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Springtime IntheNOLA with Champ Superstar: Crawfish, cold beer, and Jazz Fest

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Educator Danielle Morris, Story Block Media’s Deepak Saini, and Jolie and Elizabeth’s Sarah Elizabeth Dewey sure know how to enjoy #SpringtimeIntheNOLA!
Up next, we got the founder of the uber-popular Twitter account @BeingNOLA and self-proclaimed social media gadfly (go ahead and look that up…we certainly had to!), Champ Superstar as our latest #SpringtimeIntheNOLA feature!

Ms. Superstar is a crawfish, cold beer, and Jazz Fest kinda woman. “I can’t have any of those without at least another one,” she said. “I am particularly aware of how deep my love for New Orleans runs when I’m immersed in all three at once.”
Although an indoorsy person for most of the year, during the spring, you can find Champ out and about. “I’m generally a night person, so it’s always a surprise to me that when the days get longer in the spring, I get really enthusiastic about the sunshine and outdoors. There’s something about taking a long solitary walk on a sunny day that energizes me. I love to throw a playlist on my phone, go walk about in any direction, and become a roaming observer. It’s spellbinding to watch the city physically come back alive – the smell of jasmine colliding with the smell of shrimp and crawfish, porch sitting with friends and neighbors, and happy dogs in the park.”
Here are some of Champ’s favorites in the spring:
Favorite Festival
Champ: I love corn dogs during Mardi Gras and crawfish bread at Jazz Fest, but my favorite festival food is literally anything at Hogs for the Cause. I can’t say I have a favorite because the dishes change every year, but I will say that any kind of pork nacho I will take down with the grace of a hungry tiger!
Favorite Musicians/Bands to See
Champ: My favorite shows during Jazz Fest are now the Midnight Preserves shows at Preservation Hall. You buy tickets in complete faith because you don’t know who you’re going to see as a featured guest. The Preservation Hall band is amazing on their own – I think Mark Braud is one of the most special musicians of our time – but then you throw in that mystery factor and it’s quite exciting. I’ve been lucky to catch Al Jarreau, Karl Denson, Win Butler, and others as guests, but what turned it into church was Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes. What a powerful voice; I cried like a baby! The ticket is pricey, but it's worth every penny since all the proceeds go toward the Preservation Hall Foundation programs.
Favorite Snowball
Champ: Believe it or not, I don’t eat snowballs! I have one maybe once every few years. However, my favorite icy treat is a margarita and I usually walk around the corner to Juan’s Flying Burrito and enjoy the 2-for-1 special on Sundays. I love to grab one to go and take off on a walk around my neighborhood. And then circle back around later for another!

Favorite Po-Boy
Champ: My favorite po-boy is whatever one I have in my hand at the time, but if I HAVE to choose, it’s definitely the firecracker shrimp from Parasol’s. The sandwich is HUGE, even the small, and I’ve never finished one. I love the spicy and vinegary taste of the firecracker sauce. My mouth is watering right now thinking about it! Get it with a side of hot wings to live the maximum spicy lifestyle.

Favorite Happy Hour 
Champ: For sheer springtime in New Orleans merit, you can’t beat Molly’s at the Market. They have a great $5 cocktail list with Pimm’s cups and Moscow mules, both of which scream cold springtime refreshment to me. I’ll grab one of those or a cold beer and sit in the window, taking in the last few hours of sunlight and the crazy sounds of the Quarter. The window is such a great spot if you like to answer random questions about the city. We play the Free Advice game with passersby and it’s a nice way to meet laidback tourists. They also have great bartenders, nice regulars, and a terrific jukebox.
Favorite Place to Get Boiled Crawfish
Champ: I love going to all the different bars around town and trying out their boils. What I’ve discovered is that the Mid City bars are all pretty solid. But for me the best ones are always on the West Bank. My dad introduced me to the Friday boils at The Seatrain Tavern in Belle Chasse and the place has everything: motorcycle clubs, fights, inappropriate dancing, pool table drama, sassy bartenders, and the spiciest, cheapest crawfish I’ve ever had.

More Stuff to Share
Champ: I run Nerd Nite NOLA, the @BeingNOLA account, and my current life goal is to hit a crawfish boil every weekend straight through Jazz Fest. I’m easy to reach for any inquiries or invitations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (and she's serious, y'all!).

See our previous "Springtime IntheNOLA" features:
Sarah Elizabeth Dewey: Great food, weather, and music
Deepak Saini: Audubon Park, tank tops, and 'dadbod'
Danielle Morris: Festivals, fanny packs, and more festivals!
Camille Whitworth
Tamica Lee: Crawfish, snowballs, and Jazz Fest!
Dear World Founder Robert Fogarty
Cleveland Spears, III: Patio bars, Trombone Shorty, and Crawfish Monica!

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