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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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Take a Trip to New Orleans’ Own Oak St

Colorful painting of Jack, the owner of Jacques Imo's

 

 

 

 

Oak St is one of the major draws to the Carrollton Ave area as it has many restaurants and shops that contribute to the city’s vibrant culture, particularly the stretch from Carrollton Ave toward the lake. Here are some of our favorite spots for you to try.

At the corner of Carollton and Oak is a popular coffeehouse, Rue de la Course, where you can find tasty breakfast, brunch and sandwich offerings in addition to a great coffee selection.

Just down the street you’ll find up-and-coming Chiba Nola, already one of the best sushi restaurants in the city, whose menu includes specialty rolls like Satsuma Strawberry Roll, Mardi Gras Roll and Let the Good Times Roll. The restaurant has a great happy hour called the “Funk and Roll” happy hour from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays that features cheap drinks, rolls, appetizers, steamed buns and desserts.

Just across the street, Truburger has become a new favorite among burger lovers with their slew of special burgers. Try The Heat with sriracha mayo, jalapenos and pepperjack cheese, Red Neck Special with beef patty, sausage patty, American cheese, fried egg and pickled pepper mayo or the Deep South with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce and onion. They also serve hot dogs, sides, sandwiches, finger food and shakes.

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St. Claude Ave: Arts and Music in the New Orleans Bywater Neighborhood

 

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St. Claude Ave is at the heart of the St. Claude neighborhood in the Bywater/Upper 9th Ward. The street is a stretch of music venues, art galleries and community centers that cater mostly to locals, but visitors are starting to learn about and explore the area more and more.

There are now about a dozen galleries on St. Claude Ave, featuring artists and works of varying styles and genres. The street is especially known as a hub for contemporary and experimental art, so if you’re looking for modern additions to your collection—or simply love walking through the galleries and exhibitions—St. Claude Ave is a prime destination.

In terms of music venues, St. Claude Ave has several unique offerings up and down the street, though there are a few clustered just off Elysian Fields Ave. One of these just off Elysian Fields is the AllWays Lounge and Theatre, which is a hotspot for local, modern theatre productions as well as music of varying types. You can find anything from jazz and experimental to indie rock and brass bands. The Hi Ho Lounge also serves up a wide variety of musical genres, including everything from bluegrass and singer-songwriters to blues and rock. Siberia mainly caters to the rock, punk and metal scenes, and Kajun’s Pub has widely popular karaoke selections. Down the way, you’ll also find the Saturn Bar, which is mainly known for their Mod Night dance parties on Saturday nights.

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Our Blog’s Year in Review, Southern Comfort B&B 2012

 

As 2012 comes to a close, we wanted to look back at some of our blog posts from throughout the year. Here at Southern Comfort Bed & Breakfast, we aim to bring you some of the most interesting and useful information regarding the potential places, people, and traditions to look out for when you visit the city. In case you missed any of our posts throughout the year—and especially if you’re planning a visit to New Orleans and our B&B sometime soon—here’s a recap of some of our favorites.

Food and restaurants are one of our favorite aspects of New Orleans culture, and we featured plenty of both throughout the year. Green Goddess in Exchange Alley and the Delachaise down the street are two of our favorites. And could you tell we love oysters? Between the Louisiana Oyster Jubilee, charbroiled oysters, and our “Slurping Oysters” post, you can’t miss our devotion to these delectable bivalves. We also shared some tips on where to find surprising local bar food and late-night dining options, which we also thought might be highly valuable to our guests.

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Eat Local, Eat Fresh: New Orleans’ Farmers Markets

creole tomatoes at the farmers market

Tasty Creole Tomatoes

Sustainability has become a hot topic in the current age of conservation and self-sufficient living. For residents of New Orleans, this is no exception, and locals and visitors alike can easily enjoy the scrumptious, fresh delights like local produce, seafood, dairy, farm-raised meat, fresh baked goods, and cut flowers via local farmers markets regularly held around the city.

