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Humble Bagel: New Orleans Food

Humble Bagel: New Orleans Food

We have a lot of favorite food memories, and sometimes they are made in funny ways. Two blocks away from the hospital where I’ve birthed my last three children is a street lined with restaurants and cafes. Consequently I now have food memories woven in […]

Pensacola Donuts: In & Out Bakery

Pensacola Donuts: In & Out Bakery

As is a requirement of any respectable vacation, the time comes during the week when a donut run is called for. The donut shop that we had grown up going to in Pensacola had changed hands, and so we’ve been on the hunt for our new spot for Pensacola donuts. An internet search yielded a couple of possibilities; the closest one to us that looked good was In & Out Bakery. Off we went. The outside is very simple and unassuming, just a building in a strip mall, and the inside just as nondescript, but if you ask us that’s often how the tale of delicious food starts; this was no exception. This shop was all about the business of donuts.

Pensacola Donuts

The case of donuts gleamed with its enticing array of flavors, sprinkles, and shapes. We tried to get a many different ones as we could so that everyone would have something they liked, but there were plenty we didn’t get to try this time around!

variety of Donuts

Out we walked with two dozen donuts in a variety of flavors and a couple of apple fritters (we take our apple fritters seriously).

Donuts for a crowd

These Pensacola donuts are classics done right, with an occasional unexpected flavor: apple fritters, plain cake, chocolate cake, blueberry cake, lemon cruller, sour cream cruller, orange cake, chocolate glaze, maple bacon, cereal topped glazed yeast — we sampled them all, and they all were delicious!

 

donut run means happy kids

We loved not only their consistently yummy flavors and wide array of flavors, but also their reasonable prices — we spent about $26 for the two dozen donuts and two apple fritters.

 

Pensacola Donuts

 

The hours are as classic as the product: 5am to 4pm every day except Monday (closed).

In & Out Bakery

8084 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32514

(850) 760-2089

Pensacola bakery

 

We found this bakery on our own, but here’s someone else recommending it too, as well as a few other shops. Fear not, we will conduct extensive research on future trips. Meanwhile, you can read our other Pensacola favorites over here.

 

Easy Meals to Cook on Vacation

Easy Meals to Cook on Vacation

Let’s talk about easy meals to cook on vacation! As I’ve been gearing up to take my entire little Krewe to France for a month (still in shock!), I’ve been plotting what meals I can make quickly and easily in our AirBnbs. Cooking in saves […]

Copycat Newk’s Favorite Salad Recipe

Copycat Newk’s Favorite Salad Recipe

Looking for a dinner salad recipe that’s filling, flavorful, fast, and easy? I love this copycat Newk’s Favorite Salad recipe for all those reasons! But first, a little background. . . One of our favorite restaurants to grab food from when on the road is […]

District Donuts: New Orleans Food

District Donuts: New Orleans Food

Officially called “District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.”, District Donuts is a New Orleans spot well-deserving of a visit (or two) for any foodie. Along with creative donut flavors that rotate weekly (root beer, chocolate raspberry, strawberry cheesecake, and samoa, to name a few), their slider sandwiches are delicious, and they serve up excellent coffee as well! Everything is crafted from high-quality, fresh ingredients and you can watch them make the food, which is part of the fun if you ask me! Call it a one-stop shop for all things delicious.

 

District Donuts New Orleans food

We’re a little sheepish it’s taken us this long to put District Donuts on the blog, because it’s a spot we take visitors to regularly, as well as pop over to for a treat ourselves. (I mean, when it’s walking distance from French lessons, you do what ya gotta do to entertain the toddler crowd.) However, this delay does mean that we’ve sampled the menu pretty extensively! We can assure you that all donut flavors are delicious. We do tend to prefer the unfilled ones (the filled ones are very rich, definitely split them), but that’s a personal preference. The toasted coconut and chocolate raspberry flavors are stand-outs for us. And OH MY the chocolate glaze — it sounds so boring, doesn’t it? So simple? It’s NOT. It’s a rich, luscious chocolate ganache that is to die for. I bought one for my kids once and regretted not getting one for me. Their biscuits and fried chicken are no less scrumptious; any slider made with those is a winner!

