17 Questions About New Orleans with Julie Couret
Mark Bologna and Julie Couret at the Old 77 Hotel

Mark Bologna and Julie Couret at the Old 77 Hotel

17 Questions about New Orleans, with Julie Couret

In this episode we answer more of your questions about New Orleans. We received so many questions for episode 67 that we decided to do another Q&A show. This time  I am joined by Julie Couret, whose roots run to the earliest days of New Orleans. She is a New Orleanian, a mom, a co-parent, the owner of a small business, and a blogger over at NOLA Mom’s Blog (phew!).

The questions cover everything from what are the biggest mistakes tourists make, to where New Orleanians like to go on vacation. We also talk about Tales of the Cocktail, garbage collection at Mardi Gras, how to survive the Summer heat, and lots more!

Time Stamps

13:51      What are the biggest mistakes tourists make in visiting the city?
15:46      What do people do that is a waste of their time, money and sobriety?
18:11       Best place to go in the morning to cure a hangover?
20:01      I understand a typical question (in New Orleans) is to ask where did you go to high school? How do you answer this if you are a transplant?
26:31      What is your perfect New Orleans day?
36:43      What’s your favorite route to run or walk in the city?
38:28      Do people really take the streetcars to and from work?
41:01      Are there not garbage cans on the parade route during Mardi Gras?
46:36      What are a few good strategies for coping with the Summer weather?
49:16      Where are a few good places to get a great selection of magazines?
50:59      Are there any places that you would avoid because they are tourist traps?
52:29      Where do New Orleanians go on vacation?
54:16      What was New Orleans like during the Civil War?
55:59      Best places for breakfast in and around the city?
58:38      What is the best time of year to visit New Orleans in terms of the weather?
1:02:18   Are people working on preserving the wetlands? Are people making it happen? Do people think it is a lost cause?
1:08:05   How are newcomers viewed?


Find out more about Julie’s consulting services over at 7602 Business Performance.

The NOLA Moms blog is a great resource for parents in the New Orleans area.  You can also find Julie’s musings on being a parent and more.

Follow Julie on Twitter (@JulieTCouret). If you want to check out the @BeingNola Twitter account both Julie and I curated, it is still available online.

Episodes Mentioned

11 Questions About New Orleans – Episode #67

How Bourbon Street Happened

Baseball in New Orleans, Past and Present

Exploring the Bayous, Lakes, and Trails Beyond New Orleans


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Thank You

Thanks to Julie for joining me on this episode. It was fun to connect in person and to get her perspective on New Orleans.

A special thanks to John Price and Lisa Miller over at the Old 77 Hotel for providing us a space to record the episode.


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