If you’d like to sample some fresh local produce on your next visit to New Orleans, there are a number of farmers markets to choose from and several different locations. Every day at the edge of the French Quarter on Decatur St, the French Market is an expansive marketplace covering several blocks with tents and tables of goods from 10am till 6pm. The market is filled to the brim with food and merchandise vendors of all stripes, including many local farmers, bakers, fishermen and the like.

Crescent City Farmers Market hosts markets at three different locations three days of the week, so there’s a chance you’ll be able to see at least one of them on your next visit. The Thursday Market is held Thursday afternoon in Mid-City at Orleans Ave and Bayou St. John, which makes for a beautiful location and a lovely breeze while you browse. On Saturday mornings, the market is held downtown at Magazine St and Girod St, which is also a nice contrasting background to walk through, with fresh produce and other goods peddled against the backdrop of the city’s downtown and Warehouse District areas.

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Explore the Bywater Neighborhood

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Edwards

The 3200 block of Burgundy St. in the Bywater is looking more and more like Magazine Street uptown.    Now that’s not necessarily a good thing if you’re an artist who moved to the Bywater in the first place because it was affordable, but if you’re in town looking for an unusual and emerging area, it’s a good thing.   First, check out Christopher Porche-West’s photography gallery on the corner, A Studio on Desire, at 3201 Burgundy.  Christopher is best known for his early portraits of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, but his gallery is another thing altogether.   His constructions and assemblages incorporate his photographs celebrating New Orleans life (as well as that found in Africa and Haiti), with architectural found objects.   Shrines, really, some of them are, and extremely moving works.   Porche-West observes cultures and people, and portrays them honestly.   He’s the real deal-he’s been there on that corner from way back when.  Here’s  a piece on NPR describing his work about the Indians.    But today you can walk across the street from his gallery and enter one of the coolest new restaurants in town, Maurepas Foods.   At 3200 Burgundy St., Maurepas Foods has been getting lots of press-The New Orleans Times-Picayune food critic recently gave it a glowing three-bean review.   It’s “New American” food, with vegetables getting the center of attention, but besides a wonderful plate of roasted beets, you can get goat tacos, or grilled shrimp with herbs, all in a former corner store with a hipster vibe.   It’s loud, with all those ancient walls, and it’s buzzing, and it’s very Bywater.   Probably won’t find it uptown on Magazine St., but the food is worthy of anywhere.

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Mr. Okra……Fruits and Vegetables!

Everyone’s New Year’s resolution these days seems to include eating better. In New Orleans, the home of fried food and starchy red beans and rice, oil and flour-thickened roux for gumbo, etc. etc., that may seem to be an impossible dream. But think about all the fruit and vegetable vendors in town, and it may not seem so far-fetched.  After all, we have one of the last remaining singing mobile fruit and vegetable vendors in the country, Mr. Okra.  Mr. Okra is famous these days for his newly painted truck, but his musical announcements for his wares dates back to the 19th century in New Orleans.  If you’ve never heard this “I’ve got eatin’ pears, I’ve got apples,” sung in a strange rhythmic cadence, you’re in for a surprise.  Sung in different ways to differentiate themselves from each other, street food songs have been a presence n New Orleans for many years.  A recording made by music historians, The Classic Sounds of New Orleans, on the Smithsonian Folkways label, features Dora Bliggen, another old-time fruit vendor who could have had another career as a jazz singer. Now, there’s just Mr. Okra who cries his wares, using a speaker and Autotune to surreal (and startling) effect, but there are still folks in New Orleans set up all over town in different locations selling fresh vegetables or fruit from their trucks.  Some of it is local produce in season-strawberries from Ponchatoula, or oranges from Plaquemines Parish, or greens from St. Bernard Parish truck farmers.  Wherever you drive in town, you may see one of these trucks.

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