Wine and food are highlights of this city. The delightful creole sustenance, the endless seafood cooked a thousand ways, and the fresh flavor New Orleans can put on something as simple as rice or a bun and call it gourmet. Louisiana has quite a few noted wineries and with an upcoming annual wine festival which takes place in the Quarter, locals and tourists alike can sample all New Orleans has to offer in true Louisiana form.
I found access to many off the beaten path eateries while visiting New Orleans and bars like Erin Rose(in the Quarter) and the Apple Barrel (on Frenchman St), house behind the scenes (but well known by locals) food joints.
Killer Po Boys, which is in the back room of Erin Rose has been named "Best of..." by numerous periodicals including, He Said She said, and Playboy magazine.
Adolfo, upstairs and conveniently hiding, has had a waitlist every time I have visited, and you wouldnt even know it was there, as the customers wait patiently in the bar area of the Apple Barrel while live music draws in the street crowds with its intoxicating vibes.
Bring your cash for both these venues because both these local secrets are cash only my friends.
|My friends enjoying the Art Market and it's famous local artists|
While on Frenchman Street, if you happen to pass by the Frenchman St Art Market, be sure to stop in and talk to the artists. Let them share their city with you, as well as their history. There is nothing better than the wine and food except for the art, architecture and history of New Orleans.
And no one better to tell it than the NewOrleans locals themselves.
|Artist Welmon Sharlhorn|
Make sure you look for local artists such as Welmon Sharlhorn is a well known local talent who can be found sharing his famous pieces while lounging and telling his story on any given night. Not only a great story, full of New Orleans history, but a gifted talent, happy to share his musings.
I love a man with a smile and a story.
We are all aware of the live music of Frenchman Street, with fantastic music venues such as DBA and the Spotted Cat, who showcase local as well as national talents, but if you get the chance, check out Jazz in the Park at Armstrong Park. It's free and happening every Thursday during the spring from 5-7. It is family friendly, so if you have the kids in tow in the Crescent City, there are still ways to get your music fix. Enjoy.
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