The regional differences throughout the U.S. include "crawdad" and "mudbug." The Associated Press handbook entry has it as "crawfish," then specifically says "not crayfish."
"Crayfish" is what you can get, by the pound, at $13 a pound, according to The New York Post, at The Boil, a Louisiana-style seafood joint in New York City. The restaurant's menu, however, correctly calls it crawfish. It even says "crawfish" on the front door.
Nevertheless, The Post took a look at the crayfish restaurant, which recreates for New York diners a picnic-table-style seafood boil with Abita beer on tap — and where diners order from iPhones or iPads while wearing blue gloves.
The gloves have, in fact, turned out to be one of the restaurant’s most popular features for urbanites who want to keep their manicures clean while they munch.
It's also cash only, so if they're going for authentic New Orleans they've nailed the bill portion of the meal.
The Boil's Yelp! reviews sound good — though one disgruntled rEaL nEw OrLeAnS person who has never been to the restaurant gave it one star because of what they read in The Post — the nation's saving grace of journalism, The New York Post — and called the diners a "bunch of pussies."
Next time I'm in New York, I will happily don the blue gloves and dive into a bucket of crayfish.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band has a long history performing at the Kennedy Center, so in some ways it makes sense that “Bingo! Show” would find a stage there, even if the performances sound like something that might fit a more experimental theater’s bill.
“It has elements of cabaret, it has elements of burlesque, but also elements of Tom Waits and Fellini and Charlie Chaplin,” [Ben] Jaffe says. “And it has elements of playing bingo with your grandparents.”
[Clint] Maedgen adds: “The fact that we have Big Freedia and Preservation Hall on the same bill kind of says it all.”
Alex Woodward previewed the show last month, and there's more here — from a hometown perspective.
Lucky D.C. — there's even an after-party with Big Sam's Funky Nation. Great warning on the Kennedy Center website, too:
The show may contain strong language, partial nudity, and moderate sexual references. But nothing you haven't seen or heard if you've visited New Orleans. *wink*
Researchers presenting at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans said foods like Yak-a-mein, which contain salts, protein and other ingredients, really can help drinkers recover from the effects of alcohol consumption.
"Folklore has it that American soldiers from New Orleans stationed in Korea in the 1950s learned to appreciate Yak-a-mein on the morning after, and brought a taste for it back home," Alyson E. Mitchell, Ph.D., of the University of California at Davis said in a statement.
A Baltimore Fav pronounced Yak Gow Mane.
I find that different regions do this cheap Chinese dish differently.
West Baltimore makes a sweet version, East Baltimore salty, and Philly's version is covered in gravy and not ketchup.
Clearly the Crescent City and Charm City share more than a waterfront, John Waters and David Simon.
For this week's cover story, I accompanied New Orleans' Bustout Burlesque to Las Vegas, where the troupe had three performances at the 16th annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender. The article (with photos by Andreas Koch) only tells part of the story, though — the videos have to be seen in order to appreciate the talent and the artistry involved.
Next month, Washington, D.C.'s The Kennedy Center will host cabaret sideshow performers The New Orleans Bingo! Show, with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lafayette's GIVERS, bounce queen Big Freedia, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, among others, for "an aesthetic tour through the city of New Orleans."
Other performers include burlesque act Fleur De Tease, cellist Helen Gillet, the Mystic Ponies Aerial Troupe, anarchic noisemakers the Noisician Coalition, and Young Fellaz Brass Band.
The performance is 8:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13. Ticket info is here.
It follows another big guns New Orleans showcase — the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's sold-out 50th anniversary performances at Carnegie Hall last year, with Louisiana acts including GIVERS, Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty.
Now the singer has doubled down, canceling a planned appearance on tonight's Jimmy Kimmel Live because cast members from the Louisiana reality show Duck Dynasty also will be on Kimmel:
Morrissey says he can't perform on a show with what he called people who "amount to animal serial killers."
A&E's Duck Dynasty reality show follows a Louisiana family with a business selling duck calls and decoys.
A&E did not immediately respond to requests for comment from it and the Robertson family.
The appearance has been rescheduled, and surely Kimmel will ask the Robertsons about it tonight. In the meantime, read Lauren LaBorde's 2012 interview with Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson.
An Alaska native, Troeh lived in New Orleans from 2000-2007, working as a freelance radio reporter and an associate producer for the popular American Routes show. After leaving New Orleans, she worked for NPR's "Marketplace" for five years, during which time she covered the 2010 BP oil disaster. On her way out, though, she penned an essay titled "Dear New Orleans: I'm Leaving You," which addressed her conflicted thoughts about her adopted city:
I talk to friends about New Orleans like a dysfunctional romance. I gush over it one day, then call up bawling and heartbroken the next. Why can't it change? Stop being self-destructive and violent? It has so much potential.
Recently, my blinders started to come off. It was building for awhile. My friend Helen Hill was murdered in her home;other friends have been mugged. We don't go out much any more...
But then there was this hot Friday night last month. I went on the perfect date with New Orleans . Saw live, local music, danced with friends on the stage, then headed home through my neighborhood of craftsman cottages and angel trumpet trees.
A block from my door, I was attacked from behind by a stranger. I escaped, with the help of my roommate. The case is moving forward, so I can't say much more than that.I'm angry and confused. Which is the real New Orleans? The one that's violent and desperate? Or the one that coos softly, and caresses me? The answer, of course, is both.
I just hauled my things out of New Orleans in a big truck. I am still in love with the city, but it's hard to trust it. Maybe we'll both heal, and the relationship will rekindle. I don't know what - or how long - that might take.
A biography of Troeh, provided by WWNO-FM, under the jump...
Bounce queen Big Freedia, the Queen Diva, is no stranger to taking her AZZ EVERYWHERE philosophy to the emerald hills of the recycle-conscious Northwest (check out her 2010 appearance at MusicFest NW), and she appeared there last night at the Wonder Ballroom — which inspired Willamette Week to include her in a feature called "Top Five Things That Would Get Me To Move To Portland":
Po’boys on every corner
I grew up on these. Can’t live without my hometown cuisine.
Second line brass band parades
These are just part of what brings us all together. They are part of the culture down here in New Orleans, and I can’t imagine living without them.
Fabulous clothing stores
So I can maintain my style. We have flavor in New Orleans — gold and silver — and so I could not live without my stores, and my uncle who makes a lot of my clothes.
Read the rest here — and rest assured she's not going anywhere. There's no Rainbow Fashions in Portland.
Fox 5 Atlanta has a story about last night's egging of a New Orleans Saints charter bus as it pulled out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (We'd provide a link to the story, but is there anyone in New Orleans who doesn't know it by now?)
FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor spoke with veteran bus driver Clarence Lester, who was behind the wheel of the bus when it was hit. He says he's appalled by the incident.
"When we got ready to pull off, I hear this thump, and that's when the egg hit the bus," said Lester.
Lester says he has driven team buses that have been egged before, but it's never happened to him on an airport tarmac. Lester said he feels that the person responsible should be disciplined.
Dried egg remained on the bus on Thursday afternoon. Lester said he had tried to get it off but couldn't—but that he would need to get it off by Friday afternoon before he is scheduled to take the Georgia Bulldogs to Atlanta for the SEC Championship on Saturday.
Great. Now this nice bus driver has to waste his time scrubbing that crap off his bus.
The Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons tonight.
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