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Carnival season has officially commenced, so it's completely appropriate to stuff your face with king cakes from now until Mardi Gras. Typically a mix between a coffee cake and a cinnamon roll, these New Orleans delicacies are all the rage right now. From the classic creations to the recipes with a twist, you can find over 50 types of king cake in this New Orleans mansion.  

King Cake Hub has taken residency in the Mystere Mansion, and it's your one-stop shop to finding everything you need to get in the Carnival spirit. 

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New Orleans is super well known for the crazy Mardi Gras party scene. Most people come to town looking for hand grenades on Bourbon Street, Hurricanes at Pat O's and drive-thru daiquiri shops. What might surprise many are the tons of unique bars totally hidden from tourists. If you're looking for bars in New Orleans, this list will definitely be a handy tool to keep when you're looking for a unique drinking night with the girls. 

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We're sure you've been to Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme to grab some deep fried dough when your sweet tooth is tapping you on the shoulder. But sometimes the whole chocolate glaze with sprinkles bit can get boring. Now, you can eat over 75 insane donuts topped with candy and stuffed with unthinkable deliciousness at this new New Orleans donut shop.

Hurts Donuts Co. is a Missouri-based company with 21 locations across the U.S. and now it's right at your fingertips in the Central Business District in NOLA. 

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In New Orleans, when it drops below 70 degrees it's called Gumbo Weather. But not everyone can make a tasty gumbo. These seven places around New Orleans have the best and cheapest gumbo in town.

What is gumbo? Gumbo is the official dish of Louisiana, a soup that's filled with cajun and creole flavors, and usually either Andouille and chicken or seafood. Bon Appetit!

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For the first time ever, a world-famous Home Alone-themed pop-up bar is hitting New Orleans. The Miracle Christmas Pop-up bar in NOLA is like a Christmas explosion in your favorite bar. Think 60s and 70s vintage Christmas gear, but more plaid wrapping paper than floor space, and with laser lights that will fulfill your 80s photo dreams.

You can get in the retro holiday spirit in the Lower Garden District at Barrel Proof from November 25th through the end of December. 

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Close your eyes and think about the best burger you've ever had. If you didn't think of Shake Shack, it's probably because you haven't tried it yet. If you live in NOLA, that is about to change because this brand new Shake Shack in New Orleans opens next month and it's the first one downtown.

Shake Shack is the holy grail of burgers, chicken sandwiches shakes and even cheese fries and it will now be smack dab in the center of NOLA for you to indulge in on your cheat days.

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You may be thinking that fair season is over, but there's a vintage bar in New Orleans that likes to keep the carnival vibes alive all-year-round. If you're looking for something new to spruce up your bar-hopping adventures, the Carousel Bar in New Orleans is the place to do it. Combine childhood nostalgia with classy adult cocktails and you've got yourself a night for the books.

The Carousel Bar, established way back in 1949, is a dazzling, whimsical bar inside Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. The one-of-a-kind hot spot is literally a merry-go-round that's been completely transformed into a bar. The best part: it's functional. Yes, the bar actually revolves. 

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There are countless places that put creative twists on the bite-size sushi rolls, but sometimes it's hard to know if you're really getting the freshest, most authentic ingredients. Even if you are eating at a super upscale spot, you're most likely going to clear out your wallet. There's a solution to that because this sushi bar in New Orleans is real, fresh and unbelievably cheap.

You'll get the full package at New Orleans' Daiwa Sushi Bar, which offers a sleek design with modern ambience for a high-class experience, without the high-class price. Daiwa was established in a private spot at a Marrero strip mall in 2011 to fulfill their passion of providing creative, genuine and carefully-crafted sushi that is mind-blowingly delish. They now have a second location in Metaire that opened earlier this year.

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Is there ever a time when you'd say no to tacos? If so, you need to re-evaluate your life. Tacos aren't just for Tuesdays, but this all-new Mexican restaurant offers cheap tacos in New Orleans every Tuesday. The unique mix of Cajun seafood and Mexican fare will definitely lure you back for more savory goodness.

Chilangos Bar & Grill is a new spot that opened on Oct. 28 right near NOLA in Kenner. The Mexi-Cajun eatery offers a unique menu, drawing inspiration from sister restaurant Chilangos Restaurant. The brand new fusion spot combines Cajun and Mexican flavors in a vibrant, tropical setting.

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You either love Bloody Marys, or you absolutely hate them, there really isn’t any in-between. They make perfect brunch cocktails and there’s just something aesthetically pleasing about them when people post theirs on Instagram. Sometimes, restaurants make their bloodies into full meals with crab legs, shrimp and even burgers on top sometimes. This Louisiana restaurant near New Orleans has insane Bloody Marys that come with a full, fried crab on top.

Stingray’s Grill & Bar is located in Kenner, Louisiana, right outside of New Orleans. It's a hidden gem, so you might pass this spot without even knowing it is there, but those are the best kind of restaurants. They specialize in home-cooked Cajun dishes and their seafood is absolutely to die for.

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There's an entire world to discover in New Orleans, but let's give credit where it's due. The city is known for partying, so there's no shame in indulging in the nightlife whether you're a longtime resident or a visitor. If you really want to go out with a bang, there's a New Orleans bar with larger than life drinks. You might need two people to hold this bad boy up - it's just that massive. 

Pat O'Brien's is famous for their "Hurricane" cocktail, which is a rum and passionfruit infused concoction that the entire city swoons over. The bar took things to another level when they put the "Hurricane Magnum" on the menu. 

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