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SeaTurtle Sports' Tips for Spring Break 2016 March 15 2016, 0 Comments

It’s vacation season in the USA! Plenty of families are planning a spring vacation and college students are preparing for Spring Break 2016. While you could spend your hard-earned savings on a lavish spring getaway, we don’t think expensive vacations are always necessary. All you really need for a killer vacation is family, friends, and some sun…and of course some epic SeaTurtle Sports games. So here are some tips on how to get the most bang for your buck this vacation season. (Broke college students listen up)

#1 Road Trip

This one is a no brainer. You save on flights, you can pack your car to the brim, and you have the chance to see some pretty cool sights as you trek to your destination. Plus there’s nothing like blasting your favorite tunes while you drive around on a sunny Spring day. If you choose to go camping you could even cut out hotel fees. Just rent a tent from your nearest outdoor store, grab your Turtle Toss boards, and hit the road. You can go camping anywhere from mountains to canyons, forests to deserts, beaches to lakes, you name it. Although, we suggest beach camping.

 

#2 Cruise

Cruises are seemingly lavish vacations. You get on a massive ocean-faring boat (often decked out with tennis courts, restaurants, bars, even water parks) and you sail to lush, foreign destinations. However, a lot of under-booked cruises are actually pretty cheap! The Norwegian Cruise Line has week-long Caribbean cruises starting from $350 per person. Oh yeah, and all meals are included. That’s only $50 a day. Either check for cruises that aren’t for a few months to get an early book discount or try to book last minute. If the cruise line hasn’t filled up a ship in the week before it disembarks they’ll cut costs drastically.

 

#3 Visit a Friend

One of the best ways to save on expenses for a vacation is by staying with a friend. Have some friends or family in the tropics? Pay them a visit. It’s a win-win situation for both parties. You get to re-connect and you get free room and board. On the other hand your friends/family will love showing you around their city and they know you’re paying for dinner and drinks.

 

Extra Tip:

If you’re planning a vacation, especially last minute, be sure to check the weather. You’re not going to get a perfect tan in the rain.


Beat the Post-Holiday Blues With SeaTurtle Sports' Favorite Indoor Games January 05 2016, 0 Comments

 

The Holiday season is over and the New Year is here. We’re all going back to work or school, the nights are still long, and it’s too darn cold outside. BUT, there are always ways to get active and have some fun indoors. So next time it’s too dark or cold to play in the yard, try some of these awesome indoor activities.

 

#1 Turtle Toss (Cornhole)

Indoor cornhole is perfect for keeping older children preoccupied. As a backyard game company we had to put it on the list. Cornhole is a perfect indoor game (as long as you don’t play in the kitchen!). You could play Turtle Toss or cornhole in the basement, the garage, or even your room if you’re an accurate shot. Just don’t be trying any trick shots.

 

#2 DIY Bowling

This one is a classic. All you need is some empty two liter bottles and a ball. Line up the bottles as the pins and voila, you got yourself a homemade bowling alley. This game is perfect for parents who think that indoor cornhole might get a little out of hand.

 

#3 Balloon Tennis

Here’s an innovative take on a professional sport. It’s simple: use a balloon as a tennis ball and make rackets by taping a paper plate to a ruler. This game is also perfect for younger kids. Don’t worry about making a net, kids are creative. Just have them keep the balloon from touching the ground. Don’t want to make rackets? No problem. Have the kids keep the balloon up with their hands.

 

 


SeaTurtle Sports 2015 Holiday Gift Guide December 01 2015, 0 Comments

At SeaTurtle Sports we’re all about getting outside with family and friends and having a good time. We develop innovative new products that literally “change the game,” and we love other companies that are dedicated to innovation as well. For these reasons we’ve decided to make our own holiday gift guide this year. All of these products are novel approaches to traditional products and they’re all a great way to get out and have fun. So while you’re surfing the web for the best deals on iPads and LCD TVs, don’t forget to check out some of these products too. Get outside and play this holiday season!

 

 

#1: POD Tents

First on our list are POD tents. POD takes a revolutionary approach to traditional camping by offering what they call a “social camping experience.” POD tents are high-quality, extremely durable, and most importantly they are all connectible. Meaning you can connect your POD to anybody else’s POD to create a vest network of tents, thus creating the social camping experience. Check out the promo video on their website!

https://www.podtents.com/

 

#2: The Multi-Function Cooler

The multi-function cooler looks like any other cooler. It’s compact and you can roll it around to your destination. However, most coolers aren’t also tables! The multi-function cooler has two-side panels that extend to make a table out of your cooler. It also comes with two chairs so you can take a seat, catch some sun, and enjoy your beverages at the same time.

http://www.amazon.com/Function-Rolling-Cooler-Camping-Outdoor/dp/B00OQCSBPY

 

#3: The Big Easy Smoker, Roaster, and Grill

Now this one’s cool. Using infrared technology, the Big Easy allows you to smoke, roast, or grill using one highly portable machine. If you’re trying to throw a legendary tailgate or simply host a great backyard BBQ, this is an essential. The name also gives a nod to the culinary prowess of our hometown of New Orleans.

http://www.charbroil.com/the-big-easy-smoker-roaster-grill

 

#4: Inflatable Lounge Rafts

A number of companies make inflatable lounge rafts, but the Intex Oasis is our favorite because it’s affordable and has all the essentials: back rests and cup holders. If you spend a lot of time at the beach or the lake, then this is the gift for you. Push off from shore and lunge out in the sun with some drinks and good friends.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/42808469?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227030668061&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=56082047456&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=100187374856&veh=sem

 

#5: Turtle Toss

And of course our final entry to the SeaTurtle Sports holiday gift guide is our newest product, Turtle Toss. Turtle Toss a unique take on one of America’s favorite games, Cornhole. Instead of the traditional single hole boards, however, our Turtle Toss boards boast three. They’re incredibly durable and better yet, they’re highly portable. No need to lug around those heavy Cornhole boards anymore. Turtle Toss is lightweight and retracts to fit in a carry bag, just like a camping chair. Plus our bags have mesh bottoms for filtering out the sand. No more sand in the car after a long day at the beach. Keep tossin!

http://seaturtlesports.com/products/turtle-toss

 


SeaTurtle Sports Has Got You Covered For Best Cities To Tailgate In November 18 2015, 0 Comments

Everyone knows that it’s prime tailgating season in the states. Whether you’re tailgating the NFL, college ball, or your neighbor’s cookout, you always need to be prepared. This means burgers, beer, and backyard games: all of America’s favorites.

