Lovely Quartet of Houses on Burthe Street

By R. Stephanie Bruno http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2011/02/a_harmonious_quartet_of_houses.html

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Carrollton, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, bounded roughly by Earhart Expressway on the north, the Mississippi River on the south, Broadway on the east (technically, Lowerline Street), and the Orleans-Jefferson Parish line on the west.

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My very favorite feature here is the gable: A crisp triangle of fish-scale shingles forms the top third, then a wide band of straight-edged shingles curves inward from the plane of the triangle to showcase the gable window.

Spurred by the advent in 1836 of the New Orleans and Carrollton Railroad (today’s streetcar), development of the area blossomed in the mid-19th century and continued after being annexed by the city of New Orleans in 1874.

Carrollton’s residential blocks and oak-lined streets convey its small-town feel, and monthly arts markets at Palmer Park and festivals on Oak Street add vitality to the experience.

THE BLOCK: The 7700 block of Burthe Street on the odd-numbered, or north, side, between Adams Street on the east and Burdette Street on the west.

Maple Street’s restaurants and shops are a block to the south, and the Tulane University campus a few blocks to the east.

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Burthe is one of those New Orleans streets that has an unpredictable pronunciation. Instead of “Berth,”, according to Tim Lyons’ “A Lexicon of New Orleans Terminology and Speech,” it is “pronounced <BYOOTH> … sounds like ‘youth’ with a B in front of it. … Apparently mail addressed to ‘Buth’ or ‘Buthe’ Street gets delivered just fine.”

Lyman says the street was named for a Frenchman of the same name (perhaps Dominique François Burthe, whose subdivided plantation became Burtheville).

THE HOUSES: Four handsome homes built sometime between 1896 and 1909.

If their styles aren’t enough to convince me of their build dates (they are primarily Neoclassical Revival), the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps do.

Published periodically and showing the footprints of structures in the city, the maps for this block are blank in 1896 but show four houses in 1909.

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The four handsome homes on the 7700 block of Burthe Street were likely built sometime between 1896 and 1909.

Visiting the Tulane University campus on a Monday morning means parking far, far away. But that’s just fine with me — the sun is shining, and the weather, though brisk, is comfortable for walking.

When it’s time to return to my car, I don’t, and stray instead until I land on the 7700 block of Burthe Street.

Anatomy of the block

What strikes me first is that not one of the four houses on the block looks remotely like the others, even though most share at least a few stylistic elements typical of the period in which they were built.

On the corner of Burdette, there’s a gracious blue house on a huge lot, followed by a fanciful pink house on an equally large lot. Then I spot an olive-hued sidehall shotgun and a blue centerhall house with an inviting screened-in front porch.

The forms are all different, as are the positions of the houses on their lots, some centered, some on the property line.

To take a closer look, I start at the corner of Burdette and walk toward Adams. The first house is a blue centerhall with a front porch that extends across the left side and past the front door. But instead of continuing the full width of the house, as it would on a typical centerhall cottage, the porch ends in a decorative bay that extends forward on the right-hand side.

Tuscan columns (round and tapered so that they are smaller at the top than at the bottom) support the ceiling of the deep front porch and bolster my Neoclassical Revival theory (for they are emblematic of the style). So do the delicately rendered swags and laurels of flowers applied to flat surfaces of the façade, especially above the column tops, over the bay windows and above the front steps.

But my very favorite feature here is the gable: A crisp triangle of fish-scale shingles forms the top third, then a wide band of straight-edged shingles curves inward from the plane of the triangle to showcase the gable window.

I move on, past a carport with a round stained-glass window set near the peak of its gable, and then I reach a pink house set amid a well-tended garden and front yard. The sounds of a fountain attract my curiosity, and I look until I spot it over on the right-hand corner.

Even with bare limbs this time of year, the trees make it difficult to see the house. There is a porch on the left side and a forward-extending bay on the right. The porch roof is supported by stout box columns, and a mini-gable marks the location of the front steps, similar to what is above the front steps on the blue house.

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The prominent gable also presents an opportunity or even a requirement of embellishment, a challenge that the builder of this house responded to by inserting fish-scale shingles, double windows and an idiosyncratic hood and spandrel over the windows.

The bay on the right contains a pair of windows, crowned by a simple flourish of decorative millwork. Where the porch and the bay join the main body of the house, a forward-facing gable appears, distinguished by a round, stained-glass gable window.

The pink house occupies a large lot that includes the carport, plus what looks like an expanse of garden beyond. It snuggles up against its eastern property line.

The olive-colored sidehall house next to it sits close to its western property line, so that the two houses together look like they’re cozying up to one another.

