Louisiana Daily Photo: Shuttered Curb Store In Violet

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Sidney Torres III Really Puts Out A Spread

Just look at that spread. Tell me Sidney Torres III doesn’t know how to put out a spread.

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Louisiana Daily Photo via RL Reeves Jr

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Fresh Coon $2.99 Per Pound

The only grocery store I’ve ever seen fresh coon for sale at is located in the 7th Ward in New Orleans.

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Louisiana Daily Photo via RL Reeves Jr

My daddy loved fresh raccoon, he’d braise it in an electric skillet with sweet potatoes and serve it with a hot pone of corn bread.

I have a feeling most city folks have never tried this delicacy.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Alois J Binder

A McDonalds sits on the former site of the old Alois J Binder bakery on St Claude. I hope the Binder family received a handsome sum for the property.

At one point there were Binder bakeries scattered all over New Orleans but by the mid-70s the only one still operational was the shop on Frenchmen Street.

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Louisiana Daily Photo via RL Reeves Jr

It’s still going strong and I try to get by there at least once a week to get a loaf of their good, crusty bread or a sweet treat.

The Binder family have been in the baking game in New Orleans since 1914.

940 Frenchmen St
New Orleans LA
70116

Hours of operation
Sunday Closed
Monday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Dragged Kicking And Hollering Out Of The 2015 Kentucky Ham Breakfast

God I hope that’s never a headline associated with me.

Chris Hartman, however, probably has a different take on it.

The young Hartman was indeed dragged kicking and hollering out of the signal event in the Kentucky ham industry just this morning: Thursday August 27th 2015.

The Kentucky Ham Breakfast got its start back in 1963. Since then the annual event has served as a fundraiser for Louisville-area charities with the proceeds from the giant ham auction doled out to help a wide variety of organizations.

Only residents of Kentucky and hams cured and aged in Kentucky may compete. That’s why we don’t see Alan Benton roll up in a pickup truck loaded down with Tennessee country ham.

That’s a pity.

This morning the big Ham Breakfast got a little excitement when Chris Hartman, director of the obliquely named Fairness Campaign, was dragged kicking and hollering out of the event.

No word on whether he had a big belly of ham and biscuits when he was shown the door by two Kentucky State Troopers.

Hartman has a beef with the Kentucky Farm Bureau who sponsor the affair.

The winning ham from this year’s breakfast came from Father’s Country Hams in Bremen, Kentucky.

Anybody with working knowledge of Kentucky’s vaunted charcuterie scene knows this concern to be one of the finest in the state. Their ham brought $400k, or $28k per pound.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Sleeping On The Job In Gonzales

A hung-over carny is fast asleep at the Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales, Louisiana.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Grilling Oysters Under The Hot Central City Sun

Two grill cooks from Luke’s Family Catering are standing over a hot smoker in front of Tapps II Lounge during the Valley Of Silent Men Second Line on Sunday August 23rd 2015.

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Louisiana Daily Photo via RL Reeves Jr

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Guitar Jr

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Wild Woman

Louisiana Daily Photo: Courtyard Brewery via RL Reeves Jr

Louisiana Daily Photo: Courtyard Brewery via RL Reeves Jr

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Louisiana Daily Photo: The Beauty Queens And The Fat Man

I took this photo at St Gertrude The Great Catholic Church’s big Catfish Festival which is held in the spring of each year out in St. Charles Parish.

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Louisiana Daily Photo via RL Reeves Jr

On the wall behind the portly gentleman is a panoply of photographs of former Catfish Queens. Closer inspection proves these women to be of the utmost beauty.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Soul Food

I was on a taco run across the entirety of New Orleans and intel had indicated that the Brown Derby at Tulane and Jefferson Davis was making tortillas from scratch.

It never dawned on me that there were two Brown Derbys on the same intersection. The Brown Derby on the southwest corner is a humble corner store with a hotline in the back offering fried chicken livers, smothered turkey necks, yellow corn from the tin, collard greens and a host of other Deep South soul food classics.

