Monica Hernandez

<p>For the past 4 years, Monica Hernandez has reported on nearly 1,000 New Orleans days and nights as part of the award winning news team at WWL Channel 3. In those 4 years, she's experienced and shared with us the tremendous highs and tumultuous lows of life in New Orleans. Originally from Sand Diego, Monica spent 3 years in Jackson before making her way down to New Orleans in 2010. I've always been a fan of her's, and I was thrilled to be able to get to know her.</p>

Atomic Burger

<p>Veterans Memorial Blvd. from end to end runs nearly 10 miles and has always been the main thoroughfare in Metairie. Still to this day I can hear my parents arguing over where we were going to eat while we drove down Vets. Things have changed dramatically all over the city since Katrina and Metairie is constantly keeping pace with the rest of the metro area. Except for food.</p>

The Head and The Heart

<p>I can credit the fine folks at RDIO for introducing my to The Head and The Heart. Since 2010, the Seattle based H&H have released 2 beautifully and tightly rendered masterpiece records. Since hearing "Lost In My Mind" from their self-titled debut, I couldn't imagine it would ever get better than that recording. I was terribly wrong. From the moment they walked out on stage at The Civic Theatre, till the final encore, their live performance was truly bombastic and magical. When "Lost in My Mind" began, it turned into a perfect rolling thunder.</p>

Manhattan Jack

<p>One of the jewels of Uptown New Orleans is Prytania Street. Whether it's catching a flick at The Prytania Theatre, being romantic at Le Crepe Nanou, or getting your hair did at Paris Parker, there's not much you can't get on Prytania. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/ManhattanJackNOLA" rel="noopener noreferrer">Manhattan Jack</a> is one of our favorite places on Prytania, and is slap dab in the middle of all the action.</p>

Dinner Lab

<p style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px">"This dinner will never happen again" is the one statement that sticks with me from the video below explaining the true purpose behind Dinner Lab. Less than 3 years ago, founder and Nola stalwart Brian Bordainick, set out to create a unique dining experience based in and around New Orleans. His culinary epiphany has seen a meteoric rise and expansion to other foodie towns like Nashville, Chicago, San Fran, New York City, and Atlanta in which I'm sure they don't serve Dirty Bird. Below is their mission statement in motion...</p>

Olesya Robison

<p>It's nearly 6,400 miles from Karsno, Russia to New Orleans, LA. New Orleans based contemporary painter/designer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.olyrobison.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Olesya Robison</a> could not be more at home. After successful corporate creative pit-stops, Olesya has officially come home Nola to live, create, and share her imagination and vision.</p>

RIO MAR

<p>As a charter member of the "meat & potatoes" club of America, i've never been confused with being a pescetarian. After my most recent trip to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.riomarseafood.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Rio Mar</a>, i'm seriously considering infusing more and more fish into my diet.</p>

Cake Cafe

<p style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px">I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Bywater/Marigny area for a reason. It’s quite possibly the most genuine and intriguing area of our city with just a hint of mystery. Some of my favorite people, places, and things to do are in what some people consider the next area in New Orleans to blow up. I agree with them.</p>

Richard Sexton – Creole World

<p>For several decades, famed photographer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.richardsextonstudio.com/home.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">Richard Sexton</a> has documented through his lens, the world over. Even though he was born in Atlanta, which we won't hold against him, Richard Sexton calls New Orleans home and has become his base of operation for quite some time.</p>

RING MY COWBELL

<p>To say we're obsessed with burgers would be an understatement! Chef Brack May at Cowbell has created one of our favorites ever.</p>

St. Charles Streetcar Line

<p><em>Since 1835, The St. Charles Avenue Streetcar has run the same 13.2 mile route from Canal Street in the French Quarter to where Carrolton Avenue and the Mississippi River meet. The St. Charles Streetcar line is the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world, along quite possibly one of the most beautiful avenues in America.</em></p>

ROOT

<p>Ambitious has only recently entered the new orleans food vernacular. Executive chef & owner Phillip Lopez along with gm & owner Maximilian Ortiz have generated a ravenous frenzy with their latest and ambition filled eatery, <a target="_blank" href="http://rootnola.com/index.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">Root</a>.</p>

Cardinal Sons – The Echo Choir

<p>I can't imagine there being any more symbolism involved in <a target="_blank" href="http://cardinalsons.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Cardinal Sons'</a> latest EP release, The Echo Choir. As I sat down and spun their most recently dropped disc, I began to realize just how aptly formed the title was. Take a look at the it closely and hopefully when you give it a listen, you'll see and hear all the signs. Before you go out purchase and subsequently cue it up, let me describe a few as a bit of a tease.</p>

Hannah Mcswain

<p>We've been fans of photographer Hannah Mcswain for quite some time now. Instagram has become sort of a compass in seeking out inspired talent, especially in the photography field. We certainly appreciate great photography. Being that Nola is considered the smallest big town in America, it's not a surprise we came across Hannah's work on Instagram.</p>

Restaurant R’evolution

<p><img src="https://www.iheartnola.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Restauran-R-cover.jpg" alt="" title="Restauran-R-cover" width="600" height="504" /></p>

DAT DOG INVADES MAGAZINE ST.

