New Orleans, United States
Desiree, 38
Owner and Founder at Badass Balloon Co.
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Do’s and don’ts in New Orleans: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Do: Make reservations! Open Table app is very useful. Do: Tip! Our service industry works hard in New Orleans so be kind. Do: Take Ubers. Do: Ask locals for suggestions, people in NOLA are quite welcoming. Do: use basic big city street smarts. Don't: Make yourself a target for theft by carrying big bags with all of your personal effects or walking around in the early morning with a target on your back (ie: on cell phones or with novelty drinks in hand). Don't: Bother renting a car.

What do you do and why do you do it?

In 2016, I founded Badass Balloon Co., a stylish online party shop that has modernized childhood staples, delivering funny, sassy special occasion messages with flair and finesse. Badass Balloons, Badass Piñatas, and Badass Confetti turn the most basic affairs into social media gold. In addition to these proprietary products, I am a visual artist who transforms architectural spaces around the world with large scale balloon installations.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?


Which New Orleans shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

UAL, Porter Lyons, Kay's.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Prince, David Bowie, Snoop, Selena, Beastie Boys, Queen.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

French Quarter: Day & Night. Frenchmen St: Night. Magazine St: Day.

What’s the one place in New Orleans you think is underrated?

St. Claude corridor just east of Elysian Fields.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Bacchanal or N7

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in New Orleans?

Cleo's Mediterranean

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Throw on a fur and head to Arnaud's to order their Cafe Brulot.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Commander's Palace

Your go-to brunch spots:

Willa Jean, Jack Rose, Arnaud's, The Country Club

Your perfect night out in New Orleans includes:

Dinner, rooftop bar, dive bar, dancing at The Saint, ending up at a house party or creating a house party and only remembering all these things when I speak to my friends the next day.

Which local creators do you admire?

Any artist that you can find at the Glitter Box.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

A walk around the Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park will put you under beautiful Cypress trees full of Spanish moss. So peaceful and stunning.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

NOLA Poboys (in back of Erin Rose bar on Conti and Bourbon)

Tomorrow’s your last day in New Orleans. How do you spend it?

Having a fantastic meal. That's the high note I try to have my friends hit.

You’re meeting the mayor of New Orleans - what constructive criticism would you give them?

I would tell her we need a glass recycling program in Orleans Parish.

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