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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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Looking for a Pet Friendly Inn in New Orleans?

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At Southern Comfort Bed and Breakfast, we love both our guests and their pets.   Being pet-friendly is another reason that we believe our B&B is a perfect spot for your next New Orleans getaway.  We know how important it is to be able to care for your pet even while you intend to go on vacation—they are like your children after all!  And that is why we cater to our guests and make their stay as comfortable as possible—including providing lodging for their pets while they are away from home.

You can find many great places in New Orleans to take out your dog and let him or her run around.  At the end of Magazine St in the Uptown area—not far from Garden District B&B—you’ll come across an area locally known as The Fly Here you’ll find people and families of all ages enjoying the sunshine, having cookouts, crawfish boils and family get-togethers and throwing around balls and Frisbees to their dogs.  Your dog will love the open air, soft grass and room to run.

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Boiled Seafood Recipes to Celebrate Lent in NOLA

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‘Tis the season for crawfish and shrimp boils, held especially every Friday of Lent. Seafood boils are a favorite spring pastime in New Orleans, and they’re a fun gathering perfect for a sunny afternoon on the River or in your backyard. With these two recipes, you can take the New Orleans-style crawfish or shrimp boil home with you to share with your family and friends—a fine alternative to a BBQ.

 

Boiled Crawfish

Famous New Orleans chef Frank Davis has his own recipe for cooking a 43-pound sack of crawfish, the perfect size for a crawfish boil with family and friends.

Ingredients:

1 whole stalk of celery

4 heads of garlic (tops removed)

12 lemons, sliced or quartered

6 large onions

10 bay leaves

3-4 boxes salt

1/2 cup cayenne pepper

8 oz. liquid crab boil (or 6 bags dry crab boil)

10 ears of corn (cut in thirds)

30 ”B” size creamer potatoes

3 lbs. smoked sausage

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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

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

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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Best Spots to Catch Mardi Gras Parades

mardi gras4 (2)The Mardi Gras parade routes are long, and you can find plenty of places to stand—some more crowded than others. Depending on your age, whether or not you have kids and your parade-watching preferences, there are various parts of the route that might be best suited for you. Here are a few of the best spots you can try on your visit.

Grandstands on St. Charles Ave

Depending on the parade, tickets to the grandstands on St. Charles Ave can be fairly cheap and absolutely worth it. When the floats pass, they are just a few feet from where you can stand. And instead of competing with huge crowds on the ground, you can have a place to sit and be more comfortable. Just bring a huge bag for all the beads and trinkets you’re likely to get! Prices range from as low as $5 to $50 a pop depending on the parade, and they can be purchased at https://www.neworleansparadetickets.com/.

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