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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  

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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.


New Orleans Hosts BCS LSU and Alabama in the Dome

New Orleans

 

Wake Up!  Get Up!  Today is the day! If you are a college football fan today is a HUGE day, if you live in Louisiana it is even BIGGER than that!  It is the BCS National Championship and it is all happening right here in the New Orleans Superdome.  Oh, did I mention that the home team LSU Tigers (Louisiana State University) is the number one seed and playing number two seed Alabama Crimson Tide.  Yeah you right!  The city has been gearing up for this match up for days and you can feel it in the air.  In a few short hours we will have a new champion.

Both teams have extremely loyal fans who bleed their school colors and live on tailgates (and for the last few days in the New Orleans French Quarter).  Add that to an amazing city that never sleeps and you have a got a recipe for a party.  For some it is more than an excuse to party, college football is a way of life as deeply ingrained as any religion.  There are rituals and superstitions, prayers and petitions and team pride is taken to the grave.

A friend of mine shared his thoughts about remembering Tiger Fans who are no longer with us. I thought it was worth sharing with you. He also posted it on Tiger Droppings where Tiger fanatics talk about LSU.

“In 2003, before the National Championship against Oklahoma, I began a ritual where I take a moment before important LSU kickoffs to remember Tiger Fans and friends who are no longer with us. My parents had a neighbor, Mr. Ed, who lived across the street from them, who was a huge Tiger Fan. I used to visit Mr. Ed when I’d come in from Texas and we’d talk about the Tigers every chance we had. Mr. Ed never saw the Nick Saban era. He was a huge Tiger fan and his widow gave me the honor to have his LSU hat and the tiger he used to put in the back of their car when they would go to LSU games. We’ll be taking the tiger with us for the drive to New Orleans for the National Championship just like we did in 2003 and 2007. Shortly before the kickoff of the 2003 National Championship, I thought of Mr. Ed and many other Tiger Fans and friends and even some who were not Tiger Fans, in respect of their passing and the wish they could be with us to view the game. I continued the tradition in 2007 for the National Championship game against Ohio State. Shortly before Monday’s National Championship kickoff against Alabama, I will think about Mr. Ed and all of the Tiger Fans, family and friends who have passed who I’d love for them all to be with us to see the game. I know they will be with us in spirit! Geaux Tigers! Beat Bama…Again!!!!”  He also  said “Check out the beautiful and amazing comments people made about their favorite Tiger Fans who have passed. From burying family friends with LSU hats to brining LSU wear to gravesites…The comments will help you understand how deep the love for LSU Football is in it fans. Geaux Tigers!”

You can see the post in its entirety by following the link below:

http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/p/31021189/Remembering-Tiger-Fans-Who-Are-No-Longer-With-Us.aspx

For all the LSU fans past and present “Let’s do it in the Dome, Tigers!  Geaux LSU!!”

See you in NOLA!  (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Sharon Denise Talbot

New Orleans


New Orleans, LA – One Square Mile

The second episode from season two of One Square Mile explores the inhabitants of the Garden District and the Irish Channel neighborhoods of New Orleans, Louisiana. This documentary looks at the people of New Orleans, and the contemporary life of a post-Katrina city.

You can learn more about the people featured in this documentary, and view additional interviews from this and other square miles in the series by going to the series website www.onesquaremile.tv

Duration : 0:15:4

Read more…


Ray Rocks Renovation

Chances are if you have walked down any French Quarter street in the last few years you have seen my friend, Ray Hostetter.  He might have the phone to his ear or a tool of some kind in hand, but he always has a smile and a “Hey there” for passersby.  Now that may have been the extent of our association too, except for one thing (ok, two) I love construction, reconstruction, building, renovating, decorating. Whatever name you put on it, the creative process is fascinating to me.  Oh, and the second thing – I’m just nosy.

In my “ratting” around the Quarter, I had seen Ray at times working on a particularly beautiful place on the corner of Dauphine and Orleans. I could see the intensive work being done to the outside, but it was just killing me to know what they were doing to the inside. Come on, I know you know exactly what I’m talking about.  I saw the nose smudges on the windows. (Oops, sorry.  I guess those were mine.) Lo and behold, on this particular day a couple of years ago the door was wide open, so um, what to do, what to do?  Exactly, I went in.

Ray grew up in the construction business and was working in California until a series of events changed life as he knew it.  Work got scarce in big CA, Katrina hit New Orleans, a family member living in New Orleans said “Bring the wife and new baby over and work here”.  After doing a couple of flood houses in mid city and a 20 unit apartment complex Ray was introduced to the owner of the Orleans Avenue project, who we will call Mr. C.  It is interesting how one thing leads to another.  Mr. C. had rented a Bourbon Street balcony one Mardi Gras from Ray’s relative years ago and they became friends.

