Brenda Maitland

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.

New Orleans: Non-Stop Entertainment!

August 04, 2015

The Music and Theatre Scene Only Breaks for Cocktails and Cuisine!


New Orleans’ native son, Louis Armstrong, referred to a quiet time in his 1931 jazz standard, “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South.”

However, such is never the case in New Orleans with a vivid and active social and entertainment scene during this time of year. As for these live performance productions -- all in air-conditioned comfort -- you will have quite a few choices.

Chef Profile: Tariq Hanna, Salon by Sucre

August 04, 2015
From a chef’s savory, culinary beginnings to a hugely successful, “sweets” streak along with a return to savory cuisine, Salon by Sucre’s virtuoso Chef Tariq Hanna displays his brilliance and resourcefulness at every turn.

Born in Nigeria and educated in England, Hariq came to the U.S. to pursue studies on track for an architectural career. However, fate had other plans. Instead, Hariq found himself in culinary school. For the next 20 years he enjoyed a thriving career in the culinary arts in Detroit before moving to New Orleans.

Fresh, French Quarter Dining!

August 04, 2015

Every old place is new again!


The French Quarter, made up of aged historic buildings displaying the Old World architecture from different cultures, often morph into new dining, entertainment and other venues. The exterior and even interior may be familiar, but the attraction is something new. Following are four new restaurants in historic places, each presenting new adventures in dining.