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In this episode, I talk with Ed Branley, author, historian, podcaster and contributor at GoNOLA.com. Together, we dive into the Battle of New Orleans. Imagine this: You are standing in Jackson Square. You look up at Andrew Jackson atop his horse and wonder why he's there. Sure, you know about the battle of New Orleans, but what was New Orleans like…
 
Today’s episode is devoted to books about New Orleans. If you’re caught up on Netflix and want to spend some time reading instead, this one’s for you. I recorded this in December 2020. Even if you are listening years from now, this will help you get to know the city better whether you are planning a trip or just wanting to stay connected with New O…
 
Today's episode is about the Mississippi River batture. Don't know what that is or where it is? Stay tuned and find out! I am joined by Professor Oliver Houck - an author, professor, and lawyer who has spent much of his life on environmental issues in Louisiana. He also wrote a book specifically about the batture called Down on the Batture.…
 
In today's episode I answer 18 questions (mostly) about New Orleans. These questions were submitted by listeners like you. We cover everything from how hurricanes impact home prices to the Mother-in-Law lounge, and more. Timestamps 04:32 - With Louisiana having had a record 5 hurricanes hit this year it it still a safe place to move to and live? Or…
 
Today's episode is the story of a former NFL player from New Orleans, his struggle with addiction, and the unlikely friendship that helped him survive. Jackie Wallace was a star at St. Augustine high school and at the University of Arizona. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and in his seven year career was involved in three Super Bowls. Ted J…
 
Today's episode is a solo show. It's the 2nd of two parts where I''ll use the ABCs as a roadmap for enjoying New Orleans. I'm recording this in October 2020, still in the midst of COVID. Lots of you ask in the Facebook group about things to do in New Orleans right now, and how to experience the city from afar. The obvious answer to the latter is th…
 
Today's episode is a solo show. It's the first of two parts where I''ll use the ABCs as a roadmap for enjoying New Orleans. You'll hear interesting stories, history and facts about New Orleans through the lens of the alphabet. I thought this would be a fun challenge for me and a different way of generating ideas about things to do and New Orleans h…
 
About This Episode Today's episode is all about craft beer in New Orleans. It's been several years since we specifically focused on the craft beer scene, and much has changed. We'll discuss the current breweries and trends, and talk about how to enjoy them even during a global pandemic. The last episode was a Q&A show where we answered questions fr…
 
Today's episode is a Q&A show where we answer questions from listeners like you. If you would like to submit a question for a future Q&A show, you have two options. One, you can join our totally free Facebook group, the Beyond Bourbon Street Krewe. The other option is to become a Patron of the show by contributing a few dollars a month to support u…
 
In today's episode we'll learn about the 64 parishes that comprise the state of Louisiana. We'll learn why we have parishes and not counties. You'll hear interesting stories, history and facts about Louisiana through the lens of our parishes and geography. And, I'll provide you with a tool to explore New Orleans and all of Louisiana from wherever y…
 
About This Episode Today’s episode is all about what to do in New Orleans now in the middle of this pandemic. Whether you are here in the city or many miles away, we have something for you. Resources Jazz Houses App Check out this website as a way of funding the houses in New Orleans where Jazz legends once lived. WWOZ Radio and WWOZ Online Wire Of…
 
Today’s episode is the 3rd of three in a row about New Orleans music. The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) recently did an online tournament where they matched New Orleans music against each other in an NCAA March Madness style bracket they called Music Madness. People were invited to vote and they published the results online, while also li…
 
Today’s episode is the second of three in a row about New Orleans music. The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) recently did an online tournament where they matched New Orleans music against each other in an NCAA March Madness style bracket they called Music Madness. People were invited to vote and they published the results online, while also…
 
Today’s episode is the first of three in a row about New Orleans music. The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) recently did an online tournament where they matched New Orleans music against each other in an NCAA March Madness style bracket they called Music Madness. People were invited to vote and they published the results online, while also …
 
About This Episode Today’s episode is about Sicilian Italians and their contributions to food culture in New Orleans. I’m joined by author and professor Justin Nystrom who wrote a book called Creole Italian; Sicilian Immigrants and the Shaping of New Orleans Food Culture. Nystrom’s book was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2019 and helps shine …
 
About This Episode Today’s episode is devoted to books about New Orleans. If you’re caught up on Netflix and want to spend some time reading instead, this one’s for you. I recorded this in April 2020. Even if you are listening years from now, this will help you get to know the city better whether you are planning a trip or just wanting to stay conn…
 
From spirits to hand sanitizer. The world has changed since our last episode just two weeks ago. Today, we’re going to talk about how a couple of local New Orleans businesses are working to help the city respond to the COVID19 pandemic. Join me as I talk with Sal Bivalacqua of Seven Three Distilling and Jess Bourgeois of Lula Restaurant Distillery.…
 
