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Benuzzi Maserati MC12 at Ferrari French Quarter Classic 2007

Dario Benuzzi performs like crazy at the Ferrari French Quarter Classic 2007. Dario Benuzzi is the legendary Ferrai Test Pilot, who has been developing all the Ferrari Cars for the last decades, including Enzo, FXX, 430, 599, scuderia. Benuzzi Is also known as the: “King of Fiorano”, the Ferrari Test track, and some say that in production cars he is still faster than Michael Schumacher. This is the first public exhibition, not directly organized by Ferrari, that Dario Benuzzi ever attended! The event i orgazined by Franco Valobra, the famous Jeweler with stores in Torino, Italy, Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Other Ferrari factory attended the event, namely Vito C., and Andrea G.

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New Orleans Vacation The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

New Orleans Vacation Valentines Day

New Orleans is a very romantic vacation destination. If you are looking for a great place to spend a little time with the one you love then a New Orleans Vacation is the answer. There are many options to choose from. There isn’t any doubt that there is no other city in the world like New Orleans Louisiana. The city has an old world charm that is unmatched. There are so many things for a couple in love to do that you can’t do it all in one trip. The winter and spring are great seasons to experience the charm of New Orleans.

Valentine’s Day is traditionally a day that celebrates love, particularly that of the courtly, romantic and erotic kind. What is the ideal gift? This is a question that ultimately, only the giver and recipient can answer for themselves, although I certainly have some suggestions, but first a little history of Valentines Day.

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

The origins of Valentine’s day aren’t entirely clear. There is a strong connection to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was held on the ides of February and dedicated to the god of fertility, Faunus. Valentinus was apparently an early Christian priest who, during the reign of Claudius II, performed secret marriages for young people during a time when the Roman emperor had outlawed the sacrament. Valentinus was later executed, becoming a martyr and eventually a saint.

The decision to celebrate the saint’s day on February 14th may have been an attempt to “Christianize” the popular Lupercalia festival, although many vestiges of the original pagan customs remain. The first recorded Valentine gift was a poem, composed by the Duke of Orleans in 1415 as he was held prisoner in the Tower of London following the Battle of Agincourt. Meanwhile, the English king who put him there – Henry V – hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a Valentine message to his future queen, Catherine of Valois. The custom of exchanging affectionate notes grew over the next half-millennium, and remains one of the most popular Valentine expressions today.

The most popular gifts for Valentines Day now are cards, candy and flowers. Of course, the tradition of exchanging cards is a very old one as we’ve seen – but while these appeal to the heart, erotic love is still very much about the senses. Since its introduction into Western culture (it was unknown outside of Mesoamerica prior to the late 16th Century), chocolate in all its forms has become the most popular confection on the planet. Not only does it taste wonderful, the substance contains chemical compounds that act on the brain in ways that release endorphins – the same chemicals that surge through our bodies when we fall in love. Small wonder that gift baskets full of gourmet chocolates are always appreciated.

Scent is another sense that has great bearing on feelings of eroticism. Since time immemorial, men and women alike have used the juices of flowers and other plants to make themselves smell attractive, and of course pheromones – subtle, almost undetectable molecules of scent given off by all mammals – have been a signal of sexual receptivity for millions of years. Is it possible that the use of perfumes and colognes are attempts to amplify or imitate the effects of pheromones? I think so, which is why I recommend gift baskets filled with herbal soaps and aromatic candles. Not only might these finely scented gifts tune into a more carnal instinct, they will also certainly be appreciated and used making them a wonderful gift sure to inspire a big smile.

Of course, we cannot forget color. Although it may vary from one culture to the next, in the West, pink, white and red have been the traditional colors of love – white for purity, pink for emotion, and red for sexuality. It’s why roses of those colors are always so popular on Valentines Day. I would suggest flowers as a wonderful gift for Valentines Day, although remember that flowers should only be an opener, you must be able to do at least one better than flowers. I would also recommend trying to bring all your gifts together with one theme. For instance if you have gotten white and pink flowers, try finding gift baskets in just those colors, thus tying all your gifts together.

