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THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL 2019 59 from the 1940s, with matinees and dinner shows. About a mile away from the convention center, at the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Hellis Foundation presents a six-month exhibit though October 6 entitled “Art of the City: Post-Modern to Post Katrina.” It displays the works of over 75 native and dedicated visiting artists depicting how the resilience of New Orleans has contributed to the city’s thriving contemporary art scene. This museum also provides a free exhibit that includes several works of art and authentic pieces that date back hundreds of years. While casually roaming the French Quarter’s charming streets is a fine way to spend time, a bit of knowledge about the unique architecture and history will enhance your stroll. Embark on a walking tour to better understand the city’s beating heart and musical soul. Two Chicks Walking Tours takes you through the Quarter, known as Vieux Carre, past popular New Orleans attractions and sights, including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the historic French Market. You’ll learn how the city was built, and about the multi-cultural influence of French, Spanish, African, and Caribbean architecture. Be sure to visit the French Quarter Visitor Center where National Park Service rangers lead free talks and provide printable self-guided walking tours. And, because it’s New Orleans, refreshment is always near. Extraordinary Food Options To engage any New Orleanian in conversation, simply ask where to find the town’s best po’ boy or gumbo. A passion for good food is the thread running through every neighborhood, home, and restaurant in New Orleans. Through New Orleans cuisine, visitors experience the city’s her- itage as well as its bright future in every bite. Here’s everything you need to know to get started exploring New Orleans food. A culinary and spiritual symbol of New Orleans, gumbo is a melting pot of flavors mingling in a rich savory roux. The word is believed to stem from West African roots originating from the word for okra. European, Native American, and West African ingredients and techniques evolved in a delicious mix, resulting in a diverse array of recipes. Thus, who makes the city’s best bowl of gumbo is always a hotly debated topic. Whether your favorite is meat- or seafood-based, or a combo, here are places to begin. Locals rave about Restaurant R’evolution’s “Death by Gumbo,” featuring quail stuffed with rice, Andouille sausage and oysters. For a more classic version, try Chef Leah Chase’s crab, shrimp, chicken and sausage gumbo at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. Visitors have joined the line at the Crescent City’s most honored institution, Café du Monde, since the French Quarter coffee stand first began serving up beignets and café au lait, their sole menu items, in 1862. It’s 24/7 and there are no reservations, so scout a table then place your order. Be prepared to leave with a healthy coating of powdered sugar—it’s impossible to contain the sweet goodness, and that’s part of the magic. For park-side locale, try Morning Call’s beignets, another beloved 24- hour café dishing up sweet eats. In the late 1920s, two New Orleans brothers set out to feed striking streetcar operators, a.k.a. “poor boys,” with the cheapest fresh ingredients on hand loaded into morning-baked bread. That legacy lives on today from gas station counters to white tablecloth restaurants. Flaky-on-the-outside, soft-on- Carriage rides are a fun tradition.
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