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Travel Thursday: Part V- New Orleans⚜️

There is one place that steals a bit of my heart every time that I go, it’s like the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. You go following the white rabbit, because you want to know where it’s going. Eventually you start finding one interesting thing after the other, that you forget what you were chasing and enjoy the journey.

Let’s start from the beginning, the first meal I had when getting to New Orleans was right in the middle of the street. When you see a BBQ pit and a line of people, you don’t question it. You just go. I wish I could remember the name of their business, but I could tell it is family owned. Look for the Jamaican flags and a BBQ pit. You can’t miss it. If you love food with a kick (like I do) order the Jamaican Sausage with Crack n’ Cheese.

PO Boys are a must when in New Orleans the Shrimp PO Boy is from Daisy Dukes express, and if you want to try the Pork Belly PO Boy you’ll really have to go down the rabbit hole. This place is hidden behind a bar that doesn’t have a sign of the restaurant outside. I could tell you where it is, but what would be the fun of that? The point of going somewhere new is getting lost, and discovering new places as you make it to your destination.

The Camellia Grill is the definition of southern hospitality. You feel it as soon as your welcomed in, and smell their delicious food.

What gets more southern than a buttered pecan pie with blue bell ice cream on top? Nothing. If you don’t go on your next visit to New Orleans, you’ll really be missing out. I loved the place so much I decided to buy the shirt, and do a photoshoot with it on.

Not in the mood for a full meal, but more like a good coffee and some good conversation? Maybe even a donut?

District Donuts is the place. I haven’t had any donuts like theirs. I know what y’all are thinking, how can you say that when we have Shipley’s?

That’s why! Look at these donuts! They have flavors that are so delicious they’ll make you want to drive hours to get to them. My absolute favorite is the blueberry cheesecake donut. I can’t promise you they’ll have that flavor when you go, because they change their flavors daily. Makes it even more exciting to try.

Want to feel luxurious while drinking champagne, or a white lady (cocktail)? Then, head over to The Monteleone. This beautiful hotel is home to a carousel bar. It’s something you must experience, and although seating is limited on the carousel bar it is worth the wait. Also, if you are looking for some paranormal experiences while in New Orleans make sure to ask your bartender for some personal experiences while working there. I’m sure they’ll have some good ones.

Walk around the French Quarter to look at window displays that show you inside Art and Fashion studios, or for the ultimate bad ass girl gang feel step into a boutique named Miette on Magazine St. (near district donuts). You will find items I haven’t seen anywhere else, and to be honest it’s awesome to just be in there. They have awesome home decor, and accessories. A lot of locally made jewelry, so if you’re looking for a meaningful and unique souvenir stop here.

Other places to visit in New Orleans…

  • Tabasco Store
  • Cafe Du Monde
  • Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Shop (If you’re into that)
  • The Ruby Slipper Café

The best thing you can do is walk around and get lost. If you get lost while hungry, a good tip to go by is to check the crowd at the restaurant. 9 times out of 10 if a place is empty during peak hours like lunch and dinner it is not good (walk away), but if it is full and you notice more locals than tourists (this is where you want to be) stop there. I hope next time you’re in New Orleans you think of this blog post, and let me know if you visit any of these spots. As always a pleasure talking to y’all, feel free to comment, share, and/or like!

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Travel Thursday: Part IV- Lucerne

Lucerne, Switzerland

My last stop, on this year’s Europe trip was Lucerne. Although my time there was short (one day), but saw so much. Everything I saw, and did that day in Switzerland will be memories that will last me a lifetime.

To be honest, my first few hours in Lucerne all I wanted to sight see was a pharmacy. I don’t know if it was what I ate the night before or motion sickness from the altitude, but after trying to use my Spanish as Italian and acting out my symptoms to locals, I got what I needed. European medicine works fast! Once I was feeling better, I was ready to get to see everything Switzerland had to offer. Which is a lot, and I really wish I would have had more time. Also, more chocolate. 

Läderach  Chocolate

The best chocolate I have EVER had. I will order this chocolate to be delivered to me no matter how far it is, because you can do that. You can order the best chocolate in the world to come to you, thanks internet 😉 It might cost you, but it’s so worth it.

Nothing beats being on a boat, enjoying a piece of the best chocolate in the world (to me), and taking in the beautiful sceneries. Especially, when that boat is taking you to a train that will change everything.

