HAPPY FALL, Y’ALL! Just kidding. It’s still summer, and it’s still hot as balls. The first “official” day of fall isn’t until September 22nd, but if anyone doesn’t play by the rules, it’s New Orleans. So let’s continue on with our sinning nature and start celebrating fall, New Orleans style, shall we?
“We shall,” says the reader.
I am a huge lover of fall, and I welcome it with open arms come September. There’s only so much sweating and sunburns a gal can take during the summer months, am I right? With fall comes cooler temps, festive outdoor activities, and, of course, pumpkin EVERYTHING. I will say, for the record, that Starbucks can keep their pumpkin spice lattes, because they are GROSS. No #psl for this lady, thank you. So what pumpkin treat should you go for instead this season?
1. Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream from Creole Creamery
When I tell you that everything from The Creole Creamery is phenomenal, you’d better believe me. I remember the first time I went there a few years ago and I wept into my single scoop of lavender honey. Memories. Since becoming a Creole Creamery veteran, I have learned that a single scoop is simply not enough. That’s why the double scoop was invented. A double scoop of pumpkin pie combined with creole cream cheese, and you’ve got yourself a party. You can thank me later.
Don’t like eating your fall? Drink it instead!
2. NOLA Brewing‘s Smoky Mary Ale
Named after a steam engine that ran on the second oldest railroad in the United States, NOLA Brewing’s Smoky Mary ale has been “stopping people in their tracks since it’s release in early September 2011.” Now that’s my kind of beer. The brewery’s inspiration for this ale comes from the German Rauchbier (smoke beer), but instead of using Beechwood, they use pecan wood. So New Orleans. If this hasn’t sold you yet, maybe the fact that it contains 5.3% ABV and pairs well with all things grilled will. Get to sipping, New Orleans!
3. Fall Garden Festival in City Park
This event is for all you green-thumbs/Martha Stewart wannabes out there. Fall Garden Festival is an educational experience for both children and adults. Admission is only $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. If you’re a child under 5,
you should probably get off the Internet, or a Friend of City Park, then you get to enter for free. Spend the afternoon walking through the garden looking at plant exhibits while your little one explores his/her creative side with arts, crafts and music. There will also be items available for purchase, so bring those dolla dolla bills, y’all. Event takes place October 11-12.
Be a boozy philanthropist this Friday, September 12th from 8:00PM-11:00PM at The Aquarium of the Americas for their 5th annual fundraising event, Scales & Ales. All proceeds will go to conservation efforts and education programs. This event will feature specialty cocktails, Abita Beer, and food from over 30 restaurants in the city. There will also be a musical performance by the Atlanta Showstoppers. Be sure to leave the kiddies at home with the nanny, because fishing a drunken child out of the shark tank is no easy feat. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
5. Apple picking at your local Rouse’s
Because sometimes you’ve got to just take what you can get.
Just because we live in a city where the actual fall season doesn’t really exist does not mean that we shouldn’t celebrate the change in seasons. The air gets a little more crisp, the leaves
begin to change stay green all year around… okay, who am I kidding. It doesn’t get cold until December and its only “autumn weather” for about 3 weeks. But those three weeks are like:
(It’s Thackery Binx)
New Orleans may not have hues of red, yellow and orange everywhere you turn, but we still know how to throw down for fall. So put on your favorite sweater and get yourself down to one of the places I’ve mentioned and enjoy the hell out of the coming months! Bring on the ice cream, beer and grocery store produce.
Have any other fall-inspired activities to add to the list? Leave them in our comments section!