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Court of Two Sisters

 

 

 

Court Of Two Sisters

Judging from the gorgeous day I spent in the French Quarter yesterday, spring is sneaking up on us. With sunshine and birdsong I can’t think of a better place to enjoy a scrumptious Jazz Brunch in the Big Easy than the Court of Two Sisters. Located at 613 Royal Street in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter the buffet style spread is vast or just order from the extensive menu. One is as good as the next, but believe me the brunch doesn’t leave much out. You may not need to eat the rest of the day! At the Court of Two Sisters the relaxing courtyard seating and the New Orleans Jazz music is just the ticket to start a beautiful NOLA day. A mimosa or two is the perfect compliment for this whole leisurely dining event.

Easter and Mother’s Day are coming soon! The Court of Two Sisters is the perfect place for your special family gathering. Mom will love this!! (Hint, Hint) Reservations, which are highly recommended, can be requested by visiting www.courtoftwosisters.com or by calling 504-522-7261.

If you can’t make it to the Crescent City anytime soon, try out this recipe from the famous kitchen at the Court of Two Sisters just to tide you over until you can experience heaven on a fork in person.

Crab Meat Au Gratin

Ingredients:
3 cups Mornay Sauce (see recipe below)
1 oz. Sherry
1 tsp. Creole Seasoning
¼ cup Green Onions, sliced thin
2 lbs. Jumbo Lump Crabmeat
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Method: In a stainless steel bowl, combine Mornay Sauce, sherry, Creole seasoning and green onions. Stir well and fold in crabmeat (do NOT break up crabmeat). Divide equally among six casserole dishes, top with Parmesan cheese and bake at 375° degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes until cheese starts to brown and sides bubble.

MORNAY SAUCE

Ingredients:
2 cups Milk
2 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese, grated
2 oz. Gouda Cheese, diced
2 oz. Romano Cheese
2 oz. Roux, blanc
1/8 tsp. Ground White Pepper
4 tbsp. White Onion, chopped
4 tbsp. Celery, chopped

Method: Bring milk to a boil. Add cheeses and whip smooth. Add pepper, onion and celery. Continue whipping for smoothness. Add roux to thicken. Strain sauce through fine mesh china cap.

By Sharon Denise Talbot

 

See you at the Court of Two Sisters


New Attractions in Orange Beach, AL at The Wharf

See http://www.ArenaOrangeBeach.com for more info. When you visit Orange Beach AL, come to The Wharf Resort and Marina where you'll find two great new family attractions and amusements including Bazooka Ball and Urban Adventure Laser Tag. Arena the Next Level Located at The Wharf 4720 Main Street, Suite 201 Orange Beach, AL 36561 Call 251-224-5297 for hours of operation and attraction pricing. Coming soon – Amusements and Games Arcade

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Things to do in New Orleans for the under 18 crowd(im17)?

I’ll be going down there in March and im looking for things to do while my rents are out doing whatever.
Any Clubs, attractions, anything for the under 18 crowd

Things a teenager can do in New Orleans:

Mardi Gras and the Jazz Festival are world famous events, but New Orleans hosts many festivals and celebrations throughout the year: www.nola.com/festivals

The Saint Charles Streetcar is the oldest continuously operating street railway in the world and is a "tourist attraction" in its own right. It is part of the public transit system, as are the Canal Street and Riverfront streetcar lines: www.norta.com

Wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers (do tip), and visit some of the historic buildings that have been turned into museums (go to www.frenchquarter.com and click on Historic Attractions).

Assuming the weather is good, you can collect a sandwich lunch and eat in the riverfront park (watch the shipping) or in Jackson Square (a very nice park).

The Riverwalk shopping center has an air-conditioned food court with dining overlooking the river (www.riverwalkmarketplace.com). The Canal Place shopping center is in the French Quarter and has a cinema and higher-end shopping (Saks 5th Avenue, Brooks Brothers, etc.). Magazine Street is a miles-long shopping district: www.magazinestreet.com

The lobby for the Westin Canal Place Hotel is on the 11th floor and overlooks the French Quarter. It is a great place for an afternoon drink/snack:(www.westin.com).

Cafe du Monde is in the French Quarter and you shouldn’t miss having cafe au lait & beignets (www.cafedumonde.com). Another great coffee shop is the Croissant d’Or (at 615 Ursulines Street), which is open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and has food in addition to pastry.

The Palm Court restaurant is very nice, has moderate prices, and offers traditional live jazz starting at 8:00pm: 1204 Decatur Street, tel 504-525-0200 (reservations are important and they are not open every day). The Palm Court is closed from about July 25th to about September 25th each year.

