The Best Ways to Celebrate A Birthday This Weekend


Soooo, Saturday is my birthday. I was super excited about going to check out Big Freedia’s new live cooking show in the Kitchen Garden at City Park tonight with my gal pal Jennifer. Every Thursday evening in July and August my favorite bounce artist (though I could not twerk to save my own arse) will be hosting a “Garden Cookout  with Big Freedia.” Tickets are $75 per person and are available in groups of 2 or 4, in order to maintain appropriate social distancing.  Each ticket will score you a three course meal, Big Freedia’s kitchen signature cocktail and collectible cup, and a meet and greet and photo with the Big F. There will also be a cash bar. Masks are a must unless you are eating or drinking. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cocktail hour is 7-8 p.m., and a live cooking demonstration with Big Freedia will begin at 8 p.m.. Dinner will be served shortly after. Unfortunately,  Jen and I will not be there. I flaked on ordering tickets. And this is one HOT ticket so they sold out for tonight. Some other nights are sold out as well so get on it. Go here.

Champagne sabering in the courtyard pops off and Bubbles at Brennan’s (417, Royal St., 504-525-9711, continues this weekend Friday – Saturday during Happy Hours when champagne is deeply discounted. The Champagne will flow as the luscious libation is served both on its own and in effervescent cocktails. Friday brings bonus bliss as Bubbles at Brennan’s begins at 9 a.m. with breakfast, followed by the ceremonial occasion of Champagne Sabering at 5 p.m. marking a festive start to the weekend. Bubbles at Brennan’s runs Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Main Dining Room;  and Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the Courtyard and Roost Bar. Reservations are required and can be booked online or via telephone.

A lover of plants, I am treating myself to the FAIT Nola plant sale at Magazine Merchant House (1150 Magazine St.) On Saturday when  a huge selection of Aroids, Desert Plants, and more will be offered for up to 50 percent off from 10a.m. – 5 p.m. Catch a preview at

DTB (8201 Oak St. Ste 1, 504-518-6889,, long one of my favorite restaurants, recently reopened with Chef Jonathan Klaskala now manning the kitchen.  Established by the late Chef Carl Schaubhut, DTB (Down the Bayou) is known for its creative, modern coastal cuisine and craft cocktails. Klaskala’s small but thoughtful menu will be served from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and hosts a popular social(ly) distant hour from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

Have a great week and a wonderful holiday, everyone. Use this time to celebrate the people and the community you love, even if you are doing it from afar, digitally, or over the telephone. We need each other more than ever so take the time and make the effort to reach out. While you are at it make an effort to forgive past misdeeds and share some love. Please reach out to me if you have something to share or I can help in some way because You’ve Got A Friend in Me.




Digital Sponsors

Become a sponsor ...

Sign up for our FREE

New Orleans Magazine email newsletter

Get the the best in New Orleans dining, shopping, events and more delivered to your inbox.