Welcome to Rigi a breath taking place that will make you stop, and stare at this beautiful masterpiece called, the alps. I don’t know your beliefs (and no judgement), but to me I was in awe at the natural beauty God has created. Nothing has made me feel like a tiny piece to a giant puzzle, like I did here staring straight out at the clouds, and feeling them on my face. Seeing these giant mountains across from me made me feel like I was in a Bob Ross painting. It was and still (as I have a vivid memory of it) is one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. No words can describe. You just look out in silence. You don’t try to figure out life, you just savor the moment as you breathe in the fresh air. It feels like a dream.

The night life in Switzerland is so much fun! Especially, when chicken nuggets and fries cost $18 USD, but shots only cost $3 USD. Thats how you know, it’s going to be a great night. Next thing you know you’re on the floor in front of a flower shop trying to get a good picture of you and their flower pots for the gram. Just to realize the next day that they weren’t that pretty, and it was most likely not a flower shop. I wish I could tell you the name of the bars, but I don’t remember. As far as music goes, they had all of my early 2000 jams with new reggaeton jams. I would hear Ozuna songs and a lot of other Latin American artists.


I did not spend much time in Switzerland, but my time there was fun. I also had to say bye to a lot of great people I met along the way. Tonight I will be having a Q&A on my Instagram account in my stories at 9 PM central time. Feel free to ask me anything you want about my trips, and I will answer them. I might have some wine before then to get me ready. I can also share some more behind the scenes pics with y’all, on there. IG: @jenstylehou

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Mis Raíces 🌳

September is Hispanic Heritage month, so I thought what better time to show y’all my beautiful motherland than now. I’ve always been curious of where I’m from…I know where I was born, and I know where my parents were born. I just wanted to know where my ancestors before them were from, and how did they get here? Now that there are so many DNA ancestry tests available, I decided to take one and find out.

I feel that the picture above is a good description of why I have such a blend of different cultures in my DNA. I am 48% European, and 41.2% Native American. I found out that I have DNA from countries I didn’t even expect! It was very awesome to find out that I am .7% Italian, and that my Maternal Lineage comes from Siberia. That would explain why I’ve always been fascinated with the culture in those countries. The picture above was taken in front of the church El Rosario. It shows Christopher Columbus (most likely why I have European ancestors), and Martyrs/Saints that helped Native Americans in the country during the time of Conquistadores. They also brought Catholicism with them.

The church above is called El Rosario it is located in the department La Libertad in San Salvador, El Salvador. Pictures don’t do it justice. The way the light hits the stained glass windows is breathtaking. It creates a beautiful rainbow inside the church. Filing it with warmth.

El Salvador is a country rich in European, but mainly Spaniard culture. El Salvador declared it’s independence from Spain on September 15th of 1821. When you walk around and take in the architecture you can see the influence Spain had in El Salvador during colonization. This statue is in El Parque La Libertad, and it represents what it means. If you haven’t guessed by now “Libertad”, means liberty.  It’s a beautiful monument to look at. Theres just a certain type of way it makes you feel when, you stare at something that has such great meaning.

The part on my ancestry test that put a big smile on my face, was when I saw that 38.4% of what I have as Native American is from El Salvador. I’ve always been proud of my roots, and thought of my parents country just as my own. I spent as many childhood summers there as I have spent in Houston as an Adult. There is so much greenery, and just such a more beautiful way of life. People appreciate the little moments in life, and take every good moment in to make it through the tough moments. They have such a contagious positive attitude, and their vibes make you believe in yourself more. These are all thoughts that go through my mind as I stare at this beautiful waterfall in Perquìn with my family around me.

If you find yourself in Perquín, because you wanted to chase waterfalls. Then, I suggest you stop by El Museo de la Revolución. Where you will get educated on the civil war that was not that long ago. El Salvador’s civil war did not end until the 90’s. The entry is inexpensive. There is a tour guide that will tell you the whole history, and all you do is leave a tip.

Monseñor Romero is the most iconic, and respected in El Salvador’s history. Next month he will be named a saint by the Catholic Church. Learn more about him when you visit the museum, or really anywhere you go in El Salvador someone will be more happy to tell you the impact he’s made to the country. El Salvador is a beautiful country filled with its history, and I thought I would share a few of its light since mostly what is shown to the world is the dark.

La Catedral de Santa Ana speaks for itself. I’m a sucker for architecture, and it turns out we were there right when the the celebration for St. Anne (the patron Saint) was about to start. There is a festival, the streets are filled with people selling all types of food, souvenirs, and there’s local entertainment. These are just a few of the things you can find in my parents country, that is also very much my country. Amo a El Salvador como las Pupusas aman a el curtido 🇸🇻💕