No trash pickup today in New Orleans

Via NOLA.gov:

The trash cans in New Orleans have flair. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

The trash cans in New Orleans have flair. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

City announces Mardi Gras trash collection schedule

FEBRUARY 11, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City of New Orleans announced there will be no trash or recycling collection on Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 for residents with Richards Disposal and Metro Disposal pickup. Those residents will have their trash picked up on Friday, February 15.

Richards recycling collection will resume next Tuesday, February 18. Metro recycling collection will be Thursday, February 14.

Residents serviced by SDT Waste will have regular trash collection on Tuesday.

Stock up on groceries before Mardi Gras

Make sure you stock up on groceries before Mardi Gras if you live in New Orleans.

image via poetluckerate.wordpress.com

image via poetluckerate.wordpress.com

Our neighbors have been reiterating that to us for the past two weeks. So, if you haven’t done it already, go get enough food to last you through Tuesday. Grab some snacks and booze for any last minute Mardi Gras parties, as well. And don’t forget meds and/or pet food.

Then, don’t move your car. You will lose it if you live anywhere near a parade route (see them).

If you forget something and need to go to the store, check the hours before you go. Many have special hours for Mardi Gras.

Beware of sidewalks in New Orleans

We took our nice, paved sidewalks for granted. We didn’t realize how fortunate we were until we moved to New Orleans.

photo via NOLAmusings.com

photo via NOLAmusings.com

Good words of wisdom from @GreyPerkins, who blogs on NOLAmusings.com (full post):

A few days after we arrived from Virginia, I started tripping on Uptown sidewalks. My Birkenstock-clad toes were bloodied, bruised, and – in one particularly memorable pedestrian disaster – broken. I tumbled over cliffs on St. Charles, root mass eruptions on Magazine, and even recently paved and deceptively well-maintained stretches of Napoleon.

Now, I’m no athlete, but I’m a fairly sturdy and capable pedestrian. Why, then, was I making toe hamburger just walking around town? Simple.

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How to cook gumbo like a New Orleans native

BY PATSY R. BRUMFIELD – THE SOUTHFACIN’ COOK  

ESSENTIAL GUMBO

Of course, gumbo is the quintessential New Orleans dish.

Patsy R. BrumfieldThe Southfacin' Cook

Patsy R. Brumfield
The Southfacin’ Cook

If you don’t have a big, ole gumbo pot, go get one. Doesn’t have to be fancy. Just big enough to hold about 4 gallons of liquid. I also use my gumbo pot to mix up other big recipes, especially Thanksgiving dressing and to brine my turkey.

If you have such a large pot, you will find a lot of uses for it. Don’t make too great an investment, though, unless you just want to show off.

Gumbo reportedly is the African word for okra, so expect to love it, if you don’t already know it.

I don’t start my gumbo with a dark roux, although it includes one. This may be locally heretical, but I have my reasons, which I’ll explain later in the recipe.

While this recipe looks complicated, it’s mostly about chopping, stirring and tasting.

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#BestofNOLA recommendations

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New Orleans neighborhood map

This neighborhood map of New Orleans has been tremendously helpful. Where is Mid-City? Bywater? Uptown?

This map has the answers. Via NewOrleansOnline.com:

New Orleans neighborhood map via NewOrleansOnline.com

New Orleans neighborhood map via NewOrleansOnline.com

Storyville Apparel has a more detailed map. And, you can buy the T-shirt version of this map via Storyville.

image via storyvilleapparel.com

image via storyvilleapparel.com

CNN: Avoid NOLA if looking for idyllic place to live

CNN.com put out its list of the most dangerous cities in the United States and, surprise surprise, New Orleans made the cut. New Orleans police car

Not the best news to hear about our new city, but we’re in this for the long haul.

The lovely teaser tweet from @CNNMoney:

@CNNMoneyTrying to find an idyllic place to live? Probably best to avoid these cities, which had highest crime rates in 2012 http://cnnmon.ie/SC3Y0a
It lists 10 cities and New Orleans is listed No. 5. It doesn’t seem like CNN meant that as a ranking, though. Info posted on the profile (see it):

Mardi Gras parade schedule in New Orleans

Mardi Gras is getting into full swing in New Orleans. We can’t tell you how many times our neighbors have warned us not to move our cars because we’ll lose our parking spaces for days.

Eighteen parades roll this weekend in the New Orleans area, according to MardiGrasNewOrleans.com. If you work today, no worries. You can catch the ones Saturday and Sunday.

This is a screenshot of the parade schedule for this weekend from MardiGrasNewOrleans.com.

This is a screenshot of the parade schedule for this weekend from MardiGrasNewOrleans.com.

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Where to pee in New Orleans during Mardi Gras

Good info from MardiGrasNewOrleans.com (full story):

image via Iowa State Daily

image via Iowa State Daily

Whether you’re enjoying daiquiris or locally brewed beers or even just water, eventually you’re going to need to use a restroom. For those of you that live close to the parade routes, you have my envy.

For the rest of us, here’s the guide to navigating the bathroom crisis during Mardi Gras season.

Do Not Urinate In Public

Something like 90% of the arrests made along the parade routes and in the French Quarter during the parade season are related to people peeing in public. So don’t do it, there’s a good chance that you’ll be arrested…not to mention that it’s plain ol’ rude and not very lady or gentlemen like.

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Carry cash in New Orleans

Have cash if you want to eat out in New Orleans. Some places take cards, but many only take cash.

And it’s not fun to eat dinner, go to pay and then be told “no cards” when that’s all you have. Makes for quite the awkward moment.

Some of the cash-only joints have ATMs inside, but you have to pay a surcharge and we’re always a bit leery of the security of our information on those things.

The bars we’ve been to so far also want drinks paid for as you go.

So, our advice – always have cash on you. It’s a lesson we learned the embarrassing way (see above).