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2014-04-22 05:38:08 PM
Was just there for French Quarter Fest.  Love visiting that town.

/mmmmm, oysters and beer
 
2014-04-22 06:05:19 PM
Which reason # is being the murder capital of the country? (as of 2011)

List of cities by murder rate
 
2014-04-22 06:08:22 PM
I just don't get the fascination with a place that has high crime, high poverty and could, at the slightest breeze, be underwater.

I can get great cajun food from people that were smart enough to leave and not go back. And I can get Dixie at a local restaurant.
 
2014-04-22 06:08:52 PM
1 reason why New Orleans is the worst city in the U.S. - it's New Orleans.
 
2014-04-22 06:09:49 PM
*lootiecarryingcrawfishstrudel.jpg*
 
2014-04-22 06:11:43 PM

Savage Belief: I just don't get the fascination with a place that has high crime, high poverty and could, at the slightest breeze, be underwater.

I can get great cajun food from people that were smart enough to leave and not go back. And I can get Dixie at a local restaurant.


Every time I've been to a "cajun" or "creole" restaurant up north it's a huge letdown. They usually have no idea what they're doing. Often it's not bad food, though. It's just not done the right way.
 
2014-04-22 06:25:48 PM
I read that as "grossest" and was like "yeah sounds about right."
 
2014-04-22 06:27:29 PM

basemetal: Was just there for French Quarter Fest.  Love visiting that town.

/mmmmm, oysters and beer


You made the right choice.  Jazz Fest has become way too crowded and expensive.  Great food and all... but at my age, I just can't hack it anymore.   FQF is nice because you can walk out and take a breather at any time.
 
2014-04-22 06:27:57 PM
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2014-04-22 06:29:20 PM
I haven't been to New Orleans since before Katrina, but I remember a distinct, and none-too-pleasant odor stench. Is that still there, or is it better now?
 
2014-04-22 06:34:03 PM
jazz fest is gonna be nuts.  starts thursday...
 
2014-04-22 06:34:59 PM
It was a total craphole BEFORE catrina.  Still is.
 
2014-04-22 06:37:47 PM
#1 reason New Orleans is awesome: people who don't get it or don't think they would like it don't go there
 
2014-04-22 06:47:26 PM

FDR Jones: #1 reason New Orleans is awesome sucks: people who don't get it or don't think they would like it don't go there it just does.


/FTFY
 
2014-04-22 06:50:59 PM
Does it come with chocolate?
 
2014-04-22 06:57:26 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: I haven't been to New Orleans since before Katrina, but I remember a distinct, and none-too-pleasant odor stench. Is that still there, or is it better now?


Much, much better.  I mean, you get what you pay for on Bourbon Street... but beyond that things are much different than what you remember.

Yeah- its a city.  Like any city there's petty crime, bad neighborhoods, sketchy places to be at night.  But all in all things are a heck of a lot better than the 80's and 90's.
 
2014-04-22 06:57:55 PM

Charlie Chingas: FDR Jones: #1 reason New Orleans is awesome sucks: people who don't get it or don't think they would like it don't go there it just does.

/FTFY


Suit yourself, Chuck.
 
2014-04-22 07:02:03 PM
I hear they have excellent hand carried imported beer delivery on the water.
 
2014-04-22 07:04:13 PM
NOLA is like a hemorrhoid on the anus of America that just won't go away.
 
2014-04-22 07:04:41 PM

FDR Jones: #1 reason New Orleans is awesome: people who don't get it or don't think they would like it don't go there


I live in NOLA (obvious from my comments in threads like this).  I totally understand and appreciate that its not for everyone.  Nothing wrong with that.  It ain't Dinseyland.  Depending on your likes/dislikes it can be the most awesome vacation you take, or it can be the most miserable vacation you take.

My parents visited the year we moved down here (2006).  There's a reason they won't come back.  Its all good- its just completely not for them.  I'm not offended.
 
2014-04-22 07:05:43 PM
Are you kidding?  I'd rather be locked in a hotel room in the middle of Cow Lick Junction, Idaho, with nothing to do but eat dryer lint than visit that urine-soaked hellhole.
 
2014-04-22 07:44:26 PM
I'm not a bar person or a party person and I farking LOVE New Orleans. If you think it's only piss and bars, then you're really missing out on everything else. The history, the food,(ohhhh god the food), and the laid back people. I felt more excepted by strangers there than in my hometown. Dying to go back.
 
