A Puch Snowball (or Sno-ball)


Established in 1945, Williams Plum Street Snowballs reflects the New Orleans tradition of a snowball stand in every neighborhood. Snowballs (often spelled sno-balls) are a seasonal (March-October) treat made with finely shaved ice–using a patented ice machine–and a flavored, sugary syrup. Plum Street has dozens of flavors including their signature topper of sweetened condensed milk. Served in cups, pails, and even Chinese take-out boxes, these are velvety smooth and quickly dissolve in your mouth! Expect to see a line of locals and visitors at the original location near Tulane University. Ah, but the stand is closed for winter so the Puch Maxi will return.

Puch…the Legal Eagle of Carrollton

Carrollton is a historic neighborhood in the uptown/university section of New Orleans. Originally a separate town, it was incorporated in 1845, then annexed by New Orleans in 1874. I live in this area so many of my Puch rides (and photos) feature its landmarks and structures. One is Carrollton Courthouse. Completed in 1855, it is a nice example of the Greek Revival style—the Puch Maxi loves those mighty granite columns! It was once named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places” in the United States. The building is now set to become senior living.

Puch Maxi–a regal ride.

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re·gal (ˈrēɡəl): of, resembling, or fit for a monarch, especially in being magnificent or dignified. Taking a few liberties here I know. This painted sign is a reminder that New Orleans was once the brewing capital of the South. It can be found on the outside of Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge.  The small, late night, neighborhood bar is possibly the best dive bar in New Orleans. But no drinking and riding.

Praise Be to the Puch Maxi

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Clearly not the most irreverent thing I’ve done–but just could not resist the opportunity. Mater Dolorosa (Latin for “Mother of Sorrows”) Catholic Church is located on S. Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans. It’s founding dates back to 1848 and has quite an impressive history. I’ve attended many masses at the church–but this was the first visit for Puch.