Clockwise from top left: ; courtesy of Sucre; Berit Baugher; courtesy of Tops Malibu.
New Orleans is in the swing of celebration season and don't we wish we were all there together? Though it's a little late to book a flight down South, we can still party with the best of them. Gather up a few friends and a fistful of disposable beads. A laissez les bons temps rouler attitude and a few more finds are all you need to throw a New Orleans-style jazz brunch.
First thing's first, a jazz brunch calls for majorly good tunes – of the toe-tappin', head noddin' variety.
Trombone Shorty Price: $9 Available at:
The New Orleans Cotton Mouth Kings Price: $12 Available at:
Hurray for the Riff Raff Price: $10 Available at:
Treme Soundtrack Price: $14 Available at:
The intoxicating gardenia and jasmine scent of Niven Morgan's New Orleans candle will instantly transport you to the city's Garden District.
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The Big Easy is brimming with culinary talent and attracts many of the world's best chefs. Plan a Southern-inspired menu with their help.
My New Orleans, The Cookbook by John Besh Price: $38 Available at:
Crescent City Cooking: Unforgettable Recipes from Susan Spicer's New Orleans Price: $26 Available at:
Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans Price: $19 Available at:
Gumbo: A Savor the South Cookbook by Dale Curry Price: $14 Available at:
Italian charcuterie, cheese, and a tangy olive salad piled onto a giant round loaf of Italian bread. Delicious. Recreate at home.
Gambinos's Muffuletta Loaf Price: $25 Available at:
Central Grocery Olive Salad Price: $23 Available at:
It's hard to go wrong with a big bowl of red beans and rice. Simmer a pot of Camellia red kidneys (a Gulf Coast staple that dates back 80 years) and serve it over white rice.
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Pull out anything and everything you own in purple, green, and gold. Add a mask or some beads for extra pizzazz, and then protect your ensemble with a ticking stripe apron made by New Orleans local .
Order a sack of fresh Gulf oysters and pry them open with a handsome African rosewood knife contoured to fit perfectly in your hand.
Louisiana Gulf Oysters Price: $49 Available at:
R. Murphy Wellfleet Oyster Knife Price: $37 Available at:
Turn up the heat with Cochon's take on the classic Cajun condiment.
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The preferred confection of Mardi Gras season. Sucre's is a refined version of the traditional Danish-like pastry. One lucky reveler will find a tiny plastic baby in their slice; next year's cake is on them!
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Rumored to be the city's first cocktail, the is a quintessential Mardi Gras drink.
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Fill a timeless glass punch bowl with a guaranteed to keep the party going.
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Send guests off with flair: individually wrapped sparklers in the season's colors.