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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - The 3 Cs: Cuisine, Cocktails, and Culture PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Mardi Gras Museum - Mardi Gras Parade Float - Photo by Luxury ExperienceUsually when one references the 3 Cs, it is about diamonds and refers to the cut, clarity, and carat; however the 3 Cs can easily be applied to New Orleans, Louisiana, and its cuisine, cocktails, and culture.

 

Where to Stay

Looking for luxury as well as a convenient location, we stayed at the 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel, which opened in December 2003 in the heart of the Central Business District.

Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Loews New Orleans Hotel

Guestrooms are spacious with well-appointed amenities and either have stunning views of the Riverfront where you can watch the steamboats cruise along the Mississippi River, or of the skyline. Other hotel amenities include an indoor lap swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, large Fitness Center with state-of-the-art Life Fitness and Cybex equipment, Business Center, and Balance Spa.

Guestroom - Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Guestroom

The hotel has an upscale restaurant, Café Adelaide featuring cuisine by award-winning Executive Chef Chris Lusk, and a fabulous Art Deco bar, the Swizzle Stick Bar featuring the celebrated bartender, Lu Brow who definitely knows a thing or two about cocktails. Vintage cocktail shakers and other barware accent the shelves,, colorful paintings of Aunt Adelaide Brennan, aka Queenie, or Auntie Mame grace the walls, and a large block of ice with lipstick red ice tongs dominates the center of the bar, where the bartenders chip off large chunks of ice for scotch and whiskey aficionados.

Swizzle Stick Bar - Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Swizzle Stick Bar

During our stay at the hotel we had an excellent lunch at Café Adelaide where we indulged in quarter Martinis to pair with our "power lunch", yes, there really is such a thing; and we had a wonderful dinner there to get to know and appreciate Chef Chris Lusk's culinary vision.

Cafe Adelaide - Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Café Adelaide

We also experienced the Swizzle Stick Bar, where the cocktail menu features creations by Lu Brow, her team, and Ti Martin and Lally Brennan, who wrote the cocktail book, "In the Land of Cocktails" which has interesting recipes and great anecdotes about their Aunt Adelaide Brennan, for whom Café Adelaide is named.

Bartender Lu Brow - Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Bartender Lu Brow

Business as well as leisure travelers will appreciate its convenient location to the Central Business District, Arts and Warehouse District, as well as strolling distance to the French Quarter, and the historic St. Charles Streetcar convenient for visiting to the Garden District. Guests traveling with pets will appreciate "Loews Loves Pets program" with its extensive amenity program to pamper pets. 

Read about  Loews New Orleans Hotel and their programs by visiting their website: www.LoewsHotels.com/en/New-Orleans-Hotel.

Read about Loews New Orleans Hotel in the Hotels and Resorts section. Read about Café Adelaide in the Restaurants section, and in the Chefs' Recipes section where Executive Chef Chris Lusk shares a few of his tasty recipes. Read about "In the Land of Cocktails by Ti Martin and Lally Brennan (the Cocktail Chicks)", in the Luxury Products - Gifts section. 

Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALoews New Orleans Hotel
300 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
United States
Telephone:                      +1-504-595-3300                                                                       
Fax:                                 +1-504-595-3310
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The Cuisine and Cocktails of New Orleans

New Orleans has a rich tradition of culinary excellence and offers a diverse range of restaurants from the traditional to the modern, from fine dining to more casual dining. The only limitation is the number of days of your visit. Of course, you must sample a pre-dinner cocktail or two to partake of the New Orleans experience.

Cuisine

Creole vs. Cajun

What is the difference between Creole and Cajun cuisine? Creole cuisine is French and Spanish cuisine where sauces are important, whereas Cajun cuisine is country cooking, is usually spicy, and includes peppers.

New Orleans Treats

Among the many culinary items that define New Orleans cuisine, two of the most famous are beignets, French-style square cut fried-dough liberally dusted with confectionary sugar, and pralines, those decadently rich sweets made with cream, butter, sugar, and pecans.

Other treats to try include Zapp's Potato Chips who have been making chips since 1985 and proclaim, "Cajun made with a kettle crunch;" family-owned Hubig's Pies who have been baking pies for over 100 years; Barq's Root Beer; and Abita Beer founded in 1986.

