All photos by Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneEach December, pastry chefs at New Orleans area hotels spend hundreds of hours turning sugar and spice in to grand and beautiful gingerbread houses, cathedrals, mansions, streetcars, toys and just about any other sweet thing you can think of. Here, we look at displays now up at Harrah's Hotel, Ritz-Carlton, Roosevelt Hotel, Royal Sonesta, Sheraton and Windsor Court. If you know of others around town, tell us about them in the comments.
The second annual New Orleans Bourbon Festival will be March 8 through 10 at the Contemporary Arts Center and Le Meridien hotel. Tickets range from $59 to $490 for the "ultimate VIP" experience. The festival is offering a locals' discount on tickets through Dec. 25. The promo code is HOLIDAY and can be used at Eventbrite.com for 15 percent off regular and VIP tickets.
If you have trouble deciding which king cake to get, why not taste dozens all at once at the fifth annual King Cake Festival Jan. 28 in Champions Square? The free festival raises money for Ochsner Hospital for Children, which treats children throughout the country. Two dozen bakeries from throughout South Louisiana will compete and sell samples to festival-goers. The festival also features live music, a "Gladiator Rep Run & Fun Run" as well as a Kids' Zone.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".