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1.  The Naploeon House.
It was offered to Napoleon as a place to stay in exile
but he died before he could take them up on the offer.

2.  Muffuletta
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GEAUX SAINTS!!!! [i'm guessing you'd disavow any knowledge of me if i got this
one wrong...] Saints are champs... Nagan's history..and Mardi Gras is next week --
could the world be any better????? Nah.... -- glad to hear you're feeling better- worried
about you...--kip p.s., recipe for the muffelata:  
com/food/samwiches/muff.html]                                                         Karen Petrus

N. B.  This wild woman is my best friend from third grade in New Orleans.  I ask
readers to forgive her for her casual approach to the Saints' Super Bowl victory.  
You'd think she'd be more excited than this.                                             QM Gen

Do I really have to answer all those questions?? Go Saints!!!             
Tim Fitzpatrick
                                                                                      New Orleanian
                                                                           Brother of the QM Gen

I immediately recognized this building.  I had lunch at Napolean House only last
weekend while attending a conference across the street at the Omni Royal Orleans hotel.

My first visits to Napolean House were in the late 1960's when my then-boyfriend and I
would share a bottle of Graves and an oyster po-boy while listening to Beethoven or
Mozart.  Just behind the main room there was a small room lined with record albums
where one selected the classical music of choice and put it on the turntable.  Common
courtesy dictated that no album was interrupted during its playing.       
Diane Burkett
                                                                                       New Orleanian

A reasonably quick one, Colleen! I guessed wildly, googled "2010 Olympics" and
somehow-- no idea HOW-- one of the choices was this photo on Shorpy! Nothing to
do with Vancouver, but there you are. From the Shorpy text, I had what I needed to
google on Napoleon House and get the rest.                                     
Marjorie Wilser

This whole quiz is making me hungry!!!!!!                                               
Judy Pfaff

I see that your sister, Kathleen, is a Labourdette.  Cool.  Was this building originally
under her husband's family's ownership?  I bet they wish they still had it if it was, huh?
Karen Kay Bunting

N.B.  Yes, you are right!  My sister Kathleen married into the Labourdette family.  
They don't own the place any more, but Joseph Labourdette is her ancestor-in-law.  
How did you find that out?                                                                        QM Gen

That could well have been one of my uncles driving that ice wagon. In 1905 one of
them was an iceman.                                                                             
Betty Ware
                                                                                           New Orleanian

New Orleans is excited about their Saints playing in the Super Bowl for the first time
ever. (I'll be happy for them if they win, but I'm pulling for the Colts, my favorite AFC
team, as I was born in Indiana and I'm a fan of Peyton Manning).            
Brian Kemp

The photo bugged me cause I knew that it was not Central Grocery and guessed it was
the Absinthe House. So I got on the internet and found old photos of the Napoleon
House and discovered that they too serve Muffalettas but they serve them warm. Now
it all fits. Thanks. GEAUX SAINTS! GEAUX!

I DAT, YOU DAT, WE DAT, Dats Who Dat!!!!!!!!!!!!!                              
Jim Kiser
                                                                                         New Orleanian

Last Thanksgiving our daughter with her 5 children and I went to the Aquarium and on
the way home I went by to get 2 muffalattas. Typically keep them wrapped for an hour
or so because the juices from the olive salad soaks into that great bread.It's a
greeeeeaaaat treat; I can taste one now. Purists never heat a Muffaletta. Since the
Central Grocery is in the middle of a block, I suspect the photo is of the Old Absinthe
House at the corner of Bourbon and Bienville; I've never been in there and not sure that
they serve Muffaletts. Who Dat? Who Dat?,,,,,,, GO SAINTS---GOOOOOOOOOO
Jim Kiser (Again)
                                                                                       New Orleanian
Saints win Super Bowl - some contest in the American game of hand ovoid, not to be
confused with football, as played in the more civilised countries that use sensible names
for their games.                                                                               
Tamura Jones

“Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez”

The picture was instantly recognizable as New Orleans and fresh from last nights
victory a great topic. As soon as I saw the photo, I was reminded of your Crescent
City roots. I like to claim New Orleans roots myself, although really being from
Hattiesburg, MS; I spent enough time in New Orleans to love that city. My connection
to the city runs deep, my parents and my wife and I both honeymooned in New
Orleans. My mother was trained nurse at Charity Hospital and developed a great love of
the city, which she passed on to me.  I am somewhat glad that she passed away beofre
seeing what happened to her favorite city. My wife and I did an annual visit (at least
annual) from the time we were married in 1980 until May 2005. Sadly we have not
returned, but it is time to go back, hopefully for Mardi Gras. I am making plans now.

