We started our business, Bleu Lily Photography, a little over a year ago on August 1, 2010. It's been an interesting journey and along the way we've been able to discover plenty of treasures that our wonderful city of New Orleans has to offer. Being photographers we bring our cameras practically everywhere and the beauty of technology is that if we don't, we most certainly have our cell phones! Being able to document our journey has been great, we are making memories that we can look back on and enjoy for years to come. We take everything that we do as an experience and our goal is to try all sorts of new things that this city has to offer. Oh, but we don't plan on stopping there; traveling has been a new favorite that we've added to our list of things to do, and we're looking forward to seeing what lies beyond these Louisiana state lines. Life is too short to do anything but enjoy the simple things, so we decided to share our experiences with you in hopes to inspire some of you to do the same.

So, what types of things do we experience? Well, having roots here in New Orleans we love good food! So, a lot of what you'll see here on The Bleu Lily Experience will be food related (i.e. Restaurants, Festivals, etc.) We also love a good deal, so we have a new found interest in places that offer daily specials. You'll also see us post our experience at a venue that we've visited and enjoyed, along with many posts of different events that we attend. We attend many types of events in the city such as networking, fundraising, socializing, premieres, grand openings, concerts and more.

You'll see some of our personal lives intertwined on this site, as with our photography, because who better to have these experiences with then our own family and friends. We enjoy meeting new people and hope that all of you reading this will interact with us and offer feedback. We have a Questions/Suggestions section that we'll hope you'll use if there are any places or events that you think we should experience, or to just ask a question. So, we invite you to come along and enjoy the Bleu Lily Experience with us.

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Hey everyone,
today I want to tell you guys about Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, a locally owned restaurant located at  615 S. Carrollton Ave. New Orleans, LA, off of St. Charles along the river bend. 
After going to our local farmers market (post for another day), I decided to treat my boyfriend to something he hadn’t had before to lunch. I’d been there before a couple of times but this time I had my camera. The food is always delicious: this time I tried a Chicken Caesar Wrap and he had a Chicken Caesar Salad. They serve a variety of different pastas, wraps, pizzas, salads and calzones, some of which are healthy. 
The parking isn’t that great, however there is parking along the side streets. Once you’re inside, music is playing, local art work is streamed along the walls, and a disco ball overhead completes the ambiance of this place. Moderately priced, great (healthy) food and a friendly staff awaits you at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen!

Hey everyone,

today I want to tell you guys about Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, a locally owned restaurant located at 615 S. Carrollton Ave. New Orleans, LA, off of St. Charles along the river bend.

After going to our local farmers market (post for another day), I decided to treat my boyfriend to something he hadn’t had before to lunch. I’d been there before a couple of times but this time I had my camera. The food is always delicious: this time I tried a Chicken Caesar Wrap and he had a Chicken Caesar Salad. They serve a variety of different pastas, wraps, pizzas, salads and calzones, some of which are healthy.

The parking isn’t that great, however there is parking along the side streets. Once you’re inside, music is playing, local art work is streamed along the walls, and a disco ball overhead completes the ambiance of this place. Moderately priced, great (healthy) food and a friendly staff awaits you at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen!

You know what I love most about New Orleans?
The food, specifically Poboys. After leaving Beaucoup Juice (located down the street, see post below) we stumbled on Freret Street Poboys and Donuts. We realized how hungry we were and decided to try something new. This place is a unique neighborhood restaurant located at 4701 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA.
They specialize in Classic New Orleans Style Po-boy’s, Fresh Donuts made in house, and traditional New Orleans  cuisine such as Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo made with seafood, chicken  and Creole Meatball & Spaghetti.
It has a real homey feel to it kind of like a diner. Local art work is streamed across the walls, the staff were very hospitable and friendly, and the smell of fresh Poboys and donuts was divine. We all chose different Poboy sandwiches and Zapp’s Potato Chips. Can we say delicious?! We got so stuffed on the Poboys we didn’t have room for donuts, but we will definitely be back!

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You know what I love most about New Orleans?

The food, specifically Poboys. After leaving Beaucoup Juice (located down the street, see post below) we stumbled on Freret Street Poboys and Donuts. We realized how hungry we were and decided to try something new. This place is a unique neighborhood restaurant located at 4701 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA.

They specialize in Classic New Orleans Style Po-boy’s, Fresh Donuts made in house, and traditional New Orleans cuisine such as Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo made with seafood, chicken and Creole Meatball & Spaghetti.

It has a real homey feel to it kind of like a diner. Local art work is streamed across the walls, the staff were very hospitable and friendly, and the smell of fresh Poboys and donuts was divine. We all chose different Poboy sandwiches and Zapp’s Potato Chips. Can we say delicious?! We got so stuffed on the Poboys we didn’t have room for donuts, but we will definitely be back!

