Beignets

The one menu item that I hear about more than jambalaya, gumbo, po boys, or any other food from New Orleans is the beignet. It could be because I know many people with some serious sweet tooths, but I had this item as a high priority to consume on my trip. There were two places […]

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The Sazerac

I learned a lot about the cocktail culture when I went to New Orleans. I didn’t know much going in; I did a quick Google search with my wife to see if New Orleans was known for any specialty drinks I should try while down there and the Sazerac shot to the top of the […]

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Preservation Hall

One of my main missions for this trip was to see some authentic New Orleans jazz. Having known nothing about the city prior to landing, it was a bit intimidating trying to find venues. After an unsuccessful trip down Bourbon Street, we thankfully met up for a Music Gumbo walking tour, and our guide gave […]

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Commander’s Palace

I’m not one for fine dining; it just seemed so alien and odd to me that I never could imagine myself doing anything of the sort. I’m also very price-conscious, so the high-price stigma also helped guide me away. While on our honeymoon, my wife picked out a nice restaurant where we could do a […]

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Pharmacy Museum

While walking down the French Quarter one day, Halee and I stumbled upon a beautiful old building with a pharmacy sign hanging above┬áthe doorway. Curious, we tucked out heads inside and saw that it was full of powders, potions, and concoctions from the history of pharmacology. This small, unassuming storefront proved to be a treasure […]

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World War II Museum

One of the top-rate museums in the nation is the World War II museum located in the warehouse district of New Orleans. It is a large, industrial-looking series of buildings from the outside, but on the inside, a great deal of care and craftsmanship is on display to preserve the American angle on that grand […]

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Lafitte Swamp Tour

One thing that many people suggest that you do when visiting Louisiana is to take a swamp tour. They come in two flavors: The slower pontoon-style boat tours and the quicker airboat tours. For the uninitiated, airboats are the ones with the giant fan on the back that help the boat skim across very shallow […]

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St Charles Street Car

When we told our friends about our upcoming trip to New Orleans, a friend of ours in Phoenix recommended we ride the street cars. Specifically, he said we should ride the St Charles Street line if we wanted a relaxing, inexpensive ride along some very beautiful homes. On our last day, we decided to check […]

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Steamboat Natchez

One of the defining features of New Orleans is the mighty Mississippi river, which I learned recently is the third-longest river in the world. The bend in the river next to which the city was built gives it its nickname: The Crescent City. While visiting, I decided to do one of the most touristy things […]

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Best Nine of 2016

A big thing to do on Instagram is the top nine most-liked pictures from the year (you can follow me @ajgarnica). Since the new year is here, I thought I’d do a retrospective and examine my top nine photos and explain them a little more in detail.

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