New Orleans: Spirited Bars & Restaurants
by Kim Ranjbar
From the tireless Rebirth Bras Brass band playing “Do Whatcha Wanna” at The Maple Leaf in the early morning hours to the sip of a liquor-laden Hand Grenade on Bourbon Street, the spirit of New Orleans cannot be denied. You can feel it in the warm, tropical air, hear it in the music, smell it in the aromatic honeysuckle (which grows just about everywhere), taste it in the gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and crème brulee, and see it in the hospitable smiles of its fun-loving locals. Not only is New Orleans one of the most exuberant, joyous and effervescent cities in the world, it is also, reputedly, one of the most haunted.
Food & Spirits in The Witch City: A Local Bon Vivant Walks Naumkeag
by William Legault
When visiting a new destination it is often difficult to decide where to begin your exploration.
In Salem you will not encounter that problem. This geographically small city is truly designed for those who like to walk. The streets are narrow and crowded, as are many of the sidewalks, but it’s possible to walk a mile from your destination quicker than you could drive there.
Dining in West Hollywood: Exotic Game, Vegan Quesadillas & Virgin Cocktails
by Stevie St. John
Famous LGBT enclave West Hollywood, a “city within a city” nestled in the Los Angeles area, is a primo nightlife destination with an array of clubs, numerous music venues and the glitzy Sunset Strip. And when it comes to food, the “Creative City” doesn’t disappoint. WeHo has a diverse palate that’s anything but bland. During your visit, there are plenty of options for a unique dining experience.
WeHo, which has banned drive-through restaurants, is essentially a fast-food-free zone, so don’t plan to grab a quick burger or taco before painting the town red. Instead, allow time to take in one of the city’s many mid-range to high-end eateries.
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