New Orleans Blogs

Our High-Tech Pesach went Straight to Video

Doron Kipper, filmmaker, had to be in New Orleans during Passover. We met him through a mutual friend and he asked us how the wi-fi was at our place. “Mine’s a little spotty,” said Doron, “and I need a solid connection to Skype home for Passover,” a Jewish holiday that’s...

Moo Math: (Hamburger + Peanut Butter + Bacon) / 3

I waited until we had a serious eater visit us in New Orleans before visiting Yo Mama’s Bar & Grill for their famous Peanut Butter Bacon Burger. Yo Mama’s is tucked away on an unsuspecting French Quarter side street. We walked in from the bright, hot street into a dark,...

Home Cooking in New Orleans

Let’s face facts: If you ate at restaurants every day in New Orleans, you’d be fat, greasy and dead. To combat the indescribably large number of calories consumed every time we left our apartment, we resorted to lots of home cooking. Instead of ringing the dinner triangle, Rachel knew it...

Fun Ideas for a 30th Birthday

I had to turn the big “3-0″ on the road — isolated from friends and family. To make things special, Rachel challenged me to a buffet of 30 objectives to complete. From “Get Wet” to “Visit the Playground,” and “Have a ‘Kony 2012′  public meltdown,” we ran all over God’s...

Lil’ Bastard’s Pasta Puttanesca Recipe for Hypochondriacs

Pasta Puttanesca is Italian for “Whore’s Style” or even “Whore’s Birth” depending on which websites you trust. I make no judgements. Apparently, the dish got its name from prostitutes who left it on their window sills to attract customers. “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” The...

Eerie Antique Lamps in New Orleans

If you boiled New Orleans  to its essence — you’d have a gumbo of musical oak trees, drunken pot holes and fried smoked meats. This delicious dish would be romantically illuminated by the gas lamps that line the historic town-homes of the French Quarter and the stately plantation-inspired mansions of...

The Mardi Gras Indians

From the moment I heard about the “Mardi Gras Indians,” I knew I had to see’em. And I’m glad I did, because photos can’t capture it. Mardi Gras Indians are dressed in meticulously handmade costumes, covered from head to toe in feathers and beads. The Mardi Gras Indians only march...

Best King Cake in New Orleans

If you’re not eating king cake in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, you’re missing out. Like a lot of things in New Orleans the king cake has an eclectic history. “Who’s your favorite baker?” is a great conversation starter because it’s something any local (and many non-locals) can answer, and...

Mardi Gras Costume Roundup

So, going to Mardi Gras without a costume is like forgetting to bring your bucking bronco to the rodeo. Rachel and I dressed up and perused the Quarter looking for other like-minded lunatics. We would have had less luck finding  a needle in a stack of needles. Rachel’s “King Cake”...

Mardi Gras Do’s and Deauxnt’s

Mix the best of St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Halloween into one holiday, and you’ll get a New Orleans Mardi Gras. It has a bad reputation for being a low-brow, over-sexed Bacchanalian “boobs, beads and beer” free for all, but really that’s just one fifth of it. If you”re new...