Massage can also be a great Valentines Day gift. Massage helps to send the message that you really appreciate all the hardwork someone puts into your relationships and shared life. Best of all you can choose to reward them with a luxurious full body massage or fun gift of corporate massage right in their office.

Most importantly remember that personalized gifts mean more than anything else. Be sure that each gift has its own meaning and is special. This can be ensured by you the giver – if you haven’t already, create a reason why you are giving each gift, it will make each one that much more special.

We have an article ” Romantic Vacation New Orleans Style”  that lists some great things to do in New Orleans. The amazing thing about New Orleans is this list does not include 10% of the places to go and the things to do. So grab your sweetheart and rekindle that romance with a little Big Easy R and R.

http://whodatdodat.com/romantic-holidays/romantic-vacation-new-orleans-style

New Orleans Vacation Valentines Day

Anne Harvester

http://www.articlesbase.com/dating-articles/the-perfect-valentines-day-gift-97546.html


The Witch Queen Of New Orleans

Artist:Redbone ( 1974)

Website:http://www.leobennink.nl

This is also a tribute to Redbone, one of the best and legendary cajun rock r&b bands from the 70th’s best known for their hits like;
We were all wounded at wounded knee,
Maggie,and the witch queen of new orleans and a lot of other great songs.Right from the start in the early 70th’s i was a big fan,and their music had a great influence on my way of makin music through the years !A-specially Pete de Poe and his way of drummin was something i never had heard before, together with the great talent of composing by Pat and Lolly Vegas, filled with the great guitar licks and voice of Tony bellamy, made them one of the best and outstanding bands from that area.I also want to wish the best to Lolly Vegas and Tony Bellamy who suffer from illness, and i hope ( together
with many other dutch fans) that they
will quickly recover and get back on that stage !!!! Best of wishes, Leo dihl & abby Bennink and robbie vd herp big chiefs
from the red feet indians.

Leo & Dihl Bennink have a long musical history behind them,both were members of two famous Dutch groups in the sixties Dihl(Tee Set)
Leo(The Motions)in 1996 they got the idea to join together and started the legendary guitar group The Black Albinos with Hoss on fenderbass,
It makes this band a true time capsule of one of the best guitar talents/bands in this world around.

Leo began as a guitar-player in 1959 with the Indo-Rock groups THE REAL RHYTHM TEENS and THE ROCKING SENSATION BOYS. In 1962 (17 years old) he started a professional career as a member of THE TWANGIES and he played for several years in Western Germa­ny. His last contract in Germany was with THE REBELS, in which he met drummer Leo Kappé. Back in Holland he played guitar in such guitar-groups as RENE & ALLIGATORS, THE SPECIALS, THE SPECIAL FIVE and THE BLACK ALBINO’S. With THE SPECIAL FIVE he recorded Silly Silly and it’s his most remembered instru­men­tal. At that time Leo also was the first guit­arist in Holland, who could play all the Mosrite stuff from Nokie Edwards. In 1966 his career got a lift when he was a member of Dutch beat groups as THE JAY JAYS and THE MOTIONS. For THE JAY JAYS LP he also recorded Cruncher (from Ventures LP Surfing). With THE MOTIONS he toured all over Europe and even did concerts is the USA together with ERIC BURDON, FRANK ZAPPA, ALICE COOPER and THE MONKEES. In 1991 he was a member of the ‘new’ JUMPING JEWELS and a single was recorded for CNR with Hot Samba (written by Leo Bennink) and Dakota. Also released in Japan on CD (Sound Of Euro Instro/ CENTURY) together with a third track Africa. Leo is a real Strat-man, but in the mid-sixties he used his own build guitar ‘Maserati’ with 6 pick-ups and silver scratchplate. Since 6 years has Bennink a musicschool at home and he’s teaching guitar, bass and keyboard and he’s also producing modern r&b with new talents.

