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March 2019 253 Lifestyle Magazine

ISSUE NO. 03

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L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

MARCH 2019

PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS RECALL

LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES

Q&A WITH BROOKE PAYNE

FOUNDER OF CUTTERS POINT COFFEE,

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PUBLISHER’S Picks

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We are proud to bring you, our readers, another issue of 253 Lifestyle Magazine—our third—and are honored that we are able to share the

incredible stories, people and places that make the South Sound the amazing place that we all call home.

In this issue, you will be introduced to the man behind Cutters Point Coffee, Brooke Payne, and his unwavering dedication not only to his

thriving business but his love of family and God.

As you flip through the pages of this month’s 253 Lifestyle Magazine, you will come across Alma Mater, Tacoma’s newest arts facility, and it’s

all about making connections. Alma Mater founder and Tacoma resident Jason Heminger is offering local artists a space to let their passion

and artistry soar. And we couldn’t be more proud of his endeavor.

With spring around the corner, it’s the time to start thinking and planning about refreshing our homes and gardens! We have some great ideas

to help guide you on your way, whether it’s your outdoor living space or indoors. We’ve got the tips to get you started.

Our informative health articles serve to offer you the best in beauty and health with the desire to inspire our readers to live their best life.

And … Looking to get away? There’s no place like New Orleans when it comes to food and culture. This month’s Travel & Leisure story is sure

to get you thinking about your next adventure.

We hope this edition of 253 leaves you inspired and ready for more. And there will be more. Our April issue is just around the corner, and we

can’t wait to share more incredible stories that we have been blessed to write for you.

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FEATURE: TIME SERVED IN

THE CORPS

Q & A WITH BROOKE

PAYNE, FOUNDER,

CUTTERS POINT COFFEE

TRAVEL: VISIT NEW

ORLEANS LIKE A LOCAL

RECIPE: WHITE BEAN

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INSIDE

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About the cover

On this month’s cover of 253

Lifestyle Magazine, we are proud to

feature Brooke Payne, founder of

Cutters Point Coffee. He welcomes

the community to gather and

connect over a cup of coffee at

Cutters Point. Read more about his

story on page 32. Cover photo by

Sam Tillman.

HOME 14

Looking to Hire an Interior Designer?

Tips to get the most out of your experience

TRENDING 18

From Concept to Completion: Landscape

architects create beautiful and functional

outdoor areas

TACOMA 26

Creating community at Alma Mater: Tacoma’s

newest arts facility is all about connections

Q & A 32

Q & A with Brooke Payne, Founder, Cutters

Point Coffee

HEALTH

Health and lifestyle tricks and tips to keep you

happy and healthy

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Home

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BY ALINDA MORRIS, OWNER, ALINDA MORRIS INTERIOR DESIGN, LLC

Hiring a designer can help you avoid costly mistakes. They are a wealth of information and can provide much

better options than box stores or your local furniture store. Designers can save you time by assisting you in

making decisions quickly while keeping you within budget. Here are some tips to get the most out of your

experience.

Identify your needs. Interior decorators and designers are not the same. One is not better than the other, but it is helpful to

identify which one will work best for you. Interior decorators can help clients decide on a style and assist with paint colors

and window coverings. They can make magic using your existing pieces with a few new purchases and accessories.

Interior designers typically have a degree/credentials. The education usually includes studying color and fabric, draftingcomputer-aided

design (CAD), space planning, furniture design, architecture and often an apprentice program or

internship. They provide drawings: floorplans, elevations and 3D models. They can assist you with a large remodel or new

construction and provide custom furnishings, wall coverings and artwork down to the last perfect detail.

Be honest. Designers are almost like psychiatrists (and sometimes marriage counselors) because they get to know some

pretty personal things about you: your personal needs, your likes and dislikes, how you live in your home, etc. If you have a

budget, tell them. If you are not comfortable disclosing your budget, provide a range.

Getting started - the consultation. Some designers charge for this service while others do not.If you are paying for a

consultation, you can expect a working meeting. Most designers who offer a complimentary consultation won’t usually give

out free design advice. This is a great time to get to know someone. If you choose to hire them, you will be spending a lot of

time with them, so make sure you like them.

Questions to ask. What types of projects do you typically work on? If you are remodeling a kitchen, you will want an

expert. If you are looking to update your home for resale, you may want a stager. If you have an entire home to remodel, you

will want a designer who can handle that size of a project with ease.

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Do you think my timeline and my budget are realistic? How do

you charge for your services? When will my payments be due?

Do you take a retainer or money upfront? How is purchasing

handled?

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Procurement is a service. Purchasing through a designer is not

the same as purchasing from a retail/online store. Trade-only

sources involve additional costs. Items are sent to a receiver and

inspected, then delivered again during the project installation.

These services include handling all purchase orders, stock

availability, claims and replacements for any damaged items

and scheduling delivery.

Some designers provide E-Design or room packages. Most fullservice

firms do not allow clients to purchase because there are

too many variables that can go wrong.

Clients who wish to purchase online to save money should be

willing to schedule, receive and unpackaged all items, assemble

any furniture that requires it, return items if they do not work

and file claims if items are damaged or not performing well.

Best advice: Do not begin any phase of work without a contact

or letter of agreement.

For more tips and design inspiration, follow Alinda Morris

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By Patty Hutchens

When it comes to designing or decorating our

homes, we give so much thought to everything

including colors, textures, countertops, cabinets

and picking out fixtures. But how much effort do

we put into planning and designing the exterior

of our home—specifically the landscape? If you

are like many, it is not much.

Whether you are building a new home or want

to upgrade your current outdoor living space,

a landscape architect can be an investment you

may want to make. And you may be surprised to

learn that by investing in a landscape architect,

you can increase the value of your home up to 15

percent over comparable homes, and that value

will grow over time, unlike traditional home

remodels.

So, what specifically are the advantages to

hiring a landscape architect? One is that they

are educated to look at each landscape as

a system, analyzing the overall picture and

determining problem areas. They can also assist

the homeowner in selecting the right materials,

styles, textures and colors for the plan. Whether

you want low maintenance or love to dig in and

maintain your own garden, a landscape architect

can help you plan accordingly.

But it’s not just about plants and trees when it

comes to landscape architecture. When working

on residential landscape architecture, an

architect can help plan for pools, paving, storm

water management and more.

While any project takes patience and planning,

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landscape architects are the

designers and planners of a project;

they do not do the actual work

and hiring a professional can make the process much easier and help ensure a beautiful outcome. If you are

part of a Homeowners Association, you may be required to present a landscape plan prior to developing or

remodeling the area around your home. Also, for areas such as outdoor fireplaces and outdoor kitchens, you

will need to take into consideration safety codes, an area in which a landscape architect can provide his or her

expertise.

Landscape architecture is a highly regulated occupation, and each state manages its own licensed landscape

architects. To become licensed, one must have an accredited degree in landscape architecture and also work for

a period of time under the supervision of a licensed landscape architect. They are also required to pass several

technical exams before becoming licensed.

Contrary to what many believe, landscape architects are the designers and planners of a project; they do not do

the actual work. Instead, they partner with those doing the work to ensure that the project is done to the plan’s

specifications.

There are many benefits to hiring a landscape architect, some of which include creativity, budget and project

management.

Because of their education and licensing requirements, a landscape architect is able to help facilitate ideas that

will be unique to your specific site. While you may have your own ideas, they can assist you in expanding on or

making variations to that idea based on their experience and talent.

While we may all look at the area we wish to landscape and think we know what may be best for certain areas,

it’s not all about it being aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Taking into consideration the ecosystem of your land

is vital to ensuring the design is sustainable.

Of course, we all have a vision of what we would love our yards to look like, but often we think it may be out of

reach when it comes to our budget. A landscape architect knows the costs associated with many aspects of the

design and can design something that fits your budget but still enables you to realize a beautifully landscaped

yard. They will assist in the bidding process with contractors and help you decide whether you should do your

project in one year or do it in phases over time to make it more affordable.

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Because landscape architects work with installers all the time, they have the knowledge and the partnership with many to

ensure you are getting contractors who are reliable and trustworthy.

Before hiring a landscape architect, there are several steps you want to be sure to take. The first is to request proof that

they are in fact licensed. Also, be sure to request references. While they may have a beautiful portfolio of their projects,

speaking with someone who has employed their services can provide you with ease of mind.

When it comes to creativity, this is likely what will set apart a good architect from an exceptional one. A landscape

architect should be able to present you with ideas and outline the pros and cons of anything you or the architect proposes.

Their experience should definitely shine through when it comes to this part of the process.

Be sure to ask detailed questions and have everything in writing. What is the depth of work involved? What is the

timeline for the various phases of the project? Are you being charged a flat fee versus hourly fee for the design proposal?

Experts say that a guideline to follow when it comes to designing and implementing your landscape plan is to spend no

more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s market value. If you are spending more, you are likely being charged too much.

Hiring a landscape architect on the journey from concept to completion will have you enjoying your newly landscaped

living space in no time at all!

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How to Begin

THE VALUE OF YOUR INITIAL CONSULTATION

By Felicia A. Soleil, JD

The decision to separate or divorce is never

easy. It is often made after long and difficult

conversations, many sleepless nights and

heightened emotions. It can be a very heartwrenching

process. Along with mixed feelings of

sadness, anger and yes, even love, you may be riddled

with anxiety and fear.

Fear of the unknown. Fear of the “What ifs?”

• What if I don’t have enough money to live comfortably

on my own?

• What if I don’t get to keep our home?

• What if I don’t get to see my children as often as I want

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The most logical question then becomes: “How do we

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Seek first to understand

It’s wise to know where you are heading and what to

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Divorce will always remain a significant life transition.

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It’s Thursday afternoon and snow from a historically

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Fawcett Avenue on their way to Alma Mater, the city’s

newest arts facility where hearty helpings of warmth and

excitement are being served up in a variety of forms—all

in support of local artists.

More than just an art gallery or a performing arts center, the

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the Carpenters Building—holds a cafe, a bar and lounge, a

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artist’s spaces. On this particular afternoon, work by local

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the building’s glass doors. In the lobby’s northeast corner,

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SINCE ITS OPENING IN EARLY 2018, ALMA MATER AND ITS CREATORS HAVE

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It’s an enterprising project—one that City Arts magazine called

“ambitious enough to be laughable and visionary to the point of

delusion” while the building was under renovation in August 2017.

Since its opening in early 2018, Alma Mater and its creators have

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supporting the arts. Unlike traditional nonprofit arts organizations

whose funding is dependent on grant cycles and ever-changing

availability of federal funding, Alma Mater founder and Tacoma

resident Jason Heminger opted to have restaurants and a concert

venue fund the artist incubator.

Jason is an artist himself and has a background in experimental

education. He created Montessori curriculum in Colorado for three

years prior to moving back to Tacoma and credits that experience

with helping him to dream up Alma Mater. “Doing curriculum

development, I had to break down the process of learning and ask

why things work and how they work,” he says. “I was also doing that

with the art and music industries and asking, ‘What are major sticking

points to artists connecting with their community?’”

According to him, a lack of resources and tools to help emerging

artists break into the market paired with the pervasive stigma that

art galleries are stuffy and

unapproachable were gaps that

needed filling. So, he devised a

plan to provide those resources

in a place that would also

provide “natural, integrated

connections” with the Tacoma

community. With the help of his

wife, Sayde; friends Aaron Spiro

and Rachel Ervin; and James

Walton, grandson of Walmart

founder Sam Walton, whom

Jason met while in Colorado;

and other regional investors,

Alma Mater was born.

“We’re the vessel

helping to push the

work out there to

let it be seen and

available. We’re

a place to invite

artists into.”

Now, the space’s restaurants,

which flank the art-filled lobby, are not only helping to fund the space

but are providing a casual environment for art to be displayed and

ensuring a steady flow of people are “exposed to art they’ve never seen

before,” Jason says.

And local art is everywhere. Destiny City Comics curates a zine

collection displayed in Honey; Tacoma artist Gillian “Gee Gee”

Nordlund’s work can be found on Honey’s coloring pages for children;

and last month, various artists’ prints from a printmaking event

curated by University of Puget Sound senior Sophia Munic hung in

the cafe. In Fawcett Hall last month, regional comics took to the stage

for a monthly comedy showcase called Laughing Mater, and emerging

national bands and local talent continue to play shows once a week.

“We’re the vessel helping to push the work out there to let it be seen

and available,” Sayde says while walking through the bustling cafe.

“We’re a place to invite artists into.”

Tacoma Gallery owners Jane and Jason Sobottka have seen firsthand

the benefits of Alma Mater’s more casual approach to showing art. Jane

and Jason curated one of the space’s first formal visual art installations,

“For Tacoma,” which hung in the lobby during the months of January

and February. Pieces from 17 Tacoma artists whose work reflects the

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PHOTO BY ANNELI FOGT

spirit of the city were on display. Some had never shown their work

before, but multiple pieces sold and one artist was even contacted to

create a commissioned piece, Jane says. Tacoma Gallery is already

curating another show for Alma Mater in 2019, and Jane says their

focus is on featuring emerging and mid-career artists whose work

typically hasn’t been widely seen. The partnership between the

gallery and Alma Mater is not only giving artists a venue in which to

show but inspiration as well, she says.

“SO MUCH OF THE CREATIVE ARTS INDUSTRY IS

HIDDEN,” JASON SAYS. “THERE IS A NEED FOR

NETWORKING BETWEEN DO-IT-YOURSELFERS AND

INDUSTRY GURUS. WE HOPE TO PROVIDE THAT.”

On the topic of inspiration, Leah Morgan is a Tacoma crafter and

glassblower who realized that the local craft market scene would

be more successful with some livening up. She wanted to make the

experience of a craft market less stressful for buyers and vendors

alike, so she added music, drinks and food to the experience and

created the Tacoma Night Market last May. The lively, free events—

held from 5 to 10pm on the third Saturday of every month—were a

success from the beginning.

“The first event was incredible, and it just kept growing,” she says.

They grew so fast that in November, the market moved from its

original location downtown on Pacific Avenue to Alma Mater.

Now, roughly 50 local vendors attend each month. “These kinds of

events are what Alma Mater was built for,” Leah says. “It’s a place to

celebrate creativity and community.”

Looking ahead, Jason and the Alma Mater team have no intention of

losing their ambition. Work is continuing on the upstairs recording

studios, work spaces and artist incubator, which should open later

this year. Plans for mentorship programs, workshops and seminars

to teach artists everything from how to create an EP in the studio to

accounting are also in the works.

“So much of the creative arts industry is hidden,” Jason says. “There

is a need for networking between do-it-yourselfers and industry

gurus. We hope to provide that.”

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The Cutters Point flagship store is known locally as “the Living Room of Gig

Harbor.” This really describes the feeling that Brooke Payne, founder of Cutters

Point Coffee, wants to evoke at each of his stores. Established in 1995, the

company now has 12 locations—11 in the South Puget Sound area and one in

Savannah, Georgia.

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“ALL OF OUR STORES

ARE VERY GENEROUS

TO THE LOCAL

COMMUNITY, WHETHER

SUPPORTING A RACE OR

EVENTS AT A SCHOOL.

WE ARE PART OF THE

COMMUNITY, AND IT

IS IMPORTANT TO

PARTICIPATE.”

Q. Washington is a coffee drinking state with

everything from Mom and Pop coffee stands to

national chains. What makes Cutters Point stand

out?

A. We like to say we are in the people business

first. In a world of selfies, we take the time to take a

photograph. This reflects our philosophy of having

guests not customers. It is not just about the coffee.

We provide our guests an authentic experience of

genuine hospitality. That authenticity carries over

into the design of our stores with reclaimed wood

and comfortable seating. You can get a cup of

coffee anywhere but you can only get the authentic

experience at Cutters Point.

Q. Cutters Point Coffee is a true family run

business. Can you share how your family is

involved?

A. My oldest son Cody Payne is the head of our

grocery division. Our coffee is carried at Safeway,

Albertson’s and QFC. My daughter-in-law Alyssa

Payne runs our marketing department and product

development. My daughter Haley Payne manages

our flagship store in Gig Harbor. Heather Payne,

my daughter, does all our photography. My son

Kramer Payne is a youth pastor and leads a group

of 200 youth at our flagship store on Thursday

nights. Most importantly is my wife, Jennifer

Payne, who is the glue that holds us all together.

We would be lost without her.

Q. Why coffee?

A. My faith is a very important part of my life.

I was very involved with Young Life, one of the

largest Christian youth organizations in the world

when growing up. Our church community would

gather after services and have coffee, and that

resonated with me. In this day and age of social

media, I saw a deep need for people to connect,

and one of the most natural and easy ways to

connect is over a cup of coffee.