 

We posted about tailgating in our blog at the beginning of football season, but we recently realized that we needed a tailgate update. We’ve read here and there about the best cities for NFL tailgates, but not one (not even one) article mentioned New Orleans in their top 10. (Seriously, can we stress enough that not even one mentioned New Orleans!). So, naturally, we decided to make a list of our own. So here it is: the almost-official list of the best cities to tailgate the NFL.

#1 New Orleans

Alright, we get it, we’re a little biased. But seriously, how could New Orleans not be the best city to tailgate in? Once you’re within a few hundred yards of the Superdome you can smell the andouille sausage and Cajun wings sizzling on the grills. The sound of blaring trumpets and the collective bass from a few hundred trucks permeates the air while the black and gold masses scream WHO DAT! If the Saints win, New Orleans is a great place to celebrate. And if the Saints lose, there’s plenty to do that’ll take you mind off the game. Oh, and don’t forget, you’re allowed to drink your beers in public! Just another perk.

#2 Houston

Houston is a no brainer. Their food isn’t as spicy as ours in New Orleans, but the Texans sure know how to throw a tailgate. And they sure know how to barbecue. While you’re sure to see fans grilling up some burgers and dogs at just about any tailgate, only the Texans bring their own hog smokers to the parking lot. Houston is known for some of the world’s best BBQ and some of the craziest sports fans. Although the Texans aren’t having the hottest season, let’s not forget that it stays nice and hot in Houston throughout the season.

#3 Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is the same way, it stays nice and warm all season long. Thirty bucks at a Buccaneers tailgate gets you unlimited food and two free drinks, not a bad way to start a Sunday. However, the tailgating lot opens a mere 90 minutes before game time. While some say this is the downside of a Buc’s tailgate, we think it’s a good thing. That gives you exactly 90 minutes to down as many burgers as possible while simultaneously sinking 3’s in Turtle Toss. The 90 minute rule makes you pack a lot of fun into a Buc’s tailgate.


SeaTurtle Sports Announces a New Partnership September 23 2015, 0 Comments

Big news from SeaTurtle Sports! We have recently been selected to launch our Turtle Toss cornhole set through our new partner, The Grommet. This Thursday (tomorrow), the Grommet will launch our newest game, Turtle Toss on their website and you will have the opportunity to connect with the SeaTurtle Sports team directly through a forum all day long to answer any questions about us and our products you may have.

So what is The Grommet…

The Grommet is a product launch platform for early-stage consumer products. They take undiscovered products, which they call “grommets”, and they launch them on their website. They launch a new product every day at noon in an attempt to help small companies succeed. The Grommet team prides itself on its ability to discover innovative young companies with interesting stories to tell. They also look for strong values in the companies they choose to launch.

At SeaTurtle Sports we value connecting with family and friends. In an increasingly digital world we think it is still important to get outside, interact, and have a good time: which is why we do what we do best - create fun backyard games!

Learn more about The Grommet on their website - https://www.thegrommet.com/about-us/our-story, and don’t forget to check out our Turtle Toss launch on The Grommet’s website tomorrow.


A Kick Off to Football and Tailgating Season September 01 2015, 0 Comments

Football season is here again! People are getting ready for a fall full of noisy bars, neighborhood cookouts, and of course, tailgating. In New Orleans we have some pretty lenient open container laws, and drinking in public never seems to be an issue. But in the rest of the US open container laws are pretty strictly enforced, meaning tailgating is one of the only ways you other Americans can enjoy a beer in public (legally)! No tailgate is complete without a plethora of cheap beers, some charred hot dogs, and backyard games. Coupled with public drinking culture in New Orleans, tailgating is right up our alley. So while you’re knocking back a cold one before the big game and tossing bags in an attempt to beat your neighbor at Turtle Toss, keep in mind that tailgating is at least 100 years old!

Legend has it that the first tailgate took place before the first college football game between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869. While we doubt they had cornhole or beersbee back then, legend states that the football fans grilled sausages at the “tail-end” of their horses. Is that how tailgating gained its name? Maybe. But some people claim the first tailgate took place 8 years earlier! In the town of Manassas, Virginia.

The American Tailgaters Association claims that the first tailgate took place in the summer of ’61. This tailgate took place in Virginia, and it wasn’t a tailgate for a sporting event. It was a tailgate for the First Battle of Bull Run. It is said that Confederate and Union soldiers met on the battlefield with wagons full of whiskey and food before the battle.

Others contend that tailgating is even older, having roots in revolutionary France at the tail-end of the 18th century. Guillotine executions were held on Sundays and families would come in droves to see them. Programs were distributed among spectators listing the to-be-executed, and families would grab food and drinks at the Cabaret de la Guillotine before attending the events.

While there is debate regarding the time and place of the first tailgate, it’s pretty clear that it has some pretty old roots. We hope y’all have a great rest of your summer and enjoy football season!


Our New Orleans Late Summer Festival Guide August 07 2015, 0 Comments

Summer is almost halfway over and our friends down in New Orleans know that this means HEAT. Imagine consistent 90 degree weather in a city where humidity is sardonically expressed in feet below sea level. Let’s just say it gets pretty hot down there. But summer in New Orleans has its perks: festivals. Here are a few must-see events and festivals in New Orleans this summer.

  

Red Dress Run

When: August 8th

Where: Louis Armstrong Park

Why: Red Dress Runs aren’t unique to New Orleans, but New Orleans’s Red Dress Run is most certainly unique. In a typical New Orleans fashion there will be great food, great music, and copious amounts of alcohol. A group called the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, who claim they are a drinking club with a running problem, will sponsor the event and all proceeds will go to local charities.  Throw on your favorite red dress (men included) and make your way down to Louis Armstrong Park for the event. The race starts at 11:30, but the beer starts flowing at 9.

 

Brewsiana

When: August 23rd

Where: House of Blues

Why: A friend of mine who works at the House of Blues told me that this is the one event that I can’t miss this summer. Brewsiana is a celebration of South Louisiana’s music and cuisine. As a matter of fact their website specifically outlines three “B”s that will make this event a hit: brews, bands and bites. We’re assuming they forgot Bocce and Beersbee. Anyway, this event will have over 21 varieties of Louisiana’s finest craft beers, a variety of local musicians who are “making waves in the scene,” and high quality gastro-pub food pairings for the beer.  If you’re a typical New Orleanian that likes craft beer, good food, and live music, this one is for you.

