The Loews News Orleans: A Lushworthy Oasis In The Big Easy

Believe it or not, but my very first trip to New Orleans took place, this summer. New Orleans is an amazing city, but the sights, the sounds, and the tastes can all leave you in need of a vacation within your vacation. Thankfully, when the Hand Grenades proved to be too much, and when the surplus of beignets left me in a partial food coma, I was able to escape to the Loews New Orleans

Located in Downtown New Orleans, the Loews New Orleans is a short walk to Harrah’s Casino, the French Quarters, and a number of other popular destinations in the city. It’s also in an area that’s tucked away just enough for you to feel like you’re not smack dab in the middle of all the action.

Upon entering the Loews, you’re met with a spacious lobby, which leads directly into the Swizzle Stick Bar. Obviously, a boozy plus in my book. With its classic New Orleans feel, the Swizzle Stick Bar was a visual highlight of the hotel. The menu at the bar boasts both Classic Cocktails and Swizzle Stick Originals. I think it’s only right to sample at least one original cocktail when visiting a bar for the first time, so I opted for the Congo Square. What’s in this curious concoction, you ask? Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum, Coco Lopez, Patron XO, Vida Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, fresh pineapple, lime, and Angostura Bitters. Yeah, it boasts quite the ingredients list.

Although the Congo Square is about as complex as they come, the ingredients come together to create a worthwhile sip. Funny enough, hours before sipping on the Congo Square, I visited the actual Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park. And believe it or not, the Congo Square cocktail was strangely reminiscent of the Square itself.

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New Orleans’ Meauxbar Takes Brunch To Decadent Levels Of Deliciousness

Brunch at Meauxbar in New Orleans was truly an experience. Upon stepping into this cozy restaurant, located on the corner of North Rampart and St. Philip, you don’t necessarily expect to leave having experienced one of the best brunches of your eggs and bacon-fueled existence. 

I consider myself a classic bruncher. I’m used to shrimp and grits, french toast, breakfast hash, etc. So, I knew I was in for a brunch a little outside of the norm when we were first treated to Meauxbar’s drool-inducing buttermilk donuts. Krispy Kreme-lovers beware: these buttermilk donuts aren’t your standard grab-and-go doughnut. They’re delivered to your table close to piping hot, and boast a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth flavor. 

A hands down favorite for me was the French Onion Grilled Cheese. Made using braised beef and onions, and accompanied by a petit salad, their French Onion Grilled Cheese is a must for sandwich aficionados. I usually like my sandwiches paired with fries or chips, but the petit salad was ideal in balancing out the meaty/cheesy savoriness of the grilled cheese.

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New Orleans’ Windsor Court Hotel Introduces The $10,000 “Key To The City” Cocktail & More With Their New Luxury Menu


Although the city of New Orleans may be notorious for its lively, Hurricane-sipping Bourbon Street crowd, there are quite a few places in the city where you can bypass that crowd and instead enjoy a grandiose cocktail in a more relaxed setting. Among those places is the Polo Club Lounge in the Windsor Court Hotel and just in time for this weekend’s big game they’ve introduced a new menu of Luxury Cocktails (emphasis on luxury). Prices for the cocktails start at $16 and go all the way up to $10,000. I’m sure you’re wondering what kind of cocktail costs $10,000. Well, it’s called the “Key To The City” and is a cobbler that’s made using 1907 D’Oliveiras Malvazia madeira.

Now if you’re thinking the “Key To The City” and the $2,000 “Key To The Court” are a little pricey for just a cocktail then fret not because the price also includes a souvenir gold key and a return stay to the Windsor Court Hotel which includes a ton of perks while you’re there.

You can find a full list of the Polo Club Lounge’s new Luxury Cocktails below. Keep in mind that the menu does end on Tuesday, February 12.

Key To The City – $10,000 – D’Oliveiras Malvazia 1907 Madeira Cobbler served in a silver julep cup, garnished with fresh fruit and a souvenir gold key.

Key To The Court – $2,000 – A traditional New Orleans Sazerac, made unforgettable with Louis XIII Cognac and a souvenir gold key garnish.

French – $75 – Cristal Brut Champagne ‘04, Martell XO, Peychaud’s Bitters, Sugar Cube.

The Vieux Carre – $27 – Martell XO, WhistlePig Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, Peychaud’s Bitters.

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4 Reasons Why I Can’t Contain My Excitement For This Year’s “Tales Of The Cocktail”

I have to admit that I’ve been obsessing over something these past few weeks and it’s none other than this year’s “Tales Of The Cocktail.” For those unfamiliar with “TOTC” it’s a five-day conference of sorts that will consist of liquor tastings, spirit-driven dinners, seminars, competitions, and much more. The event doesn’t take place until July so I kinda wish my excitement wasn’t so premature. But I guess it’s just that newbie anxiousness kicking in. With that being said I went ahead and channeled my excitement into creating the list below. Cheers and I hope to see you all in July!

Liquor Lover Paradise – It’s probably way more difficult to name a liquor brand that won’t be at “TOTC.” It’s just that big of a deal. And word on the street is, and by “street” I mean various blogs, there’s a number of free tastings that don’t require badges.

N’awlins – I live in the Southeast, but I have yet to visit New Orleans. New Orleans seems like a mere hop, skip, and a jump away compared to some of my other dream destinations like the Maldives and South Africa but for some reason I’ve never taken the opportunity to visit. So I’m really looking forward to partaking in the “TOTC” festivities while also visiting a city on my travel bucket list.

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