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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast 03 20 11

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast New Orleans weather 10 day forecast

Welcome to the Who Dat? Do Dat! New Orleans weather 10 day forecast! This is your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast. It will be updated daily. The New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is a valuable tool for planning all of your New Orleans outings. While you are here in NOLA there are plenty of people to see, places to go and things to do and the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast will come in very handy. The weather in New Orleans changes day to day. This is because of the city’s proximity to water. This is one of the reasons the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is so valuable if you are traveling to New Orleans. Don’t miss any of them. Make sure you are not caught unawares. Be prepared for the Louisiana weather changes. Quick and convenient, just check here before you make your plans for the day! 

High /
Low (°F)
Precip. %
Today
Mar 20
Partly Cloudy 79°/59° 10 %
Mon
Mar 21
Sunny 82°/63° 10 %
Tue
Mar 22
Partly Cloudy 80°/64° 10 %
Wed
Mar 23
Partly Cloudy 81°/64° 20 %
Thu
Mar 24
Partly Cloudy 79°/63° 20 %
Fri
Mar 25
Partly Cloudy 78°/61° 10 %
Sat
Mar 26
Scattered Showers 77°/62° 40 %
Sun
Mar 27
Scattered T-Storms 80°/60° 40 %
Mon
Mar 28
Scattered T-Storms 78°/62° 40 %
Tue
Mar 29
Showers 76°/57° 40 %

 Good morning NOLA!  Another beautiful day is in store for the Big Easy today.  The high should reach the upper seventies with plenty of sun and just a little breeze to get us by.  The low tonight will dip just slightly into the fifties for a beautiful evening.  This weekend has been just perfect for any outdoor activities you might have.  I spent the day in Palmer Park yesterday for the Save the CDP Fundraiser. It was a gorgeous day with plenty of great people.  If you didn’t get to come and get a signed copy of my books you are in luck.  I will be back on Jackson Square today at the 1850′s House Store.  If you are out and about stop by and get your signed copy of “If I Were A French Quarter Rat” or “I Love You Bigger Than The Sky!   Don’t worry about the rain we won’t see any significant chance of that for about a week.  Whatever you decide to do today, enjoy! See y’all in NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot

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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast


New Orleans Writers Museum Project Announced

New Orleans Writers Museum Project Announced

New Orleans Writers

New Orleans Writers Museum Project Announced

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) August 28, 2008

The Louisiana Writers Foundation (LWF) has announced plans to create a museum honoring writers who have lived in New Orleans that will also provide services to support those presently living and writing in the city.

 

The announcement was originally scheduled three years ago this week, but Hurricane Katrina scuttled the effort. “New Orleans is and was a wonderful place for writers, and a place to honor their legacies,” stated writer and NPR commentator, Andrei Codrescu. New Orleans has a rich literary tradition dating back more than two centuries. Writers such as Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and William S. Burroughs have made New Orleans their home. Perhaps lesser known is that other famed writers have lived there including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walt Whitman, Eugene O’Neill and Charles Bukowski.

 

“New Orleans has historically had a thriving literary community and the planned New Orleans Writers Museum will be a living, educational memorial for visitors and residents alike,” stated Robert Smallwood, a writer and founder of LWF. Smallwood’s book, “The Five People You Meet in Hell: Surviving Katrina,” was the first eyewitness account published of the hurricane and its violent aftermath in downtown New Orleans in August, 2005.

 

“The past is illustrious, but writers continue to live and write here,” Codrescu stated. “Such a museum would function ideally as both a place to educate people about our writing tradition, and a clearinghouse for writers who choose New Orleans for their literary habitat.”

 

 

Several locations within the New Orleans French Quarter are being reviewed as a possible site for the New Orleans Writers Museum.

 

 

The Louisiana Writers Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to support the efforts of Louisiana writers and to preserve the literary heritage of the state hardest hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

 

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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast 02 23 11

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast New Orleans weather 10 day forecast

Welcome to the Who Dat? Do Dat! New Orleans weather 10 day forecast! This is your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast. It will be updated daily. The New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is a valuable tool for planning all of your New Orleans outings. While you are here in NOLA there are plenty of people to see, places to go and things to do and the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast will come in very handy. The weather in New Orleans changes day to day. This is because of the city’s proximity to water. This is one of the reasons the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is so valuable if you are traveling to New Orleans. Don’t miss any of them. Make sure you are not caught unawares. Be prepared for the Louisiana weather changes. Quick and convenient, just check here before you make your plans for the day! 