 

Louisiana Seafood Fest

When: September 4th-6th

Where: City Park

Why: Need your fix of some of Louisiana’s best seafood in the classic Cajun fashion? Look no further. City Park has what you need. Some of New Orleans’s finest restaurants will be posted up in the park this September to showcase some of their finest seafood dishes, and some of the city’s finest chefs will be showcasing their techniques in public demonstrations. And of course, there will be plenty of live music, including one of the city’s all-time favorites: Rebirth Brass Band! And the best part? Entrance is free!


SeaTurtle Sports Launches New Game and Option for Special Edition, Custom Color Sets July 21 2015, 0 Comments

 

We’re happy to announce the release of our newest game, Turtle Toss! After years of product development, design, and testing, we finally got it just right. Like our other games, Turtle Toss is highly portable and strikingly durable. Oh yeah, and awesome.

 

Turtle Toss is our variation of Cornhole (or Bag-O as they call it up north). However, our boards aren’t made out of clumsy wood; they’re crafted out of high quality polyester fabric and an aluminum frame. The board is as collapsible as your favorite beach chair and incredibly lightweight. They fit perfectly into our custom carrying bags, so all you have to do is swing the boards over your shoulder and get going. So next time you’re hitting the beach with the fam, don’t lug around those big Cornhole boards, just toss Turtle Toss in the bag and hit the road! The polyester boards also allow for a new type of shot: the bounce shot. This adds a whole new layer to the game. You can bounce your shot in or bounce other players off the board!

 

We took the traditional one-hole Cornhole design and decide to kick it up a notch. Rather than tossing your bags into one hole, Turtle Toss has three holes, each with a different number of points assigned to it. The largest and closest hole is 1 point, the second largest hole in the middle is 2 points, and naturally the small hole in the back is 3. Rather than sinking shots through one big hole, now you have three holes to sink shots in, and it takes skill to hit the 3-pointers.

 

We also decided to enhance the bean bags that come with the set. Everybody is familiar with the classic quadrangular bean bags used in Cornhole. However, at SeaTurtle Sports we’re a little more familiar with our barrel shaped bags. These bags provide for maximum bounce-ability, and in our opinion they’re the perfect bags for dropping air mail (a direct shot in the hole) all over your opponents, who are most likely your neighbors and family. Even better.

 

For a limited time, SeaTurtle Sports is offering custom-colored Turtle Toss sets. If you select Turtle Toss Special Edition Set from our product drop-down menu you will find all of the collegiate color combinations available. A great ultra fun game in your favorite team colors…what could be better?

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Few Fourth of July Fun Facts June 30 2015, 0 Comments

The 4th of July is only a few days away and y’all know what that means!

Time for a weekend full of American beer, goods from the grill, and a whole plethora of red, white, and blue colored cocktails. Nevertheless, The 4th of July isn’t only about family, friends, food, and getting together in your neighbor’s backyard to play Turtle Toss and Yazoo, The 4th of July is also American Independence Day. The 4th of July is all about remembering the roots of this amazing nation. The 4th of July is all about commemorating our Founding Fathers that fought for our freedom! They were the ones who fought for our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!

But while we’re commemorating these great men, let’s also take into consideration some hilarious fun facts that very few people know about The 4th of July…. 

  1. John Adams Had his Money On the 2nd of July

Remember that glorious moment in your history textbook when the Second Continental Congress declares there independence from Britain? Remember that great moment commemorated by 4th of July cookouts that we’ll be attending in a few days? That great moment occurred on the 2nd day of July, 1776. However, the Declaration of Independence was not formally approved until the 4th. But just so y’all understand how close we were to celebrating the 2nd of July, read this quote that John Adams wrote to his wife on July 3rd, 1776: “But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.”

 

  1. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Both Died on the Same Day

Isn’t it a huge coincidence that two of the seven most recognized Founding Fathers died on the same exact day? Isn’t it also a huge coincidence that they were best friends? Isn’t it also kind of crazy that this day was JULY 4TH, 1826, THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE??? Yeah, that’s pretty crazy.

  

  1. The American Flag was a B- Art Project

Here’s our favorite. A 17 year old boy by the name of Robert G. Heft submitted the designs for a 50-star flag in 1958. At this time, as Hawaii and Alaska were being considered for statehood, many other Americans were submitting similar designs to the US Congress. While the US Congress accepted Heft’s 50-star flag, Heft’s teacher gave him a B- for the project. Fortunately, Heft’s teacher changed his grade to an A, but next time you look up at the glorious US flag and reflect on the history of our great nation, remember that your flag is a B- art project!


An Intern's Tale of a Game of Yazoo June 16 2015, 0 Comments

 

This is the true story of our intern’s first game of Yazoo. This is also the story of one of the greatest games of Yazoo ever played. During this match tensions ran high and best buds were temporarily divided, but in the end all was well. We at SeaTurtle Sports understand that Yazoo is incredibly entertaining, and quite possibly the most laid-back game known to man, but competition amongst best buds is sometimes inevitable. Nevertheless, please note that nobody was harmed in the playing of this incredible sport, and that shortly after the game ended all players became best buds once again and proceeded to grill up some cheeseburgers by the pool.

 

This is their story:

 

The Louisiana sun skewed his vision as he stared at a lone pole in a grassy sprawl. He needed one more Yaz to win the game. Sweat clouded his brow and his canine companion panted at his feet in an attempt to grab the Frisbee, but he wouldn’t let these distractions come between him and victory. He raised the Frisbee to the heavens in an attempt to call his shot. This was the one. This would be the last Yazoo to end the hour long tournament that had defined this Saturday afternoon. Friends laughed and shouted in an attempt to rattle his cage. He smirked, knowing that his cage was perfectly still. This was the one. He wound up, swung, and released. The disk flew perfectly straight. It hovered majestically above the ground in an attempt to settle a friendly score by striking a can from its cylindrical throne. It hit a nearby tree.

 

Laughter permeated the summer breeze and dampened the clatter of singing cicadas. “Alright Chuck, let’s see what you got!” he announced in an attempt to compensate for a stray disk. “Don’t worry champ, I’ll send it right back to ya,” Chuck responded. Chuck sent the disk flying straight towards the pole. Direct hit. The Frisbee ricocheted into a nearby bush and, with the help of gravity, the Yazoo can jumped to a soft patch of grass a few feet below. The tournament was over. The victors had proved their worthiness. Our protagonist sulked to his knees and yelled at the clouds to get a laugh out of Chuck. Everything was good.