 

 

 

Bacon Ranch Cheese Fries at District Donuts Chicken Slider at District Donuts

A newly discovered favorite (thanks to a friend RAVING on them) is their waffle cheese fries. Michelle recently tried the Bacon Ranch Cheese fries version, and despite the description reading like a heart attack waiting to happen, Michelle said it was 100% worth it and not a bad way to go. 😉 Waffle cheese fries are topped with ranch, candied jalapeños, and large chunks of bacon. Quality, top-notch bacon, natch. Michelle said (and I quote), “The jalapeños are indescribably good!!” (Note – these are also an option on their chicken sliders.) It’s very rich combination though, so you might consider splitting them.

 

Donuts at District Donuts

The atmosphere is a little hip and a little classic-warehouse-funky; the details are unique and entertaining to peruse. Most of the seating is booths (great for penning kids in!), making it easy to fit a small crowd in. Strollers are hard to navigate inside, so I’d recommend bringing a small one or visiting without a stroller if possible. Seating can be a little hard to come by when it’s busy. If you have a small ones (or want to enjoy some gorgeous weather when it hits), the original Magazine St. location has a charming back patio with more tables and chairs, plus a little extra room for wiggling.

 

Our personal menu suggestions would be to go with a group, and sample as follows:

Breakfast/Brunch: Everyone gets their favorite caffeinated beverage, a breakfast slider, and one donut — everyone gets a different flavor, and then share them for maximum tasting fun.

Lunch: Everyone gets two sliders, split some fries 2 or 3 ways, then split a donut for dessert. (Optional: Coffee at the end if you need to be revived from your food stupor.) (I have to admit we’ve never actually tried their salads, but they sound delicious, and I imagine that they are done equally as well as the rest of the menu.)

 

 

District Donuts has multiple locations (including one in Las Vegas!); you can see them all here, but the location we usually visit (and where the pictures are from) is located at:

2209 Magazine Street New Orleans LA 70130

(504) 570-6945

Hours: Everyday 7am-9pm

The donut flavors rotate weekly; you can drool over them on District Donut’s Instagram page.

 

Summer Book List: Reading Roundup

Summer Book List: Reading Roundup

Ah, is there anything more delightful than summer reading? I know most people like to post a summer book list for you to gather before the season and read throughout the summer… but around here we’re not that organized! Instead, we’ve compiled a list of […]

Favorite Italy Blogs and Resources

Favorite Italy Blogs and Resources

I loved reading about Melissa’s favorite France blogs and podcasts even though we have no trips to France on the horizon. I thought I’d share a few blogs and specific articles that I’ve found helpful in planning our upcoming trip to Italy.   I blame (in […]

International Trip Checklist: What You Need To Do

International Trip Checklist: What You Need To Do

So you’ve got your tickets booked for an exciting international trip! Now what? This international trip checklist is the fancy way of saying “here’s what runs through my head in the run-up to a trip”. Most of the bullet points listed below are truly 5 minute tasks, maybe 15 minutes maximum. (Unless you need to actually apply for or renew a passport, which if you plan ahead you can apply for on your own timetable and not in a last-minute panic!) I’d much rather deal with these little things bit by bit than all at once in a frenzy; I keep a running list on my phone so I (hopefully) don’t drop the ball on anything. Plus when it’s written down ahead of time it clears mental space and reduces stress. So here is my international trip checklist, aka, “stuff you want to do before you leave”!