Proximate or not, the olive house couldn’t look more different from the pink house. The olive-colored sidehall has a well-used front porch (judging from the bounty of rocking and other chairs) that extends the full width of the house.

Its prominent gable, detailed in shingles and displaying a millwork flourish above the gable windows, makes a strong impression. Tuscan columns reappear, their slender forms exaggerating the apparent height of the floor-to-ceiling windows and their louvered shutters.

A bookend to the very different centerhall house at the Burdette corner, the house at Burthe and Adams represents an interesting evolution of the genre.

Generally, centerhall houses built in the era when Greek Revival and then Italianate styles were most popular have side-gabled roofs, meaning the roof ridge is parallel to the street. But the centerhall has a front-gabled roof and a roof ridge that’s perpendicular to the street.

The variation means that the volume of the second story moves forward, closer to the street, making the house appear taller than its ancestors — with their side-gabled roofs — would. The prominent gable also presents an opportunity or even a requirement of embellishment, a challenge that the builder of this house responded to by inserting fish-scale shingles, double windows and an idiosyncratic hood and spandrel over the windows.

The same device appears in a smaller gable on the right-hand side of the house. Combined with the metal roof and the screened-in porch, the individualization of the roof components gives the house the personality of a home in the country.

Life on the street

Christian Dawalder is having a perfectly peaceful morning, sipping coffee on the front porch of the pink house, when I stick a camera through the fence. Oops!

“I’m sorry, sir! I didn’t see you sitting there,” I say to him.

Despite the intrusion, he is incredibly gracious and offers to retrieve his wife, Ninette Brierre Dawalder, from inside while I follow his instructions to go take a look at their back garden.

When Ninette arrives, I learn that the two have known each other since 1968 but married just four years ago. Only fairly recently did Christian Dawalder move his possessions lock, stock and barrel from Colorado to Burthe Street.

I thank the Dawalders for their hospitality and comment on the beauty of their garden.

“You should see it in spring!” Christian says, and I promise to come back.

Grow food instead of grass!

So, we bought our first home! Aside from picking all the designs for the interior I was thinking about having a garden out back. Maybe a few herbs and tomatoes, and banana peppers…and, wait. I realized I was totally focusing on edible plants. So I googled ‘urban farming’ to find out the best designs and tips for growing food in the city. I wasn’t prepared for all the cool info I found.

Luke Keegan started with his own small front yard using several raised beds.

First, did you know that people are growing enough food in the yards on their city lots to feed themselves and share with friends? Did you know that your front lawn doesn’t have to be grass? That it could be a beautiful, edible, paradisaic garden?? Well, I didn’t know. So I’m endeavoring to find out. I’d like to grow more of my own food to eat, and then share, trade, or sell the rest. I’m interested in organic gardening and using permaculture to ensure sustainability. What is permaculture, you ask? Well, I asked the same thing. Here is what I found:

“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.” Bill Mollison (from the permaculture.net website)

This definition of permaculture expresses a basic concept in permaculture – examining and following nature’s patterns. Permaculture advocates designing your garden based on natural ecosystems. The term permaculture is a contraction of the words “permanent,” “agriculture,” and “culture.” Basically, you design your garden or homestead in the most natural, sustainable way possible.

Front Yard Lawn in Oakland, CA

Not knowing exactly what those sustainable design features were, I did some more digging. I found that several families were on the same path and in the same habitat (urban) as me. So…instead of reinventing the wheel I started reading about how they got started. I wanted to find out their ‘lessons learned’ and figure out how to maximize output and increase the resiliency of my front and backyard garden ideas. I’ve gone from just wanting a few tomatoes to searching for heirloom seeds, thinking about water features so I can have a few ducks (to eat the bugs and fertilize, and lay eggs!), and figuring out how to mimic the southeastern LA terrain on my compacted city dirt/grass lot. I’m also really liking the idea of an herb spiral and hugelkultur.

Herb Spiral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is where I started:

Tyrant Farms a couple who started out by having dinner at a friends house where all the food served was grown by the friend. They were amazed at the variety and tastefulness of the spread.

Appalachian Feet – the master gardener “friend” who inspired the Tyrant Farms couple to strike out on their own gardening adventure. Every post in her blog is a green living “how to” that can be applied to your own life. The primary focus is local food and growing in the varied altitudes of the southeastern mountains and foothills. She has a great permaculture library and a quick start guide for city folk with lots of photos. Plus a post about how to “forage” in the city 🙂

Luke Keegan – starting small is a good idea. This guy started with 8 raised beds on his front lawn. They look fabulous!! If you can get past the vulgar word in his page title, the photos and tips don’t contain any others.

