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What to do in New Orleans between mealsupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 10:22:00

Last week we asked readers to weigh in on New Orleans' best dishes, and boy, did you deliver. We received delicious descriptions of beignets and bacon sundaes, shrimp po' boys and alligator sausage cheesecake. But a person can only eat so much.

Mardi Gras beyond bare breastsupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 11:30:00

If you've never been to Mardi Gras, you may think it's all about beads for boobs.

SI.com: Michael Rosenberg: For Saints, loss to 49ers was like being continually punched in gutupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 10:11:00

Some losses are so bad that when you get home, your dog kicks you.

Winter nail care tipsupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 08:54:00

Slipping on mittens is one way to shield your nails from the ravages of winter. But it's not the only solution. Keep yours strong, healthy, and pretty with this handy guide.

People.com: The Jolie-Pitt Family's Big Easy Outingupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 11:51:00

With the kids in tow, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spend Sunday out in New Orleans

People.com: Brad Pitt Goes to Work as New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Grasupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 16:17:00

The star skips Fat Tuesday festivities to film the crime drama Cogan's Trade in the Bywater

Frenchmen Street: Finding the real New Orleansupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 22:09:00

To say I was looking for the real New Orleans is perhaps an unfair statement, considering that Bourbon Street, despite all of its annoyances, is just as real as anything else in the Crescent City. But for music and culture, it just wasn't the New Orleans I was looking for.

Frenchmen Street: The real New Orleansupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 22:09:00

Frenchmen Street offers local music and culture that can't be found on Bourbon.

Officials: 8 fire victims in New Orleans were in teens, early 20supdated: Tue Dec 28 2010 17:56:00

Eight people who died in a fire in an abandoned building in New Orleans, Louisiana, overnight are believed to have been in their late teens or early 20s, the city fire department said Tuesday.

The virtues of eating everythingupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 10:46:00

In the past month I've eaten poached goat, grilled octopus, the breaded and fried thymus gland of a cow, tagliatelle with rabbit ragu, and the seared liver of a fatted goose.

CNNMoney: 134-year-old oyster company stops shuckingupdated: Sat Jun 12 2010 15:42:00

P&J Oyster Company, a 134-year old operation in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, has stopped shucking.

People.com: Sandra Bullock Hits the French Quarterupdated: Tue May 11 2010 09:08:00

The new mom takes her son, Louis, out to an art gallery in New Orleans

Devotee shares Jazz Fest tipsupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 10:07:00

Time to slap on the sunscreen, print the "cubes" and head out to the fairgrounds for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

7 injured in New Orleans shootingupdated: Sun Apr 11 2010 02:23:00

Two gunmen remain on the loose after a shooting in New Orleans, Louisiana that left seven people wounded, authorities said.

Preliminary autopsy on missing energy exec suggests drowningupdated: Thu Mar 11 2010 18:18:00

A preliminary autopsy on the body of an energy executive pulled from the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana, this week revealed a head laceration and evidence of drowning, investigators said Thursday.

Missing exec's body found in river, police sayupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 18:01:00

The body of a missing energy executive was pulled from the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, four days after he disappeared, a police spokesman said.

Romantic spots and activities for Valentine's Day datesupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 12:05:00

When you're in a relationship -- and have been for quite some time -- you and your love bird are bound to have gone on all the usual dates many, many times over.

CNNMoney: Carnival = cashupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 10:33:00

New Orleans' Mardi Gras is often called the "world's largest free party," but for the people who build the parade floats, make the costumes, serve the refreshments and put up the out-of-town guests, it's big business.

3 shot during Super Bowl celebrations in New Orleansupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 23:12:00

Three people were shot amid celebrations surrounding the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl win, police said Monday.

Mardi Gras pups celebrate Saints' place in Super Bowlupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 19:27:00

The Mystic Krewe of Barkus celebrates its 18th annual parade this weekend. The event helps fund animal shelters in New Orleans and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Mardi Gras has nothing on Saints maniaupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 09:25:00

There's a party brewing in New Orleans that's filling up hotels and drawing the faithful to the city, but this weekend the magnet isn't Mardi Gras. The New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl debut has fans in a fever to celebrate with their brethren.

SI.com: Jeff Pearlman: With ties to Colts, Saints, Steve Walsh has dual rooting interestsupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 11:14:00

The retired football player is conflicted.

