Welcome to our photo series Eater Scenes, where Eater photographers visit some of the city's great culinary treasures to capture them at a certain, and very specific, point in the day. Today, Hansen's Sno-Bliz.
The most iconic snoball stand in New Orleans, Hansen's Sno-Bliz, has been 'air conditioning' tummies Uptown since the end of the Depression, when Ernst and Mary Hansen first opened the doors in 1939. Today, it's not unusual to find their granddaughter Ashley Hansen and family going through an average of 1,600 pounds of ice per week to satisfy the long lines, and making signature flavors fresh everyday because the shop runs off only of one and a half refrigerators. If you've never stepped foot inside of Hansen's Sno-Bliz? gees, what's wrong with you?? it should definitely be added to your list of try before you die (of heat prostration) destinations.
Here, photographer Todd Voltz captures the essence of the Sno-Bliz experience. From waiting in line with sweaty adults and antsy children, to trying to decide what flavor to get ? Cream of Nectar? Satsuma? Both??while taking in the hoarded ephemera of Hansen's past and the sound of their original ice-grinding snoball machine. And the best part, enjoying that hard earned Sno-Bliz on the sidewalk, while cars whiz by on Tchoupitoulas and the sun sinks down into the big pink sky. Welcome to summer time in New Orleans.
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