# New orleans
NOLA ChristmasFest returns to New Orleans
NOLA ChristmasFest is back! Celebrating its 9th year in New Orleans, this fun-filled holiday themed indoor attraction features almost 300,000 square feet of holiday themed rides, giant ice slides, as well as a real ice-skating rink. NOLA ChristmasFest will take place for 10 days starting on Wednesday, December 21st through Friday, December 30th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Pecan Candy (Pralines) Recipe Included
In New Orleans, we call it” Pecan Candy,” you may know of it as “Pralines,” but whatever you call it, it’s my favorite sweet treat. Pecan Candy is deliciously addictive. After your first bite into a creamy, sweet, and nutty piece of pecan candy, you will be hooked. But, like Lay’s potato chips, you can’t eat just one piece of Pecan Candy.
1st Annual Children's Hospital Holiday Parade in New Orleans this weekend.
The 1st annual Children's Hospital of New Orleans Holiday Parade will roll this weekend in Downtown New Orleans on tomorrow December 3rd, at the French Market at 11 am. There will be more than 20 custom designed, holiday themed floats with animatronic props as well as toy soldiers and a signature 30-foot Santa.
Where to move based on your personality type
Finding or choosing the right life path with group of diverse peoplePhoto by(Shutterstock/mentalmind) One of the greatest upsides of living in the US is its diverse cities and regions. It’s culturally varied enough that there’s a perfect landing spot for nearly anyone. Beyond baseline considerations like cost of living and amenities, matching your personality to a community's vibes and values can be a huge factor in determining whether you just tolerate or love your new home.
New Orleans ChristmasFest 2022, Holiday Fun For Everyone
It's that time of year NOLA! Let's celebrate Christmas in New Orleans at the Morial Convention Center, starting December 21st through 30th. Made with real ice, this wintery wonderland extends, 52 feet by 140 feet.
This is the Most Iconic Beignet Shop in New Orleans
This is the Most Iconic Beignet Shop in New Orleans. Check out Café Du Monde's beignets in this story. Follow us for more great adventures!
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas to close for 6 months for renovations
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans is getting a facelift. On Monday, the aquarium will close for about six months as part of an ongoing $41 million dollar renovation. Audubon's plan is for the aquarium to reopen next summer as a new attraction that will combine the aquarium with the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, which has been closed since last year.
New Orleans Foodie
There was no escaping being a foodie growing up in New Orleans and having several family members involved in the culinary field, from working as a chef or being passionate about cooking. My grandfather and Daddy were passionate cooks and deserving of the title chef. Both had careers and worked long hours, but they cooked delicious meals and tasty baked desserts when they were home. On the weekends, my grandfather, Papa, would get up earlier to go fishing, come back, and cook a delicious breakfast spread all before 9 am. We would be awakened by the aroma of fresh coffee and chicory brewing, buttery buttermilk biscuits, thick slices of ham sizzling in the cast iron skillet, red eye gravy, pan-fried salmon croquettes, and thick buttery grits. Most of the women in my family were chefs at various restaurants in the French Quarter. My Mama worked evenings at the French Market restaurant and would bring home leftovers such as gumbo, turtle soup, pasta dishes with various sauces, seafood, and all sorts of desserts. I enjoyed waking up to those doggie bags and eating whatever it was; my little one would turn her nose at items such as Oysters, Rockefeller, and Banana Foster.
Black-Owned Restaurants in New Orleans
There’s not one city in America, I would say the world, but there’s no place other than New Orleans that dishes up some of the best food. My city is a big ole flavorful pot of gumbo infused by different cultures such as African American, Native American, Caribbean, French, Spaniard, and Italian. But in my eyes, Everything began with a group of American Indians who welcomed the French shortly after 1700; American Indians contributed corn and local shellfish, while Spaniards brought larger fish and the first European food preservation and preparation methods. Then, in 1767, Spaniards added their cuisine, influenced by the Moors’ incursions to Spain during the Crusades.
A Traditional New Orleans Monday Dinner is Red Beans & Rice:Recipe Included
RedBeansandRiceMondays.com. One can not think of New Orleans without thinking of Red Beans and Rice. There are many recipes for Red Beans & Rice and various brands of beans that cooks use, but I believe that the best pot of Red Beans and Rice is made with Camellia red kidney beans. Camellia Brand® is a New Orleans company specializing in beans, peas, and lentils.
