|New Orleans Bowl 2013
College Football at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
College football season is slowly winding down, meaning its one of the most exciting times of the athletic year – bowl time! The Big Easy will be hosting our annual New Orleans Bowl, played each year at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since 2001. The New Orleans Bowl typically hosts a Sun Belt Conference representative versus a Conference USA team.
The two teams participating in this year’s bowl includes the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns and the Tulane Green Wave. This is the third year the Ragin’ Cajuns will be coming to the New Orleans Bowl. Winning at both previous appearances, the pressure will be on to defend their New Orleans Bowl title once more. This will be Tulane’s first bowl since the Hawaii Bowl in 2002. This is also the Green Wave’s first winning season in ten years. With so much on the line for both teams, the game is sure to be intense!
Stay with Bienville House Hotel for the 2013 New Orleans Bowl
With our convenient location in the French Quarter, Bienville House Hotel is the perfect hotel for the New Orleans Bowl. If you’re looking for hotels near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Bienville House is just a short walk or cab ride to the game. Don’t miss the New Orleans Bowl 2013, which takes place on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:00PM.
Also, Don’t miss the New Orleans Bowl Free Friday Night Concert at Champions Square. The event features live music from Charlie Daniels Band and Travis Tritt in a free performance at Champions Square, located on the grounds of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
There were also be a New Orleans Bowl Luncheon taking place at the New Orleans Marriott on Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 12:00pm.
Tickets are being sold through Ticketmaster, Tulane University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Find more details on the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl official website.Oak Street Po-Boy Festival 2013
While New Orleans has quite a few well-known culinary creations, the Po-Boy sandwich might be the one that tops them all. The perfect execution of bread, seafood/meats/veggies, and dressings has been mastered by many throughout the Big Easy, and it’s sure to be on your bucket list when visiting New Orleans.
So who has the best Po-Boy in New Orleans? Well, that’s a matter of opinion you’ll have to take up with just any New Orleanian, as many seem to differ on their favorite spot in town. The best way to discover your own favorite New Orleans Po-Boy may be at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, taking place Sunday, November 24th, 2013.
Don’t Miss Out on Oak Street Po-Boy Festival 2013!
The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival admission is free! This New Orleans festival will feature over 30 food vendors, each displaying their best version of the classic sandwich, and all hoping to be crowned the favorite New Orleans Po-Boy of the day by none other than you! This year will also feature a Food Truck Village on Leonidas Street.
The entire festival takes place, you guessed it, on the trendy and up-and-coming Oak Street in Uptown New Orleans. Head over to Oak Street at Carrollton Avenue, and let the New Orleans live music, the hungry crowds, and the delicious New Orleans food guide you in the right direction. This year’s Oak Street Po-Boy Fest will have a new Saloon Stage at the Maple Leaf Bar; Brass Bands on Leonidas and Plum; and the Main Stage located at Oak Street and Eagle Street.
So head on down to the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival for a day of eating, drinking, live music, and more!
This Year’s Oak Street Po-Boy Fest Vendors
Crescent Pie & Sausage Company
Le Citron Bistro
Mahony’s Po-boy Shop
Red Fish Grill
Vincent’s Italian Cuisine
and many more!
Learn more about Oak Street Po-Boy Fest 2013 on their official site.
Iris Restaurant in New Orleans
Bienville House is lucky enough to have one of the best restaurants in the French Quarter, only steps away from our lobby! The Iris Restaurant menu draws from contemporary American cuisine, serving up delicious dishes such as Malaysian Spiced Lamb Chops and Smoked Duck Confit Salad. With the powerful combination of Chef Ian Schnoebelen and Maitre D’ Laurie Casebonne, it’s no wonder that this culinary team has received rave reviews and won numerous awards.
What’s so special about Iris Restaurant? One unique practice is the menu is ever-changing. Not just monthly, or weekly, the menu often receives daily updates. You’ll also find a continental influence on Iris Restaurant’s menu, with unique ingredients from all parts of the country. You’ll find dishes such as Dry-Aged Strip Loin Steak from Two Run Farms or Duck Breast from Chappapeela Farms on the menu. It’s not your typical New Orleans cuisine at Iris Restaurant, but that can be a delicious thing!
Reviews of Iris Restaurant New Orleans
Iris Restaurant received Four Beans from Brett Anderson: “Chef Ian Schnoebelen’s aesthetic is based on sound technique, inveterate curiosity and a respect for ingredients. His menu bears no obvious trace of local influence, but it’s hard to imagine anyone being turned off by his accomplishments.”
“Iris adds style points after move to French Quarter. The food of Schnoebelin is distinctive enough that Iris held onto enough local regulars, while visitors intrigued by the menu filled the other seats.”
