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Chicory-Infused What? You’ll Find it in New Orleans

Heading to New Orleans? Pack your camera. We like grabbing snapshots of the mansions where celebs, including author Anne Rice and the NFL’s Peyton Manning, have lived. When hunger hits, we can’t resist local staples: red beans and rice, jambalaya, seafood-stuffed po-boy sandwiches, and Café Du Monde’s powdered sugar beignets and chicory-infused coffee. For something more formal, legendary eateries include the resplendent Antoine’s (the nation’s oldest family-run restaurant) and Commander’s Palace, launch pad for super chefs Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse.

And it’s no secret that in New Orleans, libations are plentiful. (This is, after all, the cocktail’s birthplace!) You needn’t resort to beer in plastic cups on Bourbon Street. Duck into upscale watering holes, the popular Pat O’Brien’s (for its sweet, deceptively strong Hurricane), and Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, a tiny bar built in the 1770s. Lafitte’s was once used as base for pirates’ smuggling activities. Today, the place continues to pour drinks—by candlelight! If you’re seeking other kinds of spirits, delve into New Orleans’ dark, mysterious side with a visit to the Voodoo Museum or a nighttime tour of the city’s many (reportedly) haunted sites.

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