Faulkner House Books

What building has the most stories? The Faulkner House Books, of course.

Down an alley, just off Jackson Square, is a book lover’s sanctuary, where one can find a curated selection of Southern literature and classics. Located at 624 Pirates Alley, Faulkner House Books is in a townhouse that was built in 1837 that in the 1920s was home to famed writer, William Faulkner.

Sweet Thangs update: Stricen Carter’s ‘designer snoballs’ are now in Mid-City

Stricen Carter is the force behind Sweet Thangs NOLA, a stand that serves decadent snowballs to long lines of eager customers. Her stand brings snowballs to the next level, by packing them with cheesecake, candy and cookies, and these photo-worthy designer deserts have been taking Instagram by storm. She taken her stand from Gentilly to Mid-City and is working on expanding.

Urban Roots Garden Center

Urban Roots: A quirky petting zoo and plant center all in one

Urban Roots Garden Center is one of the happiest places you can go these days. Part gardening supply and home goods store, operated and run by warm, helpful plant-specialists, part petting zoo and animal rehabilitation center: It’s the perfect location to go to get outside in the sun and outside of your head. 

You’ll still be able to yell “STELLLA” during TWFest 2021

No one will be yelling “STELLLLLAAAA!!!” at the balconies of the Pontalba apartments in Jackson Square this year for the 2021 Tennessee Williams and New Orleans Literary Festival (TWFestNOLA), but the screams and festival will be returning virtually with the encouragement of longtime patrons and participants. 

New Orleans fish fry

Top 5-04: Who's Got the Best Fried Fish in New Orleans?

Do you want to give back to the community via a church fundraiser, do you want to sample a restaurant’s Friday fish special, or would you rather grab some fish to eat outside along the bayou or river? Do you see it as a form of entertainment, or do you want your fish fried by institutions with decades of experience? The choice is yours!

women in New Orleans history

Top 5-04: The five most influential women in New Orleans history

March is Women’s History Month. To honor that, I wanted to spend some time contemplating who were the five most influential women in New Orleans history. I thought this would be a relatively easy task, but it turns out there are far more than five women who have shaped our city.

NOLA PopUp Picnic

Let NOLA PopUp Picnic make your next picnic picture perfect

Ana Suarez has always loved planning parties and events for coworkers and friends. Because the pandemic put a stop to typical parties, she wanted to create a way for people to get together and enjoy special occasions, safely. She thought picnics were the perfect fit. Armed with a degree in finance from the University of New Orleans, and her love for party planning, Suarez started NOLA PopUp Picnic in January.

Let’s Mangu: This Dominican restaurant on the Westbank doesn’t miss

While the French Quarter is mostly focused on a certain type of food, the Westbank continues to support a growing variety of restaurants. The shopping center storefront where you can find Mangú is no exception. The small, family-run, Dominican restaurant is pound-for-pound one of the best in the city.