Fifth Annual End Alzheimer’s Event is October 9th

Spirits on Bourbon  and Turtle Bay is looking forward to the fifth annual ‘End Alzheimer’s’ event planned for October 9th from noon until five at Turtle Bay 1119 Decatur.

  “The event has grown every year and we are hoping to beat Last years total of over $3800 raised to fight Alzheimer’s,” said Brad Bohannan.  

 “I have seen Alzheimer do its work devastating lives, and would like nothing more to see the end of Alzheimer’s,” added Steve Smith. This years event will feature many raffle items with 100% of every dollar going to Alzheimer’s research. We hope you can help us to beat last years total and continue to grow this annual event!

Steve hits his Hometown

Last month Steve and his wife Sharon visited Steve’s hometown of Freehold, NJ. “I always love getting back to see the family and old friends. Sharing my roots and stories of my past with Sharon is always very special to me”. 13406789_1025354627513642_1922466715059833721_n No visit to Freehold would ever be complete without a stop at Steve’s favorite pizza spot, Federici’s.  “I really think Fed’s is my inspiration for Turtle Bay Pizza. I love their thin crust” Smith says. “The best part of it all was having many family members their to enjoy it with me. We had a small family reunion and it was very special.” 13339602_1023838064331965_3394171108479526434_n13417680_1023833460999092_1716341617587186860_n Smith says there are a few eateries that he has to hit while back home. He always gets a sub from Sorrentos, Ice Cream from Jersey Freeze, and a few beers with friends at the Court Jester. 13428577_1025485440833894_2247747415007116815_n Steve and Sharon spent a lot of time with his parents Agnes and Bill and sister Tracy. “We took a few rides to the beach and hit the boardwalk. I really miss the Jersey Shore. This area will always be special to me. By far though, the most important part of the trip was spending time with my parents. Living so far away is difficult at times especially as time rolls on. I realize I definitely would not be where I am today without them.” Smith went on to say, “They always gave me great support and encouragement growing up. I always played sports and I was a fair athlete at best but they always made me feel special. Like I could always succeed. I also realize now that I surely got my work ethic from my parents.” Steve’s father, Bill, worked for the local electric company as a mechanic and mom, Agnes, drove a school bus for the local school system. “I remember every power outage getting calls in the middle of the night for my dad to go into work and he would. Also, I don’t think i ever remember my mother taking a day off from work. Not ever!” 13507138_1027343863981385_4692743097831393904_n13435540_1027343143981457_6217225507308813472_n Steve and Sharon also made a visit to Freehold Borough High School. Home of the Colonials. They met with Steve’s former baseball coach Jon Block, also spending time with former teachers and coaches Jim Gill, Stan Parker, and Rick Lister. Smith says, “I was surprised to see that there were still a few familiar faces around. I had so many coaches and teachers I’d like to be able to thank. It was really nice seeing them”. 13445738_1205560356129217_8356064586266342973_n “This place will always have great memories for me. What a thrill it was to get a chance to walk the halls again. I haven’t been back inside since 1988. Much has changed and the place looks great.” Smith explained the he learned so much from Block about preparation and attitude. Smith’s senior year was Block’s first as skipper of the Colonials squad. “It was really amazing to see the transformation. In my first 3 years at the Boro, we stunk. Never finishing at or near .500. When block took over, things instantly changed. We prepared like never before. With that preparation came confidence and an attitude that we could win every time we took the field. Knowing that we were prepared allowed us to play with a confidence and attitude that we had never had before. Nothing was really different about the players, same guys. But we were always prepared and knew we could succeed. I feel like I keep those lessons with me in my work still today”.  Block led  the Colonials to their first conference championship in years in ’88. He has had many since and recently gone on to win his 300th career game as a head coach.  

UFC 200 Was A Huge Success At Spirits On Bourbon

Spirits on Bourbon  had a packed house for the UFC 200 pay per view event!  

  Not only does Spirits on Bourbon provide great entertainment with its dueling pianos, but with original New Orleans cuisine it is a great place to watch sporting events.  

  The visitors where excited to watch the UFC premier event UFC 200 as it featured stacked card. Spirits on Bourbon also raffled a Spirits on Bourbon Guitar raising over $400 for its annual Alzheimer event held at Turtle Bay.

 We look forward to seeing you for Sunday football games and future sporting events!

Very Bad Santa Halfway To Christmas Pub Crawl

It was the Very Bad Santa…Halfway to Christmas Pub Crawl! Every December you will see the French Quarter filled with Very Bad Santa’s and his very naughty helpers!   

   The event has grown so much, in fact, that droves of people who couldn’t wait until December for the annual event, decided to create the Half Way to Christmas Pub Crawl! The lively group stopped at Turtle Bay  and had some great drinks shots of fireball along some great food.  
We look forward to the Very Bad Santa Pub Crawl in December and are excited to have them in June now also,” said Steve Smith. So we hope you stay on the naughty list this year and come join the Pub Crawl this December! You will have so much fun you may never be good boy or girl again! 

