TAKE THE NEW ORLEANS CHALLENGE:

ONE DISH, ONE DRINK, ONE DESTINATION

Thousands of visitors will descend on New Orleans in early February for the Super Bowl (49ers, please?) and Mardi Gras, and some are bound to be NOLA newcomers. Who better to help with restaurant, bar, music and tourism suggestions than all of us self-professed experts? So here's the challenge: Winnow your must-visits to three. One favorite dish. One favorite drink. And one favorite destination, experience or activity, in the Crescent City or a side trip away. We're looking for sentimental choices, off-the-beaten-path finds and cool new discoveries. Send your recommendations -- just a sentence or two each, please -- to travel@bayareanewsgroup.com by 5 p.m. Jan. 22. We'd love your photos too; send high-res jpgs to the same email. We'll publish the tips Jan. 27.

-- Linda Zavoral, travel editor