Louisiana Daily Photo: Brown Derby #3 via RL Reeves Jr

Louisiana Daily Photo: Brown Derby #3 via RL Reeves Jr

This is where I took the photo of their fetching “Soul Food” sign. For the record this is Brown Derby #3, the other Brown Derby across the street has no affiliation. It is separately owned.

This particular Brown Derby originally operated on Freret Street but Katrina wiped out the operation, the store flooded and was summarily looted.

You don’t read about the Brown Derbys scattered about New Orleans unless someone walks in with a shotgun and takes aim at the clerk.

Brown Derby #3
3326 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
70119

Hours of Operation
Sunday 5am-midnight
Monday 5am-midnight
Tuesday 5am-midnight
Wednesday 5am-midnight
Thursday 5am-midnight
Friday 5am-midnight
Saturday 5am-midnight

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Frying Fish With The Masons In South Louisville

The Suburban Masonic Lodge in south Louisville was established in 1902 but didn’t start frying fish for cash in the neighborhood til October 1st 1927.

1920s-era Louisville was in the full grip of Prohibition but we imagine the Masons occasionally took a nip or two out of a flask secreted in a broadcloth suit jacket or tucked discreetly under a seat in an old Packard sedan.

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr

My grandfather Big Jim Sullivan was a Mason who suffered through the hard times of Prohibition, but that didn’t stop him from buying bootleg whiskey and taking his old mule Pete out for a gallop through the rural Kentucky countryside.

Kentucky Masons are double tough and don’t like being told what to do.

Suburban Social Fish Fry In Louisville Kentucky

Suburban Social Fish Fry In Louisville Kentucky

On a recent visit to Louisville I was determined to visit the Mason’s Suburban Social Club to find out if their Green River-style fried fish is as good as everyone has been saying for the last 80 plus years.

It is.

Walking into the bee hive of a lodge on a Saturday afternoon I’m immediately struck with the saline smell of fresh fish bubbling away in clear, hot fat.

I join the queue and within 15 or so minutes I’m looking at a monstrous plate of expertly fried cod fish that appears to have been wrenched from the icy depths of the North Atlantic earlier that same morning.

Suburban Masonic Lodge #740 Free and Accepted Masons

Suburban Masonic Lodge #740 Free and Accepted Masons

I’m not sure what Green River-style means but the fish has been dredged in cornmeal that has a tiny bit of pepper and a little salt, nothing else.

There are commercial grade tartars and cocktail sauces available but this fish stands on its own. No sauce is needed.

I inquire to another patron as to what he reckons the secret to this fish’s wildly delicious flavor is and he allows as how it’s due to the fry cooks using lard in their fryolators. Ahhh, this makes plenty sense as lard is one of the great frying mediums.

3901 S 3rd St Louisville, KY

3901 S 3rd St
Louisville, KY

A plate at Suburban Social Club comes four planks to an order, a side of treacly cole slaw, commercial french fries and rye bread rides shotgun. All in all you’d be best off just getting that world beating fish and ignoring the accoutrements.

Walking out the front door I take note of a dessert lady who’s posted up at the entrance. She’s hurting for business and no wonder; the savory part of the operation is serving trencherman-level portions and there’s precious little gullet room left after you’ve waded through one of the Mason’s big fish plates.

Icelandic Cod Is Toted To South Louisville To  Be Fried In Lard By Masons

Icelandic Cod Is Toted To South Louisville To
Be Fried In Lard By Masons

Suburban Masonic Lodge #740 Free and Accepted Masons
3901 S 3rd St
Louisville, KY
40214

Hours of operation
10am-8pm
Saturdays
March-November

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Elderly Chowhound

I visited De No Seafood in Gretna a few months ago where I was amazed at the amount of food an elderly diner was enjoying.

The waitresses brought out her repast in waves til she was finally sated.

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Louisiana Daily Photo via RL Reeves Jr

Multiple cold and hot courses did little to abate her appetite til a tray of desserts was dispatched from the kitchen and summarily devoured.

I sat in awe and silently hoped that if I ever reached her age I could eat with such acumen and voracity.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Fried Onion Rings On Jayne Mansfield’s Road To Death

Hi Tide Bar and Grill’s onion rings are the Dead Sea Scrolls of the genre.

