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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! 

 

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 !!!  

Spirits on Bourbon Gator Balls Recipe 

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                     GATOR POPPER MIX. 

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 ​​​5 lbs. of gator sausage 

​​​½ cup of minced jalapeno

​​​1 cup of sliced green onions

​​​2 cups of cheddar cheese

​​​2 cups of mozzarella cheese

​​​4 whole eggs

​​​1 cup of panko bread crumbs

 

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Method:

1. Read recipe completely. Do not take short cuts – think QUALITY.

2. Gather all ingredients and utensils in a clean workstation.

3. Skin and mince gator sausage, place in large mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix well

4. Place mix in gallon zip lock bags, label, date, 

5. refrigeration.
6. When you are ready to cook you will need:

Flour, beaten eggs and panko bread crumbs in separate containers.

Oil for frying. 

7. Form gator mix into 1 ounce balls.

8. Coat in flour, dip in eggs then roll in panko bread crumbs. 

9. Fry in hot oil until golden brown.

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Turtle Bay was honored to be featured #1 for New Orleans Top Late Night Spot for Food in the USA Today’s Top 10 Spots.

Turtle Bay was honored to be featured #1 for New Orleans Top Late Night Spot for Food in the USA Today’s Top 10 Spots. With all the great fine dinning in New Orleans, oftentimes we get overlooked when it comes to food. We have worked really hard to not just provide great food, but to provide great food 24 hours a day. “To have respectable publications like PMQ and USA TODAY show us so much love we feel like the hard work is paying off,” said Brad Bohannan.

USA TODAYS TOP TEN LATE NiGHT SPOTS FOR FOOD

  
Turtle Bay is a hidden gem in the French Quarter. Popular with locals and tourists alike, TB boasts 25 beers on tap along with a belly-busting menu of American favorites like burgers, pizza and chicken wings. Whether cheering on your favorite team, kicking back with some friends, or just taking in the French Quarter atmosphere, Turtle Bay fits the bill. Located on busy Decatur Street, Turtle Bay stays open – and serves food until 3am Sunday through Wednesday and 24 hours Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Turtle Bay  has all the major sports packages, so you can get your fill of all kinds of sports action while you chow!
“We feel like we provide reasonably priced quality food to locals and tourist in New Orleans. We even deliver in the French Quarter,” Steve Smith. 

Spirits on Bourbon in the Travel and Tourism Parade

Spirits on Bourbon was pleased  to participate in 2016 National Travel & Tourism Week travel parade.  

 Included was an industry “toast” to Edward Debui as he led the parade of hundreds of hospitality industry employees that supported the effort by dressing in costume, 

  parading through the French Quarter and celebrating New Orleans’ most vital economic engine – tourism. 

  We look forward to tourism growing and of course, to seeing you at Spirits on Bourbon when you book your next trip to New Orleans…..so let’s let the good times roll! 

 

Storm Troopers Pub Crawl

The Force was with you at the French Quarters newest Star Wars themed pub crawl! The 504th Division of Storm Troopers invaded Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay

 for what turned out to be an exciting and head turning pub crawl. Characters that were portrayed in the event included Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, Boba Fett, Kylo Ren, and Luke Skywalker.  

 
Star Wars fans were delighted to see a sea of Storm Trooper costumes blanket the Galaxy of the French Quarter on this two mile, ten stop pub crawl.     

     Anyone interested in joining the group for next years event can join the facebook group “THE  504TH DIVISION” to be included in all relevant information and planning. There, members can discuss events, acquire costumes, and post to the group. May the Force be with you!

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Crawfish every weekend at Turtle Bay

Crawfish, crawdads, freshwater,m mudbugs….Whatever you call ’em, we got ’em at  Turtle Bay! 
 

We will boil Crawfish every Saturday and Sunday throughout the season.  

 While in the past we only boiled three sacks a day, but as we have become a crawfish hot spot over the last few years, we are preparing for our biggest boils to date!  

