I get so emotional each year for Coolinary in New Orleans. What's a girl to do! A celebration of dining in America's most delicious city. During the month of August, locals and tourists can experience good cuisine at restaurants in the city. This annual culinary tradition features specially priced prix-fixe menus. Most restaurants do not offer Coolinary on Mondays and others have restrictions. Just be sure to read before you go there. It's always a good day to enjoy 2-course lunches for $20 or less, and 3-course dinners and brunches for $39 or less.
Sofia Nola is in the Arts District, so it would be fun to check them out while the Linen Nights are going down in the Arts/Warehouse District. I did notice the Coolinary is not happening on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. I love the Fauborg/Marigny area in the city. I did see the Country Club, Bywater Bistro and Silk Road Restaurant on the list. Coincidentally, I have only been to the Country Club. On to exploring new things!
The Lakeview area is absolutely gorgeous. I have been wanting to brunch at Filmore on the Oaks. Messina's Runway is in really close proximity to my home, but I never ate there. I am just hearing of this Sala place and Mondo is very romantic. The bar area is cozy and the food is good. I did not see any Westbank restaurants on the list. I am always searching for places to eat on the Westbank. Westbank, let's get on this for next year.
I am really delighted to see the hotels are on the list as well. Josephine Estelle (Ace Hotell), The Fountain Lounge (Roosevelt Hotel), Public Service (Nopsi) , M Bistro (Ritz Carlton). The view is amazing at the Nopsi rooftop.
I really enjoy the Debbie Does Doberge cake at Bakery Bar. They are more than a bakery, they also serve food and liquor. Tsunami is my favorite sushi restaurant in the city. Audubon Clubhouse is perfect for mother's day. Just be sure to make reservations. The buffet has so much good food. The brunch at Katie's is really good. People wait in line to eat there on weekends. I think the bottomless mimosas help. Go visit the brunch boss at Ruby Slipper. Tourists seem to flock to this place because of the accessibility and good food. They also serve really good coffee...French Truck Coffee. Happy Hour is 7am-10am, so you can get an early buzz. Just don't get caught in a tourist trap like K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen. I got excited to see a few restaurants I recently visited are participating in Coolinary. I posted photos and reviews below for: Munch Factory, Tableau, Nole', Gris Gris and Broussards.
I will be visiting Atchafalaya this week for a business dinner. I am looking forward to seeing what they have to offer a girl. The menu is not too impressive for Coolinary. Bourdeaux claims to be a French, Vegetarian, Seafood, Dessert, Creole and Contemporary Bistro. I keep passing it on Magazine and never stop. The patio area has an inviting appeal.. So...finally a Cajun/Creole spot on the menu Brown Butter Southern Kitchen Bar. I really need to make this a priority before August 31st. I have a few friends that spoke highly about Frey Smoked Meat. The Barbeque chicken is supposed to be to die for. Gabrielle is definitely on my list. If anything, the building is really pretty. I love a good photo opp!! Meauxbar, it's a shame I have not visited you. I promise to get there to eat all the delicious foods I hear about and I heard you make a mean cocktail. Muriel's is a bit of a touristy attraction. I try to stay away from common places but I have heard many good things. Again, if nothing else it's a great view of the city. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey has been appearing in my timeline frequently. My friend visited and said food wasn't bad, but wasn't amazing either. Happy Hour drinks are strong and the Gimlets will leave you pretty satisfied. Don't go there with high expectations of eating a good meal. Restaurant R'evolution, I heard so many great things about your restaurant and whose table to sit at. It sounds like the place to be. I am going to hit this spot up! Anyone want to come with me? I was sitting in the airport and a random tourist asked a lady from New Orleans where she should go for dinner. The lady said Seaworthy in the Ace Hotel. They have the best raw oysters, raved the lady. There is just no way to hit all of the spots in 30 days, but challenge accepted!
