(Tracy) I am from Beaumont. It's a Texas pass-through on the way to New Orleans. I have spent a lot of time in New Orleans over the years. I have always loved it, particularly the architecture, antiques, funky shops, plethora of art galleries, museums, and parks.  

Because of his work, Bruce has probably been to New Orleans at least 40 times. He simply can't get enough. We both truly share a passion for the the distinctive blues and jazz music and are madly in love with the food and people of New Orleans.

NOLA = New Orleans, Lousiana


French Quarter

  • Jackson Square - artists, fortune-tellers & Louisiana Museum (Hurricane exhibit)


Expect to enjoy sidewalk  jazz music from block to block. 

  • Frenchmen Street - just outside the French Quarter, 2-blocks the most jazz and music clubs.  
  •  Preservation Hall – Holy grail for jazz lovers. (726 St. Peter Street, 504.522-2841)


  • Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club (1931 St. Claude, 504.945.9654)


  • Mid City Rock N’ Bowl (3016 South Carrollton, 504.861.1700)


  • Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak Street, 504.866.9359)


  • Tipitina's is a music venue located at the corner of Napoleon Avenue and Tcoupitoulas Street in Uptown NOLA. This music club  began in 1977 and has noted many well-known musicians.  


  • French Market is found in the French Quarter. It is Bruce's favorite spot for random hand-made gifts and tasty food. It began way back in 1791 and is the oldest public market in the country. 
  • OCH Art Market 1618 Oretha C Haley Blvd. uptown in the Garden District. Here you will find no sales tax on original art.  


  • Bon Castor 3207 Burgundy St.  Discover local, handmade items by NOLA artisans. Find furniture, clothing, jewelry and art.  


  • Royal Street, best high end antique shops in the city.


  • Chartres Street is filled of antique shops.  


  • Warehouse District - Enjoy art galleries. Check out Julia street. The galleries often keep their doors open late with wine and eats. 


  • Magazine Street is six miles of high-end, artsy and eclectic shopping and food! We purchased some beautiful pottery at



  • Garden District - 19th-century mansions, Greek Revival to Gothic.


  • St. Charles Avenue- Take the Street car or your own down this lovely street and pass some of Uptown’s collection of notable mansions.


  • St Louis Cathedral - In the heart of the French Quarter.




  • Audubon Insectarium
  • Aquarium of the Americas
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Louisiana State Museum



With all this delicious eating we like to take a jog or two!


Audubon Park

Here you will find a two-mile path that dwells between Magazine St. and St. Charles Ave. It circles around a Par 62 golf course, with cascading century-old, moss-draped oak trees. The birds seem to love the small lagoons. The homes are beautiful as well. 

City Park is found on the grounds of the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). The path is 3/4 of a mile around a small lake.  Don't miss the Sculpture Garden next to the museum. You will find a significant live-oak tree, "The Singing Oak," hung with dozens of wind chimes. 



'Oh the food!'


Cafe du Monde: 800 Decatur St. Phone: 504-525-4544 -

This is not optional! Located in the French Quarter, savor the famous beignets, blanketed in snowy powdered sugar. 

Stanley  547 Saint Anne Street. Phone: 504-587-0093.

When in town we are Stanley breakfast repeaters. It’s that good!  Bruce's favorite? Bananas Foster French Toast ~  topped with Tahitian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Toasted Walnuts on the side for Tracy to munch on. It’s worth watching the candid and touching chef’s video on

Arnaud's Restaruant 813 Rue Bienville. Local Phone: 504-523-5433 -

Toll Free: 866-230-8895  

Since 1918, you will find Arnaud’s steps off of Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter. They offers classic Creole cuisine in its restored turn of the century dining rooms. You can hear Dixieland Jazz in the Jazz Bistro, have a romantic dinner in the Main Dining Room (a private room), or have a glass of wine in their French 75 Bar. Be sure to try their cheese grits.


Ralph's on the Park 900 City Park Ave. Phone: 504-488-1000 -

This globally inspired, comfort food eatery is nestled among colorful houses of mid-city New Orleans. Picture this: breakfast chicken stuffed with boudin sausage, cheese-grit soufflé, served alongside chocolate chip waffles. Or, start with a soup turtle or duck and smoked Italian sausage gumbo. For dinner, try crabmeat ravigote napoleon.  


Coop's Place 1109 Decatur Street. Phone 504-525-9053. 

“Is the place to go for a true taste of New Orleans at down home prices.” Try the seafood Gumbo or jambalaya.

Jacques-Imo's Café 8324 Oak Street. 504-861-0886.

Casual Creole/Soul food in a fun, eclectic atmosphere:

Tony Moran's - You are just not going to believe it. This is a truly WONDERFUL, comfortable, yet sophisticated Italian restaurant with fresh seafood on Bourbon Street. It has been around for more than half a century. It is beautiful and located in the historic Old Absinthe House.  


Irene's 539 Saint Philip St. (504) 529- 8811.  We have been going to Irene's for years. It's Italian. It's romantic. It's good. You need a reservation. We love the live piano music. 


Mosca (504) 436-8950 (cash only).

Bruce insists on this eating establishment.  But you do have to drive quite a bit. True story….the owner was Al Capone’s chef after Capone went to prison. Locals order off the menu. A few options: Crab Meat Salad Oysters Mosca, Shrimp Mosca, Chicken A la Grande, Spaghetti Bordelaise, and the incredible meatballs. It's all family style and the food blows away the modest ambience. Bring a deck of cards!  We did.  

Eleven 79 - 1179 Annunciation St Neighborhood: (504) 299-1179.

Bruce loves to bring customers uptown to this hidden culinary jewel. Expect old world charm and lots of garlic! Don't be surprised to meet owner, "New Orleans legend," Joseph Segreto. You might find me in there enjoying Jumbo Gulf shrimp cooked with rosemary, olive oil, bay leaves, white wine, and cracked black pepper. Bruce asked him to make his famous 108 layer lasagna for a customer event. It was delicious!

108 layer Lasagna form Eleven 79

108 layer Lasagna form Eleven 79

Bruce likes to frequent the famous Carousel Bar & Lounge in the Hotel Monteleone. This hotel bar on Royal Street is the city’s only revolving bar. It is composed of a 25-seat, bright circus Merry-Go-Round. Don't miss this gem located in the French Quarter.

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Angelo Brocato's Italian Ice Cream Parlor 214 N. Carrolton Ave. Phone 504-486-1465. 

We love gelato. This gem opened in 1905. Should you try the praline gelato?

We ended our trip with a big pillow fight!




If your into quaint, little towns, try the charming town of Natchitoches.  It was founded in 1714. Stay in one of the many historic homes in a bed and breakfast. 

With the Cane River in constant sight, shop on Front Street for clothes, kitchen supplies, antique bargains, and do NOT miss the General Store.  They have EVERYTHING!

We had one truly wonderful meal at Maglieaux on the Cane 805 Washington st. (318-354-77670).

Call us crazy, but we had their cheese grits as an appetizer!  Think high-end Creole meets Italian.  

Later that evening, we heard some amazing blues music at the Pioneer Pub on Washington Street by Joe Nadeau. Check out his music!

In December, Christmas is a huge celebration. You can enjoy a tour of homes and be dazzled by the lights on Front Street.   

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