Meet the Real New Orleans Irish

The newest addition to New Orleans’ collection of museums, ┬áthe Irish Cultural Museum, pays tribute to the many sacrifices and accomplishments of our Irish ancestors. The Irish are remembered in a big way every year on St. Patrick’s day with parades and green beer but the real story behind this people and their great impact on our wonderful city can be learned throughout the year at this boutique museum in the historic French Quarter. If you are interested in uncovering the background behind the historic Irish Channel neighborhood, or the famed architect James Gallier, an Irish descendant, or even the delicious Irish coffee found in many local bars and restaurants, then definitely make it a point to stop by this learning center!

Artist Spotlight: Terrance Osborne

The sensory experience New Orleans is so well known for, its sights, sounds, and tastes, are all due to the population of creative people who call this beloved city home. Today we will recognize one of these artists, Terrance Osborne. Terrance is a local New Orleanian who paints vibrant, colorful scenes of life in the Crescent City. One of his iconic works Post Hurricane Blues (pictured above) was actually done a few years before Hurricane Katrina. Post-Katrina, his depictions of Hurricane Solutions have become quite popular as well.  He has also been commissioned to design the official poster for the Jazz and Heritage Festival. If you are looking for gift ideas on this Black Friday and want to support a local New Orleans artist, you can buy poster size prints of his works for $50.  Check out his amazing talent at his website here!

Rebirth of an Historic Landmark: Municipal Auditorium

The Municipal Auditorium, shuttered since Katrina, is undergoing a multi million dollar clean up. But at the end will it once again be where Mardi Gras Krewes stage their balls, or will it be renovated for new uses, starting another era for the 85 year old building?

4th Annual Bugs & Brew

This Saturday, April 20, will mark the 4th annual Bugs & Brew event, hosted by the Drew Brees Foundation, and featuring 50 teams from around the city competing for the title of best crawfish boil(ers). The event also features a local craft brewing exposition, which will includ free tastings from upcoming breweries and home brewers, as well as great live music from local favorites such as the Honey Island Swamp Band and Papa Grows Funk. Admission is free, but if you want unlimited tastes of the eponymous bugs and brews be sure to snag yourself a Cajun Pass–all you can eat and all you can drink for just $60. You can get passes and more information here.

Satsumas Everywhere!

Satsumas are ripe and delicious! A little green but rip and juicy on the inside…a 15lb box ships for $49 (about 42 pieces per box). Give Isabelle's orchard a call: 888-223-2093. She'll just need credit card information and a box will be on the way! You can also visit Isabelle's Orange Orchard on Facebook or visit the orchard page of our website.

Featured Tour for September 6

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6, we will be featuring our Post-Katrina city tour! If you are interested in a unique view of New Orleans and truly understanding how Hurricane Katrina affected–and continues to affect–both the people and the city then this is the tour for you. This half-day tour will take you through not only the lower 9th ward and devastated areas of St. Bernard parish, but will also view the infamous 17th street canal breach and discuss our levee and pumping systems. Learn about how the hurricane moved through the city, why there was so much devastation, what we are doing to prevent a future disaster, where the city still needs help recovering, and see how far we have come in the past six years. On this tour we also showcase two of our more famous rebuilding efforts, Brad Pitt’s Make it Right project and the Musicians’ Village. For a truly enlightening view of the city, call us today! (504) 398-0365.