Steven Melendez

Here’s your guide to some of the best steak nights around New Orleans

By Steven Melendez / August 13, 2021

While the tradition seems to be less well-known than in days past, there are still plenty of bars around the Crescent City and its suburbs that offer at least a weekly steak night, offering filet mignon or other delicious cuts at prices that won’t break the bank.

Geaux Local: Your New Orleans Holiday 2020 Shopping Guide for locals

By Steven Melendez / November 25, 2020

If you live in New Orleans, you’re blessed with some great local options for holiday shopping, including many offering discounts for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. 

Get Outta Town: Connect with nature on the Northshore’s scenic trails

By Steven Melendez / November 2, 2020

If you’re looking for a day trip from New Orleans, you might not need to go much farther than the other side of Lake Pontchartrain. The Northshore is home to an abundance of scenic parks and trails that can feel a world away from New Orleans, even though they’re really not far at all. 

Staycation: Wild peacocks roam, pirate’s treasure and a Japanese tea house on Jefferson Island is just two hours away from New Orleans

By Steven Melendez / August 26, 2020

Jefferson Island, is a strange but beautiful place about two hours from New Orleans, just outside of New Iberia.

Rosalita’s: the tucked-away taco spot in the Bywater you should try

By Steven Melendez / August 3, 2020

Rosalita’s Backyard Tacos, a popup-style food stand that’s been navigating pandemic-era protocols to bring food like tacos, burritos, nachos and tostadas to the neighborhood and beyond.

Lockdown literature: how NOLA bookstores are surviving COVID-19

By Steven Melendez / May 18, 2020

If you’re in New Orleans and looking for something to read, there’s no reason to turn to the internet superstores for your next favorite book.

Cocktails with your face covered? A NOLA designer has figured it out

By Steven Melendez / May 14, 2020

Enjoying a cocktail while keeping your face covered? That’s exactly what one New Orleans designer has figured out how to do.

New Orleans’ second 5o420 Cannabis Fest grows to bigger venue

By Steven Melendez / March 6, 2020

No. Marijuana is not legal for recreational use in Louisiana. This fest is about advocacy and change.

Optimus Entertainment opens in N.O. East, boasts one of the largest VR arcades in the region

By Steven Melendez / February 26, 2020

Step off the ski slopes and then grab a pistol, but you won’t be in a biathlon, and there won’t even be snow on the ground. This VR arcade is bringing real life to the East.

Blue Cypress Books: Keeping New Orleans well read with dedicated local following

By Steven Melendez / January 15, 2020

Blue Cypress Books has been keeping the community well-read for what’s coming up on 12 years this year.