This year, NSH’s Symposium/Convention will be held in New Orleans, September 20-25th. To help you plan your trip, NSH has consulted our histology locals for their travel tips for your week in The Big Easy!
If you enjoy Cajun cooking, you’re in luck! New Orleans is home to some of the best Cajun cooking you can find, with restaurants such as Mulate’s, which bills itself as the “Original Cajun Restaurant” which in addition to Cajun food features live Cajun music and a dance hall. You’ll also find plenty of seafood options, including some adventurous choices like alligator, and of course gumbo.
Another New Orleans staple is the po-boy, a sandwich containing either a type of meat, such as roast beef, or fried seafood, with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayonnaise, sometimes also including other sauces such as creole mustard or Louisiana style hot sauce. Check out this list of most popular po-boy shops in New Orleans.
For dessert, head over to Café Du Monde, a classic French coffee shop/bakery serving beignets, a fried dough covered in powdered sugar.
No trip to New Orleans would be complete without a visit to Bourbon St. Try a daiquiri from one of the many daiquiri shops or stop into a Bourbon St. bar to get a hand grenade, a deadly concoction, served in a hand grenade shaped glass.
If you’re looking for something a little less clique, but still within the French Quarter area, head down to the Southern part of Frenchman St., in the Faubourg Marigny/ Bywater Neighborhood. Here you will find places to hear live music, including New Orleans’ famous jazz, such as The Maison, Three Muses, Apple Barrel or d.b.a.
For a killer view of the city, take the street car down St. Charles St. to Hot Tin, a rooftop bar with a great selection of cocktails and a view of the city skyline.
New Orleans is famous for its streetcar lines, one of which inspired the famous play set in New Orleans, A Streetcar Named Desire. Though the Desire line is no longer in use, there are still 5 street car lines remaining throughout the city. At a low fare of just $1.25 per trip, the streetcar is an excellent way to navigate the city, with lines running downtown from Canal Street, up St. Charles St., through the campuses of Tulane and Loyola Universities.
There is much more to New Orleans than just drunken tourists! The city has a rich history, which you can check out by visiting landmarks such as the Napoleon House, a 200 year old house previously belonging to New Orleans Mayor, Nicholas Girod, who offered the residence as refuge to Napoleon. Napoleon never made it; he died of arsenic poisoning days before they were to put the plot in motion. The building was converted to a grocery store, then a tavern in the 1920s. Today, Napoleon House keeps alive the tradition of opera and classical music that was beloved by its 20th century owners, in the new Napoleon House Restaurant.
While you’re exploring around the Convention Center, pop over to the National World War II Museum on Magazine St. The museum is a detailed look into the American role in the war, offering exhibits, multimedia experiences, and thousands of personal accounts.
Join us for a week full of education, networking, and some of the best food and drink the South has to offer. Register now to join in the fun, September 20-25th in New Orleans.