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Gearing Up to Explore NOLA


Mother Nature didn’t cooperate the last time I visited New Orleans. It didn’t just rain, it poured, seemingly every time I left my hotel to explore the city. Even so, I still got a taste for the signature food, architecture and history of this amazing city. I also had the chance to pilot speedboats on the bayou and eat frogmore stew with Phil Robertson of transgender bathroom backlash fame—but that’s another story altogether.

This time will be much different, and not just because of the weather forecast. For one, I’ll be spending a full day with famous Saints quarterback Drew Brees for an update on his non-football franchising career. He’s recently gone from ‘zee to ‘zor when he and his wife purchased a portion of the Walk-On’s sports bar chain. Check out Nancy’s original Brees profile here.

I’ll withhold the exact details of my upcoming brush with NFL fame, but the story won’t disappoint—and I am honored to spend time with one of the most generous guys around.

During the rest of my stay, I have interviews lined up with Smoothie King and VooDoo BBQ—both based in NOLA—and also have budgeted time to walk around on foot, which is the best way to experience any downtown area.

My goals are to see what’s changed in the last few years, and in the 11 since Katrina, while also uncovering opportunities in this city for ‘zors and ‘zees alike. There’s a great deal of development happening in New Orleans—and I want to see all of it.

One thing I’ve enjoyed in the lead-up to my trip is the amount of recommendations from people who love this city. So I extend the same question to you, my dear readers: what are the best destinations, foods and drinks to experience over three days in one of America’s coolest cities?

I’m ready and, as Anthony Bourdain likes to say, hungry.

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