from the French Quarter shops to the French Market down in the Quarter, both offer a huge selection of packaged mixes, sauces, flavorings, spices, bread mixes, and just about anything else you can imagine. everyone knows you go to New Orleans to eat. and, even though we lived there for just under a year in the eighties, i would have to say the food and the restaurants are better than ever. most of the favorites are still going strong, and there are many new restaurants that invite with menus posted online. so, if there is not enough time to sample the local food, there are plenty of choices to take along home in your suitcase.