French Quarter Festival Returns to New Orleans’ Most Historic Area for 2016

French Quarter Festival Returns to New Orleans’ Most Historic Area for 2016

From Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10, 2016 French Quarter Festival will celebrate the culture, food, history, and people of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood. With more than 1,700 local Louisiana musicians on 23 different stages throughout the French Quarter and Woldenberg Park, French Quarter Fest is definitely a place for incredible free music. While French Quarter Fest began in 1984 as a way to bring locals back to the French Quarter, it has since expanded into an internationally recognized event that draws hundreds of thousands of people to the historic neighborhood each year. The event features so many musicians, food vendors and extra activities that it is impossible to see everything, but we have a few recommendations to make this year’s French Quarter Fest a memorable event: What To Eat at French Quarter Festival 2016 Wherever there’s a festival in New Orleans, there’s food, and French Quarter Festival offers a bountiful assortment of Louisiana delicacies. Sample traditional New Orleans cuisine like cochon de lait po-boys, barbecue shrimp, and crawfish as you walk through Jackson Square, Royal Street, Bourbon Street, and back down to the riverfront. Classic French Quarter Fest favorites include the Crawfish Louise & Turtle Soup combo from Court of Two Sisters and the Crawfish & Goat Cheese Crepes from Muriel’s, which both have food booths in Jackson Square. Head to the Old U.S. Mint to sample a few of the newest food vendors, including The Big Cheezy, serving up The Crawgator (Alligator Crawfish Sausage with Cheddar, Pepper Jack & Green Peppers), and The Blue Crab, offering BBQ Shrimp Stuffed Po-Boys and Crab Cakes. If you can’t make it back in...
Enjoy These Refreshing Spring Cocktail Recipes from the Carousel Bar

Enjoy These Refreshing Spring Cocktail Recipes from the Carousel Bar

While we are famous for many things at the Hotel Monteleone – rich history, breathtaking views, friendly staff – one of our most prized luxuries is the Carousel Bar & Lounge. The classic New Orleans hotel bar is the city’s only revolving bar. The 25-seat, circus themed, Merry-Go-Round bar overlooks Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter. One full revolution takes fifteen minutes, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself maintaining your coveted seat on the ride for hours! While the Carousel Bar & Lounge is famous for its unique set-up, it is also well-known for the impressive bartenders and unparalleled cocktails. The Carousel Bar serves up delicious cocktails ranging from the signature Fleur des Lis Cocktail to a refreshing Pimm’s Cup. We wanted to share a few of our favorite cocktail recipes from the Carousel Bar, perfect for enjoying in the springtime! Pimm’s Cup Cocktail Recipe The Pimm’s Cup is a favorite in New Orleans, but the Carousel Bar’s version gives the classic drink a little extra edge with the addition of seasonal fresh fruit. Try adding strawberries, cucumbers, limes, pineapples, or blueberries for a pop of color and flavor. Ingredients Pimm’s No. 1 Sprite or 7-Up Fresh lemon Juice Fruit of your choice (for garnish) Over ice, fill a highball glass with Pimms No. 1. Add Sprite or 7-Up and a squeeze of lemon juice to taste. Garnish with your choice of fresh fruit. Criollo Cocktail Recipe The Criollo Cocktail is named after our renowned Cajun & Creole inspired restaurant located inside the Monteleone. This recipe has been adapted from the Bar Florida Cocktail book from...
Where to Get Your Crawfish Fix in the French Quarter

Where to Get Your Crawfish Fix in the French Quarter

If you’re lucky enough to visit New Orleans in the springtime, you absolutely must indulge in a local’s favorite: crawfish. Crawfish season coincides with festival season and ranges from late December to early summer, depending on the year. The peak of crawfish season usually comes in March and April, and there’s no better way to enjoy spring weather than to pinch and peel boiled crawfish outdoors. To get the ultimate crawfish experience while visiting the Crescent City, you’ll want to start your day off with a crawfish tail omelet at Criollo. Better yet, if you’re here on a Saturday, indulge in our Daily “Benedict” Special, the Creole Benedict, which features Creole Risotto & Crawfish Cake, Poached Egg and Citrus Hollandaise. While you’re spending your day exploring the French Quarter, stop at one of these locations to check “eat boiled crawfish in New Orleans” off your bucket list! Where to get boiled crawfish in the French Quarter: Deanie’s Seafood – 841 Iberville St. This French Quarter location of the classic local’s favorite serves up boiled crawfish, shrimp and crabs in season. You can also find plenty of other Gulf Coast favorites like oysters on the half shell, stuffed flounder, barbeque shrimp pasta, and seafood platters. Original French Market Restaurant – 1001 Decatur St. This restaurant has been serving fresh Gulf Seafood for more than 200 years. Here you can find a variety of boiled seafood, including boiled crawfish by the pound, as well as boiled jumbo shrimp, blue crabs and snow crabs. J’s Seafood Dock – 1100 N Peters St., Stall # 25 For something casual, J’s Seafood Dock in the French Market...
Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival 2016: Read All About It