The Half Shell On The Bayou Oyster Bar & Grill: Best Gumbo In NOLA
The best gumbo in New Orleans is at the Half Shell on Bayou Rd! There was no need to convince me otherwise because it tasted almost like my grandmother, Momo’s. She made the best gumbo I have ever tasted, and no one has been able to duplicate her gumbo’s deep, complex flavor since she passed away. I have tasted many bowls, but none have come close until I stepped into the Half Shell.
Holiday traditions and annual events unique to Louisiana
The holiday season is here and with it brings traditions unique to each city, state, and country. Whether you decorate a tree, light a menorah, or exchange Zawadi, all practices are unique to our culture and add necessary building blocks to the holiday season. With Louisiana being a mixing pot of many cultures, we have very unique and diverse traditions here for the holiday season. The following are some of Louisiana's most distinctive traditions we all love.
Woman is changing lives with wigs: "A piece of themselves back"
A hairdresser who lives in Louisiana has decided to make a difference with fitted wigs for people affected by hair loss. The happy tears her clients get and their smiles speak a lot about her dedication to this initiative that keeps improving lives.
Darius Rucker and Foreigner to headline the 2023 Endymion Extravaganza
The Krewe of Endymion has announced that Darius Rucker and the rock band Foreigner will be their headlining acts for the 2023 Endymion Extravaganza. Other performers will include Party on the Moon, Groovy 7 and The Wiseguys, according to Ed Muniz, Endymion's long-standing captain.
Celebration in the Oaks' walking tour returns to City Park
Celebration in the Oaks is a long-standing, holiday tradition in New Orleans. It is one of the most spectacular holiday light festivals in the country, that attracts more than 135,000 visitors to the month-long event in City Park. This year is the 36th anniversary of the family-friendly, holiday festival in New Orleans and they will be bringing back the Botanical Garden walking tour, along with the driving tour through the holiday displays as well as the Carousel Garden amusement park rides.
Jazzland/ Six Flags in New Orleans, a lost treasure
In May of 2000, Jazzland Amusement Park opened in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 140-acre park quickly became a popular attraction for both local and visitors with a large variety of rides, including several roller coasters, a water park and an entire area dedicated to the history of jazz music. After suffering some financial hardships, the owners filed for bankruptcy reorganization. In 2002, Six Flags purchased the site, remodeled and rebranded under the Six Flags name.
Devery Henderson, Fred McAfee and Kevin Mangum inducted into Saints Hall of Fame
On Friday, the Saints held their 33rd annual Hall of Fame luncheon where three new members were introduced into the Saints Hall of Fame. This year's class includes former Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson, former running back and special teams standout, Fred McAfee who is also the team's current Vice President of player engagement and athletic trainer, Kevin Mangum who has been with Saints for 42 years.
Spaghetti and meatballs, an Italian classic "that's amore"
Growing up in an Italian household, spaghetti and meatballs were on the menu weekly, usually on Sundays. My dad would get out the stock pot, cook all day and we would have plenty of leftovers to freeze. He was such a good cook and yet, he hardly wrote anything down or measured. His cooking was an art by memory. Sundays were our family meal day. We would sit at the dining room table, laughing and talking while enjoying a delicious meal, then spend the rest of the day watching football games. Fun fact, Italians in New Orleans actually call spaghetti sauce "red gravy."
Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival is back and filled with lots of music and fun.
On November 11th -13th, the Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival returns to the Jean Lafitte Auditorium for a fun-filled weekend. In addition to the delicious food and beautiful nature attractions, there are some amazing musical performances scheduled. New Orleans based, alternative rock band Better Than Ezra, Grammy-winning country singer Travis Tritt and country-pop singer and American Idol Alumni, Lauren Alaina will headline the festival next month. Other acts that currently are scheduled to perform include Uncle Kracker, Nashville South and local favorites, Rockin’ Dopsie & The Zydeco Twisters, and Amanda Shaw.
New Orleans musical icon Fats Domino has street re-named after him
Caffin Avenue in New Orleans is now known as "Fats" Domino Avenue, named after the musical icon that lived on that very street for many years. On Saturday, a parade led by the Stooges Brass Band and the Zulu Tramps marched through Domino's Lower 9th Ward neighborhood, in front of Domino's publishing house and "Fats" Domino Street to Oliver Bush Park. Several state and local politicians as well as local musicians such as Kermit Ruffins and Al "Carnival Time" Johnson were in attendance.