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New Orleans, LA – One Square Mile

The second episode from season two of One Square Mile explores the inhabitants of the Garden District and the Irish Channel neighborhoods of New Orleans, Louisiana. This documentary looks at the people of New Orleans, and the contemporary life of a post-Katrina city.

You can learn more about the people featured in this documentary, and view additional interviews from this and other square miles in the series by going to the series website www.onesquaremile.tv

Duration : 0:15:4

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Ray Rocks Renovation

Chances are if you have walked down any French Quarter street in the last few years you have seen my friend, Ray Hostetter.  He might have the phone to his ear or a tool of some kind in hand, but he always has a smile and a “Hey there” for passersby.  Now that may have been the extent of our association too, except for one thing (ok, two) I love construction, reconstruction, building, renovating, decorating. Whatever name you put on it, the creative process is fascinating to me.  Oh, and the second thing – I’m just nosy.

In my “ratting” around the Quarter, I had seen Ray at times working on a particularly beautiful place on the corner of Dauphine and Orleans. I could see the intensive work being done to the outside, but it was just killing me to know what they were doing to the inside. Come on, I know you know exactly what I’m talking about.  I saw the nose smudges on the windows. (Oops, sorry.  I guess those were mine.) Lo and behold, on this particular day a couple of years ago the door was wide open, so um, what to do, what to do?  Exactly, I went in.

Ray grew up in the construction business and was working in California until a series of events changed life as he knew it.  Work got scarce in big CA, Katrina hit New Orleans, a family member living in New Orleans said “Bring the wife and new baby over and work here”.  After doing a couple of flood houses in mid city and a 20 unit apartment complex Ray was introduced to the owner of the Orleans Avenue project, who we will call Mr. C.  It is interesting how one thing leads to another.  Mr. C. had rented a Bourbon Street balcony one Mardi Gras from Ray’s relative years ago and they became friends.

While into the Orleans Avenue project, Mr. C. decided to acquire the property at 435 Bourbon and turn it from a t-shirt shop into a bar. (Incidentally, this was the same place that he had rented all those Mardi Gras’ ago.) The whole bottom floor had to be taken out for the new electrical so while Ray was digging trenches between floor joices he made a discovery, an 1850 bottle of “Dr. J. Hostetter Stomach Bitters”.  This concoction of vitamins and herbs and 94% alcohol was sold to the Union army by train car from Pennsylvania during the first prohibition. Cool, huh? But it gets better. Did you notice that Dr. J and Ray share the same last name?  After doing a little research Ray found he and Dr. J were actually related.  That was when it all made sense for Ray, “I am in the right place doing what I am supposed to be doing.”

The Orleans Avenue project had discoveries of its’ own.  The first came when removing walls, Ray came upon the initials A.H. (another relative??) carved in a board with the date 1901.  Attached was a 1901 silver coin which today is worth $6,000.00.  These old French Quarter buildings are treasure troves and that is exactly what Ray thought when he uncovered the next surprise.  Extensive work was being done on the previously lathe and plastered walls.  Mr. C wanted the old brick walls exposed, cleaned and repointed.  In the process it was noticed that there was a definite brick archway visible just above floor level in the downstairs bedroom.

 At this point, you know a vision of Lafitte’s treasure was dancing in Ray’s head.  The old wood plank floors were pulled out and what looked like a tunnel opening was uncovered several feet under the existing floor.   Alas, the only thing inside was years upon years of mud and muck, no treasure.  But could it have been a bootleggers’ tunnel from Orleans Avenue to St. Peter and Dauphine, where for years the Tunnel Bar sat on the corner?  Research seems to lean more toward what was called a “cabinét”, something like a root cellar and not a tunnel at all.  Rather than cover up this historic piece of architecture, lightning and special glass flooring was installed to show it off.  It is breathtakingly beautiful, just like the rest of the three story structure and “slave quarters” included in this compound. 

Restoring this exquisite showplace to the splendor it deserves was a demanding, detailed project three years in the making and is today a phenomenal piece of workmanship.  A credit to a man who truly loves what he does. The mastery of his craft is so obvious in even the smallest detail. Bo might know sports, but Ray definitely knows renovation. You rock Ray!

 By Sharon Denise Talbot

*Stay tuned for more Renovation Reports with Ray.


Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras 2009.AVI

If one of your next holiday celebrations is Mardi Gras, here’s a preview — sights and sounds in the French Quarter that I experienced in February 2009. Captured on my little Sony digicam.

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Bourbon Street Bash

Mongo Man travels to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras and kick off bd’s Bourbon Street Bash.

For more info on our Bourbon Street Bash: http://www.gomongo.com/experience/BourbonStBash.php

Duration : 0:0:30

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Wyndham La Belle Maison for Jazz Festival and New Orleans Saints Vacation

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Brand-New Stay with Big Easy Spirit. Youll really feel the heart and soul of the Crescent City at the new Wyndham La Belle Maison, located on Gravier Street in the famous Warehouse District, two blocks from the French Quarter. This original Franklin Printing Company landmark will be meticulously restored to assure you a delightful downtown stay, including an eight-story skylight atrium centerpiece, historic Crescent City décor, on-site amenities and much more.

Great care has been taken to preserve the rich architectural style of the famous New Orleans Warehouse District. Creature comforts include our outdoor saltwater spa, as well as indoor delights ranging from vigorous workout area to a relaxing sauna and indoor spa. The resort is just one block from historic Canal Street where the French Quarter awaits to enliven your senses 24 hours a day, providing ample shopping and restaurant choices.

In New Orleans and the French Quarter, the attractions, sights, sounds, activities, food and restaurants and entertainment for visitors are limitless. The French Quarter is the destination for most tourists, and Jackson Square is the heart of the French Quarter, with artists, museums and historical buildings and the Moon Walk, providing a breath-taking view of the Mississippi River. Find information about Mardi Gras, The Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest), the Spring Fiesta, riverboat cruises, the French Quarter Festival, Christmas in the Oaks at City Park, and of course, New Year’s Eve at Jackson Square And, at night, the streets are alive with people taking in all of the jazz and music clubs, not to mention Bourbon Street.

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New Orleans Tourist Attractions, French Quarter and Beyond – Guest Reviews

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New Orleans, Louisiana, also known as the Big Easy or the Crescent City, is a premier travel destination with one-of-a-kind attractions, hotels and events.

From neon-soaked Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras to the festival grounds at Jazz Fest, this city knows how to host a party. And what’s a great party without food? New Orleans knows how to kick it up a notch with Creole and Cajun fare that is world renowned.

 

Talking that New Orleans Talk

 

Visit Cafe Dumonde for the best Cafe au Lait

New Orleans has a language all its own. While you’re in New Orleans, you will want to know what the locals are talking about ! Listed here are some words and phrases that New Orleanians use that are unique to the Big Easy.

Alligator Pear

What the locals call an avocado.

Andouille – “An Doo E”

This is a traditional New Orleans style, spicy sausage. Usually, andouille is used to make jambalaya, red beans and rice and other New Orleans dishes.

Banquette – “Ban Ket”

In New Orleans, this means, simply, a sidewalk.

Beads

Beads refer to plastic necklaces that are thrown from floats and balconies during Carnival. Plastic beads become a kind of currency during Mardi Gras. People trade and collect beads. People also are known to do some rather outrageous things to acquire beads during Mardi Gras.

Beignet – “Ben Yeah”

These are French style donuts that are drowned in powdered sugar. Usually, beignets are served with cafe au lait. Stop by Cafe Du Monde for the cities best coffee and beignets.

Big Easy

This is an euphemism for New Orleans, like the “Crescent City,” that is attributed to Betty Guillaud, a gossip columnist for the Times Picayune, in the ’70s as a term of endearment and an answer to the then I Love New York City hype. If it’s the “Big Apple” then New Orleans is the “Big Easy,” where everything is slower, simpler and easy-going.

Cafe au Lait – “Ca Fay – Oh – Lay”

This is New Orleans traditional coffee. Cafe au Lait is made from coffee and chickory mixed with boiled milk. Cafe au Lait is certain to give you a start for the new day.

Cajun – “Kay Jen”

There are a three meanings for this word. The first refers to the French Acadians who settled into the bayous of Louisiana from Novia Scotia in the 1700′s. The second meaning, which involves a rather hot debate, refers to a style of cooking. The last meaning describes a unique dialect of French spoken by the “cajuns.”

Chickory

This is actually a root that is ground and roasted to add flavor to coffee. Cafe au Lait is made with Coffee, chickory and boiled milk.

Crawfish

Crawfish are sort of like little lobsters. Locals have “crawfish parties” where friends gather to feast on pounds and pounds of crawfish that are highly seasoned and boiled with onions, new potatoes, whole garlic cloves, sausage and anything else that adds flavor to these delicious crustaceans. Yankees sometimes call crawfish “crayfish.” Locals often refer to crawfish as “mudbugs.”

Creole – “Kree Yol”

This word has a rather complicated history. Creole refers to the French and Spanish descendents in New Orleans. Creole also describes a style of cooking. The debate regarding the differences between “creole” and “cajun” cooking rages on…

Doubloons

From the tradition of the Spanish pirates comes the doubloon. Doubloons are aluminum coins that are imprinted with the name of a Krewe and the theme of its parade and are thrown from floats during Carnival. Over the years, people have begun to collect and trade doubloons as if they were actual coins. Doubloons are one of the most popular Mardi Gras throws.

