Well. Im spanish. but i look black. im honduran and most hondurans look completely black! dark brown yu know. I was born and raised in the south talk southern and everything! matter a fact im was born and raised in new orleans and it consist of cajun-creole. im honduran and im very aware of my culture and i grew up in that culture…. i have a cajun-creole new orleans acient and honduran acient and remember i wasnt born in honduras my parents were.
so what exactly is my nationality????
FOR A LONG TYME I CONSIERED MY SELF BLACK!
AS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN.
New Orleans has Honduran culture. I would have never "thunk" it! Your nationality is American as you were born and raised in the USA. You cultural identity however is what ever you claim.
Try Pure Cajun:
Lost Bayou Ramblers performing at the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival in New Orleans, June 12th 2010
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In the bayou country of Louisiana Acadian’s or Cajuns mark the holidays with preparation of Cochon de Lait…Roast Suckling Pig. Although traditionally cooked outdoors, Chef Frank Brightsen executes this imposing dish in the kitchen of his restaurant.
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A descriptive definition of just what is a Creole, their Origins, Where they come form and their Culture
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PROTEST MAY29 NEW ORLEANS 12:00 FRENCH QUARTER VISITOR CENTER( across street from Jackson Square, overlooking Mississippi River) Gulf Oil Crisis from the local perspective – citing Emergency Management Radio station broadcasts, Reuters and Democracy Now reports, as well as reputable blogs, and presenting findings not yet reported in conventional media sources.
Shot on location with a handheld digital camera, the film is the first in a series covering the ongoing Oil Spill Crisis from an insider’s perspective. While produced independently from funding sources, the filmmaker encourages interest from “renaissance” sponsors.
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(All Images are original and belong to AERGuyton and Apachee Justice Productions. ” Do What You Wanna” by Ramsey Lewis, UMG, use permission requested.)
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Only in New Orleans
* THE FOUR SEASONS OF YOUR YEAR ARE: CRAWFISH, CRAB, SHRIMP AND KING CAKE
* WHEN SOMEONE ASKS DIRECTIONS, YOU USE UPTOWN, DOWNTOWN, WESTBANK & LAKESIDE (or down da road)
* YOU PROUDLY CLAIM THAT MONKEY HILL IS THE HIGHEST POINT IN THE CITY (and have rolled down it)
* YOU CALL IT A NEUTRAL GROUND INSTEAD OF A MEDIAN
* YOUR BURIAL PLOT IS 6 FEET OVER, RATHER THAN 6 FEET UNDER
* YOU CAN PRONOUNCE TCHOUPITOULAS
* WHEN SOMEONE SAYS "MAGAZINE", YOU THINK STREET NOT PERIODICAL
* YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A TURN SIGNAL IS OR HOW TO PROPERLY USE IT
* YOU TAKE A "RIGHT HAND TURN" INSTEAD OF A RIGHT TURN
* YOU CALL ALL INTERSECTIONS "RED LIGHTS"
* YOU KNOW TO WAIT A MINUTE BEFORE GOING WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS GREEN
* YOU CAN CROSS 2 LANES OF HEAVY TRAFFIC AND U-TURN THROUGH A NEUTRAL GROUND, WHILE AVOIDING 2 JOGGERS AND A STREETCAR, THEN FIT INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC WITHOUT EVEN TOUCHING THE BRAKE
