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The Flood's Been Over: Exploring the New New Orleans
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Driving to the best breakfast spot in New Orleans, a somewhat dingy beignet shop in suburban Metairie called Morning Call, where cops and bounty hunters converse at the corner table, I turned on the local radio. The set picked up AM 690, and a program called Inside New Orleans. The host, Eric Asher, started talking about Tales of the Cocktail, an annual drinking convention for bartenders and liquor brands that's quickly becoming one of the city's banner festivals.

He loves the event, he tells his guest "Mr. Cocktail," because it brings people to the city to see it's not still underwater. Turns out, there are still people, six years after Katrina and the levee failure, who think New Orleans is flooded. On the contrary! The city is building, with an ever-expanding museum, local entrepreneurs starting businesses and, yes, an absolutely unparalleled drinking scene.
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The Flood's Been Over: Exploring the New New Orleans originally appeared on Gadling on Mon, 08 Aug 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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august 2011 by dmlsexton
Road Trip Gear: Seven Must-Have Essentials
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When you've got a road trip vehicle to fill with stuff, packing becomes a headache. A corollary the old saw that work expands to fill the available time, the stuff you bring seems to expand to fill the available cargo space. Every time I check into a motel, I seem to have more junk to haul to my room.

But there's a small batch of necessities I keep coming back to day in and day out. They're my seven trip essentials, and I'd recommend them to anyone hitting the road this summer, whether you're going across the country or just on a weekend camping trip.
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Road Trip Gear: Seven Must-Have Essentials originally appeared on Gadling on Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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july 2011 by dmlsexton
Atlantic City Is a Hard Place to Love
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Somewhere around Indiana and Pacific avenues, I had a sinking feeling. Atlantic City seemed to consist entirely of strip clubs and skin dens, convenience stores and empty store fronts. The beach was a few blocks away, true. But would a sparkling bit of ocean be enough to make the uneasy feeling in my stomach subside? This seaside resort, stacked with casino resorts dwarfed by their cousins in Las Vegas, did not look promising as I drove up to my hotel.

It was a dive of a place, recommended to me by a fellow travel writer, and someone I think of as an Atlantic City aficionado. He told me to try the Inn at the Irish Pub, a spot perched precariously above a dark watering hole, emphasis on the hole, that's open 24 hours a day. The hotel is the sort of place that charges a deposit of $5 when you're handed a brass key fastened to a plastic yellow diamond, stamped with a number.

I hiked up the stairs to my room, whose bathroom connected to the room next door, and flopped on the lumpy bed. I needed to call my friend, Robert Reid, and ask him if he'd set me up for an elaborate travelers' joke, sending me to the inn to see if I'd actually go.
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july 2011 by dmlsexton

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