With Mardi Gras Day a week away, I’m back at it with the King Cakes I’ll be bringing along with me all Mardi Gras Long. Whether it’s bringing them to Mardi Gras parties, birthday parties, or work events, or to the parade route, these are my favorite Mardi Gras King Cakes this year.
Make no bones about it, and I’ve said this before, if I could walk around with a coffee drip running through my veins I would. The act of fetching/having/going out for coffee is a huge part of my process as a photographer, or for that matter a creative. I’ve featured lots of coffee shops over the years, and these are a few I’m currently obsessing over. Follow them and show them some love when your own craving kicks in.
I’m not sure why, but I haven’t been in and around the Bywater in a few months. So weird since it’s absolutely one of my favorite neighborhoods for all things food, music, and of course the photographic opportunities. With that said, I’ve been seeing a ton of great images rolling through my feed for The Bywater Bakery and I stopped in recently to check it out.
I’ve been spending a lot of time in the French Quarter as of late. Being a person built on the idea of routine, coffee (specifically iced coffee) is my morning godsend. I have always been a huge fan of the well positioned and highly accessible original Cafe Envie ( 308 Decatur St.), it’s their latest location further down the main French Quarter boulevard (1241 Decatur St.) that has really captured me. These two totally different spots are my go to places for my first or even my third iced coffee. Their newest location seen below is quaint and equally efficient with a great staff that will always quick to remember your…
I can’t imagine a more accessible and delectable place to grab brunch in the French Quarter. Belle’s Diner, located steps away and literally directly across from The French Market, is perfectly situated with the heart of the French Quarter. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, it’s worth the walk or drive. It’s been a month or so since I stopped in and I truly can’t stop dreaming of the fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich as well as their super legit chicken and waffles. It has such a great retro feel, and every time I visit Belle’s, I get super stuffed and it totally brings out the masochist foodie…
Absolutely one of my all-time favorite meals this year, Compère Lapin (535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130) certainly lived up to it’s expectations and then some. Located within the Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery, the kitchen is driven by the enigmatic and stellar owner + executive chef Nina Compton. Even though Nina is originally from St. Lucia, she’s all Nola. After blowing away the competition in Bravo’s Season 11 of Top Chef (in Nola), Nina returned to New Orleans to bring her native flavors to our town. While staying at the Old 77, I had a tremendous meal which included a ridiculous Cornmeal Crusted Catfish Sandwic and Nina’s signature Sweet Potato…
Nestled smack dab in the middle of Magazine Street, the recently opened La Riviere Confiserie (sweet shop), is a modern day oasis for sweets tooths from around the city.
Rumors, construction, and total excitement finally led to the opening of The Ace Hotel in New Orleans. It's been a long time coming and we're stoked for it be here.
The Prytania Street / Touro neighborhood finally gets a legit coffee shop, the newly opened Prytania Hall Coffee shop.
New Orleans has been "up and coming" for quite some time. Neighborhoods all over the city are being revitalized and renewed. One of those neighborhoods is Central City and specifically, one of it's main thoroughfares, Oretha Castle Haley.