While into the Orleans Avenue project, Mr. C. decided to acquire the property at 435 Bourbon and turn it from a t-shirt shop into a bar. (Incidentally, this was the same place that he had rented all those Mardi Gras’ ago.) The whole bottom floor had to be taken out for the new electrical so while Ray was digging trenches between floor joices he made a discovery, an 1850 bottle of “Dr. J. Hostetter Stomach Bitters”.  This concoction of vitamins and herbs and 94% alcohol was sold to the Union army by train car from Pennsylvania during the first prohibition. Cool, huh? But it gets better. Did you notice that Dr. J and Ray share the same last name?  After doing a little research Ray found he and Dr. J were actually related.  That was when it all made sense for Ray, “I am in the right place doing what I am supposed to be doing.”

The Orleans Avenue project had discoveries of its’ own.  The first came when removing walls, Ray came upon the initials A.H. (another relative??) carved in a board with the date 1901.  Attached was a 1901 silver coin which today is worth $6,000.00.  These old French Quarter buildings are treasure troves and that is exactly what Ray thought when he uncovered the next surprise.  Extensive work was being done on the previously lathe and plastered walls.  Mr. C wanted the old brick walls exposed, cleaned and repointed.  In the process it was noticed that there was a definite brick archway visible just above floor level in the downstairs bedroom.

 At this point, you know a vision of Lafitte’s treasure was dancing in Ray’s head.  The old wood plank floors were pulled out and what looked like a tunnel opening was uncovered several feet under the existing floor.   Alas, the only thing inside was years upon years of mud and muck, no treasure.  But could it have been a bootleggers’ tunnel from Orleans Avenue to St. Peter and Dauphine, where for years the Tunnel Bar sat on the corner?  Research seems to lean more toward what was called a “cabinét”, something like a root cellar and not a tunnel at all.  Rather than cover up this historic piece of architecture, lightning and special glass flooring was installed to show it off.  It is breathtakingly beautiful, just like the rest of the three story structure and “slave quarters” included in this compound. 

Restoring this exquisite showplace to the splendor it deserves was a demanding, detailed project three years in the making and is today a phenomenal piece of workmanship.  A credit to a man who truly loves what he does. The mastery of his craft is so obvious in even the smallest detail. Bo might know sports, but Ray definitely knows renovation. You rock Ray!

 By Sharon Denise Talbot

*Stay tuned for more Renovation Reports with Ray.


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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
Apr 06
Mostly Sunny 75°/64° 0 %
Thu
Apr 07
Partly Cloudy 83°/72° 20 %
Fri
Apr 08
Partly Cloudy 85°/70° 20 %
Sat
Apr 09
Partly Cloudy 85°/71° 20 %
Sun
Apr 10
Partly Cloudy 86°/71° 10 %
Mon
Apr 11
Isolated T-Storms 84°/63° 30 %
Tue
Apr 12
Partly Cloudy 82°/67° 20 %
Wed
Apr 13
Sunny 83°/67° 0 %
Thu
Apr 14
Scattered T-Storms 82°/60° 60 %
Fri
Apr 15
Scattered Showers 80°/58° 60 %

 

Good Morning NOLA!   Happy Hump day! today.  Our day started off a little on the cool side but will warm up as the day goes on.The high will be mid-seventies. No chance of the wet stuff until possibly next Monday.  The forecast shows no rain. There will be some clouds but the sun should stay with us through weekend. There will be lots going on as usual.  French Quarter Fest is this weekend so lots of fun stuff going on in the Quarter.  Music, Food, people, what’s not to like. It is the largest free music festival in Louisiana.  All this in a thirteen block area! Grab your friends and family and get down there.  It starts on Thursday.  I will  be at the 1850′s House Store this Sunday sigining books. 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

Don’ t forget to check back tomorrow for your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast.

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast


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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 26
Partly Cloudy 83°/70° 20 %
Sun
Mar 27
Mostly Cloudy 83°/66° 20 %
Mon
Mar 28
Mostly Cloudy 81°/67° 20 %
Tue
Mar 29
Scattered T-Storms 83°/68° 40 %
Wed
Mar 30
Scattered T-Storms 74°/63° 40 %
Thu
Mar 31
Scattered T-Storms 74°/50° 40 %
Fri
Apr 01
Isolated T-Storms 67°/57° 30 %
Sat
Apr 02
Sunny 78°/60° 0 %
Sun
Apr 03
Scattered T-Storms 79°/59° 60 %
Mon
Apr 04
Partly Cloudy 79°/57° 10 %

 

Good Morning NOLA!  It’s going to be a hot one today. By this afternoon we will reach near record  high in the  eighties.  Only a twenty percent chance of rain in the forecast today but our chances increase over the weekend.  By Monday of next week we will see a forty percent chance.  The forecast is showing a twenty percent chance of showers for Saturday and Sunday. It is only suppose to be isolated thunder storms but be prepared. Tuesday looks like it will start a few days of rain for the Big Easy.  I will have the umbrella at the ready but there is plenty of cover in the Quarter. What’s a little rain after all. So don’t let that keep you from coming out to the French Quarter to see me at the 1850′s House Store.  I will be signing my latest book “If I Were A French Quarter Rat” and also  “I Love You Bigger Than The Sky!”  Whatever you decide to do today, enjoy! See y’all in NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot

Don’ t forget to check back tomorrow for your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast.

