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Pub Crawl

Creole PubCrawl through New Orleans – 2014

Looking for a new way to explore the delightful food and drinks available in New Orleans?  Check out the New Orleans PubCrawl!  For visitors to 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast, may we recommend the Historic Sightseeing Crawl?

This crawl takes you to three stops at local bars and restaurants, and treats you to signature cocktails.  You’ll learn the stories of New Orleans’ past and explore historic sites, giving you more knowledge and appreciation about the Crescent City.  Cost for the Historic Sightseeing Crawl is 49.95 and includes 3 classic cocktails, gratuity, and several other amenities.  You’ll stop at Ernst Cafe, Lucy’s NOLA (which we’ve told you a little bit about in a blog a couple of months ago), The Rusty Nail and Desi Vegas and historic locations in the Arts & Warehouse District.

Looking for a different type of crawl?  Foodies will love the Culinary Crawl, build relationships with the Team Building Crawl, or celebrate big with the Celebratory Crawl.  If you have  larger crowd, you can rent the Big Easy Bikes, available for 12 passengers for a variety of journeys, at $300 per hour.

There are a variety of reasons to PubCrawl, and we know that during your stay with us you’ll enjoy one of the many provided by Creole PubCrawl.  For more information check their website, or call them at (504) 812-8226.

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The NOLA Tradition of Reveillon Dinners in 2013

The holidays are upon us, and last year we told you about the New Orleans tradition of Reveillon Dinners.  These are special holiday dinners that remind us of the Creole feasts that begon in the 19th century – due to traditions brought over from Europe.  The tradition carries on with just under 50 participating restaurants in NOLA this year.  We are going to tell you about three that are not far from our inn.  When you stay with us at 1896 O’Malley Bed & Breakfast, take part in this New Orleans tradition, and enjoy the holidays our way!

dining room of bombay club decorated for ChristmasThe Bombay Club
The Bombay Club is at 830 Conti St. (2.8 miles away) and reservations can be made by calling (504) 586-0972.  Starting at $46, enjoy four courses of delicious and unique items including Warm Crawfish & Creole Cream Cheese Strudel with Tomato Aioli; Grilled Redfish with Creamed Fingerling Potato-Crab Broth & Fried Crab Wonton; and English Toffee Bread Pudding Topped with White Chocolate Sauce.  These unique offerings will put anyone in the holiday spirit.

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You’ll find Tujague’s, which has been around for 140 years, at 823 Decatur St. (3.4 miles away) and you can make reservations at (504) 525-8676.  Beginning at $45, the four courses include such traditional and flavorful items as Fried Oyster Spinach Salad with Shaved Red Onions, Blue Cheese, Spicy Pecans, Warm Bacon Vinaigrette; House-made Gnocchi with Louisiana Blue Crab and Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce; and good old fashioned Bread Pudding.  This authentic menu will give you a taste of the flavors that make New Orleans a savory adventure!

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Restaurant August
Enjoy the unique offerings at Restaurant August at 301 Tchoupitoulas St. (just under 3 miles away).  Make reservations at (504) 299-9777.  Their five course Reveillon meal starts at $97 and features such delicious items as Brouillade aux Truffes, Local Farm Eggs & Butter with Fresh Winter Truffle; Carved Aged Beef Rib-Eye with Oyster Dressing; and Chocolate Torte with Creole Cream Cheese, Pecan & Satsuma Ice Cream.  Chef John Besh, recently rated one of the Top 10 Chefs in America, shares his talent and amazing palate with visitors through a mouth-watering menu.  This delicious dinner will leave you satisfied!

With several restaurants to choose from, you’ll relish in this New Orleans tradition.  We hope you’ll delight in the Reveillon Dinners during your stay with us.  Happy Holidays!

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5th Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl: October 19, 2013 – New Orleans

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Will you be here October 19th?  Join the 5th Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl!  This event begins around the corner at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub and includes a stop at 1896 O’Malley House, and a visit to our new courtyard bar.  Wear your costume and enjoy Rum Cocktails at each participating Porch!  The Halloween-esque event will take you on a tour of gorgeous Mid-City Porches where you can enjoy unique beverages, mouth-watering local food, and a good time with fellow crawlers.  Each porch provides unique flavors and drinks – and you won’t want to miss a single one!

