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RETURN TO THE BIG EASY



Spent part of last week in New Orleans for work. It was my first time back since 2004, a year before Katrina hit. Here are some thoughts:


+ From what I could tell, the main sections of New Orleans (French Quarter, convention center, Canal Street, the Super Dome, etc.) have recovered nicely.




+ However, it does seem there are less people in the city now, compared to five years ago.




+ No matter where you go, you can't escape from New York (saw this on the wall of Mother's Restaurant, a 71-year-old New Orleans institution).




+ Where else could you get alligator jerkey, Tabasco potato chips, pork cracklin strips and 49er mardi gras beads?




+ Proof that social media is now mainstream.




+ My brand of coffee.




+ The Tabasco empire grows.




+ If you have to work in your hotel room, take-out jambalaya makes it more enjoyable.




+ Willie Mae's Scotch House has some pretty incredible fried chicken.



Willie Mae's was heavily damaged by Katrina. Watch this short film about its history and rebuilding process. It serves as a reminder of how far New Orleans, as a city, has come since August 29, 2005.

DLM

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