- There's more to celebrate than Mardi Gras in New Orleans
- Shellfish culture means silverware isn't always required at the table
- 'Popping" predates the Miley Cyrus visit to this town
New Orleans transplant Sara Roahen is the author of "Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table."
(CNN)While the Crescent City is never entirely predictable -- and a good dose of whimsy is always the best preparation for a trip to New Orleans -- the following must-do list could serve as a guide for visitors.