New Orleans, LA - Jim Flynn's BestWeekends

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA Overview

New Orleans is small as major cities go, ranking 51st in terms of population with about 360,000 people. But, it casts a big shadow in the food and music worlds and is one of the country’s most popular travel destinations. Steeped in history with an ethnically diverse population, it is one of the country’s most interesting cities.

The city sits on an 8 mile strip of land between the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain. The infamous French Quarter makes up the heart of the city and the Central Business District and Warehouse District lie just across Canal Street. A short streetcar ride takes you to the beautiful Garden District, home to the magnificent  Greek columned mansions.

After the devastating Hurricane Katrina, called “the worst engineering disaster in the world since Chernobyl,” when the Federal levee system failed, the city has rebounded with population increases, its world famous Mardi Gras and has hosted the 2008 NBA All-Star game, the 2008 BCS National Championship Game, the 2010 NCAA Final Four Championship and the 2013 Super Bowl.

Perhaps no other city is “known” for so many different types of food and drink. Cajun and Creole foods both begin with the “holy trinity” of green peppers, onions and celery, but Cajun food originated in the bayou, is more rustic and “down home”. Creole cooking has more French and European influences and is considered more elegant and refined.

Called a submarine or hoagie in other parts of the country, the muffuletta, is a combination of ham, salami, Swiss, provolone and olive spread. A po-boy is served on a French baguette and filled with fried seafood like oysters, shrimp, crawfish or soft shell crab. On the sweeter side, beignets, deep fried dough balls sprinkled with powdered sugar are a breakfast staple and the dessert Bananas Foster was invented here.

The Sazerac, a combination of cognac and bitters, is said to be America’s first cocktail and dates back to pre-Civil War days in the city. The Ramos Gin Fizz combines gin, lemon and lime juice, egg white, sugar, cream, orange flower water and a splash of soda water was also invented in New Orleans.

New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz and today hosts one of the largest jazz festivals in the world each year in late April/early May. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, also known as JazzFest, is a 10 day celebration of music, food and crafts with featuring some of the top musical stars of the day.


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Where To Stay

Le Pavillon

OVERVIEW Located in the center of the business district and minutes from the Superdome and the French Quarter, Le Pavillon sits on land once a plantation. Built in 1907, this grand hotel has an amazing collection of art, antique furniture and architectural features. You’ll marvel at a 17th century hand carved wood fireplace, full and...…

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Maison de Ville

OVERVIEW Maison du Ville is a charming B&B only a block from wild Bourbon Street, yet you would never know it. It is a tranquil oasis where rooms encircle a wonderful brick patio centered with a fountain and the crowds seem far away. Built in 1783, apothecary Antoine Amede Peychaud was one of the earliest...…

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The Ritz Carlton

OVERVIEW It is hard to match the elegance of the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. Located on the edge of the French Quarter it is close to most everything and a wonderful base for exploring the city. The gorgeous lobby opens onto a stunning courtyard filled with trees, bushes and colorful flowers. It is a...…

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Where To Eat

August

Chef/owner John Besh is a nationally acclaimed chef and a certified rock star in New Orleans. He was named "Top 10 Best New Chefs in America" by Food & Wine Magazine, won the prestigious James Beard "Best Chef-Southeast" award and is a frequent guest on The Today Show. He owns no less than nine restaurants,…

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Commander’s Palace

For many, myself included, Commanders Palace is the quintessential New Orleans restaurant. I mean how can you not love a place that offers $.25 martinis at lunch. Owned since 1974 by the legendary Brennan family, Commander's Palace launched the careers of renowned chefs Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse and current chef Tory McPail was recently…

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Dominica

Domenica, which means "Sunday" in Italian is another John Besh restaurant and is the perfect place for a casual meal and an alternative to the local Cajun and Creole food. High ceilings and communal tables evoke a traditional Sunday supper in a rustic Italian village. Located in the renovated and historic Roosevelt Hotel, the friendly…

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May 2020: Little Nell

This months featured property is… charming and sweet. THE ROOMS In 2017, Champalimaud Design refreshed all 86 rooms and suites and all guest floor corridors. The approach was to reinvigorate the spaces to be fresh, light and welcoming, utilizing palettes of blue, tan and grey to complement the relaxed nature of Aspen. Key features include… read more.

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