Artwork by Alina T. Allen

The Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association is throwing a big party next month.

The Lower 9 Fest, a free celebration, will feature live music by Kermit Ruffins, food trucks and a big kick off second line parade led by the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club King and Queen and Stooges Brass Band.

Saturday, August 27

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Oliver Bush Playground, 2500 Fats Domino Avenue.

When an F4 tornado ripped through our 9th Ward neighborhood on Tuesday night we received dozens of text messages from all over the US inquiring as to our well-being.

We soldiered through.

Thanks for checking in on us.

Chowhound is dead

Chowhound is dead.

I was late to the party.

Chowhound was birthed in 1997 by Jim Leff and Bob Okumura but it wasn’t until 1999 that I began regularly {and voraciously} reading it on a daily basis.

Back then it was the wild, wild west of food boards with free wheeling exchanges between devout lifers as well as people who were just figuring out that food could be more than just calories to keep you alive while you worked, watched television or participated in other life activities {if there are any.} Today the once mighty board is graveyard dead.

This can be attributed to one fatal error on the part of the CBS corporation (who purchased the website in 2006): the allowance of and subsequent rise to power by-anonymous moderators who drove off the passionate posters in the name of blandness and homogeneity.

I was there long enough to put up a few hundred posts documenting our explorations of Holland, Turkey, Hungary, France, Slovakia, Austria and most of the Deep South.

Then one day in 2011 I received the following email from the aforementioned moderators:

We’re sorry you’ve been unable to respect our requests to adhere to our guidelines for bloggers. We’ve deactivated your account.

If you think you’ll be able to respect our guidelines going forward, let us know and we’ll reactivate your account.

The Chowhound Team
For Those Who Live to Eat

My crime? Putting up a link in a comment to one of my own websites. Shortly thereafter many other regular posters began being banned as well.

Scribes who had dedicated themselves to eating every bowl of posole in central Texas were dismissed. Folks who were on the hot guts sausage trail in small-town Texas? Given the boot. Looking for the best beef chuck ribs in Austin? You were no longer allowed to post your efforts on Chowhound.

Leading us to now, March 2022, the site has announced that it is shutting down.

I’m surprised it managed to last as long as it did.

Oh, and they also blacklisted John Mueller, the godfather of the modern barbecue renaissance in Texas.

Rapper C-Murder on hunger strike in Louisiana penitentiary

New Orleans rapper Corey Miller aka C-Murder is on a hunger strike to protest the conditions at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in Louisiana.

Miller attained notoriety on January 12th, 2002, when he got into an altercation with a 16 year old boy at the Platinum Club in Harvey, Louisiana; Miller would fire a single bullet into young Steve Thomas’ chest. The teen died at the scene.

C-Murder recently added civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump to his legal team. The two will be attempting to secure better living conditions at the penitentiary.

I wrote a feature on Miller

No Nightclubs in Angola: The Life Of New Orleans Rapper C-Murder

Louisiana’s No Man’s Land Food Trail

The western boundaries of Louisiana were once so poorly defined that Calcasieu Parish was claimed by both France and Spain. The entire region became known as a No Man’s Land, filled with pirates, Indians, brigands, highwaymen, outlaws, explorers, drunkards, adventurers, bawdy women and the normal lost souls that have always existed on the fringes of American society.

My kind of place. Continue Reading

Happy National Fried Chicken Day New Orleans

Walter Jetton was famously LBJ’s pit boss who was responsible for the massive barbecue parties the President liked to throw on his ranch in Gillespie County, Texas. He also owned a chain of restaurants.

Here in the 9th Ward of New Orleans there are dozens if not hundreds of places where you can purchase fried chicken combo boxes and plates. .99c for two dark meat pieces is common although now you’re seeing a few markets sell their two pieces for upwards of a $1.50.

Sacre bleu.

If you want the best and don’t mind a wait, please visit Poppa’s Seafood on N. Galvez. They only cook per order and you are not allowed to phone in advance but they do have the best fried chicken I’ve found in New Orleans.

Little People’s Place in Treme

If you ever get homesick for New Orleans PBS has a vast treasure trove of documentaries about our city here.

Oh, and it is possible to get homesick for New Orleans even if you’re currently living in here. The city we call home is almost unrecognizable right now.

But we will persevere just like we always have; at least for the past 303 years.