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GoNOLA’s Top 5 Restaurants for a Great Burger in New Orleans

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Cowbell makes the juiciest local burger with perfectly seasoned crispy fries. (Photocredit: cowbell-nola.com)

In a town known for Creole food, gumbo and crawfish, the burger seems to take a back burner (pun intended). But here’s a quick run down of my favorite places to snag a cheeseburger when I’m in the mood for some traditional, non-traditional to New Orleans, …

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Top 5 New Orleans Jazz Fest Essentials

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Everyone in New Orleans readies themselves for seasonal events and festivals in their own ways. We all have our personal festival prep routines and our “must-brings” to ensure that the good times roll smoothly. Celebrate however you want, but prepare with stamina in mind, especially for Jazz Fest. With 7 days of music, sun and fun, having a few key …

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Mondo: Susan Spicer’s Latest Tasty Project

Mondo: Susan Spicer’s Tasty Culinary Addition to New Orleans

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Susan Spicer’s Mondo in Lakeview has a killer outside space in addition to many tables inside. Thanks to Mondo for the photos.

Anyone who watched Treme on HBO this season knows who Chef Susan Spicer is. Anyone who lives in New Orleans or visits New Orleans should know who Susan Spicer is. Susan Spicer is an amazing chef who has …

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Elizabeth’s Coffee New Orleans Food

Top 5 Breakfast Spots in New Orleans for Festival Goers


Have your cake and eat it too at Cake Cafe. Breakfast sammy + coffee = $6! (Photo Credit: lulun and kame's flickr)

If you believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then you are right. And isn’t it nice to be right? When you’re waking up in the morning, mid-morning, or afternoon after spending all day …

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Mikimoto Delivery Sushi New Orleans Food

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Bikes in New Orleans bring you Mardi Gras cheer and falafel from Mona's Cafe! (Photo Credit: gather.com)

It’s Friday evening. Or it’s Saturday around lunch time. Or Sunday afternoon. You. Are. Hungry. You are also in your pajamas, whatever form that might take. This is a judgment free zone. I don’t care what you sleep in or how you’re dressed …

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Fritzel’s European Jazz Club on Bourbon Street

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Fritzel's has traditional jazz every night of the week. (Photo Credit: wordsmithingpantagruel.com)

When I announced to my small circle of friends that I was planning to move to New Orleans, I got a very mixed review. Most of them had limited experience with the city. They flew in on a Friday, spent two nights on Bourbon Street drinking hand …

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Brigtsen’s Restaurant: A Bright Spot Near the River

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Brigtsent's Restaurant is a bright spot near the river. (Photo Credit: ulterior epicure)

While you can’t miss major landmarks such as The Saint Louis Cathedral, being relatively new to the city, it’s easy to drive right past some of the brightest shining stars in the city that are neatly tucked away on side streets or in residential neighborhoods.…

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New Orleans: My City Is Better Than Yours

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The Stooges Brass Band won the Brass Band Blowout this fall under the Claiborne Overpass. (Photo Credit: chinashopmag.com)

I’ve been in New Orleans for long enough to know this place is cooler than any other city in the United States. How do I know? New Orleans oozes culture. Our food, our music, our people and celebrations are colorful, bright, brilliant, …

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My Mardi Gras Traditions

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My love note to New Orleans: Love is all around.

What a great season to be in New Orleans. If you have never lived here for the weeks prior to Mardi Gras, you have no idea what I mean. Mardi Gras is not a day, Carnival is a season.

When the rest of the country is having overcast, post-winter …

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Stein’s Market and Deli: A Taste of New York in New Orleans

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Stein’s Market and Deli is on Magazine Street at Jackson Ave.

When I first moved to New Orleans, all of my kitchen stuff spent a couple weeks packed snugly in boxes. I had driven to New Orleans in a moving van and knew the first stop on my moving tour would be a temporary one.

That means I lived …

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Redbeans Parade: Bean There or Bean Square

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Redbeans Parade 2010 Queen Caroline in her Eqyptian inspired headdress.

Red beans and rice is a staple in New Orleans. Most local restaurants that have daily specials will serve red beans and rice on Mondays. Some bars even serve red beans and rice during shows, like the Candlelight Lounge on Wednesdays. What better way to pay homage to New …

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Monday Night Super Jam at Maison


The Monday Night Super Jam is the best way to start your week! (Photo Credit: La Maison.)

Manic Monday ” gets a bad rap. We all agree with The Bangles. We wish it was Sunday. Monday is officially the start of a dreaded 5-day work week. Poor Peter Gibbons suffered his co-worker’s comment, “Somebody has a case of the …

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Hove Parfumeur: The Sweet Smell of New Orleans


In Hove Parfumeur, time stood still. (Photo credit: Hove Parfumeur)

Of the 5 senses, most would agree that smell is the most powerful with respect to evoking emotion within memory. Why is smell the strongest sense tied to memory? Scholars have studied and theorized for years. Some say it’s the oldest sense, or that it’s location in the brain makes …

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Celebrity Crushworthy: Alex McMurray

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Look at that mug. Alex McMurray's sense of humor is so crushworthy. (Photo Credit: alexmcmurray.com)

I have a new celebrity crush. I just added Alex McMurray to the top of my list, nudging out John Cusack from his top spot.

Saddling up to an empty bar at 9:30 p.m. on a Thursday, I wasn’t expecting much. The bar was empty, …

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New Orleans Survival Kit

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Be sensible-but only on your feet. Visit Jackson Square on your flat-shoes walking tour. (Photo Credit: Jon Schaubhut)

Always wanted one of those “I Survived My Family Reunion” matching t-shirts? Follow these little tips, and you could get a complementary “I Survived New Orleans” gold coin. (Not really). You’re welcome.

Walk the French Quarter

Flat Shoes - You …

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Hurray for the Riff Raff (and Zombies)

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Alynda Lee, front woman for Hurray for the Riff Raff. (Photo Credit: Hurray for the Riff Raff)

Right before I left work, this statement came out of my mouth: “Sorry, I can’t talk. I have to go home, dress up like a zombie and go country dancing.”

Anywhere else in this world or the netherworld, this would be an odd …

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