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Favorite Things 2015

Better late than never, I’m finally updating my favorite Things list. First, I’d like to thank everyone who reads this blog (in over 100 countries!). Here are Your Favorite Posts of 2015:

5 – French Quarter Fest – Sunday

4 – Southern Decadence 2015

3 – Big Easy Birthday

2 – Endymion Extravaganza – My First Ball!  (your favorite post of all time)

1 – Street Musicians – Tanya and Dorise

Now to the list! The categories are: Food & Beverage, Music & Entertainment, Culture, Shopping and Giving & More.  Continue reading

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Touring NOLA, Vintage Trouble, Latin Parade and More!

Having guests is always a great excuse to hit some of those tourist spots locals tend to shy from. So when my dear friend since high school finally came to New Orleans for the first time, we “toured” the sites. Angela arrived Thursday night and we headed straight for Coop’s so she could have her first jambalaya. We stayed in to catch up that night and headed to Cafe du Monde for insanely tasty beignets the next morning. On the way there, I spotted a familiar face down the street. I said loudly, “Do you know who that is? That’s the lead singer and trumpet for Treme Brass Band!” Angela looked to the t-shirt wearing, blood-shot-eyed man holding a trumpet just as he smiled. Continue reading


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King Cake

Twelfth Night sounds the alarm that Carnival is just around the corner, but it’s also the starter pistol for King Cake season. Throughout New Orleans, people have been eating King Cake daily for a week. Officemates take turns bringing in cakes from different bakeries. If they follow the tradition, whoever finds “the baby” buys the next cake. The plastic baby used to be a red bean when the tradition first came to New Orleans in 1870. The wreath of cinnamon-layered bread can be stuffed with cream cheese, strawberry jam, etc. and the whole works is topped with a white icing and sugar in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. Continue reading


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Charleston, South Carolina and Litchfield Beach

This blog is almost always centered on New Orleans, but I left my beloved city for a week and we traveled with my niece to another city full of old manor homes, horse-drawn carriages and Civil War history – Charleston, South Carolina. Like NOLA, there was a large City Market. Our French Market may have more food but theirs went on forever and was often air conditioned. Charleston has its own French Quarter and even serves shrimp & grits at many of their local restaurants. Continue reading


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Riverwalk Reboots

I’m not in the habit of promoting big chain retailers when I so firmly believe in shopping local, but I just checked out the new and seriously improved Riverwalk and loved it. With 75 retail and food offerings, Riverwalk is the first outlet mall in the U.S. established in a city setting. But because the city is New Orleans, the mall has beautiful views of the mighty Mississippi and cruises can dock at it’s door. They even offer tax free shopping for international shoppers. What was once basically an air conditioned way to get from Canal Street to the Convention Center could now become a “destination shopping” venue. Continue reading


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Favorite Things in NOLA 2013

The categories are: Food & Beverage, Music & Entertainment, Culture, Shopping and Giving & More. Anything named previously in my Favorite Things in NOLA 2012 is marked with an Asterix*. Most items have links to their site, but if you’d like to know more, use the search window on the right to find photos, videos, history and stories.

This year, I’ve added a gallery of photos. The first photos are of items listed and the last half are of stuff I love in New Orleans from Creole tomatoes to Ashley the Traffic Tranny.

I’m also revealing Your Favorite Posts of 2013.

3 – Saints Soundtrack Vol. 2

2 – Street Musicians – Tanya and Dorise

1 – Endymion Extravaganza – My First Ball! – which is also your favorite post of all time. Continue reading


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Restaurants, treats, bands, clubs/venues/bars, events/concerts/festivals, cool places and things, organizations/charities, the oil spill and about the author.

If you’d like to see the post in which the link appears, enter the title in the search tool on the right side of this screen.



Avenue Pub



Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Cafe du Monde

Camellia Grill

Checkpoint Charlie’s

Community Coffee


Court of Two Sisters

The Columns

Commander’s Palace

Crepes a la Carte


Deja Vu


Dot’s Diner



Golden Feather (Mardi Gras Indian restaurant)

Gott Gourmet

The Grocery, Inc.


The Joint (barbecue)

K. Paul’s

La Divina

Lakeview Harbor

Larsen’s Steak House, Los Angeles

Li’l Dizzy’s

Lost Love Lounge

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen

Love at First Bite

Lucy’s Retired surfer Bar

La Madeleine

Marigny Brasserie

Marmalade Cafe, Los Angeles

Mel’s Drive-in

Mia’s Balcony



Oceana Grill

The Original New Orleans Po-Boys

Palace Cafe



Praline Connection

Red Fish Grill




Royal House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Three Muses


the owner of Upperline being interviewed


Verti Marte


Abita Beer

Angelo Brocato’s

Buttermilk Drop Bakery

Café du Monde

La Divina

Meltdown Gourmet Popsicles

Plum Street Snoballs




101 Runners

Marcia Ball

Band of Horses

Uncle Lionel Batiste

Russell Batiste Jr.

Jeff Beck

Bucktown Allstars


Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

Marc Broussard

Grady Champion


Jon Cleary

Naydja CoJoe

Kevin Costner

Cowboy Mouth

Susan Cowsill

Chuck Credo IV

Creole String Beans

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr.


