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Friday, April 26, 2013

Park at the Haus for Jazz Fest | Faubourg St. John

Park at 1700 Moss just off Esplanade.
Short walk to Jazz Fest.
Parking hours 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
30 dollars per car.
Sorry, no in and out.

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New Orleans ponders streetcar expansion | RailwayAge Magazine (blog)

The general manager of New Orleans' Regional Transit Authority Tuesday set forth a proposal for expanding the Crescent City's venerable streetcar system, though funding for such work was not identified. Proposed expansion includes a new line along Elysian Fields Avenue from the riverfront to Claiborne Avenue, where it would turn left and link with Canal Street. That line could continue past to Poydras Street past the Superdome and end at the new Loyola Avenue line.

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Parking and transportation tips for Jazz Fest | WWL

The gates to the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival open at the Fair Grounds at 11 a.m. Friday. The first acts, including John Mayer, The Charmaine Neville Band and Jeremy Davenport,  will hit the stage 10 minutes after that. City officials reminded businesses that if they want, they can turn their property into a parking lot, but they must have a permit...


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Mid-City bomb-laden truck allegedly part of man's insurance fraud scheme |

Photo by Kathleen Flynn, / The Times-Picayune
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a New Orleans man accused of trying to bomb his own pickup truck before filing a fraudulent insurance claim in February. The bomb scare caused police to shut down traffic around the busy intersection of Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway and evacuate the area for four hours...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Billy Joel, John Mayer, Phoenix, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite headline AXS TV’s 3-Day Jazz Fest Broadcast

An impressive lineup will be on the display as AXS TV has announced the broadcast lineup for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The 3-day television event begins Friday, May 3rd and will feature over 25 artists and over 25 hours of live music.


Jazz Fest artists scheduled to appear throughout AXS TV’s national broadcast include headliners, discovery artists and local musicians: Billy Joel, John Mayer, Phoenix, Widespread Panic, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Gary Clark, Jr., Willie Nelson & Family, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Gipsy Kings, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Better Than Ezra, Laura Bell Bundy, Galactic, Marcia Ball, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Anders Osborne, Bonerama, Marc Broussard, and Cowboy Mouth among others.

AXS TV’s coverage of Jazz Fest will begin at 3pm ET/Noon PT each day and conclude at Midnight ET/9pm PT offering music fans over 25 hours of live music over the 3-day broadcast. In addition to live concert coverage, AXS TV will also offer viewers behind the scenes access at the festival and artist interviews with host Allison Hagendorf, co-host Bob Santelli (GRAMMY Museum, Executive Director), and correspondent Savannah Jane Buffett. Schedules and artists are subject to change and the network will release a complete program guide by day and artist in the coming days with updates throughout the festival.

Don’t miss out on this LIVE and totally social television experience. Follow AXS TV on Facebook & Twitter using #axsJazzFest. Additionally, keep up with updates and bonus content at

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Jazz Fest Bible 2013 | Offbeat Magazine

The annual "Jazz Fest Bible" features:

  • Pocket guide to the Fest 
  • Jazz Fest A-Z: Every artist performing at Jazz Fest
  • Stages
  • Local chefs scoop on Jazz Fest favorite eats
  • Offbeat's Picks
  • Club listings 

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The Greatest Place on Earth -- New Orleans | Huffington Post

Can you name the three things in the world that always make you happy? I can. In no particular order they are 1. The Goonies, 2. A burger at the Corner Bistro and 3. Joan Jett singing "Love is All Around" (the Mary Tyler Moore theme song) live. I have decided to add a fourth -- the Crescent City, the Big Easy, New Orleans, LA, or for short, NOLA...

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Meet the Threadheads | Gambit

After attending her first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2006 and finding similar-minded fans on the Jazz Fest message board, Heather McCamey knew what to call herself. "That's where Threadheads live, and I became a Threadhead," says McCamey, who serves as president of the Threadhead Cultural Foundation, the nonprofit wing of the New Orleans label Threadhead Records, which launched in 2009...