High /
Low (°F)
Precip. %
Today
Feb 23
Partly Cloudy 78°/64° 20 %
Thu
Feb 24
Isolated T-Storms 76°/64° 30 %
Fri
Feb 25
Mostly Cloudy 73°/54° 10 %
Sat
Feb 26
Partly Cloudy 74°/63° 20 %
Sun
Feb 27
Partly Cloudy 76°/65° 10 %
Mon
Feb 28
Scattered T-Storms 75°/51° 60 %
Tue
Mar 01
Sunny 68°/48° 0 %
Wed
Mar 02
Sunny 66°/51° 0 %
Thu
Mar 03
Partly Cloudy 68°/51° 20 %
Fri
Mar 04
AM Clouds / PM Sun 68°/50° 20 %

 Good Morning NOLA!  I’m thinking it’s going to be another great day.  No rain in the forecast for today. Just a little cloudy with our high near the eighty degree mark.  There will be a few isolated thunderstorms in the evening on Thursday but should move out before the weekend parades get here.  Our overnight lows will be in the sixties.  All in all we really can’t complain.  Next week may see us back in the sixties for our daytime temps which is a little more like our usual for this time of year.  What a great Mardi Gras outlook.  I am really enjoying my time by getting out and about and soaking up some vitiamin D.  Even the evenings are wonderful so make the most of this weather. I had a nice evening with friends over at the House Of Blues listening to My Graveyard Jaw and watching a screening of The Cure for the Crash, a feature film by Brian Paul.  You should check both out if you have a chance.  So get up, get moving and I’ll see you in NOLA!  

Sharon Denise Talbot

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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast


New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast 05 08 11

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast New Orleans weather 10 day forecast

Welcome to the Who Dat? Do Dat! New Orleans weather 10 day forecast! This is your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast. It will be updated daily. The New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is a valuable tool for planning all of your New Orleans outings. While you are here in NOLA there are plenty of people to see, places to go and things to do and the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast will come in very handy. The weather in New Orleans changes day to day. This is because of the city’s proximity to water. This is one of the reasons the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is so valuable if you are traveling to New Orleans. Don’t miss any of them. Make sure you are not caught unawares. Be prepared for the Louisiana weather changes. Quick and convenient, just check here before you make your plans for the day!

High /
Low (°F)
Precip. %
Today
May 08
Mostly Sunny 88°/72° 10 %
Mon
May 09
Partly Cloudy 90°/72° 0 %
Tue
May 10
AM Clouds / PM Sun 89°/73° 10 %
Wed
May 11
Mostly Sunny 88°/73° 10 %
Thu
May 12
Partly Cloudy 88°/73° 10 %
Fri
May 13
Scattered T-Storms 88°/72° 40 %
Sat
May 14
Scattered T-Storms 87°/70° 40 %
Sun
May 15
Scattered T-Storms 87°/72° 30 %
Mon
May 16
Isolated T-Storms 87°/69° 30 %
Tue
May 17
Mostly Sunny 87°/71° 20 %

 

Good Morning NOLA!  Happy Mother’s Day!  Through 3pm today we will have decreasing clouds with temperatures rising towards the mid 80s. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.  It will be partly cloudy with a high of 88F.  A few passing clouds tonight and humid. Low 72F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.  Our chance of rain in the Crescent City area is only ten percent.  Like I always say, it never hurts to keep the umbrella handy just in case.   There is still lots going on in the city as usual.  Jazz Fest is closing out today. Don’t miss out on the last day. I hope your weekend plans music.  It is good for the soul. The weather should cooperate so get out and enjoy.  The week ahead looks pretty good. Don’t worry about those scattered showers over the week ahead but all in all looks great. I will  be at the 1850′s House Store sigining books in a couple of weeks. It will be a double header book signing both Saturday and Sunday, May 14th and 15th. So make plans to come out a get your personalized copies of “I Love You Bigger Than The Sky!” and “IF I Were A French Quarter Rat”.  Whatever you decide to do today, enjoy! See y’all in NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot

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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast


Absinthe Anyone?

