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 so excited about our July event at CRU Bubbles and Raw Bar. I hope to those who made it to our June Mom's Night Out at Culture Park and had a wonderful time, I love that venue and outdoors patio.
Thank you to all of the ladies who registered and to the vendors for coming out next week to CRU on July 3rd from 6pm - 9pm! There are a few tickets left on Eventbrite. Click the link below.
Below is a list of the vendors that are coming to the event next week. If you have any questions for them, please reach out to them directly.
Get your tickets here for the Essence Kickoff
Girls Night Out + Networking with NOLA Housewives & Tracey Wiley
photography provided by: crowned photography
thank you jewelz by jacque for the swag bags
Start your Fourth of July holiday off right with the Housewives in the City and Tracey Wiley.
We will see you on Wednesday at CRU Nola from 6-9pm.
ONLY A FEW MORE TICKETS REMAINING!
Swag Bags gift items provided by:
Blush Beauty NOLA
Wicks Candles Nola
Jewelz by Jacque
Bougie Girl Chronicles
Rainbow Aurora Art
Southern Sass BY Cass
Try our Signature cocktails "The Influencer" and "The Socialite", both tasty summery cocktails.
date night at Broussard's
So, the dating police came knocking at our door. They were about to give my husband a citation for a lack of dating his wife. To be 100% transparent, it's both of our fault. We juggle the kids, school after school activities working careers, clubs- but we always neglect the date life.
We agreed on a nice restaurant in the heart of the city. My husband is not from New Orleans, so sometimes we disagree about some restaurants. We wanted to walk the quarters on Royal and Chartres and catch some day light. We needed a true date night, we have had our
share of play dates this month.
Broussard's is a charming restaurant and valet parking is complimentary.
The food selection is a mix of french and creole. I was primarily, interested
in the $19.20 (3 course Prix Fixe) It's available for dinner only. Broussard's offer the $19.20 specials from the end of June through mid September(annually); to honor their 99 years of food and service to New Orleans.
I can sit at a restaurant with a white table cloth or a hole in the wall. It does not matter, if the food is good.
Broussards is definitely a well established clean restaurant. From the Empire bar to the Patio area, every detail is perfect and well defined.
We sat at the Empire bar and had drinks that were $1.92. My husband was pleased with the pricing and the cocktail. This week, the featured drink was the Bees Knees. It was so good. I would highly recommend stopping by to grab a drink while walking during Essence. There is no dress code, even though it feels fancy. You can select white or black napkin...choices...That is my favorite...just sayin!
The bottle we chose was the sparkling Jules Larose Blanc de Blanc Brut . It was perfect with our choice of starters. For starters, I chose the cold tomato soup and my husband selected the ceasar salad. Both excellent choices, although I really liked the taste of the tomato soup; the ingredients were fresh.
For dinner, my husband got the Rosemary Rubbed Chicken Breast with Grilled Asparagus, Roasted Creole Tomatoes, Lemon Tarragon Aioli. I ordered the Moules Frites with Whitewater Mussels, Roasted Garlic Broth, Vin Blanc, Leeks, Parmesan, Pommes Frites. The mussels were sooo good. The chicken breast was also very tasty. I think we both made wise choices.
Dessert was Almond Bread Pudding and Blueberry Mint Cobbler. Both excellent choices!!!!!!!!!!
$19.20 Bottle of wine
$1.92 happy hour cocktails
We sat at the Empire Bar for cocktails since they are only $1.92.
The bartender did mention the specials run daily from 3p-7p. Every day has a different featured drink. On the day we visited it was the Bee's Knees flavored with Gin, Lemon, Honey. It has become one of my favorite drinks.
Let the Good times roll!