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival 2016: Read All About It

Beginning March 30, 2016, New Orleans will celebrate renowned author Tennessee Williams with its annual literary festival. As one of the major hosts of the festival (after all, Williams featured Hotel Monteleone as a symbol of New Orleans in his play The Rose Tattoo and often stayed at the hotel), we are honored to be a part of such a storied literary tradition. Read on for a detailed outline of this year’s Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. The Speakers This year’s speaker lineup includes plenty of New Orleanians, including award-winning author Tom Piazza, culinary writer Poppy Tooker, geographer Richard Campanella, “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia and Alys Arden, whose recent debut novel, The Casquette Girls, began in serialized form on the Internet and garnered over 1.2 million reads online before being picked up for a publishing deal. View a complete list of speakers here. Get all the details on Tennessee Williams Festival! @TWFestNOLA Click To Tweet The Venues Of course, our hotel is one of the main venues of the festival, but several other area businesses are opening their doors to welcome Tennessee Williams Literary Festival participants. The Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum and research center in the French Quarter, will host master classes for writers looking to improve their craft and presence. Look for live music and theatrical performances at The Palm Court Jazz Café, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré and and Southern Rep Theatre. Other venues include the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, Muriel’s Jackson Square Restaurant, The Williams Research Center, and more. How to Participate You can purchase tickets for the literary festival via their...
Which New Orleans Cemetery Is Best?

Which New Orleans Cemetery Is Best?

New Orleans is known around the world for the unique way we bury our dead, in above ground cemeteries and mausoleums. But what if it’s your first trip to New Orleans and you want to make the most of your short stay here? The decision of which New Orleans cemetery is best is a matter of personal preference, so while we can’t declare a winner, we can help you understand key differences between the most popular New Orleans cemeteries so that you can schedule a trip to your favorite burial ground. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 One of the oldest, most famous and most haunted cemeteries in New Orleans is also the closest to Hotel Monteleone. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located just a few short blocks from our hotel at the corner of St. Louis & Basin Streets, but you’ll need to join a tour group to visit this one. In 2015, the Archdiocese of New Orleans began restricting access to this historic cemetery in order to protect and preserve it for generations to come. Founded in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this cemetery houses more than 700 tombs and over 100,000 deceased, including the graves of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau as well as noted New Orleanians Etienne de Bore, who was a pioneer in the sugar industry, Homer Plessy, of the landmark Supreme Court segregation decision Plessy vs. Ferguson, and world famous chess champion Paul Morphy. This cemetery was also featured in the classic 1969 film, Easy Rider, and houses the pyramid-shaped tomb that actor Nicholas Cage has reserved as his final resting...
Celebrate Irish History in New Orleans this St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate Irish History in New Orleans this St. Patrick’s Day

If there is one thing we have an abiding love of, it’s history. We’re celebrating our own 130th anniversary this year, and while we’ve been standing tall on Royal Street since 1886, the history of the Irish in New Orleans goes back even further. A Brief History of the Irish in New Orleans Irish immigrants have played an important role in New Orleans since shortly after the area was settled by Europeans. In 1769, the Dublin-born, Spanish-raised Alejandro O’Reilly was appointed Governor of Louisiana. He came to New Orleans to seize control and re-establish order during a revolt. While O’Reilly left New Orleans after just a year, some of the Irishmen who came to town with him stayed. New Orleans saw a flood of Irish immigrants during the infamous Great Famine of the 1840s. For many immigrants, the decision to choose New Orleans over New York or other cities in the Northeast was easy… New Orleans was a smaller, Catholic city with easier access to the sparsely populated lands of the interior of the United States. By the mid-19th century, the Irish made up nearly a quarter of the population of New Orleans. Although the Civil War and the economic decline that followed severely slowed the influx of Irish immigrants to New Orleans, the Irish community here became more tight-knit than ever, leaving a lasting influence throughout the city. Today, the impact of Irish immigrants can be seen and heard all over New Orleans. New visitors may expect to hear locals speak with a Southern drawl, but many local accents are more reminiscent of Brooklyn than a Georgia peach....