Café du Monde in the French Quarter has been serving beignets and its famous chicory coffee and café au lait since 1862 and is one of our favorite early morning or late night haunts. Freshly made to order beignets delivered to your table hot and covered in a mountain of sugar, a steaming cup of coffee, add sidewalk Jazz musicians to the mix, and you have the makings of wonderful memories.

Beignets from Cafe du Monde, New Orleans, LA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Beignets

Café du Monde is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the exception of Christmas Day.

Look for the distinct Café du Monde green and white striped awning across from Jackson Square.

Cafe du Monde, New Orleans, LA
Café du Monde
1039 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
United States
Toll-Free:            +1-800-642-7257
Website:              
www.CafeduMonde.com   

Aunt Sally's, also in the French Quarter, is family owned and has been making pralines since the 1930s, and every time that we come to New Orleans, we always stop at Aunt Sally's to indulge in a little sugar rush and satisfy our praline sweet-tooth fix. Best of all, they even ship pralines for post-New Orleans cravings.

Mixing Pralines - Aunt Sally's - New Orleans, LA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Mixing Pralines at Aunt Sally's 

Aunt Sally's - New Orleans, LAAunt Sally's
810 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 7011
United States
Toll-Free:          +1-800-642-7257
Website:            
www.AuntSallys.com   

French Market Farmer's Market - New Orleans, LA - Photo by Luxury Experience
French Market Farmers Market 

The French Market Farmers Market, located in the French Quarter, is another wonderful place to soak up the ambience, purchase New Orleans produce and products, enjoy a muffaletta sandwich, oysters on the half shell, or a Po-Boy, and mingle with the locals.

Boudin and Crawfish - French Market Farmer's Market - New Orleans, LA - Photo by Luxury Experience  Alligator Poboy - French Market Farmer's Market - New Orleans, LA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Food Selection at the French Market

The French Market Farmers Market is open daily from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm, and is located at the corner of Ursulines and North Peters Streets.

French Market
1008 North Peters Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
United States
Telephone:        +1-504-522-2621
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Dining

Arnaud's restaurant located in the heart of the French Quarter has been a New Orleans dining tradition since 1918, and has excellent Creole food, old-world elegance, charm, ambience, and impeccable service by tuxedoed waiters who add to the family-owned restaurant's mystique. The talented Chef de Cuisine Tommy Digiovanni focuses on classic French and innovative Creole dishes.

Arnaud'st - New Orleans, LA
Arnaud's Restaurant

We began our evening with French 75 cocktails, which is also the name of their bar, the French 75. For those not familiar with Arnaud's French 75, Bartender Chris Hannah mixes a delicious combination of 1 ounce cognac, ¼ ounce lemon juice, and ¼ ounce simple syrup, shaken with ice, strained into a champagne flute, topped with 2 ounces of very cold champagne, and garnished with a lemon twist garnish. Perfect!

Chef Tommy Digiovanni of Arnaud's - New Orleans, LA
Chef de Cuisine Tommy Digiovanni

A few highlights of our dinner included their signature appetizer, Shrimp Arnaud, which are gulf shrimp marinated in their famous tangy Creole remoulade sauce, and Oysters Arnaud, which was a dream for oyster lovers and included a selection of Oysters Bienville, Oysters Kathryn, Oysters Suzette, Oysters Ohan, and Oysters Rockefeller.

Oysters Arnaud at Arnaud's - New Orleans, LA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Oysters Arnaud

Other highlights included Arnaud's Crab Cakes made with jumbo lump Louisiana crabmeat served with a white remoulade sauce; Breast of Duck Ellen with a blueberry-infused Port Wine Sauce and marinated blueberries; Roast Louisiana Quail Elzey partially deboned, filled with foie gras mousse and mushroom duxelle, wrapped with country-smoked bacon, and served on a bed of truffle-infused Bordelaise sauce.

