Mardi Gras

Wondering where to stay in New Orleans? A look at two cool hotels in New Orleans: the Columns Hotel and the International House.
Cool hotels in New Orleans, The Columns Hotel

There are plenty of cool hotels in New Orleans, but on my last trip, I chose two places where I had always wanted to stay: The Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue and the International House in the Central Business District Downtown. We spent two nights at each. Built in 1883 by New Orleans architect […]


More notes on New Orleans cuisine, this time reporting from Boucherie and Jacques Imo’s in the Carrollton neighborhood
New Orleans Cuisine (Jockamos) Jacques-Imo

Jambalaya, crawfish pie, file gumbo….I think we ate them all. Besides my cocktail-fueled costume lunch at Commander’s Palace and luxe Saturday night dinner at Stella! in the French Quarter, our forays into New Orleans cuisine kept on going, with two visits into the Carrollton neighborhood.   Jacques-Imo’s is one of my favorite New Orleans restaurants; I […]


Dinner at Stella!, one of New Orleans’ best-rated restaurants, with food by Chef Scott Boswell
Stella New Orleans

Every time I visit New Orleans, I visit old favorites – and then try something new. This trip, I finally made it to Restaurant Stella!, the French Quarter restaurant by Chef Scott Boswell. Stella opened right before I left in 2001, and I never got to try it. I have to admit that the exclamation […]


An afternoon of checking out French Quarter artists, including Barbara Yochum and Tanner.
French Quarter artists

A bout of bad weather on our recent New Orleans trip meant that I had the chance to skip parades and focus on another aspect of the city I love: shopping! Normally, I do most of my New Orleans shopping in the cute shops along Magazine Street. But my sister and I were within walking […]


There’s a new Mardi Gras rivalry going on: the Muses parade vs. Krewe d’Etat.
Muses parade

It goes without saying that the Krewe of Muses has one of the best parades of the Carnival season. What else would you expect from a group of New Orleans’ most successful professional women? Even though we’re a relatively young krewe, only 11 years old, we quickly established ourselves on the Mardi Gras scene, thanks […]


Wondering how to join Mardi Gras krewe? It’s not hard to ride on a float, but be prepared to pay.
Mardi Gras krewes

A few people have asked me what people need to do to join a Mardi Gras krewe (and how much it costs). Most krewes, especially the older ones, have closed memberships that have, in some cases, been handed down through families for generations. New Orleans holds its traditions tight, so you have a better chance […]


Riding on Mardi Gras floats is about the most fun you can do with your clothes on. A look at how it all comes together, based on my Krewe of Muses ride.
Mardi Gras floats

Spectators may only grab a glimpse of Mardi Gras floats as they roll by, but for the riders, preparing for a New Orleans parade is an all-day affair. I rode in the Krewe of Muses this year for the fifth time since joining the Mardi Gras organization back in 2001. It proved to be the […]


Pictures from the 2011 Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans.
Muse Parade at Mardi Gras

Today’s Photo Friday comes from Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Pictured is the lead walking group of the Muses parade, one of the premier Mardi Gras Krewes.  The crowds come out in full-force to see the Muses, an all-women Krewe consisting of 20+ extravagantly designed floats, whose major theme is shoe-oriented.  Many of the float throws […]


5 Reasons to visit New Orleans right now

by Chris on February 8, 2010

5 reasons why you should visit New Orleans in 2010
A Carnival costume - in Saints colors! New Orleans

Five Reasons is a regular feature, where I outline the reasons why a destination is hot right now. If you’d like to run Five Reasons in your publication or on your website, contact me at Today, just a day after the city’s football team the Saints defied the odds to win become Super Bowl champions, I’m taking a […]


Mardi Gras Mambo: New Orleans

by Chris on September 15, 2009

Mardi Gras Mambo: New Orleans

I’m still writing up the notes from my Arizona vacation, but in the meantime, I figured I’d post the final part of my “Sin Week” trip – the New Orleans segment. We came in on the Wednesday before Mardi Gras so I could ride in the Krewe of Muses parade (I’ve been a member for several […]