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 New Orleans seafood restaurants, recipes for Lent

Tired of tuna sandwiches or cheese pizza for Lent? Try these recipes from NOLAFusionLLC.com:

Growing up in NOLA, whether you are Catholic or not, the day after Fat Tuesday is Ash Wednesday.  Some chose to get ashes smeared on their forehead, some may not. However, one thing most of us agree on is it is seafood season.

Crawfish, fish, shrimp, crab, tuna, salmon, oysters, scallops, frog legs and now even alligator are more notorious during Lent season. Yes, alligator.

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New Orleans restaurant on ’20 most important’ list

New Orleans restaurant Cochon made Bon Appetit’s list of the 20 most important restaurants right now. Congrats, Cochon! cochonrestaurantlogo

The write-up about Cochon (more):

COCHON NEW ORLEANS

Going Whole Hog Before You’d Ever Heard of Nose-to-Tail

I was always in love with the idea of eating out in New Orleans, but I was never in love with actually eating out in New Orleans. The food was filling, but often uninspired.

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Good New Orleans bars to watch the Super Bowl

No tickets to the Super Bowl? Don’t want to watch it at home? Check out these bars for a real New Orleans Super Bowl party.

Seven suggestions from GoNOLA.com:

Tracey's Bar looks like a happening place to be. Check out its website for the menu and more pictures: http://traceysnola.com/

Tracey’s Bar looks like a happening place to be. Check out its website for the menu and more pictures: http://traceysnola.com/

Tracey’s 

This Irish Channel hangout houses 20 TVs, so Tracey’s is sure to be partying on Super Bowl night!  Don’t forget to come hungry – this spot is known for its fried oyster and roast beef po-boys.  It even made our list of “Five Great Po-Boys” in the city. Tracey’s is located at 2604 Magazine Street and can be reached at 504.897.5413.

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Beyonce’s been to Mother’s. Have you?

Beyonce is in town for the Super Bowl, per various media reports. She hit up Mother’s Restaurant this week and “grammed” her experience.

Beyonce posted this photo Monday on her Instagram feed (@baddiebey).

Beyonce posted this photo Monday on her Instagram feed (@baddiebey).

Mother’s (website) is downtown at 401 Poydras St. and is known for its baked ham and homestyle food. It also has grits and debris, which was described to us as grits covered with the tasty bits leftover from roasting meat. We ate there during one of our first apartment-hunting visits and enjoyed the coffee and gigantic biscuits.

This was our first meal at Mother's in New Orleans. Yum! (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

This was our first meal at Mother’s in New Orleans. Yum! (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

But, Beyonce’s restaurant choice didn’t go over well with NOLA natives. Story via NOLA.com (full story):

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Carry cash in New Orleans

Have cash if you want to eat out in New Orleans. Some places take cards, but many only take cash.

And it’s not fun to eat dinner, go to pay and then be told “no cards” when that’s all you have. Makes for quite the awkward moment.

Some of the cash-only joints have ATMs inside, but you have to pay a surcharge and we’re always a bit leery of the security of our information on those things.

The bars we’ve been to so far also want drinks paid for as you go.

So, our advice – always have cash on you. It’s a lesson we learned the embarrassing way (see above).

Southern Living: New Orleans is a tasty town

Another reminder from NOLA.com (full story) about how much weight we will gain in our new city:

Not that this should really shock anyone, but Southern Living magazine finds New Orleans tasty. In its February issue, the Alabama-based glossy names the Crescent City one of the “Tastiest Towns in the South.”

screenshot from SouthernLiving.com's Tastiest Southern Town competition

screenshot from SouthernLiving.com’s Tastiest Southern Town competition

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Eater.com’s 38 essential restaurants in New Orleans

We’ve crossed a few of these restaurants off our New Orleans bucket list. Looking forward to trying out the rest of the eateries.

image via @eaterNOLA

image via @eaterNOLA

From Eater.com (full story):

Here, now, we present to you the updated Eater 38, our answer to any question that becomes with, “Can you recommend a restaurant…”

This list is not the 38 best restaurants in our fine city, but it instead seeks to provide a comprehensive picture of where you can get a great meal regardless of mood. It covers the entire city with some lagniappe love for the West Bank, spans myriad cuisines and should satisfy all of your restaurant needs.

These are listed here in no particular order.

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