Issue 10 CoverHere’s what you can find in Issue 10 of Gaycation Magazine, the Food & Spirits issue:

New Orleans:  Spirited Bars & Restaurants

by Kim Ranjbar

From the tireless Rebirth Bras Brass band playing “Do Whatcha Wanna” at The Maple Leaf in the early morning hours to the sip of a liquor-laden Hand Grenade on Bourbon Street, the spirit of New Orleans cannot be denied. You can feel it in the warm, tropical air, hear it in the music, smell it in the aromatic honeysuckle (which grows just about everywhere), taste it in the gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and crème brulee, and see it in the hospitable smiles of its fun-loving locals. Not only is New Orleans one of the most exuberant, joyous and effervescent cities in the world, it is also, reputedly, one of the most haunted.

Founded in 1718 before the United States was even formed, New Orleans has a three-century-old history and has survived two major fires, a couple of wars and countless hurricanes. There are over 150 historic buildings in Orleans Parish and the entire French Quarter is officially dedicated as a National Historic Landmark. Here in the “city that care forgot” we live amongst the dead, sharing our existence with ancestors buried in numerous (over 40 within Orleans Parish), above-ground cemeteries and those spirits lurking around every corner who seem to have no intention of “moving on…”<Read more>

Food & Spirits in The Witch City:  A Local Bon Vivant Walks Naumkeag

by William Legault

When visiting a new destination it is often difficult to decide where to begin your exploration.

In Salem you will not encounter that problem. This geographically small city is truly designed for those who like to walk. The streets are narrow and crowded, as are many of the sidewalks, but it’s possible to walk a mile from your destination quicker than you could drive there.

Over the last twenty years Salem, originally known as Naumkeag whenfirst settled by Europeans in 1626, has evolved into the premier dining destination north of Boston. This was not achieved by design, but by the hard work of many a daring restaurateur…<Read more>

Dining in West Hollywood:  Exotic Game, Vegan Quesadillas & Virgin Cocktails

by Stevie St. John

Famous LGBT enclave West Hollywood, a “city within a city” nestled in the Los Angeles area, is a primo nightlife destination with an array of clubs, numerous music venues and the glitzy Sunset Strip. And when it comes to food, the “Creative City” doesn’t disappoint. WeHo has a diverse palate that’s anything but bland. During your visit, there are plenty of options for a unique dining experience.

WeHo, which has banned drive-through restaurants, is essentially a fast-food-free zone, so don’t plan to grab a quick burger or taco before painting the town red. Instead, allow time to take in one of the city’s many mid-range to high-end eateries.

With the compact size of WeHo—which clocks in at less than two square miles—you can probably leave your car (if you even bothered to rent one) at the hotel…<Read more>

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