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2012 French Quarter Festival

April 3rd, 2012 by bbnola

French Quarter Festival.

Trombone Shorty. Photo by Derek Bridges.

2012 is the 29th Annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. It’s beginnings may have been modest, but it is now one of the largest festivals in the city. It’s also free. Make your plans to attend now; find a room at a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans.

More than 800 musicians will take to 20 stages between April 12 and April 15. That means non-stop music. Jazz, Cajun, Funk, Gospel, Blues, Zydeco… if you like to listen to it, you’ll probably find it at the French Quarter Festival.

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Eat on Your Feet

February 23rd, 2012 by bbnola

Great place for a Muffuletta sandwich, New Orleans

Save your appetite for dinner, and share a Muffuletta for lunch.

We live to eat when in New Orleans, and so we don’t often think to eat on our feet.  Indeed, most of us try to have as many superlative gustatory experiences as we can while here. Reservations are made months in advance. Dresses are purchased and suits pressed, for when in New Orleans, we dress for dinner. We spend hours at the table, indulging our appetites, savoring each bite. When eating in New Orleans, life is good.

Yet to truly experience in New Orleans, visitors should step out of the restaurants and onto the street. Eat on your feet once during your stay. There may not be many places to grab a quick bite in New Orleans, but a few are worthy of note.

Verti Marte is always open (literally), and you’ll always find over-stuffed po-boys with spicy mayo.

Some of the finest Muffulettas are found at Central Grocery on Decatur Street. Start with one and share it; you can always go back for seconds.

Instead of a second Muffuletta, try a creamy gelato from the Sucré Gelato Truck that is usually parked somewhere around Frenchman Street in the Marigny, or Audubon Park.

The standard cooling treat in New Orleans, of course, is a snobliz from Hansen’s. They’ve been in business for more than 70 years, and it’s still run by a Hansen. The sno-bliz is fluffy, it’s flavorful, it’s amazing. Hansen’s opens in March, just in time for the really warm weather. Is it too early to get in line?

The innkeepers of your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast may know other great spots to grab a quick bite in the city. It’s worth investigating.


The Leisurely Side of New Orleans

February 17th, 2012 by bbnola

Bayou St. John, New Orleans

Bayou St. John.

Visitors to New Orleans come here to celebrate Mardi Gras with outrageous parades and cocktails in the street. They come to listen to some of the finest musicians alive play in dark, intimate bars. They come here to feast on po-boys, beignets, and gumbo, to admire the architecture, to experience the culture.

Many people don’t think about experiencing New Orleans from the water. They should. It’s a wonderful way to see the city from a different perspective.

Bayou St. John meanders past many New Orleans attractions. To paddle the bayou is to experience the area the way some of the first people did; it is easier to approach the city from the Gulf of Mexico through Lake Pontchartrain and Bayou St. John than to fight the current of the Mississippi River. Plus it’s fun.

Kayak tours of the bayou lead past the vast and serene City Park, the Spanish Custom House, and the Pilot House. Paddlers will float past the New Orleans Museum of Art and St. Louis Cemetery #3, with it’s spectacular above-ground tombs. In addition to New Orleans landmarks, kayaking along Bayou St. John provides excellent viewings of wildlife: herons, pelicans, and other water fowl being most predominant.

Mardi Gras may be in full swing, but it’s still possible to find serenity in New Orleans. Check in to a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and look into kayak tours. They’re a wonderful way to round out any New Orleans vacation.