- Tom Fitzmorris
“It’s this little spot in the upper quarter. The chef, Ian Schnoebelen, is a creative guy and big supporter of local farms, but above all of that, the food is so incredibly, carefully handled and well-prepared. Every time I eat his food, I’m in awe of the standards he keeps.”
- Michael Doyle
Iris Restaurant is open for dinner Monday, Wednesday – Saturday from 6pm until close; open for lunch on Friday from 11:30pm until 2pm. Reservations are recommended. Book your reservation online with Iris Restaurant now!Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Start saving your appetite, because the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is coming up! From November 9th-10th, 2013 this delicious festival will be serving all your favorite types of gumbo, including a vegetarian gumbo contest this year! The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is held in the Congo Square in Armstrong Park on North Rampart Street opposite the French Quarter. There will be music, food, unique handcrafts, and on top of it all, admission is free!
What is Creole Gumbo?
Creole Gumbo is not to be confused with Cajun Gumbo. Both styles of cooking have different influences, although many don’t know that there is a difference. Creole gumbo comes from the mixture of French and African traditions, and is more commonly represented in New Orleans. Gumbo is a great dish that exemplifies the mix of cultures that occurs in Southern Louisiana. Many scholars agree that the dish originated in Louisiana in the early 18th century.
Gumbo itself primarily consists of strongly-favored stock, meat, or shellfish, a thickener and seasoning vegetables that can include celery, bell peppers, and onions. Creole Gumbo typically uses roux, a French base made of flour and fat, for its thickener. This is usually the distinguishing ingredient between Creole and Cajun Gumbo. Creole gumbo also traditionally contains shellfish.
It usually has to simmer and be prepared all day, so you know that the dishes you’ll be trying at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival will have been made with extra care and time. It’s also an economical dish, usually used for feeding large amounts of people.
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Entertainment
This year’s musical entertainment at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival includes “The Prince of Treme” trumpeter Glen David Andrews, singer John Boutte, and performers Robin Barnes and the all-female Pinettes Brass Band. Other acts include the Treme Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, and Bonerama.
After a big day of eating and dancing at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, you’ll be sure to want to hit the hay for a rest at your favorite New Orleans boutique hotel, Bienville House!New Orleans Fringe Fest 2013
If you aren’t able to make it for Halloween in New Orleans, but you’re still looking to get weird in the Big Easy, New Orleans Fringe Festival 2013 may be the festival for you – as their motto reads “Fearless Performers… Fearless Audiences.” The festival is “wild, weird, and fresh original theater of all types,” taking place throughout various neighborhoods in New Orleans. You’re likely to see types of theater, dance, music, and art that is somewhat surprising and unconventional. But that’s the point. Any type of art is welcome – one second you’ll be watching a mime act, and the next will be a comedian, followed by a modern dance group. You never know exactly what to expect, making the festival fun for a variety of different types of people.
New Orleans Fringe Fest 2013 Shows
This year will include 77 incredible performing groups from all over the US and beyond. Performances include circus arts, storytelling, spoken word, puppetry, poetry, multimedia, improvisational, dance, comedy, burlesque and much, much more! There are two types of venues for the show: Fringe Managed Venues and Bring Your Own Venues (BYOV). The Fringe Managed Venues include six venues plus a location for the Fringe spoken word feature event. Bring Your Own Venues are shows that are organized by the artist in unusual locations and also include traditional theaters throughout New Orleans.
Family Fringe at New Orleans Fringe Fest 2013
Fringe Fest is a great event for families. It includes free art activities, performances, workshops, music and more. Family Fringe is FREE and open to the public. It takes place November 23 and 24 from 12pm-5pm at the Marigny Opera House at the corner of Dauphine and St. Ferdinand.
New Orleans Fringe Fest 2013 Parade
The GoodChildren Fringe parade is an exciting collaboration of performers, community and the wonderful atmosphere of street parades we so adore in New Orleans. The parade will take place Saturday, November 23, at 2:00pm. This year’s theme is “Superstition!”
Bienville House loves any guest who enjoys the weirdness of New Orleans, so learn more on the New Orleans Fringe Fest 2013 official website, and stay with Bienville House Hotel during your awesome Fringe Fest weekend!Halloween in New Orleans: Krewe of Boo
It’s Halloween time in the Big Easy! October is the perfect month for a trip to New Orleans. Not only is the weather absolutely perfect, but the haunted history of the city makes it one of them most fun cities to celebrate the month of Halloween!
New Orleans will take any reason to celebrate, even if it’s the ghostly hauntings of our city. And what’s necessary for a celebration in New Orleans? That’s right… a parade. Krewe of Boo is one of the many ways New Orleans puts on a show to impress our more paranormal friends. Krewe of Boo is the Official New Orleans Halloween Parade in the French Quarter, and it’s one spooktacular event.
