10 of the Best Places to Eat and Drink in New Orleans [VIDEOS]

Heather drinks a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's

Visit Pat O’Brien’s to enjoy a delicious Hurricane, the rum-based drink that has become synonymous with New Orleans. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

When friends tell us that they’re visiting New Orleans, it is almost as if they lit the gas lights on Decatur Street, because brilliant smiles spontaneously brighten our faces, illuminating our jazz-tinged memories of the Crescent City. For us, New Orleans is our happy place, that special community which wins our hearts every time we visit with its amazing smells, unforgettable sights, and mouthwatering cuisine, not to mention a soundtrack that envelopes you and seems to throb in your very soul.  Read more of this post

Gershwin: Two Ways

George Gershwin

Celebrate George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue this winter.

Music has always been a big part of our lives. As children, Heather learned to play the violin, while I spent years taking piano lessons.

Whether you’re singing in the choir, or learning to play an instrument, you’re bound to discover various composers whose works stick with you. Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Mozart. As young musicians, we learned something from each of them.

But it was George Gershwin’s masterpiece, “Rhapsody in Blue,” that captured my imagination from the first time I heard it. And Gershwin’s music continues to wow me to this day. Read more of this post