Monthly Archives: November 2012

Las Vegas Entertainers & Hard Rock Cafes TEAM UP To Combat Hunger

Hard Rock Cafes in Las Vegas are teaming up with Vegas entertainers to kick off the official season of giving! Las Vegas entertainers are participating by wearing a charity bracelet for one night in November, in support of the Hard Rock International’s 2012 global IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign to combat childhood hunger and poverty around the world.

To help bring awareness to the campaign, world-famous Hypnotist Anthony Cools, the Jubilee cast, and the Chippendales joined in by wearing the signature limited-edition bracelet which features the powerful message “IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER”.

Jubilee! from Bally’s Las Vegas; Photo: Gabe Ginsberg
Anthony Cools; Photo: Gabe Ginsberg
The Chippendales; Photo: Gabe Ginsberg

Donate at your local cafe or online and receive the Imagine Bracelet. Fans are also encouraged to join in the celebrations around the globe by tweeting, posting or even texting the word IMAGINE to 50555 to donate directly to WhyHunger.org and help feed a hungry child.

A portion of the monies raised will be donated to communities on the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy.

This initiative is part of Hard Rock International’s 2012 global IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign, which is supported by John Lennon’s wife, artist and musician Yoko Ono Lennon, to combat childhood hunger and poverty around the world. Dedicated to the brand’s “All is One” core value, proceeds from Hard Rock’s campaign will directly benefit WhyHunger, a leader in building the global movement to end hunger and poverty, and its grassroots partners around the globe in hopes of finding long-term solutions through sustainable agriculture.

New Orleans: Lots of Flavor!

I spent a few days in New Orleans. It was my first time. I had no idea what to expect, but I have heard good things. Try this, try that, and make sure you pop in and hear some live music.

Okay.

I arrived and it was chilly. It was the end of a big football game day. The taxi driver was telling me all about it. The Saints won! It was a great day. We passed the stadium, he pointed it out. Cool. I love when cities have pride for their team. Knowing what New Orleans has been through with Katrina, it was nice to see they still had spirit.

Day one… my friend and I had a great lunch. We were excited to try all the different foods. Lunch consisted of the best Bloody Mary I had ever had (super spicy, just how I like it!)

Spicy Bloody Mary

The concierge had recommended this place called “Huck Finns.” She wanted us to try a local place, instead of a tourist spot. The gumbo was amazing, rice and beans, and a shrimp salad. All good. Really good. That night we traveled down to “The Spotted Cat.”  We heard it was a small bar, nothing fancy, but the musicians that played were awesome. First we stopped for dinner. The menu consisted of mostly fried food. Fried everything. Oh boy. Not good for two women watching their figure!  Soooo… we decided to share a “The Taste of Soul.” An entree with a little bit of everything. The waitress said it would be more than enough. It was for sure!!! The ribs were delicious, the fried chicken wasn’t greasy, the rice was out of this world! It was so good!!!

Taste of Soul

Off to the “Spotted Cat.” Small, was an understatement. Tiny. But you could hear the music from the street. Everyone inside was happy and friendly. We met lots of people, the bar was cash only, and we enjoyed some great live music.

The Spotted Cat

The next day we were on a mission to try a beignet. Everyone said we had to go to Cafe Du Monde. We did! We first stopped for lunch at the “The Gumbo Pot.” It wasn’t that great. The gumbo was okay. We had the seafood gumbo. It wasn’t as good as other spots. I got a salad, because I needed something healthy and green! The salad was nothing special. Definitely get some of the featured things. My friend’s salmon was terrific.

Off to Cafe Du Monde. So cute! A tourist spot for sure, but the place was adorable. It was all about coffee and beignets! The beignets were heaven. Warm in the middle, and a cross between fried dough and donuts. Delicious.

Beignets

We walked in some shops. Pecans are popular, and the smell through every store is roasting pecans. It smelled like Christmas. We then walked up to the river. We saw a man sitting alone, playing guitar, and singing. He was having a good old time! He was so happy, enjoying life. I of course, snapped a pic! We also walked to Jackson Park. Really pretty.

Jackson Park

Later, our mission was oysters. We went to the “Bourbon House.” We had baked oysters… amazing!!!

The Bourbon House

Later we hit up a couple spots on Bourbon Street. Live music everywhere. Then, we HAD to hit Pat O’Briens for a HURRICANE drink. We had to cross it off the list.  I was nervous, I don’t love sweet drinks, and these looked extra large! I drank half. It was good.

I survived!!!

Hurricanes at Pat O’Briens

Overall, New Orleans was fun. The airport is slow. It closes up early, so don’t expect to eat if you leave or arrive late.

I liked the city. I am glad I can now cross it off my list! Where to next??