Derveas Family – have an urban homestead blog, a website, and videos. They live 15 minutes from downtown LA and grow over 6,000 pounds of veggies per year (enough to feed all 4 of them). They make 20K off the excess, which they sell to local restaurants.

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Urban Farmers are my Heroes

Luke Keegan started with eight raised beds (6′x4′) with reclaimed redwood from a barn. The Dervaes family started much the same way.

For over a decade, the Dervaes family have proved that growing your own food can be sustainable, practical, successful and beautiful even in an urban area. they harvest 3 tons of organic food annually from their 1/10 acre garden while incorporating many back-to-basics (permaculture) practices, solar energy, and biodiesel in order to reduce their footprint on the earth’s resources.

Read about them here: http://urbanhomestead.org/

Keegan started his very own garden of Eden on his small front lawn in the busy port city of Oakland, California. He has given me the inspiration I’ve been looking for. Keegan posted what he calls Operation “ the Lawn” to the photo sharing network Imgur, sharing the story of how he replaced his drab lawn with a flourishing edible garden!

Read his story here: http://imgur.com/a/JihrB?gallery

 

If they can do it, I can do it 🙂

Workout and Running Music Listed by BPM

56/365 morning run

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or the gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – African Proverb

Workout/Running Music Listed By Beats Per Minute

Full List of over 100 songs at Fleurty Naturelle’s Tumblr Page.

75      Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – ET
87       Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
90      Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars – Lighters
90       Jason DeRulo – Ridin’ Solo
91       Annie Lennox – Train in Vain
91       Rihanna – Hard
93       Madonna – Revolver
96       Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA
97       Blink 182 – The Rock Show
101    Selena Gomez and The Scene – Who Says
102    Jordin Sparks – One Step at a Time
103    Iggy Pop – Lust for Life
105    Adele – Rolling in the Deep
106    Taylor Swift – Picture to Burn
108    The Black Keys – Tighten Up
109    Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
110    All-American Rejects – Move Along
110    Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancing
111    Bruno Mars – Grenade
111    Jason DeRulo – In My Head
112    Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get It Started
113    Alien Ant Farm – Movies
113    C+C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat
113    Madonna feat. Timbaland and Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes
114    Black Eyed Peas – Disco Club
114    Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder
115    Britney Spears – Circus
115    Sean Kingston – Take You There
115    Shannon – Let The Music Play
115    Taylor Swift – Sparks Fly
116    Maroon 5 – Never Gonna Leave This Bed
118    Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
118    Taylor Dayne – Tell It to My Heart
119    Michael Jackson – Thriller
120    Chris Brown – Forever
120    Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
120    Ke$ha – Blow
120    Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
120    Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
121    Ellie Goulding – Lights
121    MC Hammer – Pray
125    Kylie Minogue – Love at First Sight
125    Rammstein – Du Hast
125    Rihanna – Breakin’ Dishes
125    Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam
126    Amber – This is Your Night
126    Annie Lennox – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
126    Cascada – Evacuate the Dance Floor (Radio Edit)
126    Flo Rida – In the Ayer
126    Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Outta My Head
126    Panic! At The Disco – Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have…
126    Pink – So What
126    Rihanna feat. Sean Paul – Break It Off
126    The Offspring – You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
127    Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal
127    CeCe Penniston – Finally
128    Adele – Rumor Has It (Rascal Remix)
128    Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne – Hit The Lights
128    Kylie Minogue – In My Arms
128    LMFAO – Shots
128    Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera – Move Like Jagger
128    Muse – Neuron Star Collision
135    Ace of Base – Beautiful Life
135    Jordan Knight – Give It To You
135    Pink – Trouble
135    The Killers – A Dustland Fairytale
135    Theory of a Deadman – Bad Girlfriend
135    U2 – Beautiful Day
135    Weezer – This is Such a Pity

Via: http://katierunsthis.com/running-music/)

11 Surprising Causes of Anxiety

“Awful situations aren’t the only things that make us walking balls of nerves. What we eat and drink can affect our moods and irritability levels as well. Here are a few causes of anxiety that you may not have thought were triggers. Once you’ve identified all the things that get you stressed out, you may finally be able to relax!” ~ by Ian Landau 

Anxiety

1. Food additives: Aspartame, food coloring, dyes
Many people report mood swings and anxiety after ingesting man-made sweeteners, like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup, food dyes (including Red #40 and Yellow #5) and flavorings like MSG. Direct links between artificial food additives and mood are still under investigation though they’ve been implicated as a cause of ADHD and autism in children. The fact is that dyes and artificial sweeteners are neurotoxins that can disrupt normal nervous system function, leading to increased symptoms of anxiety.

