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Holidays in New Orleans

Count down to 2014 in New Orleans Style

fireworks This is no small celebration, as the Crescent City Countdown Club has created a night to remember.

For your enjoyment – begin your evening with one of the delicious, traditional Reveillon dinners served by local restaurants.

For your entertainment – check out the Decatur Street celebration (in front of Jacson Square) with live performances up to the countdown.  Move and groove with Brassaholics from 9-9:40, Mia Borders from 10-10:40, and Bonerama from 11-11:40.

Join the excitement – an 8′ tall fleur de lis ornament that has been lit with LED lights and decorated with aluminum ribbons, will descend down a 25 foot pole.  This spectacle is followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Mississippi River, called “Symphony in the Sky.”

float with baby wear New Orleans Saints Helmet to celebrate New Years

There is just no better way to kick off a New Year!  2014 will begin just right with your stay at 1896 O’Malley House Bed & Breakfast, where you’ll find restful accommodations and a delicious breakfast in the morning.

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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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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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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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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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New Orleans Historic VooDoo Museum

New Orleans historic VooDoo Museum established 1972

Culture, secrecy, education, entertainment, magic, mystery, folklore, history, and legacy – New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum has it all.  This is an attraction that you won’t want to miss when you stay at 1896 O’Malley House.  This unique and interesting little institution in the heart of the French Quarter will make your visit complete.

At the New Orleans Historic VooDoo Museum, you can learn…

History – VooDoo came straight from Africa to our own city of New Orleans!

Zombies, Gris-Gris, and Marie Laveau –  Beings, objects, and important people in the world of VooDoo.

Current Practices and Practitioners – Curious?  Explore modern use of VooDoo through local contemporary experts.

The museum also offers a VooDoo-Cemetary Walking Tour, which takes you to none other than the tomb of Marie Laveau, the VooDoo Queen!  The tour doesn’t miss other notable sites throughout “America’s Most Interesting City.”  The cost for the walking tours is $19 for adults and $10 for children (12 & under), and automatically includes free admission to the museum.  Schedule the tours with 24 hours advance notice, and will last 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Take home a mystical souvenir to remember New Orleans’ religious culture from our gift shop.  We have everything from VooDoo dolls to informational books.

The museum is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm – check it out!

All of this information has been obtained from the website for New Orleans Historic VooDoo Museum.

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VooDoo Experience Music Fest 2012

VooDoo Expereience Music Fest 2012

Halloween weekend in New Orleans inspires wild and crazy fun for trick-or-treaters of all ages!  This is a place where visitors can cut loose and have fun in all that NOLA has to offer.  We are especially looking forward to the VooDoo Experience Music Festival 2012, which has featured high-profile artists for more than ten years in City Park.  This high energy and exciting festival showcases four musical experiences in distinct locations: Le Ritual – mainstream music,  Le Plur – electronical/dance, Le Flambeau – local flare, and Le Carnival – indie bands.

VooDoo Music Fest was originally started in 2005 as a post Hurricane Katrina tribute concert for New Orleans citizens, and the many folks who provided support and assistance to us.  To this day the annual event offers three days of outstanding entertainment by a variety of award-winning artists.

Friday, October 26 kicks off the party with:
Le RitualNeil Young & Crazy Horse AND The Avett Brothers
Le PlurKaskade AND JFK of MSTRKRFT
Le FlambeauBootsy Collins AND CC Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis
Le CarnivalSay Anything AND Big History

Saturday, October 27 continues the groove with:
Le RitualGreen Day AND AWOLNATION
Le PlurKaskade AND Justice
Le FlambeauMyNameIsJohnMichael AND Toots and the Maytals
Le CarnivalDave Stewart AND Fleur de Tease

Sunday, October 28 wraps it all up with:
Le RitualJack White AND Coheed & Cambria
Le PlurSkrillex AND Modestep
Le FlambeauLost Bayou Ramblers AND Lil Band O’ Gold
Le CarnivalTomahawk AND New Orleans Bounce Azztravaganza

There are way more events than are listed here – for more information and a complete schedule please see The VooDoo Experience website.

If you are coming to New Orleans to be part of the VooDoo Experience Music Festival – plan to stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House, conveniently located near the venue.  We look forward to your stay and hearing about your adventures at the festival!

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Halloween In New Orleans – Vampire Ball

 “Some are born to Sweet Delight, Others are born to Endless Night.”

New Orleans has long been known as a premier destination for Halloween, due to the many exceptional events taking place in the city the entire week of the holiday.

One such spooky spectacular is the annual Endless Night Vampire Ball. The Ball has been held in New Orleans since 1998 and has grown more lavish each year.

The location is the famous House of Blues on Decatur street. As the dress code is strongly enforced, it is highly recommended that you read up on the dress requirements before attending the event.

Tickets may be purchased from the event site.

1896 O’Malley House still has limited room availability for Halloween week- contact us to book soon!