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Ingredients are an excellent way to bring a taste of New Orleans home. Stock up on beignet mix to pair with your own stash of powdered sugar, and create a mix to share with friends. Liquor, including the Old New Orleans Rum Gingeroo, is a lively way to take the NOLA party back home. And you can always stock up on a vast array of hot sauce from the French Market and go home with a Creole kick.
While you're in the French Market, browse through the creative feathered masks and you'll have a fun souvenir that can double as a costume for your next Mardi Gras, Halloween party or costume ball. And of course, a books is always a smart way to keep your New Orleans experience alive. A mix of new and used books can be found at the Maple Street Uptown, Marigny and Midcity branches; Faulkner House Books in Pirate's Alley; The Librairie Book Shop on Chartres Street; Crescent City Books, also on Chartres; and an antiquarian treasure trove is available at Beckham's Book Shop on Decatur Street.