 With a huge 24 varieties of beers on tap, including lots of regional craft brews from Louisiana and Mississippi, you are sure to find the perfect beer to pair with your crawfish!  
The warm weather means these suckers are going to be big and juicy! The boils start at around 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday…but them crawdads tend to go quick so you might want to get here early! And don’t forget to suck the heads!

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Spirit’s list of The Ten Things You Will See on Bourbon St. During Mardi Gras Season

Spirit’s ListIt’s that time of year again! The Carnival season has descended upon New Orleans and the French Quarter is alive with music and parties. Colorful gem colored masks and glitter painted faces turn the corners in search of the best places to enjoy a drink. Artwork, history, beautiful architecture and jazz infused music all overwhelm the senses of the incoming tourists. So with so much beauty and art, what else can our visitors expect to see this Carnival season? Well, the locals here know what is coming. There are some…uhum…interesting things….one will see and experience any time Mardi Gras comes around. Time to kick off Spirit’s list of The Ten Things You Will See on Bourbon St. During Mardi Gras Season, and Why You Should Hide Away with Us at Spirits!

1: Pirates- Lafitte apparently left a few of his ancestors here, and during events they come out on Bourbon St. in hopes their stylish attire will earn money. So much better than the whole pirating for money, i’d say. 

 2: The Devil and his minions- Religions seem to favor Bourbon St., the devil frequently visits and drinks around here. My favorite version of him is the Red Devil, he looks kind of like a rockstar with a trendy hat. Have a drink with the devil around here, it may be fun. 

 3: The giant cross people- “Who will save your soul?” (Jewel singing, course). So we have people who come to Bourbon St. that try to save your evil party loving little souls, and they bring a giant white cross and spout verses at passersby tourists. 

 4: Mardi Gras Trees:- and here we have species beedus trees, or locally known as bead trees… trees so covered by parade throws it actually looks like the tree opted for the bright shiny strands instead of leaves. They are rare and only found here in our beloved state. 

 5: Naked people- All of you people knew this one was coming. I said people, take notice, because you see more than nice boobs whether you like it or not. Shirtless beer bellies, butts, etc. Exhibitionism is a common theme during Mardi Gras, poor poor locals… 

 6: Cougars(as in the older women) hunting Channing Tatum- So my coworker who once worked at a certain restaurant around here you could all guess at once told me that during Carnival there are a lot of middle aged women who seem to think they have a chance of meeting Tatum and um…being a part of his agenda? How can I even say that without laughing? I can’t, it’s hilarious. Here is some advice for the Cougars coming to the Quarter in hopes of meeting him, get drunk, really really drunk, and find a guy and pretend it’s him. It probably won’t happen for you otherwise lol. 

 7: Statue People- These are the people painted head to toe and pose for long extended periods long enough to frighten and impress you. Then they move and scare unsuspecting children that don’t realize it’s not a living statue. My son once screamed bloody murder at a silver painted one around Jackson Square. 

 8: Ghosts and Vampires- We are haunted, duh! This is a very old city with a colorful history. I like to think that the parties are so great here the dead just stick around and wait to attend the next. I don’t know why we have Vampires, I suspect Anne Rice brought them, though… 

 9: Clever homeless people: It’s weird, i’m a bleeding heart and want to help everyone so I at least give two dollars away every time i’m in the Quarter to someone in need. Around here though, creativity can mean money for those unfortunates. You can’t help but smile when you see a sign saying, “Rent a Bum” and the man is grinning at you. A constant reminder to smile even in the worst of times. 

 10: Psychics- The force is strong here, and the local psychics absorb it all and use it to look into your futures and tell you things you desire to know. Everytime I think of local psychics I think of Dr. Facilier from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog singing his song “Friends on the Other Side.” 

 So there is the list, and when you need a drink from seeing it all, well, you know, we have really good ones here at Spirits!  

Posted by Dawn Lodrique