on the corner of Chartres and St. Louis streets in the historical French Quarter of New Orleans, exudes a European charm that is a mecca for civilized drinking and eating. Its vibrant history prevails-the optimistic plot to provide refuge for the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte by the original owner, Nicholas Girod, Mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815, did not come to pass for the emperor. The building has been known as the Napoleon House ever since, either as an Italian grocery store to a restaurant with countless servings of the signature Pimm’s Cup and long list of classic Creole favorites.

Multiple Pimm’s Cups! I went for the original, multiple times. (Perhaps before I took this photo.)

We had to leave Napoleon House before we wanted to, as we got the call that our table was ready down the street. However, we definitely went back the following night before we had dinner reservations at Sylvain.

Old and new(ish) combine well.

A bar with lamps! Does it get better?

Will is having a Pimm’s Cup here as well. Normally he goes for the Sazerac, a New Orleans classic.

In what is one of my new happy places in the world, with my favorite beverage.

I cannot wait to go back to New Orleans. I know that all of our trips there will mean multiple stops at the Napoleon House.

 

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Sucre New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 6, 2017

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

Another stop during our trip to New Orleans was Sucre. My personal connection to Sucre is that I have worked in the past with their website developer. The company had a big boost a few years back after being featured on Oprah.

The shop and cafe ended up being lovely in terms of both offerings and design.

It was dark by the time we were able to stop in.

The macarons were front and center, naturally.

Many other confections were also available. The presentation and design in these is also beautiful.

I imagine that signs with ingredient lists are quite important, to alert anyone about potential allergic reactions. These are informative and attractive.

There were many lovely gift options available as well.

We took our box of macarons and wandered off into the rain – we enjoyed them later on as a way to tide ourselves over until dinner. They were intensely delicious.

Happy trails!

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Vegas New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on February 20, 2017

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

We traveled to New Orleans in December, and one of my only required stops was to go to Magazine Street and do some shopping. We ended up shopping for Will in a store called Vegas – funny enough since we were only a few weeks out from our Las Vegas vow renewal.

We not only had great success, but I was super charmed by the aesthetic of the store itself.

It was another grey day in New Orleans, but that’s the perfect time for shopping.

Lovely natural light from these huge windows.

While I was busy enjoying the interior and display designs, Will was shopping and finding great items. The selection in the store was a mix of classic items with those that were a bit more quirky, and brands I had never seen or heard of before. Will ended up buying 2 shirts that are new favorites.

I could not sell Will on the gold jacket.

These hats were perfectly tongue-in-cheek.

The commitment is real when even the business cards are this good.

The happy customer. If you’re in the market for men’s clothing in New Orleans, definitely go and check out Vegas on Magazine Street.

Happy trails!

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Brennan’s in New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on February 6, 2017

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I set up a surprise trip to New Orleans last month, to celebrate Will’s birthday (and also mine, to be honest). During multiple visits to New Orleans, we had heard about the famous breakfast at Brennan’s, but hadn’t managed to actually eat there. We stopped in while we were there to try and get reservations, and ended up having a proper birthday breakfast for Will on the morning that we left.

It did not disappoint in any way. Let’s take a look.

The famous pink exterior.

It was dark and rainy that day, but the holiday decor brightened everything up.

The interior is amazing and over the top, but perfectly so.

Look at these panels!

I’m not sure what the provenance of the bell necklaces are, but they were waiting for us at the table and put on us as soon as we were seated! I took these home, trimmed the ribbon, and made them into ornaments for my Christmas tree a few weeks later.

This is unfortunately blurry, but you can get the idea.

We both had eggs Benedict, but Will had the artisanal version. We had sides of bacon and grits.

I had told them it was Will’s birthday when we made the reservation, and so after breakfast they brought him this amazing dessert with a collar of cotton candy (with glitter!) and a candle. He also received a gift of a Brennan’s apron, which I can confirm he has been using.

After an incredible breakfast experience, we left, maximizing our last bits of this trip before heading back to the airport.

I cannot recommend enough that you have breakfast at Brennan’s when you visit New Orleans. It was delicious and special and completely worth our time.

Happy trails!

 

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