Bum BA bum Ba!

That magical sound. Bum Ba bum Ba! The call of the tuba that is familiar to ALL New Orleanians, used to gather the crowd, and sometimes the band too, for the parade is about to begin! Bum BA BUM Ba! We’ll be hearing that sound a lot over the next month since Carnival season is… Read More


In New Orleans, that season is the cultural boom that happens every fall, and includes food – music – art – film – second-lines. It doesn’t sound much different than the rest of the year in New Orleans, however, in the fall it is much more focused on the cultural institutions than the festival scene… Read More


As our last hurrah of meat eating before we say “farewell to flesh” and Carnival season turns to Lent, let’s indulge in a big juicy burger.  The number of burger joints in New Orleans is growing exponentially these days.  Some local joints and some franchise places, but all of them are quite yummy. For the… Read More


Before the Bouef Gras rolls down St. Charles Avenue at the head of the Rex Parade signaling the end of Carnival – farewell to flesh, let’s take a look at the bevy of steak houses in the Crescent City.  Let’s start with the old-school steak houses which I consider to be Crescent City Steaks on… Read More


Carnival is the season of merriment that begins on the Epiphany (12th Night / January 6) and  leads up to Lent. The word is a translated from a Latin word that means “farewell to flesh”.  Of course, that reference is to the Lenten season where there is much fasting and restricted diets.  The Lenten diet… Read More

Sportsman’s Paradise for Kids

You may already be familiar with the Louisiana motto, “Sportsman’s Paradise”.  Well that applies to sportsmen of all ages.  Of course, the motto refers to sports that relate to our natural resources…such as fishing, boating, hunting, bird watching.  You may also think of athletes, as I do.  There is a paradise for the athlete and… Read More


In last weeks piece about “Kid Friendly New Orleans” it was suggested you keep an eye out for youth programs offered by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.  The coming months have several opportunities to take advantage of New Orleans own world class orchestra. The LPO has three different programs geared toward three different age groups.  Early… Read More


Now many of you may laugh or even guffaw when you read “Kid-Friendly New Orleans”, however, the headline is true! New Orleans is a kid-friendly town.  I’ve always said, “New Orleans is a small town disguised as a big city.”  That small town aspect makes it very manageable with children of all ages.  Truth be… Read More


Plaquemines Parish is Louisiana’s southern most parish located where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. The city of Venice is at the southernmost tip of the spit of land that is Plaquemines Parish.  Bohemia is not quite at the top of the parish but it makes a cute headlline.  Plaquemines is currently home… Read More

New Orleans on the Fringe! Wild, Weird, Fresh.

In it’s sixth year, the New Orleans Fringe Festival takes the spotlight.  New Orleans has always been a theater city.  Particularly street theater.  Mainstream theater in New Orleans has experienced a resurgence in recent years with the re-opening of several venues such as the Joy Theater, The Saenger Theater, and of course, the historic Le… Read More