 

Come watch PPV UFC 200 at Spirits on Bourbon

     Spirits on Bourbon is known for its great drinks, food and Dueling Pianos. It’s also known as a great place to watch sports!   We are excited to announce we will be showing the pay-per-view, UFC 200, at Spirits on Bourbon!  So make plans to see the great fights and reserve some tables to get the best seats in the house!

 UFC 200 PPV Main Event:
205 lbs.: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier vs. UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones

UFC 200 PPV Co-Main Event:

265 lbs.: Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt  
Other Scheduled UFC 200 Matches:
135 lbs.: Women’s Bantamweight Champion Meisha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes 

 145 lbs.: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for interim featherweight title

265 lbs.: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne

135 lbs.: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena

170 lbs.: Johnny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum

135 lbs.: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao

155 lbs.: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin

185 lbs.: Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi

155 lbs.: Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez

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Turtle Bay Was Featured in New Orleans Ghosts Voodoo and Vampires Journey Into Darkness

Turtle Bay  on Decatur Street is known for its nightly visits in the haunted history tour. Here is one of the stories in New Orleans Ghost Voodoo and Vampires Journey into Darkness Book. . So come on down to Turtle Bay and grab a Beer and Pizza and see if you can have your own Ghost Story. 

 By Kalila Katherina 

Turtle Bay is a newly renovated bar and restaurant that had a number of ghostly inhabitants. Once a favorite hang out with the vampire culture of the 1990s is now a mainstream hotspot for food, libations and lively New Orleans music.
The building is situated directly behind but Ursuline Convent, The oldest building in New Orleans. In the 1700s the lamb a part of the convent ground, and today only a small brick wall in the courtyard separate the two properties. 

  The Ursuline nuns originally came to New Orleans as nurses to care for the victims of yellow fever and Indian attacks. The nuns also use this land including that were Turtlebay is now situated to bury the dead. The courtyard is charged with energy typically found in burial ground. In a recent investigation of a residential outing we felt the situation I’m being pulled down words in this area. 
There is an active hunting here as well. During our investigation, we discovered the presence  

  of a female entity. Emily once oa servant here are the petite young woman with a little education.  She died of yellow fever on the property and continues to reside in the upper apartment of the building and in the kitchen.
 We were the first calleded in to do this investigation when the owner of the building noticed that his clothes were soaked with water after placing them on a chair when he undressed. There was neither a leak in the ceiling nor any other explanation for the sudden water. One employees reported that kitchen appliances often turned on spontaneously. A knife flew across the room on its own and Broke. The tip of the knife was never found.  Recently a family on the tour captured a thick Fogg of ectoplasm in the seating area at the bar. The ghost seems to enjoy the music and visit from tourist, but is a bit picky as to whom is in her kitchen. 

 

Voodoo Experience 2016 lineup is out!

Voodoo Experience has revealed its 2016 lineup. The three-day music festival takes place at New Orleans’ City Park over Halloween weekend (October 28th – 30th). Spirits on Bourbon hopes that you make Voodoo Experience and Stop in to Spirits on Bourbon for great food,drinks and entertainment while you are in New Orleans. 
Tool, Arcade Fire, The Weeknd, G-Eazy, The Chainsmokers, Band of Horses, Cage the Elephant, Kevin Gates, Die Antwoord, Porter Robinson, Carnage, Foals, Rebelution, Excision, Gramatik, Ghost, Tory Lanez, STS9, Mutemath, Puscifer, Les Claypool’s The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Alison Wonderland, DJ Mustard, Beats Antique, Snails, Melanie Martinez, Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Reignwolf, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mayer Hawthorne, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Shakey Graves, Slander, What So Not, Snakehips, Bob Moses, Saint Motel, Wild Belle, Bully, Nothing But Thieves, Oh  

 Wonder, Chairlift, The Pretty Reckless, Party Favor, Lunice, NF, Bear Hands, Black Tiger Sex Machine, ASLl Them Witches, Lookas, Lost Kings, 4B, Sir the Baptist, Cheat Codes, Slaves, Leon, The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, The Seratones, Cakes Da Killa, Little Scream, Sonny Alven, The Breton Sound, Carmine P. Filthy, Babygirl, Kidd Love, Unicorn Fukr, Herb Christopher 

 

Turtle Bay Ghost Story

By Alison Fensterstock 

 
I’m tying my shoe in the kitchen of the Turtle Bay bar and restaurant on Decatur Street when I’m suddenly aware that I may be about to die in a horrible and grisly manner. It’s a sunny late-summer afternoon, and I’ve stopped by to try and snap some digital pictures of the three knives that allegedly were thrown at Turtle Bay’s cook, Chisesi Simpson, by a cranky ghost or a sneaky, malevolent, unseen force. Simpson leads me back into the kitchen where the first two knives are lying on the stainless steel countop.