Words that start on the salty breeze of New Orleans East waft upriver to the Irish Channel, Black Pearl and all the wards in-between.

Located Mississippi-bound on the old US 90 East just a 20 minute car ride from New Orleans proper, the restaurant sits just down the road from where Jayne Mansfield was killed in a horrific car crash on June 29th 1967.

Louisiana Daily Photo: Hi Tide Bar and Grill via RL Reeves Jr

Louisiana Daily Photo: Hi Tide Bar and Grill via RL Reeves Jr

A recent visit to the restaurant found the fry cook operating in some rarefied air as everything that came out of the kitchen was in top form.

Including the onion rings, the finest I’ve ever eaten in Louisiana.

20510 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA
70129

Hours of operation
Sunday 12:00 pm – 1:30 am
Monday 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Friday 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am – 1:00 am

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Isn’t Tumblr Mainly Just Porn?

I was talking to a group of strangers a few nights ago and the subject of Instagram came up. Since Facebook is the parent of Instagram I have no truck with the online photo service. If Facebook is involved with anything I stumble upon I walk slowly backward until the offending party is out of sight.

Facebook is the Woolworth of the new century.

Tumblr is an entirely different beast.

Isn't Tumblr Mainly Just Porn

Isn’t Tumblr Mainly Just Porn

“Isn’t Tumblr mainly just porn?” That was one of the queries I fielded from the group, all of whom were on Facebook and Instagram but had never tarried with Yahoo’s Tumblr.

Yes, there is plentiful pornography on Tumblr if you’re into that sort of thing, but I use it for a variety of purposes, the least of which being its grunt and groan subset.

I’ll take a look at my dashboard (the backend of the service) and tell y’all what I get from this platform.

Vintage Black Glamour as one might imagine is devoted to high rolling Black musicians and actresses of days of yore. It’s splendid and required viewing for anyone who has a love for the fashion of yesteryear.

Penguin Books is a legendary imprint that has featured words from Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Benjamin Franklin, John Steinbeck and Ken Kesey among others. Their Tumblr takes a creative look at the classics and wiggles some cool contemporary stuff in as well.

The Chiseler is dedicated to “Forgotten Authors, Neglected Stars, and Lost Languages Rediscovered.” It is brilliant.

I Love Budapest for a lot of reasons, primarily the food and architecture. This Tumblr is devoted to one of my favorite cities on earth.

Do you like cartography? Amazing Maps is one of the best sites breathing life into this hoary old subject.

Of course Tumblr has plenty porn of which Bacchanales Sexuelles is one of the finest. It’s primarily vintage; the Golden Era is well represented here.

Denny Culbert is one of the best food photographers in The South. His Tumblr is of particular interest to folks interested in Acadiana.

The Bourbon Truth is the best blog devoted to bourbon drinking on the web. The author is an industry insider who ruthlessly skewers the pretenders and fetes the men who make the best whiskey on the planet.

If you like old, soul-rattling blues music filled with field hollers and plaintive wails then Muck’s Blues is the finest site on the planet.

Stacy Kranitz is my favorite photographer working in the fields and hollers of Appalachia. Her work is unflinching, ribald and outre’.

I’ll get around to publishing a part two of this list in another year or two. But for the time being, the above bloggers are doing enough good work to warrant your joining Tumblr. It’s more entertaining than the entirety of Instagram and Facebook combined.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Gimme A Wop Salad Honey And Make It Snappy

My last two meals at Mandina’s have been sad little affairs. Freezer bag french fries, iodine-tasting fried shrimp, flabby planks of catfish, surly waiter etc.

To make matters worse, on each instance I had brought a friend whilst claiming “this is the quintessential New Orleans neighborhood restaurant”

Yet I will still go back.

Louisiana Daily Photo: Mandina's Restaurant via RL Reeves Jr

Louisiana Daily Photo: Mandina’s Restaurant via RL Reeves Jr

My love of Mandina’s is manifold: Yes, I’ve had dozens of good meals there since the 80s but they would not have tasted nearly as delicious if I didn’t know the arching history of the business.

Sebastian Mandina originally opened his eponymous business as a grocery store all the way back in 1898. By 1932 the Mandina family decided to convert the grocery into a restaurant and New Orleans has had one of its most beloved cafes ever since.

