Good places to get raw oysters in New Orleans

Happy Oysters on the Half Shell Day! Really, it’s a holiday. How do you like your bivalves – raw or on the half shell?

Our favorite oyster restaurants in New Orleans so far:

• 50 cent oysters during happy hour at Superior Seafood. This restaurant is right next to the streetcar line at St. Charles and Napoleon. It has nice indoor and outdoor seating. Happy hour is from 4 to 6:30 daily. It also has tasty frozen drinks.

Superior Seafood on St. Charles has happy hour specials for raw oysters. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells,

Superior Seafood on St. Charles has happy hour specials for raw oysters. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells,

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Mardi Gras 2014 parade schedule for New Orleans

The metro New Orleans area has about 60 parades this year and we’ve found the best schedule for you. There’s a parade for every taste and all you need to do is find one that fits your schedule.

Want R-rated debauchery and satire? That’s Krewe du Vieux, which parades through the French Quarter and the Marigny.

Want kid-friendly fun? You actually have many more options than most people think. Day parade are always a good bet. Night parades tend to get a little crazier, but they can still be kid-friendly (depending on your kid). The Uptown parades are fun for pretty much all ages.

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New in NOLA’s most popular newcomer advice for 2013

We’ve learned a lot this past year. The biggest thing we’ve learned – there’s so much MORE to learn about New Orleans.


photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in

We’ve learned the proper way to pronounce street names (“Chop-uh-too-lus”), that Big Freedia has an amazing Pandora station, that “neutral ground” is the correct term for a median in New Orleans, that NOLA’s Running of the Bulls is worth getting up early for and you should never ever call a street car a “trolley” – ever.

The most popular advice posts we did in 2013:

New Orleans shopping mall guide

With the holiday shopping season upon us, new-to-NOLA residents might be wondering where the best places are to get all of their shopping done. While I’m big into shopping locally at the unique New Orleans boutiques that call Magazine Street and the French Quarter home, sometimes you just have to make a trip to … the mall! Here’s an overview of the shopping malls around New Orleans, and what makes each one special.

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We’re planning our Thanksgiving menu. Are you?

Holiday alert! The Southfacin’ Cook will begin soon with some fabulous ideas and tips for your holiday table. This week, please go out and buy your sweet potatoes in anticipation of my “Sweet Potato Queens Casserole” recipe.

Patsy R. Brumfield The Southfacin' Cook

Patsy R. Brumfield
The Southfacin’ Cook

Sweet potatoes need to chill in the refrigerator a couple of weeks before you cook them so they increase in sugar content. I’ve already got mine there.

As for how many to buy, figure one large tater for every two servings. I mean “large,” too. I look for potatoes about the same size so that they will bake across the same time. Baking is the best way to go because it also maximizes the sugar content.

Watch for my cooking lesson and recipe in a couple of weeks. We’ll cover the sweet potato casserole, the turkey, gravy, cornbread dressing and more.

Header image via flickr user Nick Bastian.

New Orleans Halloween option – Krewe of Boo parade

Halloween is almost here. Do you have plans? We’re celebrating Saturday night and going to the Krewe of Boo parade in the French Quarter. Hope you’ll join us.

Krewe of Boo (photo via

Krewe of Boo (photo via

The parade rolls at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and audience costumes are encouraged. Riders throw Louisiana-specific items like pralines and voodoo doll pins. The riders don’t throw beads, but they do throw:

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Tropical Storm Karen: City recommends ‘sheltering in place’ for New Orleans residents

Tropical Storm Karen is on its way toward the Gulf Coast. The track calls for it to make landfall in Alabama. Metro New Orleans isn’t expected to take the brunt of the storm, but expect some rain.

the storm track for Tropical Storm Karen as of 9 p.m. Thursday (via

the storm track for Tropical Storm Karen as of 9 p.m. Thursday (via

The city (via @NOLAready on Twitter) has NOT ordered any type of evacuation for New Orleans but has advised residents to shelter in place.

tweet sent out Thursday morning via @NOLAready

tweet sent out Thursday morning via @NOLAready

Tips from the city about sheltering in place:

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Oct. 1 – today – is last day of the 2013 season for a Hansen’s snoball

Today is the last day of 2013 for Hansen’s Snobliz. The iconic New Orleans snoball stand is open today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. before closing up shop until spring 2014. Sad face.

The NewinNOLA crew & our friends are big fans of Hansen's. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/

The NewinNOLA crew & our friends are big fans of Hansen’s. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/

Remember, this place is cash only, with a single flavor, small snoball starting at $1.50. We plan on lining up early for our creambeaux. What are you going to get?

Some of our favorites:

  • Creambeaux – a trio of the cream flavors
  • Satsuma – a tart, clear citrus flavor
  • Coconut cream
  • Nectar
  • Wild cherry
  • Vanilla bean
  • Peach cream

Where to eat in New Orleans 9/2/2013

We’re eating & drinking our way through New Orleans with the #NewinNOLA crew. Here’s where we spent the last week of September (time flies, right?!):

s'mores pie from the American Sector (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/

s’mores pie from the American Sector (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/

  • Tan Dinh
  • Pho Bistreaux
  • Lola’s
  • Lee’s Hamburgers
  • Creole Creamery
  • Croissant d’Or
  • The American Sector

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How to get a library card in New Orleans

It’s easy to get a library card in New Orleans and you don’t have to have a New Orleans driver’s license (but you should get one). new-orleans-library-card.jpg A NOLA library card gets you access to thousands of print books, e-books, audiobooks, DVDs and magazines.

How to get a New Orleans library card:

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