Oh and by the way, I prefer the Muffuletta from Central Grocery.
Jim Baker
                                                                         Honorary New Orleanian
It is particularly weird to think that there have been 9 Super Bowls in New Orleans, but
the home team has never been before!                                   
Gerald Vanlandingham

That is one spooky lady in the upstairs window!!                                    

I presume that is the famous sandwich you are looking for, but they also have 10
different Poor Boys on their menu.

It must be a wild place tonight because the Saints won the Super Bowl and I'll bet the
French Quarter is somewhere I wouldn't want to be.  (I was in San Francisco's North
Beach one night when the 49ers won the Super Bowl and it was not an experience I
want to repeat.

This quiz lead to some interesting reading.  I didn't know the Battle of New Orleans
lasted over one month.  I also ended up reading about the drink absinthe.  A
photographer who took pictures for a book on the Napoleon House also took the photos
for a book on a drink called the Obituary Cocktail (which doesn't seem to be on the
Napoleon House menu).  The Obituary Cocktail is made with absinthe.  I thought
absinthe was illegal in the US but I learned that it's distillation became legal here in
2007.  In fact, I learned that there is a distillery which makes absinthe  about 13 and a
half miles from my house (I need to check this out)

This was fun and pretty easy.  I looked up Joseph Labourdette  Family Grocery and
found the exact photo taken in 1905 of the Napoleon House.  I went from there.
Milene Rawlinson
How I love it when I know the answer without using Google!  The city was rightfully
excited about having their team win their first Super Bowl.  Normally I work on these
quizzes on Sunday, but I of course watched by beloved home town finally have just
cause to celebrate.                                                                    
Maureen O'Connor
                                                                   Fellow Ex-Pat New Orleanian
I was only in New Orleans once and got my muffletta at Central Grocery. Long enough
ago that I can't actually remember what the building where we bought them was or
what it looked like! Cold or not, it was delicious and I've never found another like it
anywhere else.                                                                                    
Paula Harris

I am glad the Saints won. I like to see the underdog win. What a boost for the spirit of
people there. They need it. I love that city. In the 1980's, I would fly there for a week
or two at a time for my job. We had incinerators built at the Avondale shipyard. I
haven't been back since 1990. Its on my list of places to visit now that I an retired.
Gary Sterne
Geaux Saints!!  My mom stayed up for the whole game too.  You'd think she was a kid
again. Me Too.  Finally we have something to crow about. Ha.              
 Robin Spence

I have read that some football fans had become so discouraged about the team’s
mediocre record in past years, they wore bags over their heads and referred to the team
as the New Orleans “Aints”. They can now proudly put the S back on and hopefully
look forward to another winning season. I watched the game with several friends and I
was the only person to pick New Orleans to win. It did turn out that everyone in the
room was happy for them and excited about the fashion of their victory.    
Don Draper

GO SAINTS...Mr. Rick is a JETS fan, but for this game, he went with NO...made us
drive around for a week in our wheelchairs with GO SAINTS signs on the back!!!!
Mr. Rick and the Quiz Kids!
It must have been the signature fancy grillwork on the buildings, but at a glance I new
it was New Orleans.  That is your old stomping grounds, isn't it Colleen?  You must be
so proud!  Good puzzle, good history lesson.                                        
Mary Osmar
Last Thanksgiving our daughter with her 5 children and
I went to the Aquarium and on the way home I went by
to get 2 muffalattas.

Typically keep them wrapped for an hour or so because
the juices from the olive salad soaks into that great
bread.It's a greeeeeaaaat treat; I can taste one now.

Purists never heat a Muffaletta. Since the Central
Grocery is in the middle of a block, I suspect the photo
is of the Old Absinthe House at the corner of Bourbon
and Bienville; I've never been in there and not sure that
they serve Muffaletts.

Who Dat? Who Dat?,,,,,,, GO
Jim Kiser
Answer to Quiz #244
February 7, 2010
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The Muffulatta
To make this, you need two very important ingredients -- the bread, and the olive
salad. In a pinch any good Italian bread will do, but for an authentic muffuletta you
need a muffuletta loaf. It's round, usually sesame-seeded and about 10 inches in
diameter. I'm told that many New Orleans muffuletterias (a new word I just made
up) get their bread at Angelo Gendusa's bakery. If you want a Liuzza's-style
"Frenchuletta", use a good light-bodied crispy-crusted French bread. Then ... the
olive salad. The Holy Grail of sandwich fillings.

