Category: New Orleans

The price of tea in China and the price of crawfish in New Orleans

The price of crawfish in New Orleans will always be a topic of conversation. Conversations in New Orleans go like this: “How’s ya momma and them?” “Fine.” “I bought some crawfish at the corner. I got a good price.” “Good…

You too, can be a Louisiana citrus farmer!

When I got into agricultural journalism 16 years I embraced the thought of being a farmer. Well, farming is not one big Mardi Gras, you know. There’s weather and a whole bunch of other stuff, but mainly weather. Anyway, as…

Allen Toussaint – A Great American

A year ago today Allen Toussaint died. He was one of the greatest musicians ever to come out of New Orleans. I remember the date because it was the day I first listened to his album The Bright Mississippi. The…

Bringing traditional jazz to the bayou

The Florida Street Blowhards is a group of Baton Rouge musicians who are exploring that “other” Louisiana music known as traditional jazz. The Blowhards will be performing Saturday, October 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at NuNu’s in Arnaudville. Bandleader…

Fair trade for Louisiana crawfish

Good afternoon, ladies and gents. Venerable Crawfish here. We have always held the notion that crawfish are best consumed fresh. By fresh, we mean a product that has never been frozen. To paraphrase Bubba Blue, if you like to eat…

TP continues its fascination with crawfish price

The Times-Picayune reported today that average price for a pound of boiled crawfish was $3.98 a pound. The price marked a drop of seven cents per pound from last week.NOLA.com reporter Todd A. Price continues his brilliant work covering crawfish…

The price of tea in China and the price of labor in the U.S.

Ever wonder why crawfish tail meat is expensive? In a word… labor. Crawfish peeling is not the most desirable job. Sam Irwin, author of Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean, explains why the tiny town of Henderson…

Dr. Scrammuzza, you’re wanted at the crawfish boil

It’s only fitting that Thomas Mann’s new sculpture, Crawdaddy No. 1., is set on the promenade of St. Charles Hospital. Mann gave me this great photo of Crawdaddy No. 1 at my Octavia Books book signing event. He even bought…