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Anthony Bourdain on New Orleans food | Gambit Magazine

"In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful. ... With the best restaurants in New York, you'll find something similar to it in Paris or Copenhagen or Chicago. But there is no place like New Orleans. So it's a must-see city because there's no explaining it, no describing it. You can't compare it to anything. So, far and away New Orleans."
   —Anthony Bourdain, host of the CNN travel show Parts Unknown

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New Orleans' World Trade Center: Demolish or renovate? Developers offer differing ideas |

Developers and local tourism leaders have proposed varying
ideas for what should be done with the defunct World Trade Center
 building on the New Orleans riverfront. (Architects' renderings)
Two largely out-of-town development teams would like to renovate the vacant World Trade Center office tower at the foot of Canal Street for use as a hotel and other purposes. On the other hand, a broad-based coalition of New Orleans tourism leaders wants to demolish the 33-story building built in the 1960s and replace it with a new "iconic" structure as part of a sweeping redevelopment of much of the city's east bank riverfront -- but what that new structure might be remains a question...

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Harbor Police join search for missing teacher | WWL

Local authorities will again return to Bayou St. John to search for a missing Jefferson Parish teacher Terrilynn Monette. Harbor Police will be joining the search, bringing a 50-foot boat to help in scouring Lake Pontchartrain... Read more via WWL

LB Scott Fujita Signs One-Day Contract with New Orleans Saints, Announces Retirement |

The New Orleans Saints announced Monday that linebacker Scott Fujita has signed a one-day contract with the team and will announce his retirement from professional football. The announcement was made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis...

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Monday, April 22, 2013

WWOZ Hosts' 2013 Jazz Fest Recommendations |

If you were an 'OZ DJ, where would you Fest?...

Several of WWOZ's show hosts have agreed to share their "Not-to-be-missed-lists" for Jazz Fest 2013. Take advantage of their vast stores of musical knowledge and make it your best Jazz Fest yet...

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Top 10 better-for-you Jazz Fest dishes |

Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine's shrimp bun (skewered shrimp)
If you go to Jazz Fest for just a day or so, what you choose to eat and drink probably isn't a big deal, nutritionally speaking. But for those who attend multiple – or all – days, food choices can really add up. Fortunately it's absolutely possible to experience all that Jazz Fest has to offer – food included – without sacrificing your health or your waistline...

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Dishcrawl is coming to Oak Street | Oak Street New Orleans

Dishcrawl is coming to Oak Street Tuesday, April 23rd. Four restaurants, which are kept secret until 48 hours before our event, are hidden gems that deserve to be showcased. Too often the uptown neighborhoods are overlooked in favor of the more popular French Quarter and other more notable tourist destinations. Our inaugural NOLA Dishcrawl, the Carrollton Crawl, brought 40 new diners to the Riverbend area of Carrollton and we hope the momentum continues with the Oak Street Crawl...

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Experience Maple Street in New Orleans | Maple Street Business Association

Maple Street offers authentic dining cuisine, boutique shopping, salons and spas, pubs, and many other professional services. Visitors will enjoy all of the conveniences and luxuries of a commercial corridor nestled in the six blocks of Maple Street between Carrollton and Broadway...

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Prytania Street - Garden District Beauty and Beyond

Those looking to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Garden District need look no farther than Prytania Street. Prytania begins at the distinctive I -10 overpass at Calliope Street in the Lower Garden District and runs upriver into Uptown, ending just past Audubon Park at the banks of the Mississippi River. Situated between Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue, Prytania blends the charm of both popular thoroughfares into its own unique style...

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Champagne Stroll on Magazine Street

Come to Magazine Street for the Champagne Stroll. Saturday, May 11th, from 5 - 9 pm.

Magazine Street is filled with interesting shops, bars, restaurants and people. From local favorites such as Blue Frog Chocolates, the Bulldog Pub and Joey K's to brand name locations like Buffalo Exchange and Whole Foods – Magazine Street maintains local character and impressive charm.

