10 Do's and Don'ts return with 10 Do's and Don'ts of New Orleans by Chef Alex Harrell of Sylvain in New Orleans. He spent childhood summers on the Gulf Coast learning how to cook seafood with his family . He's been at Sylvain since opening day in 2010.
- Spend a Sunday night in the courtyard at Bacchanal with wine and music. Bacchanal has mostly gypsy jazz from a varied line up on Sundays, favorites: the Courtyard Kings.
- Take a walk down Magazine street and explore all of the independent shops and restaurants.
- Beat the New Orleans heat with a stop at Hanson’s Sno-Bliz. My favorite is Satsuma with condensed milk.
- Spend a part of Tuesday or Saturday morning at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market checking out what is fresh and local. You get the best buys when produce is in mid-season and farmers have a lot of it. I love all of our local producers because of their passion for what they do. Some of these farmers and producers include Accardo’s Gourmet produce for heirloom tomatoes and peppers, Bellegarde Bakery for ciabatta and country breads, Cajun Grain for their brown jasmine rice and rice products, and our local dairies Ryal’s and Progress Milk Barn.
- Come to New Orleans at least once for Jazzfest, it’s an amazing time of the year in the city.
- After a night of music, get your strength back with tacos from food truck Taceaux Loceaux. My personal favorite is "Messin with Texas".
- As any New Orleanian will tell you, don’t waste your time on Bourbon Street. There are too many great neighborhoods in the city to explore.
- Don't think that you can come to New Orleans and not explore the city’s cocktail culture. French 75 bar, anything that Chris Hannah is pouring including their namesake cocktail and Ellipses and Dash, Sylvain for Sazerac and cocktails using the house made cola, Cure favorite is Mexican Bus Ride, but really anything they suggest based on your preferences., also Sobou with Barrel aged cocktails, and the Big Chief, these are all great places to do your research.
- Forget about tourist bus tours. Take in history of the city on foot, there are a number of great walking tours and museums that will offer information on the city’s past.
- Let's not forget City Park. With New Orleans Museum of Art and its Sculpture Garden, walking trails, and sporting opportunities there is plenty to do and see.
(* Photos of Martinique Bar and Three Muses from their websites, all others from their respective Facebook pages)
Contribution by Hey Sapporo' is filed under 'Lifestyle Adventurers' and asks among other questions: 'Where is frontier of happiness'.
This year's theme as outlined by guest festival director Ryuichi Sakamoto below:
"The land which was named Hokkaido after the Meiji Restoration can be seen as a symbol of Japan’s modernization due to the part it played. Even the indigenous people and nature of Hokkaido were not immune from that modernization. By looking back on our past through art we can explore the concept of nature, cities, economy and lifestyles in Sapporo/Hokkaido in the 21st century (the concept of social sculpture)."
Ryuichi Sakamoto, is involved in a number of events including Ryuichi Sakamoto + YCAM InterLab “Forest Symphony in Moerenuma Park...
Event on Friday, May 23 includes a photo exhibit, a book signing and of course all vinyl DJ sets by by "OLLIE TEEBA (The Herbaliser), JONNY TRUNK & DOM SERVINI (Wah Wah 45s), COLLEEN 'COSMO' MURPHY (Classic Album Sundays), KID DYNO (The Daily Diggers) and Sheila B. (Cha Cha Charming)."
Dust and Grooves book launch party is Free yet RSVP is required.
Stone age hottie wants to spend long night with you...
Humor has it that this allosaurus will be waiting for you if you take part in Berlin Long Night of Museums 2014 on Saturday, May 17.
"Museums, from late into the night until the early morning — this is the Long Night of Museums. Founded 17 years ago, the Long Night invites visitors this year, for the first time in May, to discover, to stroll, to exchange ideas and to experience. 80 doors stand open on May 17, 2014 from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. — they lead to world-famous collections, Berliner originals, unknown cultures or (once) beloved objects.
