Friday, December 08, 2006

New orleans REVEILLON MENUS 2006

A réveillon is a long dinner, and possibly party, held on the evenings preceding Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The name of this dinner is based on the word réveil (meaning "waking"), because participation involves staying awake until midnight and beyond.

Reveillon in New Orleans is celebrated nightly during the Christmas season in restaurants throughout the city. Menus combine ageless Creole cuisine with more contemporary New Orleans dishes, but the spirit of the past remains. In fact, three of our Reveillon restaurants -- Commander's Palace, Galatoire's, and Tujague's -- are more than 100 years old! So revel in nostalgia. Join us for the Reveillon -- the authentic taste of Christmas New Orleans Style.

French Quarter Festivals website lists the 2006 Reveillon menus in NOLA.

Check out Tom Fitmorris's FoodFest website where he keeps an updated list of reopened restaurants.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Welcome home NFL New Orleans Saints!

Thirteen months after the Dome was ravaged by Katrina, the dome is reopening with a party usually reserved for the Super Bowl but New Orleans is welcoming back the Saints in style.

The festivities begin before Monday night's game featuring U2 and Green Day, together publicly for the first time!

JazzFest producer Quint Davis was called in to orchestrate Monday's event in conjunction with Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammy Awards telecast. Also featured on the bill are Big Sam's Funky Nation, the Rebirth Brass Band, Storyville brass band and the GooGoo Dolls.

In the days following Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana Superdome became a symbol of agony and distress. This NFL football game is the first event to originate from the stadium since the Katrina devastation. It will be highlighted by a special live performance by U2 and Green Day that will be televised during ESPN?s Monday Night Countdown pre-game show between 7:00pm-8:30pm EDT (performance 8:20-8:30pm). An opening video presentation showcasing the efforts of Music Rising and the Superdome will air prior to the performance by the two super-groups.

The official re-opening of the Dome will begin at 5:30 p.m. The first people allowed to enter the Dome will be 150 first-responders from Gulf Coast search and rescue teams.

Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas will sing the national anthem and Former President George H. Bush will preside over the coin toss.

RealNetworks? Rhapsody music service will stream U2/Green Day live from the SuperDome, and sell downloads afterwards, with proceeds going to Music Rising.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

seasoned Hurricane Tips - are you prepared?

Ready for a Hurricane?

Check out this "SQUIDOO website" for a FAQ of Hurricane Tips.

The page has live updates from the National Hurricane Center, CNN and Interactive Hurricane websites.


Friday, June 16, 2006

New Orleans restaurants that are open

In NOLA and hungry? Check Tom Fitzmorris' New Orleans restaurant index. It is updated constantly. As of this blog posting, 658 restaurants were open. If you don't see a restaurant on his list, it may still be open-double check.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

New Orleans Music Shopping

When in New Orleans, shop at the Louisiana Music Factory

Browse the large Louisiana music selection on

A few record labels that specialize in New Orleans music are

introduce a friend to Louisiana music, and spread the word that New Orleans isn't leaving! :)

Monday, May 08, 2006

Chocolate City shirt from New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's Chocolate City comments generated a cottage industry for tee shirts. Some favorites are on Cafepress.

Election Run-off is coming up. See some NOLA political parodies here.

Lionel Richie performs in Fats Domino time slot at the New Orleans Jazz Fest

Last weekend's MSN broadcast of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was wonderful for those of us missing the Jazz Fest. Video streamed well, audio was crisp. The only gripe was audio level need to be balanced when the stream breaks away for a commercial.

Quint Davis announced around 3pm on Sunday, (May 7, 2006) that Fats was sick and heading to the hospital, missing his scheduled performance. Lionel Richie performed in Domino's place.

FATS DOMINO is Alive and Kickin' :) He returned from Oschner Clinic and took the stage shortly before Lionel played (during Fats Domino's original time slot) apologizing for canceling his performance and thanking fans for supporting the festival.

Feel the Jazz Fest Love