 

Winding down a fun Friday night in the French Quarter, our little posse was headed back to our respective lodgings with all the best intentions. At least until we happened by Pravda, a Decatur Street bar.   Someone mentioned Absinthe, someone else mentioned it was legal again, someone else wanted to try it and before you know it we were sitting watching the bartender prepare this glass dispenser with spouts around the sides. Water was dripped from the spouts over sugar cubes into reservoir glasses of spirits and then set on fire.  It was really cool to watch but since licorice is not one of my favs, I didn’t particularly care for the taste.  The peculiar,  mysterious story of Absinthe on the other hand had me very curious.

So where do you go to find the truth about Absinthe?  To the Absinthe Museum of America on Royal Street, of course.  First of all, I found out you don’t burn good Absinthe. Burning is done with inferior Absinthe to burn off impurities and for effect.  Second, you are supposed to see a green fairy.  Would I lie to you?  See for yourself.  The Royal Street Absinthe Museum is a really interesting place with even more interesting people. People like Ted Breaux.  Okay, I know you are thinking what can a New Orleans, Louisiana native, with a name like Breaux possibly know about a drink that was distilled mostly in France in the 18 and early 1900’s.  How about everything or at least everything you could possibly want to know.
 
You see, Ted is guy after my own heart.  Curious. (or nosy, take your pick). What made Absinthe illegal in the first place?  Did people really go crazy after drinking it? Long story short, a chemical engineer with the tools to reverse engineer pre-ban bottles of Absinthe available to him Ted went to work.   Not only did he find out what went in to making Absinthe, but how to do it the right way and that there was no real reason to make it illegal.  Thanks to Ted’s efforts Lucid Absinthe Supérieure was the first genuine absinthe made with real Grande Wormwood to be legally available in the United States in 95 years.
 
Ted is now a world renowned absinthe expert and distills in strict accordance to traditional French methods. Lucid is crafted in the historic Combier distillery, founded in 1834, and designed by Gustave Eiffel in the fabled Loire Valley of France. Lucid is distilled entirely from spirits and European whole herbs, and like traditional authentic absinthe, uses no artificial additives, oils, or dyes. Lucid is a versatile spirit ideal for use in both traditional and modern absinthe drinking methods.

Visit Ted and friends at the Absinthe Museum of America at 823 Rue Royal and find out more about this unique drink that was all the rage. Try to catch one of Ted’s lectures and get “the rest of the story”.  The museum also offers scheduled tastings of the real thing. The lectures are great. Get a more knowledgeable, in depth view of the history of Absinthe, you won’t regret it.  Of course, the cocktails are pretty tasty too.

 By Sharon Denise Talbot


New Orleans Easter Parade

2008 French Quarter Easter Parade

Duration : 9 min 21 sec

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What is crime like in New Orleans, and will it get better?

I’ve heard that crime in New Orleans is absolutely terrible, and that’s the main reason my family wouldn’t want to move there if they had an opportunity to. Will the crime get better? Also, my family has said that they wouldn’t want to move to New Orleans because of the aftermath and effects of Katrina. Is it still that bad?

New Orleans has a high murder rate because drug dealers are killing each other and the still-reduced population caused the rate to skyrocket (rate = population divided by crimes). However, other crime is at or below the average for cities. Use basic common sense + stay away from people who buy/sell/use crack cocaine and your chances of being the victim of anything worse than a parking ticket or hangover are very low.

The city and metro area are still recovering from Katrina, and the process will take more years. Realize that Katrina was the worst natural disaster in US history and turned 90,000 square miles (an area larger than the UK) into a rubbish heap overnight. Fortunately, the historic parts of the city were all built on high ground and didn’t flood. There has also been huge progress in the past 4 years and most of the metro area now looks like Katrina never happened.

There was a fear the "soul" of the city had been destroyed by Katrina, but that has not been the case.

In practical terms, the city & metro area are operating normally. Utilities like electricity/water/phone and city services like police/fire/ems/sanitation were all problematic in 2005-2006 but are back to normal. The area’s entertainment/tourism industry has also recovered.


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