New Orleans is one of the most famous food capitols of the south, heavily centered on fresh, local seafood and organic produce. Local farmers' markets are the staple of the city's economy, dating back to the founding of the city by the French settlers in 1718. The markets are a cheap way to find unique ingredients and spices that transform simple foods into New Orleans delicacies, and an easy way to meet locals and make friends. The city is also bustling with famous restaurants of all cultures, both gourmet and home-style. Above all, however, New Orleans is famous for its French cafes, especially the Cafè du Monde, serving exquisite French coffee such as the Cafè au Lait for a over 200 years. The blend of African, French, Latino, and several other cultures have come together to produce delicacies that can't be found anywhere else in America.
New Orleans hosts festivals, carnivals, and concerts from January to December, celebrating all the diversity and happiness that life has to offer. Celebrations embrace all forms of music styles, holidays, cultures, sexualities, genders, and minorities through colorful parades and other events. New Orleans is a blend of cultures from all over the world, crowded into an old-fashioned southern setting.
“A part of New Orleans’ beauty is that she is a place where many people, stifled elsewhere, feel safe to be themselves: just safe to be. Whether or not we agree with their politics, life choices, or diets, they are “their business.” ” – Quo Vadis Gex Breaux, New Orleans What Can’t Be Lost, 2010
The citizens' celebratory lifestyle would be meaningless without the beautiful music and art to celebrate with. New Orleans is home to some of the most famous jazz and blues musicians of all time, including Sydney Bishay, Louis Armstrong, and more recent artists such as Harry Connick Jr and even Lil Wayne. Music is performed life in almost every corner of the city from sunup till sundown, including jazz, r&b, opera, and classical.