And that's not all that's new: Guests, who at 2 a.m. have not yet had enough, can continue the expedition on Sunday during International Museum Day in almost all of the participating museums. The Long-Night-Ticket from Saturday applies to all museums open on Sunday, May 18th, that participated in the Long Night.."
Line up also includes a Trabant and a look at Berlin's Punk scene via a photo exhibit at Ramones Museum)
(* No Sleep Til' Kant Kino poster from Lange Nacht der Museum Facebook Page)
After a parade and talks and workshops, DC Emancipation Day (April 16, 2014) concludes with 'Message in the Music', a free concert at Freedom Park...kick off was at 4 pm.
"The official DC Emancipation Day Concert, “Message in the Music” will begin at4pm at Freedom Plaza and feature Brian Lenair (4pm to 5pm), followed by performances by Talib Kweli, Raheem DeVaughn, Arrested Development, MC Lyte, Doug E Fresh and more..."
6. Restaurants: The 404 Kitchen, everything Rolf and Daughters, the octopus Lockeland Table, community kitchen and bar, for the chicken liver pate City House, everything, Sunday supper, pizzas Catbird Seat, try to get in, 20 bar seats surround U-shaped kitchen, you meal is prepared as you watch Pinewood Social, the Italian Soda, Pork Belly Sandwich
10. Catch a great game: The Tennessee Titans, football Nashville Predators, hockey Nashville Sounds, baseball
1. Take Taxis: Worst in all of the entire world. You will have a better time on a scooter in Rome, Italy during rush hour than you will in most Nashville cabs. Take Uber Cab!
2. Rent a car: The interstates around Nashville are some of the hardest to figure out. Plus Nashville is home to some of the worst drivers in the world. Stick to Uber Cab. But if you just have to rent a car consider Music City Dream Cars were you can rent the most exotic cars one can think of. Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bently, Lamborghini, etc are all available for your city driving pleasure
3. Think Nashville is all about country music: The Kings of Leon, Jack White, The Black Keys, Shelly Colvin, Courtney Jaye, etc all live, work, and record in Nashville.
8. Pass on touring the country music hall of fame. I know I said that Nashville isn't all about country, and it's not, it just happens to be the home of one of the best halls of fame in the world.
9. Miss fall in Nashville. The weather is perfect, the leaves are beautiful, the food and drinks are flowing, and there's great sporting events and concerts. All around it's the perfect time to be here.
10. Leave with out planning your next trip to Nashville!
"The critically acclaimed group Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years, comprising priests from the Shingon and Tendai sects whose mission it is to showcase the beauty of shomyo as an art form, performs the contemporary shomyo work Life in an Autumn, written in the aftermath of 9/11 by New York/Tokyo-based composer Ushio Torikai."
Gili is a commentator on Middle East social and cultural affairs, and serves as the Middle East Communications Associate at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies . Before returning to Israel, she had studied Politics at Cambridge University and headed the Israel education organization StandWithUs UK.
10 do's and don'ts of Tel-Aviv
Tel-Aviv is vibrant, young, proud and loud. Don't Mess. You may poke though.
1. Strolling along Rothschild Avenue with its chic cafes and restaurants, you may confuse Tel-Aviv for a Middle Eastern version of Berlin. Except that Tel-Avivi hipsters sweat (when no one sees). If you are feeling for a special chocolate treat try Max Brenner restaurant and chocolate store.
2. The southwestern neighborhood of Neve Tzedek dates back to 1887 and is the first that was built outside the walls of Jaffa. It is dotted with charming streets and beautifully-restored old houses. Check out the Chelouche House, a delightful small art gallery, for exhibitions and The Suzanne Dellal Center for dance performances. Opposite the Center you can enjoy Mediterranean-style dishes at the atmospheric Café Suzana.
4. Breakfast lovers behold: Tel-Aviv offers excellent options for hearty breakfasts. Benedict serves only breakfasts and is open 24/7. Do not miss.
