Emeril Lagasse Shilling Bam! BBQ-Flavored Tortilla Chips | @Eater



Chef Emeril Lagasse now has his sights set on becoming a tortilla chip mogul. As first reported by Snack and Bakery, Lagasse has partnered with CoPak solutions to create a line of gluten-free Emeril Tortilla Chips. According to a rep, the Emeril-branded chips have "just been softly launched in Louisiana" at 40 locations of the Rouses Supermarket chain, and are available three flavors: Bam! BBQ (which plays off Lagasse's familiar catchphrase), Essence (featuring the "bold spice of New Orleans"), and, uh, Sweet Potato.

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New Orleans' Euclid Records is more than just a record store | St Louis Today

Weber doesn’t mean to take anything away from other New Orleans stores; he says the city is full of great ones. “They tend to be very niche in a lot of ways,” Weber says. “Domino (Sound Record Shack) is great and small and well-curated, the place you send diehard music fans to. Louisiana Music Factory does a great job mostly focusing on regional and local stuff.”  Weber also sees his Euclid Records as a cultural center, common of record stores nowadays.


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West Elm, big name retailer, opens on Magazine Street | WDSU


The latest national chain to open on Magazine Street, Uptown is causing concern for some in the business community. West Elm opened Thursday morning at the corner of Magazine and Eighth Street. The upscale contemporary furniture store is a subsidy of national retailer Williams-Sonoma.

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I scream, you scream for New Orleans ice cream | NOLA.com

If you're craving authentic New Orleans fare, you're likely imagining the spicy, smoky and savory flavors of jambalaya, red beans and rice or crawfish etouffee. That's not to say we locals don't revere the sweeter indulgences, too. But in the August heat, even the most fabulous flaming Bananas Foster or Baked Alaska can't hold a candle (or more aptly, a flambé torch) to a good old-fashioned ice-cream cone.

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The Real Davis by Davis Rogan

Say what you will about Davis Rogan, human being. He can take it. In fact he doesn't give a bleep. But fess up and give the man his musical dues. Rogan has lovingly crafted a compelling musical and lyrical odd-yssey, from the reluctant rebirth of a city to the depths of his own personal frailty. In person or in his music Davis can't help expressing himself. He is larger-than-life and loaded with character flaws, and all that comes through on the CD. Love him, as I do, or not, you must admit that the guy is giving his all, raw and unfiltered. The world could stand to have a few more artists, and I mean this in the capital "A" sense, of Rogan's caliber, might and murky majesty.

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Take home New Orleans iced coffee: the latest trend? | Gambit

"As the pioneer of the cold drip process, we’ve perfected our 24-hour cold-brew technique, resulting in a higher-quality product that is significantly less acidic than traditional hot coffee," said PJ’s roast master Felton Jones. "We’re allowing our customers to use their imagination and create a variety of drink experiences within their own homes.”

The local chain has no plans to release the concentrate into grocery stores as of yet, but it is available at every PJ's location. (No word on if the Blue Bottle variety will ever arrive in its namesake town.)

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Better transit is the path to progress in New Orleans | Times-Picayune

A vibrant public transit system is the backbone of opportunity for cities like New Orleans. Public transit connects people to jobs, food, schools and health care. A reliable, coordinated public transit system could make a real difference for families who might need to take a sick child to their doctor. It also could determine what access families have to healthy food. And for cities like New Orleans, public transit is an economic generator. Research shows that investments in public transit systems yield significant gains. Every $1 spent on public transit generates a local economic return of $5; every $1 billion invested in public transit creates and supports 36,000 jobs. In short, public transit is a booster for economic growth.

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24 classic New Orleans recipes from this season of 'In Judy's Kitchen' | NOLA.com

Do you have time to relax in your recliner and binge-watch classic New Orleans recipe videos? It will take a couple of hours.  You might want to have a little bite before you start, because you're sure to get hungry when you see all the delicious things being cooked for you.


Follow the link for all the classic Louisiana dishes made in the In Judy's Kitchen video series, from 2013-2014.

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'NCIS' expands reach to New Orleans | USA Today


Two of TV's memorable leading men, NCIS star Mark Harmon and Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise), are joining forces to push a third series in the CBS law-enforcement franchise, NCIS: New Orleans (Sept. 23, 9 p.m. ET/PT), into the spotlight. New Orleans will have the benefit of following NCIS, TV's most-watched show scripted series last season, and also the experience of people like Harmon and Gary Glasberg, an executive producer of both series.



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Decentralization impacts youths needing mental health services | Advocate

In recent years, New Orleans has become a case study in how children and families are affected by rapid decentralization of public education and mental-health systems.

In theory, the city’s families should have more options than ever when it comes to schools and mental-health providers. But decentralization has wrought some unintended consequences, particularly for children with the most severe needs — needs that aren’t always met by private operators.

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Tales of the Cocktail #totc July 16-20, 2014


Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the international spirits community for five days of what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in bartending. Held annually in New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail® has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to mix and mingle with the brightest minds in mixology during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. Join us in New Orleans July 16-20 for the 12th Annual Tales of the Cocktail® where for five days the cocktail reigns supreme. All Hail the Cocktail!

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6 great soul food restaurants in New Orleans | The Times-Picayune



New Orleans cuisine famously developed through contributions from a crazy quilt of ethnic groups. None played a role more crucial than the African-Americans who dominated New Orleans kitchens through much of the city's history.

Which is to say what might be called "African-American cuisine" is basically everywhere you look in New Orleans, although soul food, the cooking most commonly associated with African-American kitchens, has long flourished here, particularly at black owned and operated restaurants.

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Essence Festival ‘Huge Economic Engine’ for New Orleans | Time

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Friday the Essence Music Festival “may be the most important event the people of this city are involved in.”

Over the past 20 years, big names from BeyoncĂ© to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have drawn massive crowds to the “party with a purpose,” which has become the largest African American music festival in the U.S. The three-day event generated around $241 million in 2013

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