This was our Valentine’s gift to each other. Moo booked Los Angeles(LAX) to New Orleans (MSY) for 30k Southwest miles, then added me using her Companion Pass for $5.60 each way. I booked the Courtyard by Marriott French Quarters for 75K Marriott Bonvoy points with no resort fees.

One of the first things Moo wanted to do was find chargrilled oysters, so we found the closest spot that was open. I’ve had oysters all different ways, raw and cooked, but none have ever been as good as the chargrilled oysters we got in New Orleans. We were instantly hooked, and Moo made a list of all the top spots that we would go try them at while we were there. At most places they were only $1-1.50, so we wouldnt break the bank trying them everywhere we could.

Moo booked an awesome food/drink/history walking tour of the French Quarters for us. We tried gumbos, beignets, and everything in between. Another afternoon we did the gator tour on the air boats. Even though it was the beginning of the season, we saw several. However our boat driver said they werent hungry yet. He showed us this by tossing marshmellows near them, which they ignored. Apparently, once they are hungry, its like catnip for gators.