5. The Old City of Jaffa, Tel-Aviv's older sister, is a definite non-miss for visitors who want to experience the place's multiethnic feel and learn about its long history. The narrow passageways are dotted with art galleries, archeological ruins, cafes and artisans shops. The stunning port offers beautiful sunsets and seafood restaurants, and is also the home of the Na'Lagaat Center, a unique deaf-blind acting ensemble. Nearby in Jaffa, visit the flea market (open Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm and on Friday from 10am to 2pm),and the Mayumana House, where a unique performance troupe skillfully combines dance, song and percussion.
6. No discussion of Tel-Aviv is complete without Hummus. Where one can find the best Middle Eastern chickpea paste in the city is a topic of much debate, but a famous few include Abu Hassan in Jaffa, Hummus Masabacha at the Carmel Market , Hummus Abu-Dabi, and the Hummus House on Hahashmona'im St.
7. Tel-Aviv is known as the City that Never Sleeps, and rightly so. The place is packed with cocktail bars and dance clubs playing music until dawn, during weekdays too. Have an elegant drink at the Brown boutique hotel. For the hipster vibe, check Port Said and the Pasaz on Allenby. Music lovers would appreciate Rothschild 12 which houses free performances. Fancy dancing? Check Shalvata at the Tel-Aviv port and the ultra-hip Radio E.P.G.B. club on Shadal St.
8. Tel-Aviv is proudly gay-friendly and is known as one of the world's gay capitals. Check the next Pride Week which starts on June 8th 2014, which will have events throughout the week until Saturday June 14th. The parade will take place on Friday, June 13th, 2014
9. Despite its hedonistic feel, Tel-Aviv offers traditional attractions for sophisticated visitors. Art lovers should visit the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art which houses a permanent collection of 20-th century leading artists and movements, and also presents temporary exhibits. Note the giant two-panel mural created by the American pop artistRoy Lichtenstein. To learn about the history of the State of Israel, visit the Independence Hall on 16 Rothschild Avenue, the Palmach Museum and the Diaspora museum.
10. Last but definitely not least – for some, Tel-Aviv's beaches alone should suffice to make it a top destination. From May to September bathers in Tel-Aviv enjoy the Mediterranean sea and sun. Gordon and Frishman are two of the most popular beaches in the city, offering a lovely stretch of sand where each can take their pick between lounging chairs, sunshades or sand only. To maximize the experience, rent a city bike Tel-o-Fun ("Telofan") and cycle along the seafront from Jaffa to Tel Baruch
A couple of Don't's should be taken to consideration:
1. Do not expect camels at the airport. True, Tel-Aviv is no Geneva but it's a highly modern city and the heart of a thriving high-tech industry.
2. Do not go sea bathing without a lifeguard on duty.
3. If walking a dog, do not leave its feces on the street. Tel-Aviv is dog friendly and as part of a municipal effort to keep the streets clean, dog-walkers are encouraged to collect their waste with special poop bags.
4. This is up for debate, but the central bus station area in the southern part of the city is generally known for its urban neglect and relative sense of insecurity.
5. Do not be shocked by the sight of people smoking indoors. It is legally forbidden, but this is still the Middle East…
6. Unless absolutely necessary and provided with a parking space, do not rent a car to get around this jammed city. Walk, cycle, take the bus or a taxi instead. Locals are still awaiting the Metro/light train promised decades ago.
7. Do not get on a taxi before making sure the meter is switched on and that the driver knows the way. Do not take this for granted…
8. Do not forget your bottle of water, hat and sunscreen when staying outside in the summer. It gets very hot and sunny and you might become dehydrated before noticing it.
9. Don't be offended. Tel-Aviv, as part of Israel, is known for the direct (and often loud) manner of its people. Embrace it and don't be shy. No one else around you is.
(* Photo credits, Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater from Facebook page, Mul Yam dining room from their site, Nalaga'at Center from their site, Abu Hassan Hummus restaurant from Hungry in Tel Aviv blog, Port Said from their Facebook page, Diaspora Museum from Wikipedia, Telofun from Telofun Facebook page, Gili Brenner by Gili Brenner)