2014-04-22 07:45:12 PM
AH AH AH, wait for the creme.
 
2014-04-22 07:45:23 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: I haven't been to New Orleans since before Katrina, but I remember a distinct, and none-too-pleasant odor stench. Is that still there, or is it better now?


still there in the French Quarter, pervasive and particularly rank on damp Sunday mornings. Probably like what 18th century Glasgow smelled like. Uptown has no problem with stench.
 
2014-04-22 07:52:36 PM

jigger: Savage Belief: I just don't get the fascination with a place that has high crime, high poverty and could, at the slightest breeze, be underwater.

I can get great cajun food from people that were smart enough to leave and not go back. And I can get Dixie at a local restaurant.

Every time I've been to a "cajun" or "creole" restaurant up north it's a huge letdown. They usually have no idea what they're doing. Often it's not bad food, though. It's just not done the right way.


Trying to get can or creole food outside of south Louisiana and the very south most part of Mississippi is like asking for crappy food.

I was in New York City a few years ago and went to a "creole" restaurant in Harlem. It wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't creole food. (I figure the owners figured they could dump cayenne pepper into anything and call it creole. No.)

But the same thing applies to things like Popeye's fried chicken--outside of a small geographical region, it just isn't the same.
 
2014-04-22 08:03:27 PM

bigstoopidbruce: Are you kidding?  I'd rather be locked in a hotel room in the middle of Cow Lick Junction, Idaho, with nothing to do but eat dryer lint than visit that urine-soaked hellhole.


Well, maybe that's all for the best. We're pretty much tired of tourists urinating everywhere. Show some restraint, folks. I mean, I know you're excited, I remember my first beer too.
 
2014-04-22 08:10:47 PM
I like crawfish.
I like strudel.
I'm not sure they go together, though.
 
2014-04-22 08:21:01 PM
Not going to waste energy on the Nola-haters any longer.  Nola Fark Party, anyone?
 
2014-04-22 08:21:52 PM

FDR Jones: #1 reason New Orleans is awesome: people who don't get it or don't think they would like it don't go there


I like the cut of your jib.
 
2014-04-22 08:22:19 PM
That city is lousy with angry blacks.  No thanks.
 
2014-04-22 08:44:24 PM

Pattuq: That city is lousy with angry blacks.  No thanks.


From what I've read on the internet they're getting pushed out because of exploding real estate prices.
 
2014-04-22 08:47:50 PM

Bathysphere: I'm not a bar person or a party person and I farking LOVE New Orleans. If you think it's only piss and bars, then you're really missing out on everything else. The history, the food,(ohhhh god the food), and the laid back people. I felt more excepted by strangers there than in my hometown. Dying to go back.


Live there for a year and they'll teach you to hate it.
 
2014-04-22 08:59:06 PM

Bathysphere: I'm not a bar person or a party person and I farking LOVE New Orleans. If you think it's only piss and bars, then you're really missing out on everything else. The history, the food,(ohhhh god the food), and the laid back people. I felt more excepted by strangers there than in my hometown. Dying to go back.


I assume you ment.. "accepted" ;)

I'm not so much a "bar person" but, I do make alcohol for a living, and have done so for the past fifteen years of so.. verily, I am an alcohol professional and not a Professional Alcoholic.. ( that is still debatable however)  Thing is.. I keep hearing things like visit for the history and for the foods, and the music, from raging drunks whom I have no desire to hang out with who would just loiter around in the French quarter anyways and lament that they once again didn't get to all the history and food, but they saw this awesome blues band on Thursday!

I aint calling you out, or saying you are wrong.. I'm just bouncing off your comment to make a general statement towards my experience..


I would dare say.. that if I were to go Visit NO, it would be during the hottest most miserable, non-tourist friendly time of the year, or the middle of winter when it's all being "reset"

I visit Key West maybe every other year.. usually between February and March, and I still usually stay off Duval street
 
2014-04-22 08:59:24 PM
New Orleans, heck the whole state of Louisiana is a corrupt third world hell hole regardless of whatever party runs it . Nobody is the better for having gone there. It is best to be avoided even if it means driving through Arkansas
 
2014-04-22 08:59:41 PM
I had hoped it was nutria strudel.

deliciius and nutri-ous.
 