My next choice would be Galatoires. I went to Brunch with a friend this weekend and we see you in our near future, however, it may be after August. I have been to SoBou many times. The atmosphere and drinks are something like unforgettable. We need a day date here, girls! The best bbq oysters I have had in life are sitting at Mr. B's Bistro. I would be so grateful for that recipe. For now, I will just try to get there when I can. Brigtsen's is a fancy schmancy restaurant with good food and service. With all of the new choices, I can't see myself heading back there soon. Who needs an ole regular happy hour when you can have a Morton's Reverse Happy Hour. I crave different things to do. This makes the list. For beautiful scenery Ralph's on the Park would be your spot for a Power Lunch or group Dinner are pretty cool here. The bar is pretty boring after hours but a few fun folks can change that whole vibe. I went to The Pelican Club for a business dinner. I was extremely impressed. I never thought a restaurant could look mildly attractive on the outside could be so uniquely warm with good food on the inside. My last vote is for GW Fins. Went here for a few birthdays. This is a great place for group dinners.
I hope you enjoy reading some of my tips and trade secrets on these Cool restaurants.
A full list can be found on the website.
The shrimp & grits were amazing. I have definitely been a shrimp & grits activist lately. The shrimp were seasoned well and the grits were the perfect texture. I go to some places and the shrimp are phenomenal and the grits suck. Munch did not disappoint.
Cheers to Munch Punch (made with rum). It was very good.
It's no secret, I love this bar. The design the colors and the drinks make me blush. I think this may be the best Sangria I have tasted....besides mine.
I really like the drinks, chips & salsa here. The atmosphere on the patio is quaint and vivid. I like to bring the kids here. There are so many rooms in this restaurant. Never get bored here!
Some of the best food and drinks in New Orleans are here. The chicken & dumplings are on the Coolinary menu. They are extraordinarily good. I can never make these good at home. The gumbo was also pretty good. Sangrias were also something else. It broke my heart to take the last sip.
Broussards is something like a phenomenon. It is right in the quarters and gets passed frequently. The service is beyond amazing and the atmosphere is beautiful. The specials keep me coming back and telling friends about it.
I have definitely been having my struggles with sleep for a while. I started asking my sister for tips on ways to improve my patterns. She gave me some great ideas and ways to help me get a better night's rest.
Rhonda is a Registered Nurse. She has been a nurse for almost 20 years.
Rhonda Wesley, Registered Nurse
Sleep is a time of day that most people struggle with and I’m hearing too often the words, “I can’t sleep” or “I didn’t get enough of rest last night”. The ways to manage sleep patterns is still up for much debate. Sleep has many connotations as some people refer to it as the cousin of death or unproductive. While others view it is as restorative and a part of enhancing quality of life. I have been on a sleep roller coaster for years. It all started after nursing school when I went to night shift on my first hospital job. I would envy people who could close their eyes and fall asleep. I would try everything from benadryl to nyquil. I finally gave up and would stay up all night on my off days and sleep during the day. Talk about awful quality of life! Years passed and I finally woke up (literally) and joined the world of working days. I can now admit this, I am one of those people I was jealous of. My sleep patterns are healthy because of the work put into learning how to develop good sleep rituals that turn my brain off. I have sleep rituals that I stick to and they include:
1. Waking up early. I am up 3-4 days a week before 6a and on my off days, I wake up around 10 and no to naps throughout the day.
2. Briefly replaying significant events from the day and what could have been better. Then I pray and this allows my brain to shut off.
3. Keeping my sleep patterns consistent by going to bed around the same time each night.
4. Working my body out during the day. That may involve working tirelessly at my job pushing beds and taking the steps throughout the day as opposed to elevator.
5. Having a healthy diet. Scratch eating past 8 and consume more whole grains and less fatty foods. Adding green leafy veggies, almonds, oats and eggs have been shown to help you sleep.
6. Investing in a good, quality mattress.
7. Drinking a cup of hot chamomile from a tea kettle before bed. I don’t know what it is about a kettle but it makes the tea amazing.
