JO-EL SONNIER – Cajun Life

Cajun Country Music

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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! 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 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

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.


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

SECRET NEW ORLEANS: TJ & Di Théâtre d’Orléans! Voodoo Vapors!

VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL! (series) episode #13! TJ Fisher and Di Harris adventures! The Hoo-hah Ladies of the French Quarter live life out loud! In this retro-style film clip — the funky, fun, chic and slightly mad fashionistas open up their world and take you with them! To unexpected places and French Quarter haunts! Tag along with the mad hattresses, and enjoy an armchair Voodoo-trance “window shopping” spell and spree on Royal Street, and beyond! Snippets of French Quarter life!

Well seasoned by an intriguing life stories that resemble weird Hollywood sagas flavored by sensational speculation, TJ and Di remain full of humor and fanciful visions. They are fearless wunderkind prone to incite, without compunction, a firestorm of controversy in their wake. The zany duo enjoy poking fun at themselves, as well as Hollywood “It” girls, rock star royalty, high society butterflies and Hollywood elite. Glitterati, literati, pundits and paparazzi are all fair game for VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL!

In an intoxicating old town that truly embraces the individual, these two one-of-a-kind women — similar to other colorful local fixtures — start trends instead of following them. First jokester TJ hunts for her koo-koo tweety bird, who is roosted atop her head. Playfully poised in front of the storefront window display of Di’s French Quarter international boutique, TJ gets the lowdown on tastemaker retailing. Zogwald’s features hip-glamour clothing and timeless collectibles. Next Di is seen shopping at the famed and gritty Bourbon Street Quartermaster Deli, a storied 24-hour grocery store of comfort food and colorful characters. The double-trouble pair of wild and whacky divas window-shop at Fleur De Paris couture millinery shop. Girly-girl, romantic and sophisticated hats! Chapeaus! Couture! Last the two appear in a quick-snapshot montage of French Quarter destinations, in a town uniquely well suited to a rolling parade of music stars, Mardi Gras queens, pretty princesses, glamour girls, big-eyed tourists and troublemakers.

Old world crawfish boils, bands, music, mystery, madness, hatboxes, vapors, steeples, spires, splendor — the New Orleans way! The Who Dat attitude!

See kicky-cool Swamp Empress TJ Fisher and Peacock Princess Di Harris, in additional Tanzmanianmudbug YouTube postings:

Always at the cornerstone of eccentric behavior, TJ drives a ’59 pink Cadillac convertible named Lulabell, and Di rides a 1968 “My Fair Lady” model banana-seat Stingray. TJ Fisher is the accolade-winning author of multiple works of New Orleans-based nonfiction and fiction. Award-winning designer Di Harris is the fashion maven and vintage vamp pinup artist behind the trademark “Oonkas Boonkas” style chic. (TJ also maintains a home in Palm Beach, Florida and Di in Melbourne, Australia.)
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In New Orleans town, the time-honored circle of rosary beads, revelry and rue come together. Intriguing tales of unconventionalities abound. A wildly personal place, customs, sacraments and superstitions do not fit easily into any one category. That is what makes New Orleans particularly interesting, entertaining, amusing and controversial. It is a community of rich ethnicities, religions, opinions. The ancient city is a unique place of worship and frolic, introspection and self-discovery — for the holy and hedonistic alike. New Orleanians are mainly spiritual and yet separate and aloof, sometimes religious and sometimes not, deeply influenced by our existence and death on the edge. Known to be unorthodox, ideological, cryptic and philosophical, the people of New Orleans often take what they want from Catholicism, Baptism, Judaism and Voodooism — forming new conjunctions with their own cherished traditions. The truth is that the Crescent City takes in life with a different set of eyes, with an open and caring “anything-goes” attitude. Le Bon Temps Roule. Some call the locals idiosyncratic and iconoclastic, and it is true. Passions run rampant. Emotions are poured, provoked and stirred. Senses ignited. The spirit and soul of the city — the unique history, culture and customs — reign supreme.


HBO and David Simon’s lush new drama series Treme “gets” New Orleans; they definitely get it, do you? Do you get the resilient heart, soul, spirit and humor of the people and places of New Orleans…?


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My mom found a bunch of stories and things that I’ve written over the years and I REALLY didn’t want her to?

I love to write and I’ve been writing stories since I was very young, but in the past five years I’ve been writing more intense stories, stories that are basically like diaries to me in a way – they’re based on my life but I put the spins on them that I wished would happen. These stories are for ME, although maybe one day I’ll go back to them and tweak them and do something more with them.

I’ve had a few scares over the years of my sister or friends reading them, but I just quickly hide them. Last night my mom jokingly in front of my whole family was like "I found one of Nola’s ‘Sagas’ a few days ago!" And she went on to explain what it was about. I was furious but I pretended to have no idea what she was talking about and convinced everyone it wasn’t mine. I am so annoyed. It was private and had a lot of things in it that no one can know about.

I spent the day going through the computer and old notebooks, deleted a bunch of stuff and shredded a bunch of stuff. Basically all of my stories are gone forever. I know this is hasty, but I felt it was the best thing to do. Plus, what are the odds that I really WOULD have gone back to them? It just upsets me because that’s basically five years of my life that I had to get rid of because my mom is unintentionally snoopy.

There are a few pieces I still am working on and I love to write, but I seriously don’t know what to do. I’m bisexual but my mom doesn’t know that and a lot of my stories are based on my crushes or whatever, and it’s so frustrating because I threw out ALL of them and now I have no written recollection of each crush – crushes that made me REALIZE I am bisexual and tehrefore meeant a lot to me. I’m so frustrated. ADvice?

Start writing again and hide them somewhere where your mom cant find them or go into your yahoo notepad and write them in there she wont be able to see them then good luck!

Cowboy Mouth – Disconnected (Live)

Cowboy Mouth – Disconnected (Live)

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Best names for a girl dog?

She’s a rat terrier and she’s sweet and lives in New Orleans. I want a funky NOLA name….and not "Nola"

She is your darling, right? So it is Mon Cher.
A good Cajun, Creole name would be Cher.

30STM The Kill Acoustic Cover Nola Style

WOW I was so nervous doing this so it is not my best. I am not a guitarist. Have only been playing a year. I have to dumb stuff way down cuz I can’t play bar chords very well. BUT I am a singer and have been singing my whole life.

This is my first of hopefully many videos sharing my voice.

As we say down here in Nawlins:

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Life Center NOLA

Apostle Allen White on the kit
We finally go t him to play it’s been a minute

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Festa dei gigli Nola 2009 – SARTO paranza INSUPERABILE

Festa dei Gigli Nola 2009
PARANZA : Insuperabile
MUSICA : Franco Manco
CANTANTI: Felice Parisi e Gaetano Gegnoso (Babbà)
Firmatario: Mario Ambrosino
Maestro di Festa: Fam. Del Vecchio e Fam. Vitale
Costruttore:Gruppo NAL

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KAJUN SS Live In NOLA 1-25-05 (Part 1)

“Bored Of Life”
“Back In The Ring”
Circle Bar, New Orleans LA USA
January 25, 2005

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