Author: Tarani Duncan

What to Do When: Our Helpful Wedding Checklist

How early should you make a guest list? When do you book a second line? Use this wedding checklist to make sure you don’t skip major steps before you put on the white dress.   10-12 Months Before __ Have…

Chef Melissa Martin and Adventures in Lafitte

Aside from a night when a friend and I followed the super moon across the Crescent City Connection, I had never been to Lafitte, La. Not really.    On my way to the bayou, I noticed a Spanish Revival mansion…

Paddle Louisiana’s Waterways

It may be too early in the year to officially declare it tubing season, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep dry. It doesn’t take a true outdoorsman to know that spring in Louisiana makes for paddling perfection. Having…

Down the Bayou: Airboats, Catfish and Gators

About 45 minutes outside of the city, there’s a winding stretch of road that’s cradled by sugarcane fields and wildflowers. The road comes to a drawbridge over Bayou Boeuf where Derrick, a Kraemer native, likes to catch sac-a-lait, a white…

See Local Acts at Out-of-Town Music Festivals

This year when it starts getting steamy in the Big Easy, I’m allowing myself a vacation. Sure I could surrender to the summer, stay in town, sweat ‘til I’m salty as a sea barnacle, turn red as a Ponchatoula Strawberry,…

New Orleans' Tourism Roots

If New Orleans' tourist booms were a character in one of the many films being shot in our neighborhoods this year, they would simultaneously occupy the role of a scoundrel and a saint, feared, welcomed and loathed, often times concurrently…

Out Cold: A New Orleans Sleeping Bag Drive

My friends and family members from the northern parts of the country have started migrating south for Mardi Gras festivities. These are people from places such as Poughkeepsie, New York, where frigid wind howls across the Hudson in the winter…

Make the Weekend Last

Plan some activities for your guests during your wedding weekend so they get the full New Orleans experience.

Turning Evacuation into a Hurrication

Did Hurricane Isaac have you feeling the pressure?  Were you suffering from tropical depression? Rest assured you weren't the only one.  Monday evening before Hurricane Isaac, as more Pigeon Townies began flying the coop, Uptown became an eerie sort of…

A City Slicker’s Guide to Meteor Showers

In the deep mountain darkness, surrounded by cameras, telescopes and tripods, I heard the slow sound of my mother’s English rise above hushed murmurs and sling itself across the Tennessee valley on the tail of a comet. “Wuh-un, too-eww, three!…

Folsom Safari: An Oasis of Wildness

There’s a bridge just past Tangipahoa parish line where sun-kissed southern boys jump from the hard-packed banks below.  On the surface, this place, just like any other you’ll encounter on the Northshore, seems about as far from Africa as you’ll…

Life Past the 3-Mile Line

If you think meeting a sea captain at a bar and planning a rendezvous the subsequent day on the southernmost tip of Louisiana is fishy, well, you’d be right. But all judgement aside, it was about 150 pounds worth of…

The "Bog-uh Chit-uh": A How-Tube Article

New Orleans' infamous summer heat comes licking at the heels of festival season. In the hospitality industry, we’ve been talking about this all month. This is what we call “the dead season,” because this is when the exodus from the…

Day-Tripping Duncan: Fishing Spots

Spring weather sends neighborhood boys to the banks of the Mississippi where on any given evening, you can find them casting their lines into the shadow pools there. Howard, who is my favorite kid from Pigeon Town, is 11; but…