Our New Orleans food adventures 5/20/13

New Orleans is a foodie city and we eat out quite a bit. It helps us give good recommendations when our out-of-town visitors ask us where they should eat. Here’s some photo evidence of our culinary adventures this past week or so.
Check out the full post on Storify for the prettier version of the photos.
  1. We tried Bacchanal Wine for the first time. Had a fun #NewinNOLA meet-up and eat-up.
  2. Beautiful night at #bacchanalwine. Enjoying our first experience here. #nola
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Top 10 things to do in New Orleans (NatGeo)

NationalGeographic.com has its Top 10 things to do in New Orleans, besides Mardi Gras. Lots of good ideas to keep you busy. national_geographic_logo

The list:

  1. Jackson Square

    The French Quarter’s heart and soul is a must-see, boasting a statue of Andrew Jackson at its center and a ragtag collection of artists and fortune-tellers fringing its perimeter. It’s flanked by the filligreed Pontalba apartments, site of the Streetcar-Named-Desire-inspired “Stella!” shouting contest held during the annual Tennessee Williams Festival. At the Square’s crown are three 18th-century architectural glories: the Cabildo, a former city hall where the Louisiana Purchase was signed; St. Louis Cathedral; and the Presbytère. The onetime courthouse is now the flagship of the Louisiana State Museum, showcasing Living With Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond, a fascinating exhibit on the infamous storm. Continue reading

Irish Channel parade route for St. Patrick’s Day

The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s parade is at 1 p.m. Saturday (full schedule).

The route:

Advice from New in NOLA Kim:

Unless you are at the start of the parade (corner of Felicity and Magazine St. – departing at 1 p.m.) and grab a spot along Magazine between Jackson and Washington (which I highly recommend because there is plenty of space), you will be waiting for HOURS. It is such a short route, but it will take an absurdly long time to get through.

More St. Patrick’s parade advice from Kim. 

Tips for St. Patrick’s Day parade in New Orleans

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE SCHEDULE IN NEW ORLEANS

Prepare for beads, Irish Spring soap, cabbage and wet kisses at the St. Paddy's parade in the Irish Channel. (photo via Kim Smelter/New in NOLA)

Prepare for beads, Irish Spring soap, cabbage and wet kisses at the St. Paddy’s parade in the Irish Channel. (photo via Kim Smelter/New in NOLA)

By Kim Smelter|  New Girl in NOLA

You thought you had put away your Mardi Gras beads for the season. Au contraire, my newly NOLA transplanted friends. Get your arms and dance moves ready, because this Saturday it’s time you bring out the big guns to catch some ridiculously large throws at the 66th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade marching down the Irish Channel.

Cabbages and Irish Spring Soap will be thrown at your head, you’ll receive a LOT of wet kisses from sweaty old Irish men and the smell of crawfish boils will take over the streets. Are you ready to catch me lucky charms?

St. Patrick’s Day parade tips from the New Girl in NOLA:

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Good New Orleans bakery: La Boulangerie

La Boulangerie is a lovely French bakery in Uptown New Orleans. (photo by Elizabeth Kilian/New in NOLA)

La Boulangerie is a lovely French bakery in Uptown New Orleans. (photo by Elizabeth Kilian/New in NOLA)

La Boulangerie

4600 Magazine St  New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 269-3777

If you’re looking for a place for Parisian style people-watching, this recently updated French bakery is the perfect spot.

Treat yourself to a chocolate croissant or a delicate pastry while watching the passers-by as they try to escape the rain. Take a table by the near floor-to-ceiling windows and immerse yourself in a captivating novel.

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Good place to watch Krewe of Muses tonight

We’re multitasking this evening – networking and watching Krewe of Muses (more). Muses is an all-female parade known for its throws (glitter shoes!).

This is one of the Muses shoes given away at a previous parade. (photo via kreweofmuses.org)

This is one of the Muses shoes given away at a previous parade. (photo via kreweofmuses.org)

The Youth Leadership Council of New Orleans has a membership mixer tonight at The Columns. Info via the website (more info):

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