* YOU KNOW THE DEFINITION OF "DRESSED"
* YOU KNOW A PO-BOY IS NOT A GUY WITH NO MONEY
* YOU JUDGE A PO-BOY BY THE NUMBER OF NAPKINS USED
* YOU REFER TO ANY STRAWBERRY SODA AS "RED DRINK"
* YOU "MAKE" GROCERIES
* YOU KNOW THAT A GROCERY CART IS ACTUALLY CALLED A BUGGY
* YOU KNOW WHAT K&B, SCHWEGMANN’S, TASTEE DONUTS AND MCKENZIE’S IS
* YOU LIKE YOUR RICE AND POLITICS DIRTY
* YOU KNOW THAT THOSE BIG ROACHES CAN FLY, AND YOU’RE ACTUALLY ABLE TO SLEEP AT NIGHT
* YOU CONSIDER A BLOODY MARY A LIGHT BREAKFAST
* NO MATTER WHERE ELSE YOU GO IN THE WORLD, YOU ARE ALWAYS DISAPPOINTED IN THE FOOD
* YOU CALL TOMATO SAUCE "RED GRAVY"
* YOU CALL YOUR GRANDPARENTS (AND EVERYONE ELSE’S GRANDPARENTS) "MAW-MAW & PAW-PAW"
* WIN OR LOSE…. YOU HAVE AND WILL ALWAYS BE A SAINTS FAN
* YOU DON’T LEARN UNTIL HIGH SCHOOL THAT MARDI GRAS IS NOT A NATIONAL HOLIDAY
* YOU HAVE A PARADE LADDER IN YOUR SHED
* YOU BRING EMPTY GROCERY BAGS TO PARADES
* YOUR FIRST SENTENCE WAS "THROW ME SUMTHIN MISTA"
* YOU REFER TO DIFFERENT HIGH SCHOOLS AS "CATHOLIC" OR "PUBLIC"
* WHEN SOMEONE ASKS WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT TO, YOU KNOW THEY MEANT HIGH SCHOOL, NOT COLLEGE
* YOU CAN REMOVE THE CAP TO A TABASCO BOTTLE WITH ONE HAND
* YOU PUT TONY’S ON EVERYTHING
* YOU CALL A CONVIENT STORE "TIME SAVER"
* RAIN, SLEET OR HAIL WILL NEVER KEEP YOU FROM JAZZ FEST
* YOU GO TO SLEEP FRIDAY EVENING BEFORE GOING OUT FRIDAY NIGHT
* YOU HAVE SPENT MANY-A-SUNDAY’S AT THE LAKEFRONT
* WHEN YOU MOVED OR WENT OUT OF TOWN, YOU ARE INCREDIBLY RELIEVED TO MEET SOMEONE FROM N’AWLINS AND YOU KISS THEM LIKE YOU’RE FAMILY
* YOU HAVE A MONOGRAMMED GO-CUP
* YOUR ATTIC OR GARAGE IS FILLED WITH MARDI GRAS BEADS (and you just can’t throw them away)
* YOU BELIEVE THAT PURPLE, GREEN AND GOLD ACTUALLY LOOK GOOD TOGETHER
* YOU HAVE TO RESET YOUR CLOCKS AFTER EVERY THUNDERSTORM
* YOU CRINGE EVERY TIME YOU HEAR AN ACTOR WITH A SOUTHERN OR CAJUN ACCENT IN ANY NEW ORLEANS-BASED MOVIE OR TV SHOW. THEY TRY TO TALK LIKE US BUT THEY CAN’T!
* YOU WASTE MORE TIME NAVIGATING BACKSTREETS THAN SITTING IN TRAFFIC
* YOU’RE WALKING IN THE QUARTER WITH A PLASTIC CUP OF BEER. IT STARTS TO RAIN AND YOU COVER YOUR BEER INSTEAD OF YOUR HEAD
* YOU SAVE NEWSPAPER. NOT TO RECYCLE BUT FOR A TABLECLOTH AT YOUR NEXT CRAWFISH BOIL
* SOMEONE STOPS AND ASKS YOU FOR DIRECTIONS AND YOU STOP AND HELP THEM WITH A SMILE
* YOU KNOW WHERE YOU GOT YOUR SHOES
* YOU CONSIDER GARBAGE CANS A LEGAL STEP TO PROTECTING YOUR PARKING SPOT ON A PUBLIC STREET
* YOU GO OUT TO DINNER AND SPEND THE ENTIRE MEAL TALKING ABOUT THE OTHER GOOD PLACES YOU HAVE EATEN
* YOU EXHIBIT YOUR "DOUBLOON REFLEX" BY STOMPING RUNAWAY COINS WITH YOUR FOOT
* YOU’RE LEFT BEHIND AT AN OUT-OF-TOWN BAR BECAUSE YOU’RE SEARCHING FOR A GO-CUP
* YOUR BANK DEPOSITS ARE MARKED "F-E-M-A"
* YOUR FIRST QUESTION IN ANY TELEPHONE CALL IS "WHERE Y’AT?"
* YOU REPLY TO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING ABOUT LIFE HERE AS, "ONLY IN N’AWLINS"
* YOU’RE NOT SCARED IF SOMEONE "AX YOU SOMETHING"
* YOU KNOW NO ONE ACTUALLY SAYS N’AWLINS
* YOU’VE GREETED SOMEONE WITH "HOW’S YOUR MOM AN ‘EM?"