Maximo’s Italian Grill has great food and atmosphere: 1117 Decatur Street in the French Quarter, (504) 586-8883.

All of the famous restaurants (Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s, Commander’s Palace, etc.) have reopened. The Pelican Club (on Exchange Alley in the FQ) is not as well known but is the same type experience. Reservations are a good idea, and probably essential on weekends. Tujaques Restaurant (823 Decatur Street) is very traditional and has moderate prices: www.tujaguesrestaurant.com

Cafe Degas is a very French restaurant near City Park at 3127 Esplanade – which is not within walking distance of downtown (5 to 10 minutes by taxi). They are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays (504-945-5635).

The Napoleon House restaurant is at 500 Chartres Street in the FQ, and has a menu of great local dishes: www.napoleonhouse.com

Preservation Hall has traditional live Jazz, and doesn’t serve alcohol so all ages are welcome: www.preservationhall.com

New Orleans has ballet, opera, a symphony orchestra, and theatre:

www.nobadance.com
www.neworleansopera.org
www.lpomusic.com
www.lepetittheatre.com

There is a free ferry across the Mississippi at the "foot" of Canal Street. It is a short trip but like a harbor cruise w/o a guide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/canal_street_ferry

The Aquarium, Audubon Zoo, and the new Insectarium are world-class attractions (www.auduboninstitute.org) and you should see them if you can. The Zoo is several miles from downtown. You can drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter.

The Louisiana State Museum is in the French Quarter: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/ New Orleans is also home to a number of other museums, such as the National World War II Museum (www.ddaymuseum.org) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (www.noma.org). Both can be reached by public transit: The WWII museum is in the central business district but a long walk from the French Quarter. NOMA is not within walking distance of downtown but has free parking. Go to www.neworleansmuseums.com for info on more museums.

New Orleans City Park has a variety of attractions + free parking. (www.neworleanscitypark.com).

Check www.frenchquarter.com and http://www.nola.com/visitor/ for ideas about other things to do.

Hope you have a great time!


Historic Haunts with The Historic New Orleans Collection

Hey Y’all!  This is the time of year for haunted houses and ghost stories.  Where better to indulge than in the historic New Orleans French Quarter.  See you in NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot  

Media Contacts:
Lauren Noel, Marketing Assistant Emily Schmidt, Gambel Communications
(504) 556-7655 | laurenn@hnoc.org (504) 324-4242 | emily@gambelcommunications.com

For Immediate Release

*** Media Alert *** CALENDAR LISTING ***

discover the history behind the vieux carré’s most notorious legends
“Historic Haunts” tour available for a limited time only

WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection

WHAT: “Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carré,”
a special Halloween-inspired guided tour of the Louisiana History Galleries

WHEN: Tuesday–Sunday, October 1–31 • 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 31 • 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street
French Quarter, New Orleans, LA

HOW: Admission is $5, free for THNOC members. This tour is intended for an adult audience. For more information, visit www.hnoc.org.

WHY: The Historic New Orleans Collection will once again feature “Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carré” throughout the month of October. Introduced in 2009, the popular Halloween-inspired tour of The Collection’s Louisiana History Galleries explores the truth behind New Orleans’s more seedy legends and the French Quarter’s most infamous characters. The tour discusses the documented history and how it may have inspired the legends, allowing attendees to decide on their own what is myth and what is grisly truth.  Including the likes of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, rumored sadistic slave-owner Madame Lalaurie and pirate Jean Laffite, the tour examines 10 “haunted” locations in the Quarter using research conducted at the Williams Research Center.

Tours are available daily Tuesday–Sunday, October 1–30, at 2 p.m. On Halloween Sunday, October 31, three tours will be offered, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. “Historic Haunts” is intended for an adult audience. Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.

The Historic New Orleans Collection—Preserving our Past for a Brighter Future.


Book Signing Events- Sharon Denise Talbot

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New Orleans Mother’s Day Concert at Cabrini Park

New Orleans

Hey Y’all!  Happy Mother’s Day!  For all you French Quarter Rats, NOLA peeps and visitors here is something really cool to do today if you are out and about. Don’t forget Mom.  Enjoy!  See you in NOLA! 

Sharon Denise Talbot

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VCPORA’s Annual Mothers’ Day Concert!
featuring
The New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra

SUNDAY, May 8  4 – 7 p.m.

 

 

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In what has become quite the annual tradition, VCPORA will once again host the Mothers’ Day Concert in Cabrini Park in New Orleans.  And as always, we’ll feature the
New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra.  Bring your chairs, picnics,
dancing shoes, and of course, Mom!