Derrick Freeman


Good Enough for Good Times

Benny Grunch

Happy Jack Frequency

Happy Talk Band

Hot 8 Brass Band

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives

Kirk Joseph’s 504 Brass Band’s-504-Brass-Band

B.B. King

Little Freddie King

Joe Krown

Colin Lake

Sonny Landreth

Los Po-Boy-Citos

Mark Adam Miller

Molly Ringwalds

The Neville Brothers

Anders Osborne

Papa Grows Funk

Partners N Crime

Nicholas Payton

Margie Perez

Margie Perez with Ensemble Fatien

Pinettes Brass Band, the world’s only female brass band

Sarah Quintana

Rebirth Brass Band

Jimmy Robinson

The Roots of Music

Kermit Ruffins

Irene Sage Band

Amanda Shaw

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Rhonda Smith

Soul Rebels Brass Band

Stooges Brass Band

Irma Thomas

To Be Continued Brass Band (TBC)


Toubab Krewe

Allen Toussaint

Treme Brass Band

Trombone Shorty

Vintage Trouble

Walter “Wolfman” Washington



Candlelight Lounge

Checkpoint Charlie’s

Chris Owens

The Columns



Deja Vu

Famous Door

House of Blues

Johnny White’s

Lost Love Lounge

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar

Mid-City Rock n Bowl

Mother in Law’s Lounge


Pat O’ Brien’s


Rendezvous Tavern


Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club



(New Orleans) Beatles Festival

Congo Square Rhythms Festival

Essence Fest

Fiesta Latina

French Quarter Fest

Harvest the Music

Hogs for the Cause

Jazz Fest

Lady Fest

Louisiana International Film Festival

Mardi Gras

New Orleans Oyster Fest

Po-Boy Fest

NOLA Pyrate Week

Oyster Jubilee

Roadfood Festival

Southern Decadence

Spring Fiesta

Vieux To Do

Wednesday at the Square

Tennessee Williams Festival

Shopping and “Making Groceries”

Berry Town Produce

Bon Castor

Bourbon French Parfums

Covey Rise Farm

Fleur de Paris (hat and dress shop)

Fleurty Girl

Forever New Orleans

The French Market

Garden District Book Shop

George’s Farmers’ Market

Goorin Bros (hat store)

Greg’s Antiques

To buy music recorded at Jazz Fest:

Kaia Martin-Paternoster – preteen painter


Mayan Import Tobacco Shop

On the Other Hand Consignment Shop

Photoworks – Louis Sahuc Gallery

Rockmore Gallery

Roux Royale

Royal Treasures

Sabai Jewelry

Signs by Dr. Bob

Signs by Simon:

Trashy Diva Dress Shop

Products by Laura Cayouette

Know Small Parts: An Actor’s Guide to Turning Minutes into Moments and Moments into a Career by Laura Cayouette. Foreword by Richard Dreyfuss.

How to Be a Widow: A Journey from Grief to Growth by Norma Dupont. Introduction, epilogue and editing by Laura Cayouette.

LA to NOLA Store (NOLA-centric t-shirts, greeting cards, gifts)


Cool People, Places and Things

Beasts of the Southern Wild – the movie

Belladonna Day Spa

Dr. Boogie hair pieces

City Park

Court 13 (independent filmmaking collective)

Django Unchained – (Quentin Tarantino movie)

The Duchess Bed and Breakfast

Jeff “The Dude” Dowd

Finding Jacob, short film


Hotel Storyville

Lafayette Cemetery

Louisiana State Museum

Mahalia Jackson Theatre

Morgus the Magnificent

Muggivan School of Irish Dance

New Orleans Musician’s Clinic

NOLA Defender

Oak Alley Plantation

Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré, a beautification organization.

Prytania Movie Theatre

St. Louis Cathedral

Stand Up and Get Crunk

Tchoupitoulas – the movie

The Theatres at Canal Place

Traffic Tranny

Under the Sea Indoor Playground, Los Angeles

The VooDoo Museum

Woldenberg Park

The Zoo



Celtic Highlanders

Class Got Brass

Daughters of Lir

Dredge Baby Dredge

Heal to Toe, teaching kids about second line

The Honeybees

Horizon Relief


Lady Buckjumpers

New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic

My Darlin’ New Orleans

The Pickens Plan

Raintree Children and Family Services (serving special needs children as well as foster child and adoption services)

Rebuilding Together

Red Dress Run

Roots of Music

Saint Patrick’s Day club

The Super Bowl Champion Saints:


Save Charity Hospital

Second Harvest

Silence is Violence

Open letter to Miami in preparation for the Super Bowl

Sweet Home New Orleans

Team Gleason

Threadhead Records

HBO’s Treme

Radio Station WWOZ

Young Leadership Council

Oil Spill

CNN June 2nd

Dredge Baby Dredge

Horizon Relief

Largest Oil Spills

List of Oil Spills

National Geographic, “Oil Not Degrading”

Oil Spill Action blog

Oil Spill photos

University of Georgia findings

And… stupid things said in response to Katrina

About the Author

Author’s website

Author’s IMDB page

Author’s Wikipedia page

Author’s facebook fan page

Author’s bio at NOLA Defender


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