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Jazz Fest 2013 Guide and more New Orleans news and entertainment | Gambit

Your day-by-day to cubes, maps, profiles and interviews. Gambit's Jazz Fest guide. News, Shopping, Eat & Drink, Arts, and more!

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Growing Urban Farmers in New Orleans | Organic Connections

Nat Turner, a former New York City public-school teacher, moved to New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward on Thanksgiving Day, 2008. He didn’t know anything about gardening — “I could barely keep a cactus alive” — but he had a vision to start an urban farm that would be a vehicle for educating and empowering the neighborhood’s youth. He’d been making service trips to the Big Easy with students, but he wanted an opportunity to dig deeper, literally and figuratively, into the city’s revitalization...

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Kingfish, Haute Plates restaurant review |

Chef Greg Sonnier is back in charge of the kitchen at a full-service restaurant. Kingfish opened recently at 337 Chartres St., and if Sonnier's participation wasn't enough to make you take notice, the bar program will be headed by Chris McMillian, most recently of the Ritz-Carlton's Library Lounge and Bar UnCommon in the Renaissance Pere Marquette. The venture is operated by Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, which has heretofore been known more for restaurants that cater more to visitors than to locals. Kingfish is, therefore, a marked departure for the group, and it's hard to imagine how they could have done better than to hire Sonnier and McMillian...

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Bayou St. John youth announces his 3rd annual ‘Jazzy Lemonade’ stand during Jazz Fest

Beginning Friday, April 26th and covering both weekends of Jazz Fest, Lyle Usdin will be running his annual ‘Jazzy Lemonade’ stand in walking distance from the festival grounds at the city’s race track. This will be the third year the 10 year-old entrepreneur from Newman School has run his popular refreshment pit-stop for those on their way to the music event of the year. Years prior proved so successful that this year he’s opening a franchise just a few blocks down from the original stand on Ursulines Ave and Lopez.

Lyle began his annual business at the suggestion of his parents, Sarah and Tommy Usdin. “We thought it would be fun. There were a few people in the neighborhood that had lemonade stands but they’re older now and no longer do it. And my favorite fruit is lemon. My mother got me a lemon tree three years ago. My neighbors and I have hand pollinated the tree with a watercolor brush.”

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When Dreams become Reality: Glass Recycling Comes to New Orleans | WWNO

A lot of New Orleanians will tell you that the glass is half empty when it comes to glass recycling in this city. The question that drives everyone to drink is always ‘when is glass recycling coming?!’

The answer is always that it’s either too expensive to haul, too costly, a liability issue, or too cheap to manufacture to make it work… Until now...

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New Orleans eyes new $650 million airport terminal |

More than $300 million in renovations and upgrades
to the current terminal — including improvements to
baggage claim and a new ticket lobby — will not go to waste.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city plans a new $650 million terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in suburban Kenner. Backers say the project will create 13,000 new jobs while increasing convenience for passengers and providing a more modern, cost-efficient facility to lower costs for airlines.

The terminal would be on the north side of the existing terminal structure, which is more than 50 years old...

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Watchdog group reports health problems from dispersant use during BP oil spill |

A dispersant plane was photographed April 27, 2010
passing an oil skimmer working to clean the
Gulf of Mexico oil spill. ( Associated Press archive)
Cleanup workers, doctors, divers and Gulf Coast residents interviewed by a Washington watchdog group have reported health problems from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including blood in the urine, heart palpitations, kidney and liver damage, migraines, memory loss and reduced IQ.

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New Orleans Earth Day Festival and Green Business Expo

The 2013 New Orleans Earth Day Festival and Green Business Expo will be held on Sunday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. at Bayou St. John on Orleans Avenue.

New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo is unique. It’s the only event in the area focused exclusively on engaging the local community, environmental organizations and businesses around environmental sustainability. And, in the long term we believe our event has the potential to expand beyond New Orleans and become established as the premier sustainability event along the Gulf Coast.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Orleans tourism promoters will launch a new national advertising campaign on May 6 |

New Orleans tourism promoters are preparing to launch a pitch to a national audience on May 6, with television and digital advertising and a new Internet site designed around the theme, "Follow Your NOLA," appealing to travelers who prefer open-ended exploration of their destinations. The approximately $4 million campaign will run through August...

