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2011 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

November 14th, 2011 by bbnola

Shrimp Po-Boy and Crawfish Étouffée at Felix´s

A Shrimp Po-Boy, served with style at Felix's Restaurant.

If you’re considering spending Thanksgiving in New Orleans, consider arriving a little early. People who travel for food will want not want to miss the 2011 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, on November 20.

Po-Boys aren’t elegant and they can be messy, but they are oh-so-satisfying. They are comfort food at its finest. There’s a reason the Po-Boy has such a following. There’s a reason it has its own festival.

Po-Boys came into being during a 1929 New Orleans Transit Strike. Bennie and Clovis Martin, owners of the Martin Brothers’ Coffee Stand and Restaurant in the French Market, had worked as streetcar conductors and were sympathetic to the cause of the transit workers. In the words of Bennie Martin, “We fed those men free of charge until the strike ended. Whenever we saw one of the striking men coming, one of us would say, ‘Here comes another poor boy.'” They lengthened the traditional French loaf, and their bigger sandwiches sometimes fed whole families. Read more about the history of Po-Boys.

Nowadays, Po-Boys are a New Orleans staple and they’re enjoyed throughout the Southeast. You can put just about anything inside a loaf of French bread, and people do.

More than forty vendors will be at the 2011 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, and there is a good chance more than 40 types of Po-Boys will be served. There will also be plenty of live music. Bring an appetite and wear dancing shoes.

New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts welcome Po-Boy enthusiasts. Choose a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast near the Oak Street Po-Boy  Festival, in the Carrollton District, or stay in one a bit farther away and burn off calories when traveling to and from the festival.



New Orleans on a Budget

April 18th, 2011 by bbnola

Travel to New Orleans doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many ways to save on everything from lodging to activities. One thing is true – the more flexible you can be with your travel plans, the easier it is to save.

Start by looking for New Orleans Bed and Breakfast lodging specials, where you’ll find a variety of ways to get more for less. B&Bs New Orleans offer such specials as Stay 4 nights and get the 5th night free and Last Minute Discounts; they are worth investigating.

Admire the art and architecture of Lafayette Square

Once installed in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, cast about for free or inexpensive activities. New Orleans has long been a welcoming city. Music pours out of bars and parades pass by hourly (or so it sometimes seems). Visitors need do little more than walk about the city to experience its culture.

Inexpensive New Orleans Activities:

  • Wednesdays at the Square: from April to June 15, 2011, Lafayette Square is the place to be. Established New Orleans and Louisiana musicians offer free outdoor concerts, playing everything from jazz to funk and swamp pop. Bring a blanket for lounging or dance. Food booths will be set up around the square – an inexpensive way to dine in New Orleans. Concerts run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. See Wednesday at the Square for the line-up.

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