Louisiana

Tips and Articles in Louisiana

One hundred years ago, America's first zoos were built in Philadelphia and New York, with extra-thick bars to assure the public that wild lions, elephants, and camels would not escape and attack. Today it's the wilderness that seems unde...
What would childhood be without dreams of banana splits—the ultimate reward for surviving the school year, passing the final exam, winning (or losing) the softball championship?Whole weeks can be consumed deciding on the exact combination of fl...
"Yum-m-m-my motheroos!" you swoon in chorus with the locals, lasciviously eyeing a platter of oysters. You dip your spoon with abandon into the quicksand of brick-colored gumbos, flare your nostrils at the endless aromas of garlic and fish, lick t...
If Bacchus, the Greek god of the grape, came to earth, he'd be sure to stop at Restaurant Cuvée, a new wine-and-dine in New Orleans. The light fixtures in this decidedly masculine brick, iron, and dark-wood restaurant are made from bottles of Veuv...
This month's opening of the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge is thrusting the Southern city into the architectural spotlight. Designed by Schwartz/Silver Architects of Boston, the $55 million, six-story complex on a bluff overlooking the Mi...
See our slideshow of the World’s Craziest Party Towns. “Goths in black leather sit next to new-century punks with dyed Mohawks, who are talking to a group of ‘80s revival, thrift-shop girls on their way to a party that’ll be DJ’d by a transvestit...
Bed and breakfast. An elementary formula, right?It's amazing how wide a detour this concept has taken since farmwives started renting out the spare room to travelers. Of the 25,000-odd establishments around the country today, many deserve an A for...
Most New Orleans boutique hotels are hidden behind 19th-century façades and filled with precious antiques. The 18-room Loft 523, set amid high-rises in the city's Central Business District, feels more like an artists' lair in SoHo: hand-hammered c...
Lauren Hutton relives freshman year "I got my education on Bourbon Street, not at Sophie Newcomb," says model and adventuress Lauren Hutton recalling her first year at the two best-known New Orleans finishing schools. "I lived on Bourbon, baby, in...
1. Take tea (one of 108 varieties) at Alice's Tea Cup (102 W. 73rd St.; 212/799-3006). 2. Go for a whirl on a peppermint barstool at Dylan's Candy Bar (1011 Third Ave.; 646/735-0078), and sample some of the 5,000 sugar-coated treats from around...
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are willing to go anywhere for something good to eat, and those whose last supper would consist of whatever's in the fridge. As a food critic, my job is to uncover the best kielbasa, the fluffi...
Seattle | New Orleans | Minneapolis | Philadelphia Seattle By Kimberly Brown Seely Long an industrial-strength zone of low-slung warehouses, truck yards, and miles of chain-link fence, SoDo (which stands for South of Downtown or South of the...
Opening this month at the New Orleans Museum of Art, "Jefferson's America & Napoleon's France" celebrates the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase and the cultural exchange that flourished between the two fragile republics 200 years ago. Through...
Although I've traveled to some delightful spots on this planet, my favorite destination remains the place where I grew up, New Orleans. In particular, there is one street I cherish, right at the nexus of the tourist town and my own private memorie...
I am not a bed-and-breakfast person, and I'm on the outs with inns. I don't like thumping my head against the eaves of quaint New England saltboxes, ripping Shaker quilts when I turn over in bed, or smiling politely as my innkeeper, who gave up Wa...