2014-04-22 09:01:39 PM

zepher: NOLA is like a hemorrhoid on the anus of America that just won't go away.


That would be the DC beltway.
 
2014-04-22 09:14:36 PM

fireclown: zepher: NOLA is like a hemorrhoid on the anus of America that just won't go away.

That would be the DC beltway.


the Beltway is the anus...

DC is the Sphincter.. and it's spillover is the distended Hemorrhoid..


...Tysons Corner is kinda like an anal wort...
 
2014-04-22 09:20:44 PM
I worked at a resort in GA back in the early 90s that featured crayfish strudel (in phyllo) on the menu.  Nothing new here.
tasty nonetheless
 
2014-04-22 09:22:56 PM

FDR Jones: #1 reason New Orleans is awesome: people who don't get it or don't think they would like it don't go there


I've been.  Friend's birthday party. I grew up on the Texas/LA border, so I'm used to the heat and humidity, lived in Houston for 5 years too (you know, the city built on a swamp?).  Aside from some fun listening to music, walking the streets, and hanging out with friends doing all of the above...it was a shiat hole. The party wards were crowded and touristy during the day, and crowded and 'drunk college kids' at night. Not fun drunk either, vomiting in the street drunk.

And it was quite possibly the most disgusting place, weather wise, I've ever been 1000% humidity and 100 degree heat, even at night, just pouring sweat.  All the music venues we could find were packed to the gills, which is the opposite of fun for me, I like quiet chill places, not places crowded in like sardines.

I don't really do/enjoy the middle america tourist thing 'oh, you need to do this, and that, and this while you're there', I just want to go and see/hear/eat some cool shiat, have fun, etc.  If it's 'the tourist thing' ok, maybe that's fine. If it's not, that's fine too.

I wouldn't mind going back, but I sure as hell wouldn't plan a vacation on it if it was in my hands.
 
2014-04-22 09:31:52 PM
The whole lower Mississippi is the absolute paragon of idiocy deluxe in spades (look at that shiat-stain of welfare blue).

www-personal.umich.edu

This culminates in the only city shiatty enough that their refugee citizenry could raise the crime rate of farking Houston. Think about that for a second.
 
2014-04-22 09:32:16 PM
I have been there twice and I honestly, without being snarky, do not get the appeal. The food is, IMO, over-rated. And I ate at what is supposedly a favorite of locals for breakfast. It sucked ass. I can make better food in my sleep. The whole Cafe du Monde experience is so freakin' overrated it's ridiculous - folks, it's coffee and donuts. The best donuts I ever had, and I LOVE a good donut, are at The World's Best Donuts in Grand Marais, MN. NOLA is almost always way too humid, whether warm or cold. Yeah, if you love live music, it can be a great place to visit, but so are Chicago, New York, and many other places. The people can be friendly but also very rude (just like everywhere else). Nothing is very cheap. It's just a big "meh" to me. I can name umpteen other cities in the US I would rather visit. Not knocking it if you love it, but it sure as hell ain't America's Paris or whatever people think it is. However, all that said, the National WWII Museum there is totally awesome...not to be missed if you do go there and be sure to see any shows they are offering. I saw Beyond All Boundaries which blended film, narration, slides, and all manner of real effects (hard to explain what I mean) that was incredible. (link here: http://www.nationalww2museum.org/visit/beyond-all-boundaries.html ) But other than that, if I want to go to a city with a rich ethnic core and great food, I'll drive to Milwaukee. Last time I was there, I couldn't believe how much nicer the downtown and riverfront area had become.
 
2014-04-22 09:39:12 PM
Phyllo/filo/fillo dough is not strudel dough. They are different and yield different end results.


2 basic types of phyllo dough, depending on country of origin.
One is more like phyllo but the wheat isn't as hard.
the other is more like very thin puff pastry.

This guy is making a down scale hand held oyster pie. Not always made with oysters.
His looks dry.

Gandma use to make it quite a bit.  Good stuff.

There is a New England version that is also quite good.
clams a/o lobster.
potatoes+leeks cooked in ham fat.
cream and sherry.
 
2014-04-22 09:43:06 PM
So much misguided hate for NOLA.

