66 days to Mardi Gras ~
There are many things synonymous with Mardi Gras and New Orleans. Music tops the list for me, and one of my favorite groups is the Neville Brothers.
The Neville Brothers, led by keyboardist Art Neville, joined by his brothers Charles, Aaron and Cyril are an R&B group formed in 1977 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Each brother had an individual musical path before deciding to create a family act.
They have jointly released numerous albums on various labels under the name The Neville Brothers, and have toured the world spreading a spirited and soulfully sound that combines R&B, Reggae, Gospel and Funk. Their music is a “gumbo” deeply rooted in their creole New Orleans heritage. It’s impossible to maintain a bad mood with their music swirling about you. No blue-mood-funk here.
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Another thing synonymous with Mardi Gas and New Orleans is food. My husband’s favorite thing to eat: Red beans and rice with andouille sausage and a side order of chicken livers. Our favorite place to eat it: The Praline Connection on Frenchman’s Street.
Their menu of soul food includes items such as BBQ Oysters, Fried Alligator Sausage, Hog’s Head Cheese. Their uniquely Louisiana food items for sale online include Sweet Potato Cookies and of course, Pralines.
When in New Orleans there’s every reason to go native and rather than a burger from a national chain, a po’boy is a must. My favorite place for a roast beef po’boy or oyster po’boy is Johnny’s.
Do you have a favorite New Orleans food? What about a favorite band or song? Please share.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!