Field Notes: Dong Phuong Bakery

There’s a good chance that your next New Orleans po-boy, whether fried shrimp or roast beef and gravy, might just come on Dong Phuong bread.

Prison, Protest, and Pralines

After spending 31 years in Louisiana’s Angola prison, Robert Hillary King makes and sells deliciously creamy pralines as a way to raise consciousness and funds for others wrongfully imprisoned.

What We’re Reading: Butterfly in the Typewriter

Though one needs little context or explanation to be taken in by A Confederacy of Dunces, the story of its author, John Kennedy Toole, has long intrigued readers nearly as much as the novel itself.

What We’re Reading: A Confederacy of Dunces

If you’ve read John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, you likely require very little encouragement to pick it up for a reread. If you haven’t, perhaps you’ve heard mention of the title enough times to recognize it, as I had when I spotted a used copy in a local bookstore several months ago. I didn’t … Continued

The Season for Seafood Boils

It’s crawfish season in Louisiana. Thank goodness. One can practically mark the passing of time here in New Orleans by which foods everyone is lusting after. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we have passed the season of King Cakes in the ramp up to Mardi Gras, and now the season of Friday Fish … Continued

Coming Soon on Gravy: Bourbon Street

My first time on Bourbon Street was en route elsewhere. I’d avoided it every time I came to New Orleans, falling more and more deeply for this city, learning the little bars of the French Quarter that I loved, each for a different reason. Arnaud’s French 75 for its eponymous champagne cocktail, graciousness of service, … Continued

A Lenten Lunchtime Favorite in New Orleans

Glitter is still sparkling on the streets of New Orleans today, a reminder of the Mardi Gras season that has just ended. With carnival over, though, this historically Catholic city is now entering the time of Lent. For Christians, the forty days before Easter are traditionally a time of deliberate deprivation, of abstaining from certain … Continued