New Orleans, LA – Who would have thought that without the Society of Jesus, we'd probably not be enjoying satsumas in Greater New Orleans? Let me explain, when the Jesuits arrived here at the start of the 18th century, they also brought with them citrus plants from Asia - including the iconic, loose skinned, seedless tangerine from Satsuma in Japan us locals adore - the Satsuma. Jesuits planted orchards along the banks of the Mississippi River - a practice that continues in Plaquemines Parish (and near Jesuit Bend).
New Orleans, LA – From the ethic of reuse and recycle to the fair trade baskets from West African villages, farmers markets shoppers are expressing their personal ethics be they political, practical, or fashionable with the bags and baskets of their choosing:
New Orleans, LA – It wasn't that long ago that having a mere Web page put restaurateurs on the forefront of online marketing and tech-savvy self-promotion. More recently, a few have added official restaurant blogs where regular customers and curious others can keep abreast of specials and kitchen doings.
New Orleans, LA – In 1995, marketumbrella.org reinvented tradition by inviting farmers and fishers back to the center of New Orleans to sell the fruits of their labors in a recurrent public setting. In the Katrina recovery years, the further proliferation of public markets has been among the authentic expressions of neighborhood resilience in a recovery that has put many residents' backs to the wall.
The Katrina anniversary is naturally when we look back on all that's happened since the disaster, for better or worse. In the realm of New Orleans restaurants, there's a lot to consider, not lest being the roll call of lost restaurants.