I will be publishing a few tips about the 'Big Easy' as we get ever closer to Scaling New Heights New Orleans in June.
For You Foodies:
Harrah's New Orleans - Besh Steak, (I got it right, not Best, but Besh) one of eight restaurants owned/operated by Big Easy local culinary legend John Besh, this location is the epitome of a modern 'prime' steakhouse. Check it out here. Not to mention there is a lot to do at Harrah's besides dine as Besh Steak (but i won't go into all that).
Be sure to 'shop-out' Magazine Street - these storefronts have long been known as the Big Easy's hottest shopping district, but this is one neighborhood that hasn't gone out of style. New boutiques continually root down, peddling stylish wares that range from mid-century modern furniture and British antiques to etched glassware. For you 'guys' check out "Friend" a store featuring hip, casual menswear. And for all you 'gals' "Magpie" is where you can score vintage dresses and estate jewelry.
No trip to NOLA is complete without a visit to the Historic Voodoo Museum where you will learn all about Marie Laveau, the "Voodoo Queen of New Orleans", and discover the ancient rituals used still to this day by those that practice Voodoo spell casting.
Maple Leaf Bar is a small club that has been hosting local music legends like the Rebirth Brass Band since 1974. This is among Big Easy style entertainment at it's best.
Rodrique Studio is home to the late Louisiana native George Rodrique's famed Blue Dog paintings which earned international fame. You will find the very first incarnation of that quizzical canine from 1984 titled "Watchdog" at this little studio.
So I have given you five great things to do, check out, consume or at least spend money on while you are in NOLA, just remember that no matter what you do it's all in the attitude, "afterall Darlins, this is 'the Big Easy."
Be looking for another 'five things to do' in a few weeks when the Mind of Murph gets back to Scaling New Heights New Orleans.
(And just where is my 'King Cake' sample?)