The 3200 block of Burgundy St. in the Bywater is looking more and more like Magazine Street uptown. Now that’s not necessarily a good thing if you’re an artist who moved to the Bywater in the first place because it was affordable, but if you’re in town looking for an unusual and emerging area, it’s a good thing. First, check out Christopher Porche-West’s photography gallery on the corner, A Studio on Desire, at 3201 Burgundy. Christopher is best known for his early portraits of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, but his gallery is another thing altogether. His constructions and assemblages incorporate his photographs celebrating New Orleans life (as well as that found in Africa and Haiti), with architectural found objects. Shrines, really, some of them are, and extremely moving works. Porche-West observes cultures and people, and portrays them honestly. He’s the real deal-he’s been there on that corner from way back when. Here’s a piece on NPR describing his work about the Indians. But today you can walk across the street from his gallery and enter one of the coolest new restaurants in town, Maurepas Foods. At 3200 Burgundy St., Maurepas Foods has been getting lots of press-The New Orleans Times-Picayune food critic recently gave it a glowing three-bean review. It’s “New American” food, with vegetables getting the center of attention, but besides a wonderful plate of roasted beets, you can get goat tacos, or grilled shrimp with herbs, all in a former corner store with a hipster vibe. It’s loud, with all those ancient walls, and it’s buzzing, and it’s very Bywater. Probably won’t find it uptown on Magazine St., but the food is worthy of anywhere.
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May 16th, 2012 by cindee
December 28th, 2011 by cindee
Everyone’s New Year’s resolution these days seems to include eating better. In New Orleans, the home of fried food and starchy red beans and rice, oil and flour-thickened roux for gumbo, etc. etc., that may seem to be an impossible dream. But think about all the fruit and vegetable vendors in town, and it may not seem so far-fetched. After all, we have one of the last remaining singing mobile fruit and vegetable vendors in the country, Mr. Okra. Mr. Okra is famous these days for his newly painted truck, but his musical announcements for his wares dates back to the 19th century in New Orleans. If you’ve never heard this “I’ve got eatin’ pears, I’ve got apples,” sung in a strange rhythmic cadence, you’re in for a surprise. Sung in different ways to differentiate themselves from each other, street food songs have been a presence n New Orleans for many years. A recording made by music historians, The Classic Sounds of New Orleans, on the Smithsonian Folkways label, features Dora Bliggen, another old-time fruit vendor who could have had another career as a jazz singer. Now, there’s just Mr. Okra who cries his wares, using a speaker and Autotune to surreal (and startling) effect, but there are still folks in New Orleans set up all over town in different locations selling fresh vegetables or fruit from their trucks. Some of it is local produce in season-strawberries from Ponchatoula, or oranges from Plaquemines Parish, or greens from St. Bernard Parish truck farmers. Wherever you drive in town, you may see one of these trucks.
January 9th, 2011 by cindee
It’s that time of the year! The city is taking down Christmas decorations and putting up purple, green and gold. It’s a very magical and fun time. Being a native and taking all that our city has to offer for granted, we sometimes forget how these traditions are viewed from the outside world. Here is a list of questions that I am typically asked about Mardi Gras in case you are also curious about the basics of the celebration.
December 19th, 2010 by cindee
December 5th, 2010 by cindee
Enjoy jazz, gospel, classical and traditional music performed by some of our finest local talent.
Mon. Dec. 6th Ellis Marsalis
Wed. Dec. 8th Zion Harmonizers
Sun. Dec. 12th Ingrid Lucia
Mon. Dec. 13th Trish Foti Genco
Tues. Dec. 14th Danny O’Flaherty
Wed. Dec. 15th Tom McDermott
Thurs. Dec. 16th Philip Manuel
Sun. Dec. 19th St Louis Cathedral Basilica Concert
Mon. Dec. 20th Waltler Wolfman Washington
Tues. Dec. 21st Irvin Mayfield
October 21st, 2010 by cindee
The general climate in New Orleans is quite tropical as are its lush gardens. You’ll see sweet olive, birds of paradise, jasmine, wisteria, Japanese plums, several varieties of gingers and bougainvillea.
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September 17th, 2010 by cindee
The year 2009 brought the “BELIEVE DAT”.Everyone was pinching each other because the Saints were actually undefeated and the idea of going all the way…..well maybe we could….so you just had to “BELIEVE DAT!”
OMG we win the Super Bowl! The city is joyous. Everyone is hugging and jumping up and down. People are singing the “Who Dat” chant in Walmart.
And of course, we have a parade. We just couldn’t get enough, our beloved boys went all the way and we wanted more! So then goes the “REPEAT DAT!