 

So it goes. Yazoo, or beersbee/polish horseshoes as it is often referred to, is a game of coordination and wits. You need to have the coordination to catch the Frisbee (and sometimes the can) while on the defending end, and on offense you must have the composure to strike the opponents’ can while repressing the unavoidable banter and barks from opponents and spectators alike. Much like any sport, it is a game of momentum. Comebacks are a norm, and once you’re on a roll…you’re on a roll! When you win you win, and when you lose you lose. And in the end, everybody has a good time. And if you did win, then you have bragging rights until next time.


SeaTurtle Sports Top Five Road Trips for Summer 2015 June 02 2015, 0 Comments

Road trips are classic. Whether you’re road-tripping across the country or simply driving around your home state, road trips are always a good time. Grab a mini charcoal grill, some fold up chairs, and your SeaTurtle Sports Beach Bocce Ball and Yazoo sets and hit the road! Whether you’re roughing it with a cooler and some sleeping bags, or staying at the nicest hotels along the way, SeaTurtle Sports’ games are durable and as portable as they come. So don’t be afraid to toss your bocce and Yazoo in the sand or mud because they were built to be played wherever life takes you.

 

Our team members have compiled a list of our favorite road trips throughout the United States for all of you adventurers out there. Here it is:

 

#1 Eastern Canada

If you live in the northeast then this is the road trip for you: the ultimate eastern Canada road trip.

A Canada road trip is perfect for anybody who lives up north. Drive across the border and visit any of Canada’s 37 of national parks. If you live in the northeast, set your sights on beautiful Niagara Falls, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. During the late summer months you might even get to see the northern lights in Nova Scotia.

 

#2 Cape Cod

If you live in the Northeast, Cape Cod is the perfect final destination for a road trip. Catch the surf at some of the Cape’s best beaches such as The National Seashore or Marconi Beach or hit the turf and garb some of the finest fried seafood known to man at Cook’s Seafood or Arnold’s Restaurant. You could also check out the beaches and shops in the town of Falmouth or high tail it up to Provincetown on the tip of the cape which is home to the Pilgrim Monument, lively bars, and an eccentric crowd of people. Or you could catch up on your history and check out Plymouth Rock where the pilgrims first landed in the US or the renowned Plymouth Plantation, a living history museum.

 

#3 Big Bend

Another favorite is a road trip to Big Bend national park. Located on the border between Texas and Mexico, Big Bend is straight out of a Western movie. You can relax with a beer in the natural hot springs on the bank of the Rio Grande or you can climb the highest mountain in the park. And on the way you get to experience the wonders of west Texas. Looking for some great stops on the way? Check out: Tex-Mex in El Paso, The Marfa Lights, The San-Antonio Riverwalk, East 6th Street in Austin, Cado Lake, and Black’s BBQ in Lockhart!

 

#4 California Coast

For all of you Westerners, take a drive up (or down) the lush Pacific Coast highway in California. Bask in the sun at Laguna Beach or check the surf up the road at Huntington Beach. Huntington Beach is also a great place to buy a board! Or you could hit the shops in Santa Monica or Malibu, which are beautiful towns to drive around in. Feel like getting some fresh air? Check out the Redwoods National Forest on the way.

 

#5 New Orleans

Our last recommendation is a road trip down to our hometown: New Orleans. It shouldn’t be hard to convince your friends to drive down to this special city. Of course your first stop will probably be the infamous Bourbon Street, known for its rowdy bars and vibrant drinks, but if you want to see some real New Orleans, walk to the end of Bourbon Street and check out Frenchman Street to see some of the city’s best jazz bands. Feeling hungry? Stop by Frenchman Street’s Dat Dog for a gator sausage. Or checkout Jean Lafitte National Park and see some gators for yourself.

 

Other To-Dos: National WWII Museum, City Park, Take a Ferry down the Mississippi River, The Maple Leaf Bar on Tuesday’s to see Rebirth Brass Band, or Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop: the oldest bar in the United States and home to the ghost of Jean Lafitte, a legendary pirate and the establishment’s previous owner. Or experiment with some Cajun cuisine!


SeaTurtle Sports' Favorite Fresh Summer Treat Ideas May 27 2015, 0 Comments

 

It’s that time of year. School is just about to let out, the days are getting longer, and it’s time for some fresh summer eats to compliment outdoor game play. The SeaTurtle Sports team has mastered both game play and delicious summer treats. Whether you want to fire up the grill for some juicy chicken or make a refreshing punch, below are some of SeaTurtle Sports’ favorite unique and healthy takes on summer classics.

Watermelon Mint Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • Lemon wedges, optional

Instructions

In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil and sugar. In a large bowl, combine watermelon and mint. Drizzle with lemon juice mixture; toss to coat. Serve with lemon wedges if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Summer Fruit Punch

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced stone fruit, (apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines)
  • 2 cups apricot juice
  • 3 cups sparkling water
  • 2 tablespoons of grenadine
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice

 

Instructions

 

Combine diced fruit, apricot juice, grenadine, lime juice, and seltzer. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Yield: 4 servings.

Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 4 pounds)
  • Salt
  • 1 pineapple peeled, cored and cut into 8 thick rings

 

 

Instructions

 

In a small saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until translucent and beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the honey, hot pepper sauce and chili powder and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon juice and set aside.

Preheat a grill or large grill pan to medium-high. Rub the chicken with the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt. Grill until well-marked, about 7 minutes. Flip and cook until the bottoms are well marked and the chicken is cooked through, another 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and brush with the reserved honey glaze. Cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, grill the pineapple until well-marked on one side, about 4 minutes, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Serve with the chicken. Yield: 4 servings.

 


Memorial Day Essentials May 19 2015, 0 Comments

 

Break out the burgers and hot dogs because Memorial Day is just around the corner! At SeaTurtle Sports we believe that good friends and a great grill master are the most essential aspects of any Memorial Day cookout, but if you're trying to throw the best cookout on the block, then here are a few recommendations to spice up the party.

 

The #1 Grill Tip

We all know that the grill is where the magic happens at any good cookout. Food is in high demand so the pressure is on the grill master to cook a lot of food AND to make sure it tastes good. To accomplish this feat we recommend setting one side of your grill to high and the other to low. You start cooking your meats on the high side of the grill to get that perfect char and then you slide them over to the low heat side so the inside stays juicy. Then throw some fresh meat on the high heat side, and repeat. Simple and efficient!

