Across 25 cities, up to 10,000 Santas descend from the skies?or perhaps their earthbound apartments?decked out in red and white costumes for a night that's anything but silent. Rather than crawling down chimneys, these jolly young Saint Nicks are crawling from one hip bar and pub to another, making their lists (of beers), drinking them twice, and preferring the naughty to the nice. At this annual Yuletide bash, which was once a 40-Santa event before it exploded into a national phenomenon, everyone gets to play Father Christmas as throngs of revelers follow their red noses along a path of drink specials, food specials, and a hottest Santa contest. Each event concludes with a live concert in which the Santas pack a music venue and shake their stuffing to an array of popular rock bands. A portion of the proceeds benefit charities such as the Ellie Koerner Leukemia Foundation.
The guides at Great Food Tours have teeth so sweet it's amazing they don't dissolve in coffee. Maybe that's why they display such an affinity for dessert-themed city tours. The dark-chocolate underbellies of New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., New Orleans, London, and Paris expose themselves in cocoa-themed tours across the globe. A few of these renowned culinary cities also offer ambulatory tastings of a different sort. Visitors in New York can go on a voyage into Italian food, and a food tour of London dispels undeserved stereotypes with a lineup of English cheeses, hearty pub fare, and a classic platter of fish and chips. Through Great Food Tours, taste buds get in on the vacation spirit, and maybe get upgraded to taste best friends.
A hunk of brisket at VooDoo BBQ & Grill begins its journey suspended over a bed of pecan and oak logs. Coated in a dry rub of local spices, the meat slowly turns on a rotisserie rod for up to 16 hours, its skin crisping while the inside stays a warm pink. The chefs smoke all their beef brisket and pulled pork over logs from Louisiana-based trees to lend them the region's unique smoked flavor, even at the risk of confusing passing botanists. They lightly coat grilled sausages, chicken, and burgers in three signature sauces inspired by the state's Cajun recipes. To complement their menagerie of smoked and grilled meats, they sling a variety of southern sides such as corn pudding, greens, and potato salads. At each of the 13 locations, the aroma of roasting meat fills a space of dark-stained wood and wrought iron; dining rooms awash in a palette of reds, greens, and oranges buzz with the sounds of jazz and blues.
Roller skates aren?t the safest and most efficient way to transport an order of a burger and fries to hungry diners, that?s why Some Like It Hot Food Truck?s ?50s pinup Posey takes it to the pavement behind the wheel. She comes to life painted on the side of the mustard-colored Some Like It Hot Food Truck?the first food truck in Shreveport?and makes stops at neighborhood hot spots and the Barksdale Air Force base weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The staffers begin mornings sizzling breakfast staples such as pancakes, egg-and-cheese sandwiches, and omelets, which wash down with cool glasses of sweet tea or steamy cups of coffee. As the day transitions into lunchtime, they swap breakfast burritos for stuffed burgers, which ooze gooey, savory fillings such as jalape?o cheddar and bacon cheddar. They also sling sandwiches including BLTs and clubs, alongside barbecue-slathered hot dogs. In true ?50s diner fashion, everything pairs with a side of hand-cut fries, soda pop, and the strong hankering to exclaim, ?Gee, that was swell, mister!?
With 45 locations, the aromas of hot soup and freshly baked bread greet customers across the nation as they approach Souper Salad's overflowing display of crisp salad greens and freshly prepared hot selections. Menus for the buffet change daily, but can include albóndigas soup, Tuna Skroodle pasta salad, A-MAIZE-ing cornbread, and other dishes. Dine-in guests are free to fill their bowls with their favorite soups and chilis, build their own salads from a plethora of crispy greens and tangy dressings, and see how much soft-serve ice cream they can pile atop a single cone. Patrons can also make a visit to the taco bar or flatbread pizza zone, and gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are available.
With a stay at Bourbon Orleans Hotel, you'll be centrally located in New Orleans, steps from Preservation Hall and Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre. This romantic hotel is within close proximity of Cabildo and Louisiana State Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 218 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms feature showers, designer toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on recreational opportunities including an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include audiovisual equipment, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in New Orleans? This hotel has 4514 square feet (419 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.