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Advice for having the best Bacchanal Wine experience

We had our first experience at Bacchanal Wine  last week through our latest #NewinNOLA meet-up. We had the perfect weather to sit outside under the trees, drink wine, eat cheese and meet new people.

photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA

photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA

Plus, we got to mark another restaurant off of Eater.com’s list of 38 Essential New Orleans restaurants that we’ve visited.

Hope you are able to join us for our next meet-up and eat-up. Our gatherings are geared toward new residents, but we welcome everyone. We’ll post details soon about our next gathering.

We had several people give us tips before we went to Bacchanal and we learned some more while we were there. If you have more advice, we’re all ears. Leave us a comment.

Tips for getting the most out of Bacchanal Wine:

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Photos of Mardi Gras floats being made

Work has started already for Mardi Gras 2014 floats at the Royal Artists workshop on Bordeaux Street in Uptown New Orleans. The den doors are open during the day so we occasionally sneak a pic.  The den holds the floats for Proteus and Chaos and we’ve heard rumors about ball decor for Rex.

If you want to be nosy like us, walk by the den during the day when the weather is nice. It’s a tan-colored warehouse on Bordeaux between Laurel and Annunciation. There are no signs (shhhh- it’s a secret). Here’s the story NOLA.com did in 2011 about the Royal Artists’ Uptown den.

Some of what we’ve seen the past few days:

The Royal Artists already have started working on Mardi Gras floats for 2014. These are pieces of 2013 floats that have been dismantled. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

The Royal Artists already have started working on Mardi Gras floats for 2014. These are pieces of 2013 floats that have been dismantled. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

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Beware of stinging caterpillars in New Orleans

Beware of stinging Buckmoth caterpillars in New Orleans. Friends and neighbors have warned us to look out for these caterpillars on sidewalks. They said the caterpillars fall from trees, especially oaks, and are easy to step on if you are barefoot.

The Buckmoth caterpillars sting people and animals.

buckmoth caterpillar via earthwatch2.org

buckmoth caterpillar via earthwatch2.org

If you get stung …

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