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Friday, February 09, 2007

Weekend Contest: New Orleans Coffee, and/or Beignets

A lot of people noticed that George W. Bush didn't even mention New Orleans in his 2007 State of the Union address. They say he doesn't like to dwell on things.

When he went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina - a good long time after - he didn't stay in the city. He stayed on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf. It was safer that way, for him.

Well, we love and care about New Orleans, and with Mardi Gras arriving in less than two weeks, we thought we would make NOLA the subject of this weekend's quiz.

It's about the cuisine - one little part of it, but an important part. Louisiana coffee is unique for a particular ingredient used in the brewing. What is it?

Here's a second shot at profiting from New Orleans knowledge. When you order the unique New Orleans deep-fried dough pastry called the beignet, how many do you typically get? This is New Orleans, chere, where they dearly love to commit eating, so be assured the answer is not one.

Answer either question and you're eligible for a randomly-selected $10 gift certificate to Small World Music. Send your reply to We send a reply to all entries, so if you don't get one, maybe try again by typing in our address on an email message. We have had some technical troubles, now and again, with our link. Or phone it in to Small World Music at 256-0428.

Small World Music is running a Mardi Gras special, with $2 off any NOLA, or LA, record or compact disc. You'll find Professor Longhair, Irma Thomas, Boozoo Cavis, Keith Frank, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Geno Delafose, Allen Tossaint with Elvis Costello, and others, including some nice compilations.

Bonne chance -
Steve Burke

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