New Orleans Snow Day

Believe it or not, we are in the dead of winter. Up north, winter closely resembles an arctic ice tundra, with businesses sometimes forced to take off for a “snow day.” Snow is rare here in New Orleans, but we can count on winter bringing us reason to take off anyway; we call it “Mardi Gras.”

Like so many others I enjoy the Friday before Fat Tuesday with lunch and bar hopping. I love getting together with friends, catching up on stories and reminiscing in celebration during what is traditionally local’s day in the French Quarter.

Rather than sledding, skiing, ice fishing or sitting by the fire, as one experiencing a snow day up north may encounter, in New Orleans we do lunch and adventure through the city, seeing friends and having conversations. Carnival season folly leads us to places like Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, Old Absinthe House, Hermes Bar at Antoine’s, Arnaud’s French 75 Bar or The Carousel Lounge at the Monteleone. No matter how the day goes, however, I always end the festivities with a Bourbon Milk Punch at Bourbon House before a taxi or Uber home.

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So work hard this month until the 24th, then take a “snow day.”

Todd Matherne

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