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NOLA Lit Fest: 2013 Words & Music Festival

cocktail glass filled to the top sitting on a napkin from the Hotel Monteleone

Literature is ingrained in the history of New Orleans, and many authors have lived in and loved the city, both visitors and natives alike. You can enjoy a few different festivals celebrating this long lit history and current state of reading and writing, and one is the upcoming Words & Music Festival this week and weekend, Dec. 4th-8th. The event centers at Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St), including the lobby and Carousel Bar upstairs in addition to rooms upstairs.

Both established and up-and-coming writers alike join together with other scholars, editors, publishers and performing artists to share their passions of the art of writing and reading. You’ll find ticketed events to panel discussions, readings, writing sessions, manuscript critiques, book signings, music events and more. There’s even a black tie award ceremony for writers who win the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, a creative writing competition of previously unpublished work in categories such as narrative non-fiction, short story, essay and poetry, among others.

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New Orleans Dining

Green Goddess Restaurant in Exchange Alley




If you’re searching for a funky and fresh dining experience that sets itself apart from the conventionality of many traditional French Quarter favorites, look no further than the Green Goddess.   Located at 307 Exchange Alley off Bienville, this colorful restaurant is eccentric, to say the least!    With limited indoor seating and a wonderful outdoor courtyard when weather permits, an intimate dining experience is in store.   Chefs Chris DeBarr and Paul Artigues clearly know their stuff and together create a truly unique menu, combining local ingredients with flavors and traditions from nearly every inch of the globe  . Where would one expect to see South Indian Lentil Pancakes, Korean Barbequed Pork Belly, Bangers and Mash, and Louisiana Oysters find a home on the same menu?   Don’t be surprised to hear the exotic origins of each dish straight from the Chef’s mouth, as tableside visits are customary.   For the truly adventurous, a surprise combination of the “Chef’s Cheese Treasures,” as well as a pre-set “Tasting Menu,” featuring an array of restaurant favorites, are offered daily and are perfect to split between 2 or 3.   While the food is sure to please a diversity of palates (plenty of vegetarian options), the Green Goddess takes the cake with its extensive offering of beverages.   The menu includes original infused cocktails, fresh tropical juices, Vietnamese coffee, teas, local and imported beer, and a truly impressive list of wines and champagnes to fit any budget.   Treat yourself to an exploration of flavor and trust the staff’s rather enlightened recommendations!

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