WSJ: Americans moving again for jobs

Looks like we aren’t the only ones on the move.

via netbase.com

via netbase.com

Via a tweet from The Wall Street Journal:

@WSJ: Americans have begun moving again – job-related relocations at highest rate since before recession.

The story is behind the paywall, but the numbers aren’t. Interesting figures related to how many people are moving to or leaving a region. The South crushed the other regions in terms of attracting new workers.

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How to cook red beans and rice

I’m a near-retirement investigative reporter who got my first big job at the New Orleans Times-Picayune the same fall Ole Miss classmate Archie Manning came to the Saints. During my stint in NOLA, I learned what really good food tastes like and determined to learn to cook some of its standards.

In “Southfacin’ Cook,” I’ll offer tips and recipes for newcomers, who’d like to adapt culinarily with more help than I had. I’ll also draw from local food legends. Send me your recipe requests, too, and I’ll do my best to help you learn Southfacin’ cookin’, too. patsy.brumfield@gmail.com

This week, we get started with a class – New Orleans style red beans and rice …

Header image is from Flickr user Cookbookman17 and used in accordance with a Creative Commons license.

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Our New Orleans bucket list

We have so many things we want to do in New Orleans and the metro area. Here’s our running list of what we want to tackle. Have suggestions for us? We’re also updating this list here.

• Treat our noses to Bourbon French Parfums (more).

Hotel Monteleone converted a carousel into a bar that slowly rotates. (photo via @hotelmonteleone on Instagram)

Hotel Monteleone converted a carousel into a bar that slowly rotates. (photo via @hotelmonteleone on Instagram)

• Visit Avery Island (more).

• Coax a plumeria/frangipani to bloom on our patio.

• Enjoy a cocktail at the Carousel Bar inside Hotel Monteleone (more).

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NOLA.com’s advice to newcomers

Advice from Brett Will Taylor, who wrote this piece (full story) for The Times-Picayune in November 2011:

Photo by Jason Kruppa (via NOLA.com)

Photo by Jason Kruppa (via NOLA.com)

As we cavorted and mayhemed and frolicked into the wee hours of All Saints’ Day, I shared with my friend the top ten things I’ve learned my first year in New Orleans, the kinds of things that come in handy when you look around, dazed and confused, and wonder where y’at.

Here they are:

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We’re new to NOLA

Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s official – we’re moving to New Orleans. My husband got a job in the Big Easy and we’re relocating from Tupelo, Miss. We’re swapping our Elvis glasses and fried pickles for Mardi Gras beads and raw oysters.

We took this picture during our first house-hunting trip to New Orleans – before we got lost driving all over the city, thus the smiles.

We took this picture during our first house-hunting trip to New Orleans – before we got lost driving all over the city, thus the smiles.

It’s been a whirlwind this past month as we started the process of moving. Friends, families and strangers offered their input about where we should live, eat, shop and exercise. We also have been scouring the interwebs for knowledge.

We started this blog as a way to help remember all the goodies and info during the process – good service companies, good doctors, liquor store hours, neighborhood restaurants, farmers markets, etc. You’ll also hear from New Orleans natives and other newcomers.

We’re learning as we go, so please leave a comment if you have thoughts or suggestions for us.