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New Year’s Travel Resolutions

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In the hustle and bustle of the passing year, it can be easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget to take some time to do a little traveling. Unless finances are keeping you from it, there’s really no need to forgo traveling—even if it means a quick weekend getaway to somewhere close by. Traveling gives you the opportunity to recharge your batteries, to see and experience new places, to try new foods and create memories that can last a lifetime. Here are a few New Year’s travel resolutions for 2014 that you can add to your list.

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French Market’s Holiday Cooking Demonstrations

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No matter what a holiday or celebration calls for, in New Orleans, rest assured that food will play a major role in the festivities. Whether that’s cooking at home for family and friends or learning how to cook from local masters, food always finds a way into the holiday fun.

Cooking demonstrations have become a popular travel activity, as visitors often love to take home a new set of recipes or cooking methods from the places they visit. Already known worldwide for its unique and timeless cuisine, New Orleans is a city rife with opportunities to bring a fresh cooking experience home for the holidays.

This year, as part of the holiday celebrations, The Market Stage at the French Market will host a series of holiday cooking demonstrations by local professional chefs. These demonstrations will give both locals and visitors a chance to see various dishes, prepared by the masters themselves, that they can bring home to their own holiday tables.

The demonstrations take place on Tuesdays through Fridays in December from Dec. 17th through 20th at 2pm, and they last about 30 minutes, plus samplings to follow. Admission is free for all, but seating is limited. read more »

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Monteleone Hotel’s Carousel Bar

Next time you are in New Orleans experience one of the few places that locals will actually venture down into the French Quarter to visit. Voted the number one hotel bar in the city by the readers of the local Gambit Weekly and hailed by Esquire to be one of 2011′s Best Bars in America.

The Carousel Bar and the historic Hotel Monteleone are an oasis of class and sophistication that New Orleans is famous for.This establishment has been owned by the same family for the last 125 years! The hotel offers both a sense of heritage and a luxurious feeling. The welcoming lobby is filled with sparkling chandeliers and a wonderful 1909 grandfather clock. read more »

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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, New Orleans Oldest Bar

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There are many historical bars in the beautiful French Quarter of New Orleans. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is the most entrancing of the historical bars in the French Quarter,  located on Bourbon and St. Phillip. This is the oldest structure used for a bar in the United States and is a remaining example of true French architecture in the Quarter. Everything about this place just feels right. The bar is shrouded in dim candlelight surrounding a brick health. Minimal electricity is used to keep the fridges cold, make ice, run your credit card and highlight the exit signs. It is a small and intimate, everything you want in a great New Orleans haunt. There is live piano music and a cozy outdoor patio. One does not feel like a tourist at Lafitte’s.

Legends say that Jean Laffite, the infamous privateer and champion of The Battle of New Orleans, used the blacksmith shop as a legitimate front for his many privateer enterprises. Seems fitting today that it is used as a favorite gathering place.

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