King Cakes for Mardi Gras

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 24, 2014

King Cake frosted and wrapped

  One of the rich traditions of the Mardi Gras season is the King Cake, and with only a week left until Fat Tuesday, bakeries are madly trying to fill the last orders before the Lenten season begins. The history of the King Cake dates back to the celebrations of Epiphany, the 12 days after […]


Make Cruising from New Orleans Easy

by Guest Contributor on December 30, 2013

Cruising from New Orleans on Carnival Conquest

There are several reasons to sail from New Orleans on your next Caribbean cruise. First, it’s New Orleans – with all its mystery, architectural beauty, historic attractions, and fabulous dining opportunities – and a wonderful place to stay for a few extra days before or after your cruise. Then, there’s the ease of embarkation day […]


Culinary Heat: Hot Enough For Ya?

by Susan McKee on March 27, 2012

Some like it hot! Sure, summer’s temps may climb into the triple digits, but we’re talking about spicy heat — the kind of culinary POW! that makes serious eaters perspire with pleasure.  Those of us who travel “food first” always are in search of regional delights, especially when that involves hot and spicy. Chili Heat […]


What’s Cooking in New Orleans

by Tui Snider on January 19, 2012

Neon sign in New Orleans. (photo by Tui Snider)

After a few meals in New Orleans, it’s easy to see why entire books have been written about this city’s cuisine. While many American cities have a regional specialty, New Orleans is laden with options, incorporating such diverse influences as French provincial, Spanish, Italian, West Indian, African, Native American and good old southern American. Here […]


Planning for Mardi Gras: Let the Good Times Roll

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 24, 2011

Let the Good Times Roll, Mardis Gras, Shreveport Louisiana

In the midst of making holiday plans – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are right around the corner – you might also start thinking about plans for another holiday.  Equally full of fun and excitement, Mardi Gras can be a fun, and family friendly experience.  I had long wanted to experience Mardi Gras, but felt […]


Bourbon street at night, New Orleans

Everybody loves a good ghost story. Or, a vampire tale or a witches scare.  Have any idea where the number one city in the United States is that you can find this all in one place? New Orleans of course! From local ghost and vampire tours to tea leaf readings and a look inside a real […]

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