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Beyond Bourbon Street is the podcast where we explore the food, music, places, people and events that make New Orleans unique. Whether you are planning a trip, currently living in New Orleans or simply wanting a taste of the Crescent City from wherever you are, you’ve come to the right place!




Baseball in New Orleans, Past and Present - Episode #44

New Orleans has never had a major league baseball team, but it does have a rich history with the national past time. Join Mark and his panel of guests as they explore the rich history of baseball in New Orleans from its earliest days through today. Today’s guests include… * Tim Grubbs, announcer for the Baby Cakes and Director of Team Travel * Ron Swoboda, announcer for the Baby Cakes, and former major league baseball player known for “the Catch” in the 1969 World Series. * S. Derby...

Duration: 01:08:51

Movies and TV Filmed in New Orleans - Episode #43

Today's episode is about one of our most-requested topics: movies and television filmed in New Orleans! Do you know which was the first film made in New Orleans? How about the fact Elvis, James Dean, and Roger Moore all appeared on the silver screen in movies made in the Crescent City? In this episode we visit with Jonathan Ray, tour guide and owner of New Orleans Movie and TV Tours. Join us as we discuss the earliest days of film in New Orleans. We make our way through time and the...

Duration: 00:52:52

18 Fun Facts About New Orleans - Episode #42

18 Fun Facts About New Orleans On this episode of Beyond Bourbon Street, we dive into 18 fun facts about New Orleans, its history, and the people who call it home. What do ice, dental floss, and pharmacies have in common? How about opera and the game of craps? The Superdome and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge? Next, we talk about some of the interesting New Orleans characters you've never heard of. Along the way, you'll learn surprising facts about the Crescent City and find ways...

Duration: 00:47:21

Explore the Southern Food and Beverage Museum - Episode #41

Southern Food and Beverage Museum On this episode of Beyond Bourbon Street, we explore the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. The museum may be small, but it houses a large variety of artifacts and stories, dedicated to the culinary history of the Southern United States. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is also home to the Museum of the American Cocktail. While the cocktail may not have been invented in New Orleans, we certainly have made it our own. Learn about the Sazerac, the...

Duration: 00:57:48

Abraham Lincoln in New Orleans - Episode #40

In the spring and summer of 2017, the headlines in New Orleans newspapers dealt with the proposed removal of four statues honoring the Confederacy. Ever wonder how we got to this point? I did, and it led me to Abraham Lincoln and his surprising connection to New Orleans. Today’s show is about Lincoln, his visits to New Orleans, and how they shaped his thoughts on slavery and reconstruction as the 16th President of the United States. We visit with local author, historian, and geographer...

Duration: 01:07:06

Top Ten Things to Do on Your First Visit to New Orleans - Episode #39

Planning your first trip to New Orleans? Wondering what should be on your list of things to do, eat, and see? We answer those questions and more on episode #39 of the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast! This list includes the top things every first time visitor to New Orleans should experience. We also provide the insider tips that will help make your visit memorable. Grab a pen and a notepad, because this show is loaded with all the details you need to have a fabulous vacation in the Crescent...

Duration: 01:03:34

Chef Frank Brigtsen; Chasing Flavor with Paul Prudhomme - Episode #38

Chasing Flavor with Chef Frank Brigtsen In this episode, I sit down with James Beard award winner Chef Frank Brigtsen. He and his wife Marna own Brigtsen's, one of the best Creole Bistros in New Orleans. Tucked into the Riverbend neighborhood just blocks from the streetcar, Brigtsen's has been serving delicious Creole cuisine since 1986. Chef Frank and I talk about Chef Paul Prudhomme and his influence on the New Orleans culinary scene, as well as on Chef Frank himself. Join us as we...

Duration: 00:51:14

Ten Places to Eat Like a Local in New Orleans- Episode #37

Ten Places to Eat Like a Local Ever wonder where the locals eat? Today, we answer that question. At least from this local's perspective! In episode 37 I cover ten places in New Orleans I frequently recommend. Some of these are well known. Others are off the beaten path. This list includes neighborhood restaurants and a trio of New Orleans Creole Bistros. You'll find a steak house and a Thai restaurant. A great place for Italian, and a French bistro. There also might be a little...

Duration: 00:58:51

How Bourbon Street Happened - Episode #36

Today's episode is about the most infamous street in New Orleans. I originally planned this show as an April Fools' edition, since the podcast is called Beyond Bourbon Street. As I started my research, however, I quickly came to the realization there wasn't much written about the actual street. I was about to shelve the idea when I realized local author, historian, and geographer Richard Campanella found the same lack of information and was inspired to write a book called Bourbon Street:...

Duration: 01:07:49

The Madams, Music and Musicians of Storyville, New Orleans - Episode #35

Madams and Musicians - Storyville, New Orleans In 1897, New Orleans leaders created Storyville, the infamous red light district of New Orleans. For the next twenty years, Storyville was the legal center of prostitution in the Crescent City. Storyville was the workplace of madams and prostitutes. Patrons might spend an evening at Lulu White's Mahogany Hall or at Josie Arlington's place. Here, they encountered lavish furnishings, live music, ample amounts of alcohol, and sex for a...