Duck Breast and Quail at Arnaud's - New Orleans, LA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Breast of Duck Ellen and Roast Louisiana Quail Elzey

After dinner, we took a tour of The Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, which features over 2 dozen lavish Mardi Gras costumes, including 13 of Mrs. Wells "Queen" costumes, King costumes, children's costumes, and over 70 vintage photographs and provides an insider's look at Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras Costumes at Arnaud's - New Orleans, LA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Costume in the Germaine Cazenave Wells
Mardi Gras Museum at Arnaud's

Arnaud's is open for dinner nightly from Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm. They have extended hours until 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday there is a four-course "prix fixe" Brunch with Dixieland Jazz from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm. Jackets are suggested for gentlemen.

Read about Arnaud's in the Restaurants section. Read the Chefs' Recipes section where Chef Tommy Digiovanni shares a few of his recipes.

Arnaud's - New Orleans, LAArnaud's
813 Bienville Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
United States
Telephone:         +1-504-523-5433
Toll-Free:           +1-866-230-5730
Fax:                    +1-504-355-5730
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www.ArnaudsRestaurant.com

Café Adelaide is a relative newcomer having opened in the Loews New Orleans Hotel in 2004 in the Central Business District, and is a short stroll from the French Quarter. Executive Chef Chris Lusk joined the restaurant in 2008, and has won many awards including named as the "King of Louisiana Seafood" in 2010, and he takes a creative approach to Creole cuisine.

Chef Chris Lusk of Cafe Adelaide - New Orleans, LA
Executive Chef Chris Lusk

We began our evening with a one of their signature cocktails, The Adelaide Swizzle, a delectable cocktail made with Olde New Orleans Amber Rum, Peychaud's Bitters, lime soda, and a secret ingredient from their Swizzle Stick Bar menu.

A few highlights of our dinner at Café Adelaide included appetizers of Blue Crab Pound Cake with Port Salut "Icing,"  Horseradish-Biscuit Crusted Oysters with roasted tomato and lemon coulis, and Foie Gras Poutine with potato crusted onion rings, salted ricotta, and foie gras black pepper gravy.

Blue Crab Pound Cake - Cafe Adelaide - New Orleans, LA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Blue Crab Pound Cake

Other highlights included Gulf Fish Under a Brick; Caramel Onion Redfish with pearl barley-arugula risotto, grape tomato raisins, and crawfish red gravy; and decadent desserts including White Chocolate Biscuit Pudding, and Creole Cream Cheesecake.

Caramel Onion Redfish - Cafe Adelaide - New Orleans, LA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Caramel Onion Redfish

Café Adelaide is open daily and serves breakfast Monday through Friday from 7:00 am until 10:00 am,  Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 am until 12:30 pm, lunch Monday through Thursday from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm, and on Friday from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm. The restaurant is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and on Friday-Saturday from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm.

Café Adelaide also has an interesting Happier Hour in the restaurant from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm where you can order two small plates and a cocktail for the price of $20. "Off-hours" dining is available at the Swizzle Stick Bar until 11:00 pm. Café Adelaide is part of the Commander's Palace family of restaurants.

Read about Café Adelaide in the Restaurants section. Read the Chefs' Recipes section where Executive Chef Chris Lusk shares his recipes for Crab Pound Cake with Port Salut "Icing," Crawfish Maque Choux, and White Chocolate Biscuit Pudding. Read about Loews New Orleans Hotel in the Hotels and Resorts section.

Cafe Adelaide - New Orleans, LACafé Adelaide
Loews New Orleans Hotel
300 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
United States
Telephone:                      +1-504-595-3300                                                                       

Fax:                                 +1-504-595-3310
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The award-winning Commander's Palace also located in the Garden District steps away from the historic St. Charles Streetcar line, has been a grande dame of New Orleans fine dining since 1880. Enter the landmark turquoise and white Victorian building and you feel like you are entering another time. Executive Chef Tory McPhail is the creative talent in the kitchen and enjoys keeping things fresh.

Conmander's Palace, New Orleans, LA, USA
Commander's Palace

We began our evening with a glass of their signature 2004 Commander's Palace Cuvee Brut by Iron Horse, Russian River Valley, California. The restaurant has 2500 wines on their extensive wine menu, offer many wines by the glass that are perfect for pairing wines with each course, and received a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence 2010.