The olive salad recipe is the Number One single most-requested recipe on The
Gumbo Pages.

While Central Grocery do not give out their muffuletta olive salad recipe, lots of
folks have tried to duplicate it, with varying degrees of success. I've been saying
for years now that I'm going to get a jar of olive salad from Central and
reverse-engineer it, but until then, this will do quite nicely.

New Orleanian cook and cookbook author Chiqui Collier was kind enough to share
this recipe with me for this site, and says, "It is my pleasure to send you the recipe
for the original muffletta sandwich that was created by the grandfather of a lady i
worked with 28 years ago." (Presumably that was Signor Salvadore.)

"The recipe for the olive salad is the exact way it was given to me. It makes over a
gallon, but since your comments indicate that you love it, i'm sure you won't want
to cut it down. It stores very well in the refrigerator for many months and makes
great gifts along with the recipe for the sandwich.

For the olive salad:

* 1 gallon large pimento stuffed green olives, slightly crushed and well drained
* 1 quart jar pickled cauliflower, drained and sliced
* 2 small jars capers, drained
* 1 whole stalk celery, sliced diagonally
* 4 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced diagonally
* 1 small jar celery seeds
* 1 small jar oregano
* 1 large head fresh garlic, peeled and minced
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 jar pepperoncini, drained (small salad peppers) left whole
* 1 pound large Greek black olives
* 1 jar cocktail onions, drained

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or pot and mix well. Place in a large jar and
cover with 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 Crisco oil. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.
Allow to marinate for at least 24 hours before using.

For the sandwich:

* 1 round loaf italian bread
* 1/4 pound mortadella, thinly sliced
* 1/4 pound ham, thinly sliced
* 1/4 pound hard Genoa salami, thinly sliced
* 1/4 pound Mozzarella cheese, sliced
* 1/4 pound Provolone cheese,sliced
* 1 cup olive salad with oil

Split a muffuletta loaf or a loaf of Italian bread horizontally. Spread each half with
equal parts of olive salad and oil. Place meats and cheeses evenly on bottom half
and cover with top half of bread. Cut in quarters. Enjoy!

Serves four timid dieters, two hearty New Orleanians or one incredible maiale.
Cross section
of a New Orleans muffuletta
The muffuletta sandwich is one of the
great sandwiches of the world, and it's
criminal that it can hardly be found
anywhere outside the city of New Orleans.

It's also a bit of a lesson to those who
think the only cultural and culinary
heritage of New Orleans is French,
Spanish, African and Creole. You ask
folks about the quintessential sandwiches
of New Orleans, and many people will
immediately reply "po-boy", but the
muffuletta is as New Orleans as any
po-boy you'll ever eat, and there's nothing
Creole about it. This is pure Italian, and
pure Sicilian if you want to be specific.
New Orleans, in its population and its
cuisine, owes much to Italy and especially
Sicily; Italians have been coming to the
This is not just a bunch of cold cuts
and cheese. Anyone can make that.
That's not to say that the meats and
cheeses aren't important -- they are.
You can get good quality Italian meats
and cheeses in most good
supermarkets, but you'd be better off
at an Italian market (especially for the
mortadella, which isn't always easy to
find at a conventional supermarket.
1.  What is this called today and why?
2.  What famous sandwich do they serve here?
3.  What's never-before-event are the people in this town excited about?
Crescent City since the 1880s. It wasn't always easy for them -- one of the worst
lynchings in American history was a massacre perpetrated upon a group of Italians in
New Orleans in 1891.

The Italians soon settled in comfortably into New Orleans culture, and we are the richer
for it. Their contribution to local culture and cuisine has been immeasurable; in fact,
you frequently see "Creole-Italian" referred to as one of the local sub-cuisines. This
kind of cooking is epitomized at places like Mandina's, Liuzza's, and the many places in
the city that serve muffuletta sandwiches.

According to the tale I've heard, the muffuletta sandwich was invented by Signor Lupo
Salvadore, who opened the now-famous little Italian market called Central Grocery on
Decatur Street in the French Quarter in 1906 and created the muffuletta sandwich,
named for a favored customer (although I had also heard that the sandwich was named
for the baker of the round Italian bread on which the sandwich is served).
The Central Grocery
The Central Grocery,
home of the original muffuletta
I am not a sports fan either, but I did
watch the whole game. I was happy
for the people of New Orleans.

We had tickets to celebrate our 50th
anniversary in New Orleans on
September 3, 2005. Katrina hit before
we left California. Had we left earlier,
we would had been at the Hilton on

A bit of 20th century history, during
the 40s, 50s, and 60s my uncle
managed the Central Grocery on
Decatur. It was his wife's family

Chris Hansen

You'll hear lots of New Orleanians pronounce
the sandwich "muff-uh-LOT-uh", but I
understand that the proprietors of Central
Grocery pronounce it "moo-foo-LET-ta". The
common abbreviation is "muff"; e.g., "I'll take
me a half a muff."

Here are my favorite places in New Orleans to
get muffulettas. If I have time, I'll frequently
stop at one of these places on the way to the
airport to pick up a muffuletta to eat on the
plane. Given the hideously poor quality (or
complete nonexistence) of airline food these
days, this is something one absolutely must do
when leaving New Orleans. As the olive salad
aroma fills the entire plane, it really pisses off
your fellow passengers too, which makes it
even more fun.
Who Dat, DONE Dat  !

The people of New Orleans, and even across the country, rooted for the
underdog Saints Football team. The excitement of the occasion inspired
the team and when it was done.

They won.

The structure on the corner of Chartres and St. Louis in New Orleans,
now named the Napoleon House, is the picture shown on the quiz.

It's a whiz.

It seems that the building had been planned to be used to house Napoleon
Bonaparte after he was exiled, as at the time it was highly feared,

He never appeared………..

Robert Edward McKenna
Quiz Poet Laureate


They said it could never be done.


Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD
Understudy to Quiz Poet Laureate
Robert Edward McKenna
and Big Saints Fan
The Napoleon House Menu
Forensic Genealogy salutes


Location of the Napoleon House
New Orleans, LA
European-style café serves local sandwiches, soups, salads, gumbo and jambalaya. The
atmosphere is unique and casual, the music is classical.

The building is also known as Mayor Girod House or Nicolas Girod House, as it was
the home of Nicholas Girod, first mayor of New Orleans, in office from 1812 to 1815.
Originally one of the city's finer private residences in the early 19th century, the
building has been family owned since 1914, housing a local grocery.  For most of the
time since the end of Prohibition it has been the location of a bar and restaurant known
as the "Napoleon House".

The Napoleon House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

The old-time atmosphere Napoleon House restaurant serves traditional New Orleans
dishes like red beans and rice, gumbo, and jambalaya; it is particularly popular among
locals for its muffaletta sandwiches. The bar is known for serving such drinks as
Pimms Cups as well as the Classical music played on the sound system.

It is located at 500 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2110.
The Napoleon House is an historical
landmark dating from 1797 in the French
Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Its
name derives from the popular local story
that its building was intended to be a
residence for Napoleon Bonaparte after
his exile; a local plot to bring Napoleon to
Louisiana was halted with news of
Napoleon's death.

and family owned since 1914, this
Central Grocery is a small, old-fashioned
Italian-American grocery store with a
sandwich counter located at 923 Decatur
Street, in the French Quarter of New
Orleans, Louisiana. It was founded in
1906 by Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian

It is famous as the home of the New
Orleans muffuletta sandwich invented by
Salvatore Lupo, to feed the Sicilian truck
farmers who sold their produce at the
Farmer's Market on Decatur Street in the
French Quarter. The Muffuletta was only
locally known until the late 1960s. Now, it
has international fame. The Central sells
not only the sandwiches as take-out or eat-
in, but also the ingredients of the
muffuletta—including olive salad by the
jar—for people who want to make the
sandwich at home. Because of the
muffuletta, they were featured on the PBS
special Sandwiches That You Will Like
and "The Today Show" [five best
sandwiches series].
SOUTH FLORIDA, Fla. -- Fortune favors
the bold! The Saints had nothing to lose in
the 44th Super Bowl, since their season
was already a success regardless of the
outcome. All the pressure was on the
Colts, whose season would be a failure
unless they won. The Saints were loose
and spontaneous, the Colts were stiff and
mechanical. Boldness was the key to the
New Orleans victory -- not just the onside
kick to open the second half, but also
Sean Payton's decision to try for a
touchdown on fourth-and-goal at the
Colts' 1-yard line, trailing 10-3. Though
that play failed, the failure was a
tremendous success -- fortune favors the
The New Orleans Saints - SuperBowl XLIV Champions