Tuesday, January 11, 2011
New Orleans: where centuries coexist
Where else but in New Orleans can you drive down a busy street in car traffic and find a mule-drawn cart parked by the side of the road? Since 1915, the Sam Cortese cart has been plying this city's streets selling Roman Chewing Candy, taffy, in three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.
If you see the cart, you pull up behind and step up to the window. The current price is $1.00 for a sixteen inch stick hand rolled and wrapped in wax paper. It is warm to the touch. It lasts a long time too, keeping fresh and full of flavor.
The cart is a marvel of craftsmanship. It is a little dinged and nicked but buying a stick of taffy is like standing in a picture postcard. Only in New Orleans, my friend, only in New Orleans.