New Orleans, United States
Emily, 35
Hospitality Professional & Food Enthusiast
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work in hospitality, helping groups host successful meetings here in New Orleans. In addition, I write about where to find the best food around town for I love New Orleans and believe it's a city that will inspire and bring joy to people from all walks of life. I enjoy being able to share my passion for the city, the food, and the people every single day.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Let's assume I'm better off... so, "Best Thing I Never Had" by Beyonce and "Love Your Memory" by Miranda Lambert

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Friends, Sex and the City, Seinfeld

Name some spots in New Orleans that are good for a Tinder date.

Barrel Proof, The Delachaise, Bouligny Tavern, Fat Harry's, Tchoup Yard, Wrong Iron on the Greenway, Bayou Wine Garden, Bayou Beer Garden

Who’s your hero and where in New Orleans would you take them out for a serious hang?

Anthony Bourdain. We'd hit up Lilly's for pho, Parkway for poboys, and I'd invite him over to my parents house for dad's grilled lamb chops. We'd also drink a lot of Bourbon and catch a live show on Frenchmen.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I'm not much of a fashionista but I do enjoy Jean Therapy on Magazine, Em's in Old Metairie, and BABE on Freret.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Eager to explore all areas of my city!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Ride the streetcar!

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in New Orleans and where did you get it?

The entire chef's table meal at Commander's Palace. Twelve courses with wine pairings and I swear each course got better than the one before it. Arguably the best meal of my entire life.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in New Orleans that you particularly like?

Pete's Out in the Cold on Sixth Street in the Irish Channel. The owner Kevin is super nice, the juke box is full of good tunage, the drinks are cheap, and Kev will throw a Red Baron pizza in the oven for ya when you get hungry. Good times. Pro tip: This joint is cash only.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in New Orleans? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Doris Metropolitan for steak. I don't remember the actual bill but it was up there.

What restaurant in New Orleans looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Mosca's Italian restaurant in Westwego. You'll think it's a shack on the side of the road but what awaits you behind the doors is something special and a good time to be had by all.

Where can you get the best cocktail in New Orleans? Which one do you like?

Cure, Bouligny, or Sazerac Bar. I like the Old Fashioned or Daiquiri at Cure, a Dirty Martini or Tea Ticket Fizz at Bouligny, or a Sazerac or Gin Fizz at Sazerac Bar.

Where would you take your partner in New Orleans if you wanted to really pamper them?

Earthsavers for a spa treatment and then Piccola for gelato!

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Snoballs! I love a combo of strawberry cream and pineapple or chocolate and ice cream cream topped with condensed milk.

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

The Rum House

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

Mais Arepas, hands down.

What are the New Orleans spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

You've gotta see the French Quarter and Jackson Square, have beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde, ride the streetcar to the Garden District and have lunch or dinner, and you simply must, must, must listen to live music on Frenchmen Street.

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

It would be an eating and drinking frenzy, I can promise you that! Ideally, a long lunch at Galatoire's, cocktails at Carousel Bar, purple drinks from Lafitte's, a Lucky Dog, and dinner somewhere uptown, followed by some late night dancing at Grits.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I live in the best vacation city in the world! But seriously, there are so many places I still want to visit in my lifetime, so this is a hard one to answer because I feel inexperienced. I will say, however, that Florence, Italy completely blew my mind. Between the beauty and power of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the heavenly gelato, picturesque Tuscan countryside, and the genuineness of the Italian people, I certainly fell in love.

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