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Off the Beaten Path


* Take a Cajun/Creole cooking class at Langlois:  What could be better than sampling our famous local cuisine? Getting to sample it, and learn to make it, at the same time! Langlois Culinary Crossroads is just up the street from us (1841 N. Rampart St) and they offer a unique New Orleans experience. Take a class and learn to make fabulous dishes such as Jambalaya, Gumbo, Shrimp Remoulade, Creole Maque Choux, Bananas Foster French Toast, or Praline Bacon. Take a walking food tour and join a fellow group of food enthusiasts as you parade through the streets of New Orleans. A local guide will tell the fascinating stories of New Orleans cuisine, as you nibble along the way!

* Jazz it up on Frenchmen Street: Just 5 blocks away from Sweet Olive is a cluster of music clubs, restaurants, and bars along our beloved Frenchmen Street. World-renowned venues such as Snug Harbor, Spotted Cat, Blue Nile, and d.b.a. are side-by-side with fantastic restaurants like Three Muses, Adolfo's, and the soul food staple, The Praline Connection. Some of the best fun you can have in town is just walk a few blocks, listening until you find the music you most want to hear. And it might just be out on the street - local brass bands are known to heat things up with an impromptu jam on the corner.

* Take the streetcar to Commander's Palace:: Ride along beautiful St. Charles Avenue, pull the cord, and get off at Washington Street. Stroll 2 blocks to Commander's Palace, one of the finest restaurants in New Orleans - if not the world. Enjoy a (surprisingly affordable) sensational meal with impeccable service. When you're done, head across the street to the beautiful Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Stroll and contemplate life. Head back to Sweet Olive for an afternoon nap, have a glass of wine on the verandah, and decide where to go for dinner.

*Rainy day on Chartres Street:  Pay a visit to the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum to look at surgical instruments and potions from hundreds of years ago. Learn about life and death in old New Orleans and find out why the Love Potion was named Number 9. Wander into the Napoleon House for a Pimm's Cup, read the paper, listen to the classical music, and dream. Stroll into Hove Parfumeur, (the inspiration for the perfume shop in Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume) and sniff fragrances for men and women with names like "Kiss in the Dark,"  "Creole Days," and "Man Trap."

* Go to a Cajun fais-do-do (community dance):  On many a Sunday evening, Bruce Daigrepont and his band heat it up at Tipitina's. Just about everyone gets on the dance floor at this legendary New Orleans music venue ... young couples, grandmas & grandpas, kids, singles, couples. It's fun to grab a drink and just watch & listen, but don't be surprised if the regulars try to get you on your feet. And they're always happy to teach you! Around dinner time they usually dish up some delicious red beans and rice for the crowd - for free. Likewise, Cajun or Zydeco night at Rock N Bowl is a treat not to be missed. Where else can you bowl, eat, drink, listen to music, and dance?

* And don't forget, at Sweet Olive you are also close to history tours, cycling, antique stores, museums, parks, swamp tours, historic cemeteries, art galleries, plantations, streetcars, casinos, ghost tours, historic homes, and our celebrated zoo and aquarium!

* Let Nancy recommend a restaurant, tour, or experience, just for you!





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New Orleans, LA 70117



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