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Vieux Carré panel backs Morning Call proposal | The Advocate

Decades after it left the French Quarter for the suburbs, Morning Call, the popular 24-hour beignet stand, could make a return to its original neighborhood.

The Vieux Carré Commission on Tuesday voted to give conceptual approval to a plan that would allow the beignet stand and coffee shop to build a new location on a small lot on Conti Street between North Peters and Decatur streets.

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LA officials urge vigilance after Boston bombing | WWL

From the Zurich Classic to Jazz Fest to the Bayou Country Superfest, Louisiana has a lot of high-profile events coming up.  The Governor's Office of Homeland Security says it is in contact with federal officials after what happened in Boston.

There are no specific threats, not even general ones that Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security Director Kevin Davis says would require them to have a more visible security presence. But he says everyone should remain observant...

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Jazz Fest assures it will provide 'highest level available' of security after Boston bombings |

Jazz Fest, as always, is working with all relevant law enforcement agencies--local, state and federal--to assess any security concerns and to provide the highest level of special event preparedness available..

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Taxi industry outraged by latest New Orleans cabbie murder | WWL

Homicide detectives are investigating another cab driver murder in New Orleans. Police say 35-year-old Sheicho Delbar was shot and killed in Treme early Thursday morning. In an Eyewitness News exclusive, members of the cab industry say despite forced vehicle upgrades, the city isn't doing enough to protect drivers.

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Ferry service to increase for French Quarter Fest weekend | WWL

In anticipation of large crowds coming from the west bank to the French Quarter Festival, a second ferry will run the Algiers/Canal Street route beginning Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14.

The heavy ferry traffic for the popular festival comes at a time when the future of the boats are uncertain due to funding issues.

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LDWF assisting in search for Terrilynn Monette; reward increased to $20K | WDSU


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has begun looking for missing teacher Terrilynn Monette from Harvey on Wednesday morning.

The assistance from the LDWF came after State Rep. Austin Badon put in the request on Tuesday. The department is using sonar equipment to search waterways, and investigators will use special equipment to search wooded areas of New Orleans East where stolen cars have been found in the past.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Wine Enthusiast Guide to New Orleans | Wine Enthusiast

Spring marks the best time to travel to The Crescent City. It’s warm, yet summer’s sweltering heat has yet to arrive and the city as a whole has released its proverbial exhale after Mardi Gras. While best known for its pre-Lenten bacchanalia, The Big Easy isn’t all beads and booze. No, it’s mostly booze—and wine, and envelope-pushing food and a whole mess of charming, fun-loving folks who know how to appreciate the decadent bounties of life.

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Gentrification flap rooted in an older debate over New Orleans ‘exceptionalism’ | The Lens


The rapid demographic changes in some of New Orleans’ older neighborhoods  have sparked consternation among locals as well as professional observers of the city. The firestorm over Richard Campanella’s article on gentrification is only the most recent flashpoint. Is what’s happening in places like Bywater best thought of as a renaissance or mere gentrification? And is there a difference?

As always, word choice is the lifeblood of any good dustup in the public square, and there are certainly other ways to frame the current debate. One of them, dating at least to 1803 and thus as old as Louisiana itself, pits New Orleans “exceptionalism” against “Americanism” as a model for progress.

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NOLA's Underground Gourmets Six New Orleans food haunts worth seeking out | Garden & Gun

Sara Essex Bradley
At this neighborhood dive, you’ll find old men and hipsters arguing over the Saints defense, poker machines that look like they were installed sometime in the 1970s, and a broken guitar on the wall waiting for its owner to come back to claim it any night. But the real magic is in the back, past the magnetic dartboard, where a scrawled-marker sign indicates that something akin to a restaurant occasionally operates here...