 

Backyard games

Every cookout has wiffle ball or some two-hand-touch football. Mix it up this year with some SeaTurtle Beach Bocce Ball or our version of Beersbee, Yazoo! Are you traveling to your Memorial Day party? Not a problem! All of our games are high quality and highly portable. Perfect for the beach, the lake, or your neighbor’s backyard!

 

Patriotic Parfaits

A great party needs a great desert, so check out this recipe for patriotic parfaits! These parfaits are a great way to keep your party festive, refreshing, delicious, AND healthy.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a14284/patriotic-parfaits-recipe-ghk0712/

 

Watermelon Lemonade

Need a cold beverage to combat the summer heat? Instead of regular ol' lemonade, this year try watermelon lemonade! A perfect drink for all ages, and remember to add your favorite spirits at the adult table.

http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/watermelon-lemonade-indulgence-for-your-memorial-day-barbecue/

 

Sparklers

What better way to end the perfect cookout than with some sparklers. Your kids will love them and they're the best way to light up the night!

  

Don't forget your sunscreen and bug-spray, and happy Memorial Day from SeaTurtle Sports!


Men's Journal Summer Gear Special April 21 2015, 0 Comments

SeaTurtle Sports is excited to share with you all that Beach Bocce Ball has been featured in Men's Journal Summer Gear Special 2015.  It is our first major publication placement and it's a beauty!

 


Easter Weekend in New Orleans March 31 2015, 0 Comments

Easter happens to be the eighth most celebrated holiday worldwide. Aside from the religious foundation of Easter, who doesn’t love a good Easter egg hunt or an excuse to have some extra time to play SeaTurtle Sports’ games with family and friends? For those of you based out of our hometown of New Orleans, we put together a list of our top three suggestions for events to attend over the upcoming Easter weekend. With all three events being held at the same time, the question is which one will you choose?

 

St. Charles Parish 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 4th, registration starts at 9:30 am.

This event features a hat contest along with three egg hunt divisions and prizes for each age group for the hat contest. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available for $5 and it is asked that a $2 donation be made to help fund programs for St. Charles Special Athletes.

 

Mandeville Market Easter Celebration

Saturday, April 4th, from 10 am to noon.

This event will involve music, magic, and tricks on a stage, coupled with a petting area featuring rabbits and other small animals. The Easter Bunny will also be present. For parents, mini massages will be offered.

 

Historic French Quarter Easter Parade

Saturday, April 4th, starts at 9:45 am.

Commencing at Arnaud’s, this Easter parade has been an annual New Orleans event since 1956 throughout the historic French Quarter. Participants of the parade and guests dress up in Easter bonnets, high fashion, and more.

 

Whatever you choose for your Easter weekend activities, enjoy your time with family and friends and stay safe.


Tips for Spring Break 2015 March 18 2015, 0 Comments

The birds are singing and the flowers are blooming.  This can only mean one thing: spring is next week! March 21st marks the wonderful time of year that determines warmer weather, bluer skies, and the time for schools to let out for their most fun break: Spring Break. As such, here are some fun tips and tricks to make sure your Spring Break is the best it can be.

Always tell someone where you will be.
Whether it’s a parent or best friend, having someone just know your whereabouts is a safety precaution. What if your rental car breaks down and you never make it to wherever you were driving? No harm and no foul in telling someone your plans!

Bring cash with you.
Credit cards are great, but sometimes it’s silly to use cash when you just need a pack of gum from the gas station or to pay a bouncer cover to get in a club. Also, some clubs and bars have a minimum charge for cards, so if you’re the designated driver and want to have only one drink or just buy soft drinks, you might not get up to the total needed for the card charge.

It is ALWAYS a good idea to have an ICE card in your wallet or purse.
ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency.” It should include 3 or four emergency contacts with one of the contacts being a person in your group. A lot of cellphones nowadays have a tag for ICE, so take a few minutes and just update some contacts in your phone.

Confirm reservations.
You never want to be that person that forgot to confirm and accidentally booked incorrectly for the week AFTER you wanted to vacation. Check a week or two prior to your stay. If the booking isn’t in your name but you want to check on the reservation, just ask whoever booked it for the confirmation number. The hotel or condo should allow it considering you’re not changing anything, just making sure everything is ready.

Make sure you pack appropriately.
Check the weather! A week or a couple days before your trip, check the local forecast. If you’re planning a ski trip, it may not be freezing every single day. If you’re heading to the Florida Panhandle, a cold-snap might surprise you if you don’t check.

See what else is in the area.
Be adventurous and try something new! Try skydiving, hiking, SCUBA-diving, or whatever is new that your trip offers that you haven’t tried.

BE SAFE!
Whether it’s designating a driver, taking a cab, asking for directions, being wise when meeting new friends, or checking reviews for the new zip lining hut that appeared overnight next to your resort, be wise and use common sense.

Lastly, HAVE FUN! This is your mid-semester break from school. Leave the books at home if you can and relax and unwind. And...don't forget to pack your SeaTurtle Sports' games for your trip.  Here’s to Spring 2015!


SeaTurtle Sports Favorite Spring Local Dining February 17 2015, 0 Comments

Though Mardi Gras is coming to a close, spring is just around the corner here in New Orleans.  This means more people out and about, playing SeaTurtle Sports games and dining out at local restaurants. The smell of crawfish boiling is already permeating the air and snowball stands are beginning to open back up. We’d like to share a few of our favorite restaurants as well as some common tourist destinations. Camellia Grill, Café Maspero, and The Court of Two Sisters have been in New Orleans for years and have never ceased to impress even the most stingy food critic and each carry the character of New Orleans well.

Camellia Grill is located at the end of South Carrolton Ave. This pink and white little grill was erected in 1946. It’s a very old fashion-type diner with only bar seating so that you can really watch and experience the cooks and wait staff run back and forth. As you order, depending on what you order, you will hear what seems like a foreign language. For instance if you order your burger with mayo, you might hear “whitewash that burger” yelled across the diner. The cook stands in front of his large, greasy grill and memorizes each order as he prepares some of the most greasy spoon food you have ever tasted. On a slower day, sitting in this diner you will make quick friends with the staff as they tell you the “secrets” of the grill and how they all work together, or you might hear a story about their life outside of work. Any way you look at it, Camellia Grill is a great spot. Whether you’re coming from a night on the town or just want a deliciously cooked and entertaining meal, this 24 hour diner is the perfect place to experience some of the best that New Orleans has to offer.

