Cooking & Cycling New Orleans Style

Things to Do — By conniemotz on August 20, 2010 at 12:01 am

Cooking & Cycling New Orleans Style

When you’re visiting New Orleans, there are two things that should be on your must-do list – taking a New Orleans cooking class and taking a bicycle tour to leisurely explore the amazing French Quarter and other nearby neighborhoods.

Located in a former molasses warehouse dating back to the 1800’s, the New Orleans School of Cooking offers a variety of half-day classes taught by local chefs.  Visitors will learn the basics of Creole cuisine and taste dishes like Gumbo, Jambalaya, and those scrumptious Pralines.

One of the most popular classes at the New Orleans School of Cooking are their Open Demonstration Lunch Classes; offered daily, this 10:00 to 12:30 p.m. class includes ‘generous samplings’ of the foods created in the demonstration plus beverages and copies of the recipes.

The Hands-On Classes include a 3-hour interactive cooking experience where you’ll prepare 4 menu items and then have the pleasure of enjoying the meal you’ve created.  Plus, with the Hands-On Class, you get to keep the New Orleans School of Cooking apron.  Open 7 days a week, you’ll be sure to find a class that suits your taste (no pun intended) and just like the slogan says, “it’s a ga-ron-teed good time for all.”

New Orleans Bike Tours offers the perfect way to explore the historical French Quarter by enjoying the sights and sounds close up.  With a maximum of five guests and narrated by a local knowledgeable guide, New Orleans Bike Tours will deliver the bicycles to your hotel.  They’ll come equipped with a bottle of water and a basket to hold your goodies like a snack or your camera for all those photos you’ll, no doubt, be taking.

The New Orleans Bike Tour of the French Quarter tour includes visiting Jackson Square, the French Market, and Cafe du Monde.  At the end of the French Quarter tour, you’ll have the option to continue on with your choice of three additional tours: the beautiful homes and Neighborhoods in the Lower 9th Ward, St. Louis Cemetery #3 and the Esplanade Avenue of the Creoles, or the stunning architecture of the American Sector and the Garden District.

Locally owned and operated by former local bus tour guide Bob Rodrigue, New Orleans Bike Tours was established “for the people that want to get off the bus, the ones that want more discussion and a tour more catered to their needs and desires.”  Taking a New Orleans Bike Tour is the way to Les Bon Temps Roule or Let the good times roll!

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Biking Down Esplanade by Christian Paul

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