Chef Tory McPhail of Conmander's Palace, New Orleans, LA, USA
Executive Chef Tory McPhail

A few of the many highlights of the dinner included appetizers of Bacon Crusted Oysters with corn sauce; Soft Shell Crabs caught that afternoon that melted-in-your-mouth; Shrimp and Okra Gumbo, and the Turtle Soup. 

Soft Shell Crab - Conmander's Palace, New Orleans, LA, USA Photo by Luxury Experience
Soft Shell Crab

Other highlights included main courses of Veal Chop Tchoupitoulas, Creole spiced chop of milk-fed veal over goat cheese stone ground grits with asparagus, and classic green peppercorn demi glaze; and Creole Tomato Butter Poached Gulf Hake with ragout of chanterelle mushrooms, lemon oil roasted artichokes, Covey Rise Farm baby eggplant, and whole sweet garlic with tarragon and sweet basil pesto.

Veal Chop - Conmander's Palace, New Orleans, LA, USA Photo by Luxury Experience
Veal Chop Tchoupitoulas

Commander's Palace serves dinner Monday through Sunday from 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm, lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm, and a Jazz Brunch featuring a special menu and Live New Orleans Jazz by the Joe Simon's Jazz Trio on Saturday from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm, and on Sunday from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm. Business Casual attire is acceptable, jackets preferred at dinner. No shorts or t-shirts accepted at any time.

Read about Commander's Palace in the Restaurants section. Read the Chefs' Recipes section where Chef Tory Phail shares a few of his recipes.

Commander's Palace
1403 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
United States  
Telephone:           +1-504-899-8221
Website:               
www.CommandersPalace.com

Coquette Bistro Wine Bar located in the Garden District is a gem of a restaurant housed in a building from the late 1880s with a historic bar, exposed brick walls, and interesting paintings. Although the restaurant is a newcomer, having opened in 2008, it has accrued many accolades and awards for Chef/Owner Michael Stoltzfus, who is the creative talent in the kitchen where he focuses on American food using local and seasonal ingredients and changes the menu daily. Professional service, a diverse wine list, and a creative cocktail menu complete the experience.

Chef Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette Bistro Wine Bar, New Orleans, LA, USA Photo by Luxury Experience
Chef/Owner Michael Stoltzfus

We had an excellent Spirited Dinner® at the restaurant, which was a six-course cocktail pairing dinner, held as part of the annual Tales of the Cocktail festivities, and Edward and I were the Guest Bar Chefs for the evening.

Guest Bar Chefs Edward Nesta and Debra Argen at TOC SPirited Dinner at Coquette Bistro Wine Bar, New Orleans, LA, USA Photo by Luxury Experience
Guest Bar Chefs Edward and Debra

Two of the highlights of the dinner included Lamb Loin with honey lavender vinaigrette, pickled ramps, local greens paired with the cocktail, Getting to Know You, made with Leblon Cachaça, rosemary vinegar, Fee Brothers Lavender Water, and honey water; and Oyster Stew with squash blossom, fennel, artichokes, and fresh chorizo paired with the cocktail, Flattery Will Get You Everywhere, made with Mount Gay Rum infused with fennel, Galliano, clam juice, and light cream.

Lamb Loin - Coquette Bistro Wine Bar, New Orleans, LA, USA Photo by Luxury Experience
Lamb Loin

Other highlights included Palate Cleansers, Beauty made with Karlsson's Gold Vodka, Hibiscus Flower, Simple Syrup, Black Pepper, and Fee Brothers Hibiscus Water; and Elegance made with Esprit de June Liqueur, Jasmine Tea, Simple Syrup, and Fee Brothers Jasmine Water; and Wagyu Beef Short Rib with heirloom tomatoes and chimichurri, paired with the cocktail, Joyful, made with Milagro Tequila Reposado, grilled tomatoes, cilantro, parsley, garlic, and lime juice.

Palate Cleansers - Coquette Bistro Wine Bar, New Orleans, LA, USA Photo by Luxury Experience
Palate Cleansers

Coquette Bistro Wine Bar serves dinner daily from 5:30 pm until 10:00 pm, and lunch Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 am until 3:00 pm.