Krewe of Boo 2013 – A Halloween New Orleans Parade
This year, the Krewe of Boo parade is taking place on October 26th, 2013 at 6:30PM. And in true New Orleans style, there will be a party at Mardi Gras World waiting at the end of the parade route. The Krewe of Boo parade party at Mardi Gras World will take place from 8PM until 2AM.
Halloween weekend can be a difficult time to travel to New Orleans, making Krewe of Boo the perfect event to celebrate the weekend before. Learn more about the Krewe of Boo and get ready for tricks and treats galore!
Experience Halloween in New Orleans at Bienville House Hotel
Plan your perfect Halloween in New Orleans with Bienville House! New Orleans is FULL of buildings and sites with haunted histories, giving us the reputation as “The Most Haunted City in America.” Many have experienced paranormal phenomena while visiting or living in New Orleans. Intrigued? Try a haunted tour of New Orleans, and book your stay at Bienville House for a spooky Halloween in New Orleans today.Movies Filmed in New Orleans
Artists of all types have always flocked to New Orleans for its unique, off-the-wall, and inspiring culture, so it’s not surprising that films have used the beauty of the Big Easy for the backdrop to their scenes. However, the film industry in New Orleans has taken off more than ever in the most recent years. Movies filmed in New Orleans are now a common practice, not restricting their sets to the tourist-filled areas of French Quarter, but also using some of the mansions along St. Charles and the enchanting oaks in Audubon Park.
Movies filmed in New Orleans receive a unique tax incentive package from Louisiana, created in 2002. The incentive includes a 30% tax credit that is transferable to any motion picture investor, since many do not have Louisiana tax liability. This incentive brought on a huge surge of applications, with 150 applications sent to Louisiana in 2011 alone. With the increase of movies filmed in New Orleans, the skilled film crew base has grown more than 400 percent since 2002. It is a booming industry with 46 movies shot in New Orleans and half a billion added to the New Orleans economy through the entertainment business.
Famous Movies Filmed in New Orleans
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Big Momma’s House 2
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Final Destination
Interview with the Vampire
The Last Exorcism
The Pelican Brief
The Skeleton Key
This Is the End
For a full list of movies filmed in New Orleans, click here.
Upcoming Movies Filmed in New Orleans
22 Jump Street
New Orleans Film Festival
To celebrate the wonderful world of cinema, the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival will take place October 10-17, 2013. Last year’s festival screened 200 films over the course of eight days with more than 17,000 attendees including 170 filmmakers. The festival is a great time to be in New Orleans, so book with Bienville House to be near the action!
Fall New Orleans Recipes
While the seasonal changes in New Orleans may not be as apparent as some of our cold-weathered northern neighbors, New Orleans still has our own way of celebrating the yearly transitions. The hot, hot heat is taming down, bringing New Orleans into the perfect October and November we love to boast about. As the weather shifts, so do our cravings for New Orleans recipes. Whether you’re lucky enough to be here or are just craving a little taste of the Big Easy at home, check out some of these New Orleans recipes to ring in the new season!
New Orleans Style String Beans
1 1/2 lbs green beans, stem ends removed
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add beans and garlic. Blanch for 3 minutes and drain.
2. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, honey, and Creole seasoning. Let honey melt in with the olive oil and spices.
3. Pat the drained beans and garlic cloves dry with a paper towel. Add them to pan and toss gently to coat with the honey and spice mixture. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Turn off burner and pour cognac into the pan and flambe the beans until the alcohol is cooked off.
A delicious New Orleans recipe to use as a side dish!
Recipe courtesy of: www.food.com
Pumpkin Soup with Crabmeat
3 tablespoons olive oil
1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over moderate heat. Add the garlic, leeks, onions, celery, cayenne pepper, and thyme and cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the pumpkin, potatoes, and Chicken Stock and simmer until the potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.
2. Remove the soup from the stove; purée in a food processor or a blender until very smooth and velvety. Strain through a fine sieve back into the pot. Add the cream; cover and keep warm over very low heat or in a 200º oven.
3. Melt the butter in a small skillet over low heat. Add the crabmeat, and heat until it’s completely warmed through (take care not to break up crabmeat too much). Remove the skillet from the heat. Scatter the chives over the crabmeat and season with salt and pepper.
4. Ladle the pumpkin soup into individual bowls, then put a large spoonful of warm crabmeat into each bowl.
A new take on a seasonal favorite for a true New Orleans recipe!
Recipe is courtesy of: My New Orleans: The Cookbook by John BeshClassic New Orleans Cocktails
In New Orleans, cocktails are not just a drink to sip on, but a way of life. It’s in our spirited nature to celebrate all sorts of occasions with the perfect drink pairings, and because of this, we have created some of the most amazing cocktails in New Orleans. Here are just a few cocktails that New Orleans is well known for:
The Sazerac has been considered the world’s first cocktail and is the official cocktail of New Orleans. It is a whiskey cocktail with sugar, lemon and bitters for taste. The combination is very basic but the most important ingredient to add is Peychaud’s Bitters, which are said to be what has made the drink famous. A perfect New Orleans bar to order the Sazerac is at the Sazerac Bar located at 123 Baronne St in the French Quarter.
