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Thrilled to be broadcasting from the 8th annual Tales of the Cocktail, we wanted to be sure to sample everything the Crescent City had to offer.  From New Orleans staples like beignets and po' boys to delicious cocktails crafted by our own Allen Katz, and tabasco sauce made right here in Louisiana, our first day of broadcast was packed with a taste of everything!  On top of great food and drink, Tales founders, Ann and Paul Tuennerman were on hand to give us a warm welcome.

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We all raised a glass of

1 We all raised a glass of "Death in the South Pacific," the official cocktail of the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail.

Home to Tales of the Cocktail, the Hotel Monteleone is filled with rich history and perhaps a haunting or two!

2 Home to Tales of the Cocktail, the Hotel Monteleone is filled with rich history and perhaps a haunting or two!

Founders of the event, Ann and Paul Tuennerman, (Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail) stopped by our radio broadcast to give us an official welcome to New Orleans.

3 Founders of the event, Ann and Paul Tuennerman, (Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail) stopped by our radio broadcast to give us an official welcome to New Orleans.

We were lucky enough to have Cafe Du Monde come to us!  With samples of their delicious chicory coffee and world-famous beignets.

4 We were lucky enough to have Cafe Du Monde come to us! With samples of their delicious chicory coffee and world-famous beignets.

What would a trip to New Orleans be without a beignet for breakfast?!

5 What would a trip to New Orleans be without a beignet for breakfast?!

Vice President of Cafe Du Monde, Burt Benrud was a delight and gave us a little history about the cafe.

6 Vice President of Cafe Du Monde, Burt Benrud was a delight and gave us a little history about the cafe.

Allen Katz (Director of Mixology and Spirits Education for Southern Wine and Spirits of New York

7 Allen Katz (Director of Mixology and Spirits Education for Southern Wine and Spirits of New York", was kind enough to give us a sampling of his creative cocktails.

Sandy and Betsy were big fans of the Operation Torch drink Allen crafted.

8 Sandy and Betsy were big fans of the Operation Torch drink Allen crafted.

Allen also treated the ladies so sugar cubes soaked in a special libation.

9 Allen also treated the ladies so sugar cubes soaked in a special libation.

Jay Nix, Owner of Parkway Bakery and Tavern brought along Po' Boys and some of their delicious bread for us to munch on.

10 Jay Nix, Owner of Parkway Bakery and Tavern brought along Po' Boys and some of their delicious bread for us to munch on.

This delicious tomato and mozzarella Po'Boy was right up

11 This delicious tomato and mozzarella Po'Boy was right up "Living Today" producer, Naomi Gabay's alley.

Their ham and cheese Po' Boy was hands down my favorite.

12 Their ham and cheese Po' Boy was hands down my favorite.

Betsy called dibs on this roast beef Po' Boy.

13 Betsy called dibs on this roast beef Po' Boy.

The Parkway Bakery team also brought along some of their Bread Pudding with Rum for the ladies to enjoy.

14 The Parkway Bakery team also brought along some of their Bread Pudding with Rum for the ladies to enjoy.

Justin Kennedy, (chef, general manager and kitchen manager) and Jay Nix (owner) of the award-winning Parkway Bakery and Tavern.

15 Justin Kennedy, (chef, general manager and kitchen manager) and Jay Nix (owner) of the award-winning Parkway Bakery and Tavern.

Made on Avery Island, Louisiana, Sandy and Betsy were treated to a little tasting of the McIlhenny family's tabasco sauces.

16 Made on Avery Island, Louisiana, Sandy and Betsy were treated to a little tasting of the McIlhenny family's tabasco sauces.

Tony Simmons (Executive Vice President) of McIlhenny Tabasco Sauces was more than happy to share his sauces and add a little heat to our day.

17 Tony Simmons (Executive Vice President) of McIlhenny Tabasco Sauces was more than happy to share his sauces and add a little heat to our day.

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