SI.com: Peter King: Saints, Colts prevail on Championship Sundayupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 12:50:00

NEW ORLEANS -- In the losers' locker room Sunday night, there was mostly silence for the first five, 10 minutes that reporters were allowed in. Silence among the players, but the noise on the outside -- the delirium, really -- seeped through the walls. The cries symbolized 43 years of frustration ending, and the wailing of repeated "Who Dat!'' chants, which young and old screamed through the weekend and into this morning in a raucous celebration in the French Quarter, finally got to someone in the room.

People.com: Real-Life Bat Saved by True Blood Vampiresupdated: Mon Jul 13 2009 17:32:00

Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin soak up Louisiana atmosphere while filming on location

A meal-by-meal guide to the Big Easyupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 10:59:00

Nothing, but nothing, has the power to spoil New Orleans' appetite. The people of this city love to eat, and they eat it all -- from simply fried oysters and perfectly dressed po' boys to cutting-edge dishes served Cajun style. Here, a meal-by-meal primer of the Big Easy from a lucky visitor who came to eat and stayed to listen.

Good times rolling on for Mardi Grasupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 11:45:00

The sad state of the economy doesn't appear to be affecting the festive mood in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Family wants police charged in New Orleans killingupdated: Sat Jan 10 2009 13:59:00

As fireworks exploded over the Big Easy on New Year's Eve, 22-year-old Adolph Grimes III pulled up to his grandmother's home near the French Quarter after a five-hour drive from Houston, Texas.

Charleston reveals new treasures with each visitupdated: Mon Sep 15 2008 18:51:00

Puddles of moonlight on a glassy, smooth harbor. Fresh shrimp coupled with stone-ground grits. Palmettos dancing in an ocean breeze. I fell in love with these things on my very first visit to Charleston, that oh-so-Southern belle perched happily on the coast of South Carolina. Even now, memories of that long-ago trip bring an unbidden smile.

Defiant few remain in French Quarter as Gustav approachesupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 06:21:00

By Sunday, thousands of people had evacuated New Orleans, leaving behind a shell of a city.

Strapped for cash, some in New Orleans stay and hopeupdated: Sun Aug 31 2008 11:45:00

On a cigarette break from washing dishes in the French Quarter, Michael Kennedy swung open the door of Café Maspero, and the briny smell of raw shrimp followed him outside.

Time.com: Miss. River Open to Traffic After Spillupdated: Fri Jul 25 2008 14:00:00

The first of 200 ships idled by a massive oil spill began crawling down the Mississippi River Friday after the Coast Guard reopened the waterway to traffic

Time.com: Artifacts from 1700s Found in NOLAupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 19:00:00

The first archaeological dig at one of the nation's oldest cathedrals has turned up a mix of new finds in the heart of the French Quarter

Time.com: New Orleans Streetcars Reopeningupdated: Fri Jun 20 2008 17:00:00

For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, the 1920s-era St. Charles Avenue streetcar will clack along its entire 13-mile route Sunday

Taking the kids: Volunteering in New Orleansupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 10:32:00

Izzie Alley, 11, looked around cautiously as she stepped inside the small New Orleans garage that has been temporarily converted into a studio apartment for the Strauss family.

New Orleans: Rolling by the riverupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 16:23:00

My husband, Peter, and I were in New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival, but we wanted to do more than listen to big brass bands. Like many of the people slowly returning to the city, we had to pay our respects to the area devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Money Magazine: You can't go home againupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 08:31:00

Two years have passed since Hurricane Katrina smashed into New Orleans. And if you hang out downtown and don't look too closely, you might think that everything is back to normal.

SI.com: Alexander Wolff: First-hand impressions from ground in New Orleansupdated: Tue Aug 21 2007 00:10:00

I spent eight days in New Orleans, reporting on sports in that city two years after Hurricane Katrina. It wasn't the first time I'd mopped up on a big story.

Fortune: Captain's Blog, stardate 5/9/07updated: Thu May 10 2007 09:41:00

RATES: These are the good old days? The Fed left interest rates alone again, and whenever that happens (not moving rates up or down), it always puts a big smile on may face. (I'm pickin' and I'm grinnin'.) This isn't complicated stuff, people, but most everyone misses the very important and to me not-so-subtle point. What Ben (of the Beard) Bernanke & Co. are telling you is that in terms of the tools they have at hand, the economy is PERFECT.