Q. Can you tell us how the history of the Puget

Sound inspired your name? Do you have an

interest in local history?

A. I am a total nautical buff and love the water. I

grew up in Gig Harbor, and the local history of

the story of George Vancouver’s exploration of

the area intrigued me. Our name was inspired by

Peter Puget and Joseph Whidbey, who departed

the main expedition in 1792 in two small cutter

boats to explore what is now known as the South

Puget Sound. They stopped at Point Fosdick and

had their first meal. We like to think it included a

cup of coffee.

Q. Can you share the support you provide to the

local community and how you helped start a

charitable organization?

A. All of our stores are very generous to the local

community, whether supporting a race or events

at a school. We are part of the community, and it

is important to participate. One of the things I am

most proud of is that we helped found a 501(c)(3)

charity, 41 & Change, which assisted a Young Life

Camp in Nicaragua. To raise money the camp was

growing and selling coffee. We helped them turn

it into a viable business which helps in three ways:

First, the farmers are paid wages 25 percent higher

than what they can receive locally. Proceeds from

the sale of the coffee helps send Nicaraguan youth

to camp. The company also offers a fundraising

opportunity to youth in North America so they

can sell coffee to raise money to attend a summer

camp.

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Health

CHEMICAL PEELS

YOUR MOST COMMON QUESTIONS ANSWERED

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN BSN

Chemical peels are a great way to start fresh with

your skin. They exfoliate dead skin cells off the

surface of your skin, stimulating cell turnover and

improving a wide range of skin imperfections.

Everything from acne, scarring, hyperpigmentation

(brown/age spots, sun damage), fine lines and wrinkles can

be improved with chemical peels. This once popular skincare

treatment has taken a back seat to newer treatments in

recent years, but it is one of the simplest in-office treatments

you can do and delivers results that will get you noticed.

Below we answer some of your most commonly asked

questions and explain why we love a good peel.

peel you are receiving, the practice in which you are having

your treatment and the experience/credentials of your

provider. On average, a chemical peel cost between $100

and $300.

How long will my results last?

A chemical peel will give you an instant radiance and dewy

look for up to a week with long-term results of improved

texture and coloring, and a decrease in fine lines and

wrinkles. Peels can be repeated every four to six weeks, and

a series of three peels is often recommended for optimal

results, with a follow-up peel once a year for maintenance.

How do chemical peels work?

Our body naturally exfoliates old skin cells on the surface of

our skin, exposing new cells. A chemical peel speeds up this

process by breaking down the bonds between skin cells on

the top layer of your skin. As old cells are removed and new

cells generated, skin imperfections are improved.

Are there different kinds of peels?

Yes, there are many kinds of peels available, and they range

in potency and strength based on the ingredients used.

Some common ingredients include glycolic acids (alphahydroxy

acid), salicylic acid and lactic acid. Talk with your

aesthetic provider to discuss which type of peel would be

best for you. Salicylic acid peels tend to be great for clients

struggling with acne, while lactic acid peels are great for

brightening. Glycolic peels are a great option for someone

with sensitive skin.

Can a chemical peel be used on other areas of the body?

While treating the face is the most common, peels can be

used on other areas as well. The neck, chest and back are

often areas of concern due to acne, thinning/fine lines and

hyperpigmentation (sun damage).

How much does a chemical peel cost?

The cost of chemical peels varies depending on the type of

Do chemical peels hurt?

With most chemical peels, clients experience mild tingling,

stinging and heat as the molecules activate the top layers of

the skin. This generally lasts approximately two minutes and

is relieved with a cool fan. As the peeling process begins

(generally on day three), you may experience some itching

that is relieved with over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.

With some peels there is no discomfort at all. The gentlest

peels may not cause any actual peeling of the skin, just a

tightening and brightening.

Is there any downtime after a peel?

Most chemical peels do cause the treated area to peel

between days three and five. The severity can range from

dryness/sloughing to large sheets of peeling skin. Schedule

your peel at least two weeks before a large event or vacation

to ensure you’re glowing.

If you are considering a chemical peel, it is important that

you talk with your aesthetic provider about the different

types of peels and what you are hoping to achieve with your

treatment. Whether you have active acne, old acne scarring,

fine lines or a dull complexion, there is a peel that can help

improve your skin with little downtime and quick results.

Happy peeling!

They exfoliate dead skin cells off the

surface of your skin.

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Health

New Habits

are Hard!

Change takes time

BY KENNY MARKWARDT, CSCS

It’s been three months since my wife rearranged our kitchen (again).

Plates, bowls, forks, knives, napkins, instruments, etc.—all in new

homes. It’s like a bizarre Easter egg hunt every time I try and find

something.

So what? Just grab the stuff out of the new drawers and move on, right?

I’m trying. Believe me. It’s not fun to make extra laps around the island

while your food is doing its best to set itself on fire, especially when

your 4-year-old comments on how amusing you look every time you

reach in the placemat drawer when you’re actually just looking for a

fork.

“Daddy, that’s not where the forks are! You’re silly!”

Unfortunately, old habits are hard to break.

My morning routine goes like this:

• First alarm goes off at 4:50am. I turn on the coffeemaker and hit

snooze so I can get back in bed for 15 more minutes of bedded bliss.

My second, for real this time, alarm goes off at 5:05.

• I get out of bed, turn off the alarm and get dressed.

• I pour myself a cup of coffee and heat up a pan.

• I put on some turkey bacon (or regular bacon if I’m in a “live a little”

season), add some eggs and, four minutes later, I have my breakfast

ready.

• For the last two years, at this point, I would walk over to the silverware

drawer and grab a fork and knife; however, that is now where the

placemats live. So that means I walk halfway across the kitchen to find

that I’ve gone to the wrong drawer (again). I then curse my mistake

and walk back to the new place where the silverware now lives.

It’s literally been three months of this little routine, and I’m pretty

excited if I can remember before I actually reach in the wrong drawer

now.

Did my loving mom drop me on my head a lot when I was a baby? She

won’t answer me directly about this, so the jury is still out. But I don’t

believe that has anything to do with this little conundrum of mine.

It merely speaks to the power of habits, routine and how difficult it is to

change, especially in times of lowered cognitive function (high stress,

low sleep, fatigue, etc.).

Think about your own life. How many things do you just do without

thinking? Have you ever tried to change those things? Were you able to

make those changes long term or was it more of a vacation from your

normal habits until you went back to what you were used to?

If you went back to being you after a period of time, you’d be quite

normal. Change is hard.

This is especially true when you don’t sleep or are stressed out. During

these times, your brain has limited resources to make actual decisions,

so it just operates on autopilot. Studies have shown that you essentially

have a set amount of capacity for decision-making. When the going

gets tough, that capacity gets maxed out and you are forced to revert

to old habits.

So we’ve established that it’s difficult to reprogram your norms. Now

what? Just don’t try?

Nope, instead of giving up, just realize that it’s a process. Understand

that you can’t just read a self-help book, do what it says tomorrow

and be a new person. It takes time to rewire everything and lay the

groundwork for your new habits.

Instead, take the main points of where you want to be and celebrate

every time you make a decision that goes against the routine you’re

trying to reset. If you normally skip the gym when your day gets hectic,

celebrate going to the gym on those kinds of days. You might not have

your best training session ever, but you’re starting a new habit, not

going for perfection.

Over time, you’ll stop reaching into the wrong drawer. You’ll stop

yourself halfway there and say, “Nope, that’s not what I want to do.”

You’ll rewire your processes and make the new decision the one you

make without thinking.

And then your wife will move all your stuff.—again.

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A

Time Served

In the

Corps

PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS RECALL LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES

BY COLIN ANDERSON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE PEACE CORPS

AND ANDREW HINDERLIE

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Feature

Upon graduating high school we all face the same challenging question: What do I want to do with my life?

One path is to continue your education at a traditional four-year university, community college or technical

school. Many enter the workforce in a wide range of jobs or family owned business. Still others feel the need

to serve their country through military service. And a few simply set out to explore the world while they

aren’t tied down to a career, marriage or family. In 1961, another opportunity arose for young people across the country.

Then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy wrapped up a day of campaigning and arrived on the campus of the

University of Michigan at 2am. Though the press corps had all retired, 10,000 students were still assembled, waiting to

hear from the candidate. From the steps of the Student Union Building, Kennedy issued a challenge to the assembled

crowd; a challenge that would bring about a new path of service to the country once he was elected to the White House.

“How many of you who are going to be doctors are willing to spend your days in Ghana? Technicians or engineers,

how many of you are willing to work in the Foreign Service and spend your lives traveling around the world? On your

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WAYNE AND HIS

GIRLFRIEND SIGNED UP

TO BE PART OF THE FIRST

TEAM OF PEACE CORPS

VOLUNTEERS TO ENTER

SOUTHERN BOLIVIA, BUT

FIRST A WHOLE LOT OF

LIFE NEEDED TO HAPPEN.

of your life to this country, I think will depend (upon)

the answer to the question of whether a free society

can compete. I think it can! And I think Americans

are willing to contribute. But the effort must be far

greater than we have ever made in the past.”

In March of 1961, President Kennedy created the

Peace Corps, and in the 58 years since, nearly a

quarter of a million Americans have answered his

challenge to serve their country by utilizing their

skills in the developing world.

Northwest resident Wayne Nishek was among the

first batch to answer the president’s challenge. Wayne

grew up on a farm but always wanted to see the world.

He studied abroad in England in the late 1950s and

was able to experience a different culture for the first

time. He also recalls seeing the devastation from

World War II still present in the likes of crumbled

buildings and deep holes in the landscape where

bombs had dropped.

“I wouldn’t say I was draft dodging, but I didn’t want

to go to Vietnam like my three older brothers, but I

still wanted to see the world and help people,” recalled

Wayne, now 78.

Wayne was at a farming conference in Denver when

he first heard of the Peace Corps, and it didn’t take

much selling for him to sign up. Wayne and his

girlfriend signed up to be part of the first team of

Peace Corps volunteers to enter southern Bolivia, but

first a whole lot of life needed to happen.

“We decided to get married before we left, so we

scrambled and made it happen. We took a three-day

honeymoon and then got on a plane to Miami to

begin our training,” said Wayne.

Their stay in Miami was short lived however, as the

night they arrived coincided with the Bay of Pigs

Invasion that set the region under immense tension.

The newlyweds were instead flown to Vermont

for months of training that included the Spanish

language and military-style survival courses.

“I remember them taking us out in a raft with our

hands tied behind our back and pushing us out into

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“I remember them taking us out in a raft with

our hands tied behind our back and pushing

us out into the water.”

Of the original 60 or so signups only about half made it through the training. After several months of

training they were on their way to Bolivia. Once on the ground, Wayne used his farming background

to help with a local rice co-op which was dealing with constantly broken-down machinery. He

showed the Bolivians the mechanics of how an engine works on a combine and what was needed to

maintain it. He created manuals written entirely in Spanish and was able to help vastly improve their

harvesting skills. Once that project was running smoothly, he moved onto helping out with local 4-H

style programs where he helped the locals breed healthier animals such as hogs and chickens. What

seemed like a few simple skills he had learned through his own upbringing ultimately changed and

improved the lives of countless people in the region.

“People say they don’t have anything to offer, but there are a lot of skills that translate in developing

countries. A lot need help with simple mechanics, reading, bookkeeping and just developing plans,”

he said.

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Wayne’s two years in Bolivia would evolve into a lifetime of service. He would spend 19

years in Africa building homes and schools in far remote villages and teaching locals

how to create and patch clay stoves. He would eventually run the first Peace Corps

training camp in India, where he would send new recruits out to a remote village for

a week to teach them how to get by with very little.

“They learned a lot about culture, surviving with almost nothing, and came back

wanting to focus on learning the language,” he said.

Of all the impact he made, it was one of the smallest things that might have gone the

furthest. Back in Bolivia, the humidity and heat always attracted flies, and no one was

using a screen door. Wayne showed them how

to build a screen and, using old rubber bike

tires, create a swinging screen door for a few of

the homes. When he visited 15 years later it was

still the talk of the town.

As he looks back at his experience, he shares

that he was only just trying to make some sort

of contribution to the world but instead did so

much to impact a community and make it a

healthier place to live. It is something of which

he is proud.

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studied abroad with his experience coming

in Thailand. After graduating college in the

Midwest in 1978, he thought he might go back

to Asia and possibly teach—until he met up

with an on-campus Peace Corps recruiter.

“After a lot of thought, I decided to do it,” said

Andrew.

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With not a lot of building or farming background, the

Peace Corps decided Andrew’s best fit was in planning

and logistics. He went through language training and was

taught survival skills as well (now a less intense version

than Wayne’s). He was sent to the Togolese Republic, also

known as Togo, in Africa to help oversee logistics and

financial planning projects for the local government.

“We would supply the expertise for the local masons,

carpenters, architects, planners and problem solve with

design teams,” he said.

Andrew’s team built schools, outbuildings and large drystorage

buildings for grains. A self-described “Minnesota

nice guy,” Andrew admits to being hesitant in some of his

early decision-making as to not offend locals but learned

how to be a confident leader by running many projects.

“We always worked as a team, and I didn’t always want

to push hard, but I learned I often had to push people to

really get stuff done.”

Andrew would facilitate many projects across Africa,

but some of his most impactful messaging came through

simple conversations. While he was learning about

different cultures, Andrew was also sharing with locals

the ideals of American Democracy.

“This would spur discussions about our system, and a

lot of times the locals would ask why they didn’t have

the same freedoms and democracy in their country,” he

recalled.

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Andrew’s commitment to his faith is evidenced from

his position of pastor at a Lutheran church, but he was

never afraid to explore his beliefs and how they differ

from those in other nations and religions. He went to all

the different churches he could find and learned from

practicing Buddhists as well.

“I don’t see God as just in my denomination but in all

places. I see God as a God that loves this world.”

Wayne recalls spending time in Muslim villages as well

and being treated with the same respects as the locals.

“I would leave my shoes and all of my stuff on the beach

when I went for a walk. When I came back an hour later

my stuff was always still there. Where in America do you

think that could happen?” asked Wayne.

While both men specialized in different areas, traveled to

different lands and had different experiences, both Wayne

and Andrew came back with a similar understanding of

the world and themselves.

Wayne still speaks monthly with a few of the folks from

his original volunteer group; relationships that have stood

more than 50 years. When Andrew returned home he

quickly got involved with the international community,

hosting students and having welcome parties in his

parents’ home.

“Once you come into my home, you are always welcome,”

he said.

In Togo, Andrew was welcomed with a smile and, despite

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cultural difference, he maintains many were very

similar to the Americans he grew up with. Strangers

would open up their homes to serve him a meal and

would often even put him up for the night, a courtesy

Andrew utilizes in his own home today.

Wayne recalls dining with families as well and the

common theme of respect and understanding that

can be shared over a meal.

“Almost every country has unique things in their

culture, but if you treat human beings like human

beings, eat food and share drink with each other,

you’ll be accepted into a family.”

The impact the Peace Corps has on its volunteers

like Andrew and Wayne is felt long after they’ve left.

Spreading the democratic ideals of the United States

has inspired people in developing countries to fight

for additional freedoms and take political office.

Many come here to work on college degrees or to

become doctors to bring aid to their homelands.

What might seem like common skills to us can

be life altering for a group of people whose daily

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“I really didn’t realize the privileges I had as an

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so much with American ingenuity,” said Wayne.

Both men share their experiences of keeping

an open mind toward other cultures with those

they encounter throughout the day. In a time of

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By Jillian Chandler

WOMEN

March

9&10

AN EVENT TO CELEBRATE AND INSPIRE WOMEN, the annual

So Northwest Women’s Show invites women and girls of all ages in

the South Sound to escape from an ordinary day to experience the

unforgettable! “Women work really hard, and this is an opportunity for

them to play hard, too,” says Jen Pirak, co-producer of the Women’s

Show.

“People love the fact that it’s for all ages: moms, daughters, grandmothers,

girlfriends,” smiles Jen. “[It’s the opportune time to] get away for the day

with other women in your life and treat yourself. It’s all about you!”

2019 marks the 31st year of the event, and this year they are expecting

to see between 10,000 and 12,000 at the show over the course of the

weekend. Women in attendance will be treated to more than 300

vendors, shopping, free samples, entertainment and much, much more.

Celebrities who will be making an appearance at the event include

Mario Lopez (television personality, producer, actor and best-selling

author), who will be there March 9; Lindsay Arnold (“Dancing with the

Stars” pro) will be there Sunday; and Matt Muenster (television host,

designer, contractor) will be at the event both days. Are you excited yet?

If those celebs aren’t enough, on Sunday, “Shark Tank” will make

an appearance, holding an open call, with numbered wristbands

distributed between 9 and 11am, with interviews beginning at 10am.

Participants will be given the opportunity to do a one-minute pitch of

their business, product or idea to a member of the casting team.

The highlight of the event? According to Jen, you won’t want to miss the

firefighters from Union Local 32. They will take the stage both days, and

attendees can donate money to benefit the YWCA and Camp Blaze—a

fire camp for women. And even better, there will be photo opportunities

with these handsome firefighters after they take the stage, allowing you

to capture the fun you and your girlfriends are experiencing during this

fabulous event.

Tickets are priced $16 per person per day and can be purchased online

at NWWomensShow.com or at the door. Discounted tickets ($4 off) are

available at the box office for seniors, military and students with proper

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Attendees will be treated to free parking all weekend long thanks to

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The So Northwest Women’s Show, presented by BECU and KOMO

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Tacoma Polar Plunge

Take your support of Special Olympics Washington to new depths

by signing up for one of the coolest—or should we say coldest!—

events of the year. However you choose to take the plunge, you’ll be

changing the lives of 18,000 athletes across the state. Held at Owen

Beach, all ages are invited to participate. Registration opens at 10am;

plunge at noon. SpecialOlympicsWashington.org

March

14

Tacoma Roots Summit

The community is invited to join Tacoma Roots 6 to 8pm at Evergreen

State College Tacoma Campus. This fourth Tacoma Roots Summit will

focus on opportunities to advocate for transit-oriented development,

looking at which policies could be put in place to best address

housing costs and environmental concerns. Though admission is

free, please register at EventBrite.com.

March

9

2nd Annual EmpowerHER

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EmpowerHER Conference is a full day of inspiration and opportunity

at Sky Creative! This will be a life-changing experience! Meet women

who are ready to champion for themselves and each other! Each

ticket includes catered lunch, snacks, guest speakers, workshops and

a networking hour. Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite.com.

March

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Arts Live veteran stage professionals in bringing a new vitality and

immediacy to this story of struggle and perseverance against societal

norms and discrimination, set against the backdrop of the 1990’s

AIDS epidemic, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Purchase tickets

online at TacomaArtsLive.org.

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If Cars

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In honor of Women’s History Month, LeMay - America’s Car Museum invites you to join them 11:30am to

12:30pm as museum educator, Francesca Steele, presents a brief survey of women’s involvement in the

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students as they end their first season! It will be a fun night with delicious food, entertainment,

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The Fieldhouse Flea Market is a vintage/antique show paired with an

arts and crafts fair and rummage sale! What’s not to love? Celebrating

its 51st year, the Fieldhouse Flea Market is the University of Puget

Sound Women’s League’s annual one-day fundraiser and will be held

8am to 4pm at the University of Puget Sound Memorial Fieldhouse.

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Pt. Defiance Garden Sale

Just in time for spring, mark your calendars for this huge plant sale

held at the Pagoda in Pt. Defiance Park. Roses, rhodies, perennials,

bulbs, garden art and some extra surprises can be found at the sale.

Be sure to dress warm, take some time and find some beauties for

your own garden.

March

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90-Second Newbery Film

Festival 2019 Tacoma Screening

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in

which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of

Newbery award-winning books in about 90 seconds. Make your free

reservation to attend the Tacoma screening at Blue Mouse Theatre

(11am to 12:30pm) at EventBrite.com.

March

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Fashion is ART

Showcasing fashion designers and their unique skills as a form of

artistic expression, Fashion is ART is a non-traditional fashion show,

viewed as a fashion art happening, where garments will be displayed

in unique ways to showcase Fashion is ART and Art is Fashion

and fashion as more than just clothing but as living wearable art.

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Tacoma Spring

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Don’t miss out on the 2019 Tacoma Spring Wedding Expo at the Tacoma Dome! This two-day

event, held 9:30am to 3pm both days, features more than 100 local wedding vendors to help

you plan the wedding of your dreams. There will also be an all-day fashion show, and try

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HEARTY AND LEAN

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Marina Gunn

WHITE BEAN SHAKSHUKA

WITH

GOAT CHEESE

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

2 carrots, finely chopped

kosher salt

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. harissa

1/2 tsp. paprika

1 tbsp. tomato paste

1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes

1 can white beans (cannellini or great northern)

4 large eggs

crumbled goat cheese

chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

METHOD:

• In a large skillet with high sides, heat the olive oil

over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and ½ tsp.

salt. Stir and cook for 10-12 minutes until onions are

transparent.

• Add the garlic, cumin, harissa, paprika, a pinch of salt

and cook about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste,

crushed tomatoes and white beans.

• With a wooden spoon, create four wells and crack

in your eggs. Cover and simmer until the whites are

cooked but the yolks are still runny (5-6 minutes).

Sprinkle salt and top with goat cheese and parsley and

serve.

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Travel

Visit New Orleans like a Local

SPRING IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT

BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

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Discover 300 years of history, culture and food on a visit to New Orleans—one

of the oldest cities in the United States. When people think of New Orleans,

thoughts turn to Mardi Gras and the crazy party that is Bourbon Street, but

there is so much more to this city than the French Quarter, and I am going

to share tips on visiting like a local. It may surprise you to know that many of the iconic

tourist destinations are also favorites of local Louisianans.

Where to Stay

If you have your heart set on the French Quarter by all means stay there, but you will

pay a lot more with many hotels having parking fees of up to $50 a night. I like to stay

in Metairie, which is a short drive from the New Orleans airport and about a 10-minute

drive to the French Quarter. It is New Orleans’ first suburb and has many family friendly

hotels. The Courtyard Marriott Metairie has a very friendly staff that makes you feel

at home. The nice thing about this area is that it is quiet at night, and it is very easy to

schedule an Uber if you wish to go out in the French Quarter.

