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2011 New Orleans Film Festival

September 26th, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans is gearing up for the New Orleans Film Festival, which takes place October 14-20. This is a festival that has blossomed since its inception in 1989. Cinephiles, New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are ready to welcome you.

Festival films will be screened at various venues throughout the city, including the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Prytania Theatre, the only single screen cinema in the state of Louisiana. Documentaries, comedies, dramas, foreign films – this is your chance to see hard-to-find films on the big screen.

The 2011 New Orleans Film Festival takes place October 14-20. Be there.

New Orleans Film Festival 2011 Highlights include:

 

Truly, all the films are spectacular, and all are worth seeing. Come to New Orleans to indulge in cinema for a week this fall. You deserve it.

A complete schedule of festival events and screenings is available at New Orleans Film Festival.

Please visit Find a New Orleans B&B for a list of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

 

The Saints of New Orleans

September 16th, 2011 by bbnola

Eyes down field

Come to New Orleans this season, and support the Saints.

The Saints came into being in 1967 and showed their stuff right away by having the most wins for an expansion team in their first season. Yet victory was scarce those first years, as the team went through its inevitable growing pains. Things started to turn around as the Saints neared their 20th anniversary. In 1986, RB Bueben Mayes was named Rookie of the Year and went to the Pro Bowl along with LB Rickey Jackson and K Morten Anderson. In 1987, the Saints had nine consecutive wins, their first ever winning season, and they went to the playoffs. In 1988, their second consecutive winning season, they had their biggest win in history.

There have been many high points since then, including their first game in the Superdrome after Katrina, a 23-3 victory on Monday Night Football. The penultimate moment is undoubtedly their Super Bowl victory over the Indianapolis Colts on February 7, 2010.

What will this season hold? Come find out.

Fans, support the New Orleans Saints whenever you can, especially on their home turf. New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts will welcome you. There is no better city to visit, and no better team to cheer. Have you seen the Saints pregame chants? They make you want to dance as much as win.

Yes, even football is infused with music in New Orleans.

Check out the New Orleans Saints Schedule. Then look through our member New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts. Come to New Orleans to support your team this season, as often as you can.

You Don’t Need a Festival to Eat Seafood in New Orleans

September 12th, 2011 by bbnola

Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo - one of the best aspects of New Orleans.

The 5th Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival was held this past weekend at Lafayette Square. Many New Orleans restaurants participated in this event, including Saltwater Grill, Mr. B’s Bistro, and Remoulade. Everyone was invited to kick back and enjoy free live music while noshing their way from one food booth to the next. Folks are already anticipating next year’s festival.

It’s important to remember that outstanding seafood is available twelve months a year in New Orleans, not only during the New Orleans Seafood Festival. Once here, visitors may dine in some of the best restaurants in the country. If your mouth has started to water as you read this, book a room in one of our member New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, and get ready to eat.

A few favorite New Orleans restaurants:

  • Cafe Minh. The best of Vietnamese and Creole cuisines. Try the bouillabaisse with Vietnamese vermicelli.
  • Galatoire’s. You can’t call ahead for a reservation, but it’s worth standing in line to taste Crabmeat Sardou.
  • Vizard’s. Eat here while you can, for executive chef Kevin Vizard has a tendency to open and close restaurants the way most of us open and close doors. Try the Oysters Mancuso – fried oysters, toast, claw crabmeat, green onion, and oyster deem. Mmmm.
  • Commander’s Palace. A Garden District treasure, this restaurant has been a New Orleans favorite since 1880. These days, 90% of the ingredients come from within 100 miles of the restaurants. Try the Soft Shell Crab Bisque or Turtle Soup (technically not a seafood, but turtles do swim).
  • Mr. B’s Bistro. Try the dark, flavorful gumbo and the famous barbecued shrimp. The menu changes with the seasons.

This is far from an exhaustive list, and guests should not hesitate to ask innkeepers of their New Orleans Bed and Breakfast for dining suggestions. Bon appetit!

Stomp in New Orleans

September 6th, 2011 by bbnola

The 10th annual Ponderosa Stomp takes place the weekend of September 15 – 17,  2011. Festivities will be held at the Howlin Wolf, at 907 South Peters Street, located in the Central Business District. If you like American roots music, book a room at your favorite New Orleans Bed and Breakfast soon.

Come to New Orleans for the 2011 Ponderosa Stomp.

Since its inception, the Ponderosa Stomp has paid tribute to the architects of Louisiana and Southern music: swamp pop, jazz, blues, rock & roll, soul, and more. The highlight in 2011 will be “The Memphis Sound”, music released on the Stax/Bolt and Excello record labels between the mid 1950s and the mid 1960s. Think Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave.

Stomp goers will have the opportunity to hear:

  • Eddie Floyd
  • William Bell
  • Dave Bartholomew
  • Allen Toussaint
  • Lazy Lester

and many more great artists.

The Ponderosa Stomp celebrates “the unsung heroes and heroines” of the music industry. These artists were extremely influential, but often overlooked by the general public. Take this opportunity to learn about the industry and listen to some of the finest musicians alive.

In addition to great music, the 2011 Ponderosa Stomp will include the 4th Annual Music History Conference, the Clandestine Celluloid Film Series, and an exhibit at the Cabildo on “Unsung Heroes: The Secret History of Louisiana Rock N’ Roll.

This promises to be a great weekend to visit New Orleans. Don’t miss it. Please visit New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts for a list of inns.

For the complete line-up, tickets, and additional festival information, please visit Ponderosa Stomp.