2. Over the counter drugs and supplements
Medicines that contain caffeine, including several headache and migraine relievers, some cough medicines, decongestants, asthma medications and weight-loss supplements that includes stimulants, can lead to increased heart rates and a spike in feelings of anxiety. Popular herbal remedies and supplements like St. John’s Wort, ginseng and kava kava may also cause or increase unease.

Food sensitivities
Symptoms of food sensitivity can range from digestive issues like stomach pain to difficulty breathing. While both of these problems can cause anxiety, there’s also increasing evidence that food sensitivities affect mood directly as well. Gluten, soy, dairy — even chocolate — can impact hormones levels and other key chemicals in the brain, upsetting the delicate balance needed to keep the body and mind in control of anxiousness.

4. Skipping meals
In our harried, stressful world, skipping a meal here and there is all too common. What’s more, many people who are anxious and stressed may feel they have no appetite or simply lack the desire to eat. But for most people used to regular meals, skipping meals causes a drop in the body’s blood sugar levels. If prolonged, this drop may lead to increased feelings of anxiety and irritability. Other anxiety-provoking effects of low blood sugar are dizziness, light-headedness, confusion and weakness.

 A 2009 study at Tufts University found a clear link between hydration and mood. The study found that student athletes who were just mildly dehydrated reported feeling angry, confused, tense and fatigued. Staying hydrated is essential to keeping the body’s physiological functions running smoothly, including speeding the healing process and removing toxins. Drinking enough water daily may be one of the easiest ways to help the body control its nerves.

5. Caffeine
Millions of people rely on a regular caffeine fix to jump start their day or to perk up when their energy nosedives. But too much is no good. “Caffeine-induced anxiety disorder” is actually a recognized condition found in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the “bible” used by mental health experts throughout the United States. As most people are aware, too much caffeine can cause a racing heartbeat, which can trigger a panic attack. And while a little caffeine can improve one’s ability to focus, too much may increase nervousness and a host of anxiety symptoms, like sweating palms, ringing in the ears, even feelings of impending doom.

6/7/8. Cigarettes, drugs and alcohol
Relying on smoking, drinking or using drugs to feel calmer can backfire. Nicotine is a stimulant that studies have shown can raise blood pressure and heart rate. In addition, the carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke also may cause breathing problems that the body responds to as if it’s suffocating, increasing the likelihood of panic attacks. As for alcohol and drugs, people suffering from an anxiety disorder are two to three times more likely to abuse these than the general population, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Both alcohol and drugs can lead to panic attacks and their disruptive effect on the central nervous system limits the brain’s ability to calm the mind and body.

9. Nutrient deficiencies
Make sure you eat your vitamins! B complex, C and E vitamins play important roles in nervous system function, and B vitamins particularly affect mood and metabolism. Magnesium is known to help relieve stress, thus a deficiency in this mineral may lead to irritability and apathy. Selenium, an antioxidant essential to the efficient function of neurotransmitters in the brain, helps control mood. And according to a 2006 study, people with lower levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were also at increased risk of anxiety.

10. Age
As we age, we face multiple stresses that can bring on bouts of anxiety. Life events such as health changes, memory problems, the death of a spouse or even a seemingly happy change like retirement, can all be stress-provoking. The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation estimates that 10-to-20 percent of older adults suffer from anxiety, although many go untreated because they may not recognize the symptoms.

11. Negative thinking
Many therapists stress that persistent negative thinking really does have a harmful effect on our emotional well-being. Ever hear of automatic negative thoughts (or ANT’s)? These are quick, unconscious, off-the-cuff criticisms that the mind churns out when faced with stressful situations. “Why did I do that?” “Why am I so dumb?” and other negative self-criticisms wreak havoc on your emotional state. The good news is that a therapist can help you identify these ANT’s and reduce the power they have on your psyche.

 

 

English: An anxious person

A Healthy Diet to Beat Anxiety (dominicspoweryoga.com)

20 Pain Killers In Your Kitchen, No Foolin’!

20 Pain Killers in your Kitchen 

  • Cure a toothache with cloves.
  • Ease muscle and joint pain with ginger.
  • Apple cider vinegar and water can shut down heartburn.
  • Warm garlic oil can clear up ear infections faster than Rx meds.
  • A bowl of cherries has enough anti-inflammatory properties to help arthritis, gout or chronic headaches.

cloves

Got a toothache and can’t get to the dentist? Gently chewing on a clove can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for two hours straight, say UCLA researchers. Experts point to a natural compound in cloves called eugenol, a powerful, natural anesthetic. Bonus: Sprinkling a ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves on meals daily may also protect your ticker.

