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Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans – 2013

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When you’re visit to New Orleans includes staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – check out the Old U.S. Mint built in 1835 on the old Fort St. Charles site in New Orleans.  This is known as the only mint to have produced American and Confederate money, and produced coinage from 1838 until Louisiana succeeded from the Union in 1861.  It was the only southern mint to reopen after the Civil War, resuming full production from 1879 through 1909.

Currently, the Mint also serves as a musical venue offering a recording space, web streaming, music related exhibits, and performances.

September offers a couple of wonderful events.

September 14 – Ben Sollee and Helen Gillet featuring moving compositions  mixing various music styles.  Doors open at 7:30 and admission is $10.

September 18 – Be part of a truly unique experience as Sybil Gage comes back to her home.  Known as “Little Dynamo,” you’ll enjoy her Pre-war Blues, Vaudeville, and Traditional Jazz set.  Doors open at 6 pm and admission is $12.

5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival – September 19-21, 2013

burlesqueWhether you are an enthusiast or a performer – if you are coming to the 5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, we know you will find perfect accommodations at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.  Conveniently located less than 4 miles from all of the events, we know you will find the comfort and luxury of our inn to be far superior than other traditional accommodations.

The New Orleans Burlesque Festival, September 19-21, 2013;  is a fitting event in our city, as burlesque is a signature attraction in the French Quarter, primarily popular from the mid-40′s through the 60s.  Having once been a staple to NOLA entertainment, modern burlesque was embraced during the 1995 revival and continues as one of our city’s traditions.

The event will be a blast!  Take in up to five burlesque shows featuring everything from male burlesque stars to a competition to determine the “Queen of Burlesque” – ending with the “Queen’s Ball.”  Throughout the festival, you can take in some workshops to improve your burlesque technique.  Explore the use of Jazz in your routine and participate in a high energy burlesque workout!  For more information about this event, see the website.

When making your travel arrangements for this flamboyant and lively event – consider the elegant accommodations that we offer at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.

Southern Decadence – August 28, 2013 – September 2, 2013

southern-decadenceA very adult party known as Southern Decadence takes place each Labor Day weekend in New Orleans. Consisting of parties, dancing, risque contests, and of course, the big parades, Southern Decadence is a world-famous event attended by thousands every year.

Decadence starts this year at midnight on August 28th with a party at The Bourbon Pub, then continues right through the weekend, including (among other things) a float parade on Friday, a free outdoor concert on Bourbon Street on Saturday, and the Southern Decadence Parade at 2pm on Sunday, ending with the Closing Party on Monday, right back where it began.

Weekend Passes may still be purchased online HERE, but VIP passes are all sold out. You are encouraged to purchase your passes online, as you not only will save a bit of money, but also can use credit cards, whereas the nightly events accept cash only.

Why not stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House and avoid the big hotel crowds. Park your car here and take the Streetcar wherever you need to go. Sleep in a comfortable bed and have a good breakfast before venturing out into the excitement of Southern Decadence.

Cutting Edge Music Conference – 2013 – New Orleans

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Are you looking for lodging while you are attending the Cutting Edge Music Conference, September 26-28?  Look no further than 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.  Our accommodations will be perfectly suited to the conference schedule, providing you a delicious breakfast before jumping into the events of each day.O'Malley House, New Orleans

Our bed and breakfast is conveniently located near the Central Business District, in the French Quarter.  Not only will you be able to easily get to and from the conference throughout your stay, but you will also be able to dine nightly in a variety of nearby restaurants, to get a taste of the real New Orleans.

During this event, attendees will obtain so much information about the music business – including networking, consultation, and more.  Prepare for your conference or relax afterward at the nearby Woodhouse Day Spa.  Unwind each night relaxing in the inn’s courtyard before retiring to your well-appointed suite.

More New Orleans Events in August 2013

August is a delicious month in New Orleans, thanks to COOLinary New Orleans, where you can enjoy special meals in many local restaurants and dig into great New Orleans cuisine!  But that’s not all – New Orleans has a variety of events to help you enjoy every last minute of summer.

August 1-4 – Check out the 13th Annual Satchmo Summerfest, a festival celebrating the great Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.  This event provides a weekend full of live jazz music from local performers.  There will also be interesting seminars and speakers.  There will be plenty to eat as well with local restaurants providing delicious items at the festival.

 

 

Saturday, August 3 – Enjoy the Whitney White Linen Night, a free local art reception featuring live music, delicious food, and the 2013 Signature Drink: Epic Vodka Ginger Mint Lemonade.  This festival along Julia Street is a New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center fundraiser and is a great way to explore our local art.

 

 

Saturday, August 10 – Pull out your red dress and join us for the 2 mile Red Dress Run.  This is a charity run organized and hosted by The New Orleans Hash House Harriers, and guaranteed to give you a good time!         It’s not just about the run – but it also about the party featuring live music, delicious food, and lots of beer to keep you going!

 

 

Saturday, August 10, After the Red Dress Run, check out the 12th Annual Dirty Linen Night, another art night Royal Street featuring art, crafts, and antiques in 40-50 shops.  You’ll find Dirty Rice and Dirty Martinis available throughout the event plus wandering clowns, local music, and other types of street entertainment.

As always there’s so much to do – see you in August!

 

Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream & Desserts in New Orleans – 2013

Beat the New Orleans and midsummer heat with some cool treatsBrocatoWeb from Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream & Italian Desserts.  Just a short 5 minute walk away from 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast – you can enjoy a midday cool-down or a chilly nightcap before bed with some delicious ice cream or gelato.