Duration: 00:56:57

Guidebooks to Sin: the Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans - Episode #34

Guidebooks to Sin: the Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans In 1897, New Orleans leaders created Storyville, the infamous red light district of New Orleans. For the next twenty years, Storyville was the legal center of prostitution in the Crescent City. The blue books were small guides that listed the 'finer' bordellos and even the individual prostitutes. The idea was likely cribbed from various other blue books which noted places and people of distinction. My guest this week is Pamela...

Duration: 00:46:41

Top Ten Things to Do in New Orleans City Park - Episode #33

Top Ten Things to Do in City Park In the last episode, we covered the history of City Park. Today, we dive into the top ten things to in the park. In addition to things to do and see, we also discuss how to get to New Orleans City Park and what you should bring with you. We'll explore the park together. Along the way, we'll wander through the oldest grove of oak trees, and share an order (or two!) of beignets at the Morning Call. Perhaps we'll play a round of miniature golf and take in...

Duration: 01:00:34

History of New Orleans City Park - Episode #32

In this episode I talk with John Hopper, the Chief Development Officer and Director of Public Affairs for New Orleans City Park. We dive into the history of one of the largest urban parks in the United States. City Park in New Orleans was first envisioned as a public place in the mid-1800s, but as you'll learn, the land was first inhabited by Native Americans who found the land along Bayou Metairie suitable for their lifestyle. It was later the site of the Allard Plantation before being...

Duration: 00:52:08

Great Places to Eat Vegan and Vegetarian in New Orleans - Episode #31

In this episode I talk with Jessica Parker, a New Orleanian in spirit and a frequent visitor who also happens to be a vegan. Together, we dive into great places to eat vegan and vegetarian in the Crescent City. Along the way, we discover plenty of places to eat where vegans, vegeterians and meat lovers can all break bread together. Even if you are not a vegan, you'll find plenty of ideas for places to eat in New Orleans. The discussion was a lot of fun and I ended up with a great list of...

Duration: 00:50:13

Algiers Point - the 2nd Oldest Neighborhood in New Orleans - Episode #30

In this episode, I talk with Mark Rosenbaum, the owner and artist behind Rosetree Blown Glass. Mark and I discuss Algiers Point, New Orleans' 2nd oldest neighborhood. Mark is a resident of the Point and an active member of the community. Never heard of Algiers Point? It's located just across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter and is the only portion of New Orleans on the West Bank, or "Best Bank" as residents over there refer to it. The best way to get to the Point is to take...

Duration: 00:45:22

An Interview with Mardi Gras Expert Arthur Hardy - Episode #28

In this episode, I talk with Arthur Hardy, founder and publisher of Arthur Hardy's annual Mardi Gras Guide. His guide is THE resource for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It contains everything you need to help you enjoy the Carnival season, including parade maps, history, insider tips and more. Listen in as we discuss the history of Carnival and how to get the most out of your experience. Do you know when float riders started tossing beads and trinkets to the crowd? How does someone get to be...

Duration: 00:45:31

It’s All About You - Episode #27

It’s All About You It’s been an amazing year for Beyond Bourbon Street. We’ve gone from launch to building an awesome community of people who love New Orleans. I’ve gotten to interact with many of you - by email, on Facebook, Instagram and sometimes even in person. Along the way I’ve made new friends and been able to take you along as we explore New Orleans. This episode is my chance to say thanks for your support, encouragement and friendship. Your Questions Answered In this...

Duration: 01:05:58

Tremè: an Unofficial Guide to the HBO Series - Episode #26

In this episode, Mark digs into the HBO Series Tremè, the television show created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. The pair had previously worked together on the critically acclaimed series The Wire and brought that same passion to this project. In Tremè, Simon and Overmyer put the spotlight on ordinary people trying to rebuild ordinary lives set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. The shows features an ensemble cast...

Duration: 01:06:02

The Girls Guide to New Orleans - Episode #25

In this episode, Mark talks with Kelly Claverie and Mignon Parent, the founders and co-owners of the brand a Girls Guide to New Orleans. Together, the two native New Orleanians provide the female traveler with the resources they need to have a wonderful visit to New Orleans. Listen in as Mark, Kelly and Mignon discuss what to pack, where to stay, where to eat, what to see and lots more! This episode is packed with insider tips. By the end of the discussion, you’ll be planning your next...

Duration: 00:55:58

Tom Fitzmorris, Host of the Food Show - Episode #24

Tom Fitzmorris has been hosting a daily radio show about New Orleans food and dining for 28 years. Tom is also the producer of http://nomenu.com a website with hundreds of restaurant reviews and a daily blog about the food of New Orleans. In today’s episode, Mark is a guest on Tom’s show - the two discuss the origins of the New Orleans tradition known as Reveillon. After their discussion Mark helps you plan your Reveillon experience including his top choices for places to dine this...

Duration: 00:54:54

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