Getting In Shape After Mardi Gras

If you celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans, that means you inevitably ate lots of king cake and probably indulged in some adult beverages. While both are delicious, they aren’t exactly the best for the old waist line. That’s why many running races are strategically scheduled shortly after Carnival season in the Greater New Orleans area. In addition to the state of the art gyms at many 1st Lake Properties communities, residents can work off the calories by training for a variety of races.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon takes place in New Orleans on Sunday, February 28, 2016, offering a full marathon, a half marathon and a two person half marathon relay. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is unique because there are live music and cheer squads to motivate you along the race course. Registration is available online.

The Crescent City Classic is another popular annual New Orleans road race which takes place the Saturday before Easter.. This year’s event will happen on Saturday, March 26, 2016. It starts in front of the home of the New Orleans Saints, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and ends at the beautiful City Park. The CCC is a great New Orleans tradition, now in its 36th year.

Tenants of our Baton Rouge apartments will want to check out the Louisiana Marathon which brings together nearly 8,300 participants from around the state and beyond. This race offers a variety of lengths, including a full marathon, half marathon, 5K and a kid’s event. It takes place on January 15-17, 2016 in Baton Rouge.

The New Orleans Mardi Gras King Cake Guide

Carnival season in Louisiana is the most anticipated time of the year. We look forward to the parades, balls, parties, and of course, king cake.

King cakes are one of the best, and tastiest, Mardi Gras traditions. The king cake is a religious symbol representing the three kings in the New Testament. King cakes are made of sweet dough, filled with cinnamon and topped with purple, green and gold sugar.

Every year local cooks and chefs work tirelessly to make their king cake the best in the city. Every one is a little different, but they are always delicious.

If you live in the metro New Orleans area, you can be the judge. Here are some places where you can find delicious king cakes in New Orleans.

1st Lake Properties Guide to New Orleans King Cakes

Contemporary King Cakes

Sucre is a relative newcomer to the New Orleans king cake community; but that doesn’t mean their cakes aren’t delicious. They take a buttery dough, fold it into cream cheese, and then add the cinnamon and sugar. This award-winning cake is sure to please guests at any Mardi Gras party.

It’s no surprise that John Besh’s Domenica is making innovative king cakes. This king cake is unlike any other- it’s filled with salted caramel, bananas, toasted pecans, mascarpone, and carmello. If that wasn’t elegant enough, it’s topped with a praline glaze and gold flakes. If you’re looking to impress your friends, bring one of these to a carnival party.

Cochon is another world-renowned restaurant doing exciting things with king cakes. Cochon offers a variety of fillings like meyer lemon, almond, chocolate pecan and strawberry. They even offer mini king cakes for one to two people, each with a tiny plastic pig inside. But the most intriguing king cake Cochon produces is the Elvis cake. This king cake is filled with bananas and  peanut butter and topped with marshmallow fluff and bacon. That’s right, bacon. Bring this cake to one of your more adventurous friend’s house.

Traditional King Cakes

Manny Randazzo has been using the same king cake family recipe since 1965. Their king cakes are always classic, fresh and delicious. Manny lightly ices the cakes and sprinkles purple, green and gold sprinkles on top. That’s it. Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke, right? Randazzo’s is located at 2515 N. Hullen Street in Metairie, just a short drive from 1st Lake’s Metairie apartment communities.

Haydel’s is another mainstay in the New Orleans king cake scene. They have a huge variety of king cakes to choose from, ranging from traditional to ones shaped like fleur de lis. Haydel’s is located at 4037 Jefferson Hwy. in New Orleans, convenient for residents of Bella Ridge and our other River Ridge apartments.

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Related posts: Baton Rouge Dining Guide, Kenner Dining Guide, Metairie Dining Guide.

Super Bowl XLVII In New Orleans

The biggest sporting event of the year is coming up soon in New Orleans! Fortunately for 1st Lake residents of the Metairie, River Ridge and Kenner communities, they are in an ideal location to enjoy all the exciting events surrounding Super Bowl XLVII, and Northshore residents aren’t far away! Among the multitude of entertainment and activities that the Super Bowl will bring to New Orleans, here are the main events we’re looking forward to!

