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Consider the muffuletta, another iconic New Orleans sandwich. And, like the poor boy/po-boy/po' boy, another local controversy as to both its origin and pronunciation.

Said to have been created in 1906 by Salvator Lupo, owner of Central Grocery (still in operation today) , versions of the large, round loaf had been known in Sicily for centuries. The bread, not the sandwich.

The sandwich constructed on the round sesame seed-encrusted loaf is composed of layers of thinly-sliced salami, ham, mortadella, and provolone cheese which are then topped with an olive salad consisting of green olives and finely chopped giardiniera seasoned with oregano and garlic, all drizzled in extra virgin olive oil.

Whether it's next baked toasty hot or left room temp to serve is a matter of preference. Some believe the sandwich must always first be pressed for a period of time under a weight in either case.

When it comes to purchasing, you can pretty much count on being able to buy a half sandwich as well as a whole anywhere you go.

Some writers bristle at the notion of the hollowing out of a portion of the crumb of the bread before constructing the sandwich. Some sellers do it; some don't. But it makes sense to do so. The bread isn't really the star here, and it can make the difference between being able to consume a quarter, a half, or in some cases, a whole sandwich in a sitting.

Really, if you think about it, the etymology of the word muffuletta is from the Italian muffoletta  or "little muff", a diminution of muffola  or "muff", and which suggests a pocket.

As to pronunciation, you hear it basically two ways: "muffa-LET-a" or "muffa-LOTTA". The purist in town, however, might argue "MOO-fa-LET-a" is correct. It is never, however, shortened to just "muff".

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12.03.08 World-famous Pat O'Brien's Bar in New Orleans' French Quarter opened its doors (legally) for the first time 75 years ago this week.

Pat O'Brien's is a well-known bar located in New Orleans, Louisiana, that has been a popular destination for locals and tourists alike since it first opened its doors in 1933. The bar is located in the heart of the French Quarter and is famous for its unique atmosphere, friendly staff, and signature cocktails.

One of the most famous drinks served at Pat O'Brien's is the Hurricane, which is made with rum, passion fruit syrup, and lime juice. This cocktail has become a staple of New Orleans culture and is often associated with Mardi Gras celebrations.

In addition to the Hurricane, Pat O'Brien's also serves a variety of other cocktails, beers, and wines. The bar features multiple rooms, including a main bar area, a courtyard, and a piano lounge, where patrons can relax and enjoy their drinks.

Pat O'Brien's has also become a popular destination for live music, with musicians performing nightly in the piano lounge. The bar has hosted many famous musicians over the years, including Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., and Jimmy Buffett.

Pat O'Brien's is an iconic bar in New Orleans that offers a unique and memorable experience for anyone who visits. Whether you're a local looking for a fun night out or a tourist exploring the city, Pat O'Brien's is definitely worth a visit.

Pat O'Brien's: [Bar/Nightclub], 718 St Peter, New Orleans (French Quarter) map - 525-4823