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Open House: NOLA Recommendations

As you may have noticed, I've been focusing some of this month's content on New Orleans. The celebration of Mardi Gras first inspired me to explore this amazing city with Casa readers, but as that holiday came and went, I realized that there was a lot of Casa-related New Orleans exploring left to do.

So, if you're a resident of New Orleans or just an occasional and dedicated visitor, I'm sure you have some recommendations on great places that Casa readers would like to know about. Is there an antique store that you're dying to tell me about? How about a local artist or photographer? Maybe there's a furniture maker who's set up shop in the warehouse district? Tell me all about it by leaving a comment below, and maybe I'll feature your suggestion in an upcoming Casa post!

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bethany21 bethany21 9 years
I'm from southern MS, so I know about Katrina. And that's exactly WHY everyone should go on and take those trips to New Orleans and the coast instead of "waiting for it to recover." That mentality really grates my grits, if you will. ;) We need your love and money NOW to help us recover!
Casasailer Casasailer 9 years
I just hope everyone still remembers Katrina and how many NOLA residents have not been able to come home for many reasons. I love NOLA but its good to remember that many people are still rebuilding their lives.
tiffanysophia tiffanysophia 9 years
Eat at LOLA'S! It's the best food I've ever had. No reservations, always a wait, but so worth it. Bring your own wine (buy at the store next door) and enjoy the best paella or fidua in the world. Mmmmmmm!
Leanne1078 Leanne1078 9 years
There are a lot of wacky little home decor stores on Magazine Street. You can find a lot of retro style, rockabilly, and classic type stuff. It's one of those streets you should just drive down and check out because you're sure to find something unusual and fun. Royal St. is loaded with antique and neat little second-hand home decor stores as well. There's also a cool venue where they often have art shows for local artist, photographers and musicians called the Big Top. Hope this helps!!!
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Gah, I meant "cemetery."
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Oh my gosh, this could go on for pages and pages, but I'll try to make a quick and dirty "best of": Accomodations: The Lamothe House and Marigny Guest House ( are very afforable and adorable b&bs just on the outside of the quarter and in the Marigny neighborhood. Loads of flavor and really nice staff. Food: The general rule is that sketchier the restaurant looks, the better the food is. For fabulous Middle Eastern food, you've GOT to go to Mona's (two locations: Frenchman and Magazine). Their hummus melts in your mouth. Juan's Flying Burrito on Magazine St. is also awesome and cheap. Court of Two Sisters have a cute jazz brunch. Arnaud's Remolaude on Bourbon is great for tourists looking for local flavors. And of course anything in the Brennan's family of restaurants is bound to be good. Shopping: Metro 3 t-shirts. Mignon Faget jewelry. Neophobia for random retro stuff. Faulker House Books. Shoenami. To Do: Give in and do a carriage ride and ghost/cemetary tour (make sure it's one where you get to visit the voodoo temple). Get lost in the Quarter. Drink a couple hand grenades. Fritzel's Jazz Pub at Bourbon and St. Ann usually has the best music, outside of Preservation Hall of course. Cafe du Monde is a must, as is the Audubon Zoo. Oh, geez, I don't know. Just go and do and eat! I miss New Orleans so much.
DixieBelle6 DixieBelle6 9 years
It's not a specific artist, but when I visited a few years ago they had a bunch of artists sitting around Jackson Square that would do custom drawings for you. I always thought those were cool, and still regret not having one done!
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