This was the scene at the storied 99-year-old Italian-Creole restaurant Pascal’s Manale in New Orleans.  Three of us – my sister, my boyfriend and I – shimmied over to the famous oyster bar for half-shell starter.  We got more than that.  Yes, we got a history and vocabulary lesson, too.  And a little lagniappe. Lagniappe…

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Being from the North, where unusually colored houses, anything other than white, grey or beige, just look crazy, I love that in the South, fun-colored houses look classy and fabulous.  Just a few examples from New Orleans: À bientôt, k.

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So on Saturday, I’m headed to the South for 10 days.  For the most part, I’ll be in New Orleans.  Jazz Fest will be going on in the city, in addition to the usual, colorful entertainment.  My boyfriend and I will also be hitting historic Natchez and Vicksburg (Mississippi), as well as the Mississippi Gulf…

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