#i❤️ NOLA

 I recently found out, through a very keen friend, that @Instagram is finally allowing hashtags to include emojis. Since I totally communicate in hashtags...

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...

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...

Compère Lapin

Absolutely one of my all-time favorite meals this year, Compère Lapin certainly lived up to it’s expectations and then some. Located within the Old...

Rouler

<p>Rouler Cycling has just brought their "Worship The Bike" ethos to the CBD. The bicycling centric cafe soft opened earlier this week and have put a significant stake in the ground as a true community hub.</p>

Kristin Diable

<p>Legitimately one of the most exciting singer/songwriters to come out of New Orleans in a long time, Kristin Diable has crafted a soulful and sophisticated sound all her own. </p>

The Roots at The Orpheum Theater

<p>Last weekend, on the second and final weekend of Jazz Fest 2016, I checked off longstanding item off the bucket list...see The Roots play live. Last Saturday morning I did just that. </p>

Collision 2016

<p>New Orleans continues to grow exponentially and exceed the expectations of those who watch our city closely. This week, in between Jazz Fest weekends, we welcome one of the largest tech conference, Collision to Nola. </p>

La Riviere Confiserie

<p>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. </p>

PJ’s Coffee Welcomes Home PJ Morton

<p>New Orleans's own PJ Morton is back home in Nola, and set to release his latest record, Bounce & Soul Volume 1. Morton and Pj's Coffee are dropping his new record for free. Learn more in this brand new feature!</p>

China Lights at New Orleans City Park

<p>City Park recently kicked off one of the boldest events ever in the China Lights. The vibrant and lucid experience was a spectacle for sure. I recently got a chance to visit, check out the images after the click...</p>

Prytania Hall Coffee

<p>The Prytania Street / Touro neighborhood finally gets a legit coffee shop, the newly opened Prytania Hall Coffee shop. </p>

Olesya’s Candy Shop

<p>Artist Olesya has done it again with her latest solo exhibition "Candy Shop" in the warehouse district at Steve Martin Gallery this evening. </p>

Church Alley Coffee

<p>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.</p>

Patrick Melon

<p style="text-align: center;">I’ve been a huge fan of photographer and explorer <a target="_blank" href="http://melon.photos" rel="noopener noreferrer">Patrick Melon</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.instagram.com/melontao" rel="noopener noreferrer">(AKA @melontao)</a> for quite some time. His images drip with passion, grit, and reflect life in New Orleans like no one else. His work is authentic through and through. </p>

Blue Dream — Vintage Boutique

<p>Vintage as of late has become my jam. Whether it’s vintage film cameras and vinyl, vintage is where it’s at these days. I have to admit I’d prefer coping a great vintage pair of boots and jeans from a spot like our latest feature, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/bluedreamneworleans/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Blue Dream Vintage Boutique</a>, as opposed to any other big box or huge retailer around town.</p>

Ladies & Gentlemen…Nigel Hall

<p>There’s not a whole lot of music out there that makes me happier than funky soul music. New Orleans may be the birthplace of Jazz, but it’s where the combination of funk and soul collide in a big way. Nola exemplifies the sound and I can’t imagine it belonging to any other zip code. </p>

Q&C Hotel/Bar

<p>I was downtown for the weekend mainly because of Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer and for a long time I wanted to stay in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.qandc.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Q&C Hotel/Bar</a> (344 Camp St.).  Located in the CBD, and just blocks away from Champion Square, as well as tons of New Orleans attractions, the Q&C proved to be a perfect home base. </p>

Boudin, Bourbon, Beer 2015

<p>This year marks the second year in a row <a target="_blank" href="http://www.emeril.org" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Emeril Lagasse Foundation</a> event <a target="_blank" href="http://boudinbourbonandbeer.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer</a> has been held at Champion Square. The event brings together some of the best chefs from around world as well as chefs from our own Nola backyard in support of the foundation and the young people it benefits</p>

Pell drops “Limbo”

<p>Last summer, Nola's own <a target="_blank" href="http://pellyeah.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Pell</a> released his first full length record, "Floating While Dreaming". I remember the day of when the record hit, invaded my feed, and I immediately began streaming it and got sucked into it's dreamscape.</p>

Scott Jarrett — General Public Designs

<p>A few months ago when <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hattiesparks.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hattie Sparks</a> opened up her second location in the CBD, I was quite taken and equally blow away by not only the curated space in all it's super clean glory but the pieces of artwork that were hanging in plain view as you walked through the doors.</p>

Willa Jean is not my lover, but I’m in love.

<p>In plain view, the words "<span style="font-size:15px">Uneeda Biscuit" are emblazoned across the wall as you walk into the John Besh Group's newest eatery, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.willajean.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Willa Jean</a>.</span></p>