Café Maspero is a slightly more historic restaurant. Located on the Corner of Decatur and Toulouse in the French Quarter, this burger and Cajun restaurant was once housing for slaves. You’ll feel the history as you tour the Quarter when you walk into this corner restaurant. With the tall windows that date back to the 1800’s and cobblestone floors, you’ll feel inspired enough to write a book of your own about a slave named Mae. If you don’t hear from the muse, maybe you’ll settle for some delicious French onion soup or a burger served with fat steak fries that will make your mouth water. The only catch with this character-filled place is you have to have cash. If you only have a card, there is an ATM located inside for patrons that don’t carry cash. You’ll be able to tell how fantastic Café Maspero is by the line that will develop around the block around noon.

If you’re looking for something slightly more upscale, try out The Court of Two Sisters located in the 600 block of Royal Street. From the early 1700’s, this property has been known as “Governor’s Row,” because, if not obvious, governors used to live there (some even went on to become Supreme Court Justices). Over 100 years later Emile Angaud purchased the building, and her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law’s sister set up a notions shop called “The Shop of the Two Sisters.” The sisters would serve tea and cakes to their favorite clients in the grandiose courtyard which transitioned into the traditions held there today. Finally, in 1963 Joe Fein Jr. acquired the property and went to work turning it into the beautiful open-air courtyard restaurant it is today. In 2013, The Court of Two Sisters celebrated its 50 year anniversary as a restaurant. Come here to enjoy a jazz brunch, Mother’s Day specials, and enjoy the courtyard during the beautiful spring weather. Along with the amazing atmosphere, you’ll enjoy tasty dishes of Cajun variety. Just be sure to call ahead and make a reservation, without one you might wait quite a while to get into this iconic restaurant.

So whether you want a burger, delicious French food in the midst of the Quarter, or a slightly more upscale scenic place to dine, New Orleans has it all. If you’re in New Orleans now until the end of May, you may want to skip all the restaurants and find a crawfish boil and try your hand at peeling some mudbugs. You can find all kinds of vats boiling crawfish across the city. They love tourists as they teach them how to “pinch the tails and suck the heads.” Enjoy the spring and eat well!


SeaTurtle Sports Ultimate New Orleans Hotel Recommendations February 10 2015, 0 Comments

With Mardi Gras in full swing, SeaTurtle Sports thought as an ambassador to New Orleans, we should share a few of our favorite hotels to give you an insider scoop on where to stay when visiting our city. New Orleans is known for its flair for the dramatic. Examples of this stretch from Mardi Gras to the everyday eclectic performances in the French Quarter. There is also a plethora of history, interesting architecture, and beautiful hotels in New Orleans. New Orleans is home to many hotels that monopolize the hospitality industry across the country like Holiday Inn, The Sheraton, La Quinta, and the others we all know, but in New Orleans there are a few hotels that have been around since the city got its start and we are happy to call some of our favorites. The Roosevelt, The Monteleone, and the Bourbon Orleans Hotel are perhaps some of the most famous historical hotels that offer amazing sights and sounds and are all within walking distance to the French Quarter.

If you’re looking for a high-end experience, look no further than Waldorf Astoria-branded The Roosevelt (http://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/hotels/louisiana/the-roosevelt-new-orleans-a-waldorf-astoria-hotel-MSYRHWA/index.html). Originally built by Louis Grunewald in 1893, the hotel opened right before the Mardi Gras season began for the 1894 season. In the beginning of the 1900’s, Grunewald decided to add on a $2.5 million Annex to the hotel. The project gave the hotel new and exciting places to visit within. Among these new restaurants and party spots was The Cave. The Cave was designed to give the feel of being inside of a subterranean cave with waterfalls, stalactites, glass topped tables and statues of gnomes and nymphs. Throughout the next century, The Roosevelt changed names three times, owners twice, and added some of the most beautiful restaurants and bars known to the city. Among this is the must see Sazerac Bar which opened on September 26, 1949 and still is operating today. Visit this gorgeous hotel that has survived numerous hurricanes, patrons, and now has 504 rooms for rent (note that this is the city’s area code). This is one of the most iconic and long-living hotels in New Orleans. Visit this hotel and see pianos old jazz legends played on or the old pendulum clock that graces the lobby.

If you love the beauty of a historical hotel, but want a little more, visiting The Hotel Monteleone (http://hotelmonteleone.com) with its haunted history will be more up your alley. In 1886 Antonio Monteleone bought the Commercial Hotel which he shaped into the iconic hotel we know today. From the time of its opening, guests have claimed to have strange experiences while staying at the hotel. A couple reported the hotel elevator stopping on the wrong floor and not starting again causing the couple to exit the elevator and explore the odd hallway. As the couple explored the hallway, they felt the temperature drastically change and even heard children playing somewhere along the deserted hallway. In March 2003 the International Society of Paranormal Research visited the hotel and claimed to have encountered over a dozen “earthbound” entities. Among the spirits they met were employees that died within the hotel. One spirit they met was a little boy that died in the hotel many years ago. Many guests say they have seen a “little boy of toddler age” around the room that he died. The Hotel Monteleone is a hotel that definitely offers a full experience.

If you love beauty but hauntings aren’t for you and you’d love to be right in the middle of all of the craze that is the beautiful city of New Orleans, check out the Bourbon Orleans Hotel (http://www.bourbonorleans.com), located directly behind the St. Louis Cathedral in the middle of the French Quarter. Before the hotel became a hotel, John Davis created a ballroom where only the elite of the city would gather. The Orleans Ballroom has become one of the most historic and oldest ballrooms in the city. The success of the ballroom led Davis to create the Orleans Theatre. This theatre became the place that opera was introduced to America. Unfortunately, the Theatre and Ballroom did not escape the trial of war and the Sisters of the Holy Family took over the site to use as a school and convent for the next 83 years. The need for expansion eventually forced the Sisters out and returned the hotel and ballroom back to its former glory. Today it offers the perfect view of the French Quarter with access to the best shops in town.

These three hotels, along with the dozens of other hotels in the New Orleans area, have helped to shape this magnificent city that Seaturtle Sports is proud to call home. With its history from the rich to the haunted, New Orleans can provide whatever you are looking for.

 


It's Mardi Gras Time in New Orleans: History and Origin. February 03 2015, 0 Comments

 

Every January as most people are recovering from the holiday season, New Orleanians and visitors from all over the world are warmly anticipating one of their favorite seasons: Mardi Gras.