In today's episode I answer 20 questions about New Orleans. These questions were submitted by listeners like you. We cover everything from the laid back culture of New Orleans to the best things to do in April, which festivals are fun and affordable, and more. Time Stamps 3:52 We visit every year in September. We like to have the city to ourselves …
 
Today’s episode is about 12 reflections on Mardi Gras 2020. I’ll share why it was unique, what changes we may see in the future, and more. My hope is whenever you listen to this, even if it is years from now, it will provide insight into this time of year. Beyond Bourbon Street Sponsors Two Chicks Walking Tours I love the tours offered by Two Chick…
 
Today’s show was recorded live at the King Cake Hub in New Orleans. My guest is Peggy Scott Laborde, the Senior Producer at WYES and host of Steppin' Out, the only weekly television show about New Orleans culture and arts. We talk about Mardi Grsas past and present, and answer some audience questions. Beyond Bourbon Street Sponsors Two Chicks Walki…
 
Today’s show is about exploring the Bywater, a neighborhood downriver from the French Quarter. Our guide is Chef Chris St. John, the chef and co-owner at Capulet, located in the heart of the Bywater. Join Chris and I as we discuss Capulet, the Bywater neighborhood, and answer a few listener questions along the way. Beyond Bourbon Street Sponsors Tw…
 
Today’s show is the answer to a question I got from my dental hygienist recently. She asked, "what one thing would you recommend people do in New Orleans right now, beyond Bourbon Street?" On today's show, I answer her question and tell you why and how I would do it. Beyond Bourbon Street Sponsors Two Chicks Walking Tours If you love New Orleans, y…
 
Today’s show is about 10 things I am grateful for about New Orleans. This has been on my mind as I work on the Beyond Bourbon Street Travel Guide, and as I think about the end of 2019. Beyond Bourbon Street Sponsors Two Chicks Walking Tours If you love New Orleans, you’ve probably wandered through the Garden District. It is beautiful, but it really…
 
Today's episode is a Q&A show with a bit of a twist. I am joined by Shelby Westfeldt. Shelby's family has been in the coffee trading business since 1851. They also have a long family history when it comes to Carnival and the Rex Organization. Join Shelby and I as we discuss the family business and her experience as the Queen of Carnival in 2003. We…
 
Paul Sanchez, New Orleans Best Songwriter Paul Sanchez is the best songwriter in New Orleans. He's been writing songs and telling stories since he was six years old. Join us as we talk about New Orleans, music and storytelling. Learn about the earliest days of Paul's former band Cowboy Mouth, his connection to Steven Soderbergh, and who has the bes…
 
Louisiana and the Francophonie Today's episode is about the story behind Louisiana becoming a member of the Francophonie, also known as l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. The Francophonie is comprised of 84 countries, provinces, and one state (Louisiana) whose membership works together to celebrate and preserve French language and cu…
 
St. Bernard Parish Massacre of 1868 In October 1868 dozens of African Americans were massacred in St. Bernard Parish, a few miles downriver from New Orleans. Today's episode is about this little known event. It is a story about freedom, Reconstruction, a Presidential election, and a fight between cultures. To help us learn about the St. Bernard Par…
 
Today’s episode is about Dillard University. Situated in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, Dillard University is a historically black university founded in 1930, but with roots going back to 1869. Join me as we visit the campus and learn about its mission, its history, and the impact of Dillard University graduates. All this and more in tod…
 
Today's episode is all about coffee in New Orleans. It is the 3rd in a sub-series about staple crops or industries in Louisiana. We’ve previously talked about Tabasco (episode 87) and Camellia Brand red beans (episode 95). While coffee isn’t grown in New Orleans, the city has a long history with it. Today, I visit with local coffee roaster Kevin Pe…
 
In this episode we answer listener questions about New Orleans. What are the quirky things you enjoy about New Orleans? How do you convince someone to move to the Crescent City? Is living in a tourist city exciting or annoying? Stay tuned for the the answers to these questions and more in this episode of the Beyond Bourbon St podcast. Time Stamps 2…
 
In this solo episode I answer your questions about New Orleans. The questions cover everything from museums to infrastructure, the best and worst things about New Orleans, and more. Time Stamps 4:10 As a local how often do you make it to Saints games? Are you a season ticket holder or do you prefer to only attend a few, or even just a single game a…
 
New Orleans Red Beans and Rice New Orleans red beans and rice is an iconic dish in the Crescent City. Today, we talk red beans and rice with Vince Hayward, the CEO of L.H. Hayward & Company. While that name might not be familiar, nearly every New Orleanian knows their best selling product - Camellia Brand® Red Beans. Chances are, if you've had a pl…
 
Do you ever wonder how hurricane prep works in New Orleans? I got lots of questions in our Facebook group in the days leading up to Hurricane Barry. Today, I’ll share my tips on hurricane prep in New Orleans, and we’ll also answer questions from our Facebook community. Timestamps for Today's Episode 03:36 Should I Stay or Should I Go? 11:16 What Do…
 
