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Good places to picnic in New Orleans

Lazy summer/fall days call for a picnic with friends, especially at dusk when things cool off a little bit. Plus, this is a budget-friendly form of entertainment.

You can go all out for a picnic, but a poboy or a bucket of chicken are easy options for quick meal with a gorgeous view. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells, NewinNOLA.com)

You can go all out for a picnic, but poboys and chips are good options for quick meal with a gorgeous view. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells, NewinNOLA.com)

We keep a blanket in our trunk so we’re ready to go at a moment’s notice. And no need for a fancy spread if you are picnicking on a whim. A bucket of Popeye’s or a poboy is equally as festive as a basket full of homemade goodies, in our opinion.

GoNOLA offered up suggestions for picnic destinations in New Orleans. Here are some of our favorite places to picnic in the city. Have another suggestion? Tell us in the comments.

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Hugh Laurie was the 2014 king of Bacchus, a Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

Hugh Laurie rides in New Orleans Mardi Gras parade (photos)

Hugh Laurie, the actor best known for his work in the TV show “House,” was the 2014 king of Bacchus. The Mardi Gras parade starts in Uptown New Orleans on Napoleon Avenue and makes its way down St. Charles.

Hugh Laurie was the 2014 king of Bacchus, a Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

Hugh Laurie was the 2014 king of Bacchus, a Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

The parade rolled tonight at 5:15.

Hugh Laurie was a gracious king. He arrived early, greeted the crowd, threw doubloons and signed autographs. He also blew kisses. Hail, Hugh Laurie, king of Bacchus!

Our photos from Laurie’s arrival:

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Where to eat in New Orleans 10/7/2013

We’re eating & drinking our way through New Orleans with the #NewinNOLA crew. Venues from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7:

This is the vegetarian grape leaf plate from Mona's on Magazine. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

This is the vegetarian grape leaf plate from Mona’s on Magazine. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

  • Hansen’s in Uptown
  • Hollygrove Market & Farm
  • Taj Mahal in Old Metairie
  • Mona’s on Magazine Street
  • McClure’s Barbecue on Magazine Street
  • Cafe du Monde in the quarter
  • Mister Apple in the quarter

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Hansen's snoballs in New Orleans (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

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/NewinNOLA.com)

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

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
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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/NewinNOLA.com)

s’mores pie from the American Sector (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/NewinNOLA.com)

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

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shrimp remoulade poboy from Crabby Jack's (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

Where to eat in New Orleans 9/23/2013

We’re eating & drinking our way through New Orleans with the #NewinNOLA crew. Venues from Sept. 16 to Sept. 23:

a peanut butter and jelly macaron from Sucre (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

a peanut butter and jelly macaron from Sucre (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

  • SoBou
  • Crabby Jack’s
  • Pierre Maspero’s
  • Cafe NOMA
  • Sucre

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Where to eat in New Orleans 9/2/2013

We’re eating & drinking our way through New Orleans with the #NewinNOLA crew. Venues from Aug. 26 – Sept. 2:

charbroiled oysters from Drago's restaurant in the French Quarter

charbroiled oysters from Drago’s restaurant in the French Quarter

  • Cafe du Monde
  • Antoine’s
  • Sucre
  • La Boulangerie
  • Drago’s
  • GW Fins
  • Organic Banana
  • Domilise’s
  • Midway
  • St. James Cheese Co.
  • Creole Creamery

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Where to eat in New Orleans 8/19/13

delicious Brussels sprouts at Cochon Butcher (photo via @NewinNOLA on Instagram)

delicious Brussels sprouts at Cochon Butcher (photo via @NewinNOLA on Instagram)

We continue to explore the restaurant options in New Orleans. Venues this week include:

  • Betsy’s Pancake House
  • Casa Borrega
  • Cochon Butcher
  • Creole Creamery
  • Hollygrove Market & Farm

Check out all our food photos.

Have a place we need to check out? Let us know.

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Where we ate in New Orleans last week 8/12/13

We continue to eat our way through New Orleans. This week’s restaurants include:

grape leaf platter from Mona's on Magazine Street (photo via @NewinNOLA on Instagram)

grape leaf platter from Mona’s on Magazine Street (photo via @NewinNOLA on Instagram)

  • Apolline
  • Crescent City Pie & Sausage
  • Mona’s Cafe
  • Hansen’s
  • Mikimoto
  • Felipe’s
  • The Superdome
  • Amici
  • Panera Bread

Here are all of our food pix.

Restaurants from the week before:

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