This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the images of which are cemented into the minds of anyone who saw – or lived through – that horrible storm. And yet as devastating as the hurricane was, it was equally as compelling to watch New Orleans rise from the flood waters, seemingly stronger and more determined than ever before to stay tethered to its traditions.
New Orleans has a rich history, one that can not only be seen, but chewed and sipped as well. Some of America’s most well-known cocktails were created in New Orleans, concoctions like the Hurricane, the New Orleans Fizz and, of course, the Sazerac. As a result, it just makes sense that the Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) should be located in NOLA. Though it has moved locations a few times in its 10 year history, MOTAC is now located in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and is part of the SoFAB (Southern Food and Beverage) Institute.
New Orleans is famous for many things, not least of which are its fabulous cocktails and memorable cuisine. But did you know that its desserts are just as iconic? From king cake at Mardi Gras to beignets (they’re not just for dessert) to pralines (pronounced “PRAW-line”), New Orleans is a sugar-lover’s dream and these desserts will provide the icing on top of a perfect day in the city.
New Orleans is a wonderful city, full of fabulous food, amazing music, tons of history and some characters that seem to have been constructed by one of the many literary talents who have called this city home. But, as with almost every popular kid in the neighborhood, there are some falsehoods that are thrown around about New Orleans. While movies, books, television and your best friend’s story about her visit to NOLA may try and convince you otherwise, the following statements are all falsehoods about this fair city. Be prepared for some edification.
New Orleans is a city that enjoys its libations. From classic cocktails to over-sized concoctions served in souvenir glasses, there’s something for every taste in the Big Easy — including craft beer. While the craft beer scene has progressed rather steadily in Louisiana, it hasn’t grown at the rate of some of its southern neighbors. Blame it on the liquor laws, blame it on the heat, but as with everything, New Orleans is going to move at its own pace. However, the craft beer movement is gaining momentum, and there are plenty of options for wetting your whistle with superior brews.
If New York is the ‘city that doesn’t sleep,’ New Orleans is its equally insomnia-driven twin—but with a southern accent. Wander down streets where the strains of live music drift from open windows well into the wee hours; stop into a bar where the drinks are still flowing as the sun come us (legally, bars can stay open 24/7 in Louisiana) or enjoy a late night snack or early morning breakfast at one of the city’s many culinary hotspots.