Mardi Gras is almost here, and there’s no better time of the year if you enjoy the colorful and sweet carnival treats. Author Matt Haines and photographer Randy Krause Schmidt cataloged more than 150 unique versions of the king cake, accompanied by the stories of the talented bakers who make them.
Awesome New Orleans
New Orleans is home to some of the world’s most talented jazz musicians. George Collier shared this excerpt of a street performance by Doreen Ketchens belting out one of the best and raspiest clarinet solos in a cover of The Animals’ House of the Rising Sun. We recommend listening to the complete performance.
New Orleans-based violinist Dominique Hammons was playing at a wedding when he busted out into an epic and electric solo that got the whole crowd going. In case you’re unfamiliar with the tune, it’s the New Orleans Saints’ unofficial anthem Choppa Style. We love his cover of 2Pac’s California Love too.
Stay in the heart of the Big Easy’s Magazine Street district in this vintage apartment. It has tall ceilings, plenty of light, antique pine floors, exposed brickwork and beams, and a modern kitchen and baths. Behind its deceptively skinny front door, it has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, making it a great getaway for family or friends.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern makes the best authentic New Orleans po’ boys. If you’re craving that crispy french bread and delicious fillings, then head to Goldbelly, who’s offering a variety of goodies from Parkway, including Roast Beef and fried shrimp po’ boys, as well as jambalaya, and their yummy hot butter rum cake.
Katrin von Niederhäusern and her friend Janine recently visited New Orleans, and while there, they decided to recreate the scene from The Simpsons where Homer goes on an eating and drinking binge around the Crescent City. Somebody needs to start offering this as an official tour.