Restaurant Review, travel

Sunday Brunch in NOLA: The Spotted Cat Food and Spirits

We were recently in New Orleans for our friend’s wedding and decided to check out one new spot before the wedding festivities began. After doing a little internet browsing we stumbled upon The Spotted Cat Food and Spirits.  If you live in New Orleans or plan on visiting soon, be sure to check this spot out.

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I’ll admit, I go to New Orleans at least once a year, but typically more than that. However, I’ve never really explored the breakfast/brunch scene.

Located at St. Claude and St. Roch this restaurant sits in a unique area of the city. I was amazed by how many people I saw ride by on a bike. I’ll be honest, in all my years of visiting and spending time in New Orleans I rarely see people just scooting around town on a bike.

The breakfast here is good… and when I say good, I mean GOOD (and unique).

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William ordered the Huevos Rancheros with Shrimp. I got a teeny little bit of this meal because he ate it so fast! Needless to say, it was delicious.

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The Huevos Rancheros consists of sunny side up eggs, black bean puree, ranchero sauce, pico de gallo, queso fresco, avocado puree, and tortilla chips. William also added a side of shrimp to his order!

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When I saw the Miso Bacon Pancakes on the menu I was a little scared. I just didn’t understand how miso could enhance a breakfast item… But, I decided to give this breakfast entree a try and I’m so glad I did. The miso, chives, bacon, and sweetness of the syrup was a perfect combination. It’s topped with a miso butter and it’s to die for!

 

Their Miso Bacon Pancake entree consists of bacon scallion pancakes, miso garlic butter, and maple syrup. I also added a side of sunny side eggs!

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Because the spotted cat is “food and spirits” they also have an extensive bar and breakfast drink menu!

 

Next time you’re in New Orleans be sure to try out The Spotted Cat Food and Spirits:

2372 ST CLAUDE AVE #130
NEW ORLEANS, LA

 

 

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Design, Interior Design, Lifestyle

The Corners of My Office

Happy Monday world! In my last post I talked a little bit about my inspired life. How I was starting to design/redecorate my home office. Well. It’s ALMOST done. I wanted to share with you the “corners” of my office. I still have some tweaks to make and a gallery wall to finish, but I wanted to share a bit of my life, and my home with you as it evolves. So… step into my office! (Links for items are at the bottom of this post).

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There were actually two beginning stages of my office. The first stage was just the empty room that was in place when we moved in… a empty purple room.

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From there… it became my “office” but really just more of a messy overflow storage room. But here’s the plot twist, we have an attic and a basement… this room did not need to be a messy storage room. We have plenty of space elsewhere to store our junk.

I am now happy to share my new office with you! I’m still trying out different things within the room and I’ve already switched out the curtains a few times but I’m happy with how the room is turning out.

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I’m very inspired by contrasting colors, but I also like a little bit of an eclectic and boho look. I got a great deal on this desk top from World Market and attached it to some beautiful gold legs I found on Amazon.

I was able to pull in some of the boho and eclectic look with the plants and cowhide rug.

Right now I’m really in love with the corners of my room. I found these amazing book shelves at IKEA and I think they really added some modern flare to this edgy black look. They’re affordable, easy to assemble and have glass shelves that are a somewhat non traditional to most bookshelves.

 

I absolutely love this light blue pouf I found at T.J. Maxx for $39.99 It was actually the first item I purchased for my room and was the source of much of my inspiration.

 

As I mentioned. I’ve found a lot of inspiration in plants lately and I’ve actually made a point to have a minimum of one plant in each room. My office actually has 3 plants! I got one of these snake plants from IKEA and the other from Home Depot. Both of the pots/planters below came from T.J. Maxx.

 

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I’m also a fan of quirky things so when I found this #Adulting desk plate, I had to have it! I love that it’s white and gold and blends into the decor and scheme of the room already. Also, as you might have noticed, my third plant is on my desk. The plant came from Home Depot and I found this beautiful brass pot at World Market!

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I’ve also decided that as part of my house wide theme I wanted to incorporate some other fun aspects such as baskets, figurines, travel inspiration and a little technology. I found this beautiful basket at Hobby Lobby and got it for 50% off! Both the doggy figurine and the “100 places” poster were on sale at West Elm… and I’ll admit, this charcoal Google Home Mini has been the best “tech” addition for our home and for my office.

 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a the little bit of my office that I’ve been wanting to share with you! Of course I still have a few more things to do in the room

  • Find a cute office chair
  • Finish Gallery Wall
  • Buy higher quality office storage supplies
  • *Add more plants

Always know that any and all suggestions are welcome as I’m just getting started. I hope you enjoyed and I can’t wait to share more of my home, and life with you!

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Inspired

inˈspī(ə)rd/  1. of extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse.

As I browsed the aisles of IKEA with my mother yesterday I couldn’t help but share with her how I’ve felt very inspired lately. She listens to me talk and I’m so very thankful for her. For me, when life shifts, my creative world seems to shift.

I was astonished to find that the beginning definition of the word, inspired, is nothing short of beautiful. It reads, “of extraordinary quality”…. I’ll type that again, “of extraordinary quality”. That makes me realize that all those things in my life, that I sometimes take advantage of, are extraordinary.

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Watching my niece and nephew, adventuring outdoors with my puppy, spending more time embracing life, and watching the world around me change has been my sources of inspiration. My niece is so creative and my nephew always has the biggest smile on his face. My puppy loves me and my husband unconditionally and embraces all the good things in life. Watching the seasons change, transitioning into a new year, and enjoying all the new and old friendships I have has brought so much healing in my life. All these things have been the source of my inspiration and creativity lately.

inspəˈrāSH(ə)n/ 1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

I am an incredibly creative person. Sometimes I regret that I didn’t do more with the creativity that I’ve been blessed with. I’ve really wanted to change my mindset to that. We’ve been in our house for 10 months and I’m just now taking on the challenge of turning this house into a home… Hopefully a well and creatively designed home. I am the happiest and in my element when I’m inspired to create… I want to experience that happiness more!

I’m currently in the process of designing and redecorating my home office. To be honest my home office has been more of a holding space and storage room that anything else. As my vision is coming to life, I see it transitioning into a place that, one, I can ACTUALLY use when I work from home and, two, is a place where my creativity can really flourish.

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Below are some photo’s that I’ve used as my source of inspiration for my room! I can’t wait to reveal the finished product to you soon. I hope you can enjoy all that I can share right now. Find time in your day and in your life to be inspired. Find joy in the everyday and embrace the special talents that you’ve been blessed with.

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