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New Orleans Creatively Twists the Past into the Present

Seafood gumbo is only one of the local specialties.
Seafood gumbo is only one of the local specialties.
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If you're planning a trip to New Orleans for Jazz Fest or any of the other number of events throughout the year, be prepared to take in some local flavor. New Orleans sets a flare to some tried and true favorites. The classic results will leave you wanting more.

Some say, the curse of Marie Laveau implies that once you come to New Orleans, the city will call you back again. With awesome seafood, year-round events and celebrations, a killer music scene, and some of the best desserts around, it's no wonder that the city calls people back. Just thinking about some of the food makes my stomach want to return.

Whether going down to dance as if nobody is watching, or to attempt the Bourbon Street Crawl, the French Quarter offers fabulous shopping, fantastic night life and so much more than meets the eye. There's a classic charm about the city that can be seen in the places to tie up your horses, the glimmering crystals and the horse drawn buggies that harken back to a bygone era. In a way, the city is timeless, and it constantly seduces new loyal fans.

Eat some seafood
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Eat some seafood

When in New Orleans, make sure you sample some of the delectable seafood.  Try crab cakes from Arnaud's, trout almondine from Galatoire's, or indulge in any number of ways on a buffet from the Court of Two Sisters.  Try a local seafood boil.

Fire Up Flavor
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Fire Up Flavor

When at Arnaud's, try the Cafe Brulot for an amazing table show.  Watch the orange peel glow.  The citrus adds an amazing touch to the cafe dessert beverage.

Rule A Parade
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Rule A Parade

Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum inside of Arnaud's tells the tale of the most decorated woman of Mardi Gras.  She was queen of more parades than any other woman in New Orleans.  Her ornate costumes remain stylish to this day.

Watch Some Burlesque
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Watch Some Burlesque

She must have dropped her skirt and lost her shirt.  The girls in Bust Out Burlesque know how to pose and flirt.  Be entertained by lovely ladies, music, comedy, ice skating, magic and amazing rope tricks that harken back to cowboys.

Learn The Ropes
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Learn The Ropes

The art of rope twirling is an unexpected twist in a show, but in New Orleans, you must expect the unexpected.  Ghosts from different eras meld with an influence that others pick up.  Things from a bygone era are commonplace here.

Rock Ice Skating
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Rock Ice Skating

This isn't Disney on ice, but a new take on an old classic.  This ice skating drips with sex appeal.  It works perfectly with burlesque, another unexpected New Orleans flip.

Up At 33
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Up At 33

Climb to the third floor of Galatoire's 33 to take care of business, then step out on the balcony for a breath of Bourbon Street air.  This private dining room is inside of 33, which is located where Mike Anderson's used to be.  The drastic change is completely different, yet classically appealing.

Black Bottom Pecan
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Black Bottom Pecan

Galatoire's has the best twist on an old classic with its black bottom pecan pie.  The savory chocolate makes this a dessert that will definitely be devoured.  This ranks at the top of all pecan pies, simply because of the chocolate crust.

Have A Cafe
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Have A Cafe

Each establishment puts their own twist on the classics.  Galatoire's serves their cafe brulot in coffee cups, as opposed to the citrus rimmed wine glasses at Arnaud's.  both put on an excellent flaming show at the table though.

Relax, Treat Yourself
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Relax, Treat Yourself

Schedule a romantic massage.  Loews in New Orleans offers dual massage tables to help relax you during your stay.  After a long stroll through the French Quarter, especially if carrying a load of heavy shopping bags, a massage is quite appealing.

Take A Swim
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Take A Swim

Relax with a swim at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans, where the pool is long enough, and properly marked, to put in more than a few laps.  After, hit up their gym, which has more than just the basics.  Steam yourself in the sauna.

All That Glitters
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All That Glitters

Don't forget to look up, as New Orleans is home to a number of spectacular crystal creations.  From chandeliers to massive ships that capture the light, be wowed by the artistry.  New Orleans is home to a number of artists.

Celebrate Mardi Gras
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Celebrate Mardi Gras

Of course, New Orleans has a massive Mardi Gras celebration.  With huge floats that scrape the trees and leave a trail of beads behind, you'll be wanting to say, "throw me something, mister."  Enjoy local traditions and flavors.

Go Ghost Hunting
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Go Ghost Hunting

Go on a ghost tour at the Rev. Zombie's Voodoo Shop.  Get a reading or have them perform a ritual.  Discover the voodoo history of the area.

Eat King Cake
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Eat King Cake

King Cake is another part of the local tradition.  Try all the different fillings.  Cinnamon style is like a sticky bun with icing.