Additionally, we’ll be raffling off this gorgeous original painting by New Orleans French Quarter resident and artist Ann Strub!



This event is FREE and open to the public, so please invite your friends and neighbors, no matter where they live.  This is VCPORA’s gift to the neighborhood!

 
We’d like to offer special thanks to Carol Fleishchman and Wayne Wilkinson, whose volunteer efforts this year and in years past have made the event possible. 
 

 
Our very deep appreciation goes to Terminix, Terry Bruno and Vincent Palumbo in particular, for being this year’s major sponsor!
 

 
Additional thanks to the Friends of Cabrini Park, the City of New Orleans, and the Beauregard-Keyes House, along with all the volunteers who make this event possible!

Free New Orleans music
 

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At the Tap Gallery

My art exhibition: Remembering, by Jo Mulholland

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I am going to New Orleans for the first time and….?

I heard it was not the safest place to be. Is this true? Also, what are some hot spots like resturants, attractions and bars for me and my husband to go to?

Thanks

New Orleans made the news after Katrina because drug dealers returning to the city have been killing each other over turf. That doesn’t make the crimes OK, but the average resident or visitor doesn’t have to worry about it. Realize that news reports almost never cover the motive (crack cocaine)or victim/perpetrator relationship (they knew each other) for an incident like that due to PC reasons, Other crime in New Orleans is at or below the national average.

All you need do to be safe in New Orleans is use the same basic common sense required in every big city in the world. Also – and to be blunt – stay away from people who, buy/sell/use crack cocaine and your chances of being the victm of anything worse than a hangover are remote.

Things to do in New Orleans:

Mardi Gras and the Jazz Festival are world famous events, but New Orleans hosts many festivals and celebrations throughout the year: www.nola.com/festivals

The Saint Charles Streetcar is the oldest continuously operating street railway in the world and is a "tourist attraction" in its own right. It is part of the public transit system, as are the Canal Street and Riverfront streetcar lines: www.norta.com

There is always music, but the bands change: Go to www.bestofneworleans.com and click on Music then Listings or to www.offbeat.com and click on Listings, then Music.

Note that music clubs often advertise "No Cover", meaning there is no charge for entering. However, clubs with "No Cover" often require that customers buy a beverage each for every "set " of music (which can be every 20 minutes) so KNOW THE PRICE before you sit down. Clubs do that because some people will sit in the club all evening drinking nothing (clubs only make money from the drinks they sell – not from the music). It is also a good idea to pay for each round of drinks (in clubs on Bourbon Street) as it is delivered so there can’t be any confusion at the end of the evening.

An incomplete guide to bars & clubs: www.neworleanscheapdrinks.com

About certain alcoholic beverages: Realize that some famous drinks are VERY potent compared with regular cocktails that have only 1 to 1 ½ ounces of alcohol. For example, a Hurricane is basically 3 or 4 ounces of rum in something like red Kool-Aid, and a Hand Grenade has at least 4 ½ ounces of Everclear + rum + vodka mixed with melon liquor. They don’t necessarily taste like an alcoholic beverage and it is easy to over-indulge.

Wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers (do tip), and visit some of the historic buildings that have been turned into museums (go to www.frenchquarter.com and click on Historic Attractions).

Assuming the weather is good, you can collect a sandwich lunch and eat in the riverfront park (watch the shipping) or in Jackson Square (a very nice park).

The Riverwalk shopping center has an air-conditioned food court with dining overlooking the river (www.riverwalkmarketplace.com). The Canal Place shopping center is in the French Quarter and has a cinema and higher-end shopping (Saks 5th Avenue, Brooks Brothers, etc.). Magazine Street is a miles-long shopping district: www.magazinestreet.com

Louisiana is the only US state that offers tax-free shopping for international visitors: http://www.louisianataxfree.com/

The lobby for the Westin Canal Place Hotel is on the 11th floor and overlooks the French Quarter. It is a great place for an afternoon drink/snack:(www.westin.com).

Cafe du Monde is in the French Quarter and you shouldn’t miss having cafe au lait & beignets (www.cafedumonde.com). Another great coffee shop is the Croissant d’Or (at 615 Ursulines Street), which is open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and has food in addition to pastry.

The Palm Court restaurant is very nice, has moderate prices, and offers traditional live jazz starting at 8:00pm: 1204 Decatur Street, tel 504-525-0200 (reservations are important and they are not open every day). The Palm Court is closed from about July 25th to about September 25th each year.

