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Mother’s Day in New Orleans

April 18th, 2012 by bbnola

New Orleans San Francisco Plantation

The San Francisco Plantation.

If you’re a mother, you know that what most mothers want for Mother’s Day is simple: to spend time with her children.

That said, sometimes it’s nice to give a little more than time. It’s nice to give, perhaps, a trip to New Orleans.

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New Orleans Wine and Food

April 11th, 2012 by bbnola

If you like wine and food, you won’t want to miss the 2012 New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. It is, quite simply, a feast for the senses. It’s a delightful, delicious, celebration of food and wine. Oenophiles, gourmets, gourmands and Epicureans, this is for you.

New Orleans Food and Wine Festival.

Don't miss The Big Gateaux Show, an international cake competition and tasting.

As of this writing, more than 34 wineries and 61 restaurants / caterers are scheduled to participate. The chefs come from New Orleans. The wine comes from around the globe. Together, they make magical combinations.

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Reveillon 2011

December 14th, 2011 by bbnola

Reveillon dinners make Christmas in New Orleans wonderfully unique.

“Un réveillon” is a meal that takes place late, during the night. The word can be used to describe such a meal at any time of year, although it is now primarily associated with the celebratory meal enjoyed late on Christmas Eve. Many people traditionally sit down to Reveillon after Christmas Eve mass.

It should be no surprise that Reveillon is so widely celebrated in New Orleans. The town is, after all, inclined towards nocturnal activity and gustatory excellence. Reveillon is a natural extension of both.

While Reveillon traditionally takes place late on Christmas Eve, many New Orleans restaurants serve it throughout the month of December, at more reasonable hours. It is served as a prix fixe meal, with prices ranging from under $40 to more than $90 per person. Some restaurants offer choices within the menu, while others do not. It is worth researching such details before reserving a table.

Chefs go all out for the Reveillon. They serve such delights as Foie Gras Crème Brûlée, Turtle Soup, and Brouillade aux Truffles. They serve Sautéed Frog Legs and Pan Roasted Quail. They serve Smoked Duck Salad, Bouillabaisse, and Braised Rabbit. If you like to stretch the limits of your palate, you’ll like Reveillon.

Many New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts offer Papa Noël specials during December, which provide deep discounts on lodging. Please see New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts for a list of these inns. And remember–the more you save on lodging, the more you can spend on your Reveillon.

Please see Reveillon for a complete list of New Orleans restaurants serving this fantastically celebratory meal.

Thanksgiving in New Orleans

November 7th, 2011 by bbnola

Good food draws people to New Orleans. Thanksgiving is the penultimate harvest festival. It therefore stands to reason that Thanksgiving dinner in New Orleans is an experience worth having.

Guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts should have no problem finding restaurants that serve some version of a Thanksgiving dinner. The problem will be deciding where to eat. While you probably can’t go wrong, what follows is a list of places that will certainly get the Thanksgiving feast right.

  • The Bombay Club. Start with Fried Oysters Rockefeller or Crawfish & Mirliton Chowder. Continue with Roasted Turkey with oyster & tasso cornbread stuffing or try something less traditional, like Broiled Pompano with sunchoke and crabmeat gratin. The atmosphere is elegant, and the martinis sublime.
  • Arnaud’s will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a Creole twist. Start with Butternut Squash Soup or Shrimp Arnaud. Continue with Roasted Turkey with cornbread or oyster stuffing, Braised Pork Short Ribs, or Gulf Fish Amandine. Then comes the difficult choice between Old Fashioned Pecan Pie or Praline Pot de Creme.
  • Broussard’s is serving Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3p.m. and from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Begue’s Restaurant. Those who know it, cherish it. Dine in the lush courtyard or the elegant dining room.
  • Commander’s Palace. A Grande Dame of New Orleans. Dress elegantly for dinner in this Victorian home in the Garden District.

Many New Orleans restaurants are already accepting reservations for Thanksgiving dinner. Book your room at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and start looking ahead to what may be the most enjoyable Thanksgiving meal you’ll ever have.



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.

Faubourg Marigny

July 30th, 2011 by bbnola

Faubourg Marigny is the new Vieux Carré in New Orleans. It isn’t actually new; Faubourg Marigny was created in 1805, and there are plenty of beautiful old buildings in the district to verify its pedigree as the oldest suburb south of the Vieux Carré. Long quiet and mostly residential, Faubourg Marigny is now a destination unto itself, with restaurants, music, and many excellent New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts.

Faubourg Marigny has a less “touristy” feel than some parts of New Orleans. Instead of frozen daiquiri stands, you’ll find stalls with used books. Instead of shops lined with Mardi Gras beads and t-shirts, you’ll see cafés with good, strong coffee. It’s a district worth exploring in depth.

Dozens of restaurants offer Thai food, Middle Eastern food, and of course, local specialties like oyster po-boys. The Praline Connection serves amazing Southern soul food, La Peniche has New Orleans standbys, and Marigny Brasserie serves modern Creole cuisine with elegance.

Live music abounds in Faubourg Marigny. Dance the night away in Café Brasil, listen to jazz in Snug Harbor, and enjoy a reggae jam while dining at Café Negril. A few places are open until the wee hours of the morning, so if music makes your soul sing, stay in a Faubourg Marigny New Orleans Bed and Breakfast.

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.


Old Algiers in New Orleans

May 20th, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans - Algiers: Welcome to Old Algiers

Visit Old Algiers in New Orleans

Old Algiers, or Algiers Point, sits across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter. It is one of the oldest sections of New Orleans, offered as a gift by the King of France to Jean Baptiste LeMoyne Sieur de Bienville, the city’s founder, in 1719.

There are several New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts in Algiers Point, and the neighborhood is connected to the French Quarter by ferry. The Canal Street Ferry runs between 6 a.m. and midnight every day, carrying both pedestrians and cars across the Mississippi River. Pedestrians ride for free, and cars must pay only $1 round trip. That’s right, 1 dollar. The views of New Orleans alone are worth more than that!

Once in Algiers Point, notice the architecture. The Arts and Crafts style dominates, but there are still fine examples of other styles: single and double Shotgun, Creole Cottage, Greek Revival, Victorian, Cambleback, and French Colonial Plantation. Many an architecture buff travel to Algiers Point to stroll the streets and admire the homes.

There is also abundant green space in Algiers Point. Both the Bike Path to Gretna and the land along the levee afford fantastic views of the city of New Orleans, and are good spots to walk and bike. Confetti and Delcazal Parks are great for people-watching.

There are several good spots to grab a bite to each and enjoy a drink in Old Algiers. Crown and Anchor English Pub is a great spot for a pint, and the Old Point Bar offers live music. Have lunch at Aunt Leni’s or Tout de Suite, and dinner at the Dry Dock Bar and Café.

Old Algiers is a little off the beaten path. Visitors come in April for the Old Algiers RiverFest, but often forget about it the rest of the year. Whether staying in an Old Algiers New Orleans Bed and Breakfast or at an inn in a different part of the city, take time to take the ferry to Old Algiers.