8. Sleeping with a warm neck wrap infused in lavender or another calmant.
9. Sleeping with a fan to keep me cool.
10. Only taking natural sleep aids like melatonin or valerian root and staying away from addictive sleep medications or tranquillizers. As you may have noticed, a good night’s sleep takes practice and consistency.
Also, Chardonnay and don't work nights should be added to the list.
It takes 21 days to form a new habit so DM me as the kids approach a new school year. I’d love to hear your sleep success stories.
I received an invitation to come to Fleming's Steakhouse in Metairie, LA and I gladly accepted it. Y'all!! I am about my food blog life!!! I love Steakhouses, but I don't, generally, eat meat. I won't discriminate on any restaurants..I am an Equal Opportunity Foodie! Fleming's is a franchise in many different states. I have not been to many outside of this location except Memphis.
About the meal, I got a full spread of food..so here's the tea! No, really - I got tea as a beverage. Even though I am a Southern girl, I prefer adding my own sugar (QUEEN). The full spread consisted of: Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail (I could have eaten a dozen) with horseradish cocktail sauce, seasonal soup that was Lobster Bisque, choice of mouthwatering Filet Mignon, Breast of Chicken or Crab Cakes..HMMM! I will take the Crab Cakes. What a wise decision!! Many of my friends asked me if I tried the crab cakes after I told them I went to Fleming's.. (YES). My sides were Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Lobster Mac & Cheese. Awesome!!
Now that's alot of FOOD! I have to breakdown my feelings on each item. The Crab Cakes, of course, are a favorite. I was torn between them and the Chicken Breast. I made the BEST decision for my taste buds because that lime butter sauce with that roasted pepper really had a good flavor. The Lobster Bisque was so good. If you get the option to try this soup, please get it. They are not always on the menu. Now, that's the SOUP OF THE DAY! Next, let's talk some sides. The mashed potatoes and mac & cheese were really good to eat together. If I had to choose which was my fave, I would go for the mac & cheese. I am crazy about mac when my mom or my sister cook's it. Adding a lobster taste to it, just makes me cry! It was so good. I am a girl that like's many options. I would suggest plate sharing sides. Let's not over complicate things and have separate plates!
I did not eat the Cheesecake. I was too full to open my mouth.
Did you know? Fleming's had a private room that is perfect for parties and events. It is really nice for group events and the service is also excellent.
Walkin out Fleming's singing..Pretty Woman..walkin down the street! That's a side blog note I wanted to make. Something about walking out this restaurant had me feeling like Julia Roberts walking down the street.
This place is perfect for....having quiet time at the bar with yourself and a cocktail, I love dating my husband. This would be a great date night spot! Single Girls..still looking for that next spot? Come and try. Also, those girls nights and private parties. I say YES!
Gris-Gris is excited to announce the launch of its Summer Wine & Spirits Series, starting next Thursday, July 18th (5:30 – 7:00 pm) with our favorite summer wine, Rose'!
The series will be held in Gris-Gris’ private event space, the Samedi Room (with access to the third-story rooftop!) and will feature wine and spirits education with tastings, bites, giveaways and more!
Tickets are $35, and spots are LIMITED! Guests can call the restaurant to reserve a spot at (504) 272-0241.
Gris-Gris Summer Wine & Spirits Series:
We are all preparing for the storm or a category 1 hurricane in New Orleans. I just wanted to share something!!! Pssst...I just had one of the BEST hamburgers in life.
I feel guilty talking about this. I gave up meat back in 1997 and found myself occasionally indulging. I really did go back to eating it while I was pregnant with both girls. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE STEAKHOUSES!. I just don't eat meat.. When my husband and I began dating, he would take me to steakhouses and I would say "You eat meat"... Yes, Lynn! Duh..What was I thinking? I just love the sides at places like Ruth's, Houstons, Steak 48, Flemmings, Chophouse, Desi Vegas and I can go on and on...RED LOBSTER (oh wait, that's seafood!)...that's where I take my husband when he has been real GOOD..