When Danish researchers asked achy people to jazz up their diets with ginger, it eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness for up to 63 percent of them within two months. Experts credit ginger’s potent compounds called gingerols, which prevent the production of pain-triggering hormones. The study-recommended dose: Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily.

Sip 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water before every meal, and experts say you could shut down painful bouts of heartburn in as little as 24 hours. “Cider vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids, powerful digestive aids that speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so your stomach can empty quickly, before food washes up into the esophagus, triggering heartburn pain,” explains Joseph Brasco, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Center for Colon and Digestive Diseases in Huntsville, AL.

Painful ear infections drive millions of Americans to doctors’ offices every year. To cure one fast, just place two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear twice daily for five days. This simple treatment can clear up ear infections faster than prescription meds, say experts at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Scientists say garlic’s active ingredients (germanium, selenium, and sulfur compounds) are naturally toxic to dozens of different pain-causing bacteria. To whip up your own garlic oil gently simmer three cloves of crushed garlic in a half a cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes, strain, then refrigerate for up to two weeks, suggests Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., co-author of the book, Best Choices From The People’s Pharmacy. For an optimal experience, warm this mix slightly before using so the liquid will feel soothing in your ear canal.

Cherries

Latest studies show that at least one in four women is struggling with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches. If you’re one of them, a daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache, without the stomach upset so often triggered by today’s painkillers, say researchers at East Lansing ’s Michigan State University . Their research reveals that anthocyanins, the compounds that give cherries their brilliant red color, are anti-inflammatories 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin. “Anthocyanins help shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain,” explains Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State University . His advice: Enjoy 20 cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) daily, then continue until your pain disappears.

Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain for 50 percent of people struggling with arthritis and even fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers. That’s because turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that churns out a stream of pain-producing hormones, explains nutrition researcher Julian Whitaker, M.D. and author of the book, Reversing Diabetes. The study-recommended dose: Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of this spice daily onto any rice, poultry, meat or vegetable dish.

Read about a dozen more pantry remedies at http://insanity.posterous.com/20-pain-killers-in-your-kitchen

DIY Moisturizing Body Lotion: Only 3 Ingredients!

Easy DIY Emollient Lotion:lotionDIY

16 ounces baby lotion (I like burt’s bees version)
8 ounces coconut oil (solid form, not melted)
8 ounces vitamin E cream

Mix together with handheld mixer until it resembles icing. Use roughly half the jar of coconut oil, the whole bottle of baby lotion and 1/2 the jar of vitamin E Cream.

Approximate cost: $5.75 for roughly 32 ounces. Or $1.44 for each 8 ounce jar  filled.

Store in air tight containers…keep it for your own supply…or slap on a quick little label for gift-giving!

Via: One Good Thing By Jillee

New Orleans Sangria

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Sangria NOLA Style

Ingredients: 2 750ml bottles red wine (Rioja, Merlot, Shiraz), 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar (raw), 2 star anise (optional), 4 navel oranges, 5 lemons, 5 limes, 3 (1 liter) bottles of citrus flavored sparkling water, 4 oz orange liqueur. For an extra kick add one cup of cognac or rum (NOLA Rum is perfect) or both.

Directions:

  • Prepare simple syrup by mixing water, raw sugar, and star anise in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved remove from heat and let cool. Remove anise pods.
  • Juice the oranges, 4 lemons, and 4 limes (saving 1 lemon and 1 lime for garnish).
  • In a punchbowl add the two bottles of wine, simple syrup, orange/lemon/lime juice, orange liqueur, and citrus sparkling water.
  • Add the garnish slices of the last lemon and lime to the bowl and let sit overnight.

*For a real NOLA experience, place fruit (orange, apple, pineapple chunks, etc) in the bottom of your guests’ cups. Add ice and fill cup with sangria.

 

 

Lagniappe:

NOLA Red Wine Toddy

3 cups red wine
1/4 oz. whole cloves
1/2 oz. ginger
1/2 orange peel

Simmer all ingredients for 10 minutes. Strain and serve in a glass coffee cup.

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I Love NOLA

i heart nola

So much exitement here this week! It’s Mardi Gras and the air is abuzz with music, laughing, and the bubbling of crowds. It’s also almsot superbowl and at that point it will be SO hectic here. I love that people come here to have a good time, to find out how art, music, love for life, and love for food mix in this place we call NOLA…and I hope everyone has safe revelry. Remember, be kind and have fun!