18 Questions about New Orleans – Episode #78

Mark Bologna selfie - recording on the road -
Mark Bologna - recording on the road
Mark Bologna selfie - recording on the road -
Mark Bologna – recording on the road

18 Questions about New Orleans

In this solo episode I answer your questions about New Orleans! The questions cover everything from art museums to music education, best snowballs to cheap oysters, and more!

If you want to submit a question for a future Q&A episode, join our free Facebook Group (Beyond Bourbon St Krewe).

Time Stamps

2:56    Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?

4:06    I would love to live in New Orleans!

5:26    Can you recommend some art museums in the area? (NOTE: I missed the art part of the question and talked about several museums, some of which are not focused on art. Oops!

9:08    I would like to know of any good cafes that cater to gluten free needs?

9:41    Who has the best snowballs?

10:43  Can you tell us a little about music education in the schools?

15:06  Could you something about the Yellow Fever outbreaks? (NOTE: we’ll put this on the list for future episode topics)

15:44  Would love to hear your thoughts on street music versus the bands that play in clubs, or pros such as Cowboy Mouth?

20:09  What are some must visit historical spots for those interested in music history in New Orleans?

24:46  Why doesn’t New Orleans advertise itself better, especially as a family ‘friendly-ish’ destination?

27:14   Most underrated po-boy?

28:26   What is your essential New Orleans food or drink experience?

31:05   Where do we go for cheap oysters?

32:26   Talk about your experience at last year’s Bourbon Fest.

35:16   What is the ultimate holiday Christmas experience in New Orleans?

40:20  What was the city like when the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2009?

43:16   Writers from and about New Orleans?

45:36   Can you please interview Jonathan Weiss?

46:04   Where do people in New Orleans grocery shop?

48:36   Lightning round questions!



Algiers Historical Society does have free, self-guided walking tours. This ties into the question about historic music-related sites in New Orleans. Click here to visit their site and check out the tours.

Our Instagram feed (@beyondbourbonst) is a great way to see images of New Orleans architecture.

Reveillon menus are found here.


Episodes Mentioned

#17 – Garden District with Christine Miller

#48 – Moving to New Orleans, Part I

#50 – Moving to New Orleans, Part II

#61 – Hansen’s Snobliz and the Story of the New Orleans Snowball

#62 – The Ultimate Guide to New Orleans Snowballs

#54 – Slavery in Louisiana – a Visit to Whitney Plantation

#13 – Mardi Gras Indians

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

#10 – The Family Guide to Exploring New Orleans

#02 – Bayou Classic, Bonfires, Reveillon Dinners & Christmas in the Oaks

#74 – Madame Lalaurie

#76 – Marie Laveau

#68 – How Bourbon Street Happened (w/Richard Campanella)

#53 – Bienville’s Dilemma & the Founding of New Orleans (w/Richard Campanella)

#40 – Abraham Lincoln in New Orleans (w/Richard Campanella)

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Thank You

A special thanks to our community members who sent in questions. Join us on Facebook if you want to send in your questions for a future episode.

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