• Eat & Drink

    Belle’s Diner

    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…

  • Isla Moon
    PEOPLE

    Isla Moon

    Painter and creative producer Isla Moon is one of my favorite folks around town. We met on a photoshoot a few years ago, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to feature her and her enigmatic and colorful art. I tend to gravitate towards colorful, simple, and abstract art and Moon’s work checks all of my favorite boxes. Of course art, is hard to fathom when it’s in the form of 1’s and 0’s here on the web, but it’s safe to say that her artwork shimmers and gleams with spirit and impasto. Her work certainly reflects her aura and her approach to life, especially in intensity and texture. Here’s her…

  • Eat & Drink

    Compère Lapin

    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…

  • PEOPLE

    PJ Morton is sticking to his guns.

    2016 has already been a stellar year for PJ Morton. Earlier this year, Morton released his most recent love letter to Nola, “Bounce & Soul Vol 1” mixtape, which in my mind has become an instant classic. The New Orleans East native & Maroon 5 keyboardist, has been all over the world, and has decided to make a move back to New Orleans, and back to where it all started. I spent some time with PJ a few weeks ago, right before the annually huge Essence Fest, and we talked about not only Bounce & Soul, but his new maxi-single EP release, “Sticking To My Guns”. We talked and reminisced about our…

  • Entertainment

    The Music Box Village finds new home!

    The Music Box Village is one of the coolest and most unique events/community/dreams in New Orleans to date. Started in 2011 while resting in place in a Bywater backyard, The Music Box, produced by the not-for-profit collective New Orleans Airlift, was the most talked about event/experience of last year. Hosted inside City Park in 2015, The Music Village have finally found a permanent place they can call home. Now with over 55,000 square feet to work with and the space and tools etc to make it all come to fruition, they need our help to continue making magic. With that said, it takes a village (punny huh?) to make the magic…

  • Ultimate Southern Roadtrip
    STAY

    Ultimate Southern Roadtrip w/ The Loews Hotel

    There’s really nothing better than a staycation. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I cherish those special Red Bull fueled roadtrips and long flights to places I’ve never been just as much as the next guy, but it’s a staycation that really helps to refresh, renew, and revive, without the ride back. With that said, what better place to stay than in New Orleans. I was thrilled to have recently played tourist in my own little staycation with The Loews Hotel at the foot of Poydras St. (300 Poydras St.) in the heart of, well everything. I have to admit that the staycations I embark on are super special and rid…