Finn McCool’s will host the kick-off and after parties, and guests are invited to stroll with tour guides to each porch.  After party awards include “Best Costume,” “Best Cocktail,” and “Best Decorated Porch,” so stick around to see if we win!

Tickets for the Mid-City Porch Crawl are $45 for non-Mid City Neighborhood Organization (MCNO) members – and it is worth every dime.  This is a fundraiser to help improve our neighborhood, and MCNO has donated funds to such worthy causes as Easton High School Band and The Mid-City Branch of the New Orleans Library.  Not only will you get to enjoy wonderful refreshments and a good time – but your contribution will help make the Mid-City community better.

Looking forward to porch crawling with you!

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New Orleans Oktoberfest, October 2013

oktoberfestFall is here – and with it comes milder temperatures, changing leaves, and BEER!  Enjoy lots of beer along with good German food, music, and lots of activities for three weekends in October.  That’s right – it’s time for Oktoberfest!  Oktoberfest is organized every year by Deutsches Haus, known as The German Presence in New Orleans.

Enjoy Oktoberfest 2013 during the weekends of October 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26.  Each of those weekends Oktoberfest happens on Fridays from 4-11 pm and Saturdays from 1-11 pm.  After the party, return to 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast, just a short drive away, to rest up from the events and rejuvenate for another full day of exploring NOLA.

Each day of Oktoberfest you can enter into a $500 Cash Door Prize, the drawing will be held October 26.  You do not need to be present to win.  Also, every day at 6:30, 7:30 and 9:30  you can participate in the Masskrugstemmen which is a Beer Stein Holding Contest.  Can you beat the current record of 20 min 19 sec?

Other events include:
Saturday, October 12 – Dachshund Races:  Who can resist those tiny little legs racing to the finish line!  Proceeds from this event go to a good cause, NOLA Dachshund Rescue.

Saturday, October 19 – Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk:  This is the first annual Oktoberfest 5K, and is organized by the New Orleans Track Club.  Entry into the race includes admission to Oktoberfest after the race, so you can refuel.  So whether you are an avid runner or enjoy a brisk walk – you’ll enjoy this course.

Saturday, October 26 – Wine Tasting of Wines of Europe:  Beer isn’t the only think that Oktoberfest is about, check out wines from Germany, Austria, and the Alsace region.  The wine tasting is $30 per person – and a ticket to the wine tasting includes admission to Oktoberfest.  What more could you want?

Don’t miss the fun, and we look forward to hearing all about it at the inn.  Bis später!

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Art for Art’s Sake in New Orleans – October 5, 2013

New Orleans is the place to be for artists of all sorts – and Art for Art’s Sake is the perfect party for both artists and art-lovers! This event happens the first Saturday every October, so this year the street party is October 5th. This is the perfect way to end a busy day of sightseeing in New Orleans when you are staying at 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast.

Art for Art’s Sake is an art festival where galleries in the Warehouse Arts District and on Magazine Street are open from 6-9pm. Whether you are interested in browsing locally created paintings, sculptures, and photos or are looking for a valuable addition to your collection – everyone is welcome. Along the 5-6 mile stretch of Magazine Street, you’ll find boutiques and gift shops, as well as food and beverages stands along the street.

To extend the evening, you can reserve a table in a nearby restaurant.  You might try Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar – a sports bar featuring delicious pub fare with New Orleans flair!  You might also enjoy the late night menu at Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar & Restaurant which is also a Louisiana exclusive but with a surfer twist.

Feel like more art?  Attend the special reception at the Contemporary Arts Center – which will host a party till midnight. Admission to this party is $10 and allows you to explore new exhibits and enjoy live music.

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It’s the greatest art event of the year in New Orleans – and everyone is welcome. Wear showed you don’t mind walking in, and enjoy the atmosphere of a sophisticated New Orleans street party!

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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!

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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The Parkway Bakery & Tavern: New Orleans, LA

Looking for a traditional New Orleans lunch while you are staying with 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast?  Less than a mile away, you’ll find The Parkway Bakery & Tavern, providing delicious Poor Boys since 1911.