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Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo New Orleans, May 17-19, 2013

bayouStaying with us at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast over the weekend of May 17-19?  Party with a purpose at the Bayou Boogaloo of 2013.  The 7th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo put on by the MotherShip Foundation benefits neighborhood restoration projects from Hurricane Katrina, sustainability projects, and more.  What better reason to get into local music, art, and delicious food?

Saturday, May 18th check out the Bicycle Pub Crawl beginning at 8 AM and taking you to 6 local eateries for coffee, beignets, local personalities, and southern hospitality!  Traveling without your wheels?  Bicycle rentals are available.

Sunday, May 19th enjoy a 11-mile ride, Bicycle Second Line, beginning at Bayou St. John and ending at Bayou Boogaloo.  In typical NOLA style, this easy ride goes at parade pace and even includes life music!  Don’t miss it!

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ELIOT KAMENITZ / THE TIMES PICAYUNE

Check out the 5K and the 4th Annual Rubber Duck Derby – just more ways to enjoy the festival.

Throughout the festival – check out the incredible line-up of local music…never a dull moment!  Get something unique and support resident artists as dozens of New Orleans’ own will be offering an amazing variety throughout the Festival Arts Market.  Finally, you won’t go hungry with the selection of delicious New Orleans flavors.  This festival has everything!  See you soon!!

 

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St. Patrick’s Day 2013 in New Orleans

Oh, the music in the air!
An’ the joy that’s ivrywhere -
Shure, the whole blue vault of heaven is wan grand triumphal arch,
An’ the earth below is gay
Wid its tender green th’-day,
Fur the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March!
~Thomas Augustin Daly

New Orleans will be Irish for St. Patrick’s Day too, and we can’t wait to begin the celebration!  Let 1896 O’Malley House be your home-base as you explore the various things to do on this luck-filled weekend.  In typical NOLA fashion, we will commemorate this holiday with parades…be sure to check out one of the following:

See New Orleans: St. Patrick’s Day for more information about St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, parades and block parties.

After the parades, visit a local Irish Pub for some green beer and some delicious Pub Food.

Right around the corner from our inn, you’ll find Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, our personal favorite.  They were voted the Best Neighborhood Bar In New Orleans in Gambit Weekly, and for good reason!  In addition to a great and welcoming atmosphere, Finn McCool’s is the place to catch a game of European Football (in addition to other sports).  Refresh with delicious food and amazing drinks!

Try Molly’s at the Market, a popular hangout that is ready for some Irish inspired festivities!  Reserve your space to ride in our parade, or just watch it and enjoy some green beer or your favorite Irish refreshment afterward.

Parisol’s Bar & Restaurant will be hosting a 3-day St. Patrick’s Day Block Party!  Bring your friends or meet new ones at this exciting celebration, and enjoy delicious food and drinks together!

Enjoy some traditional Irish classics such as Shepherd’s Pie, Guinness Beef Stew, Bangers and Mash, and Corned Beef (of course) at The Irish House by Chef Matt Murphy, an Irish Gastropub specializing in “high-quality food.”  The Irish House even offers a gluten-free menu.   Select your beverage of choice from a variety of beers, then into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with the Crescent City Celtic Band on March 17 at 7-10 pm.

With all of the choices available for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration – you only have one choice to make for a place to stay!  1896 O’Malley House is the perfect location to return to after a parade, block party, or pub visit.  We offer cozy accommodations in a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for resting after a busy day of parties.

And now – a final Irish Blessing:

May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their harts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.

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Make Valentine’s Day 2013 a Romantic Night in New Orleans

valentine's suiteIt’s time to start planning time with your special someone for Valentine’s Day or the following weekend.  Show your love by treating your sweetheart to a romantic dinner for two.  Then relax in luxury accommodations at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast.

Romantic Accommodations
Check out the Colonel Parker Suite, an exquisite suite decorated in rich red, dark woods, and a beautiful fireplace.  Our queen-size, four-post bed has luxurious custom linens providing comfort and tranquility.  Enjoy a relaxing bath in a whirlpool tub/shower in the private bathroom.  This is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  This lovely room is pictured above.

We also invite you to the Broyard Suite, a beautiful room with classic and elegant furniture and decore, also featuring the original coal-burning fireplace to make the atmosphere romantic and cozy.  This room includes a beautiful queen-size, four-post bed and guest robes.  End your Valentine’s evening with a soak in the whirlpool tub/shower combo.

