New Orleans, LA – In much the same way that their red flavor burns your lips, their wet grease stains your fingers and their bomb-drop weight rests on your belly, the memories of New Orleans hot tamales have a way of sticking around too.
New Orleans, LA – The Vietnamese call them "Chopstick Beans" because they look like chopsticks. And with the heat in full swing this is a great time of year to head out to the New Orleans East's Viet-town for it's early morning Saturday farmer's market. Grab a refreshing sweetened iced coffee or bubble tea and search out these amazing yardlong beans before the day heats up. Thin as a chopstick and found in a variety of green hues, it's also know as asparagus green, presumably for it's length.
The kitchen at Crescent City Cafe is slammed at eight in the morning on a recent Saturday. Cooks plate the day's specials as fast as they can, expediters urge them on and servers constantly cycle through the line, picking up two or three dishes at a time to shuttle to the dining room.
Resurrected recipes and logos keep the long, local McKenzie's baking tradition going in New Orleans, while members of the chain's original family owners continue to turn out their own fried chicken.
The McKenzie's Pastry Shoppes of New Orleans were born in the Great Depression, not an easy time for a new business to get started. Maybe that has something to do with why the old brand is so darn tough.