Surprisingly, if you polled the average New Orleanian, you’d find out that many from the younger generation don’t know much about the origins of the Carnival season other than the daiquiris are colder, the crawfish are hotter, and the beads are worth more than gold. Therefore, SeaTurtle Sports presents you with some fun facts about why we celebrate Mardi Gras.

To start with, Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” which is the day before the Catholic holiday Ash Wednesday. This became a celebration back in the medieval days. Before Mardi Gras was a Catholic holiday, the Romans practiced paganism. When the Church became the government, instead of trying to abolish all pagan rituals, they decided to try to change what the symbols meant and create new meanings. Festivals like the Saturnalia and Lupercalia Roman festivals developed into more of a giant party to celebrate the coming of Ash Wednesday and indulging for two to three weeks prior to practicing a penance for 40 days (representing the 40 days Jesus fasted in the desert and before his crucifixion).

The tradition transferred to New Orleans when Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville landed some 60 miles directly south of New Orleans and named it “Pointe du Mardi Gras” after realizing it was the Tuesday before “Boeuf Gras” (fatted calf) which eventually became what is more commonly celebrated today as Ash Wednesday. Krewes began to form in 1704 in Mobile and parades started rolling in 1710. A bull’s head was the front runner of the parades which was later replaced by an actual bull draped in white to signify the Lenten meat feast celebrated on, you guessed it, Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras). Masks were worn to escape society and class restraints during the parades and that tradition has carried over into present day.

New Orleans was established in 1718 and Mardi Gras quickly became part of it. Elegant society balls were thrown and masquerades were attended by everyone who was anyone; a tradition still practiced today. Flambeauxs, or gaslight torches, lit the way for the horse-drawn floats. More krewes began to emerge and suddenly Mardi Gras was not just a one day celebration.

Today there are dozens of parades to catch! From the less extreme in the suburbs of New Orleans to the main attractions that roll along the Uptown and Downtown routes, there is something for everyone. Celebrities grace us with their presences as Grand Marshalls in the Super Krewes (parades like Endymion and Bacchus), masks are still worn by almost every krewe member in every parade, and flambeauxs still light the way, but the floats are way more fun to see than decorated horse-drawn carriages.

So come on down to New Orleans this Carnival season and experience all of the sights, sounds, and smells Mardi Gras has to offer.

In keeping with our SeaTurtle Sports’ brand and New Orleanian culture, Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)


Under the Radar: Three Up-and-Coming Bands Worth a Listen January 21 2015, 0 Comments

The weather has been frightful and for those of you living in an area where you can’t be outside enjoying time with friends and one of SeaTurtle Sports’ games, we think some good new tunes are the next best thing to keep you entertained and in a positive mood.

We've got some great names for you. Three, to be precise, and they're all more than worthy of making your next playlist. They're also all relatively new to their own respective scenes, so prepare to have some seriously swollen hipster cred by the time you finish this article. Without further ado, let's get to the list:

 

Mystery Skulls

Addictive melodies and insane music videos have been the winning combo for the Skulls. The LA outfit's 2014 release, Forever was the first full-length look we've gotten of them, and it was glorious. Song after song of pure electro-sugar bliss. Seriously, if you can make it through a Skulls song without at least nodding along, you're made of sterner stuff than we are. Play 'em for your next over-caffeinated dance party, or for whenever you need a shot of musical energy.

 

Listen to this: “Paralyzed”

 

Young & Sick

No matter how much the name might suggest it, we're not dealing with some unusually weepy metal band here. Young & Sick is actually a weirder creature – and dare we say, a much nicer one. Check some of their songs, and you'll be tapping into the purest vein of synthpop you'll ever find this side of the 80's. You couldn't ask for a better cure for a bad mood.

 

Listen to this: “Heartache Fetish”

 

Cross My Heart Hope to Die

Alright, last one, and we've saved the baddest of all for you. Cross My Heart comes courtesy of DJ Muggs, he of Cypress Hill fame. They're a hard act to label. Snarky, dreamy, swaggering – you'll probably just have to give them a listen. Cross My Heart songs come in a couple of different flavors. “Rollercoasting” might work well for a quiet, contemplative listen. “Two Shots” on the other hand, is classic feel-like-a-badass pump music. Put it on right before your recreational kickball team goes into battle.

 

Listen to this: “Two Shots”


Three Top Last-Minute Shopping Websites December 17 2014, 0 Comments

We're getting deep into December now, and for many of us, that means it's time to coast through a final week at work, then head home for a cozy, relaxing family rendezvous. Of course, for the rest of us, it means feverishly combing through department stores and malls in search of Christmas presents.

 

If that describes you, then you're reading the right article.

 

We've got you covered. Listed here are three great spots to find some awesome, low-cost gifts. Not only that, but we'll also give you an option that works all the way down to the wire. Before that though, we'll toss in a plug for our personal favorite stop for gifts: the Seaturtle online store. But if you're not currently in the market for outdoor games (no matter how amazing), we'd advise checking one of these fine sites.

 

Slickdeals

 

Slickdeals sounds – and looks – a little shady. However, the idea behind the site is solid. If you're familiar with Reddit, it's probably easiest to think of Slickdeals as its shopping-oriented brother. Users submit and vote on retail deals they've discovered. Popular deals show up more prevalently, and front-page options are almost universally excellent buys. You can find everything from power tools to jewelry on the site, making it a great choice for a shopper on a tight budget.

 

[Stuff] You Can Afford

 

We can't write this site's actual name on a family-friendly website, so we'll leave that particular discovery up to you. That said, SYCA is one of the all-time great gift shopping websites, especially if you're buying for a tech-happy recipient. The premise is simple: the site lists fun gadgetry and toys available on Amazon, but only picks out items under $25. SYCA's very obviously a labor of love. The descriptions under each entry are thoughtful and usually funny. And the entries themselves? Usually just as funny. SYCA contains a long list of things you never would have thought of on your own, but still make amazing gifts. After all, who can say no to a yodeling pickle?

 

Groupon

 

Sure sure, everyone knows about Groupon. They're the biggest deal of the day site, and they've been around for quite some time. But, most people only scratch the surface of what Groupon covers. They certainly do offer discounts on goods, but that isn't what makes them the ultimate last-minute gift shop. It's the deals they offer on local experiences. Even if you're down to the 24th, you can still grab a discounted ticket to dance classes, or a inexpensive reservation at a fancy restaurant. They're like gift cards except less tacky and better thought out. Even better are the Groupon getaways. Presenting a special someone with a planned weekend vacation for two is sure to score you at least a few holiday points.

