New Orleans Journals

Louisiana: New Orleans

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A November 1994 trip to New Orleans by kylebarber

Quote: Where to eat and how to burn it all off in old New Orleans

Louisiana: New Orleans

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Overview

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While attending a conference for grad school I found the time to sneak off and sample some of the more fine points of the Big Easy. Without a doubt the best part of New Orleans is soaking up the amazing vibe and atmosphere of the town. Everywhere you go in the French Quarter and much of the Garden Quarter it seems as if you have stepped back in time. Then there's the food. You won't go hungry when visiting this cuisine obsessed city. I'm not crazy about seafood and was awfully skeptical about Cajun food, but nearly every meal I had here was fantastic. The Cajun entrees are quite good if you temper the spices. Waiters were always kind enough to point out to me the manageable dishes, while egg...Read More

Mulate's Cajun Resaurant

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Restaurant | "Mulate's Cajun"

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I'm not into spicy food, and really did not much look forward to sampling Cajun cuisine. But Mulate's quickly straightened me out and taught me to appreciate the regional cooking that did in fact clear out my sinuses. Despite the gentle prodding by the waiter to sample hotter items, I stuck with a "mild" catfish meal that left my tongue tingling and a tear streaming down my cheek. One bite of my friend's gumbo required half a lemonade to reverse the damage. But if you're feeling brave and want to sample some genuine local cuisine, you're sure to find Mulate's cajun right up your alley.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 17, 2001

Mulate's Cajun Resaurant
201 Julia St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 522-1492

Lafayette Cemetery

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Attraction

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The Lafayette Cemetery #1 has been drawing crowds for its appearances in films such as Easy Rider and, most notably, in Anne Rice vampire novels. But the cemetery would be memorable even without cinematic and literary references for its unique above ground tombs make this ancient graveyard quite unlike the ones most tourists are used to seeing back home. The city lays perilously close to sea level, requiring in the past that all graves had to remain unburied. Those that were foolishly placed in the earth floated right back up when rain or flooding occurred, often spilling out the deceased passengers of these makeshift boats. Because of this, many of these tombs have been enriched with finer des...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Lafayette Cemetery
1400 block of Washington Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 525-3377

Bourbon Street

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Attraction

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The life of the party, Bourbon Street is where almost all the tourist folk head to have a good time. Flanked with bars, restaurants featuring bars, clubs, and even take-out convenience stores that primarily sell cocktail slurpees, an emphasis is placed on alcohol consumption. It's rather liberating to take your drink from one stop to the next or slurping your hurricane as you amble down the street on a balmy evening. But there is much more to Bourbon Street that imbibing liquor, if you're willing to investigate the area during the daytime. Many of the bars are worth checking out in the afternoon when the crowds have disappeared, so that you can truly appreciate the architecture and decorative t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Jackson Square/Place d'Armes

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Attraction | "Jackson Square"

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Originally known as the Plaza d'Armes, Jackson Square is probably one of the most visited and identifiable attractions of New Orleans. Its open park grounds are flanked by a number of historical builidings and serves as ground zero for both talented street artists and bothersome souvenir hawkers. If you're into people watching or soaking up the flavor and history of the French Quarter, Jackson Square is a good place to begin your visit to the Big Easy. The Saint Louis Cathedral looms high above Jackson Square, but is perhaps more magnificent from the inside where you can enjoy the attractive stained glass windows. The Presbytere used to serve as a home for the Cathedral's priests. These days i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 17, 2001

Jackson Square/Place d'Armes
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana