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.

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