Horny Toad loves weekend getaways, and we know you do too… so every month until August we’re picking a great city and giving you the insider’s scoop on where to eat, drink and play. For this second month we’re firing up our taste for crawfish and good music and heading to New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Without further ado, here’s the scoop on The Big Easy:
1. Our Open Air Straw Hat is a perfect way to keep your cool in New Orleans, thanks to its super comfy, soft elasticized inner sweatband and understated solid outer band that just happens to go with everything.
2. Regarding crawfish boils, the folks at nola.eater.com put it well: “…the best crawfish are boiled by friends, with friends, wherever there’s enough room to set up the boil and the table, lay out some blankets and throw around a football. But sometimes that just isn’t an option. The cravings are too urgent, the friends are out of town or whatever. For times like these, sometimes you just have to go to a professional.” Check out their comprehensive guide to the best crawfish boils in New Orleans here.
3. Think of the Samba Wave Tank as the best of all worlds: it has a fluid, wave-like pattern that gives texture without the intensity of a print; it’s made with our feel-great eco-loving blend of organic cotton and Tencel®, and its bra-friendly, feminine shape make it a great match for jeans, shorts and skirts alike. In other words, it’s the perfect hot-weather, day-to-night travel companion.
4. Reyn Studios Yoga is located in the Warehouse District right across the street from the Saturday Farmer’s Market, so it’s the perfect foil to all the food and drink you’re sure to enjoy while in New Orleans. All levels are welcome and there’s a great selection of class times throughout the day.
5. We like our clothes like we like our traveling companions: smart, fun and easy-going. The Chambord Reversible Women’s Short succeeds on all accounts. They’re fetching and versatile, but also fully reversible so you can wear them every which way for days.
6. Walk in to the St. James Cheese Company and you’re sure to be greeted by the scent of heaven… that is, if like us, you’re pretty sure heaven smells like cheese. Their wide selection and knowledgeable staff are stellar, even by New Orleans standards. Have lunch there or just pick up some nibbles for the road. You can also buy a bottle from the wine shop next door and sit outside on the patio for a nice afternoon treat.
7. Our tropical-weight, core-cooling Open Air Men’s Shirt will pick up any and all available breezes with a specially engineered open weave. It’s made from 100% organic cotton, so perfect for eating spicy gumbo in the heat and humidity.
8. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazzfest) is April 26 – May 5 and, arguably, a much better time to visit than Mardi Gras. It blends a wide mix of internationally renowned musical guests (just check out this year’s lineup!) with food and crafts. But don’t take our word for it: the Wall Street Journal says “[it] showcases a wider, deeper lineup of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation…” And Life magazine has called “the country’s very best music festival.’’
9. When your style needs are befitting a city but the heat and humidity call for as little clothing as possible, the Unveil Dress is a great ally. Made from 100% organic cotton, the delicate check pattern of is beautiful, and the weave is so light it practically hovers. Yet it’s the details that elevate it to ideal travel companion status: three-quarter-length sleeves have a button tab; removable self-fabric belt adds shape, and the body is lined with soft poplin so you can enjoy the feeling of being naked without revealing a thing.
10. Cafe du Monde is a long-standing tourist attraction for a reason. It’s soooo good and offers inexpensive beignets and coffee at any hour of the day. It’s located next to the river and Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter. (Fair warning to those trying beignets for the first time – don’t wear dark clothes and don’t exhale when you bite down. Beignet virgins will get powdered sugar all over themselves, guaranteed.)
11. True story: wear the Wai Walker men’s shorts on a Saturday in New Orleans and you’ll never think about changing clothes, not even once. Designed to accommodate a life that alternates outdoors and around town, they deliver the perfect mashup of looks and function with lightening fast dry time, spiffy handsomeness and life-enhancing details such as side hidden zipper pockets with an internal bungee loop and drain-and-dry mesh pocketing throughout.
12. Jitterbug Perfume is Tom Robbin’s fourth (and possibly best) book. It’s partially set in New Orleans and the perfect read if you happen to have a little down time during your getaway.