Coquette Bistro Wine Bar, New Orleans, LA, USA Photo by Luxury Experience
Coquette Bistro Wine Bar

Read about Coquette Bistro Wine Bar in the Restaurants section. Read the Chefs' Recipes section where Chef Michael Stoltzfus shares his recipe for Lamb Loin with honey lavender vinaigrette, pickled ramps, and local greens. Read the Liquor Cabinet section for the cocktail recipes from the Spirited Dinner.

Coquette Bistro Wine Bar, New Orleans, LA, USA
Coquette Bistro Wine Bar
2800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
United States
Telephone:         +1-504-265-0421
Website:             
www.Coquette-NOLA.com

Cocktails

One of the best ways to learn about the fine art and history of cocktails is at Tales of the Cocktail, founded by Ann R. Tuennerman in 2002, which has become an annual New Orleans tradition held in July and attracts bartenders, industry professionals, and consumers from around the world who come for the multi-day event.

Debra Argen and Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra and Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail 

We have been attending Tales of the Cocktail since the second year and every year its keeps getting bigger, and better. This year's conference was from July 20 - 24, 2011, and we attended diverse educational seminars given by industry professionals, Spirited Dinners® and lunches, parties, experienced new to market products, and products yet to hit the US market. We also had the chance to connect with old-friends and interact with new ones including top international bartenders and like-minded folk, which is what has made it one of the fastest growing and hottest spirits industry events to attend.

For information on the next Tales of the Cocktail (July 25 - 29, 2012) please visit their website www.TalesoftheCocktail.com.

Read more about the Tales of the Cocktail in the Liquor Cabinet section.

Tales of the CocktailTales of the Cocktail
538 Louisa Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
United States  
Telephone:        +1-504-948-0511
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When it comes to cocktails, the Sazerac is "King" and is the official cocktail of New Orleans. Antoine Amedie Peychaud created the Sazerac at his pharmacy on Royal Street in 1830, and is a delicious combination of Sazerac Rye Whiskey, Peychaud's Bitters, has an Absinthe or Herbsaint rinse, and is finished with a twist of lemon. Of course, we made time to experience this native drink over the course of our visit.

Other famous New Orleans drinks include the Cafe Brulôt made with brandy, sugar, spices, lemon, and coffee, and the Hurricane, created by Pat O'Brien in the 1940s, made with rum, passion fruit syrup, and lime juice.

Culture

New Orleans has a diverse selection of museums and attractions to visit including art, historic homes, and cultural museums. These are just a sampling of the rich offerings of experiences available.

Mardi Gras has been an integral part of New Orleans history since 1699, which pre-dates the founding of the city in 1718. We visited Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World to learn more about the tradition, the history, to see the elaborate floats used in past parades, and even to dress-up in Mardi Gras regalia and pose for photos. What fun!

Debra Argen and Edward Nesta at Mardi Gras Musuem, New Orleans, LA, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra and Edward are Ready for Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras season begins each year on January 6 known as Twelfth Night with a masked ball, and the parade season starts three weekends before Mardi Gras Day (Fat Tuesday), the day before Ash Wednesday, beginning with weekend only parades, followed by daily parades as the time gets closer to Fat Tuesday.

During our visit, we learned about the significance of the traditional colors used for Mardi Gras: purple represents justice, gold represents power, and green represents faith. We sampled the famous "king cake," and best of all, we had the opportunity to see the artists at work creating the "props" for the floats for Mardi Gras 2012, as well as take a look at props and the floats designed to hold 200 "krewe" (the name for a social club) members that were used in past parades. An interesting note is that each parade features only one krewe and each parade must have a minimum of 14 floats in order to receive a parade permit. 

Mardi Gras Museum, New Orleans, LA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Mardi Gras Float being readied for Mardi Gras 2012

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World is open daily for tours from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm. Call them to ask about their free shuttle service. Admission is charged. Adults: $19.95, Seniors (65+): $15.95, Children (2-12): $12.95.  

Mardi Gras Museum, New Orleans, LA
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Place
(On the Riverfront, next to the Convention Center)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
United States
Telephone:          +1-504-361-7821
Website:             
www.MardiGrasWorld.com

We visited The National World War II Museum, located in the Warehouse District, which opened on June 6, 2000, and "is the only museum in the United States that addresses all of the amphibious invasions or "D-Days" of World War II, honoring the more than 16 million Americans who took part in this global conflict."

