“I've been all over the world. I love New York; I love Paris, San Francisco, so many places. But there's no place like New Orleans. It's got the best food. It's got the best music. It's got the best people. It's got the most fun stuff to do.” Harry Connick, Jr.
“I only wanted to one time see you laughing. I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain.” Prince
The Ravens are in the Super Bowl!
The Baltimore Ray-vens have landed “way down yonder in New Orleans” “the city beneath the sea.” More than a million people are converging on the “crescent city” where the mighty Mississippi creates a crescent around the city.
“I Believe in you” After a stellar performance with spills and thrills against –all-odds the Ravens showed the nation what a team of champions look like. Game after game we got closer and the Ravens kept their eyes on the prize. Go Ravens, Go Ray#52. Thanks for the memories you made us believers. Let the purple reign!
“In America, I would say New York and New Orleans are the two most interesting food towns. In New Orleans, they don’t have a bad deli.” Mario Batali
We call it New Orleans, The Big Easy, Nawlins, Crescent City or NOLA whatever, you call it enjoy the finest food, hospitality, museums, parties, football and Elysian Fields home of “Street Car Named Desire,” while imagining you hear Stanley calling “Stella.”
"Throw Me Something, Mister!" What other city can host Super Bowl and Mardi Gras at the same time with such grace. “People get ready” to line Canal Street as the gaily decorated floats carrying King Rex, The Zulus and the Krewes parade through the city in full regalia.
“Purple raindrops spotted flowers I daydream for hours I see funny things, many strange things…” Stevie Wonder
Ravens purple is the color and Bourbon Street in the French Quarters is “alive and kickin’ night & day.” I love leaning on the lamppost at the corner of Bourbon and St. Peters watching, “happy people” as the music from the clubs flows into the street creating a symphony. Give the lamppost a high five for me.
“It is not unusual for a visitor to the city to gain fifteen pounds in a week.” Tom Robbins
“I’m walking to New Orleans.” Fats Domino
Start your day with coffee and beignets at Café Du Monde, then walk over to St Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square to “say a little prayer” for the Ravens. The media has commandeered the square so enjoy your coffee and beignets and celebrity watch.
“If I had grown up in any place but New Orleans, I don't think my career would have taken off. I wouldn't have heard the music that was around this town. There was so much going on when I was a kid.” Pete Fountain
Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Bar a great hangout while sipping the world famous hurricanes while enjoying the sounds of the two baby grand pianos played simultaneously. Bring your list of show tunes. They love audience participation. The Ritz Carlton’s bar is a favorite hangout spot you never know who'll drop by to play you a tune. Or visit the rotating Carousel bar at Hotel Monteleone also known for the best bread pudding, visit Preservation Hall for jazz or ride the street car through the garden district and hangout on Magazine Street.
Mother’s Restaurant has the best breakfast, serving chunks of real ham off the bone and homemade biscuits. Treme’s Willie Mae's Scotch House has the best-fried chicken, Deanies’ the best-fried seafood and gumbo; Brennans, is known worldwide for brunch, and Domilises has the best po-boys (our version of the submarine sandwich and muffulettas (moo fa' lotta). If you want lettuce tomatoes and mayonnaise, say “dressed” when ordering. The Commanders’ Palace, Upperline, and Arnauds are ideal places for “putting on the Ritz.” Acme Oyster House is the place for oysters; the name says it all, cannot forget Emeril’s on Tchoupitoulas St (CHOP-it-TOO-luhs)
“Got a black magic woman…” Carlos Santana
Marie Laveau the famous Voodoo Queen is buried at St Louis Cemetery Number One where people visit her grave requesting her magic powers. You can spend a day touring the historic cemeteries called the “Cities of the Dead.”
The Ninth Ward is still recovering from Katrina. You must visit to show the residents that we have not forgotten you may see Fats Domino sitting on his porch.
“Laissez les bon temps rouler” (Let the good times roll)
Hey, everybody, let's have some fun you only live once and when you're dead you're done, so
let the good times roll. Tell everybody the Ravens in town they got a dollar and a quarter just rarin' to spend but don't let nobody play them cheap they got a Super Bowl game they gonna win.
“Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?” Louis Armstrong You will once you’ve been there.
“I’ll be seeing you.” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch