Be a New Orleans Insider with ARM

noquarterThe 2016 ARM Annual Meeting is almost here. It’s time to get excited about some New Orleans customs and culture

Read on to learn more about the Crescent City and register today for September 24-27. Staff and committees have worked hard to make this a celebration we will talk about for years to come.

Cafe Du Monde

Founded in 1862, the famous New Orleans coffee shop Café du Monde, a ten minute walk from our host hotel, is known for cafe au lait and beignets. Similar to doughnuts, beignets are decadent pastries served with powdered sugar on top. They were brought to New Orleans in the 18th century by French colonists and became a large part of home-style Creole cooking.

Drive-Thru Daiquiris

Louisiana’s unofficial state drink is the daiquiri, a fruity frozen beverage with a shot or two of alcohol. Louisianians are especially proud of their many drive-thru daiquiri shops. Yes, drive-thru mixed drinks. A daiquiri is considered closed as long as there is a lid not punctured by an open straw.  Learn more about this unique Louisiana tradition.


  • Creole
    Descendents of French, Spanish, and Carribean slaves and natives; has also come to mean any person whose ancestry derives from the Caribbean’s mixed nationalities.
  • Fais do-do (Fay’ dough dough)
    A Cajun dance party, after the children have gone to sleep.
  • Laissez les bons temps rouler (Lazay Lay Bon Tom Roulay)
    Let the good times roll.
  • Mardi Gras
    Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. The day to celebrate before the traditional Catholic tradition of sacrificing and fasting during the 40 days of Lent.
  • The Parish
    Louisiana has parishes, not counties, but this often refers to Chalmette, a suburb outside of New Orleans.
  • Snowball
    Shaved ice (nearly powder) served with flavored syrups.


The best radio station in the United States is  New Orleans’ WWOZ. Listen to the station live from your computer or phone. ARM staff recommends the Kitchen Sink show, late nights on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

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