New Orleans, United States
Fresh, 34
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What are the New Orleans spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Brunch at Katie's or Jack Rose depending on your mood. And by mood, I mean Katie's is a great hangover cure and Jack Rose is for the brunch lovers. In addition to that, you have got to visit Woldenberg Park to catch some amazing views of the river. Top it all off with some shopping on Magazine Street; don't forget your walking shoes!

Do’s and don’ts in New Orleans: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Do always tip. Do indulge in public transportation, a streetcar ride is always in order. Do not ignore the Southern hospitality of the locals when we tell you good morning or ask how your day is. Do not travel in secluded areas alone at night; safety first, folks!

What do you do and why do you do it?

I plan and create because it's therapeutic and something that I can share with others. Whether I'm planning a wedding, creating designs for a styled shoot or recording voiceovers for clients, I'm creating something for others. Creating can literally be anything. When making plans with friends for a night out sipping and dancing, that's creating memories. It's my thing and I like to think that I'm good at it.

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

Maybe $50. Drinks here are cheap and very few places charge a cover, so $50 is actually balling out. At least $15 of these dollars are for the quintessential plate of food that you'll buy from the back of the bar, or someone's truck outside. Nothing tastes better at 3am than a fish plate.

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

Kleaux Kouture in New Orleans East is where I shop for date nights or a special event when I want to be super fly. Funky Monkey on Magazine is where I go for my more costumey side; note that I dress in costume type stuff daily. For accessories, Trendz on Magazine St. is my spot!

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Bobby Brown, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Trombone Shorty, Whitney Houston, TLC, Biggie Smalls, Beyonce, Norah Jones, Elliot Luv. I love music and it's so hard to make a list. Especially because now there's so many platforms to discover unsigned talent.

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

I think that the Garden District portion of Magazine Street is a treat from day to night. You can't go wrong with shops, restaurants and bars all in one strip.

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

Central City, Oretha Castle Haley Blvd is a gem with lots of history nestled there. The area has grown so much and there's new projects underway that are super exciting.

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

We'd do a hotel bar for drinks and chatter... Probably the bar at the Ritz-Carlton, then find a more loungey spot like Victory Bar to hear some music and catch the laid back vibes and have a bite. From there, we'd close the night out with dancing at Bertha's or Seal's for some bar room dance floor action.

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

The Avenue! Their yakamein is to die for... and there's a DJ, so you can dance off the dizziness.

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

So it's never real life freezing here. But on a chilly day, we'll do beignets and coffee.

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

Bertha's! You literally can't go wrong with this place. There's flowing drinks, a dance floor, a DJ, food AND Ms. Bertha is always in the building to greet you and to make sure that you meet your two drink minimum. It's a classic New Orleans experience.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Katie's in Mid-City or Apolline on Magazine Street. Can you say BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS?! They're both places where you can easily get caught up in great conversation and stay for hours.

Your perfect night out in New Orleans includes:

Drinks and dancing... It all boils down to that dance floor. I like to think that the music often orders my steps for the night.

Which local creators do you admire?

Whitney Mitchell, Megan Coates, Trombone Shorty, Justini Cocktails, Nicole Robinson, Tank and the Bangas

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Crescent Park in Bywater and Hot Tin Bar Uptown... Breathtaking views.

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

Jay's Seafood Dock. It's a great stop to make while fueling up for a day exploring the French Quarter!

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

Oh I'm definitely going on the lake with crawfish and a daquiri. It's an essential NOLA experience to sit out and watch the waves while indulging in two things that are unique to our culture. Seriously, whenever I leave town or return from a trip, I MUST have boiled seafood and a daquiri.

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

She's my girl, I don't think I have any criticism to share.

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