New Orleans Travel Guide
There are so many good places to eat in New Orleans. So, so, so many. That we are only telling you just four places to eat is almost laughable. Except that if you've got just two days in New Orleans--whether it be for a short work trip, a bachelor or bachelorette party or just a weekend getaway--you can't possibly eat everywhere. Please, don't even. We'd like to leave New Orleans with our stomach intact, if not our dignity.
So pack your best stretchy pants, here are 4 MUST-EAT Places:
1. Cochon Butcher: Located in the Warehouse District, this is the casual sandwich shop adjacent to Chef Donald Link's Cochon restaurant, a tour de pork in Cajun cooking. At Butcher, the pork-heavy sandwiches, like the Pastrami with Sauerkraut on Rye ($11) are the perfect hang-over cures. You can eat in or order take-out, which is what we did, taking our sandwich with us to the airport, making all the other travelers jealous. Don't forget to grab a bag of house-made chips too. ($2.)
930 Tchoupitoulas Street
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Most cities across the U.S. have some type of haunted attraction that pops up this time of year, but some stand out above the rest. Sadly, one of the best over-the-top, scare your pants off haunted houses is closing for good next month.
Co-founder Ross Karpelman has confirmed this will be the last season for The House of Shock in New Orleans. "We were trendsetters without trying to be," Karpelman said. "We made our mark. Now I'm seeing others doing the same thing. We invented the idea of the interactive haunted house. It's time to call it quits."
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The Voodoo Music and Arts Experience doesn't kick off until October 31st in New Orleans but you get pre-sale tickets right now.
The three-day festival will feature preferences by The Foo Fighters, Skrillex, 30 Seconds to Mars, Zedd, Slayer, Rise Against, Death From Above 1979, Fedde Le Grand, Flux Pavilion, Gogol Bordello, Action Bronson, Claude VonStroke, Twenty One Pilots, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the Melvins, Bleachers, Griz, Fishbone, Big Freedia, Givers, Sturgill Simpson, Manchester Orchestra, Congorock and more.
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Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
Cast aside your thoughts of debauchery, drunkenness, and demons to reconsider New Orleans as a city of vibrancy, soul, and history. Not to mention that a visit here is an ideal way to spend that check from Uncle Sam.
'NOLA' is widely known as the home of Mardi Gras, hurricanes (the drinks), hurricanes (the tropical storms), and foggy memories of the night before, but trust us that there's more to this southern city.
The third annual Buku Fest is bringing more art, electronic, and experimental music to The Big Easy this year with an extended lineup, a new fourth stage, and a VIP hangout on a 3-level riverboat.
The 2014 BUKU Music + Art Project, taking place at New Orleans' Mardi Gras World on March 21st & 22nd, will feature performances by The Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Pusha T, Phantogram, ScHoolboy Q, Thundercat, Big Freedia, Ellie Goulding, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Zeds Dead, among others.
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Today the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced its 2014 music lineup, including Eric Clapton, Robin Thicke, Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Arcade Fire, which prompted music fans around the world to start making plans.
Once again hundreds of musicians and fans will descend on NOLA's Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the festivities on April 25-27 and May 1-4.
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If you're going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans next month, why not balance out all of that debauchery with some more meaningful volunteer work?
Hands Up Holidays is offering an 8-day volunteer trip to New Orleans that includes refurbishing homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, sorting out clothing donations at a homeless shelter, or teaching computer skills to the unemployed.
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By now, your Halloween costume should be packed away for another year. If you don't want to let go of the spooky holiday just yet, however, the hot television show American Horror Story - Coven is just gearing up for another adventure of the supernatural kind. This time all of the witchcraft action is set in one of America's eeriest cities, New Orleans.
While some of the buildings are re-purposed as sets of the show, a few actually have stories behind them. For example, Madame Lalaurie's House of Horrors is actually known as the Lalaurie Mansion, named after its original owner with a similarly sordid history. Thus, the tour company Roadtrippers has put together a self-guided tour for American Horror Story fans heading for Nola. The AHS tour is fully mapped out with details of each stop already pinned. If you're not that creative to workout your own roadtrip, you can browse the list of recommendations.
On a recent Delta flight Ryan Reynolds learned that even celebrities aren't immune to the bad behavior of their fellow passengers.
According to the Daily Mail, on October 13 Reynolds was flying with his wife, Blake Lively, from New York City to New Orleans, where he is filming the movie Selfless. It was on that flight he was hit with a not-so-pleasant surprise.
Plenty of travelers head and to and through Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport each and every year, and that’s especially the case when events like the Super Bowl and Final Four take place in town. Airport officials realize that the place could use even more upgrades and improvements, so they’re thinking about throwing down $650 million to spruce things up.
The plans aren’t just for new restaurants and shops—the airport just got those—as this new plan calls from an entirely new terminal built on the north side of the existing airport.
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Craig Ferguson is bringing The Late Late Show to New Orleans this week where he'll film two special episodes leading up to the Super Bowl, and you can be part of the audience.
Both episodes will be taped on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in Jackson Square. The first show will be filmed at 6:30 PM, the second will begin at 8:00 PM. To attend, you must be over 18, where nice casual clothes, and be prepared to be outside for the duration of the taping.
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When it comes to cool airport names, we’ve got to say that Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has to be one of the best. Starting this week the airport is going to be the gateway to this year’s Super Bowl, as visitors—and media—from around the globe head to the city to check out the pregame festivities, which probably have already begun. Thankfully the airport is more than prepared for the influx of visitors, as they just cut the ribbon on a bunch of new restaurants and shops over at MSY.
In total there’s around eight new restaurants and other spots to grab a bite to eat in the recently renovated airport, and that’s good news for hungry travelers heading to town. New Orleans has invested around a billion bucks on upgrades and improvements in advance of this year’s big game coming to town, and the airport advancements are just one piece of the spending.