A year later, recovery in New Orleans not easyupdated: Tue Aug 29 2006 02:14:00

After months of rebuilding, Henry and Flora Hamilton's house doesn't look like it was sitting in 7 feet of water a year ago. The same can't be said for most of their neighbors' homes.

Recovery in New Orleans big but not easyupdated: Fri Aug 25 2006 10:11:00

After months of rebuilding, Henry and Flora Hamilton's house doesn't look like it was sitting in 7 feet of water a year ago. The same can't be said for most of their neighbors' homes.

Re-elected New Orleans mayor: It's time to healupdated: Sun May 21 2006 09:20:00

In a city struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, newly re-elected Mayor Ray Nagin urged residents of New Orleans to "start the healing process."

U2's The Edge helps Gulf Coast music rise againupdated: Fri May 05 2006 09:44:00

Those of us in CNN's Gulf Coast bureau were invited to a gathering recently for Music Rising, an organization devoted to helping the region's music scene recover from Hurricane Katrina.

Fateful Fat Tuesdayupdated: Tue Mar 28 2006 16:47:00

First Hurricane Katrina blew away his chosen hospital.

Big questions remain for the Big Easyupdated: Thu Mar 02 2006 16:53:00

New Orleans, six months after Hurricane Katrina first came ashore, killing hundreds of people and displacing thousands in its wake, is a study in contrasts.

Mardi Gras to fatten New Orleans tourismupdated: Fri Feb 24 2006 09:34:00

Six months after Hurricane Katrina, Mardi Gras floats, beads and revelry are luring in visitors, and helping New Orleans' devastated tourism industry roll toward recovery.

Top places to take your sweetheartupdated: Thu Feb 02 2006 10:21:00

Lovely surroundings and cozy accommodations make it easy to connect -- or reconnect -- in these romantic spots.

New Orleans police fired for roles in beatingupdated: Wed Dec 21 2005 14:59:00

Two New Orleans police officers were fired Wednesday for their roles in the videotaped beating of a 64-year-old man being arrested in the French Quarter, a police spokesman said.

Your e-mails: Revitalizing New Orleansupdated: Mon Nov 07 2005 13:58:00

Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed devastated many homes, buildings and, in some cases, entire neighborhoods, leaving residents and government officials to decide whether -- and how -- to rebuild.

FSB: Survivorupdated: Tue Nov 01 2005 00:01:00

For my business, Rhodes Architectural Stone, I travel frequently to China and India. I'm often setting up factories in remote areas where I can't count on having electricity or clean water. I was n...

New Orleans easing back into businessupdated: Tue Oct 18 2005 15:26:00

The scene at Café du Monde on Tuesday was frenetic: employees polishing the counters and wiping the windows, contractors installing new equipment in the kitchen and applying one last coat of paint inside and around the landmark's outside seating area.

Gulf Coast Blog: Getting connected againupdated: Tue Oct 18 2005 10:40:00

Tuesday, October 18; Posted 4:49 p.m. ET From Ben Blake, CNN Gulf Coast Bureau

Gulf Coast Blog: Return to New Orleansupdated: Sun Oct 16 2005 21:36:00

Sunday, October 16; Posted 10:24 p.m. ET From Ben Blake, CNN Gulf Coast Bureau

Gulf Coast Blog: Goodbye, New Orleansupdated: Fri Oct 14 2005 11:43:00

Friday, Oct. 14; Posted 11:44 a.m. ET From Andreas Preuss, CNN Gulf Coast Bureau

Grim discovery as Lower 9th reopensupdated: Wed Oct 12 2005 18:36:00

As residents of New Orleans' hardest-hit district lined up for miles to see what was left of their homes Wednesday, one man made a grim discovery.

Your e-mails: City's heart is in its peopleupdated: Wed Oct 12 2005 10:35:00

As New Orleans residents begin the painstaking task of rebuilding their hurricane-ravaged city, many wonder: What will the new New Orleans be like?

Your e-mails: The Crescent City's futureupdated: Tue Oct 11 2005 07:55:00

As New Orleans residents begin the painstaking task of rebuilding their hurricane-ravaged city, many wonder: What will the new New Orleans be like?

