Maybe it's the brutal August heat, or maybe its the every day summer rainstorms, but by the time September rolls around in New Orleans I am fully ready for something new. Now don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of the Louisiana summer (warts and all), but September down here gives you a big dose of early fall enthusiasm with no need to change your wardrobe out yet. A month from now, i'll hate that and will be crying for a cozy sweater in the street. Today, however, I'm just fine with slowly dipping my toe into the autumnal seasonal waters. Looking to celebrate the fake-fall in New Orleans too? Try something new (or just new to you) in New Orleans! Here are my recommendations to kick the month off right:
VISIT COPPERVINE WINE PUB IN THE CBD
New on the CBD scene (opening September 5th) in the old Happy's location on Poydras Street, this place is the big talk of the town. The downstairs patio covered in lush ferns has caused quite the instagram buzz and it's easy to see why. With over 30 wines on tap and a menu of fancy little snacks, this one is hopefully a hit.
LEARN HOW TO COOK A MIRLITON
Happy mirliton season! These little weird green cuties are just starting to pop up at local grocery stores and will be producing until late December. To be honest, I had never heard of a mirliton before I spent the holidays with my husband's family in New Orleans. Now that I'm here, it's obvious that they are a staple on any New Orleans holiday table. September means that it's only a hot minute before the holiday season, so now is the time to get your mirliton casserole recipe on lock for thanksgiving. If you're looking for a starting place, this Shrimp And Mirliton Casserole from Emeril himself comes very highly recommended.
GO KAYAKING IN CITY PARK
The ever so slightly less oppressive heat makes this finally makes going outside not sound like the worst idea you've ever heard. Celebrate outside being an option again by renting a kayak for an hour at city park. Floating along with the dreamy mossy oaks makes for a peaceful afternoon (and teaches you that your may not actually know how to paddle after all).
GO ON A SAINTS GAME BAR CRAWL
Note: This is really only recommended if the game is going really well (or really badly) and you don't feel the need to see every play. A few weekends ago we went on a journey to find our best neighborhood bar to watch a Saints game at. After one beer, we'd move down a block to the next spot. Now, I know the vibe in the entire neighborhood across the Tchoup Yard, Tracey's, Rendezvous Taven, Balcony Bar and The Bulldog. It was a great time and never got boring. Try this out in out in any area with a high concentration of bars you like.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SOMETHING: HURRICANE MODELS
It's always nice to learn about something low stakes that you may never need to know, but could maybe be useful. Look, no one likes hurricanes, but I do enjoy obsessively tracking them to make sure they aren't coming here. Over the years, this obsession has helped me acquire quite a bit of extremely amateur meteorology knowledge, like which models are the most trustworthy, the growth trends of storms and the best sites to go to for tracking theories. Now, it's just another one of my weird and nerdy hobbies. Sound fun? Learn more about the storm models and which ones to trust on my favorite weather blog: Category 6 | Weather Underground
Excited for anything else this September in New Orleans? Drop us a line in the comments!
PS- Don't forget - It's still snoball season at Hansen's (: