My traveling feet have carried me to many locations both exotic and not so exotic over the last several decades, but somehow they never got me to New Orleans. The city had been on my bucket list for some time and, given that apartments in the Big Easy get elevated rents if they are declared […]
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is sing a happy tune, hop on a plane, and head to New Orleans, where major music is happening all the time. Everyone knows NOLA is the American city that dances the night away to live music—you’ll hear it played right on the streets of […]
Everyone knows New Orleans, the craziest party-hosting, cocktail-drinking, convention-going, Mardi-Gras-Parading, jazz-music-playing, levy-bursting, Brad-Pitt-loving, most reputation-rebuilding city in the USA, especially right now. From Fat Tuesday to Ash Wednesday—OK, really between New Year’s and Easter—this is the place to be for Mardi Gras.
If celebrating Carnival and Mardi Gras in New Orleans has always been a dream of yours, but you’ve never been quite sure whether it truly is as much fun as it sounds or is, instead, simply a mess of drunken college students acting stupid, then this is the story for you. (It’s as much fun, trust […]
With a legacy that is French, Spanish, Canadian, and English, New Orleans is the most European of North American cities. Its reputation for incredible food and warm hospitality is well deserved and extends to the gracious hotels that line the streets of the French Quarter, some more than 200 years old. One of the top […]
We came from all over the country (and the world) to “Worship the Music” at the 15th Annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, three days and nights chockablock with top performers, fascinating sculptural installations, and local culinary treats. We feasted on music, art, and everything from jambalaya to crawfish bread.
On Halloween, Mardi Gras Day, and just about any time in between, in New Orleans you’ll find people decked out in fabulous costumes and having a ball. NOLA’s denizens will dress up in crazy outfits at any time, but, of course, Halloween is one of the biggest nights of the year in this city steeped […]
Much has been written about what to do in New Orleans if you are traveling there for the Super Bowl this weekend. Those making their way as members of the media can check out this day-by-day checklist, while football fans can view this list of activities for the week. Unless you are a San Francisco […]
In Lake Charles, Louisiana during Mardi Gras, I learned what it was like to feel like royalty. Clad in a carnival mask, a feather boa, and strands upon strands of shiny beads, I looked down on my subjects and threw Mardi Gras beads to a select few. Giddy with my unexpected power, high above the […]
It took me quite a while to figure out what actually happened to me at Tales of the Cocktail. Why do I still wake up thinking, where is my breakfast cocktail, and how could I live without it prior to attending the 8th annual festival of bartenders, liquor producers and distributors in New Orleans earlier […]