1 Cube Sugar
1 ½ oz. Whiskey or Bourbon
¼ oz. Herbsaint
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Muddle the sugar cube with the Peychaud’s Bitters in a glass. Add the whiskey to the sugar mixture. In a separate glass that has been chilled, coat the glass with the Herbsaint and discard the excess. Then empty the whiskey, bitters, sugar mixture into the chilled glass and garnish with the lemon peel.
The Ramos Gin Fizz
This is another New Orleans classic cocktail that dates back to the late 19th Century. It was created by Henry Ramos at his bar the Imperial Cabinet Saloon and became popularized for its use of raw egg and governor Huey Long’s fondness for the concoction. A good bar to go to order one of these classic drinks is Bar Tonique located on 820 N. Rampart St in the French Quarter.
Ramos Gin Fiz Recipe
2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Heavy Cream
1 oz. Simple Syrup
½ oz. fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
½ oz. fresh squeezed Lime Juice
1 Egg White
3 dashes Orange Blossom Water
1 drop Vanilla Extract (optional)
Combine all the ingredients and shake for 10 seconds without ice. Add several small ice cubes and shake hard for several minutes (supposedly the original recipe calls for shaking it for 12 minutes). Continue shaking until you can no longer here the ice cubes inside. Pour drink into a chilled glass and slowly top with soda to rise the foamy top.
This is one of the most popular drinks served in New Orleans and originated at the bar Pat O’Brien’s, which is also located in the French Quarter. Supposedly Pat had a surplus of less popular rum and while waiting for a shipment of more desired alcohol like whiskey and scotch, he created this concoction to sell to sailors and soon it caught on. To enjoy the original recipe yourself, you can just pop down to Pat O’Brien’s on 718 St. Peter St.
The Hurricane Recipe
4 oz. Amber or Gold Rum
4 oz. Fruit Juice, combination of Orange, Passion Fruit (Or Pat O’s own Hurricane mixture)
1 Tbsp Simple Syrup
1 Tbsp grenadine
Orange Slice and Cherry
Pour the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour into a 26 oz. glad and garnish with the cherry and orange slice.
The Vieux Carre
This cocktail is literally named after the French Quarter and does the “Old Square” justice. It is the namesake cocktail for the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone and was created by their bartender Walter Bergeron, at the time. So obviously, the ideal place to get this drink is at the Carousel Bar itself that is located in the Hotel Monteleone at 214 Royal St in the French Quarter.
The Vieux Carre Recipe
¾ oz. Rye Whiskey
¾ oz. Cognac
¾ oz. Sweet Vermouth
Dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
½ tsp. Benedictine liqueur
Combine all the ingredients in a glass with ice. Stir well. Strain into another chilled glass and garnish with the cherry.
As you can see, there is a reason New Orleans is the birthplace of the cocktail, and these classic New Orleans drinks have definitely stood the test of time. Now all you have to do is come here and try one for yourself.New Orleans French Quarter Hotel Cruise Package
As one of the great port cities of the nation, New Orleans always has people coming in and out on the mighty Mississippi River. It can be anywhere from produce and merchandise to vacationers passing through our ports. At Bienville House, we especially like to celebrate the people that travel to our great city, and one great way we do this is by offering our Hotel Cruise Package.
A cruise is a great option for a New Orleans vacation, allowing travelers to relax and enjoy the vastness of the open seas while visiting wonderful islands and tropical cities as well. Sometimes, it can be a hassle just to get to the boat itself. So here at Bienville House, our French Quarter hotel offers weary travelers a day of rest before departure with our Hotel Cruise Package.
French Quarter Hotel Cruise Package Rates
The Bienville House Hotel Cruise Package includes a 20% discount from our Best Available Rate, as well as cruise parking during your stay with us and your time abroad on the open sea. Our Hotel Cruise Package also includes our complimentary Continental Breakfast and high speed WiFi. The location of the Bienville House Hotel in the French Quarter makes it easy to travel to the port, and our Hotel Cruise Package even includes shuttle service for $10 to and from the New Orleans Cruise Terminal.
Stay at Bienville House Hotel for Your New Orleans Cruise
Staying with Bienville House during your New Orleans cruise vacation gets you prepared for you adventure, whether you’re traveling with Norwegian Cruise Line and going to Belize, or Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and going to Cozumel, or even Carnival Cruise Line and heading to Montego Bay in Jamaica. Our Hotel Cruise Package makes it easy and hassle free for anyone to go on a grand voyage crossing the turquoise seas of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.