Written by Barbara Toombs
If music is the beating heart of New Orleans, as is often said, then the city’s cuisine is its lifeblood. Dishes invented in the city include po’ boy and muffuletta sandwiches, oysters Rockefeller and bananas Foster, among others. Perhaps the most distinctively recognized regional cuisine in the United States, the food of New Orleans draws its influences from an incredible melting pot of cultures that have converged in the city over its 300-plus years of existence. Here you’ll find a cornucopia of offerings that include Creole (with American, French, Spanish, Italian, West Indian and Mexican characteristics) dishes, the French-influenced Cajun cuisine, hearty soul food and the freshest of fresh seafood. Other contributions to the food scene came from Italians who came to live in the city in the early 1900s, Vietnamese refugees in the 1970s, and migrants from Central and South America in more recent years.
While the New Orleans food culture is continually evolving, there are some distinctive dishes for which the city is known. Here’s a quick rundown (along with suggestions of where to try them out) of some – but certainly not all – Crescent City classics:
Po’ Boys: Not surprisingly said to stand for “poor boy,” this sandwich is made of New Orleans-style French bread filled to overflowing with your choice of traditional hot roast beef and gravy, shrimp (fried shrimp is a classic!), oysters, crab and more. Local tip: “Dressed” means it comes with lettuce, tomato, mayo and pickles. Try them at Johnny’s Po-Boys or Killer Poboys in the French Quarter, or Guy’s Poboys in Uptown.
Oysters: Situated at the convergence of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, seafood is BIG in New Orleans, with oysters topping the list. In addition to oysters Rockefeller, you’ll find oysters Bienville, oysters en brochette, fried oysters, raw oysters on the half shell … you get the idea. Check out the oyster dishes and more seafood at Drago’s in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside (Barrett-Jackson’s host hotel) in the Warehouse District or Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House in the French Quarter.
Muffaletta: This delicious gift from NOLA’s Italian immigrant community is a round, seeded bun that is halved and loaded with layers of cold meats and cheese (salami, ham, mortadella, mozzarella and provolone cheese are favorites). A “salad” made with chopped olives, capers, peppers, parsley, giardiniera (gherkins) and garlic tops it off, with the juices soaking into the soft bread for extra deliciousness. Cochon Butcher in the Warehouse District and Napoleon House in the French Quarter are two great places to indulge in this classic.
Crawfish Boil: No matter what you call them – mudbugs, crayfish, crawfish or freshwater lobster – these bright orange crustaceans are big in the Crescent City. They’re at their best when boiled in huge pots of water with salt, lemon, garlic, cayenne pepper, chunks of potato, corn on the cob and Creole seasoning. Local tip: Suck the juice out of the heads, where it all collects during cooking. Try them out at Boil Seafood House in the Garden District or at Cajun Seafood in Uptown.
Beignets: Pronounced “ben-yay,” the beignet is a square piece of dough that has been deep-fried and heaped with powdered sugar. What’s not to like? They are traditionally served with coffee and chicory. If you haven’t sampled these at the renowned Café du Monde in the French Quarter, you haven’t been to New Orleans!
Jambalaya: Thank the city’s Spanish settlers for this contribution, who reimagined their paella into a flavor-packed rice dish incorporating chicken, smoked sausage (andouille), Creole and Cajun spices, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, celery and more – all cooked together in one pot. One of the top spots in town for jambalaya is said to be Coop’s Place in the French Quarter.
Étoufée: This Cajun/Creole dish is comprised of shellfish – usually crawfish, shrimp, crab or a combination – simmered (or “smothered”) in a flavorful broth and served over rice. Try it at Mother’s Restaurant in the CBD or Mambo’s in the French Quarter.
Gumbo: This all-in-one stew is made with chicken, pork or seafood layered with fresh vegetables, herbs and spices and thickened with okra or filé. Authentic recipes use andouille sausage to pack an extra punch. Unlike with jambalaya, the rice for this dish is cooked separately. Check out the delicious versions at Herbsaint in the Warehouse District or Heard Dat Kitchen in the CBD.
Looking for other options? For a great New Orleans dining resource, be sure to visit the Eater New Orleans website, eater.nola.com – bon appetit!
Title: FROM PO’ BOYS TO GUMBO: A Guide to Traditional New Orleans Cuisine
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Published Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2023 15:33:22 +0000
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BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
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