Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse Showcases N.O. Jazz

Looking for a jazz club in New Orleans open seven days a week with premier local jazz artists and no cover to get in? Legendary and Grammy-award winning New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield has a treat for you. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse showcases some of the best jazz artists in the city every night of the week and has quickly become a go-to for the genre. While it’s located on Bourbon St in the French Quarter, it’s a breath of fresh air as a classy retreat from the typical Bourbon St clubs. If jazz is what you’re after, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse is an ideal location.

One special regular event at New Orleans’ Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse is the Playhour at the Playhouse, which features different artists performing at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. every week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Upcoming Playhours at the Playhouse this week include Lady Sings the Blues feat. Dana Abbot on Wed., June 25th, Paul Longstreth on Thurs., June 26th and Jeff “Snake” Greenberg on June 27th, all at 5 p.m.

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Other regular featured artists that you might catch on your trip are Gerald French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band every Monday, Irvin Mayfield himself with the NOJO Jam every Wednesday and Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown every Friday, all at 8 p.m.

This regular slot is always filled with both popular and up-and-coming artists in the local jazz scene and makes a perfect music performance to catch in the late afternoon just before your dinner plans (particularly if your reservations are in the French Quarter). In the same way, the 8 p.m. concerts are a perfect after-dinner musical dessert and an especially jazzy way to close out your evening if you’re turning in early read more »

New Orleans Dining

Celebrate Fine Local Dining at COOLinary New Orleans

Throughout the month of August, New Orleans residents and visitors are treated to a superb dining experience—the annual COOLinary New Orleans event, sponsored by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. The month features unbeatable deals on high-quality New Orleans cuisine hosted by restaurants throughout the city, and all are invited to partake in the foodie celebration.

With COOLinary New Orleans, restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus crafted just for the summertime—a way to “cool down,” as the event hosts describe it. More than 50 restaurants participate each year, and each hope that their unique menu will help them become a new favorite for locals and tourists alike.Shrimp Dish

For a taste of the coming menus, Café Degas offers its own $20 lunch and $33 dinner menus at the restaurant, located in the historic Faubourg St. John area and Mid-City on Esplanade Ave, the street that divides the French Quarter and the Marigny down closer to the Mississippi River. GW Fins in the French Quarter, which prints a new menu daily, will take diners on a culinary expedition around the world with its $35 dinner menus offered Sunday through Thursday. The Pelican Club, also in the French Quarter, will offer a COOLinary $35 dinner menu as well. And this is just a small sample of what’s to come, though the prices ($20 lunch, $35 dinner, both either two or three-courses) will be fairly standard at most participating restaurants. read more »

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Sobou – New Brennan’s Restaurant in the French Quarter

 

Voted one of the 25 Most Important Restaurants of 2013 by Zagat, SoBou is an up-and-coming niche restaurant in the French Quarter that focuses just as much on spirits as its neighbor, Bourbon St (SoBou stands for South of Bourbon), but with an upscale and gourmet class that is truly inimitable.

Owned by the Commander’s Family of Restaurants, SoBou describes itself as, “a modern Creole saloon” and “a Louisiana-centric and street food inspired restaurant with a beverage focus,” hence its tagline of being “A Spirited Restaurant South of Bourbon.” This French Quarter gem serves everything from breakfast, brunch and lunch to exquisite dinners and even their “Happier Hour.”young lady dressed in red with a flower in her hair sitting at the bar with an array of cocktails in front of her

SoBou consists of a main dining room, a semi-private pool room, a beer garden with beer taps in the tables and self-serve wine machines, a bar with a bar chef table and The Saloon, a semi-private room for up to 10 guests. The décor is classy with large wrap around booths and walls full of well-lit empty glass bottles, which provide a distinct ambience that complements the food and drinks.

The dinner menu is nothing short of inventive and impressive, beginning with Snacky Things like Yellowfin Tuna Cones with pineapple ceviche and basil avocado ice cream and upgraded bar snacks like $1 pork cracklin’s, $4 Creole beer nuts and $4 boudin balls. Small Bites include Sweet Potato Beignets and a Louisiana Strawberry & Kale Salad, and Big Bites include a Foie Gras Burger, Creole Chili Mustard Painted Gulf Fish and Breaux Bridge Crawfish Salad. Top it off with a dessert like Cherries Jubille & White Chocolate Bread Pudding or a Candied Pecan Chocolate Fudge Brownie, layered with bruleed banana filling, brandy spiked strawberries and sea salt caramel.

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New Orleans 2014 Dirty Linen Night Freshens Up Local Art

If you didn’t get enough local art the first time around, why not go back out for another tour of the New Orleans art scene the next Saturday—possibly even in the same dirty clothes you wore out the weekend before? It may sound strange, but that’s exactly what the founders of Dirty Linen Night had in mind.

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Named in honor of the White Linen Night art gathering held the weekend before in the Warehouse District, Dirty Linen Night quickly became its own New Orleans institution after its founding in 2001. This free, seasonal celebration features art galleries and shops in and around Royal St in the French Quarter and is held the second Saturday of August, this year Aug. 9th, from 6 to 9 p.m. The party mainly centers around the 500 to 1000 blocks of Royal St as well as the 500 block of St. Peter and St. Ann Streets and the Dutch Alley Artist Co-Op at Dumaine and Decatur Streets. read more »