I've been in New Orleans for about five years now, and bought a house in Treme about two years ago. I love the neighborhood and particularly my generous neighbors who keep me well-fed; whether it's red beans and rice, turkey necks, or seafood gumbo, they always make a little extra because they know I'll eat it.
I don't get to travel as much as I used to (after college, I lived in Cambodia for a year, and I've also spent a decent amount of time in southern Africa and Mexico), but when I do, I like to read up on the place before I go. Before you arrive, I'll send you a list of some places in the neighborhood you might want to check out. I'll also have plenty of New Orleans-related books and DVDs you can check out once you get here.