National World War II Museuem - Photo by Luxury Experiene
The National World War II Musuem Display

Although we had been to New Orleans many times, it took a Tales of the Cocktail party to bring us to this fascinating museum. For anyone who served, had parents, grandparents, relatives, or friends that served in World War II, this is a very moving museum and provides an in-depth look at the time with extensive exhibits and films. You can also enjoy entertainment at the Stage Door Canteen, and grab a bite to eat at their American Sector restaurant created by the talented Chef John Besh.

Wm Grant Tales of the CocktIl party at National World War II Museuem , New Orleans, LA, USA - Photo By Luxury Experience
Tales of the Cocktail Party at
The National World War II Musuem

The National World War II Museum exhibits and the Museum Store are open seven days a week from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Admission is charged. There are varying prices for Museum only, Theatre only, and Museum and Theatre. Prices listed are for Museum only. Check their website for all prices. Adults: $19.00, Seniors: $15.00, Children: 5-12: $9.00, Children under 5: Free, Student w/ID: $9.00, Military w/ ID: $9.00, Military in Uniform: Free, WW2 Veterans: Free.

National World War II Museuem , New Orleans, LA, USA The National World War II Museum
945 Magazine Street (Entrance on Andrew Higgins Drive)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
United States
Telephone:         +1-504-528-1944
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Another interesting museum that we visited was the Old U.S. Mint, which was built in 1835, and operated in New Orleans from 1838-1909 as a mint for both the U.S. and the Confederacy. In addition to the permanent U.S. Mint collection and exhibits, the museum has informative rotating exhibits.

Old US Mint, New Orleans, LA, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Old U.S. Mint

The Old U.S. Mint is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is charged. Adults: $6.00, Students, Senior Citizens and Active Military: $5.00, Children 12 and under: Free.

Louisina Parks, New Orleans, LA, USA
Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
United States
Telephone:                    +1-504-568-6968
Toll-Free Telephone:    +1-800-568-6968
Website:                       
http://LSM.crt.State.LA.us 

And All That Jazz ...  

Jazz is the heartbeat of New Orleans, and Blues is its pulse; as our readers know from reading the Music Scene, we are huge music fans. There is something decidedly special about New Orleans music, your feet start tapping, your hands start clapping, and your body starts swaying on its own accord to the rhythm.

The House of Blues, which opened in 1994, is one of our regular New Orleans club haunts that we always enjoy visiting. The House of Blues is a great venue to hear famous and established bands as well as up-and-coming talent across genres.

Check the House of Blues website for performance schedules, times, and ticket information.

House of Blues, New Orleans, LA, USA
House of Blues
225 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
United States
Telephone:         +1-504-310-4964
Website:            
www.hob.com  

During another Tales of the Cocktail party, we "discovered" Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, Grammy-Award Winning Jazz Musician and Cultural Ambassador of the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield's club, located just off the lobby of the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street, which is an intimate space, has well-made cocktails, and great live Jazz.

Irvin Mayfields Jazz Club, New Orleans, LA, USA - Photo by Luxury Experinece
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse Band

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse shows start at 8:00 pm. There is no cover charge. Check their website for performance schedules.

Irvin Mayfields Jazz Club, New Orleans, LA, USAIrvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
300 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
United States 
Telephone:         +1-504-586-0300
Website:            
www.Sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans

Preservation Hall opened in 1961 to preserve the culture and history of traditional New Orleans Jazz and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band captures that famous sound. This tiny venue is the real deal, there are no frills, and it is all about the music. Expect to sit on wooden benches or stand, but it is well worth the while to hear the music played by an ensemble of veteran as well as younger musicians.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band member - New Orleans, LA, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Preservation Hall Jazz Band Member

Preservation Hall has live New Orleans Jazz nightly from 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Admission is $12 per person, and all ages are welcome.  Check their website for performance schedules.

Preservation Hall
726 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
United States
Telephone:         +1-504-522-2841
Website:           
www.PreservationHall.com   

We also "discovered" The Bombay Club, Restaurant and Martini Bistro thanks to a Tales of the Cocktail luncheon. Although it is located one and a half blocks off Bourbon Street, The Bombay Club is a quiet enclave with a clubby ambience that feels far removed from the circus atmosphere of Bourbon Street.