I was introduced to Bears by a Co-worker who occasioned the restaurant on Fridays. One day, he decided to treat the staff. I said "Sure I will give it a try"...but "I don't eat meat". I thought about what I was saying and just went for it. He said "With or without cheese"? I said "What the heck, add the cheese". I may as well go for the gusto, if I am going to get with it! This place is known for their roast beef poboys. I haven't had that in a really long time...
Mid City, New Orleans was one of the areas I grew up in. They were definitely known for great corner stores. There was a corner store literally on the corner of ULLOA street, we went there almost everyday after school. I really enjoyed the hot sausage on bun.. Just FLAMIN, GOOD OLE' fashioned 80's-90's style sandwiches and poboys. They didn't kill me, I am still alive and always been fine. My husband recently asked me my clothing size. I thought, you don't know this after almost five years. I said comfortably a size six but right now I am an eight. He said "We may need to slow down on these food blogs".. I laughed out loud!
I tried and tried and tried to get a good shot but I just could not get it. The picture probably does not explain how good the burger actually tasted. I have really developed a profound love for Turkey meat over the years. Beef has always been referred to as the devil in my brain. I am convinced to eat at least one Hamburger a year. What do you prefer (turkey or beef)?
Located in Metairie right on Metairie Road under Causeway.
Tracey Wiley and I had a blast hosting our Essence Fest Kickoff & Girls Night Out at CRU Bubbles and Raw Bar. We truly believe when women come together amazing things can happen!
As women, we juggle so many things and wear so many hats. It's nice to get out and use our energy to network with other women. Build alliances, meet new friends or just hang out with the Girl Gang! I, somehow, manage to knockout all three in one night. A few cheers and toasts are always nice, right? The venue and patio were perfect for a hot summer day. The menu options and signature cocktails were also BOMB! The Socialite and the Influencer cocktails were perfect for a Girls Night Out! One cocktail was made with Rum and lemonade and the other with ginger, orange and mint. Did y'all like those signature cocktails? If you haven't been to CRU yet, make sure you head there soon - for a date night, girls night, Cigar Night or Drag Brunch. I love the Happy Hour at CRU. It is Monday through Friday from 4pm - 7pm .The schedule is listed on the website http://www.crunola.com/.
Thank you to all of the ladies who attended and to the vendors for coming out. The vendors did an amazing job representing their brands. Special thank you to the vendors who donated to the swagalicious bags: Southern Sass by Cass, Color Street, Beauty Counter, Wicks Candles, Elektra Cosmetics, Jewelz By Jackie, Bougie Girl Chronicles, Rainbow Aura Arts. I will be showcasing their work on my Instagram Stories. Thank you to our wonderful photographer Leann at Crowned Photography! You Rock! Photos below from our amazing night..
These are not all of the photos... PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR MORE from Hurricane Tracey and Tropical Storm Lynn.
Please be on the watch for our next Girls Night Out!
ESSENCE KICK OFF + NETWORKING EVENT
it's a girl thing!
signature cocktails were handcrafted
salad and BRUSSELS sprouts
here's the story
Jewelz by Jacque
La Maison de Classe
Curated By Monica
Rainbow Aura Arts, LLC
Bijoux de Delone
Blush Beauty Bar
Accessories by Cmarie
BJ's Steam Cleaning
Dr. Rae Smith
Luxuri Lash by Jass
I met Perspectives Travel owner, Amina Dearmon at my last Networking event.
She explained her vision and I told her mine; we immediately connected. I told her I was in the process of working on my travel bucket list. She mentioned that she was working on a Girls Trip list at her company, so this was very timely. I have girlfriends that live in NOLA but I also have a few that live in Austin, Houston, Dallas, ATL. Some friends live in NOLA but are always away traveling, so they are always looking for a staycation. To sum it all up, we are always looking for destinations to get away and get together.
I love to travel, however, I do not have the time to research every attraction and plan every detail of a trip.