Beating victim: No anger toward policeupdated: Tue Oct 11 2005 06:48:00

A retired teacher injured during a videotaped beating by New Orleans police says he feels no anger toward the department.

New Orleans officers plead not guiltyupdated: Mon Oct 10 2005 19:24:00

Three New Orleans police officers Monday pleaded not guilty to charges of battery in the videotaped beating of a 64-year-old man, as federal officials opened a civil rights investigation into the incident.

Your e-mails: The spirit of New Orleansupdated: Mon Oct 10 2005 07:56:00

As New Orleans residents begin the painstaking task of rebuilding their hurricane-ravaged city, many wonder: What will the new New Orleans be like?

'Cultural jackpot' hardest hitupdated: Sun Oct 09 2005 18:47:00

Posted: 6:49 p.m. ET From Andreas Preuss, CNN Gulf Coast Bureau

Mayor moves to heal New Orleans' lifeblood industryupdated: Fri Oct 07 2005 18:41:00

Mayor Ray Nagin called Friday for a major expansion of casino gambling in hurricane-hit New Orleans in a desperate attempt to quickly heal its battered lifeblood industry -- tourism.

Old haunts in New Orleansupdated: Thu Oct 06 2005 09:52:00

Posted: 6:15 p.m. ET From Andreas Preuss, CNN Gulf Coast Bureau

Fortune: BULLISH ON THE BIG EASYupdated: Mon Oct 03 2005 00:01:00

Step right up for one of the great real estate investment opportunities of the century: the coming rebirth of the Crescent City. Think I've lost it? Think again. There's no longer any question that...

Mayor picks panel to revive New Orleansupdated: Fri Sep 30 2005 14:00:00

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Friday unveiled a panel of civic leaders tasked with developing a plan for the city's rebirth by the end of the year, while more residents were given permission to return a month after Hurricane Katrina.

Ugly homecoming in St. Bernardupdated: Wed Sep 28 2005 07:57:00

Residents returning to St. Bernard Parish, just east of New Orleans on the Gulf of Mexico, are finding near total destruction.

Going home to New Orleansupdated: Mon Sep 26 2005 10:20:00

Nesbitt was alive, and that was very good news.

Admiral asks New Orleans residents to delay returnupdated: Sat Sep 17 2005 07:08:00

New Orleans business owners started trickling into the city on Saturday and residents were expected to return next week, but the head of the federal government's response to the storm said he wished they wouldn't.

Business cleanup starts Saturdayupdated: Fri Sep 16 2005 04:52:00

Shortly after sunrise Saturday, the streets of three major areas of New Orleans will begin to fill as people return to check on their shops, restaurants and clubs.

Bush: 'We will do what it takes'updated: Thu Sep 15 2005 20:23:00

President Bush delivered a prime time address to the nation Thursday from Jackson Square in the French Quarter of New Orleans 17 days after Hurricane Katrina churned the city and displaced a million people. This is a transcript of his remarks.

Bush pledges nation's help for Gulf Coastupdated: Thu Sep 15 2005 18:46:00

President Bush pledged Thursday night to put the full might and money of the federal government behind the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast and vowed to its people that "in the journey ahead, you are not alone."

Democrats propose 'Marshall Plan'updated: Thu Sep 15 2005 16:56:00

Not waiting for President Bush to outline his Hurricane Katrina recovery plans, Democratic congressional leaders Thursday afternoon issued their own call for a domestic "Marshall Plan" to rebuild the Gulf Coast.

Mayor: Parts of New Orleans to reopenupdated: Thu Sep 15 2005 08:27:00

Mayor Ray Nagin said Thursday that significant areas of New Orleans will begin to reopen this weekend, almost three weeks after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast on August 29.

Hope after the stormupdated: Mon Sep 12 2005 11:05:00

CNN's Sean Callebs in New Orleans, Louisiana Posted: 1:28 p.m. ET

Katrina aftermath taking toll on policeupdated: Sun Sep 04 2005 19:57:00

There may be no better way to explain the desperation on the city's ravaged streets than this: In the past few days, two police officers took their own lives and dozens have turned in their badges.

Spared history might be Big Easy's salvationupdated: Sat Sep 03 2005 12:26:00

Soon after, "Why did it take so long to help?" comes the question: "Can New Orleans recover?"