The intimate club and restaurant features live jazz, well-crafted cocktails presented in gorgeous vintage glassware by their talented bartender, Cheryl Charming aka "Miss Charming" and an interesting cocktail menu that Cheryl created that highlights the history of Martinis and cocktails from the 1860s to present day. Reading and drinking were never as interesting!

Cheryl Charming - Miss Charming, The Bombay Club, New Orleans, LA, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience
"Miss Charming"

The Bombay Club, Restaurant and Martini Bistro is open during the fall, winter, and summer from Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 pm until 12 midnight. Jackets for gentlemen are preferred, dress casual accepted.

Check The Bombay Club, Restaurant and Martini Bistro website for performance schedules and their menu.

The Bombay Club, New Orleans, LA, USAThe Bombay Club, Restaurant and Martini Bistro
830 Conti Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
United States
Telephone:         +1-504-586-0972
Toll-free:            +1-800-699-7711
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Sometimes though, the best way to experience New Orleans is by simply strolling along its historic streets soaking up the atmosphere, listening to the jazz musicians playing on the sidewalks, taking a tour from one of the professional tour guides, or taking a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride. Whichever method you decide to pursue, New Orleans is sure to enchant with its three Cs - Cuisine, Cocktails, and Culture.

Debra Argen, Edward Nesta at Beefeaters Masquade Ball, Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, LA, USA - Photo by Luxury Experinece
New Orleans
Cuisine, Cocktails, Culture, and FUN!!

Important Information for New Orleans

New Orleans' vocabulary, especially when it comes to gastronomy, may be a bit of a challenge to visitors. To assist you with understanding the gastronomy, I have included some vocabulary to help you sound like a native ... at the very least you will be able to read the menus.

Basic Vocabulary

 

 

 

Food
Description
   
Andouille
Cajun spicy smoked sausage made with pork and seasonings
Bananas Foster
Dessert made with bananas, brown sugar, butter, flambéed with dark rum and banana liqueur and served over ice cream
Beignet
French-style square doughnut served with powdered sugar
Boudin
Spicy sausage used in Creole and Cajun cuisine
Chicory Coffee
Made from chicory roots
Creole
French and Spanish cuisine where sauces are important
Cajun
Country cooking usually spicy from peppers
Crawfish
Small freshwater crustacean that looks like a miniature lobster
Dirty Rice
Rice cooked with chicken gizzards
Eggs Sardou
Poached eggs, artichoke bottoms, creamed spinach, and Hollandaise sauce
Étouffée
Like gumbo but with red-brown roux
Gumbo
A thick, rich stew or soup with meat or shellfish
Gumbo Ya Ya
Gumbo with the addition of hard boiled or poached eggs
Hush Puppy
Cornmeal, eggs, salt, baking soda, milk batter fried in hot oil
Jambalaya
Like paella, made in one pot with meat, vegetables, tomatoes, stock, and rice
Maque Choux
Cooked corn with green bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and celery
Muffaletta
A generously loaded sandwich made with olive salad, cold cuts, and cheese
Pain Perdu
French toast
Po-Boy
French baguette filled with fried oysters, fried shrimp, or fried soft-shell crab
Pralines
Confection made with sugar, butter, cream, and pecans
Shrimp Remoulade
Shrimp in a spicy sauce made with ketchup, Creole mustard, horseradish, Worcestershire Sauce, lemon juice, finely chopped celery, scallions, and parsley
Tasso
A specialty of Cajun cuisine, and is a spicy, peppery version of smoked pork made from the shoulder butt
   
Famous New Orleans Cocktails
Description
   
Cafe Brulôt
Brandy, sugar, spices, lemon, and coffee
Hurricane
Rum, passion fruit syrup, and lime juice
Sazerac
New Orleans Official Cocktail: Rye Whiskey, Peychaud's Bitters, Absinthe (or Herbsaint), and a lemon peel
   
Miscellaneous
Description
   
Laignappe
A little something extra
Laissez les bons temps roulez!
Let the good times roll

Read other articles on New Orleans and Tales of the Cocktail in the Hotels and Resorts, Restaurants, Chefs' Recipes, and Liquor Cabinet sections.

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