Besides the music, one of the delights of Jazz Fest, we have discovered, is the food. This is no normal fairground food. You will not find hot dogs, fries, or cotton candy. No greasy chicken fingers or hamburgers anywhere. Rather, local restaurants and catering companies come with the best food around, both traditional New Orleans cooking as well as other ethnic cuisines, including Mediterranean, Vietnamese, … Continue reading Jazz Fest Food
Sun protection is key at the Fest, and besides the ubiquitous straw fedoras and cowboy hats, many show off their particular style with headgear. Hat watching, therefore, is actually one of the fun elements of a day at the Fest. Here are just a few I was able to catch on camera. (I have to get better at my surreptitious picture taking!) And here’s a … Continue reading The Hats of Jazz Fest
Rumors online are indicating that Tujague’s, that venerable restaurant and bar in the French Quarter, may be closing soon. Though Rob and I have only had drinks on several occasions at the unique, stand-up bar, we will be very sad if the rumors are true. Tujaque’s represents a beautiful part of New Orleans, the gentility of a (perhaps, sadly) bygone era. Opened in 1856, the … Continue reading Tujague’s: end of an institution?
We’ve been to New Orleans six times now, and each time we love the city more and more. Two places we’ve stayed more than once are the Place d’Armes, and the Hotel Monteleone. The Monteleone is a classic, grand New Orleans hotel: doormen, concierge, lovely throughout. It can also be a little expensive, depending on the season. Off season rates are better, but since some … Continue reading Sleeping easy in the Big Easy
Along with all the fantastic eating we did last weekend in New Orleans, we also managed to fit in a few activities. As the city was gearing up for both the SuperBowl and Mardi Gras, there was plenty to get our attention, including some early parades in the Garden District as well as a couple of unique “walking parades” (i.e., no floats): Krewe of Barkus … Continue reading Gumbo Ya Ya
The reentry shock of returning from sunny Louisiana, where the temps were in the 70s our entire stay, to frigid Boston in the middle of an ice storm on Monday night, is finally wearing off. A few days of rest, day job, and less indulgent meals have cleared our heads enough to get down to a solid post on the most important facet of any … Continue reading New Orleans restaurant roundup