Brenda Maitland

On Stage: Entertaining Evenings!

November 05, 2018
Proximity, convenience, dazzling entertainment and dining choices--all in a town that has no respect for closing times. The reasons for visiting New Orleans are varied and often dizzying.

New Orleans is celebrating its 300th birthday and from the energy of the place, you would not guess the town is anywhere near that old. On most nights, the pace of choices can be pleasantly confusing. Where to go can be a question to ponder. Yet, the harder answer is arriving at a decision from the myriad of unfolding selections.

Holiday Dining

November 05, 2018
Fall is always a busy yet welcome season. There’s daily work, students’ new back-to-school schedules, weather changes, and, of course, many interesting and entertaining activities for both outdoors and indoors pleasures.

Sippin' Thru the Season!

November 05, 2018
If there is any city in America that can truly claim to be an international city, it is New Orleans. The confluence of just about every nationality on earth meets here, in the most unlikely of places, a town at or below sea level, located at the southern portion of the greatest river on the North American continent. It’s an infamous place up for outrageous festivities, and all wrapped up in a neat package that is unto itself, yet respectful of the cultures of the many nations that have contributed to its heritage.

It's Showtime!

July 27, 2018
The beating heart of New Orleans culture islive performances. Concerts, theatre presentations, historic lectures, opera, dance, on the street or in one of our grand theatres, there is always something of significance unfolding. Maybe these are just artistic observations, but in New Orleans…entertainment is never far away from where you are.

Meet & Muse Over New Dining Delights

July 27, 2018
For such a time-honored city--New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial this year, 300 years since its founding in 1718--this place is always hopping and bustling with the latest and the most innovative, whether it’s entertainment, festivals, cultural events, music, dancing, or celebrations of America's most unique culinary heritage.

Lounging with Latino Libations

July 27, 2018
With Latino food as one of the most popular cuisine cultures in the U.S., it’s no wonder that corresponding Latino spirits and cocktails have become so appealing nationwide. As the Nuevo Latino trend continues, with restaurants popping up and the cuisine more and more familiar to diners, Latin American beverages are also becoming more accessible, even in non-Latino bars and restaurants.

Savvy, Sassy & Successful!

May 07, 2018
Chefs and restaurant owners were primarily male dominated occupations some time ago. But in today’s environment, there are many excellent female chefs winning accolades and outstanding women who are successful owners.

Brennan family matriarch and Commander’s Palace owner, Ella Brennan, may not have been a chef, but she sure knew everything about cooking and running a restaurant.

Curtain Call!

May 07, 2018
Could there possibly be a more delightful evening experience than taking a short stroll through the French Quarter, stopping for refreshments along the way, and ending up at one of New Orleans’ grand theatres to enjoy a concert or a stage performance on par with the finest entertainment presentations anywhere in the world?

Champagne and Canapés!

May 07, 2018
A glass or two of Champagne or other sparkling wine is a great way to start off a late afternoon’s enjoyment. The evening can seem to acquire a more distinctive quality, leading to whatever happens next. Bar bites are a good choice, then dinner, or perhaps visiting more bars and bistros that serve other Champagnes, sparkling wines and nibbles.

Elegantly Casual

February 01, 2018
New Orleans, renowned around the globe for its spectacular cuisine, among other charms, isn’t just about our Creole and Cajun heritage. Over the three centuries since the city was founded in 1718, emigrants, slaves, soldiers, suppliers, and settlers have shared their ethnicity– especially their culinary culture.

One More for the Road...

February 01, 2018
Libations are for socializing and celebrating, and then there’s the other side of the coin-- when there’s loneliness and sadness.

Maybe these two opposites joined by a familiar thread, drinking (!) is one reason the classic bar song, “One More for My Baby, and One More for the Road,” has been so popular for more than 75 years. Perhaps many have been on both sides of that situation, or that it’s just an emotionally charged song that once you hear it– stays with you for a while.