6 months out

Or at least, as soon as you book tickets:

  • Check passports: they don’t just need to be valid for your return flight, some countries require that they be valid for a certain number of months past your return date. For example, Germany requires 6 months validity after your return date, and France requires 3 months. Check the State Department page of the country you’re visiting (here’s France’s page). I double-checked a passport that was getting close-ish on IATA’s website (the International Air Transport Association — to which my airline directed me) for peace of mind. You input your travel dates and passport expiration date and it will tell you whether or not you’re good to go.
  • Will you need a visa? If you’re traveling to the Schengen area, you currently don’t for stays less than 90 days. Again, check the State Department’s page for the country you’re planning to visit.
  • Check/schedule any needed immunizations. (Guess who has that info? Bingo! The State Department pages!)

In addition, the State Department has a whole international trip checklist for travelers should you want to read more extensively about visas and such.

Reims Catherdral International Checklist

2-3 months out

  • If your children are traveling internationally, but will not be traveling with both parents, U.S. Customs and Border Protection highly recommends that you have a notarized permission form from the absent parent(s). There is no official form, but you can find sample wording here, and further guidelines/explanations here. You may never be asked for it, but I’m bringing a letter just in case.
  • Check the typical weather where you’re visiting: AccuWeather will give you average highs/lows for the weeks you’ll be traveling, so you have a general idea of what to expect. (Click on the “month” tab to select future/historical weather).
  • Then, check that you have needed clothes and shoes for this weather! Living in South Louisiana, our summer/warm weather season sometimes lasts most of the year, so even just cool weather clothes take some planning on my part. I often need to buy fall/winter clothes before my children need them where we live. (Because kids never fit into last’s years clothes, amiright??) Planning your wardrobe early also helps you pack lightly; if you plan ahead you can see gaps and strategically purchase as little as possible for maximum versatility.
  • Break in any new shoes; wear ‘em lots and make sure they’re comfortable!
  • Book rooms. (See here and here.)
  • Book any high-speed train tickets you may need. (The Man in Seat Sixty-One has a supremely helpful website all about train travel!)
  • If you’re traveling with kids, check out books/movies/music from the library that are relevant to where you’ll be visiting! (I mean, I think this is great fun even you’re not traveling with kids. . .) If you get to read just one short book a week, they’ll have a robust framework for what they’ll see.

One Month/Two Weeks OutReims Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Stop mail/arrange to have it picked up.
  • Make airport parking reservations, if necessary.
  • Notify your bank/credit cards of your travel plans.
  • Clear your calendar/hand off responsibilities: So, if you’re leaving on a trip, you’ve probably already figured out what events in your life someone might need to take care of while you’re gone. (Keys to a building? Documents? Books?) One time a certain treasurer left town without handing over her local professional association’s checkbook to anyone else. . . aannd there was a festival for which they needed to write checks. Yeah, that was me. . . Big oops!! Thankfully my mother rescued us all, but this time it’s on my list of things to take care of ahead of time!!
  • Get a haircut a week or two before your trip.

Week of Your Trip

  • Return/renew any library materials to avoid fines.
  • Look up the weather forecast for the duration of your trip.
  • Wash clothes and begin to pack. Yes, I am an annoying mother who packs most of my children’s clothes several days ahead of time! Clothes get selected (more on that in another post), washed, and packed away out of reach. No searching frantically for items or late-night laundry for me. . .

Ideally the week of your trip all you have to do is pack and get yourself to the airport, because everything else is taken care of!

The pictures I interspersed in this post are from a magical evening sitting outside the cathedral in Reims. We were jet-lagged, had just managed to find our room after a long search, we were eating take-away sandwiches from a boulangerie. . . and it was glorious. The view was incredible, the sandwiches were delicious, and we sat and looked at each other with wonder that we were actually in France. Hopefully this international trip checklist will cut down on the stress of planning a trip, but remember that the memories are worth the hassle!

Compère Lapin: New Orleans Food

Compère Lapin: New Orleans Food

My hubby and I sneaked away this spring for an overnight anniversary getaway in New Orleans (basically a staycation, but it was loverly). While we had the evening to ourselves we splurged on a nice dinner out at Compère Lapin (it was our anniversary, after […]