I spent this week in New Orleans for a work conference, so this weekend I wanted nothing more than to catch up on life, relax and recuperate. After running errands, my mother and I ventured to a cafe in town called Straw Valley. It intrigued us as they’ve recently added a restaurant and raw bar to the cafe, and they host live jazz music every other weekend. The beautiful courtyard outside the cafe holds tables, cabanas, and a bubbling fountain. The area is incredibly serene, and though we went solely for coffee, we are looking forward to spending a Saturday night there for dinner.