Our town: The Big Easy

June 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 5

Moises A. Arriaga, MD

What do you love most about New Orleans?

New Orleans is a unique juxtaposition of cultures and traditions, which shows itself in the food, music, and joy in living.

What is New Orleans’ best-kept secret?

  • City Park: Music during Thursdays at Twilight; the Sculpture Garden; walking/biking trails; New Orleans Museum of Art
  • The lakefront for picture-perfect sunsets and great seafood restaurants

What is your go-to New Orleans food?

Shrimp po’boy—DRESSED!—on the correct French bread

What tips do you have for first-timers in New Orleans?

  • Get beyond the French Quarter.
  • Take a streetcar ride to see the neighborhoods.
  • Try sno-balls and decide if you’re a Plum Street or Hansen’s person.
  • See if you can tell the difference between a shotgun house and a camelback.

Celeste C. Gary, MD

What do you love most about New Orleans?

Festival season. There is always something going on outside in the city, and people really enjoy being out and about.

What is New Orleans’ best-kept secret?

The music. There is live music all over the city every night of the week. You can see incredible talent for very little money in intimate settings.

What is your go-to New Orleans food?

All of it. But if I have to choose, it’s boiled seafood (crawfish, crabs, and shrimp) or po’boys.

What tips do you have for first-timers in New Orleans?

Don’t spend all of your time in the French Quarter. There are so many neighborhoods in New Orleans with beautiful parks and great restaurants; venture out and get a true flavor of NOLA.

Paul L. Friedlander, MD

What do you love most about New Orleans?

The beauty and grace of the city that is embedded in its architecture, residents, and restaurants. The experience is truly unique.

What is New Orleans’ best-kept secret?

Snug Harbor. This is a wonderful place to listen to jazz.

What is your go-to New Orleans food?

My go-to New Orleans food is Oysters Bienville—a must if you haven’t tried it before.

What tips do you have for first-timers in New Orleans?

Take one day and stray out of the French Quarter. I would recommend a Garden District Walking Tour where you can see our Antebellum mansions and hear about the history of the city.

Vilija J. Vaitaitis, MD

What do you love most about New Orleans?

I love that there is always something going on in New Orleans—from live music to a festival, parade, or race. You can always find something to do. And I love that the city is incredibly friendly! We love welcoming tourists and giving our advice on places to go.

What is New Orleans’ best-kept secret?

New Orleans is actually quite the melting pot full of transplants from all over who have happily taken New Orleans on as their new home.

What is your go-to New Orleans food?

While in New Orleans you definitely need to try the local cuisine—po’boys, gumbo, shrimp and grits; no one should leave New Orleans hungry!

What tips do you have for first-timers in New Orleans?

Definitely take some time to explore outside of the French Quarter. Take the St. Charles streetcar down through the Garden District and Uptown to see some of the beautiful homes and local hangouts. We also have a great World War II museum worth checking out!

Lunch with the Experts

Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with otolaryngology legends in an intimate setting ideal for peer-to-peer exchange and discussion about the many facets of patient care. See schedule at www.entannualmeeting.org.