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New Orleans Has a Soup That Supposedly Cures Hangovers | The Atlantic

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For years, revelers who have consumed immoderate quantities of beer at Bullets or a raft of hurricanes at Pat O'Briens have stumbled to take-out joints for a steaming bowl of this brothy elixir. There just seems to be something about it that makes you feel alive in the morning – thus its nickname "Old Sober." That "something" turns out to be mostly salt and fat, according to Mitchell, which help your body deal with the liver-punching effects of alcohol.

Here's the yakamein cure in action: The big bowl of liquid is loaded with sodium to replace all the salts that your body whizzes away due to alcohol's diuretic properties. The unctuous brisket sits in your stomach like a heavy sponge, slowing down the body's absorption of alcohol. The B-complex vitamins in the green onions might help ease an impending headache by preventing an accumulation of glutaric acid. That egg plays a part, too...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Big Comeback: Is New Orleans America's Next Great Innovation Hub? | The Atlantic

The Big Easy doesn't want fewer bachelor parties. It just wants more bachelor's degrees. 

For much of the last 20 years, the city was wilting in plain sight. In the 1990s, a period during which the U.S. added 21 million jobs, New Orleans didn't just lose jobs; it also lost people. With tourism filling the void left by manufacturing, wages fell way behind the national average. It was place to bring a bachelor party, but not a bachelor's degree, and certainly not a business...

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NBC's Education Nation tour stops in New Orleans | Gambit

Former WWL-TV anchor Hoda Kotb, who now works
at NBC's Today, will host several panels at the education summit dealing with education reform in New Orleans.
NBC's road tour of three education hot spots — "hot," that is, for good or for bad — lands in New Orleans this week. Along with the other cities (Detroit and Phoenix), the network's third annual "Education Nation" events highlight local issues facing local schools — and NBC is reaching out not just to the recent waves of nationally praised charter schools and their operators, but to the Recovery School District (RSD) as well as teachers and their students citywide.

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Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House barbecue shrimp po-boy is the Morning Dish |

Courtesy of Bourbon House
The meal: “My favorite festival food - and non-festival food - is Dickie Brennan's Bourbon BBQ Shrimp” from the Bourbon House, Schramm said. “The name does not come close to doing it justice: decadent and full of fresh rosemary, bourbon, gigantic shrimp, and I have no idea what constitutes the fabulous sauce, but, wow, does it stand out in the crowd...

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NOPD JazzFest Boycott Floated, Police Rep Rips Idea | NOLA Defender

To get their message across about the details, there's talk among local cops about hitting New Orleans in its soul. Rank-and-file police aren't happy about the new detail system that would be implemented as part of the NOPD's consent decree, so they are considering boycotting JazzFest, according to a letter issued by the president of the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Jazz Fest Restaurants | My New Orleans

For many festivalgoers, Jazz Fest is as much about food as it is about music. No trip to the Fair Grounds is complete without the ritual of hunting and foraging for something new to share whilst your friends hold down the fort or a patch of grass, as it were. Like what happens backstage at the big tents, feeding the fest is a tough act to pull off and takes a lot of planning, careful execution and (with regard to rain) a little bit of luck. There are, however, a handful of restaurants that are up for tackling that task, and here’s a look at a few...

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New Orleans Musicians Start Young and Learn Fast | My New Orleans

Jack Stewart recalls the beginning of his music education in Orleans Parish Public Schools: He was handed a “Tonette” in fourth grade. “It was a hard, plastic recorder. They would give them out at the beginning of the year – they had been boiled and sterilized but they still had teeth marks on them.” Ken Kolb had the same experience at De La Salle School: “I still remember: you had to put your fingers on the right place to play a tune – one, two, three, two, one, one, one …”

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Shopping in the French Quarter | My New Orleans

Craid Mulcahy photographs

Whether you’re looking for clothing, jewelry, shoes, hats, accessories or a piece of New Orleans’ past, the French Quarter offers all that and so much more. I have my favorite places to visit each time I’m there, as I bet you do, too, but on my last visit, I found a bunch of new places that deserve our attention.

There is no way to cover all of the wonderful places to shop in the French Quarter, but here are eight suggestions...

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