 


SeaTurtle Sport's Holiday Season Shopping List December 10 2014, 0 Comments

With the Holiday Season ramping up and shopping in full swing, SeaTurtle Sports has been on the look out for interesting and different gifts to order for our friends and family. We have found ourselves often looking to Kickstarter, a platform we enthusiastically support as entrepreneurs ourselves for the freshest, most engaging, and newest products. Since we took the time to do the research, we thought we’d share our favorite current Kickstarter products with you just in time for the Holiday Season:

 

#1 Moral Dilemma

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1677242759/moral-dilemma-0?ref=category

Our friends up North have created a game similar to Cards Against Humanity targeting university students through to adults. This game is certain to make your friends and family gatherings laughter-filled and makes a great gift for anyone who likes board games, hosts regular get-togethers, or likes an excuse to debate dilemmas.

 

#2 Bomber Barrel Duffel Bag

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tmdesign/bomber-barrel-bag?ref=category

The Bomber Barrel sets out to redesign the traditional duffle bag with a more modern take for athletes, professionals, minimalists, weekend getaways, and general travel. With the tagline “The Best Damn Duffle Bag,” this bag is perfect for the traveler in your life or the young professional and provides a timeless piece suitable for any activity. You can order the duffle bag separately or step it up and order the full travel set which includes a Mini Bomber traveller pack and a Bomber Cord Survival Bracelet.

 

#3 Baron Shave Kit

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/591236509/baron-shave-kit-the-last-razor-you-will-ever-need?ref=category

For the classic men in your life, the Baron Shave Kit offers a throw back to a time when shaving was an art and promises it will be the last razor the man in your life will ever need. The kit features a safety razor, shave brush, stand, and travel case. You can make a timeless ritual a perfect shave and a more pleasurable experience with this Kickstarter project.

 

 

We hope you enjoyed and found our Holiday Season shopping guide useful.  Of course, you can never go wrong with a SeaTurtle Sports' game as a gift for your loved ones.  

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Team SeaTurtle Sports


NOLA's Finest: Top New Orleans Musicians and Where to Find Them November 19 2014, 0 Comments

 

We're probably not surprising anyone when we call New Orleans a musical city. You can't throw a tomato in this town without hitting a saxophonist, and a five minutes' walk is usually all it takes to find a solid free concert. As you'd expect, more than a few of NOLA's native sons and daughters have gone on make waves on a national level. We've compiled a (very) short list of New Orleans' best musicians that covers a few (very) different genres. But we didn't just choose them on name alone – nope, all four are going to be in town soon. If you've got an itch to hear some live music, you're in the right place.

 

Dr. John

 

You know we couldn't make this list without the Night Tripper. Dr. John is as quintessentially New Orleans as red beans and rice, and he's been around almost as long. A true cajun, with NOLA roots two centuries deep, Dr. John's been playing since the 50's. His 1968 Gris-Gris was a mashup – half classic rhythm and blues, and half wild psychadelic rock. It was a little ahead of the '68 curve, but in 1972-74, he hit the mark with a string of funk and R&B releases, peaking in 1973 with the blockbuster In the Right Place. The album secured him a place as a cornerstone of the NOLA music scene, one that he's kept to this day. His most recent album, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satchmo, a tribute to Louis Armstrong caught positive reviews just this past September. The accompanying tour is in progress right now, and while Dr. John's overseas at the moment, you can catch him in Lafayette this coming February.

 

Crowbar

 

Sludge metal might not be the first genre to come to mind when you're talking NOLA music. Even so, the Big Easy has produced some of the most influential metal acts of the past couple of decades. Crowbar is right at the top of the list, along with a couple of other bands with names we we're a little hesitant to put on a family-friendly website. Menacing, moody, downtuned guitars – all part of the sound that Crowbar helped make synonymous with the NOLA metal scene. They also come with a reputation for incredible live shows (with much less mayhem than their famous 90's performances) that make them more than worth a walk on the metal side. Jump over to Florida in December if you're curious.

 

Jay Electronica

 

Ask an out-of-towner about New Orleans' hip-hop heroes, and you're probably going to catch an earful about Lil Wayne. We'll put personal feeling about Weezy aside here, but that does seem a little limiting. Especially when NOLA can lay claim to someone like Jay Electronica. Electronica's brand of cerebral music took some time to catch on, but catching on it is. After years of generating buzz with his enigmatic, ambitious mixtapes, he signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation label in 2010. An album has been dangling ever since, and after four years, it looks like it's nearly arrived (fingers crossed). In the meantime, you can see him live right here at the Howlin' Wolf in early December.


What To: Do and See During a New Orleans Halloween October 31 2014, 0 Comments

 

It’s Halloween, and in this voodoo-thick city, you'd have to wait til Mardi Gras to hear bigger news. You've hopefully got your costume locked and loaded, so we can move onto giving you some advice on where to go once your dressed in your 31st best. NOLA's Halloween mad – we're just going to point out the hot spots.

 

Frenchmen Street

 

Forget Bourbon – if you're in the quarter, this is the place to be. Frenchmen has always played colorful cousin to the bright lights and hand grenades of New Orleans' tourist epicenter, but it really comes into its own for Halloween. Expect well...everything. Expect everything. It's insanity at its best, and probably one of the best spots for costume spotting in the whole city. It's also within striking distance of the Krewe of Boo, the Autumnal answer to Mardi Gras parades. And, of course, there's music. There's always music on Frenchmen.

 

Uptown

 

Sure, sure, this one might seem pretty boring after item number one up there, but don't pass it by entirely. Uptown is probably one of the best trick or treating options families have in New Orleans. It's safe, and largely removed from the nuttiness that takes place down by the river. Not only that, but you'll be seeing some of the best decorations imaginable. The Skeleton House on St. Charles is worth a trip in its own right. Full of some of the best and worst skeleton puns imaginable, it's humerus at worst, cringe-inducing at best. Our personal favorite this year? Definitely the ice bucket challenge.

 

Haunted Houses

 

Our shoulder-devils are begging us to tell you to take your kids to The Mortuary. We're not fans of childhood trauma, so we'll ignore them this time. You really, really shouldn't take your kids to The Mortuary. It's a multi-story scream house, and it's among NOLA's finest. But, of course, there are plenty of options. Necropolis 13 is takes you through haunted, sub-cemetery catacombs, and of course, we can't finish this list without the celebrated House of Shock, sadly closing its creaky doors after 2014.