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  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    The 10 Best Reasons to Visit Voodoo Fest This Weekend

    This weekend you could be carving pumpkins and handing out candy, or doing something much cooler by jumping in the car and heading to New Orleans for the 16th annual Voodoo Music Arts Experience. Costumed freaks and music fans alike will be descending on the historic City Park for three days of mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Data Compares Houston Street Grid With Others From Around the Country (Update)

    For the non-GPS drivers among us, do ever marvel at the how the city's street follows a north-south axis? Of course not. But a data scientist from the Northwest put together a few comparisons of street grids using Census data and came up with this: The plots reveal some stark trends. Most of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    45 Years On, Jazz Fest Remains an Irresistible Draw

    The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival wrapped up its 45th anniversary celebration this weekend with an announcement that Shell Oil will remain the festival's presenting sponsor for at least five more years, when it will turn 50. The seven-day event was blessed with near-perfect weather and play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Mardi Gras Bars

    10. THE CREOLE BAR AND GRILL All the college kids from both TSU and U of H Main hang out at the Creole for some killer Louisiana food and equally killer Louisiana imbibing. With a huge patio and sweet jazz playing most days, it may not offer the crushing madness of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    NBA All-Star Game Has Turned into the AND1 Mixtape Tour

    Why not just make it a three-on-three tournament or a trick shot competition? Why even bother trotting out the "All-Stars" and making them jog up and down the court? The All-Star game in New Orleans Sunday night wasn't even a pick up game because guys in those games actually care about playing a smi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Recipe: New Orleans BBQ Shrimp with Turmeric Rice

    Mardi Gras mecca New Orleans may not be the first city you think of as an idyllic winter holiday destination, but that delicious, charming city will be forever part of my Christmas memories thanks to an impromptu trip my and husband and took the week before the 25th. With both of our parents on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    The Five Best Acts at Voodoo Fest 2013

    The 2013 edition of the Voodoo Festival has come and gone, leaving everyone who came out counting down the days until the next time they can step foot in New Orleans' City Park. This year people were treated to standout sets spread across four stages from the likes of Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Kid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Five Things to Avoid at Voodoo Fest 2013

    The annual Voodoo Festival is starts today, bringing people from all over the gulf coast region to the New Orleans event. Taking place in the gorgeous City Park in the north part of the city, this years event is set to feature the likes of Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure as we'll as a smatte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Figuring Out Fleur de Sel (Ocean Salt)

    During a recent minibreak to New Orleans, I realized two things: 1) If prepared well, muffulettas are terrific and 2) I have been confusing, at least in my head, fleur de sel and fleur de lis. The latter is hard to escape in New Orleans, which has appropriated this botanical design as a symbol of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    A Whole Lotta Harbaugh: Super Bowl XLVII BATTLE-DRINK Is Here!

    Super Bowl Sunday will be upon us soon. I have the good fortune of being able to cover the game in New Orleans this year, and from the bottom of my heart let me say that I wish I could bring each and every one of you with me. I really do. But I can't, so in lieu of cramming all of you into my renta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    HPD Canine Unit Helping with Bomb-Sniffing at the Super Bowl

    Those of us coming into Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday morning were greeted with TSA-like screenings, army personnel sweeping our bags for explosives, and even bomb-sniffing dogs, including one of Houston's finest four-legged officers, driven in to help out New Orleans's squad, whose K-9 unit was t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    New Orleans Braces For Super Bowl XLVII Onslaught As Future Of The Game Is Debated

    Excited tension hung heavy in the air in New Orleans on Monday evening as the coming Super Bowl XLVII super-storm of tourist dollars began to filter into town. Most streets downtown near convention center are already cordoned off. There are NFL banners blanketing the city. The Mercedes-Benz Superd ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2012
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    December 14, 2012

    10 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: December 14-16

    Kinky December 15, the Engine Room In the same class as Cafe Tacuba, Kinky is a Mexican alt-rock band no stranger to electronic music and hip-hop. The group formed in Monterrey in the late '90s and has seen its star steadily rise, headlining Central Park's SummerStage this past July during New York' ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012
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    November 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen Falls Short of Louisiana Flavor

