New Orleans Daiquiri Festival to be held Saturday

Celebrate your new New Orleans home with a frozen daiquiri tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 17) in the Marigny.

The 3rd Annual New Orleans Daiquiri Festival is from noon to 9 p.m. at the Michalopoulos Studio, 527 Elysian Fields Avenue at Chartres (map).

The event focuses on frozen daiquiris and will have at least six different varieties for sale. Plus, the fest has music and food.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.


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Advice (and photos) for running with the bulls in New Orleans

We had our first experience Saturday running with the bulls in New Orleans. It was early (we arrived at 7 a.m.), but it definitely was worth it. Thanks to Cate Root for encouraging us to go.

What we wish we knew before we ran AKA advice for next year:

–  The event is free, but $10 gets you a running number and access to the inside venue (AC, chairs, bathrooms, music, pay-as-you-eat food). You are supposed to preregister for a number, but we were able to do it the day of the race.  However, you can skip the number, dress up and run for free.

Our awesome souvenir number:


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Run with the bulls in New Orleans

New Orleans hosts its version of the Running of the Bulls tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 8 a.m. We hear from Cate Root that it is worth checking out.

General idea of tomorrow’s event from Cate, who has run before (and who wrote about it for

– The event is free but donations are encouraged.

– The runners wear comfortable white clothes (white shirt is mandatory), with a red banana tied around their neck and a red scarf around their waist (photos of outfits).

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Dat Dog hosts food trucks tonight

Fun event alert – Dat Dog is hosting a food truck fest tonight. We don’t see a downside to this happy hour/dinner option.

BTW, Dat Dog is the gourmet hot dog restaurant in New Orleans. The menu includes everything from alligator dogs to classic Chicago-style hot dogs to crawfish sausage (menu). Word of advice – know what you want when you get up to the register. You can mix and match whatever toppings you want and it gets overwhelming if it is your first time. You might want to start with the suggested toppings for the dog you order and get more creative next time.

Dat Dog has two locations – one on Freret (original location) and one on Magazine. Tonight’s fest is at the Freret location.

Info from the press release:

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Food photos from New Orleans Oyster Festival 2013

The New Orleans Oyster Festival served up mouth-watering food June 1 and 2 on the riverfront in downtown New Orleans. We ate our little hearts out, along with the rest of NOLA.

We also got to cross this event off our bucket list.

We pulled together the fest’s most mouth-watering photos shared on Twitter and Instagram.  And here they are via Storify:

Schedule for New Orleans Oyster Festival

The New Orleans Oyster Festival kicks off today and ends tomorrow. Free admission and music but you pay for what you eat.

The 2013 New Orleans Oyster Festival is in the park next to the aquarium. It features free music and tasty oyster dishes (pay for what you eat). (photo via @NOLA_oyster on Twitter)

The 2013 New Orleans Oyster Festival is in the park next to the aquarium. It features free music and tasty oyster dishes (pay for what you eat). (photo via @NOLA_oyster on Twitter)

The fest is downtown next to the aquarium (map). We love us some oysters so we’re pumped to have all the delicacies in one place. Check out this list of food vendors. Yum.

We’re planning to check out the food booths tomorrow (Sunday, June 2). Shoot us an email if you want to be our food adventure buddy (ie – warning – we’ll take pix of your food). Email:

And if you are on Twitter, the festival has been sending out pix all day: @NOLA_oyster


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Discount code for Frenchmen Art Market in New Orleans

Have you fallen in love with the local art in New Orleans yet? We have.  We’re always prowling for original pieces and yes, we stop and look at the art on the fence at Jackson Square. The art markets, like Frenchmen Art Market, also are good options  (more art markets).

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Info from the market’s site:

Frenchmen Art Market is New Orleans’ only weekly night-time art market

We feature local and regional artists who create 100% handmade art and goods.

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Free music festival this weekend in Mid-City

Check out Bayou Boogaloo this weekend for a free music experience. BTW, it features a huge rubber duck race. Yeah!bayouboogaloo_logo

Info from

Catch 30 local legends, including Rebirth Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band, doing what they do best, on multiple outdoor stages. Set along Bayou St. John, this weekend of New Orleans soul will dance you into summer mode.

The schedule from the fest’s website:

The Boogaloo Goes On Rain or Shine…
Founded during the evacuation of Hurricane Katrina, the Mid City Bayou Boogaloo has shown its commitment to New Orleans through rain or shine, and the 2013 festival is no different.

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