In my opinion, this is an excellent resource for travelers to refer to. She raised my awareness to places I wouldn't normally visit. Her recommendations are below:
Petaluma, California- California wine country is easier to get to from New Orleans than most people think. Flying direct on Southwest to Oakland puts you just over an hour away from Petaluma, which is in Sonoma County. A bit quieter than Napa, Petaluma still has dozens of great wineries to choose from, and the farm to table food that California is known for. Be sure to check out Gloria Ferrer for bubbles, Lagunitas Brewing Company for beer, and make a reservation at Wild Goat Bistro for dinner. If you venture into Napa, just 40 minutes away, tour the Culinary Institute of America campus, make a wine tasting at Brown Downtown, and sample local bites at Oxbow Public Market.
Sedona, Arizona- Recalibrate with a mix of exercise and relaxation in Sedona. Known for its rolling red hills, mild climate, and art community, this desert town can be a spa sanctuary or a sports lovers dream. A guided hike of Red Rock State Park will work up an appetite for dinner at Elote Cafe, a restaurant inspired by the markets in Mexico. Holistic health is easily accessible in Sedona, after meditating have a rain dance massage, and go vegan for a day as you recenter and relax. Browse art galleries, and the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village before settling in near a fire pit with a glass of local wine at Mariposa. The Grand Canyon is just 2 hours away, and you can easily drive or join a tour for a day trip to the park.
Washington, DC- There are so many reasons to visit Washington, DC right now. Make sure you explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture, head over to The DC Wharf for a meal at Kith/Kin the newly minted James Beard award winning restaurant from chef Kwame Onwuachi whose New Orleans roots are prominently featured in the BBQ shrimp inspired Mom Duke's Shrimp. Marvin, a local cocktail bar with live music and a rooftop is a great way to wind down before heading next door to The Gibson speakeasy for a nightcap. Make sure you visit the National Portrait Gallery to see the Obama portraits, and then dine at Jose Andres' Zaytina, the Mediterranean inspired restaurant from the founder of World Central Kitchen.
Amina Dearmon, Owner
I have been trying to find the right hair care products for my girls for a long time. A friend recently told me about the Just for Me Curl Peace products and the switch has been like night and day. I have literally tried thousands of hair products on my daughter's hair before trying these products. My daughter was much happier while getting her hair washed and conditioned using these products. Her hair is much shinier and looks healthier. I really like the curl & coil cream. It holds and hydrates her hair. Also, the 5 in 1 wonder spray and the detangler treatment has flaxeed, avocado oil and castor oil. It helps with hydrating her hair.
These products have been a major game changer for my daughter's hair. The entire curl peace collection is amazing.
The brand will be in Walmart doing an In-Store Promo on Friday, July 5th: If you’re in NOLA, today, be sure to stop by the Walmart on Behrman place to check out the Curl Peace Ice Cream Truck, get Free Samples, Tips, prizes and more! Follow them at @justformehair for more tips and info!
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Hi! I’m Leann, a mom, a branding, Lifestyle and Wedding portrait photographer. I was born, raised and still reside in Zachary, Louisiana. Being a Southern gal contributes to my love for country living and eating delicious home cooked meals, and seafood! Throughout the week, I serve as a Leasing Consultant, and my days are filled with giving tours of apartment homes and doing admin work. I spend my free time having play dates with my son, and capturing amazing brands and memories that will last forever for my clients!
Photography sessions with Crowned Photography are about creating connections. It’s all about getting people out of their comfort zone, making them feel confident and slaying at the same time! My goal is to make sure that they will have an quality images they will love, and to have an experience that will keep them coming back! In addition to capturing portrait sessions, I just recently started offering wedding services as well. While I am located in Baton Rouge, id love to travel to new places, to gain new experiences.
I am a New Orleans native, wife, mom of two, social media blogger and Human Resources Executive! I love to read, write, travel, kid's activities, date nights with the hubby and GIRLS NIGHTS OUT!
I am self proclaimed food critic & ALL things WINE enthusiast (cheers) here in the city!
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