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So, we’ve got another Snowball story for y’all. Last weekend we attended an event hosted by NOLA’s own Slangston Hughes as a part of his live performance platform, known as Uniquity, with the band Fo On The Flo. The event was called Sneaux Flow 2, and it was held at Beaucoup Juice on 4713 Freret St. 
Not only were there snowballs, but we enjoyed the music of Slangston, Element Movement’s soulful singer D. Selina, and also Lyriqs da Lyriciss. If you’ve never seen these 3 perform we definitely suggest you look them up and check them out. So about these snowballs…
What makes Beaucoup Juice unique is that they don’t use your typical snowball syrups filled with tons of sugar, they actually use fresh fruit juice made right in their shop. So that means snowballs that are refreshing, fruity, and totally healthy! Their menu is pretty extensive and painted all over the colorful wall. They serve fresh juice and smoothies, and they make vegetable juice too. The walls are lined from corner to corner with unique and colorful artwork, including a hand drawn map of the city that takes up over half of a wall. We enjoyed ourselves and will definitely go back.

Follow Slangston on Twitter @PookeyMalibu and @Uniquity_NO. Follow D.Selina on Twitter as well @D_Selina and @ElementMovement. Follow Lyriqs on Twitter @underdogcentral
and follow us @bleulilyphoto!

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So, we’ve got another Snowball story for y’all. Last weekend we attended an event hosted by NOLA’s own Slangston Hughes as a part of his live performance platform, known as Uniquity, with the band Fo On The Flo. The event was called Sneaux Flow 2, and it was held at Beaucoup Juice on 4713 Freret St. 

Not only were there snowballs, but we enjoyed the music of Slangston, Element Movement’s soulful singer D. Selina, and also Lyriqs da Lyriciss. If you’ve never seen these 3 perform we definitely suggest you look them up and check them out.

So about these snowballs…

What makes Beaucoup Juice unique is that they don’t use your typical snowball syrups filled with tons of sugar, they actually use fresh fruit juice made right in their shop. So that means snowballs that are refreshing, fruity, and totally healthy! Their menu is pretty extensive and painted all over the colorful wall. They serve fresh juice and smoothies, and they make vegetable juice too. The walls are lined from corner to corner with unique and colorful artwork, including a hand drawn map of the city that takes up over half of a wall. We enjoyed ourselves and will definitely go back.

Follow Slangston on Twitter @PookeyMalibu and @Uniquity_NO.
Follow D.Selina on Twitter as well @D_Selina and @ElementMovement.
Follow Lyriqs on Twitter @underdogcentral

and follow us @bleulilyphoto!

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Hey y’all,
Quinn here. I want to introduce you to Sno-La Snowball Lounge, located at 3204 Lake Villa Dr. Metairie, LA 70002.A few weeks ago, Enjoli and I learned about a new snowball business that was doing something different: serving snowballs with a gourmet twist indoors complete with a lounge. We thought it sounded kind of cool and passed by. Let me tell you, this place is awesome!Once we arrived, the familiar sounds of Ne-yo filled the room, comfortable lounge chairs and tables awaited us, the walls decorated with New Orleans Art and various pieces of Fleur de Lis’s caught our eyes, plus the cooling AC was a relief from 97°+ heat.By the time we got to the counter to order our snowballs, we were already having fun. Looking over the menu, we decided on something different so we can sample each other’s, Enjoli got Strawberry Cheesecake and I tried Red Velvet Cheesecake. The snowballs themselves are rich and delicious. What makes these snowballs so good is that they were stuffed with actual cheesecake! Other flavors on the menu include Georgia Peach, Tiger’s Blood and limited sugar free flavors such as Granny Smith Apple, Lemonade and Chocolate. Also on the menu is Ice Coffee, assorted desert cakes and assorted candy, which can also be used as a topping for your snowball. While enjoying our snowballs, we played a game of Jenga and listened to Michael Jackson, and basically chilled out.What’s also great about this snowball lounge is it will be open ALLYEARROUND!Who can beat comfortable chairs, the escape from hot weather with cooling AC, music, board games and gourmet snowballs?  There is much fun to be had at Sno-La Snowball Lounge!
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Hey y’all,

Quinn here. I want to introduce you to Sno-La Snowball Lounge, located at 3204 Lake Villa Dr. Metairie, LA 70002.

A few weeks ago, Enjoli and I learned about a new snowball business that was doing something different: serving snowballs with a gourmet twist indoors complete with a lounge. We thought it sounded kind of cool and passed by. Let me tell you, this place is awesome!

Once we arrived, the familiar sounds of Ne-yo filled the room, comfortable lounge chairs and tables awaited us, the walls decorated with New Orleans Art and various pieces of Fleur de Lis’s caught our eyes, plus the cooling AC was a relief from 97°+ heat.