Romantic Dinner-for-Two
New Orleans is known for its cuisine, so we know you will find a delightful romantic restaurant to make your evening complete.

You may enjoy a delicious and elegant meal at Commander’s Palace, providing traditional Louisiana Creole cuisine in the Garden District.

For French Continental Cuisine, check out Flaming Torch Restaurant, a boutique restaurant in Uptown New Orleans using locally grown fresh ingredients in an warm atmosphere.

Wherever you decide to dine with your dearest – don’t forget to make reservations!

Don’t make your Valentine’s Day plans at the last minute – book your room at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast today!

 

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New Year’s Eve – An All Night New Orleans Party!

Well the holidays are upon us which means 2013 is right around the corner!  So, may we ask, what are you doing New Year’s Eve?

As you know, the party never stops in New Orleans where there is something for everyone!

Enjoy live entertainment in Jackson Square where the revelry starts several hours before midnight.   Then at midnight, from the rooftop of Jax Brewery, a large object falls from an illuminated perch – a tradition signaling the start of 2013.  Join the festivities to find out exactly what the large object is, as it’s a mystery every year!  Then the skies of New Orleans brighten with its famous 15-minute firework show, displayed from two barges in the river.

For most people, this is when the New Year’s celebrating ends – but not in The Big Easy.  Throughout the city you can find local music, endless dancing, unique cocktails, and delicious food for hours; all of the things for which New Orleans is famous in one night!  For more information about New Year’s Eve merriment in New Orleans, please see New Orleans Online.  (This website also features the photo used in this blog.)

When you are ready to call it a night, return to 1896 O’Malley House Bed and Breakfast for a deep, comfortable sleep and a delicious breakfast in the morning.

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Christmas in New Orleans – Revillion Feasts

The holidays are here and New Orleans is the place to celebrate in style!  Make your dinner reservations – the restaurants are ready for the Revillion feasts!  For those of you unfamiliar with the Revillion tradition, let me tell you about this festive New Orleans Christmas custom.

“Revillion” means “awakening” and these Creole feasts began during the 19th century, a practice borrowed from passed down from their European heritage.  Originally, Catholic Creoles spent Christmas Eve fasting, and the Revillion dinners were prepared to be enjoyed after Midnight Mass.  Families would return to their homes after the late service ravenous to enjoy the sumptuous Revillion feast that they had prepared.  Overtime, American Christmas customs replaced the Creole holiday customs and Revillion feasts faded away.

The Revillion feasts experienced a reawakening in the 1990′s – and as with other customs, it evolved to accommodate the contemporary New Orleans lifestyle.  Modern Revillion feasts are available in a variety of wonderful restaurants throughout the month of December.  Participating restaurants prepare menus featuring their interpretation of traditional Revillion dishes.  When you are staying at 1896 O’Malley House, make reservations at one of our wonderful restaurants to participate in this New Orleans’ Creole Christmas tradition.

Visit this website for Revillion menus in over 40 local restaurants.

For more information about Revillion feasts, visit FrenchQuarter.com and and About.com – New Orleans Travel.

 

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Restaurant R’evolution – Transforming New Orleans Cuisine

As you are planning your vacation to New Orleans, be sure to check out the gastronomic delight found at Restaurant R’evolution, just a little over 4 miles away from 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast.

As their website states, the word “revolution” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something.”  Restaurant R’evolution prides itself on providing flavors and techniques from the Cajun and Creole traditions and creating contemporary dishes, permeated with culinary influence found in Louisiana’s history.  Their selections are fresh and all ingredients are authentic.  The menu at Restaurant R’evolution takes you on an unforgettable flavor journey.

Chefs Folse and Tramanto have partnered to bring their own versions of Louisiana’s can’t-miss-cuisine such as gumbo and beignets to their menus.  The Wine Director, Molly Wismeier, ensures that your will enjoy wine from an extensive wine collection, perfectly complimenting your meal.  The wine-by-the-glass program delivers a thrilling wine experience.

So much can be said about this marvelous restaurant, but you should experience it yourself.  In New Orleans’ Christmas tradition, Restaurant R’evolution will begin offering R’eveillion Holiday Dinners as of December 1st.  Don’t believe us?  Check out what others are saying about this dining adventure.

Also, check out Restaurant R’evolution on Facebook (where we got the photo), Twitter, YouTube, and Blogger.

