Developed by a team of data scientists, the Pretension Index examines where these modern day latte art lovers are most concentrated, mining data from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, Facebook, local business data and more in the 50 most populous U.S. metro areas.And New Orleans now makes the Top 10 — lower than San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver or Austin, but above Chicago and New York:
Another week, another list for New Orleans, with the most recent focusing on diners looking to keep their voracious appetites sated on a budget.
The list, complied by financial website WalletHub, ranked New Orleans the 7th most affordable city for food lovers in the country, sandwiched between Reno, Nevada and Austin, Texas. The ranking compared the 150 most populated cities in the US, using 18 different metrics and data compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau and the Center for Disease Control.
While some of the metrics seem spot on (average cost of groceries, number of restaurants per capita), others are a little more questionable in the determination of culinary diversity and pricing (number of ice cream shops, number of craft breweries). The calculations place Orlando, Florida as the top city for culinary affordability, while Henderson, Nevada slides in at the very bottom spot.
Click here to view the full report.
Anybody want to offer a list of top-10 all time Saints?— Reid (@ReidG75) October 5, 2014
So that's the question. Is Pierre Thomas one of the best Saints of all time?
@ok__awesome just wondering if PT makes the cut?— Reid (@ReidG75) October 6, 2014
Rejoice, list lovers! Louisiana is once again near the top of the heap on a national list, and this time for our prominence as a state rich in food and drink.
Thrillist, the national "digital lifestyle brand for men" ranks Louisiana as the fourth best state in the country for eating and drinking, falling in just behind California, New York, and (sigh) Texas.
Using a not-so-scientific method, states were ranked based on what food items they produce, iconic dishes, beer/wine/spirit production, and the food scene in major cities. While Thrillist rolls its eyes at the national hype around New Orleans classics like gumbo and po' boys, it does note that we are, in fact, "America's finest drinking city."
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(My deepest condolences to South Dakota, which rounds out the list at #50 and is one of the few states to have its own official state bread.)
Parkway was the only restaurant in Louisiana to make the list, which also featured Gulf Coast eateries including Desporte & Sons Seafood in Biloxi, Mississippi; The Gulf in Orange Beach, Alabama; The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin, Florida; and Keys Fisheries in Marathon, Florida.
Coastal Living described the list as its “annual batch of casual restaurants that care plenty about fresh fish, fried sides, and seaside locale.” The magazine recommends Parkway’s fried shrimp and fried oyster po-boys, sweet potato fries and Barq’s root beer. Interestingly, the photo it ran with the writeup was of sweet potato fries, not seafood.
See other restaurants in the list after the jump
Louisiana ranks dead last and received an "F" grade in a new report from the Center for American Progress, which ranked each U.S. state by its wage gaps, poverty levels, access to health care, and leadership roles in relation to women.
The reports note that "an increasing number of women are either the sole breadwinner for their family or share the role with their partners" while women make on average only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes — and African American women make 64 cents for every dollar white men make.
Women make up 18 percent of Congress, and 15 states have no female elected leaders in the House of Representatives or the Senate.
In Louisiana, more than 22 percent of women in Louisiana live in poverty — while 36 percent of African American women live in poverty. (The report points out that only 11 percent of women live in poverty in Maryland, listed as the No. 1 state for women.)
The state also received an "F" for health care: 19 percent of women are uninsured, while 23 percent of African American are uninsured, and 35 percent of Hispanic women are uninsured. The state also was ranked poorly for its stance on reproductive rights, including requiring an ultrasound before a doctor performs an abortion and so-called "TARP" laws (targeted regulation of abortion providers), which place arbitrary restrictions on abortion clinics or doctor's offices. Louisiana is one of 28 states with such laws.
The report also ranked Louisiana poorly for not having laws that create programs for paid family leave insurance or temporary disability insurance, nor laws that require employers to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.
As far as leadership, 38.6 percent of Louisiana women hold management positions, while 55.4 percent are African American, 36.3 percent are Hispanic, 44.16 are Asian American, and 27.7 are Native American.
From the “Gee, I’m in the wrong business” file:
A national study conducted by the dating website SeekingArrangement.com and released this week, shows New Orleans has 2.43 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men in the city, putting the Big Easy 13th on the list. In another survey of sugar daddies released in December 2012, the website broke down statistics by religion, finding the highest number of sugar daddies were Jewish (28 percent), 17 percent were evangelicals (17 percent), 14 percent were Catholic and 8 percent were Protestant. (Twelve percent of sugar daddies in the study were not affiliated with a specific religion, and 3 percent identified themselves as atheist or agnostic.
The new study ranks Atlanta in first place, with 5.98 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men in the city, Scottsdale, Ariz., came in second with 5.23, San Francisco dropped two places from last year with 4.94, Tampa, Fla., takes fourth with 4.48 and Boston places fifth with 4.29 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men. Charlotte, S.C., came in last (20th) with a 1.49 count.
In advance of her appearance at this weekend's Buku Music + Art Project, Vice's Noisey music blog asked cosmic bounce empress Big Freedia — who reigns over a "wiggling parade of rears, buns, and dutch dumplings" and "lives in an endless forest of rears" — for a brief New Orleans tour guide.
Freedia's food picks: Deanie's and Cajun Seafood. Freedia also offers her picks for dog grooming and interior design and decorating services.
Also, Freedia recently reminded us she won't be leaving town any time soon — where else can you find actual flavor.
Find more of Vice's "Road to Buku" feature here.
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