By the time we got to the counter to order our snowballs, we were already having fun. Looking over the menu, we decided on something different so we can sample each other’s, Enjoli got Strawberry Cheesecake and I tried Red Velvet Cheesecake. The snowballs themselves are rich and delicious. What makes these snowballs so good is that they were stuffed with actual cheesecake! Other flavors on the menu include Georgia Peach, Tiger’s Blood and limited sugar free flavors such as Granny Smith Apple, Lemonade and Chocolate. Also on the menu is Ice Coffee, assorted desert cakes and assorted candy, which can also be used as a topping for your snowball.

While enjoying our snowballs, we played a game of Jenga and listened to Michael Jackson, and basically chilled out.


What’s also great about this snowball lounge is it will be open
ALL
YEAR
ROUND!

Who can beat comfortable chairs, the escape from hot weather with cooling AC, music, board games and gourmet snowballs?
There is much fun to be had at Sno-La Snowball Lounge!

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Snowballs are easily one of New Orleans most delicious summer treats. They’re so oddly simple (shaved ice and flavored syrup) that it’s almost a wonder why they’re so popular. But if you’re from New Orleans or have just been through ONE of our summers you’ll know why. These sweet, icy treats are just so alluring; from the cute little stands that sell them to the assortment of flavors, with their unique names, all the way to their array of colors…the possibilities are almost endless! So not only are they beautiful AND delicious, but they are wonderfully refreshing…(and did I mention affordable?) Makes the summers here just a little bit more bearable.
Since Katrina, many of our favorite stands have closed, but what’s worst is that many of the people who enjoy snowballs are no longer living in New Orleans. My sister and brother-in-law now live outside of Atlanta, GA as a result of Katrina. Right before summer started this year another New Orleans native informed them of a snowball stand that claimed to make New Orleans famous snowballs, so they decided to check it out. [Might I add here that there are a few other places that claim to make “New Orleans snowballs” but from what I hear other places just can’t quite do it like us.] So during one of my recent trips to visit my sister in Atlanta we took a trip to a snowball stand called Orleagian Snowballs. A play on the two locations names…their slogan is “A taste of New Orleans for the pleasure of Georgians.” The guys that own the stand are right here from New Orleans East and have been in Georgia since Katrina. The snowballs were delicious! I had the Hurricane Katrina (don’t judge me, I wanted to try something different) and my sister had the Green Apple. I would definitely visit again. I didn’t have my camera with me, but my cell phone did the job all the same. Click the photo for more images.
Visit them on Facebook @ Orleagian Snowballs and follow them on Twitter @OrleangianSnow. Also check out their website www.orleangiansnowballs.com. And tell them Bleu Lily Photography sent you!!

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Snowballs are easily one of New Orleans most delicious summer treats. They’re so oddly simple (shaved ice and flavored syrup) that it’s almost a wonder why they’re so popular. But if you’re from New Orleans or have just been through ONE of our summers you’ll know why. These sweet, icy treats are just so alluring; from the cute little stands that sell them to the assortment of flavors, with their unique names, all the way to their array of colors…the possibilities are almost endless! So not only are they beautiful AND delicious, but they are wonderfully refreshing…(and did I mention affordable?) Makes the summers here just a little bit more bearable.

Since Katrina, many of our favorite stands have closed, but what’s worst is that many of the people who enjoy snowballs are no longer living in New Orleans. My sister and brother-in-law now live outside of Atlanta, GA as a result of Katrina. Right before summer started this year another New Orleans native informed them of a snowball stand that claimed to make New Orleans famous snowballs, so they decided to check it out. [Might I add here that there are a few other places that claim to make “New Orleans snowballs” but from what I hear other places just can’t quite do it like us.] So during one of my recent trips to visit my sister in Atlanta we took a trip to a snowball stand called Orleagian Snowballs. A play on the two locations names…their slogan is “A taste of New Orleans for the pleasure of Georgians.” The guys that own the stand are right here from New Orleans East and have been in Georgia since Katrina. The snowballs were delicious! I had the Hurricane Katrina (don’t judge me, I wanted to try something different) and my sister had the Green Apple. I would definitely visit again. I didn’t have my camera with me, but my cell phone did the job all the same. Click the photo for more images.

Visit them on Facebook @ Orleagian Snowballs and follow them on Twitter @OrleangianSnow. Also check out their website www.orleangiansnowballs.com. And tell them Bleu Lily Photography sent you!!