Super Bowl Boulevard – If there’s one thing New Orleans knows how to do, it’s putting on a festival, and that’s exactly what this four day long Super Bowl soiree will be. From Jan. 31 to Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, there will be music, food and fan activities at Woldenburg Park right along the Mississippi River in the French Quarter. The musical entertainment will no doubt be impressive with Quint David in charge, whose portfolio includes producing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

NFL Experience – This long-running NFL event will give Super Bowl visitors the opportunity of a behind the scenes look into pro football with an interactive theme park including games, displays, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions, a huge football memorabilia show and much more. The tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under, and includes all games and attractions. The NFL Experience is open daily from Jan. 30 through Feb. 3.

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration – Some of the biggest names in gospel music will be performing at the New Orleans Lakefront Arena for the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, including Fantasia, Marvin Winans, Lecrae, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Donnie McClurkin and host Kirk Franklin. This will no doubt be a night of incredible, uplifting faith and music two nights before the big game on Friday, Feb. 1.

Super Saturday of Service – On Super Bowl XLVII eve, the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee will hold a city-wide community service event with the NFL, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), Young Leadership Council (YLC), the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals (ULGNOYP) and the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. The Super Saturday of Service entails the renovation of five NORDC playgrounds and their surrounding neighborhoods. Those who want to participate in Super Saturday of Service can register to volunteer on the Host Committee website.

Super Bowl XLVII – Of course the whole reason for the aforementioned events is the big game – the 47th annual Super Bowl in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The two best NFL teams of the year will go head to head for the Lombardi trophy starting at 5:25 p.m. with Beyonce and Destiny’s Child headlining the half time show.

Moving To New Orleans in 2013 New Orleans Named Best American City

Moving To New Orleans In 2013? New Orleans Named Best American City

Are you planning a move to the Big Easy in 2013? You’re in luck – for two consecutive months, New Orleans has been named the “Best American City” by Travel + Leisure.

Wondering what other cities made the list? Well, Santa Fe, Nashville, New York, Minneapolis, San Diego, Savannah, Charleston, West Virginia, San Francisco, and Chicago all made appearances, but none outshone New Orleans!

Back in October 2012, New Orleans came in 8th on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of Top 10 Cities in the United States. And praise, such as this could not come at a better time as the city gets ready to host the Super Bowl in February 2013. But, no matter which team wins the Super Bowl, New Orleans is the clear winner, scoring in the top five in more than half of the magazine’s 66 categories, including fine dining and music scene. In total, Travel + Leisure asked readers to rate 35 metropolitan areas, and New Orleans still came out on top.

What makes New Orleans so special? It’s a well-rounded city that still knows how to have fun. There’s delicious find dining, amazing architecture, great shopping, and amazing music. Plus, the locals are friendly, and there’s tons of history everywhere you look!

New Shopping And Dining Coming To The New Orleans Area

New shopping and dining options are coming to Metairie in the Elmwood Shopping Plaza. These new additions will make 1st Lake’s nearby apartments in Metairie, River Ridge and Kenner more attractive to live than ever!

The massive 65,000 square foot expansion in the popular River Ridge shopping center includes three new buildings – one focused on women’s wear and two for exciting new restaurants. The building on the north side of the main entrance dedicated primarily to women’s retail will house DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse), Ulta Cosmetics, Charming Charlie’s and Kay Jewelers among other women’s clothing, jewelry and accessory stores. The new dining options will include Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Zoe’s Kitchen, Theo’s Pizza, Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt and Chipotle Mexican Grill among others.

This new construction comes off the heels of the extensive widening of the Huey P. Long Bridge that connects 1st Lake’s Metairie apartments with the Mandeville, Slidell and Covington apartments on the Northshore. Once the bridge is completed in 2013, it will ease the traffic flow and allow easy and quick access to the shopping center, especially for visitors coming from the West Bank and Northshore.

Also new to the area on Veterans Blvd. between Transcontinental Dr. and Clearview Pkwy. are even more delicious dining options, including Panera Bread, Bonefish Grill, Pei Wei and Coyote Blues.

Want to have access to this new world of shopping and dining in Metairie? Check out 1st Lake’s Metairie apartment rentals to be close to the action!

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