<p>In just a few years and several locations later, <a target="_blank" href="http://datdognola.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dat Dog</a> has cemented their spot in Nola foodie lore. With the grand opening of their latest location on Magazine Street happening next week, Dat Dog looks to expand on its already massive following.</p>

60 Mins from Nola : Tanger Outlet

<p>When New Orleanians have had enough of the city, there's a ton of options for us to just get out. Whether it's north, west, east, and of course south, each direction would offer an escape from your world here. Our newest series "60 mins. from Nola" will highlight events, towns, shops, and places within an hour of New Orleans where folks can get away without taking a vacation day.</p>

DOMENICA IS UNICO ITALIANO

<p>Even before i knew how to spell "parmesan" & "garganelli", I knew Italian food would always make me happy. It truly wasn't till the storm that i finally found out red gravy is actually marinara, it isn't always made with sugar, and angel hair is actually officially called "cappellini". Recently, Domenica, inside the historic roosevelt hotel, has made it it's mission to introduce new orleans to sophisticated & pure italian dining.</p>

L. Kasimu Harris

<p>The word "hustler" has been defined in many ways of the years, and at times can have less than honorable connotations. The latter would certainly not be the way to describe Southern renaissance man <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lkasimuharris.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">L. Kasimu Harris</a>. Writer, photographer, and style blogger are just three of the occupations in which Kasimu has in his wheelhouse.</p>

Blue Dot Donut

<p>Just like most people around town, we all tend to refer to time we spent in NOLA in a post or pre-Katrina fashion. Back in the day, when I was a pre-driver liscence, pre-pubescent, some of my fondest memories growing up were the experiences I had at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Veterans in Metairie.</p>

NolaBeings.com

<p>It's been officially 4 years since Brandon began his web project <a target="_blank" href="http://www.humansofnewyork.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Humans of New York</a>. Now in 2014, Humans of New York has over 7 million fans on Facebook + another 1.3 million followers via Twitter & Instagram combined. In terms of content, it's a truly unique idea to combine a portrait of a person on the street and tie a real story that relates to that image. I began following Humans about a year or so ago and became completely enamored.</p>

The Wooden Wings

<p>We're so thrilled and proud to introduce our collaboration with Nola fashion and accessory brand <a target="_blank" href="http://www.shopflyingfox.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Flying Fox</a> on a new series of features entitled New Orleans Local Loves! Throughout the next couple of months, we'll be featuring stylish & exciting Nola mavens, check in and see what they're up to, as well as get a rundown of some of their favorite places around town.</p>

CRIOLLO

<p>I will admit that the tagline on this week's feature is a bit bold. In less than a year, the nearly 150 year old historic French Quarter Hotel Monteleone completed it's most ambitious renovation yet. The transformation features an expanded Carousel Bar and the new restaurant <a target="_blank" href="http://hotelmonteleone.com/criollo/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Criollo</a>.</p>

Pops Park

<p>Each and every person who has spent any time in New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, has seen the unbelievably elegant Armstrong archway on N. Rampart Street. Louisiana based band Mute Math's 2009 Armistace cover art was famously composed in front of Armstrong Park.</p>

IHN X VSCO

<p>We've been fans of <a target="_blank" href="http://vsco.co/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Visual Supply Co.'s VSCO Films</a> for quite some time now. We're just as big, if not bigger fans of their insanely popular iPhone and Android aptly titled app VSCO CAM. The later app has reached 3.0 status and is faster and better than ever.</p>

THIS CAT DON’T PLAY

<p>There's the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Andrés "Big Cat" Galarraga, and then there's <a target="_blank" href="http://elgatonegronola.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">El Gato Negro</a>, where some of the best Mexican food I've ever had is allowed to roam around like a big dog.</p>

Jenna Collins

<p>Veterinary student Jenna Collins is one of the most stylish folks I've met in quite some time. Her approach to style is fearless as well as seemingly effortless. Whether it's opening galas or just grabbing coffee, she's always well put together. Her choices in color, texture, shape, and accessories are what truly make her unique. I still can't get over how well she rocks that hat.</p>

SATSUMA, THE OTHER ORANGE.

<p style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px">Upon each and every visit to the Bywater nestled below the french quarter, I'm equally surprised and inspired. This time it's the cosy and one of a kind charm of Satsuma Cafe that seems to be working it's magic. Quint and inviting would be the perfect description for this very popular eatery. After a day trip around the Bywater, I decided to listen to droves of folks who've been heckling me for not visiting Satsuma.</p>

SUCRE

<p>In one of the most idiotic retail moves in history, Starbucks pulled out of Lakeside Shopping Center and left their spot vacant until <a target="_blank" href="http://www.shopsucre.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sucre</a> took over. It seems that smarter + cooler heads prevailed and the space has been transformed into a Mr. Magorium style coffee and sweet delights emporium.</p>

The New Riverwalk

<p>It's been nearly 30 years since the Poydras Street and Julia Street Wharfs were knocked down and transformed into "The Riverwalk Marketplace" directly after the 1984 World's Fair. Over the years, I have to admit that as a local I'd visited The Riverwalk less than a handful of times. Once or twice as a teenager I swung by the Abercrombie there years ago, and most recently checked out the Southern Beverage Museum. That's the extent of my experience with the original Riverwalk.</p>