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Looking for a nearby eatery after Jazz Fest – try Luizza’s

Looking for a nearby eatery to satisfy your New Orleans-food cravings before and after Jazz Fest? Liuzza’s by the Track has become a local hot spot in this Mid-City neighborhood, especially for the two weekends of Jazz Fest, when tens of thousands of festival attendees can’t help but walk by the establishment on their way to the Fairgrounds. Located a block and a half off Esplanade Ave and just a few blocks from the Fairgrounds, Liuzza’s by the Track is a favorite place to eat and grab a drink for locals and visitors alike.

Liuzza’s by the Track may not have invented the BBQ shrimp delicacy, but the restaurant amplified it when it stuck the dish between two slices of po-boy bread and suitably called it the BBQ shrimp po-boy, for which it is now well-known both near and far. The restaurant offers an even more extensive menu of po-boys, including garlic stuffed oysters and roast beef and other classic combinations.

corner building , tan in color with brown trim. large sign hanging over entrance that saids Luizza's By the Track

Liuzza’s by the Track also offers seafood plates, sandwiches, salads and specials like red beans and rice and pork chops on certain days, plus a legendary thin and dark gumbo. I send my guests here especially for this gumbo, I think it’s the best in town. If you need something to kick off your day at Jazz Fest or haven’t gotten enough once the Jazz Fest doors are closed, Liuzza’s by the Track is a perfect spot for dining and meeting up with friends and fellow fest-goers.

The interior gives it a homey feel, and it’s everything you’d expect from a well-worn neighborhood joint. It’s covered in fading memorabilia and sports cracked tile floors, rickety tables, mismatched chairs and a friendly staff who are ready to serve you draft beers, Bloody Marys and all the food you can handle during your weekend(s) at Jazz Fest—and any other time you come to visit the city.

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Tips for Making the Most Out of the Jazz Fest Music Lineup

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2014 Jazz and Heritage Festival

Whether you go to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for one day or all seven, you want to make the most out of the experience—especially when it comes to catching all the great live music you have at your disposal. With thousands of musicians to see across 12 stages, you could use a few tips to keep you from wasting any time and instead maximizing it so you can enjoy all of the food and music you can handle.

Research Ahead of Time

While it’s definitely fun to just aimlessly walk around Jazz Fest, if you want to see as much on the Jazz Fest music lineup as possible, like anything, it’s going to take a little planning. You may already have in mind a few artists you want to see, particularly some headliners, but what about the rest of the day? Maybe you’ve heard of some local musicians, but maybe you haven’t.

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2014 French Quarter Fest Food Guide

2012-10-13_14-42-24_923 As the Food tab on the French Quarter Fest website aptly puts it, “Food abounds” at New Orleans’ second biggest festival of the year. A huge draw for the city and its tourism (and locals too of course), the food selection is world-class and exemplary of so much of what New Orleans has to offer. Restaurants from all over the city come together to create a superb menu that rivals any other festival food offerings on the planet.

In fact, there’s so much great food, it might be overwhelming for you to figure out which are the best eats to complement your festival experience. And we’re here at Southern Comfort B&B to help you sift through it all to find all the nom-noms you can handle. read more »

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Louisiana Crawfish Festival- Will You Suck the Heads?

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Just outside of New Orleans, Chalmette in St. Bernard parish hosts the annual Louisiana Crawfish Festival (March 20th-23rd) each year, a lavish celebration of one of the most beloved local seafoods, just in time for the start of its season, when crawfish boils abound each weekend. Founded in 1975, the festival is now an institution and local tradition that is up there with the rest of the New Orleans food festivals, and attendees flock from all across the country to take part in this event.

Held at the Sigur Center in Chalmette, the Louisiana Crawfish Festival provides a wide range of food, entertainment and attractions to its attendees. In terms of music, two bands will play on Thursday and Friday, and three bands will perform on Saturday and Sunday. They include Melody Cool (Red Diva), Groovy 7, Weathered, Voodoo Gumbo, Chee Weez, Mojeaux and more.

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Luck of the Irish: Irish Pubs in New Orleans

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Catch a cabbage at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

 

 

Whehter you knew it or not, the Irish culture is alive  and well in New Orleans, with a large portion of the population able to claim an Irish heritage. As a result, many Irish establishments, particularly pubs, have popped up over the years, and there are plenty to visit on your visit to New Orleans this St. Patrick’s Day. This is not at all an exhaustive list of the many Irish pubs located throughout New Orleans—they are merely a few in a sea of the Irish culture of New Orleans.

Finn McCool’s (3701 Banks St)

Located in Mid-city, Finn McCool’s, also known as simply “Finn’s,” always celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in a big way. This year they have everything from the “Kilts of Many Colour’s Pipes and Drums Band” to a school of Irish dancing on the Friday before St. Patty’s. On the actual day, the pub throws a block party with music, free food, Irish karaoke and a mini float parade where revelers don boxes and march around the block.

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Revel in the Experience: Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

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In the top three of New Orleans festivals, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (Nov. 1-3)—commonly referred to as Voodoo Fest—is held each fall around Halloween weekend and draws thousands upon thousands of attendees to City Park each year, now in its new dedicated festival locale within the park. The festival’s rich combination of music and art now pairs with camping, amusement park rides and the sometimes forgotten, but always dependable, menu of stellar local food.

The festival’s mainstay, its much anticipated music lineup, generally aims to please a younger crowd of 18 through 35, but many of its musical offerings can be enjoyed by music lovers of all ages. The lineup incorporates a large group of alternative and indie artists, local, national and international, as well as local jazz, blues and brass band musicians for one of the most well-rounded lineups you’ll find at any festival in the city.

Headliners include Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Kid Rock, Calvin Harris and Bassnectar, plus dozens of other alternative, electronic, rock, indie, jazz, blues, brass band musicians and beyond. Notable local performers include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. John, Glen David Andrews, The Revivalists, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, John Michael Rouchelle, Coyotes, The Scorseses and Big History, to name a few.

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Drink It All In: New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail

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Who doesn’t appreciate a great cocktail? At New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail, hosts and guests appreciate the cocktail and its culture to the highest extent. With seminars, dinners, award ceremonies, tasting rooms and other special events, the week and weekend of July 17th through 21st will be purely about all things cocktails. And New Orleans is the perfect hub for such a festival, as it’s the city in which the first cocktail—the sazerac—was invented, in a pharmacy on Royal St in the 19th century.

Perhaps one of attendees’ favorite parts of the event, the Tasting Rooms include various tasting events hosted throughout each day of the festival. The Hotel Monteleone is a hub for many of these tasting rooms, but there are more at hotels and restaurants around the city. There are events like Midori’s Stairway to Melon, Indie Spirits That Rock, Whiskey Luau and Russian Drinking Places: “Party booze a’la Russ.” There are dozens to attend every day, and they usually last about an hour and a half, so pick and choose your favorites. Similarly, there are Excursions—one per day except Saturday—that last a bit longer and offer a different journey into the event’s selected cocktail(s).

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