Mules and Carriages are a common site in New Orleans, and especially in the French Quarter. If you are like me, you probably have lots of questions. Why mules and not horses? Where do the mules live? How are they cared for? Join me and guest Charlotte Jones as we talk about the history of mules in New Orleans, the carriage ride industry, and how th…
 
Impact of Short Term Rentals in New Orleans Have you ever visited New Orleans and stayed in a short term rental through AirBnb, VRBO, or another service? If so, you probably got a great deal, but do you wonder about the impact on the community? Join me and NOLA.com reporter Kevin Litten for a discussion of the current state of affairs and the impac…
 
NOLA DNA Project, a History of New Orleans in Newspapers Have you ever been perusing Craigslist and come across something remarkable? Well, that's exactly what happened to Joseph Makkos, my guest on today's episode. Joseph is a writer, a printer,a self-described media archaeologist, and thanks to that Craigslist ad, the founder and curator of the N…
 
Art of the City, Postmodern to Post-Katrina highlights contemporary art in New Orleans. Presented by the Helis Foundation this is the first exhibit to be displayed in the The Historic New Orleans Collection's Seignouret-Brulatour building.(THNOC). Join me and curator/artist Jan Gilbert for a tour of the exhibit, and a discussion of contemporary art…
 
Did you know New Orleans hosted a World's Fair in 1984? Or, that it was actually the 2nd fair held in New Orleans? Join me and NOLA.com journalist Mike Scott for a look back at 1984. We'll explore the World's Fair and find out what's at that location in New Orleans now. We'll revisit the Wonder Wall, Centennial Plaza, the gondola and more. If you w…
 
13 Questions About New Orleans with David Mora Today we're back with another Q&A episode. In this edition, I am joined by David Mora, AKA the future king. We answer listener questions about where to eat, how to take great photographs of New Orleans, and more!By Mark Bologna
 
You probably have a bottle of TABASCO® Sauce on your counter or in your pantry right now, but do you know the story behind the brand? Did you know the McIlhenny Company is 151 years old, or that every bottle of TABASCO® is made on a small island in Louisiana? Today, we go way beyond Bourbon Street to bring you the story of TABASCO® Sauce. To do tha…
 
Today we're back with another Q&A episode. In this edition, I am joined by Rudy Rayfield, AKA Rudy Da Foodie. We answer listener questions about local musicians, things tourists overlook, how to plan for French Quarter Fest and more! Follow Rudy Da Foodie Online Be sure to follow Rudy's New Orleans food explorations on Instagram (@rudydafoodie) and…
 
Bellegarde Bakery Today's episode is all about bread. More specifically, it is about one man’s passion for bread and changing the way we think about it. My guest today is Graison Gill, an artisan in the truest sense. He’s a baker of bread in a city known for po-boys, but that’s not his story. Graison is the founder of Bellegarde Bakery here in New …
 
Rex, King of Carnival Today’s episode is all about Mardi Gras and the Rex parade. I am joined by a former King of Carnival, Dr. Stephen Hales. In addition to reigning as Rex in 2017, Dr. Hales is the archivist and historian for the School of Design, the organization that puts on the Rex parade. In this discussion we talk about Rex and its impact on…
 
Laine Kaplan Levenson has spent the last 10+ years telling stories about New Orleans and Louisiana. For the last three years, she's produced and hosted Tripod, New Orleans at 300. Tripod won critical acclaim for its exploration of topics related to the Tricentennial, including a mini series on our relationship with Haiti. Ever heard the word 'Bulba…
 
52+ Free (or Nearly Free) Things to Do in New Orleans One of the wonderful things about New Orleans is that so many of the best things are free. Don't believe me? How about Mardi Gras and French Quarter Fest as a start? Add in festivals, exploring our neighborhoods, and enjoying the Mississippi River and you've got a great start. Listen to today's …
 
Late Winter/Early Spring Festivals in New Orleans Just after New Year, New Orleans festivals and events get started. It all starts with Twelfth Night and the start of Carnival, also known as king cake season! Listen to my discussion with my wife, Marie Bologna, as we cover everything from Twelfth Night through the end of March. You'll hear a bit ab…
 
Vietnamese Community of New Orleans Did you know New Orleans is home to a thriving community of Vietnamese who fled Vietnam after the fall of Saigon? Listen to my discussion with Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen and learn all about how her family came to New Orleans, as well as the impact of the Vietnamese on New Orleans food and culture today. We discuss…
 
Have you ever heard of Reveillon? These were traditional meals prepared and served after Midnight Mass in the early morning hours of Christmas. This tradition was carried on in New Orleans until the 1940s when it basically died. In the late 1990s, it was revived by French Quarter restaurants. Today, it is among the most favored holiday traditions i…
 
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