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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!

Coolinary New Orleans

August 4th, 2011 by bbnola

Most everyone is thinking about household budgets this year, but that doesn’t mean that travel has to stop. It does mean that travelers are looking for more deals than ever before: lower airfare, discounted lodging, and other specials. That’s why August is such a good time to travel to New Orleans.

Several of our member New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are currently offering specials. At Auld Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast, guests who stay four nights pay for only three nights. At Oakview Bed and Breakfast, guests who stay for two nights get a third night free. B&W Courtyards is discounting two of their rooms for guests who stay at least 2 nights.

Try the grilled flank steak and special cocktail-du-jour at Mesón 923. Photo from Mesón 923.

There’s another good reason to travel to New Orleans this month: Coolinary New Orleans. Throughout the month of August, many of the city’s most famous and well-regarded restaurants offer deep discounts for lunch and dinner (perfect for guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, who enjoy the first meal of the day at their lodging). Participating restaurants offer two-course luncheons for $20 or less, and three-course dinners for 35$ or less.

This is a great time for experienced and novice foodies to visit New Orleans. It’s the ideal time to break old habits and try a new type of cuisine or a new dish. Bring your appetite and plan to eat your way through New Orleans this August!

A list of participating restaurants and their special menus is available at Coolinary New Orleans.

Please see New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Specials for a list of B&Bs currently offering specials.

Photo from Mesón 923.

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.

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.


Unique New Orleans Walking Tour

January 23rd, 2011 by bbnola

If you enjoy the occasional cocktail, you may be interested in a unique New Orleans walking tour offered by Gray Line: the New Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour. This tour is a wonderful way to orient yourself to the city and some of its most prominent restaurants and bars. By the end of the tour, you’ll know which establishments you want to visit again during your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast vacation.

Every cocktail has a history – who first created it, where it was first consumed, when it became popular. Mixologists such as Dale DeGroff and Gary Regan have devoted their careers not only to preparing the finest cocktails, but to uncovering their fascinating histories. You can read about the New Orleans’ cocktails, or you can experience them first hand: the News Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour brings the history of certain cocktails to life.

Pimm’s Cup, the Hurricane, the Sazerac, and the Hand Grenade – visit the bars where they were first concocted and hear entertaining stories about their origins. The New Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour will bring you behind the scenes and into the wine cellars of some of the oldest and most respected establishments in the city.

More information about the New Orleans’ Original Cocktail Tour is available at  Gray Line Tours. It’s a fun way to launch a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast getaway.

True cocktail aficionados may want to attend Tales of the Cocktail 2011, July 20 – 24; it’s not too early to book rooms in Bed and Breakfasts New Orleans for this event.

The King of Cakes

January 6th, 2011 by bbnola

Carnival season officially starts today, January 6, 2011, with the Feast of Epiphany. That means now is the time to make your New Orleans travel plans and book a room at your favorite New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. One of the most compelling reasons to come is the food.

Mardi Gras King Cake

A colorful New Orleans King Cake.

The Feast of Epiphany is traditionally celebrated on the twelfth day after Christmas, and marks the Biblical Magis’ visit to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. For centuries, many cultures have celebrated the Feast of Epiphany with a King Cake, known as Galette des Rois in France. These cakes hold a treasure inside – historically a gold coin among the wealthy and a fava bean among the poor today often a ceramic or plastic charm; the lucky person who bites into the treasure has the honor of hosting the next King Cake Party.

The tradition of King Cakes in New Orleans extends back to the eighteenth century, brought by the French and Spanish who settled here. Not surprisingly, New Orleans has made the King Cake its own.

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Discover New Orleans Food

August 5th, 2010 by bbnola

People travel to New Orleans for many reasons, such as the music, the culture, and the architectural beauty. New Orleans has all of these items in spades. But if you are one of those people who loves to experience places through food, you are in for a special treat when next you stay in a New Orleans bed and breakfast.

After your first night, you’ll be treated to a delicious meal at your bed and breakfast New Orleans. This is a great time to get the scoop on various local restaurants from both the innkeepers and other guests. You will undoubtedly be told the closest spot to find the best po-boy sandwich, and, if it is hot, everybody’s favorite shaved-ice stand. Take good notes, then head off to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, or SoFAB, is located in the Riverwalk Marketplace next to the Mississippi River, between the Central Business District and The French Quarter. The Canal Street Ferry crosses the Mississippi and docks at the Riverwalk Marketplace, and the Riverfront Streetcar stops by its doors.

Fried Oyster Po´ boy

Have at least one po-boy while in New Orleans

SoFAB is a nonprofit living history museum dedicated to discovering, understanding, and most of all celebrating the food of the south. It’s hard to find a better place to orient yourself to the local cuisine. Start with “Louisiana Eats! Laissez Faire – Savoir Fare”, a permanent exhibit that uncovers the many layers of Louisiana food, its origins and development. Then check out Absinthe Visions, a photographic exhibit of this fabled green alcohol, long outlawed in this country but now available in New Orleans; if you are in town on Saturday August 21, 2010, you may enjoy attending “Absinthe in Art and Literature”, where Todd Price will discuss the cultural significance of absinthe.

Another interesting project underway at SoFAB is The Menu Project. They are collecting menus from every restaurant in the South, and southern-inspired restaurants throughout the world. As you nibble your way through New Orleans, you can help the project by collecting menus as you go.

After visiting the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, wander through Woldenberg Park to Jackson Square, where you can grab a coffee at the Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand. Revived, you’ll be ready to loosen your belts and eat your way through New Orleans, one great restaurant at a time.