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I once lived in New Orleans. Coming from Washington state it was as exciting as moving to another country. The food, music, dialects, architecture, crazy weather,  the warm-as-the-weather people, the culture. I loved it all. I loved the tropical rain every hot summer day. Around this time of year I think of Mardi Gras which happened just a few days ago. The French Quarter with its antique shops, iron balconies and music in the streets. Muffalettas, pralines, pecan pie, chicory coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde, riverboat rides….crab boils with the neighbors…oh NOLA why did I leave you? You’ll always have a piece of my heart.

I decided to look up New Orleans on etsy- there were over 11,000 entries! I remembered finding a wonderful photographer, at the shop nolaPIC on etsy. Alfonso Bresciani, from New Orleans has beautiful images at http://www.etsy.com/shop/nolaPIC?ref=pr_shop_more and at his site  http://www.nolapic.com/ . I love this New Orleans shop -Sweet Olive Soap Works http://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetolivesoapworks?ref=seller_info She  incorporates luscious ingredients with a good dash of New Orleans culture. There are some great vintage New Orleans cook books on www.etsy.com as well.

For y’all down south, and everyone who loves good times, good food and amazing music. If you haven’t been yet- get on down there!

Preservation hall by Alfonso Bresciani of New Orleans http://www.etsy.com/shop/nolaPIC?ref=pr_shop_more