“I don’t know where that other one’s at,” says Simpson. “Oh, there it is.” He strides down the length of the small, airy courtyard kitchen, toward the capped sewer drain where the ghost, which the bar has named “Boudreaux,” lives. It’s then that I notice that the lace of my left Converse All-Star has come undone. As I bend down to tie it, Simpson says, “Man, Boudreaux was pissed after you were here yesterday. He was really acting up, throwing stuff around. He threw this pan here all the way out there.” 
I look up briefly to see the cook holding up a steel pan and gesturing with it to a spot at least 10 feet away. I flash on how this would all play out in a predictable horror movie. Nosy reporter girl angers ghost … returns to bar on innocent errand … knife mysteriously missing. While everyone in the theater is silently yelling Get out of there! Don’t tie your shoe! Run, girl! the cook is possessed and murders me while the audience grumbles how they saw it coming a mile away.   
I straighten up quickly and realize Simpson is standing over me, brandishing a large knife. “Found it,” he says.
The Turtle Bay ghost is only the most recent bar haunting investigated by Kalila Katherina Smith, a tour guide for the Haunted History Tours who both founded the New Orleans Paranormal and Occult Research Society and is the Louisiana state head of the National Ghost Research Society. Her book New Orleans Ghosts and Vampires notes several haunted bars in the French Quarter including Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, Cosimo’s, Yo Mama’s and O’Flaherty’s. She believes that the violent atmosphere of the locales, many of which have been saloons of one kind or another over hundreds of years, predisposes them to the kind of tragic or gruesome on-premises deaths that cause spirits to linger. The 1100 block of Decatur Street where Turtle Bay is located is a particularly fertile area for haunting. Most of that land once belonged to the Ursulines Convent on Chartres Street and served as a potter’s field for yellow fever victims in the 18th century.   
“There are probably more haunted bars in the French Quarter than we could ever put on a tour,” she says. “We pick the ones with the most activity and that are the best documented historically. But you’ve got death on top of death on top of death, from yellow fever, fires, hurricanes, violence — a high concentration of death in such a small area. Plus voodoo activity calling up spirits. And people who are drinking are more open to spirits, more open to those experiences.”
Smith recently participated in an investigation of the Turtle Bay ghost in conjunction with the Sci-Fi Channel show Ghost Hunters. She still isn’t ready to explain the ghost’s behavior, although she’s clearly intrigued. “It’s been turning equipment on and off in the middle of the night, throwing hot water,” she says. “And it’s usually pretty rare for a ghost to attack.”  

 

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Beignets Bites from Spirits on Bourbon

 For National donut day  Spirits on Bourbon can only celebrate with a New Orlean Tradition of Beignets. Here is the Spirits on Bourbon recipe for Beignet Bites. If you don’t want to waste the time and energy making Beignets just come visit us at Spirits on Bourbon .

 

1 c lukewarm water

1/4 c granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 large egg, room temperature and beaten

2 Tbsp butter, softened

1/2 c evaporated milk

4 c bread flour or all purpose flour

3 tsp instant active dry yeast

vegetable oil for cooking: use enough oil to completely cover beignets when frying

powdered sugar for dusting 

 1MAY USE A DOUGH MIXER, OR A BREAD MACHINE.

If using a mixer with a dough hook, place water, sugar, salt, egg, butter, evaporated milk, flour, and yeast in the bowl. Beat until smooth.

If using a bread machine, add liquid ingredients, then dry ingredients with yeast last (on top of everything else). Select dough setting and press Start, allow to run only until dough cycle has finished (do not bake).

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Turn the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and form into an oval. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until well chilled (3 to 4 hours) or overnight.

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To prepare dough, remove from refrigerator and roll out on a lightly floured board to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares, triangles, or circles.

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In a deep fryer or large pot, heat vegetable oil to 365° F. Fry the beignets (2 or 3 at a time) for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are puffed and golden brown on both sides, turning them in the oil with tongs once or twice to get them evenly brown; beignets will rise to the surface of the oil as soon as they begin to puff.

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NOTE: If the beignets don’t rise to the top immediately when dropped into the oil, the oil is not hot enough.

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Remove from oil and drain on paper towels, then sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar. Serve hot.

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The dough can be kept for up to a week in the refrigerator – it actually improves with age; just punch down when it rises. (Dough can also be frozen; shape beignets before freezing.) 

 

Spirits on Bourbon Boiled Crawfish Recipe!

Over the last few years we have been holding several crawfish boils for wedding parties, corporate parties and anyone who wants one! 

  People have learned to love the Crawfish at Spirits on Bourbon and naturally have wanted to know how we cooked them just right. So here you go!    
1 container of zatarans seasoning dry mix

I sack of small Potatoes

12 onions

6 garlic cloves

2 cartons mushrooms 

12 lemons
Grind the 12 lemons. Put the lemons and Zatarans crawfish seasoning into your large boiling pot. Start fire and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, add your live, purged crawfish. Boil for 5 minutes before adding corn, onions (cut in halves), garlic cloves, and mushrooms. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 more minutes. Then turn it off. Soak everything for 20 minutes.     
Next time you are having a gathering, give us a call and have a crawfish boil at Spirits on Bourbon !!!