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Museums Around Town – New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)

What is a stay at 1896 O’Malley House without a visit to to the New Orleans Museum of Art? Just a short walk (about 1.5 miles) away, and you can get lost in an art collection covering 4000 years. This amazing collection lives in 46 galleries and is worth about $200 million. The collection features pieces from America, Europe, Asia, and Africa; including Pre-Columbian, Oceanic, and Native American pieces.  NOMA has been around over just over 100 years, and the fascinating collection within its doors will take you on a journey through art history through the Americas, and around the world.

NOMA also boasts an incredible selection of art on the peacefully landscaped grounds with 200-year-old live oaks. For a small fee, Wellness Classes are offered every Saturday morning and Monday evening – you can enjoy Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

During your visit to NOMA, enjoy your lunch at Cafe NOMA by Ralph Brennan.  The delicious menu and atmosphere reflects the values of the museum.  You might even run into our innkeeper, Larry, as he enjoys lunch at the Cafe frequently!

NOMA  ensures that visitors of all ages discover entertainment and enlightenment within their doors! From talks, films, and book clubs for adults to a Saturday Storyquest featuring professional children’s authors and illustrators for kids; NOMA provides creative and engaging activities to the community.

Currently, NOMA is celebrating expressionist and sculptor Ida Kohlmeyer who would be 100 this year, with a special display of items from the permanent collection called “Ida Kohlmeyer: 100th Anniversary Highlights.” Also featured this fall is the art of local artist Jim Richard in an exhibit called “Make Yourself at Home.” Finally, if you’re a fan of photography, check out the thought-provoking exhibition, “Photography, Sequence, & Time.”

We hope you’ll take advantage of this New Orleans masterpiece!  For more details about this wonderful place visit their website,our resource for this information and photo.  Also, the New Orleans Museums website has several more museum suggestions!

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RUE 127 – New American Bistro

New Orleans is a foodie’s playground, offering so many delicious restaurants, so you might find it difficult to decide where to have dinner.  Let us suggest RUE 127 – New American Bistro.  This amazing little restaurant can be found in a renovated New Orleans style shotgun home right across the street from 1896 O’Malley House and is a highlight of our neighborhood.  The upscale menu options provided at RUE 127 may prove to be pleasantly surprising, and they certainly do not disappoint.

Chef Ray Gruezke designed a delectable menu sure to delight your taste buds.  When possible, the restaurant uses sustainably grown produce and the freshest meats and seafood.  To ensure that each of RUE 127’s menu items are made from fresh ingredients, the offerings change weekly.  Save room for dessert, Chef Joanna Parker is the pastry chef responsible for each delectable creation including a House Made Sorbet of the Day.  Finally, local artist Natalie Boos’ art compliments the cozy atmosphere in this welcoming restaurant.

RUE 127 is open Tuesday through Friday for lunch, and Monday through Saturday for dinner.  Call for reservations, or make them online.  You can also view their menu on their website.

If you still need convincing, see what contributors to Urban Spoon are saying.  We know you won’t be disappointed in the amazing cuisine available at RUE 127 – New American Bistro.

127 N. Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans, LA
504-483-1571
www.rue127.com

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Creole Tomato Festival

The French Market Creole Tomato Fest is a New Orleans celebration of the delicious Creole tomato, which makes it’s way out of farms and gardens into the hands of happy cooks the first few weeks of June. The festival takes place at 2 French Market Pl. in the French Quarter and will feature live music, cooking demos, the Creole Tomato parade, and of course, food, food, food, offered by street vendors and farmer’s market booths.

The Creole tomato originally hails from the West Indies and grows well in the sultry Louisiana climate and rich soil. Their unique flavor pairs well with many wonderful Creole dishes, and happily with shrimp, whose season is also in full swing.

Creole Tomato Festival : June 9-10, free admission.

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Christmas New Orleans Style

Christmas New Orleans Style is like no other Christmas in the country! This month long celebration will certainly put you in the holiday mood, as you are transported back in time by costumed characters roaming the Vieux Carre. Celebrate with the Krewe of Jingle holiday parade and the Jingle Mingle Block Part on Canal Street.

New Orleans restaurants will again be hosting Reveillion Dinners, partaking in historic traditions at three NO restaurants which are over 100 years old- Tujague’s, Commander’s Palace, and Galatoire’s.

The 200 year old St. Louis Cathedral will present weekly concerts, featuring choirs, brass bands, Jazz quartets and other musical delights.

Make sure to book your rooms at 1896 O’Malley House so that you don’t miss out on any of the festivities.