* YOU READ THIS AND LAUGH THROUGH THE WHOLE THING SAYING "YEAH U RIGHT!!"
If you stand on the levee in front of the French Quarter (on the east bank of the Mississippi River) at dawn you can watch the sun rise over the west bank.
Canal Street divides the city into eastern and western halves by going north from the river to the lake. Many of the streets that cross Canal Street change prefixes, but to north/south and not east/west – such as North Claiborne and South Claiborne.
The "north" streets are on the downriver side of Canal Street.
South Carrollton and South Claiborne cross.
My old college roommates and I are coming in for the Texas Bowl. Although we like spending time with other alumni at the game, we’d like to try a little bit of the local culture. We’d prefer to avoid tourist traps and warehouse-style restaurants.
Any restaurants you’d recommend? Cajun, South American, Barbecue, or Tex-Mex would be preferred because we can get a lot of the other foods in the places we live. Of course, any good food would be fine.
As for bars, anything with pints, darts, and a place to talk would be good. We see each other about once every five years, and at least two of the three of us aren’t looking to meet anyone. Good beer and a decent jukebox would be nice too.
Cajun: the Ragin Cajun is the best. The location on Richmond Ave is the original and the only one I have ever been to. If you want to avoid other tourist stay from the one on Main St.
South American: Nelroe Churrascaria is an all you can eat Brazilian steakhouse. It is on Montrose Blvd. and tends to be more up scale. Price is around $30.00 to 40.00 per person.
Barbecue: The one and only place for barbecue in Houston Goode Co., Barbecue on Kirby Dr. All the meats are slow cooked to perfection on mesquite and the sauce is good and spicy.
It may be hard to find a good Tex-Mex that is not going to crowded. The better ones tend to be packed with locals.
As far as a hole in wall kind of place I like La Mexicana on Fairview St.
The best Tex-Mex in town is at Ninfa’s on Navigation Blvd. This the original location of a chain of restaurants but this one is the only one still run by the same family to started the chain. It is located just outside of downtown behind Minute Maid Park. Several downtown hotels send tourist there and locals tend to keep it crowded but there is not better place for Tex-Mex.
I don’t know about bars.
My fiance is coming from England and I’m treating him to a few days in my fave New Orleans. He is looking forward to listening to Zydeco, indulging in Cajun food, and just taking in the culture.
We’re staying in the French Quarter and will def go to Murials and Cafe du Monde.
I’ve frequented The Big Easy many times pre-Katrina and know all about Bourbon Street, etc. but I want some hole-in-the-wall, best-kept-secret, off-the-beaten-path, true and genuine restaurants and places to visit.
We’re going the 20th of Sept for a few days depending.
Please don’t list Margaritaville, Planet Hollywood, or Pat O’s! ( :
Thank you in advance!
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
New Orleans in September is still warm & humid. A high of 85F might not sound that bad to someone from the South but it’s brutal for someone from Northern Europe. Encourage him to wear lightweight, light-color, all cotton clothing. A hat, sunglasses, a travel umbrella, and comfortable shoes are important. Europeans often make fun of American tourists who wear shorts when not on a hiking trip, but shorts are good.
Do remember that most of the things tourists do are just things locals do (and share). Bourbon Street is an exception and few locals go there for entertainment.
They are not “secrets”, but for music, try The Maple Leaf and Tipitina’s:
For some-off-the-beaten-path bars & restaurants, try the 1100 & 1200 blocks of Decatur Street and the Frenchmen Street area (Decatur effectively turns into Frenchmen Street at Esplanade Avenue). Please have an Irish Coffee (hot or frozen) for me at Molly’s (1107 Decatur)
A restaurant you might not find is Deanie’s. They have a location in the French Quarter but you may want to go to the original location in Bucktown (which is not close to downtown):
Go to the Zoo, especially if YOU have not been. It is a wonderful park that happens to have animals and is just a beautiful place. Go in the morning (when it’s not so hot) and have lunch at the restaurant in the Swamp Exhibit (the restaurant is air-conditioned).
One of my other answers includes a long list of things to do, and it doesn’t mention Margaritaville, Planet Hollywood or Pat O’Briens. There are more restaurant & bar suggestions in the Answer:
Hope you have a great time!