Author Archive: Katie Broyles

A New Orleans native, Katie Broyles is always happy to return home to the City that Care Forgot in between her many travels. She has visited over 25 countries (but feels that this isn’t nearly enough), has greatly improved her French at international volunteer camps, and is currently fanatical about Reykjavík, Iceland, and Vilnius, Lithuania. Her travel writing has previously appeared in Transitions Abroad Magazine.

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Have New Orleanians Discovered the Secret to Life?

Have New Orleanians Discovered the Secret to Life?

[ 0 ] February 20, 2014 |

New Orleans is a lot of things, but it is not what you’re used to.  Even for many Americans, visiting the city can feel like traveling to a foreign country or some sort of alternate reality.  People are throwing around all kinds of funny words you’ve never heard before.  Someone is always in costume.  The […]

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NOLA Microbrews: The Best Local Bières for all Saisons

NOLA Microbrews: The Best Local Bières for all Saisons

[ 0 ] January 24, 2014 |

New Orleans beer used to be synonymous with Dixie and Jax.  Those breweries are no longer in residence, but in recent years, a new wave of creative craft brewers has rushed in to fill the void.  Best of all, almost all of them offer tours and tastings.  Here’s a rundown of the South Louisiana suds […]

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Navigating New Orleans: The Low-Down on Transportation

Navigating New Orleans: The Low-Down on Transportation

[ 0 ] December 20, 2013 |

The streetcar named Desire shut down in 1948, but you can still get to most of the main attractions in New Orleans on its historic trolley system.  Follow these tips, and you’ll be exploring The Crescent City like a pro faster than you can say Tchoupitoulas. Fares – Streetcars and buses cost $1.25, paid as […]

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New Orleans by Neighborhood

New Orleans by Neighborhood

[ 0 ] December 2, 2013 |

Crescent City neighborhoods were originally called “faubourgs.”  Each one has its own attractions, delicious restaurants and hopping bars.  It would be impossible to list every great spot in New Orleans, but this overview should get you started. French Quarter – The original city center, founded in 1718 by the French explorer Bienville, continues to captivate. Crowds […]

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A Tour of Frenchmen Street

A Tour of Frenchmen Street

[ 0 ] November 13, 2013 |

The clarion call of a trumpet reverberates as we arrive at the base of Frenchmen Street.  The air is thick with the lilt of a brass band busking on the next corner, mingled selections of jazz, rock, and reggae spilling out of club doorways, and snippets of overheard conversation in the crowd.  Over the din, […]

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Test Your NOLA IQ at Dirty Coast T-Shirt Shop

Test Your NOLA IQ at Dirty Coast T-Shirt Shop

[ 0 ] November 1, 2013 |

Face it: you are way too cool for cheesy French Quarter souvenir shops hawking stiff, itchy “Drunk 1” and “Drunk 2” shirts.  You’ve visited before.  You know the lay of the land, and you can define po’boy, neutral ground, and Second Line with ease.  But how advanced are you really?  At the funky Magazine Street […]

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The Rebirth of a New Orleans Theater Landmark

The Rebirth of a New Orleans Theater Landmark

[ 0 ] October 24, 2013 |

It was opening night, or more accurately, re-opening night at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.  The art deco landmark had been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina. Now, eight years later, a buzzing crowd passed beneath the marquee, full of anticipation to see the results of a $52 million renovation.  This was something bigger than building repairs, though. […]

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The Delicious Dinosaurs of New Orleans

The Delicious Dinosaurs of New Orleans

[ 0 ] October 18, 2013 |

Growing up in New Orleans, my seafood of choice was always shrimp. Only recently have I started to fully appreciate the culinary delights of alligator mississippiensis. American alligators, the kind found in Louisiana, are millions of years old. Powerful predators at the top of the food chain, they are big, scaly, and have eerie orange […]

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