Cinco de Mayo Coconut Margaritas

Confession: I am LOCA for COCONUTS! I love the way they taste. I love the way they smell. I love the way they look. I love the trees they come from. I love that they house their own cup if needed. I love it when sunscreen smells like coconuts and I revert back to the pure bliss of childhood vacations. I love coconut milk and coconut water. I even demanded coconut icing on our wedding cake! I just love coconuts, y'all.

So it's no surprise that a frozen coconut concoction would make its way to the top of my recipe list!

Nava Beet Salad

This dish is a certified holiday pleaser! Not only is it simple, but you can make it the night before to save you time. More family time is always a good thing! Plus, it's Granny-approved, and do you really need more reason than that?

My Favorite King Cake in Nola!

If I had a dollar every time someone asked me where they should order a king cake from in New Orleans!

After a recent nudge from my friend (thanks Jess!) who couldn’t find my recommendation on this here website, I realized that I need to just come clean and declare my favorite. For the record though, I highly recommend trying as many king cakes you can this season to declare your own winner!

Dad's "Tick" Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is very personal dish. Every self-respecting Louisianan can name their favorite gumbo on the spot. Not only that, but most likely they can name the cook of their favorite gumbo too. And you best bet it’s made by one of their family members (I recommend starting with Grannys and MiMis then work your way down.) That is also why you won’t find a lot of Louisianans sourcing a restaurant as their favorite. Gumbo is the official dish of Louisiana, and it was originally created inside the homes of Louisiana families, so it only makes sense that it varies from home to home. It can also evolve and change over time as it’s passed down through generations. But that’s the beauty of gumbo: every pot tells a different story.

A good playlist is essential for any party, and Mardi Gras is the biggest party in the world! I have hand selected my top 25 songs to create the Perfect Mardi Gras Playlist. Feel free to listen year round, though, as it will come in handy when you’re having Mardi Gras withdrawals or even if you’re just having an overwhelming sense of pride and love for New Orleans. I promise it’ll get you movin’ 365 days out of the year!

A Local’s Calendar for Mardi Gras 2015

The parade routes are up and you most likely already have tickets to your favorite balls, but Mardi Gras is so much more than that. As you know, Mardi Gras is an entire season starting on 12th Night (Jan. 6th), but the real fun begins about 3 weeks before Mardi Gras day. Whether you live in New Orleans or just visiting, if you’re looking to jazz things up this year and get off the beaten path, here are 10 events you can mark your calendar for.

Holiday Bazaar. Those two words make my heart sing! Throw in gumbo, boudin balls, Merrytinis and Motown music and you've literally just described my heaven. This event also manages to help me support two causes I believe in: shopping local and avoiding large crowds. Some people love the hunt and the fight...not me. I'll take a charming Holiday Bazaar in the Garden District with

just enough

local booths, a cocktail in hand and The Temptations filling my ear holes ANY day over a mall! Did I mention this event is FREE!?

My Favorite {New Orleans} Things

Let's talk shop. I love spoiling the ones I love with thoughtful gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving them too, but I am one of those people who thoroughly enjoys going all out for Christmas presents. It’s my favorite time of year to show my friends and family how much I love them. As I get older, I appreciate the thoughtfulness and presentation more and more too. The time and thought that goes into finding that one thing that perfectly fits their personality, wants, needs, desires (ok I need to calm down) all wrapped up in my latest gift wrapping pinsperations...and then the joy on their face…it’s just priceless and oh-so worth it! It’s truly a gift for me as much as it is for them!

Top 10 Things To Do in New Orleans this Fall

There's something about the Fall that just makes everything better. After the EXTRA long summers in New Orleans, the first cool snaps in October can make you want to skip down the street with a plaid shirt and a scarf on and hug everyone in sight. We need that extra energy because it's the beginning of a long holiday and festival season here, and it's time to make your schedules!

Paris in New Orleans: Cafe Degas

Since moving to Esplanade Avenue, Bayou St. John is quickly becoming a new favorite neighborhood of mine. It’s a small historic neighborhood in between City Park and Broad St. along Esplanade. The homes, street names and bayous give it beautiful character. Bayou St. John is just a 10 minute cab ride down Esplanade from the French Quarter, so I recommend venturing out. You’ll find many hidden treasures, but none quite as charming as the French Restaurant, Café Degas.