magasin cafe / new orleans

magasin-cafe-by-myseastory-3one of the reasons james was excited about moving to new orleans, was the variety of vietnamese food available, he craves it all the time and, if possible, would eat it every day. he also likes hole in the wall type of restaurants, but to be honest that’s just not my thing (let’s keep it real, folks!). so when we found magasin cafe, a modern vietnamese restaurant, located just a few blocks from our house, we hit jackpot finding a good compromise for both.

we come here for a meal at least once a week, it’s usually easy to get a table and the staff are super friendly, so we kind of feel like at home. it’s also very kid friendly, and that’s how we roll these days :)

magasin-cafe-by-myseastory-1when i like a certain dish, i find it difficult to be adventurous, so i always order the same thing – vermicelli (rice noodles with lettuce, cabbage, mint, bean sprouts and peanuts) with grilled pork or sometimes grilled shrimp – filling, yet light and delicious.

magasin-cafe-by-myseastory-6magasin-cafe-by-myseastory-7magasin-cafe-by-myseastory-2james likes the shrimp spring rolls (rolled in rice paper and dipped in peanut sauce, not fried like the chinese version),  steamed pork bun and then pho, vietnam’s national dish (a brothy soup with rice noodles, lot’s of fresh herbs and a variety of meat options). (there are of course a ton of other things he likes and craves, this is just a ‘sample’)magasin-cafe-by-myseastory-4magasin-cafe-by-myseastory-5

oh, and i’m a big fan of their vietnamese iced coffee, cafe sua da, so sweet and very refreshing (remember my first new orleans picture?)

also, they’ve just recently opened magasin kitchen, their new restaurant in new orlean’s central business district. i haven’t had the chance to try, but it looks pretty cool too.

ps – another new orleans favorite spot here

about our first weeks in new orleans

new-orleans-by-myseastory-13our first few weeks in new orleans went by sooo fast! we arrived on a sunday evening (3 days later due to tropical storm joaquin), we were exhausted from the delay in our plans and from the trip. james went straight to work the next morning, and julia and i ventured into exploring the neighborhood.

new-orleans-by-myseastory-1we rented a place on airbnb for our first month, so we could explorethe different neighborhoods before choosing a long term rental. i searched for our temporary home like crazy – i knew i wanted a place close to whole foods, coffee shops and restaurants – until i finally found the perfect little nola house close to magazine street and a few block away from kindred studios, where i could go exercise with julia. score!

new-orleans-by-myseastory-4 new-orleans-by-myseastory-3 new-orleans-by-myseastory-2we’ve been taking it easy, trying to keep julia on her schedule and finding a balance between doing her favorite things, driving around to explore the city, house hunting, and also trying out a few new restaurants and spots.

julia and i have been strolling around a lot, and we never get tired (or better, i never get tired) of walking around and looking at all the beautiful houses, most of them with rocking chairs in their porch – exactly like i had imagined it, but better.

these are some of the places we’ve been to and liked – Continue reading