From Bourbon to beignets to hand grenades, New Orleans is one of my favorite cities because of its unique culture, food, southern hospitality and ability to throw a decent party. I have visited New Orleans once a year over the past few years because it is a great way to break up the seasonal depression months. During my most recent journey down south, I attended New Orleans’ hip hop and EDM Music Festival, BUKU Music + Arts Project. The unique venue is located on the Mississippi River and includes a stage called the “Float Den” which houses many of the floats used in the world famous Mardi Gras Parade.

Outside of the music scene, I am a huge fan of all of the authentic, southern cajun and seafood the city has to offer. Give me a fried alligator po-boy with a side of oysters and a daiquiri and seasonal depression is the furthest thought from my mind. If you find yourself in the most unique city in the United States, here is a starting point of where to begin to enhance your cultural experience:

Cafe du Monde: is a historic landmark/coffee and beignet cafe located in the French Quarter. You can get a coffee and three of their word famous beignets for about six bucks, twenty four hours a day. Do not bring or wear anything that you can’t handle being covered in powdered sugar.

Beignets from Cafe du Monde

Royal House Oyster Bar: is a two-story seafood and oyster house located in the French Quarter just a few blocks off of Bourbon Street that serves up every authentic New Orleans staple; shrimp creole, jambalaya, fried seafood and of course, oysters. Try to get a seat on the balcony for some good people watching.


Tropical Isle: is the ONLY place to get a real Hand Grenade®



Cheers! 🙂

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