While your travel plans may stop, you can pretend to be somewhere new for the night. Around the world at home you are invited to channel the feeling of a new place each week with recommendations to explore the culture, from the comfort of your home.
In the decade since I first visited, I have often imagined myself at home in New Orleans. I think the synced shuffling of a snare drum, an afternoon walk with a go-beer in hand, and candy-colored firearm houses is a simple pleasure that sinks into the ground at odd angles. And so it was not a big surprise when, in early 2021, I found myself packing up my life and moving to Crescent City for a few months. Why don’t I love in this difficult time, I thought? Why don’t I live in my daydreams for a while?
new Orleans Above all, it is flexible. The Mardi Gras parade was canceled this year, though it did not stop New Orleans Find ways to celebrate (Nothing will happen). In recent months, brass bands have taken to street corners in front of masked, socially distant audiences instead of packed nightclubs. Strangers still talk about you Saints From their front porch. My visions of this city can still be filtered through the fuzzy lens of a visitor, but I know I’m pretending I’m still long after I go there. Here are some ways you can do this as well.
Turn that radio on
New Orleans is a collage of musical sounds: it is the birthplace of jazz, known as frenzied dance music The boom, Such as popularized by superstars Big FreediaCall-and-response songs Mardi Gras Indians, and so much more. There is no better place to observe the sound of this loud, banging city than surprisingly generous WWOZA community-supported radio station that has been on the air since 1980. Luckily, you can hear it from anywhere Online. It is only a matter of time before you start getting to know the various DJs and tuning for your favorites.
Put on a curated playlist
“New Orleans is not a periphery music scene,” Soul Sister, hosted by A show on WWOZ Told me, for over 25 years. “New Orleans is the reason for this.” Atma Sister was one of the local experts I consulted in putting together A playlist Which will ship you directly to New Orleans. Among his recommendations are A bounce classic by DJ Jubilee And music Reborn brass band, Which brings her back to the afternoons spent celebrating on the street: “It reminds me of the energy and freedom that takes place in the second-line parade on Sunday, dancing through all the neighborhood nonstop for three or four hours Does, ”he said.
On this playlist, you will also find some classics – The Rolling Piano Off Professor Longhair, For example, begins it – recommended by Keith Sapera – who writes about music for the Times-Picayune / New Orleans Advocate. By the end of the playlist, you’ll undoubtedly agree with Mr. Sapera’s evaluation of New Orleans music: “There’s no singular style of ‘New Orleans music’ – is it jazz? Rhythm and blues? Funk? Bounce? – but you know it.” When you hear it. “
Expand your cookbook collection
Like its music, New Orleans food has multitudes: Creole, Cajun, African, Vietnamese and other flavors collide elsewhere. A good place to start Ducky chase cookbookCollected recipes Leah Chase, Who died in Ducky Chase’s restaurant in 2019, an institution that has hosted civil rights leaders, presidents and countless regulars at its location in Turum, where jazz was born. Next, tap into the Cajun effect on the city “Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Beau,” Melissa M. Martin who oversees a restaurant Of the same name in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans. Ms. Martin recommends making her grandmother Oyster soup. Ms. Martin said, “I can picture broth on Beau Petit Cailo with pot shaking and salty Louisiana oyster, Creole tomatoes and salted pork.” “A marriage of three ingredients takes me to a small fishing village that I call home, where there was salt and is still always in the air.”
Cook some noodle soup, nola style
“It’s the best-kept secret in New Orleans,” said chef Linda Green, known as Ms. Linda. The festival and the second-line crowd come for him for Y-Ka-Mein, a salty beef noodle soup that is often eaten as a late-night snack or next-morning treat (hence its “Old Sober” moniker). The origins of the dish are mysterious: it involves a product of cultural exchange, based on which you ask whether black soldiers returning from the Korean War or Chinese railwaymen who arrived in the 1800s. Ms. Linda’s family recipe is also a mystery (she credits the globe-trotting chef Anthony Bourdon To encourage him to keep it secret). But he has shared Versions of her recipe, You can try your hand at home. “He’ll get you so close to the real thing,” he said with an eyelid I could almost hear on the phone.
walk it off
New Orleans is a city full of history and it can be difficult to know what you are looking for without some guidance. You can feel as if you are with thanks for your personal walking tour By free tour foot, Which has transferred its expertise to YouTube. you can now Walk in the Grand Garden DistrictPull sensationalism away New Orleans Voodoo Traditions And take a deep dive into jazz history Tarum. “New Orleans is replete with painful histories, and is also known as one of the most enjoyable cities in the world,” said Andrew Farrier, one of the tour guides. “I think it’s useful for all of us to know how those two things can stay so close to each other.”
Fix a drink
Unlike so many pop culture depictions of the city, New orleans drinking scene Not far from the vortex of the debentory of Bourbon Street. Are classic New Orleans inventions, of course, like Sazerac, But to do something different, turn to one of the city’s most iconic mistrys. Chris hannah, in Jewel of the south, Invention , Bywater New Orlian Spin As Brooklyn. “Among the ingredient choices, I strangled the rum for rye by calling it age-old,” said Mr. Hannah, New Orleans is the northernmost end of the Caribbean. “
Have a little party
While it is impossible to completely channel the spirit of the New Orleans dive bar at home, mix the playlist with the above Your quarantine pod And a “set-up” and you can just pass. What is the set-up, you ask? This is a staple dive bar order that will get you a half-pint of your choice of wine, mixer, and a stack of plastic cups. It is also an often overlooked part of New Orleans drinking culture, according to Denisia Taylor, a cocktail enthusiast who goes by. Cocktail Goddess. “When you find a bar with a set-up, you’re really in NOLA,” Ms. Taylor said. “The first time I experienced a set-up, it was paired with a $ 5 fish plate, a match made in heaven.”
Wind up with a story or two
It should be no surprise that New Orleans, with its victorious and tragic history, its solstice culture, and fun-loving, is a place of stories. There is a wide canon of literature from which to choose. For something, pick up “Yellow House,” Sara M. A memoir by Broome, which Times Book critic Dwight Garner called “forceful, rolling, and multi-chamber.” Going back and forth in time try “Coming Through Slaughter,” A fictional rendering of the life of jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden by Michael Ondatje.
If you’re in the mood for artistic director of a documentary, Clint Bowie, New orleans film festival, Lily Keiber recommends “Bucking,” Which enlightens the city’s dancers. For something imaginary, Mr. Bowie explains “Eve’s Bau” Directed by Kasi Lemon. New Orleans is hard to forget, a city built on a swamp when you feel crushed humidity or lose your feet on broken roads, and this film will take you further into that celestial environment. Set in Louisiana Beauo country in the 60s, we could not have imagined a better film to spark a Southern Gothic daydream about a trip to the Spanish moss-draped Louisiana swamps.
How will you spread the spirit of New Orleans to your home? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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