Etoufee – “A Two Fay”

There are many variations to this dish. Most etoufees start with a roux and consist of rice, shell fish or meat and vegetable

Flambeaux – “Flam Bo”

Before there were electric lights, Mardi Gras parades were lit by fire torches called flambeaux. Today, the tradition of the flambeaux and their mysterious illumination is carried on by some of the old line Krewes.

Grillades – “Gree Yods”

This is broiled veal served in gravy. Usually, grillades are served for breakfast with grits.

Gumbo

The word “gumbo” comes from an African language that means okra. Gumbo is a traditional southern soup like dish. It can be made with just about anything. But, all gumbos start with a rich roux and usually include either sea food or sausage.

Jambalaya – “Jam Ba Lie Uh”

This is a very popular party dish as it can be made in large quantities ! Usually, jambalaya is a spicy dish made with rice, tomato and either sea food or meat is added for flavor. See the recipe in this guide !

Krewe

Legend has it that the word “Krewe” came from the old English spelling for the word “crew.” A Krewe is an organization or club that parades at Mardi Gras.

Lagniappe – “Lan Yap”

This is what New Orleans call something you get for free. For example, if you go to the butcher and he gives you a bone for your dog, it’s called lagniappe.

Locker

If the bellman at the hotel asks if you would like your bags placed in the “locker,” he is asking if you would like to have them placed in the closet.

Muffaletta – “Moof A lot a”

Said to have been invented at “Central Grocery” on Decatur Street in the french Quarter- A Muffaletta is a very large sandwich served on an Italian bread loaf. The muffaletta is made from ham, salami and provolone cheese and garnished with an olive relish.

Neutral Ground

In most cities this is called the “median-” You know, that little strip of ground in the middle of a road. Legend has it that the neutral ground got its name from early New Orleans when the French and Spanish could do business between sections of the city standing on the “neutral ground.”

Po’Boy

This is any sandwich that is made with a loaf of french bread. It’s called a Po’Boy because one sandwich can feed an entire family.

Roux – “Rew”

A roux is the base for many popular New Orleans dishes. It is made from flour and oil.

Throw

Most parades require the crowd to politely sit and applaud as each float passes by. Not in New Orleans ! In New Orleans a parade is a “sport.” The crowd is expected to participate in the action by catching stuff that is “thrown” from a passing float. At Mardi Gras, the most popular throws are beads, doubloons and plastic cups.

Snowball

New Orleans gets real hot in the summer and people cool off with this local version of a snow cone.

 

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Royal Street – French Quarter New Orleans

A beautiful driving tour down Royal Street through the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. (while poorly whistling the saints song.)

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“Beads & Bourbon Street” Episode 23 – The Lee Burnette Show

Lee heads to New Orleans and the craziness ensues on Bourbon Street!

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Going to New Orleans with kids?

Which are some attractions that are cheap, or free specially for kids in Lousiana (Specially around New Orleans) We’ll be there for two weeks. Help!

okay im from new orleans and to be truthfulllyy honest there are lots of fun cheap things in new orleans for children to do
im 17 years old ha ha ha but loveeee kids stuff

Audobon Zoo
Aquarium of The Americas
Insectarium (awesomeee)
I-max theater
—-> the site for all of the above http://www.auduboninstitute.org/

Louisiana Childrens Mueseum ( i love it there)

http://www.lcm.org/

National World War II Mueseum (very educational)

http://www.ddaymuseum.org/

City Park
the kids will love to feed the ducks and Loveee Story Land especially for kids 8 and under its going to be like a disney land for them

http://neworleanscitypark.com/storyland_kids.html

Mardi Gras World

http://www.mardigrasworld.com/

There is alot more in new orleans for kids to enjoy believe me….
I still havent done it all lol
go to
Nola.com
to find attractions , tourist must sees, 5 star resteraunts, hotels and much more
im sure out of all the things i listed abbove you will find somthing your kids will enjoy during your stay..

have a awesommme trip here in New Orleans….
check out the sites i gave you :)


New Orleans?

I want to visit Nola in a month for a anniversery and I want to make sure it’s up and running so it would be worth my time. Also, any attractions/restaurants that I should experience? Thanks

I was there in November and yes, it is up and running! The people is warm and nice, and the food is wonderful. I was there on a convention, so I did not have too much time to tour around, but the French Quarter is beautiful and it was not affected by the hurricane. Have fun and support Nola!


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