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My readers know I’m a big proponent of renting homes from AirBnB.com when we travel. But after five days of freezing in an old New Orleans shotgun home and being woken up by the boisterous neighbors coming home from the French Quarter at 2 am (thanks, thin walls), staying a night at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery was like reaching heaven. And yet, I was skeptical. After all, there was no kitchen for us to store our beer in and pretend we were going to cook. No “bathroom with character” (read: wobbly toilet and shower head that sprays everywhere…

You refuse to buy a corn syrup-infused drink in a 2-foot tall alien plastic cup on Bourbon Street while visiting New Orleans. Instead, you long to go back in time and enjoy a tried-and-true cocktail that bartenders have been making there for over 100 years. There’s the Sazerac, the “official cocktail of New Orleans,” but it’s got brandy in it, and that’s not your thing. Or the Vieux Carré, another Quarter invention, but again, it’s got things you don’t care for in it. So you land on the Pimm’s Cup, an appropriately old school drink that for whatever reason has been modified in New Orleans to…

I went to Mardi Gras in college. It was exactly what I expected: loud crowds, lots of flashing for beads, and more drunk people than I’d ever seen in my life. So naturally, I assumed that this was what Mardi Gras was all about, and I’ve stayed away as a result. On my recent trip to New Orleans, I got educated. If you’re like me, you might need a little light shed on the subject as well. Here’s everything wrong about what you’re thinking about Mardi Gras. 1. Mardi Gras is for Drunk Young People On an Uber ride, our very…