Things You Must See and Do

Louisianans were foodies before it was a thing. A whole day can revolve around food

and drink from beignets and café au lait in the morning, po’boys or a muffuletta for

lunch, a gourmet meal at one of the iconic restaurants and a flaming hurricane or other

cocktail to finish off the night. You might even be able to fit in a bit of sightseeing in

between. Here are the must sees and eats.

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The food, the people, the

history and the culture

of New Orleans all come

together to create an

unforgettable experience.

1. Beignets and Coffee in the French Quarter. There are other places

to enjoy this treat, but the Café Du Monde in the French Quarter is

the original. Established in 1862, this local treasure is open 24 hours

a day. My family always plans a visit whenever we are in town, and on

my last visit, I ran into my cousin. What makes this place so special? It

never changes. The menu has consistently stayed the same serving only

beignets—a light, puffy square French doughnut lavishly dredged in

powdered sugar—and various beverages. The café’ au lait is coffee and

chicory with hot milk and complements the sweetness of the beignets.

Insider Tip: The café is insanely popular with crowds queued up down

the street waiting for a table. You seat yourself and it is cash only. For the

best experience, get up early. You will be able to easily find parking and a

table no later than 7am. The French Quarter can smell a little ripe in the

morning after the partying crowd has turned in, but the delicious smell

of beignets cooking cleanses the air.

2. The French Quarter. The Café Du Monde is located in the French

Market, which is filled with shops perfect for souvenirs. Make sure to pick

up some Aunt Sally’s Pralines. Slightly down the street from the French

Market is Jackson Square, and it is the No. 1 destination for visitors to

New Orleans. This lovely landscaped square with a prominent statue of

Andrew Jackson, Hero of the Battle of New Orleans, serves as an open-air

artist colony. For more than 50 years, artists have presented their work

on the wrought iron fence surrounding the square. Watch for the local

street performers and listen to some great jazz right on the sidewalks.

You can spend a whole day in this area. Make sure to visit the St. Louis

Cathedral as well as the Cabildo and Presbytère state museums. Once you

are done exploring, hop on one of the carriages that line up in front of the

square and take a tour of the French Quarter. What is unique about these

carriage tours are they are pulled by mules that are more adapted to the

extreme temperatures of the city.

3. Have a Sandwich. New Orleans has raised the lowly sandwich into

a whole new level of deliciousness. Some vocab you need to know: A

po’boy is what a sandwich is called and the favorites are shrimp, oyster

or roast beef. You will be asked if you want it dressed. This means with

lettuce, tomato and mayo or plain. A muffuletta is made on a whole

round loaf of bread hollowed out and filled with deli-fresh sliced meats

and cheeses and Italian olive salad. For muffulettas you need to go to

Central Grocery, where this hearty sandwich was invented in 1906 by

Salvatore Lupo. For a good po’boy ask the locals; there are shacks and

bars around the city that specialize in po’boys, and usually the least

appealing looking of places have the best po’boys. On my recent visit,

a local recommended Bear’s Poboys at Gennaro’s, which is located right

next to the interstate and collocated with a bar. On a busy Saturday, it was

a constant rush of people dining in or picking up huge bags of po’boys

to go. Bear’s specializes in slow-roasted beef po’boys, but we tried the

shrimp and the oyster versions. They were so good. Ours were served

dressed on a type of roll I’ve only had in Louisiana. It is soft but super

sturdy and holds up to the sauces without falling apart.

4. City Park. This 1,300-acre green space is one of the oldest parks in

the United States, drawing millions of people each year to visit. There

are trails surrounded by oak trees dripping with Spanish moss and many

themed gardens to include two sculpture gardens and the New Orleans

Botanical Garden. This is the site of the New Orleans Museum of Art,

Storyland (which is a themed playground with 25 giant sculptures from

your favorite fairy tales), an amusement park with a historic carousel and

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an 18-hole golf course and a mini golf course. There really is something for

everyone, and the grounds are just stunning. Insider Tip: There is a 24-hour

café called Morning Call that has been in the park for more than 142 years.

5. Eat at an Iconic Restaurant. Antoine’s and the Commander’s Palace are

the Grand Dames of New Orleans dining. According to Teyonda Hamilton,

a long-time New Orleans resident and assistant manager at the Metairie

Courtyard Marriott who is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the city,

“The iconic restaurants really live up to the hype. Like most New Orleans’

families, we cook, and so when we go out to eat it needs to be not like

what we cook at home. My family goes to Antoine’s or the Commander’s

Palace for special occasions,” she said. Both restaurants have been around

for over 100 years. Famed chefs Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme are

alumni of the Commander’s Palace. Antoine’s is the oldest restaurant in

the country and still run by members of the original family. This is where

Oysters Rockefeller was created, and the recipe is a closely guarded secret.

6. Frenchmen Street. Located just east of the French Quarter, this is where

the locals go to enjoy a night on the town and is the heart of live music in

New Orleans. Enjoy lower prices than Bourbon Street on drinks and food as

well as just about any type of live music. There are over 20 bars, restaurants

and other venues all within a two-block area. You can experience live music

seven days a week all year long. Each has its own unique experience such

as the dive Igor’s Checkpoint Charlie, which is a bar, a restaurant and a

laundromat.

The food, the people, the history and the culture of New Orleans all come

together to create an unforgettable experience. Whether you plan a weekend

getaway or an extended vacation, you will never run out of things to see, do

and eat. If you love the cuisine, pick up a copy of “River Roads Recipes”

cookbook, with its great collection of Louisiana food that has stood the

test of time and makes a useful souvenir. For more information on the city,

make sure to visit the official New Orleans tourism site at NewOrleans.com.

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