Floodwaters, tensions rise in New Orleansupdated: Tue Aug 30 2005 07:17:00

National Guard troops moved toward the French Quarter in an effort to stop rising unrest in flood-stricken New Orleans late Tuesday as police reported looting, attempted carjackings and shootings near the city's main shelter.

More charges for child porn convictupdated: Wed Jun 01 2005 20:26:00

An adoptive father serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for producing Internet pornography depicting his preteen daughter now faces 11 state charges, the district attorney's office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said Wednesday.

FBI: Internet porn victim safeupdated: Fri May 13 2005 15:27:00

A young girl seen on child pornography Web sites has been found and is safe, an FBI spokesman told CNN Friday.

Police hope photo of possible witness leads to child porn victimupdated: Wed Apr 27 2005 18:31:00

Florida and Canadian law enforcement officials Wednesday released the picture of a young girl, reclining on a couch, who authorities described as a possible witness in an Internet child pornography investigation.

Big Easy becomes Big Queasyupdated: Tue Sep 14 2004 23:32:00

The Big Easy became The Big Queasy as the usually laid-back party town worried about deadly Hurricane Ivan rumbling north through the Gulf of Mexico toward the U.S. coast.

On the chase with hurricane huntersupdated: Mon Sep 13 2004 14:03:00

Editor's note: In our Behind the Scenes series, CNN correspondents share their experiences in covering news.

Hidden, hungry invader threatens city of Mardi Grasupdated: Sun Feb 22 2004 07:35:00

The home of Mardi Gras is under siege, not by the throng of partygoers swarming here this week, but by tiny unseen invaders: Formosan termites.

Kinks star shot in New Orleansupdated: Mon Jan 05 2004 12:38:00

Ray Davies, the lead singer with the British rock band The Kinks, is recovering after being shot in New Orleans.

Fortune: The Playlistupdated: Mon Sep 01 2003 00:01:00

The Derek Trucks Band Soul Serenade Columbia

Money Magazine: The Insider's New Orleans Our surefire guide to a good time in America's most distinctive cityupdated: Wed Jan 01 2003 00:01:00

Almost immediately after moving to New Orleans a few years ago, I realized that living here involves becoming an amateur travel agent, forever dispensing tips to potential visitors. And I just as q...

FSB: All Jazzed Upupdated: Thu Mar 01 2001 00:01:00

This city may be known as the Big Easy, but deciding what to do in it can be pretty hard. Should you hop aboard one of the fabled streetcars, or amble around Uptown, where oak and magnolia trees pr...

FSB: Eat, Drink, and Dawdle Our gourmand on the joys of room serviceupdated: Sun Oct 01 2000 00:01:00

It would be cool to be Nick and Nora Charles, heroes from the fiction of Dashiell Hammett, partly because you'd get to outwit hard-boiled bad guys and solve crimes that baffled cops. But mostly it ...

Fortune: Room Review: W New Orleansupdated: Mon Jul 10 2000 00:01:00

New Orleans is cool in an over-the-top, drag-queen sort of way, and I just didn't know how the two new W Hotels--which go for a hipster minimalism--would play here. Pretty well, it turns out. The o...

Fortune: Canadian Makin' A New Orleans Breakfastupdated: Mon Oct 11 1999 00:01:00

Bruce Cockburn Breakfast in New Orleans Dinner in Timbuktu (Rykodisc)

Money Magazine: In Guides We Trust But which one should you buy? Our experts pick the best travel books for five U.S. cities.updated: Fri Oct 01 1999 00:01:00

One of the ironies of modern travel is that, although we typically spend thousands of dollars on a vacation, it's often the first $15 or so that we lay out--for a guidebook--that ends up determinin...

Fortune: Sweet Songs Of Bitter Irritabilityupdated: Mon Jun 21 1999 00:01:00

Randy Newman Bad Love DreamWorks Records

Fortune: BORN ON THE BAYOU Cajun cookin' -- and its high-toned New Orleans cousin, Creole -- are the hottest eatin' around.updated: Mon May 27 1985 00:01:00

Crawfish are hot. So are frogs' legs, alligator, rabbit, pig meat, catfish, sassafras, okra, and corn pone. Hotting them up are fistfuls of hot peppers -- cayenne, bird's eye, jalapeno -- and a bla...

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