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2011 Jazz Fest Lineup

The lineup is finally here! It’s bigger and across more genres than I’ve ever seen. There is  definitely something for everyone.  Don’t forget the Southern Comfort Bed and Breakfast can acquire tickets for our guests and friends at the gate price ( $43) which avoids the Ticketmaster fees. Big savings! Just let me know via email, deadline is March 15th.
Some of the 2011 Jazz Fest headliners are:

Jimmy Buffett – Bon Jovi  – John Mellencamp - Kid Rock- Willie Nelson – Robert Plant – Lauryn Hill – Jeff Beck – Tom Jones – Sonny Rollins – Cyndi Lauper – John Legend – Bobby Blue Bland –  Arlo Guthrie – Fantasia – Kenny G -  Gregg Allman – Robert Cray – Ricky Skaggs. I may go fight the crowds for Cyndi, Robert Plant and Keb Mo.

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Brigtsen’s Restaurant

Do you know, that at this moment New Orleans has 1111 restaurants! Over 300  new establishments have opened since  Katrina. We may not do some things right in Louisiana but we do know how to enjoy food!

This will be the beginning of a new blog category. we will call it simply New Orleans Restaurants. It is  only my humble review. Before you make dining reservations for your next visit to our fun city check our blog archives for a locals perspective.

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New Orleans Po’Boy’s at Domilise’s

Over the years , so many feet have lingered in front of the sandwich counter at Domilises’s Po’Boy shop waiting for the sandwiches, that a shallow, uneven hole has been worn into the linoleum- exposing flooring of the past.

The shop opened around 1929 as an informal neighborhood bar in a room attached to Peter Domilises’s house at the corner of Annunciation and Bellecastle Streets.  It was frequented mostly by Mr. Domilise’s countrymen from Sicily. Eventually they built a sandwich bar on the annunciation Street side of the room, selling po’boys exclusively.

After World War II, the business passed to the Domilises’ son, Sam. Sam was a civic leader in this working class Uptown neighborhood, and after hours, the shop became a sort of unofficial municipal meeting room, where members of the community would gather to discuss the pressing issues of the 13th ward.

Sam Domilises died in 1981, and now the shop is run by Dot Domilise- “Miss Dot” to anyone who’s been there more than once. It remains a humlberoom, with walls of wooden paneling and a drop ceiling. Behind the beverage bar is an informal beer cam museum, which showcases yellowing tin cans of Jax, Dixie and Falstaff.

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Louisiana Swamp Festival at the Audubon Zoo

Fall is around the corner and with it comes the annual Louisiana Swamp Festival at the Audubon Zoo. This is a great festival celebrating the Cajun culture and heritage .

 The main stage is set amongst the wonderful live oaks and a great place to bring a blanket and settle in for a lively afternoon of  Cajun and Zydeco music.
BeauSoleil, Rosie Ledet and Terrence Simien are only a few of the favorites that will appear.

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Visit Houmas House, a River Road Plantation

 We were able to sneak away last week for a day trip upriver to Plantation country. I had been wanting to visit the Houmas House to see the new expansion of gardens.

The gardens are alive with lush tropical plantings, seasonal flowers, ponds and fountains.  Seating venettes and statuary greet you around every turn as you stroll through  courtyards, inviting pathways,  and the lush green lawns of   the 32 acre estate. This is a very magical place. The centuries old live oaks, some over 450 years old , provide an escape from the sun and an ambiance that  brings you back to an era of long ago.. An era where sipping Mint Juleps in the soft glow of the filtered afternoon sun while  listening to the  sounds of the river traffic was the southern way of life.

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