Louisiana Daily Photo: No Loitering Or Chillin’

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I’m not going to out this bar. They had a multi-decade run near the Hoffman Triangle area of New Orleans but that run has now ground to a halt with fresh “for lease” signs up in the windows.

I wonder if it had anything to do with their parking lot rules?

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Innside Restaurant In Chattanooga

On the drive to Innside Restaurant in Chattanooga

Bam. Bam. Bam. Bam.

The cop was beating so hard on the window of my Econoline I was afraid he was going to shatter the glass. It was the middle of the night, pounding rain, and I was in a small, forgotten town an hour south of Knoxville, Tennessee.

It was the day after Hank Williams died. Continue reading

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Street Shooter

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I always laugh when this guy bulldozes his way through the crowds at street parties in New Orleans. He’s a photographer, and bodies go flying when he’s trying to get his shot. I suspect he’s a former pro wrestler or football player as he comes through like a runaway truck.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: 11th Ward Indian

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I spend a lot of time cross-referencing the ward maps of New Orleans when I’m plotting my work. It’s important to know where you’re at in our city. Not knowing can get you in big trouble. I took this picture in 2016 up in the 11th ward for a Mardi Gras Indian party.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: New Orleans Dew Drop Inn

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A buddy of mine’s mom was a barmaid at New Orleans legendary Dew Drop Inn. She was working the night that Joe Tex played and the famously irascible musician took a shine to her; soon enough they hit the road. I can’t imagine how many other tales have been born at this old joint.

As late as 2005 you could get a room for a week at the boardinghouse upstairs for $59. The barroom had already been shuttered for 35 years. The old Dew Drop was opened in 1939, and enjoyed a 30 plus year run before owner Frank Painia’s shut it down in 1970.

The Painia family sold it last year and the new owners have vowed to breathe life into the old gal.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: 2019 Tet Fest In New Orleans’ Little Vietnam

Village De L’Est in New Orleans East is colloquially known as Little Vietnam to certain locals. At Mary Queen of Vietnam church the parishioners pool their resources and throw a massive food party once a year to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year. It’s a must-attend if you enjoy the foodways of southeast Asia.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: 12th Ward Architecture In New Orleans

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Take a rainy afternoon and spend it poring over ward maps of New Orleans. It’s fascinating. I pay particular interest to the 9th because that’s where I live. It is absolutely enormous; rivaled only by the 15th.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Shakespeare Park Oyster Man

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Street party in Central City near Shakespeare Park. This gentleman was shucking oysters and selling them to the crowd.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Miss Tee Eva In Central City

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Eva Louis Perry, one of the finest praline makers to ever draw a breath in New Orleans, prepares to set up her booth at Super Sunday near Shakespeare Park in Central City.

Miss Tee Eva passed away last year at the age of 83.

25 years earlier, Perry, along with Ernie K-Doe’s widow Antoinette, formed the Ernie K-Doe Baby Dolls and was credited with helping revive the baby doll tradition.

If you rolled on a second line in New Orleans anytime in the past 30 years you definitely saw Tee Eva on the route with a big basket stuffed full of miniature pies and sugary pralines.

There will never be another like her

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Behind The Bar At Lou And Bob’s In Metairie

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Lou and Bob’s is a classic, old line New Orleans neighborhood joint. It’s in Metairie but barely over the Parish line. New Orleanians crowd in here to drink cold cheap beer and blow smoke rings towards the ceiling. If you squint through the haze you can imagine what life was like in these parts 40 years ago.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: 2019 CTC Steppers Second Line Parade in New Orleans

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I shot a full gallery of CTC Steppers Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s second line parade this weekend in New Orleans. more

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Louisiana Daily Photo: The Italian American Marching Club in New Orleans

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The young ladies are preparing to dance the tarantella. If you’ve never been to this event please consider going. It’s held annually at Piazza d’Italia in downtown New Orleans.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Sundays In New Orleans

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Louisiana Daily Photo: On Faith Donut Shop in Central City

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I dashed into On Faith Donut Shop in Central City to grab a quick sugar fix during a second line. The earth didn’t move but if I was back in the neighborhood I’d happily visit again. Great outsider art on the exterior walls too.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Creole Feast Is A Cornerstone Of My Cookbook Collection

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If you fancy yourself a cook and you live in New Orleans you should haunt old bookstores and flea markets til you can track down “Creole Feast” by Rudy Lombard.

It’s crucial to have these recipes in your toolbox if you’re cooking in a New Orleans kitchen.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Vance Vaucresson

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There are only a handful of old school Creole sausage masters still living in New Orleans. Vance Vaucresson is one of them. Learn more about this legend here.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Treme Sidewalk Steppers Second Line

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I’m also doing a daily photo series for the 9th Ward of New Orleans link

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Villere Street Princess

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Louisiana Daily Photo: 6th Ward Barbecue Man

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Up In The Treme

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