Brenda Maitland

Savor the Cocktails… Revel in the Music

May 10, 2016
One of the real joys of spending time in the French Quarter is transitioning from having a good day -- and most days here are very good -- into the anticipation and then the realization of a very good evening in one of the world’s most desired destinations.

At some point, maybe during the course of the unfolding day, taking a break could be just the ticket.

Chef’s Profile: Chef Phillip Todd, Bombay Club

May 10, 2016
People move from one city to another for a variety of reasons. Often, the move is for love, either the love of a new place or the love of a special someone.

Chef Phillip Todd was twice lucky. He fell in love with a wonderful girl who is a native New Orleanian. Todd embraced both the girl and the city because he always wanted to be a chef and what better place in the world than New Orleans to practice his craft.

New Orleans: Always Entertaining!

February 03, 2016
Most New Orleanians take it for granted, but at any given time --no matter what the season -- visitors to the City marvel at the barrage of constant, over-lapping cultural activities, traditional festivals and vast array of entertainment opportunities that continue to define the city as one of the most desired destinations in the world.

Casual, Comfort Cuisine

February 03, 2016
Visitors to New Orleans as well as residents make it a point to spend time in the neighborhood for which the city is justly renowned. Everyone, no matter how short or long the visit, spends time in the French Quarter.

Libation Sensations

February 03, 2016
In a culture that swoons over not only the latest cocktails, but also tried-and-true Manhattans, Martinis and Margaritas, New Orleans can drink from the trophy cup for its role as the birthplace of many original concoctions as well as intriguing variations on many of the classics.

Chef's Profile: Steven Young, Royal House

February 03, 2016
Chef Steven Young is a natural-born chef. A native of New Orleans’ West Bank of the Mississippi River, he grew up in a family of 9 children.

“My mother and grandmother were excellent cooks,” he said. “I was about 7 when I began hanging out in the kitchen watching and sampling, with all those wonderful aromas of gumbo, red beans, soul food and other local traditional New Orleans cooking,” Young recalled.

Seasonal Holiday Dining

November 02, 2015
It’s been said – in multiple settings by many a New Orleanian -- that south Louisiana has four seasons: crayfish, shrimp, crabs and oysters. Or, another take on the seasonal changes, the four seasons can be described as Ponchatoula strawberries, Creole Tomatoes, Ruston peaches and Oak Grove sweet potatoes, or substitute watermelon, oranges, sugar cane, rice or a myriad of other bounteous ingredients from the state’s farms, fields and water bodies.

Chef's Spotlight - Executive Chef Paul Miller, K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen

November 02, 2015
The sudden loss of world -renowned chef, author and entrepreneur, Paul Prudhomme, in October was a devastating blow to his family, the state of Louisiana, the culinary community and to the millions of people who knew and loved him. Yet, there’s still two Chef Pauls in K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen -- Executive Chef Paul Miller and the spirited presence of his mentor, kitchen collaborator and close friend.

As head chef for K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, the celebrated restaurant Prudhomme and his late wife, K, founded in 1979, Miller keeps the establishment cookin’ in more ways than one.

Swirl, Sniff, Sip, Savor!

November 02, 2015
Going out for “drinks” in New Orleans’ French Quarter may be one of the most fun, social occasions to enjoy, especially when the evening’s young, and so are you! Of course we mean, young-at-heart! If you can lift a glass, your evening is already off to a great start!

The cocktails are amazing, the draft beers are fresh and often local, and the wine? …. Well, the wine is divine! Fine wines are available in just about every dining establishment in the Quarter and also offer cocktails and beer to suit the varied preferences in your entourage.

A Sizzling Fall Showcase!

November 02, 2015
What does the holiday season mean in a city that stages festivals, almost daily parades and world-renowned celebrations year-round? It means that New Orleans has to celebrate bigger and better. And that is precisely what happens.

Many theatres are in full bloom, staging entertainment of all types at a frenetic pace. From grand productions worthy of Broadway to symphonic performances, along with intimate concerts, ballet, and everything in between. Every night there is something for everyone to enjoy. Holiday memories are waiting in the wings.

French Quarter Classic Bars: #5 Great Old Places, With Some New Faces

August 04, 2015
Of all the iconic landmarks in the French Quarter, Napoleon House is perhaps the most renowned – both in its historic connection between the Old World denizens and the New World ex-patriots to its current iteration as one of the best bar/cafes in America.

As history tells us, the initial structure was originally erected at the corner of Chartres and St. Louis in 1797 by the Girods, a wealthy and prominent French family who crossed the ocean to ply their trade in the shipping and mercantile business.