I've only been there once, went for Halloween the year before Katrina.

I absolutely loved it.  It wasn't summer, so the misery of the heat wasn't a problem.  The food was amazing, I didn't even have to think about it, just walked down the street following good smells.  When I go back someday I'll make an effort to hit some more out of the way places, but I didn't have a bad meal there.  And there are so many beautiful old buildings.

And they have go cups.  The insanity of open container laws has not infected that city.

I'd never go during the summer, though.
 
2014-04-22 09:57:23 PM
It seems like a lot of people went and hung out in the Quarter, didn't do much of anything else outside that area, and expected it to be more than the touristy area where visiting jackasses think it'll be fun to be completely trashed and then piss and puke in the street because dude, it's New Orleans and Mardi Gras and woo! noises.

But I get that it's not for everyone.
 
2014-04-22 10:02:57 PM
I make a point to get to NOLA twice a year. I drink a Sazerac at the Roosevelt when I arrive & avoid Bourbon Street like one would an Ebola victim. I graze my way through the city for 3 days and waddle home happy. Mr. ShutYerBeak doesn't get my food obsession with New Orleans, but subscribes to the happy wife, happy life rule. I never eat the same thing twice or in the same place twice in one trip and always stay in the same small B&B in the Garden District to avoid drunken fools at night and insane crowds in the day. LOVE that city and I always find something wonderful & new each time I go.
 
2014-04-22 10:07:42 PM

whatshisname: I like crawfish.
I like strudel.
I'm not sure they go together, though.


I agree with you, but my professional side (chef) wants to try it.  If it is real window-pane strudel dough stretched across a 3x6 foot table, then hell yes.  I mean, crawfish pie is a classic Cajun staple.  Inside a savory and flaky strudel dough?  It would have to be even better.

For the New Orleans haters:  suck it, and stay away, then.  You will never understand the non-tourist parts.  It is a genuine food Mecca if you know the right spots.  (Hint: Not the tourist traps.)

I will never visit Detroit again, you Northerners can keep that city.  We Southerners get to keep New Orleans.  Oh, I'll also give you D.C., except for the museums.  I demand visiting rights to the Mall.
 
2014-04-22 10:49:24 PM
Some of you need to get out of the French Quarter, because there's more to New Orleans than that.

/and there's still some cool places in the quarter that aren't full of drunk 20 year olds.
 
2014-04-22 10:55:35 PM
My honeymoon's going to be in New Orleans from Sept 7th thru the 14th, any annual thing I should know about going on that week, or should we just rent a car and spend every day on some Mississippi beach?  Any info on strip clubs may or may not be useful too, depending on whether my girl's into that kind of shiat.

/she's from the Caribbean so we go all the time, had to pick something other than a tropical island
 
2014-04-23 09:08:40 AM

Bathysphere: I'm not a bar person or a party person and I farking LOVE New Orleans. If you think it's only piss and bars, then you're really missing out on everything else. The history, the food,(ohhhh god the food), and the laid back people. I felt more excepted by strangers there than in my hometown. Dying to go back.


Seconded.  I had to travel there for business about every 6 weeks at my last job, and I loved it.  I was left to my own devices in the evenings and did a lot of exploring.  It's hard to explain, but you can really feel the history when you're walking around the city.

/Roush's Market FTW
//And Crawfish Strudel sounds heavenly
 
2014-04-23 09:37:52 AM

IHadMeAVision: My honeymoon's going to be in New Orleans from Sept 7th thru the 14th, any annual thing I should know about going on that week, or should we just rent a car and spend every day on some Mississippi beach?  Any info on strip clubs may or may not be useful too, depending on whether my girl's into that kind of shiat.

/she's from the Caribbean so we go all the time, had to pick something other than a tropical island


Honeymooned there with the wife two years ago, in the fall.  I would recommend eating at Commander's Palace - make sure you book waaaaay in advance - and try to go around lunchtime (it's a super classy place, but they'll make you a $1 martini).  We took a walking tour of the Garden District with a guy named Tree which culminated in lunch at (and an extensive behind-the-scenes tour of) the aforementioned restaurant, but if tours aren't your thing, eat there at the very least.

Of course, being from Canada, warm weather in October was enough of a novelty in itself, and we loved the history of the place, so I've got an admitted strong positive bias towards New Orleans.
 
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