    New Orleans cuisine is the definition of hearty, spicy food. From shrimp Po-Boys to crawfish etouffee, each bite is filled with Cajun spice. Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen has a menu filled with New Orleans classic dishes, but the lackluster flavors left me dissatisfied. I'd heard that Schilleci's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    In Memoriam: The Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune

    And so it has come to pass: an venerable and award-winning major metropolitan daily has ceased publishing every day. Last week, Newhouse Newspapers announced that this fall, their new acquisition, the 175-year-old New Orleans Times-Picayune, would only hit the streets in print form three days a we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Bonna-What?: How 7 U.S. Music Festivals Got Their Names

    This whole week, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, featuring the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Pulp, At the Drive-In, the Shins, AVICII, David Guetta and maybe one or two others, will be all anyone who follows music these days will be talking about. Then early next week, it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    New Orleans' Ponderosa Stomp: A Photo Diary

    Photos by Brett KoshkinNew Orleans' Ponderosa Festival thrives on 45s.​Maybe it's age or my ever-increasing tailspin of stagnating taste, but I just don't find music festivals palatable in the slightest these days. Multi-day romps to summertime smorgasboards is for the birds. No matter if it t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    The Napkin Files: Deep Thoughts From Shallow Waters

    Charles Simms/fineartamerica.comJoe's Cozy Corner in New Orleans​Lonesome Onry and Mean spends quite a bit of night time in bars and music venues writing random thoughts on bar napkins. Lots and lots of bar napkins. Usually LOM is laboring under the delusion that he's having a brilliant idea, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    10 Facts for Fat Tuesday: The Story of the Hurricane

    The good kind of Hurricane.​It's one of New Orleans's most enduringly popular cocktails, and -- like most things from the Big Easy -- it comes with a great back-story: the Hurricane. We know that many of you will be sipping a Hurricane of your own tonight (or perhaps today, you lucky bastard) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Top 10 Louisiana Bands Of All Time

    ​Pardon the geographical pun, but besides Texas, our neighbor to the east may be the most musical state in these United States. And in terms of per capita, Louisiana, which ranks 25th in population to Texas' second, is probably second to none. Outside Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the program m ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Eating Red Beans and Rice Without a Fork

    ​I make a killer red beans and rice. It's so simple and easy to do, it always makes me flinch a little when I get the urge to order it at a restaurant - unless I'm in New Orleans, where it just comes with the territory, along with po-boys, hurricanes and Abita beer. On a recent visit to New O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Graphic: When Festival Booking Goes Too Far

    Garland RobinetteYes, this is the real Jazz Fest 2011 poster, and that's really Jimmy Buffett.​Every spring, New Orleans puts on something called the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. But as Jazz Fest has grown more and more popular, the headlining acts have had less and less to do with ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt reported on which Houston restaurants have opened and which have closed, including three Cajun joints. Which led commenter Tim to reflect on Creole and Cajun, New Orleans and Lafayette: Forgive me for I am about to nitpick: 'Three separate Cajun places went to that big C ... More >>

  • Music

    January 13, 2011

    Hustle Town

    Hustlers Brass Band brings hometown joie de vivre.

  • Music

    January 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Better Than Ezra Succeeding On Their Own Terms

    Rick Olivier​It's been a hot minute since we've heard from '90s hitmakers Better Than Ezra, but they've reconvened over the last year, releasing their seventh album Paper Empire and embarking on a "Road to Mardi Gras" tour which winds down New Years Eve in the band's hometown of New Orleans. ... More >>

  • Music

    December 9, 2010
  • Music

    December 2, 2010

    Parade Rest

    A NOLA second-line at Uptown Hookah bar

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Bartender Chat: Buck Baker of Jackson's Watering Hole

    ​Buck Baker has been bartending around Houston for 15 years. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, he came back to Houston to work at McElroy's Irish Pub. McElroy became his mentor, and he quickly went from bar back to bartender to now bar owner of Jackson's Watering Hole (1205 ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 4, 2010
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    November 3, 2010

    Stirred & Shaken: Jackson's Watering Hole's Sazerac

    Troy Fields​Heading into New Orleans on I-55, just before you cross the fourth-longest bridge in the world (and the second-longest in south Louisiana), you'll pass a couple remote restaurants/bars that for reasons I can't explain fit perfectly in the alluvial landscape. The exterior of NOLA-th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Want To Lease Numbers?

