ask Henry about
nightclubs • fine dining • art galleries • cocktail bars • music venues • boutiques • flea markets
What are the New Orleans spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Dinners at Jaques Imo's on a Tuesday night followed by a trip to Maple Leaf Bar afterwards to witness the Rebirth Brass Band. Pick up a Po-boy (recommend roast beef at Tracy's) and bringing it to the river front park uptown, "The Fly." Date night at Sylvain on Chartres Street and then head to the oldest bar in America (really) and get yourself a "Purple Drink" and don't ask what's in it because I honestly couldn't tell you. Recovery brunch from said drink Atchafalaya!
Do’s and don’ts in New Orleans: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Do's: Tipping, get to know your server (at some establishments there are lifetime servers going on 50+ years) , step outside your comfort zone, eat a beignet. Don'ts: Diss New Orleans.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work for the American Cancer Society as a Community Development Manager. Basically, event fundraising. As a childhood cancer survivor, it's a incredibly rewarding career to lead the fight for a world without cancer.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
Lol. I don't want my parents to see this part. Dinner + drinks usually is $50 + and if you go out afterwards, well, yeah!
Which New Orleans shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
Hilltop Shoppe for gifts is pretty much all I buy from!
Your all-time favorite musicians:
Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Britney Spears, Elton John, The Lumineers, Lorde, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Beyonce, Smokey Robinson, ABBA
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
The Garden District & French Quarter during the day. French Quarter at night.
What’s the one place in New Orleans you think is underrated?
Word on the street is I've heard Old Algiers is worth the Ferry ride too.
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
Where would a date take ME for a romantic night out* And boy better take me to Sylvain!
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in New Orleans?
Uptown: Camelia Grill | French Quarter: Clover Grill or 700 Club | Metairie: Sweet Things & Grill | Drunk and convince Uber to go through drive through: Rally's! (Always offer them a meal - most of the times they want fries or a soft drink! )
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Haha its New Orleans so it's never that cold! But in case of bad weather - go visit The National WW II Museum.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
Your go-to brunch spots:
Atchafalaya, Katie's, Commander's Palace (Weekend Jazz Brunch), Willa Jean
Your perfect night out in New Orleans includes:
A quick dinner at Paladar 511, A Purple Drink at Lafitte's, Belting my heart out to music videos at 700 Club
Which local creators do you admire?
Ashley Longshore. Check her Gallery out.
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
Crescent City Park, The Fly, Old Algiers, The Point (At the Lakefront).
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
Tomorrow’s your last day in New Orleans. How do you spend it?
Omg - never. Feet first. But if that's the case: laughing, drinking, dancing and documenting the whole damn thing.
You’re meeting the mayor of New Orleans - what constructive criticism would you give them?
Tell her* a Chick-fil- A on Carrollton Avenue