Monday, July 25, 2011

Nine shots of NOLA

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 2:26 PM

A handful of staff members just returned from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia 2011 Convention in New Orleans, where Indy CEO Fran Zankowski became the new president of AAN.

Fran's leadership appointment was only one aspect of an overall fantastic weekend. Outside of two full days of seminars, lectures and the like — us journalists geeking out over techie and trade talk with our brothers and sisters from around the country — we partied like people who just exhausted themselves with a day's heady discussion are prone to party: completely professionally.

I shot for as many authentic food encounters as possible in NOLA, and we, of course, made time for music and wandering around to enjoy the architecture, culture and personality of the French Quarter and its neighboring areas.

Here are just nine pics that best sum up my own experience in the city — shot on my completely inferior smartphone camera since I didn't feel like lugging around my SLR:

The iconic iron rails and droopy plants that embody the French Quarters charm.
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  • The iconic iron rails and droopy plants that embody the French Quarter's charm.

Beignets and cafe au lait at the internationally famous Cafe Du Monde, where every day in NOLA should start (or end).
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  • Beignets and cafe au lait at the internationally famous Cafe Du Monde, where every day in NOLA should start (or end).

Johnnys Po-Boy Restaurant, home of shoulder-to-shoulder traffic daily at lunch and big bangin Po-Boys.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Johnny's Po-Boy Restaurant, home of shoulder-to-shoulder traffic daily at lunch and big bangin' Po-Boys.

The magic of a muffaleta — this one courtesy of Pierre Masperos.
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  • The magic of a muffaleta — this one courtesy of Pierre Maspero's.

Cochon Butcher, attached to the larger, fancier Cochon restaurant, specializes in artisan, house-made meats (translation: making you really really happy).
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  • Cochon Butcher, attached to the larger, fancier Cochon restaurant, specializes in artisan, house-made meats (translation: making you really really happy).

Tyronne Foster & The Arc Singers, turning even the most cynical, nonreligious journalist heart (Im not talking about mine) into warm mush.
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  • Tyronne Foster & The Arc Singers, turning even the most cynical, nonreligious journalist heart (I'm not talking about mine) into warm mush.

In some ways, it all was a blur ... but Im blaming this again on my crap camera. The Stooges Brass Band have been voted the best in the city, and bring a unique hip-hop infused sound to the classic style.
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  • In some ways, it all was a blur ... but I'm blaming this again on my crap camera. The Stooges Brass Band have been voted the best in the city, and bring a unique hip-hop infused sound to the classic style.

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, as seen at d.b.a. on Frenchman Street. Read about him and his sewing talent in Bill Formans February 3 interview.
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  • Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, as seen at d.b.a. on Frenchman Street. Read about him and his sewing talent in Bill Forman's February 3 interview.

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