Peche: Keeping An Old Flame Burning

If you find yourself in downtown New Orleans this summer, consider the Warehouse District at the corner of Magazine and Julia Streets. That’s where you’ll find the Peche Seafood Grill, and Chef Ryan Prewitt’s masterful menu. Old school cooking styles, unique dishes, and a sophisticated modern look are just a few of things that led to this rustic-style eatery earning the James Beard Award for “Best New Restaurant” in the United States. Using live-fire cooking techniques, Prewitt keeps an open hearth of carefully stoked hardwood coals, which also allows for a unique show as you await your [... more]

All That Jazz, and Rock, and Blues…

What do Eric Clapton, Christina Aguilera, and Robin Thicke have in common? They all headline this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival going on April 25-27 and May 1-4. Since 1970, this preeminent event has featured the best in Blues, jazz, gospel, zydeco, R&B, rock, funk, and folk music. This broad mix of musical genres will play out on 10 different tents, each featuring at least five acts a day. Among its many honors, Jazz Fest has been named “Festival of the Year” four times by [... more]

French Quarter Oasis

Known for its vibrant nightlife, the French Quarter provides close proximity to some of New Orleans’ best restaurants, art galleries, and shopping boutiques. If you want accommodations steps from the pulse of this vivacious city—along with four-star amenities, a made-to-order cocktail upon arrival, and an eager-to-please staff—then look no further than Hotel Le Marais. The classic yet trendy boutique hotel nestled in the heart of the historic French Quarter offers a traditional setting updated with modern luxuries. Stop by the colorful bar for happy hour specials on [... more]

Let’s Do Lunch

When a beloved dinnertime restaurant announces weekend lunch service, foodies rejoice. So celebrations are eminent at Cane & Table in New Orleans, which launched brunch-heavy lunch service from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in February. Some favorites from dinner (such as the whole fish choices) make an appearance, along with lunch-only sandwiches (the Cuban and Ropa Vieja get shout-outs) and an omelet option. And since Cane & Table was founded by bartenders, drink specials abound along with their already-famous cocktails by mixologist Neal Bodenheimer.

Behind the Mask of Mardi Gras

We often stare in awe when a giant parade float passes by. The vivid colors and creative design make it impossible to ignore. And the grand floats of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras reign supreme. Although Fat Tuesday came March 4 of this year, Mardi Gras World celebrates carnival every day of the year. Visitors to this New Orleans attraction take a behind-the-scenes tour of the studios where the floats for about 40 parades are designed and built each year, and explore the enchanting costumes associated with the [... more]

First, You Make a Roux

This delectable-looking appetizer caught my eye on Pinterest and when I realized it was from fellow Mississippian and food blogger Julie May at Menu Musings, I liked it even more. I seem to be a slave to seafood recipes, and the dishes themselves, of course. This gem for Louisiana Crab Claws Bordelaise fit my entertaining requirement of easy preparation with big-bang presentation.  What guest wouldn’t ooh and aah over these Cajun claws? Julie warns that you’ll want to “sop up” the buttery sauce goodness with a crusty piece of bread. And [... more]

Legendary Spirit

Donner-Peltier Distillers, based in Thibodaux, Louisiana, crafts six products, all made from Louisiana sugarcane or rice. Though the LA 1 Whiskey is near and dear to my heart, the spirit that stands out the most is the Rougaroux 13 Pennies praline rum. The Rougaroux gets its name from a “bogeyman” creature found in Cajun folklore. According to legend, the Rougaroux can only count to 12, so you can leave 13 pennies by your door to keep him out. While the name may be foreboding, the drink is [... more]

Doing His Own Thing & Doing It Right

As owner and bartender at Twelve Mile Limit in New Orleans, T. Cole Newton knows that to be the best you have to be different. Cole began working at a fine dining restaurant and quickly learned that it would not be his calling. After noticing a Mid-City building for sale, just a few blocks from the Canal Street bus line, he jumped on the opportunity to open his own spot. Newton is known for drinks with such interesting names as the Baudin, Wind Up Bird, Gunsmoke, and [... more]

Sleep in a Gas Station

Two miles from the French Quarter in New Orleans, a funky renovated gas station lures travelers who reject conventional lodging. Although simple on the outside, the rental boasts an eclectically cool interior. Owner and artist Robert Guthrie used his talents to beautifully restore the space, which he calls his “greatest art project.” Gearheads will love the scavenged remnants of the gas station—from car hoods to old pumps—as well as the pieces that pay homage to service stations of yesteryear, such as metal Gulf and Mobile logos. Wide-open [... more]

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