Of course Katrina, that reckless bitch, shuttered the restaurant for some time but the Mandina’s are back up and running full throttle.

And I’ll never forget dining there one afternoon when a construction worker raced in with barely enough time to eat before getting back to the welding or nail hammering and barked “gimme a Wop salad honey and make it snappy” “Shuh thing dahlin'” was the waitress’ response as she kicked it into high gear and headed for the kitchen like the Devil was on her heels.

Nowadays that salad has lost the appellation “Wop” for the more suitably pc “Italian” but it’s still a testament to old school New Orleans when libertines smoked in bars and the Bywater was where you went for cheap rent and evenings of frivolity with painted harlots.

Mandina’s Restaurant
3800 Canal St
New Orleans, LA
70119

Sunday 12:00 – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Louisiana Daily Photo: The Death Of Creole Soul In New Orleans

Back when Freret Street was a great place to score drugs or have sex with a hooker, Dunbar’s Creole Cooking (est.1985) provided New Orleans working men with big hot plates filled with all you can eat fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, green beans with pickled pork, fried okra and a murderer’s row of outre Louisiana blue plate specialties.

I loved their shrimp and rice and Tina Dunbar’s cornbread was one for the ages.

Louisiana Daily Photo: Dunbar's Creole Cooking via RL Reeves Jr

Louisiana Daily Photo: Dunbar’s Creole Cooking via RL Reeves Jr

Hurricane Katrina, that scheming bitch, shut Dunbar’s down when a tidal wave of water filled the old cafe making it unfit for business.

The restaurant had a brief resurgence on Pine Street but has since disappeared. A rumored opening in Gentilly appears to be just that, a rumor.

The death of Creole Soul in New Orleans.

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2015 Ponderosa Stomp Announce Line-Up Filled With San Antonio Heavyweights

I’ve been going to New Orleans’ Ponderosa Stomp for almost 10 years now. I’ve seen dozens of artists many of whom have died since they dusted off their old acts for one final shot of glory at the Stomp.

This year’s line-up is stellar, particularly Saturday night when San Antonio take over the main stage with a set from Augie Meyers followed by the West Side Soul Revue featuring Rudy T, Little Henry Lee, Rudy Palacios, Chente Montes & Manuel Bones Aragon
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Charles Brimmer Performing At The 2013 Ponderosa Stomp

Charles Brimmer Performing At The 2013 Ponderosa Stomp

Anybody with even passing knowledge of San Antonio’s rich musical legacy will view this showcase as a must-attend.

The Ponderosa Stomp takes place at The Rock n Bowl Friday October 2nd and Saturday October 3rd 2015

Rock n Bowl
3016 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA
70118

Ponderosa Stomp

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Spatchcocked Chicken At Ideal Mart

Screaming children? Check.

Vaqueros in the checkout line trying to haggle over prices? Check.

Big, beautiful, spanking clean market filled with fresh meats and vegetables? Check.

Ideal Markets are scattered all over the New Orleans metro but the new one on Airline Drive is something else entirely.

Ideal Market Is Today's Louisiana Daily Photo via RL Reeves Jr

Ideal Market Is Today’s Louisiana Daily Photo via RL Reeves Jr

It’s big, it’s clean, it’s not crowded, and it has an impeccable Mexican blue plate hot lunch counter that I am dying to try.

Watch for this market to pop up in my 500 po boys series soon as they offer tortas which is nothing more than a Mexican po boy.

Ideal Market
4421 AIRLINE DR
METAIRIE, LA
70001

Hours Of Operation
Sunday 7am-9pm
Monday 7am-9pm
Tuesday 7am-9pm
Wednesday 7am-9pm
Thursday 7am-9pm
Friday 7am-9pm
Saturday 7am-9pm

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Unifiers Soul Brothers Used Tire Shop

If you like a strong political ideology from your used tire shop then Unifiers on Claiborne Avenue in the 7th Ward could provide a good fit.

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Louisiana Daily Photo via RL Reeves Jr

The outside walls of the business are covered with some of the best outsider art in the entirety of New Orleans.

Heavy political free thinking is the theme.

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