How to Bring Out Your Inner New Orleanian While You’re Home This Winter Break

If you’re like most Tulane students, you can’t go a day without posting a Throwback Thursday to your favorite tailgate, a Snapchat story of your Howie T study sesh, or wearing that trusty green and blue pom pom beanie when the temperature drops anywhere below sixty degrees. The Tulane and New Orleans spirit is contagious- but how can you continue to rep the best when you go home for winter break? Here are the best go-to’s to ensure you don’t lose any newfound Big Easy pride when you’re back in your hometown.

1. While you can’t go to Cafe Du Monde at any given hour of the day, you can still purchase your favorite beignet mix from any Cafe Du Monde shop. And if you’re already on your way home, MSY conveniently sells tubs of the powdered goodness ready to be whipped up in your kitchen!

Screen Shot 2017-12-20 at 8.37.17 PM2. Are your friends sick of you constantly chanting “Roll Wave!”? Make sure to overuse phrases like “y’all” and “who dat?” to really overdue it- they’ll be planning their next visit in no time!

3. Sure, beignets are a fan favorite Nola treat, but what about some of your favorite Creole dishes that you’ll miss back home? Yes- there are meals where you shouldn’t just be eating fried pastries. The Picayune, New Orleans infamous newspaper, released the yummiest, spiciest, most Creole filled cookbook money can buy. Introduce your friends to BBQ shrimp, Jambalaya and delicate po’boys New Orleans style! It’s also a great holiday gift for anyone who loves to cook.

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4. In between your newfound phrases and lip smacking meals, you’re going to need something to fill the air. Make sure you blast a Spotify playlist filled with everything from Louis Armstrong to Wynton Marsalis to Fats Domino. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and don’t let anyone within a one mile radius of your house forget it. Or make sure to check out our “NOLA Vibes” playlist on Spotify here!

Embracing who you are and where you live is an important aspect of life. While Winter break is only a month long, it’s important to embrace the roots you have already begun to grow in the world’s best city!

About Hayley Meisel

Hayley Meisel is a writer and the editor of our NOLA 360 team, from Westchester, NY. As a Communications major and English minor, she loves to write and explore the city. In between that, you can find her eating white cheddar Cheetos or Vietnamese food.

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