August 7, 2017 · 12:59 am
Usually, the only weather concern for Satchmo SummerFest is the oppressive heat and humidity but this year brought a huge rain storm that dumped over half a foot of rain in under an hour, overwhelming the pumping systems and flooding the entire city. That said, we did manage to have some fun at the fest before the weather came through. The distinctively dulcet voice of John Boutte serenaded us as we sampled the food booths starting with a Debris Po-Boy from the Rib Room – which we topped with horseradish mayo to bring out the flavor. Next we tried the Deep Fried Seafood Stuffed Bell Peppers and the Fried Green Tomato and Shrimp Remoulade Salad from Café Dauphine. We washed it all down with a cold Purple Haze Abita beer. Continue reading →
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August 5, 2017 · 1:39 am
Celebrating Louis Armstrong’s August birthday, Satchmo SummerFest is often the sweatiest festival of the year, but rain cooled the day. The rain also left the grassy yard of the U.S. Mint a muddy mess. But much of the fest is tented and Friday was a great kickoff to the fest with food and beverage booths, non-stop live music on multiple stages and symposiums on Armstrong and related topics. We stopped by The Preservation Brass entertaining a crowd then started our day with a Soft-shell Crab Poboy served on Dong Phong Bread with Pink Sauce from Ajun Cajun and a Royal House Chopped Salad with Fried Oysters. Continue reading →
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January 27, 2014 · 11:58 am
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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July 24, 2013 · 11:09 am
Like many people, summer means movies to me – big screen tentpole star-studded extravaganzas meant to be seen with a crowd. I haven’t seen them all (like I might have in Los Angeles) but I noticed a common thread in many of the ones I did see – Hollywood South has arrived. If you’ve read this blog’s “About” page, you know that I moved to New Orleans in 2009, after almost 18 years in L. A., hoping to be able to continue my career as an actor in my family’s home state. As I made the leap, many of my friends encouraged me saying, “Watch, you’ll end up working more than ever.” I’m happy to report that in the 3 1/2 years I’ve been here, the whole state is working in the movie business more than ever. Continue reading →
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Tagged as 12 Years a Slave, 2 Guns, 20 Feet from Stardom, acting, Channing Tatum, Dallas Buyers’ Club, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Django Unchained, Douglas M. Griffin, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, HBO, Hollywood South, Jamie Foxx, Lara Lee, latonola, Lee Daniel's The Butler, Leonardo DiCaprio, LIFF, los angeles, Louisiana, Louisiana International Film Festival, Matthew McConaughey, Merry Clayton, Mud, new orleans, Now You See Me, Oblivion, Olympus Has Fallen, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Reese Witherspoon, Saints & Sinners, sandra bullock, Second Line Stages, The Great Gatsby, The Heat, This is the End, Tom Cruise, True Detective, White House Down, Woody Harrelson