summer 2013

"Hot Fun in the Summertime!" - New Orleans Offers Plenty of Exciting Events This Summer

April 29, 2013
In years past, New Orleans has been a place to get away from during the hot, steamy summer months. Not anymore! Taking its cue from the old Sly & The Family Stone song, New Orleans has now become the place to come to for some "hot fun in the summertime."

Plenty of "hot fun" things are cooking here this summer, especially in the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods. Recent years have seen the addition of new summer fun events, the expansion of existing ones and the continued existence of those that have been here for awhile.

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

April 29, 2013
God forbid I should ever have to take a really good look at myself on the inside. While so many of my friends spend countless hours and countless dollars trying to find themselves, one actually spent more time than I think he should have getting tattoos and donkey in a small Mexican town/prison, I prefer to embrace the mystery that remains in me. Call it fear, if you like, because really, that is what it is. I scare the dickens out of myself with what I already know about me; I care not to scratch any farther than the surface.

Vieux Carre Dining Al Fresco Style

April 29, 2013
Dining al fresco is a real treat, but dining outdoors in the French Quarter is an experience like no other! Colorful sights, lush courtyards, tempting aromas and toe-tapping sounds make the Vieux Carre a fascinating and delicious place to indulge al fresco while savoring the city's world-renowned cuisine. Whether you're in a "Jimmy Buffet" laid-back state of mind and looking to enjoy some casual eats while to soaking up the sun, or seeking fine dining in a romantic, outdoor setting, we've got you covered.

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FestiGals 2013: "A Party with a Purpose"

April 29, 2013

Exciting Events Set for Weekend of June 20-23


One of the marquee events of the Summer of '13 is the Third Annual FestiGals celebration taking place in the historic French Quarter from June 20-23. A festival created by women for women, FestiGals is a weekend dedicated to empowering women and celebrating fashion, food, friendship and . . . especially . . . FUN!

Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans' Music Ambassador

April 29, 2013
Proud of his humble roots and contributions to New Orleans music, bandleader, vocalist, and jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins claims Louis Armstrong as an early role model. He sings with an off-the-cuff charm that is the spitting image of our beloved Crescent City icon, "Satchmo," as he plays his trumpet with a bright, silvery tone. The jazz served up by our native Orleanian with a sunny disposition is as Louisiana as dirty rice and embodies the very essence of New Orleans jazz.

Summer Brides

April 29, 2013
Many couples choose to add the spice of New Orleans to the wedding of their dreams, surrounded by magnificent landmarks and the rich sounds and history of one of the world's most celebrated cities. Some desire an authentic Big Easy style wedding; others prefer an elegant Southern wedding, but whatever you can imagine can be created to assure your special day is filled with memories that will last a lifetime! Romance, after all, has always found its home in the French Quarter and is one of the many reasons that New Orleans is a top wedding destination.

Down by the Riverfront in the French Quarter

April 29, 2013
"The Crescent City" - the traditional nickname of New Orleans - refers to the Mississippi River's sweeping bend at the French Quarter, the site of the original city, founded in 1718. The Quarter is on the river's natural levee - ancient silt deposits from floods that created ground higher than found in nearby swamps - but its location was flood-prone, necessitating the construction in 1722 of a low levee that has since been considerably expanded.

Cool as a Cucumber

April 29, 2013
Recipe provided by The Bombay Club

1oz. Square One Cucumber Vodka
1oz. Hayman's Old Tom Gin
1oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liquer
½ oz. lemon juice
Cucumber ~ one long ribbon and one round slice

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker along with the round cucumber slice and ice.

Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the long cucumber ribbon and enjoy!