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http://mcno.org/a-taste-of-mid-city-april-15/
The Taste of Mid-city kicked off April 15, 2011 at Bayou Beer Garden. This fun new annual event featured a sampling of the area’s top and new established restaurants. At $40 a head, we got to taste 7 different Mid-City establishments.Sign in was simple. Either showing proof of purchase with a printed e-mail confirmation or paying the $40 up front, we were broken up into groups of about 20 people. Every 15 minutes we moved to each location to sample everything from Roseblum wine from Clever Wine Lounge, Shrimp  Carnival from Olive Branch Cafe to charbroiled oyster’s from Katie’s.  It was definitely an evening filled with good drinks, good food and good  company. Looking forward to it next year!
For those who missed out and wish to participate next year, we suggest wearing walking shoes or drinking lots of whatever with alcohol to ease the pain of walking about a mile and a half. http://www.atasteofmidcity.com/
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http://mcno.org/a-taste-of-mid-city-april-15/

The Taste of Mid-city kicked off April 15, 2011 at Bayou Beer Garden. This fun new annual event featured a sampling of the area’s top and new established restaurants. At $40 a head, we got to taste 7 different Mid-City establishments.
Sign in was simple. Either showing proof of purchase with a printed e-mail confirmation or paying the $40 up front, we were broken up into groups of about 20 people. Every 15 minutes we moved to each location to sample everything from Roseblum wine from Clever Wine Lounge, Shrimp Carnival from Olive Branch Cafe to charbroiled oyster’s from Katie’s. It was definitely an evening filled with good drinks, good food and good company. Looking forward to it next year!

For those who missed out and wish to participate next year, we suggest wearing walking shoes or drinking lots of whatever with alcohol to ease the pain of walking about a mile and a half. 

http://www.atasteofmidcity.com/

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New  Orleans is known for many things and there is no denying that the one  thing any person can rave about is the food. The city, bustling with  constant energy is home to a melting pot of diverse and unique cultures,  and the same can be said about the delicious food. The New Orleans Oyster Festival comes as a huge celebration for most locals, as the seafood industry  took a 1-2-3 punch with first Hurricane Katrina, and 5 years later the  Gulf Oil Spill. The thought of not having oysters is disheartening, as  that is one of the many great things New Orleans is known for.
Well we are here to tell you that is of the past! The New Orleans Oyster Festival was without a doubt a huge success because the oysters are back and better than ever! This  year’s event was located in the French Quarter. To be exact: The Berger  Parking Lot at Decatur and the river between Jax Brewery and the Hard  Rock Cafe. Along with the great food, this was  a good time to listen to some awesome music and mingle with family and  friends. Admission was free and the proceeds from the food sales went to  Local Coastal Communities effected by the Gulf Oil Spill. Let’s hope  they do it next year!

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New Orleans is known for many things and there is no denying that the one thing any person can rave about is the food. The city, bustling with constant energy is home to a melting pot of diverse and unique cultures, and the same can be said about the delicious food. The New Orleans Oyster Festival comes as a huge celebration for most locals, as the seafood industry took a 1-2-3 punch with first Hurricane Katrina, and 5 years later the Gulf Oil Spill. The thought of not having oysters is disheartening, as that is one of the many great things New Orleans is known for.


Well we are here to tell you that is of the past! The New Orleans Oyster Festival was without a doubt a huge success because the oysters are back and better than ever! This year’s event was located in the French Quarter. To be exact: The Berger Parking Lot at Decatur and the river between Jax Brewery and the Hard Rock Cafe. Along with the great food, this was a good time to listen to some awesome music and mingle with family and friends. Admission was free and the proceeds from the food sales went to Local Coastal Communities effected by the Gulf Oil Spill. Let’s hope they do it next year!

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 During one of our recent photo shoots with @QakaQuest in the French Quarter, we stumbled upon Pinkberry. We’d heard great things about the place from seemingly everywhere, so we decided to try it out for ourselves! Let  me tell you, it was probably the best experience we had with frozen  yogurt, from the atmosphere to the cool employees to the yogurt itself  (which melted in our mouths!). Pinkberry gives a new meaning to frozen yogurt. Described as hip and trendy by  the locals, this cool little shop is located at 300 Canal Street in the  heart of New Orleans CBD. Pinkberry offers a  wide variety of Frozen Yogurt, Smoothies, Fruit Partfait, Fruit Bowls  and Shakes made from fresh, high quality ingredients such as fresh  fruit, chocolate and granola. 

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 During one of our recent photo shoots with @QakaQuest in the French Quarter, we stumbled upon Pinkberry. We’d heard great things about the place from seemingly everywhere, so we decided to try it out for ourselves! Let me tell you, it was probably the best experience we had with frozen yogurt, from the atmosphere to the cool employees to the yogurt itself (which melted in our mouths!). Pinkberry gives a new meaning to frozen yogurt. Described as hip and trendy by the locals, this cool little shop is located at 300 Canal Street in the heart of New Orleans CBD. Pinkberry offers a wide variety of Frozen Yogurt, Smoothies, Fruit Partfait, Fruit Bowls and Shakes made from fresh, high quality ingredients such as fresh fruit, chocolate and granola. 

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