Driving Downtown – New Orleans Louisiana USA – Episode 37.
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New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The city is named after the Duke of Orleans, who reigned as Regent for Louis XV from 1715 to 1723, as it was established by French colonists and strongly influenced by their European culture. It is well known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras, dating to French colonial times. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” in the United States.
New Orleans has one of the largest and busiest ports in the world, and metropolitan New Orleans is a center of maritime industry. The New Orleans region also accounts for a significant portion of the nation’s oil refining and petrochemical production, and serves as a white-collar corporate base for onshore and offshore petroleum and natural gas production.
New Orleans has many visitor attractions, from the world-renowned French Quarter; to St. Charles Avenue, (home of Tulane and Loyola Universities, the historic Pontchartrain Hotel, and many 19th-century mansions); to Magazine Street, with its boutique stores and antique shops. According to current travel guides, New Orleans is one of the top ten most-visited cities in the United States; 10.1 million visitors came to New Orleans in 2004.
A 2009 Travel + Leisure poll of “America’s Favorite Cities” ranked New Orleans first in ten categories, the most first-place rankings of the 30 cities included. According to the poll, New Orleans is the best U.S. city as a spring break destination and for “wild weekends”, stylish boutique hotels, cocktail hours, singles/bar scenes, live music/concerts and bands, antique and vintage shops, cafés/coffee bars, neighborhood restaurants, and people watching.
The French Quarter (known locally as “the Quarter” or Vieux Carré), which was the colonial-era city and is bounded by the Mississippi River, Rampart Street, Canal Street, and Esplanade Avenue, contains many popular hotels, bars, and nightclubs. Notable tourist attractions in the Quarter include Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the French Market (including Café du Monde, famous for café au lait and beignets), and Preservation Hall.
Entertainment and Performing Arts
The New Orleans area is home to numerous celebrations, the most popular of which is Carnival, often referred to as Mardi Gras. Carnival officially begins on the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as the “Twelfth Night”. Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”), the final and grandest day of festivities, is the last Tuesday before the Catholic liturgical season of Lent, which commences on Ash Wednesday.
New Orleans is world-famous for its food. The indigenous cuisine is distinctive and influential. From centuries of amalgamation of the local Creole, haute Creole, and New Orleans French cuisines, New Orleans food has developed. Local ingredients, French, Spanish, Italian, African, Native American, Cajun, Chinese, and a hint of Cuban traditions combine to produce a truly unique and easily recognizable Louisiana flavor.
New Orleans’ professional sports teams include the 2009 Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints (NFL), the New Orleans Pelicans (NBA), and the New Orleans Zephyrs (PCL). The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the home of the Saints, the Sugar Bowl, and other prominent events. Each year New Orleans plays host to the Sugar Bowl, the New Orleans Bowl and the Zurich Classic, a golf tournament on the PGA Tour. In addition, it has often hosted major sporting events that have no permanent home, such as the Super Bowl, ArenaBowl, NBA All-Star Game, BCS National Championship Game, and the NCAA Final Four. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon and the Crescent City Classic are two road running events held annually in the city.
New Orleans has four active streetcar lines:
St. Charles Streetcar Line
Riverfront Streetcar Line
Canal Streetcar Line
Loyola-UPT Streetcar Line
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Peter Hyman is the author The Reluctant Metrosexual: Dispatches From An Almost-Hip Life. His essays appeared in various anthologies including The Best American Essays 2010 and Bar Mitzvah Disco. He’s written for The New York Time, New York magazine, GQ, McSweeney’s, NPR, and Slate.com.
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The Original “1905” Salad – The Columbia’s legendary salad tossed at your table. Crisp Iceberg
lettuce with julienne of baked ham, natural Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and our famous garlic dressing. The award-winning salad won honors from the nation’s largest newspaper, USA Today, as “One of 10 Great Places to Make a Meal Out of a Salad” in May, 2008. The signature salad, named after the year the restaurant was founded in Tampa’s Latin district of Ybor City, was created by using native ingredients from the homeland of immigrants to the Cigar City and grown in the surrounding farm rich lands of Tampa …beefsteak tomatoes from Ruskin, iceberg lettuce (originally known as Crisphead got its name from the layers of ice covering the heads of lettuce as they were shipped by Henry B. Plant’s train. As the train pulled up, folks would yell out “here come the icebergs!”), julienne of baked ham, Swiss cheese, Romano cheese from the Sicilians and the famous garlic dressing used by Cubans to marinate fresh roast pork. In the 40’s, Tony Noriega, who ventured to New York City during the depression to find work, added the “secret ingredient,” Worcestershire sauce, to the recipe. 9.95
Smaller version of our “1905” SaladTM served with entree 4.75
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Former Navy SEAL Chris Ring set out to honor the families of fallen troops by becoming the first American to swim the entire length of the Mississippi River. He began his journey this spring at Lake Itasca in Minnesota,swimming through 10 states and more than 2,300 miles over six months. On Friday, he completed his journey, reaching the Head of Passes, Louisiana, at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Ring joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss his incredible feat.