Long before Cajun cooking became a global phenomenon, the Bon Ton restaurant was a beloved destination for these flavors in downtown New Orleans. The restaurant’s history reached back further, to 19th century New Orleans, and it was an enduring part of the local restaurant scene.

When its longtime owners, the Pierce family, decided to retire, they lined up a buyer with plans to continue the restaurant. They hosted their regulars for heartfelt, sometimes tearful farewells over crawfish étouffée and strong rum Ramsey cocktails. And then they closed the doors.







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Bon Ton Cafe owners Debbie and Wayne Pierce talk restaurant business

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Pandemic-related weight gain is becoming a problem for children and it could be due to the rise of eating processed food, recent studies suggest.

A new study from the Pediatric Obesity journal reports that unhealthy dietary habits and a sedentary lifestyle may have adversely impacted children throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“Concerns about children’s health behaviors during the pandemic have been reflected through commentaries forecasting the immediate and distal effects of COVID-19 on children’s activity, sleep, dietary intake, and screen time,” the study states. “Initial cross-sectional and longitudinal studies indicate children are less active, consume more snacks, and engage in more

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Carmel Robinson was one of the many who made the line outside Discovery Church on Sand Lake Road to grab free food for her family.

“It helps out people that don’t have enough to feed their kids and their family. It’s a real blessing,” Robinson said.

She said her husband is the only one working at the moment.

“I’m on disability but my husband — he does construction but right now with the pandemic it’s very hard and I have three disabled kids so it really helps,” Robinson said.

[TRENDING: Massive plume of Saharan Dust heads

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Jen Ho Lee, a 76-year-old South Korean immigrant, poses in her apartment in Los Angeles on March 31 with a sign from a recent rally against anti-Asian hate crimes.

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Jen Ho Lee, a 76-year-old South Korean immigrant, poses in her apartment in Los Angeles on March 31 with a sign from a recent rally against anti-Asian hate crimes.

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The frequency of anti-Asian incidents — from taunts to outright assaults — reported in the United States so far this year seems poised to surpass last year despite months

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The expansion of food programs during the pandemic appears to have helped address the sudden jump in hunger as the coronavirus caused shutdowns and economic crises nationwide, and that appears to be driving the conversation around the benefits in a new direction.

But some of those programs could soon expire despite having demonstrated their ability to combat hunger, especially among children, according to food security advocates.

“Hunger is a solvable problem,” said Lisa Davis, the senior vice president of the No Kid Hungry Campaign of Share Our Strength, a nonprofit anti-hunger organization. “So right now, as we’re all seeing some

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The United Kingdom’s supermarkets, wholesalers and hauliers are struggling to ensure stable food and fuel supplies after an official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate themselves after contact with someone with COVID-19.

On Thursday, newspapers carried front-page pictures of empty shelves in supermarkets, while shoppers also took to social media to highlight shortages of certain products in stores across the country.

The Reuters news agency reported food items were widely available in shops in the capital, London, although there were some shortages of bottled water, soft drinks and some salad and meat products.

The UK’s second-largest

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