    ​Amazing what you can find on Facebook these days. The Chronicle's real-estate blog is reporting some interesting information, namely that Numbers says it isn't closing, and the owner says he's not kicking them out. Very interesting, then, that the club appears to be on the market. Rocks Off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Recipe Review: Brennan's Pralines, Part 2

    ​If you're feeling adventurous and want to make something that you can pass out to your family and friends (who will immediately love you unconditionally), then try this recipe. It's the orange zest that really makes all the flavors pop. See Part 1 for helpful tricks and tips. Brennan's New O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    New Orleans Dining on the Cheap: Daisy Duke's

    ​Shockingly, most restaurants in or around the French Quarter of New Orleans area close at 10 p.m. during the week. The drunks are left to choose from Lucky Dogs or greasy pizza. But if they stumble slightly out of the Quarter to 121 Chartres St., they'll happen upon this 24-hour establishment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans' Beaming Musical Ambassador

    ​Many people say that going to New Orleans feels like being in another time. In fact, the city's current slogan for its tourism TV spots, which Rocks Off caught just this morning, is "you're different here." Listening to Kermit Ruffins, who plays House of Blues Friday night, has that effect t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #22 The Roast Beef Poor Boy at Mama's Cajun Cuisine

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Lucky Dogs in New Orleans

    ​Lucky Dogs in downtown New Orleans reminds me of the after-clubbing pizza guys that hang out around the Midtown and downtown districts in Houston. You don't have to be drunk to enjoy one, but they really hit the spot after a night out dancing.

  • Calendar

    May 6, 2010

    Stiletto Jam

    It's a lesbian ladies' night

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Lauren McCabe, Young & Recessioned: Three Jobs At A Time

    ​Today's installment of Young & Recessioned features Lauren McCabe, a 25-year-old living in New Orleans who went from being unemployed to teaching how not to do it. I went to school at Columbia in New York City. I didn't have any idea what I wanted to do. And even people who say they do, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Treme: Getting The Tribe Back Together

    Hamsterdam: Treme gets a few Wire shoutouts.​This was the most Wire-heavy episode of Treme yet. We've already got Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters in major roles, but this ep was packed with shout-outs to David Simon's former series. One of Sonny's buddies mispronounced Amsterdam as "Hamsterda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Treme: Getting The Tribe Back Together

    Hamsterdam: Treme gets a few Wire shoutouts.​This was the most Wire-heavy episode of Treme yet. We've already got Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters in major roles, but this ep was packed with shout-outs to David Simon's former series. One of Sonny's buddies mispronounced Amsterdam as "Hamsterda ... More >>

  • Music

    April 22, 2010

    9th Ward Ramblers

    New Orleans's Zydepunks embody the polyglot culture of their hometown...loudly.

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    April 19, 2010

    iFest Aftermath: A Sensory Smorgasbord And Spontaneous Reggae Dance Party

    GroovehouseNew Orleans Hustlers Brass Band​ The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley when it comes to Houston weather. That's how Aftermath found ourselves obsessively refreshing the iFest Twitter page around noon yesterday for some sign that the show would go on in spite of the stormy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    iFest Aftermath: After The Rain, A Downpour Of Gulf Coast Soul

    Photos by Eggs/ breakfastontour.comThe Hustlers Brass Band was popular with our writers and photographers.​ As Sunday morning came down in sheets of rain and the crackle of thunder, prospects looked cloudy for Day 2 of the Houston International Festival. Intrepid music fans who dragged out of bed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    The Best Roadfood of All...

    ​This past weekend a few of us took to the streets to savor the Roadfood Festival over in New Orleans. What is it? Roadfood spotlights the fantastic regional dishes found along our American roads and highways -- in small towns, along railroad tracks, and in our neighborhoods. The festival brou ... More >>

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