New Orleans, once a regional beer powerhouse, has only a handful of breweries left. Companies including Abita, Heiner Brau and the new NOLA Brewing Co. are helping the Crescent City rise again as the brewing capital of the South.
Whiskey sours have a long and romantic history, appearing in Raymond Chandler stories and winning praise from H.L. Mencken. However, even when they're made from scratch, and not from sour mix, the proportions are difficult to achieve.
Brown rice, once mocked as overly chewy hippie food, is being embraced by high-end chefs and major food companies. In California, several family-owned farms are selling organic and specialty brown rice directly to consumers.