Marleigh Riggins is a print production artist and cocktail enthusiast in Los Angeles. She publishes the blog SLOSHED!
The thing about Tales is that it is always a sort of barely controlled chaos. You begin your day with a plan: session, lunch, meet some friends, grab drinks, get dinner. Somehow in the midst of all that, the plan begins to change. Post-session you run into friends who are going to a bar or event you haven’t heard of. They invite you along. You find yourself on the opposite end of the Quarter, or in the CBD, meeting new people and grabbing those drinks a few hours early. You tweet or text or someone else does and you’re off and running to the next place to meet another friend and the cycle repeats itself all over again until you fall into bed, exhausted, at one (or two or three) am.
This chaotic enterprise is how I have found myself in some amazing places with some amazing people in the past 48 hours. Having eaten everything I could at a variety of restaurants in the city—Green Goddess, Rambla, Iris, Irene’s, Wolfe’s, Brigtsen’s—it sometimes feels like it is impossible to get a bad meal in New Orleans. I have also been amazed and humbled by the drinks I have had, made my bartenders local and non. I’ve discovered that Chris Hannah is both talented and intensely hospitable, and also that his gumbo bitters are amazing. The new cocktail menu at Green Goddess is a delicious mash-up of countries, cultures and flavors which does their newly minted liquor license proud. The bar manager at Iris is doing some crazy, amazing things (fermenting his own pineapple “beer”); the Pimm’s Cups at the Napoleon House really are that good; the staff of Rambla are some of the most accommodating people I’ve ever encountered, and they still have Ojen in stock and ready to serve; and the service at Brigtsen’s combined with the food to create one of the best meals I’ve had.
So what are you still reading for? Get out there and eat/drink/have some fun in The Big Easy!