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast


New Orleans Cooking Schools – Benefits Of Enrolling In One

You can attend any of the several New Orleans cooking schools that are situated at various locations. People from all over the world come to attend these cooking schools in New Orleans due to its unique cultural areas in the country. This information regarding the unique culture of this region is difficult to find elsewhere in the world.

You would be taught different types of cooking abilities so that you can cook great food and gain a lot of experience. What is special about cooking schools in New Orleans is the traditional Cajun cooking. You would have to explore a little more if you want to learn this traditional Cajun cooking.

Most of the people are unaware of the requirements that should be essential in a school. Cooking schools would serve you more than just teaching about the foods available in the region. You would be endeavored with the folklore and culture of this region. There is a story behind every lesson you learn and dish you cook which makes it more interesting. You can learn all this also in a cooking school in New Orleans.

If you are looking for a New Orleans cooking school to gain experience of cooking then you should choose from numerous selections available to you. You can visit several schools to gain knowledge about the types of offers they have for you and the level unto which they can fulfill your requirements. Although you can learn a lot from their website, but visiting personally would help you understand their school mission and style in a true sense. You would be happy to know that they will also let you taste the great food of this process also.

You should also study about the goals and history of the school whenever you visit any of the New Orleans cooking school. It would be easy to understand the current functioning of the business once you understand the thought behind the detailed history and professionals or educators. It is very important that you understand how New Orleans cooking school would help you achieve your goals.

Therefore, it is necessary to do research about several New Orleans cooking schools situated at various locations before you opt for one. If you have to invest your time and money to learn the character and culture of these schools then why not search for the best one. New Orleans cooking schools offer you an opportunity to excel in your field and achieve you dreams by getting this world class cooking education.

So, what are you waiting for? Hop online and do proper research before you join any of this world class New Orleans cooking schools.

Abhishek Agarwal

http://www.articlesbase.com/cooking-tips-articles/new-orleans-cooking-schools-benefits-of-enrolling-in-one-708666.html


Carry a pocket knife on bourbon street?

Could I carry a decent sized pocket knife while walking up and down bourbon street? Going into bars and shops? Laws down there? Never been there before.

as long as the blade is not longer than 4 inches it’s not a problem.

but wearing it say on your belt, in a holder is not recommended as the policemen/bouncers may ask you to leave it at home or in your car.

so carry it if you want but keep it in your pocket or out of sight.


Does anyone know a good recipe for Bourbon Street Chicken?!?

Anything like the one used by Golden Corral, maybe?!

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 ounces soy sauce
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/8 cup bourbon whiskey
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

DIRECTIONS: Place chicken breasts in a 9×13 inch baking dish. In a small bowl combine the ginger, soy sauce, onion flakes, sugar, bourbon and garlic powder. Mix together and pour mixture over chicken. Cover dish and place in refrigerator. Marinate overnight. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove dish from refrigerator and remove cover. Bake in the preheated oven, basting frequently, for 1 1/2 hours or until chicken is well browned and juices run clear.
Yield: 4 Servings


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New Orleans Weather 10 Day Forecast 

Welcome to 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.  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
Jan 18
Showers 64°/46° 60 %
Wed
Jan 19
Sunny 61°/51° 10 %
Thu
Jan 20
Isolated T-Storms 64°/40° 30 %
Fri
Jan 21
AM Clouds / PM Sun 49°/34° 10 %
Sat
Jan 22
Sunny 52°/36° 0 %
Sun
Jan 23
Sunny 56°/44° 0 %
Mon
Jan 24
Partly Cloudy 61°/48° 20 %
Tue
Jan 25
Showers 60°/46° 40 %
Wed
Jan 26
Showers 61°/42° 30 %
Thu
Jan 27
AM Clouds / PM Sun 58°/42° 20 %

Good Morning NOLA!  That same old sixty percent chance of rain is hanging over our heads.  You know the drill.  Keep the umbrella handy and I would suggest rain appropriate foot gear for today.   A light jacket or sweater will work for those of you that are a little cold natured or that really feel the dampness. The high is sixy four, so another damp day in store. The good news is the forecast for tomorrow shows a beautiful sunny day with only a chance of isolated showers for Thursday.  The weekend looks good and will be here quick with this short work week for some of you.  Enjoy your day and I’ll see you in NOLA!

New Orleans Weather 10 Day Forecast 

New Orleans Weather 10 Day Forecast 


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