Selection of Gelato flavors

You won’t believe the amazing variety of gelato flavors including Chocolate Almond, Sicilian Pistachio, and Tira Mi Su.  Also try the Ice Cream and Ices including Cassata, Lemon Ice, and traditional spumoni.   All of these items are made daily with fresh, quality, and pure ingredients.

How about decadent pastries and candies including cannolis, biscotti, authentic cookies and more – handmade from traditional Sicilian recipes on the premises and baked in old iron ovens.   You can even take these home to share with your friends and family, that is, if you can keep yourself from eating them first!

You’ll probably get hooked on these sweet offerings, so be sure to check out their ordering options – so you can enjoy one of New Orleans’ gems year-round.

Drink It In! 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail – July 17-21, 2013

tales-of-the-cocktailThe 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail will be held in the French Quarter from July 17th to July 21st. This year’s theme is “Drink It In!”, with The Rickey as the Official Cocktail. Festivities kick off on July 17th at 2pm at Hotel Monteleone with a complimentary event to present the ceremonial first toast.

After that, the events come fast and furious, with excursions, special events, seminars, contests (including the Bare Knuckle Bar Fight, featuring teams from all over the US duking it out to bring the best bar experience to the judges), awards, dinners, lunches, tasting rooms and more. You can even download an app for that!

To celebrate this premier educational event for bartenders and people in the hospitality industry, as well as cocktail enthusiasts, enjoy this Rickey Recipe, the 2013 Official Cocktail Competition winner:
Portland Rickey
Originator: Jacob Grier from Metrovino in Portland, Oregon
Glass: HighballPortland-Rickey
Recipe:
1 1/2 oz Martin Miller’s Gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
4 oz aison or biere de garde style beer
squeezed half of lemon (lemon shell), for garnish

Directions:
Combine the Martin Miller’s Gin, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, and beer in an ice-filled highball glass. Drop the squeezed half-lemon into the drink. Gently stir.
Garnish:  Squeezed half of lemon, stirred into the drink as a nod to tradition.

Drink It In!

 

 

COOLinary New Orleans – August 2013

Coming to see us in August?  You’re in luck!  It’s COOLinary New Orleans – a Coolinarymonth-long celebration of dining in a city that prides itself on its cuisine.  Throughout this month you can enjoy 2-3 course lunches and 3 course dinners at a very reasonable cost, giving you the opportunity to experience tastes and creations representative of New Orleans.  Since 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast has your breakfast taken care of – you can certainly plan the rest of your meals to relish in many flavors during your stay with us.   More than 50 restaurants are participating this year, so we recommend that you arrive hungry!

Can’t wait till August to enjoy the delicious New Orleans fare?  Check out the many recipes so generously provided by participating restaurants.  Be sure to try the Fresh Louisiana Gulf Shrimp, Coconut Curry and Rice Noodles from GW Fins with the Courtyard Bread Pudding from Court of Two Sisters for dessert.

Are your taste buds wanting more?  GOOD!  Come see us in August!

San Fermin en Nueva Orleans – July 11-14, 2013

From July 11-14, experience the exhilaration of the Spanish adventure, without crossing the Atlantic, and without the hazard of real bulls.  Join us in the French Quarter for the San Fermin en Nueva Orleans, our own version of the Running of the Bulls.  Coming down for this event?  Make your reservation with 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast for true rest and relaxation (between the excitement!)

Thursday, July 11 – Kick-off the festival with Marques de Caceras Wine Dinner where the delicious cuisine is perfectly paired with Marques de Caceres wines for an exquisite, an ideal way to begin the festival.

Friday, July 12 – Officially begin the San Fermin in Nueva Orleans with El Txupinazo (pronounced el choo-pee-naht-so).  Meet other festival-goers and enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine.  Get into the spirit with festive red and white attire. 

Saturday, July 13 – This is the day you’ve been waiting for!  Instead of being chased by real bulls – they take some of the stress out of it and send the RollerBulls after you!  These roller derby girls from Big Easy Rollergirls and other leagues will chase and “gore” all festival goers.  This event is huge – expect over 14,000 runners and 400 RollerBulls.

After the excitement, enjoy cocktails and a concert put on my local musicians to relax and celebrate your survival!

Sunday, July 14 – Round off the crazy weekend with the El Pobre de Mi, a relaxing event featuring a tapas brunch and specialty drinks.  Then enjoy the 4th Annual Ernest Hemingway Celebration & Talent Contest including a variety of theatrical events.

The Running of the Bulls in Spain is a once in a lifetime event – but the San Fermin in Nueva Orleans is something you won’t want to miss…again and again!  It will be crazy and fun – not just another New Orleans festival!  While you are spending this exciting weekend in New Orleans – be sure to rest yourself in our inn.  1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast offers cozy beds and great bathtubs for soaking – you’ll enjoy the recovery.

 

Essence Music Festival 2013 – New Orleans

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Summer is hot and the parties continue!  Book your room at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast during July 4-7 for the 2013 Essence Music Festival.  This is your chance to see tons of big names all in one place.

Thursday opens the festival with tunes from Doug E. Fresh and the Stooges Brass Band and be inspired by Devon Franklin, Traci Braxton, and more.

Friday the party keeps building with music from Maya Azucena, Brandy, and so many more.  You won’t want to miss what Robin D. Stone, Steve Harvey, and many more speakers have to say!

Saturday you can groove with Solange, Big Daddy Kane, and may more talented artists.  Empower yourself within your community with Al Sharpton, and feed your soul with Iyanla Vanzant.

Sunday caps the festival with amazing artists including Janelle Monae and Beyonce.  You can also hear powerful messages from Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, and more.

So much amazing music and wonderful speakers – we know you’ll want a comfortable place to unwind after a full day at Essence Festival.  Be sure to book a cozy room at our inn to make your weekend perfect.  See you soon!