ask Roni about
cajun / creole food • music venues • cocktail bars • street art • parks • historic town • thrift stores
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a tour guide. I love to travel myself and feel that tour guides bring the history of the city alive and make you want to learn more, so it's a great way to become initially familiar with the city before you go out exploring on your own. Besides, I really like meeting new people and telling stories.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Good question. I'm more of a movie person if that happens. So just go back to watching some of my favorites - The Big Lebowski, Back to the Future and any good stand up comedy I can find on YouTube.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Seinfeld, Breaking Bad, The A-Team.
Name some spots in New Orleans that are good for a Tinder date.
I don't know what is the difference between a Tinder date and any other date. I would go on some activity like a tour or sitting by the Bayou with a drink.
Who’s your hero and where in New Orleans would you take them out for a serious hang?
George Carlin. I would take him to Bourbon Street to see what people do when they want to distract themselves from politics, work, and taking themselves too seriously.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I actually got these amazing finds in a thrift shop called Red, White and Blue.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I would like to go out paddle boarding more often.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in New Orleans and where did you get it?
Veal steak with butter and crab sauce at Galatoire's.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in New Orleans that you particularly like?
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?
Shaya - it's an Israeli restaurant. The bill for two people was $150 before tip - very important to tip in this town - and had cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, ikra, lamb and chicken.
Where can you get the best cocktail in New Orleans? Which one do you like?
New Orleans is a city of cocktails and cocktail history. I would say that one of the most interesting places you can go to is Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop on Bourbon Street. Lafitte has a very good Hurricane cocktail, traditional to New Orleans and invented back in the day when Rum didn't taste very good so they had to use strong mixers so the strong taste would not be as apparent. At Lafitte's they make the Hurricane with real fruit juice. Plus you get to sit in a building that belonged to a pirate...
Where would you take your partner in New Orleans if you wanted to really pamper them?
Antoine's. This is the oldest family run restaurant in America - 1840. Food is amazing!
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Moon pie, pralines, king cake.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in New Orleans?
What’s the one place you think is underrated in New Orleans?
Willie's Chicken Shack.
What are the New Orleans spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
French Quarter, the Moon Walk, live music on Frenchman Street, a walking tour preferably food related, Cafe du Mond or Morning Call, the Carousel Bar, a Saints Football Game, a Second Line and just any place that serves a good New Orleans cocktail - Sazerac, Hurricane, Pimm's Cup, etc.
Tomorrow’s your last day in New Orleans. How do you spend it?
Get a day pass, take the St. Charles street car, hop on and off as I please, get a daiquiri at Carrollton, walk around the French Quater and go to K-Paul's for dinner.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Tel Aviv. It's just the best city in the world :)