Louisiana Daily Photo: Bywater Phone Booth

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Picture taken outside the original Schwegmann’s Grocery in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Zuppardo’s In Metairie

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500 Po Boys: Zuppardo’s Diner

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Nor Joe Importing Company

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It’s not, as rumored, the source of the finest muffaletta in all of New Orleans, but it’s a commendable sandwich made more enticing by the aromas of the stocked groceries and sundries. Nor Joe smells terrific and the the muff is a good one.

I like to run out here every few months to stock up on good olives, oils, and cheeses brought in straight from ‘the boot’

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Spalding’s Donuts (Lexington Kentucky)

Spalding's Donuts In Lexington Kentucky

Spalding’s Donuts In Lexington Kentucky

I’ve been eating at Spalding’s Bakery since they were in their old location at North Limestone and 6th Street back when that part of Lexington was still rough around the edges. Continue reading

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Louisiana Daily Photo: New Orleans Lakefront Airport

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Work started on New Orleans Lakefront Airport in 1929 and by 1933 airplanes were gliding in and out of the facility that juts, peninsula-like into Lake Pontchartrain.

Amelia Earhart famously stayed in the VIP suites and Katrina just as famously swallowed big portions of the structure. It took $19 million to breathe life back into the old gal.

Nowadays, thousands of private airplanes and jets take off and land annually at the former Shushan Airport.

What I wouldn’t have given to have been on hand back in ’33 to watch pilot Jimmy Wedell race through the sky at a staggering (and record-breaking) 266mph.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Little Sluggers

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Louisiana Daily Photo: French Quarter Mail Boxes

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Chef Aaron Burgau Brings Barbecue To Central City New Orleans

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Here’s the beat-up old seafood market that chef Aaron Burgau of Patois restaurant is going to transform into a barbecue restaurant in New Orleans Central City neighborhood. I’ve eaten this man’s food and can firmly state that he’s one of the top talents in all of New Orleans. Can he cook barbecue? I’d put money on it.

1201 S. Rampart St.
New Orleans, LA
70113

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Red Rock Texas

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr

When I lived in Texas I routinely drove my motorbike south out of Austin down FM 812, the old Austin-Port Lavaca Stagecoach Road. It’s a beautiful drive filled with roadside barbacoa stands, rusted hulks of abandoned cars, pagan churches, bull-fighting arenas and all manners of rural Texas ephemera. Continue reading

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Louisiana Daily Photo: John Ostrowski’s Famous Sausage

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John Reusing of Baltimore bar Bad Decisions fame brought an ice chest filled with John Ostrowski’s Famous Sausage to New Orleans.

Here’s my field report.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Peer Inside New Orleans’ First Schwegmann’s Supermarket

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Schwegmann’s in New Orleans was USA’s first self-service grocery store. This is a photo I took of the interior when it was being re-imagined as a coffeeshop. That project was put on hold when a big ‘stop-work’ order was slapped on the front door by the City of New Orleans.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor (Austin, Texas)

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor In Austin Texas

I quit asking for permission to take photos years ago. It’s much easier to just walk up-start snapping-and if anybody doesn’t like it then start throwing punches. If it turns into too big of a dust-up then squeal out of the parking lot with workers trailing in your wake as you fishtail wildly onto the street. Continue reading

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Farewell Times Picayune

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Louisiana Daily Photo: New Orleans Power Plant

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Hot Plates In Pigeon Town

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Indo Pak

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A Jefferson Parish entrepreneur posted this flyer at a supermarket in Metairie. If it inspires you to try the cook’s efforts please report back.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: El Rincon (Pflugerville, Texas)

El Rincon In Pflugerville Texas

El Rincon In Pflugerville Texas

When I lived in Austin I ranged broadly across central and south Texas on the hunt for handmade tortillas. I was making good money writing and developing recipes for Scrumptious Chef and I spent countless hours on my old motorbike rambling across the great state. Continue reading

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Fiorella’s Cafe In The French Quarter Of New Orleans

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Can you remember when Fiorella’s Cafe had the finest fried chicken in New Orleans? Then your memory has served you well as C.J. Fiorella sold his old joint way back in 1999.

Since then the little restaurant has suffered hard times.

The last time we visited was around the year 2000 and the food was so bad that a frustrated manager comped our entire meal, then went to the kitchen where she launched an impressive tirade against the whole of the cooking crew.

The restaurant is currently closed while the owners recover from a fire.

The original Fiorella family has recently opened a new restaurant at 5325 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Acme Oyster House In New Orleans

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An oyster po boy from Acme Oyster House in New Orleans.

I’m eating 500 po boys in New Orleans.

This is Chowpapi post number 750.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Black Lumberjacks

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Black Lumberjacks Built Ruby’s Roadhouse

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