Down in the deep south of USA, there’s a city with an air of European charm to it that you wouldn’t expect to find this side of the Atlantic. From the 17th century French architectural work of St. Louis Cathedral to the iconic wrought iron balconies covered in lush greenery, New Orleans is filled with romance and joie de vivre, a reflection deeply rooted in the city’s iconic designs.
Everyone knows of the French Quarter. It’s where you go to play tourist in the vibrant city of New Orleans. But head north for a few minutes and you’ll find an unobtrusive little town where locals go to enjoy their weekends away from the more festive side of the Crescent City.
Today, there is no shortage of brands, flavors, and types of the golden brew available for widespread consumption, but among the titans of bottling suds sits Nola Brewing Company, a young and exciting brew house, that uses its passion for the city to create beers its city is passionate about.
Backyard boils come a dime a dozen in New Orleans. Finding one is as easy as asking a bartender where they’ll be at shifts end. Jackie, whose backyard boil we attended, and James of Clesi’s, may seem laid back when putting together these down south cookouts, but make no mistake, they aren’t messing around.
The history of Mardi Gras Indians has been shrouded in mystery and folklore since they began taking to the streets in the mid-19th century. There is a reason for that. The rituals of these tribes aren’t for sale. In fact, very little profit comes from being a Mardi Gras Indian, but the love of New Orleans and the ancestry it affords is more than enough for the men and women keeping this tradition alive. Dressing up in full regalia to celebrate festivals like Super Sunday is a point of pride for them.