Maximo’s Italian Grill has great food and atmosphere: 1117 Decatur Street in the French Quarter, (504) 586-8883.

All of the famous restaurants (Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s, Commander’s Palace, etc.) have reopened. The Pelican Club (on Exchange Alley in the FQ) is not as well known but is the same type experience. Reservations are a good idea, and probably essential on weekends. Tujaques Restaurant (823 Decatur Street) is very traditional and has moderate prices: www.tujaguesrestaurant.com

Cafe Degas is a very French restaurant near City Park at 3127 Esplanade – which is not within walking distance of downtown (5 to 10 minutes by taxi). They are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays (504-945-5635).

The Napoleon House restaurant is at 500 Chartres Street in the FQ, and has a menu of great local dishes: www.napoleonhouse.com

Preservation Hall has traditional live Jazz, and doesn’t serve alcohol so all ages are welcome: www.preservationhall.com

New Orleans has ballet, opera, a symphony orchestra, and theatre:

www.nobadance.com
www.neworleansopera.org
www.lpomusic.com
www.lepetittheatre.com

There is a free ferry across the Mississippi at the "foot" of Canal Street. It is a short trip but like a harbor cruise w/o a guide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/canal_street_ferry

The Aquarium, Audubon Zoo, and the new Insectarium are world-class attractions (www.auduboninstitute.org) and you should see them if you can. The Zoo is several miles from downtown. You can drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter.

The Louisiana State Museum is in the French Quarter: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/ New Orleans is also home to a number of other museums, such as the National World War II Museum (www.ddaymuseum.org) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (www.noma.org). Both can be reached by public transit: The WWII museum is in the central business district but a long walk from the French Quarter. NOMA is not within walking distance of downtown but has free parking. Go to www.neworleansmuseums.com for info on more museums.

Harrah’s Casino is in the Central Business District: www.harrahs.com (age 21 required for entry)

New Orleans City Park has a variety of attractions+ free parking: (www.neworleanscitypark.com).

Check www.frenchquarter.com and http://www.nola.com/visitor/ for ideas about other things to do.

Hope you have a great time!


New Orleans Style Bread Pudding Is Hard To Beat

New Orleans

My grandmother had the Best New Orleans Style Bread Pudding Recipe without a doubt. It is still one of my favorite desserts. Imagine my surprise on my first trip to New Orleans to discover all Bread Pudding is NOT alike!

New Orleans

New Orleans Bread Pudding

There are actually several variations of this dessert. My grandmother’s version is a variation of a traditional dessert popular in British Cuisine. It is called bread and butter pudding and is often confused with bread pudding. Cubed bread is placed in a pan and then covered with an egg mixture to make a custard. After it is baked, the bread rises to the top to form a “crust” like topping. It tastes similar to French toast. The egg mixture forms a rich custard pudding at the bottom. Of course, my grandmother added her secret spices to give this a sweet nutmeg flavor. It is absolutely wonderful!

Louisiana New Orleans bread pudding is made entirely differently and is just as good. The common ingredient is stale bread, but that is where the similarities end. The bread pudding consistency is similar to a moist cake and is warm served with a wonderful vanilla, whiskey, or rum sauce. The smell is heavenly and if you get a chance to visit New Orleans, this is a MUST have dessert that is served at most restaurants.

The following recipe, a specialty of my New Orleans sister-in-law, is a requested dessert at holidays, parties or any special occasion. The secret to this recipe is the bread. Stale french bread is the best. Use the long narrow loaves, if available. No matter what size pan she uses, it is always empty at the end of our family gatherings!

Best Bread Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

6 – 8 cups stale bread, broken in cubes
1 can evaporated milk
2 cups sugar
8 tablespoons butter, melted
3 eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 large can fruit cocktail, drained
3/4 can condensed milk
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup raisins

Directions

Combine milks, butter, eggs, vanilla, sugar, nutmeg. Fold in bread and stir. Mixture should be very moist.

Add fruit cocktail and raisins. Mix well. Pour mixture into a 9×13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees approximately 1 hour or until top is golden brown. Serve warm with whiskey sauce.

Variations

You can leave out the raisins. Try adding blueberries, peaches, or apples.

Although my grandmother’s recipe is still one of my favorite desserts, I can truthfully say that this is the Best Bread Pudding Recipe – New Orleans Style!

Dianna Smith

http://www.articlesbase.com/desserts-articles/create-the-best-bread-pudding-recipe-new-orleans-style-749735.html

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New Orleans Square

Just a quick little picture tour of new orleans sq 2 majot attractions…Pirates…and Haunted Mansion!!!!enjoy

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