Look, drinking is usually wonderful. But every now and then a Friday rolls around and the last thing I want to do is down a bunch of wine that will make me feel quite ill in the morning. Here are my favorite 23 things to do on Friday night when I don’t feel like getting drunk.
23. Go to a dance class
22. Paint your nails
21. Bake something delicious
20. Pamper yourself with an at-home spa night
19. Listen to an album you used to love
18. Create a work-out playlist
17. Write a bucket list
16. Call a family member you haven’t spoken to in a while
15. Plan a vacation on Pinterest
14. Practice meditating
13. Write an unexpected thank you letter
12. Go to a comedy show
11. Do an adult coloring book
10. Skype with a friend you haven’t seen in over 6 months
9. Visit the highest point in your city
8. Clean out your wardrobe
7. Try a new you-tube make-up tutorial
6. Have a photoshoot
5. Go on a dessert date with a friend
4. Watch your favorite childhood Disney movie
3. Do a vision board
2. Put on some house music and practice shuffling!
1. Write a letter to a soldier
How do you spend your Friday nights? Anyone not drink at all?
One of my favorite things about living New Orleans was heading to one of the many Vietnamese restaurants, ordering Pho Bo and spring rolls, and kissing my sorry-ass hangover goodbye. The best part? It didn’t matter where I was in life, broke, ballin’ or binge-drinking, there was always a pho for me! Promise if you visit, you will get some real foreign soul food at one my favorite four Vietnamese restaurants!
For the drinker…
514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
Get you some crafted cocktails, like my favorite, the Viper (which is made with house infused ginger/galangal vodka) and sit down on the covered patio to watch fireflies and the people go by. But the best part? So. Many. Options. You can get anything from poached eggs to pork belly including which broth you’d prefer- vegi, beef with marrow, or fowl.
To feel like a local…
1813 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Ugh, I miss this place SO.DAMN.MUCH. It was actually one of the first dates my love took me on. But mostly because it is one of the most lush bowls of pho I have ever seen- I always have extra to bring home (bonus, bitches!) Located on the quirky Magazine Street, people will drive from most of the city for this perfected place, so expect lunch time to be packed. Don’t forget to get a Lilly Roll!
On a budget…
135 North Carrolton
New Orleans, LA, 70119
Talk about a LIFE-SAVER. This is great for budget travelers, students, AND when you’re too tipsy to drive. They deliver to most neighborhoods in the area (mid-city, treme, uptown) and get it quick. Don’t worry, it may be inexpensive ($8.00) but it gets the job done.
On a date…
New Orleans, LA 70119
Nestled away on Canal street, hidden by great oaks and Spanish moss, Cafe Mihn is the ideal upscale(ish) vietnamese place. With a wonderful assortment of wine and cozy setting, Cafe Mihn makes the perfect date pho. Indulge in whatever the chef’s option is for the day- one time it was duck! (insert o-face here)
What is your favorite hang-over cure? Any tricks you’d like to send my way?