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The Running of the Bulls, New Orleans

June 28th, 2011 by bbnola

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Run with the bulls in New Orleans - it's more safe and fun than in Spain.

Something extraordinary happens in New Orleans every July – something even more unusual and wonderful than you might expect. It is the annual Running of the Bulls. And it is remarkable.

Instead of flying to Pamplona, Spain, book a room in your favorite New Orleans Bed and Breakfast for the weekend of July 9, 2011. New Orleans “bulls” aren’t as dangerous as the horned beasts who draw crowds in Spain. In New Orleans, the bulls are members of the New Orleans-based flat-track derby team known as the Big Easy Rollergirls.

If you dare to run, you may be “gored” by one of these bulls. Don’t worry – the wiffle ball bats they use to thwack slow runners haven’t sent anyone to the hospital yet. But they have caused a fair amount of fun and hilarity.

In typical New Orleans fashion, what began as a one day event has mushroomed into a three day event. Enjoy Spanish food and wine at The Chicory on Friday, July 8, and La Fiesta de Pantalones (The Pants Party) at 12 Bar on Fulton at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Anyone may participate in this free event. So pack a white shirt, white pants or shorts, and a red scarf, and head to New Orleans on July 8, 2011, for the Running of the Bulls.

Additional information is available at Nolabulls. Visit New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts for a list of inns.

Eating Late in New Orleans

June 26th, 2011 by bbnola

Certain neighborhoods in New Orleans sometimes feel as if they never sleep. This can be particularly true if you walk down Bourbon Street on a Friday or Saturday night in the summertime. You’ll see people crowded into jazz bars and people walking up and down the street, and you’ll hear people behind walled terraces eating, drinking, and laughing.

Talk with the innkeepers of your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, and be sure you know where you can safely walk at night and areas it’s best to avoid. Then put on your walking shoes and go. A nighttime stroll is a great way to get a feel for a city that is unlike any other on the continent.

Such an activity is bound to stimulate the appetite; fortunately, New Orleans is a city that knows how to feed its people no matter the hour. Read on for a few suggestions of where to find late night eats in New Orleans:

Arnauds Bienville

Arnauds by day.

  • Bouligny Tavern on Magazine Street. Late night snacks are reasonably priced, varied, and delicious.
  • Delchaise on St. Charles Ave. A great spot to find an award winning glass of wine or an unforgettable cup of coffee.
  • Arnauds on Rue Bienville. Patrons may enjoy dinner in the Jazz Bistro until 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. This may not be late by New Orleans standards, but for some guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, it is plenty late indeed.

The innkeepers of your Bed and Breakfast New Orleans may be able to suggest a great spot for a night cap close to the inn. Don’t hesitate to ask.

Free Outdoor Concerts in New Orleans

June 22nd, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans brings much to mind: parades, dancing in the street, po-boys, jazz, oysters, the blues, lovely old buildings, coffee and beignets, and more.

People travel to New Orleans once to experience it. They come back because they fall in love with the city and its culture. Some can’t resist the food. Others can’t resist the music. Few can resist the city’s many charms.

Guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are often seduced by the city’s generous inclusivity. Nothing exemplifies this trait better than the parades and outdoor concerts that draw spectators off the sidewalk and into the fray. It’s hard to stand still when good music walks by, but it’s easy to fall in step.

Tonight, Wednesday June 22, 2011, marks the start of a summer concert series that is sure to win the city yet more fans. “Wednesdays on the Point” concerts take place at the Ferry landing in Old Algiers, or Algiers Point. Ride the ferry from Canal Street to Algiers for a mere dollar, disembark, and you’re there. Concerts run between 6 and 9 p.m. Food and beverages are available on site.

The schedule for Concerts on the Point is as follows:
•    June 22: Glen David Andrews, Sasha Masakowski
•    June 29: Luther Kent, The Mumbles
•    July 4 (5-9 p.m.): Bonerama, The Stooges Brass Band, Lil’ Red & Big Bad
•    July 6: (no shows due to 4th of July show)
•    July 13: The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, Pinebes Brass Band
•    July 20: Flow Tribe, Higher Heights Reggae Band
•    July 27: Irvin Mayfields “Purple Disrespect” Funk Band, E. Company Band
•    August 3: Latin Night featuring Otra, Javier & Elegant Gypsy
•    August 10: Amanda Shaw, Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

The Canal Street – Algiers Ferry stops running at midnight. If you happen to be staying at one of the Bed and Breakfasts New Orleans in Algiers Point, this will pose no problem. Otherwise, a cab will take you back to the the other side of the Mississippi River.

Oysters in New Orleans

June 8th, 2011 by bbnola

The people of New Orleans take their oysters seriously. If you dream of Oysters on the Half Shell, Oyster Rockefeller, Oyster Pie, Fried Oysters and Oyster Po-boys, then there is no better place for you than New Orleans. Satisfy your desires; stay at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and feast on oysters for a weekend or a week.

June 4 and 5, 2011, was the New Orleans Oyster Festival. Folks watched a Largest Oyster Contest, rolled up their sleeves for an Oyster Shucking Contest, and sat down to an Oyster Eating Contest. They nibbled their way from one food booth to the next, and burned calories dancing to a variety of local bands. It was great fun for all who participated, and folks are already looking forward to the 2012 New Orleans Oyster Festival.

The Oyster Festival may be over, but oysters are still abundant in New Orleans. Read on to learn where guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts eat oysters:

  • Acme Oyster House: the oldest Oyster Bar in the French Quarter, it’s noisy, crowded, and good. Stand at the bar and shoot a dozen freshly shucked oysters, and wash them down with beer.
  • Felix’s: bring your belly to this fantastic oyster bar in the French Quarter. Enjoy a free draft beer with every dozen oysters on the half shell Wednesday evenings.
  • Galatoires: the grand dame of New Orleans serves tasty Oysters en Brochette and Oysters Rockefeeler.
  • Drago’s: this family restaurant has been serving the finest, freshest oysters since 1969. The Charbroiled oysters must be tried.
  • Johnny’s Po-Boys: Generous portions, fair prices, and delicious food. Bring cash and expect a line.

Try an Oyster Po-Boy at Johnny's Po-Boys

It’s always a good idea to ask the innkeepers of your Bed and Breakfast New Orleans where they find their oysters. If you like your New Orleans lodging, you’ll probably like the oyster recommendations, as well.