An expatriate of New Orleans – and professional chef – who has lived in Los Angeles since her childhood, blogs about the journey from New Orleans to Los Angeles back to New Orleans, and points along the way.

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Ash Wednesday at Shaya

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016, 12:54 pm in Chef Interviews, Restaurants | 2 comments

An almost vegetarian lunch at Alon Shaya’s newest restaurant, Shaya, serving vibrant Israeli cuisine.

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Meet Alon Shaya

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015, 10:03 am in Chef Interviews, History, Restaurants | 1 comment

Meet Alon Shaya, who happens to be having a great year. Now, I’m looking back 10 years, when he and John Besh re-entered New Orleans right after the storm.

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Chatting with Chef Jason Giles of Monterey’s Portola Hotel

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013, 9:11 am in Chef Interviews, Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

Lemon Thyme Popcorn

A chat with Chef Jason Giles of the Portola Hotel on beer and food pairing, sustainable seafood and a few other things.

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Sitting Down with John Besh-Part 4-Continuing the Traditions and Moving Forward

Posted by on Mar 31, 2012, 1:42 pm in Books, Chef Interviews, History, Restaurants, Travel | 1 comment

Chef John Besh shares his thoughts on the value of New Orleans, its cuisine and restaurants.

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Sitting Down with John Besh-Part 3- Louisiana Locally Sourced and Recipe for Blackfish with Sweet Corn and Caviar

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012, 4:28 pm in Books, Chef Interviews, Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

John Besh shares on sourcing locally in southern Louisiana, and a recipe for his Louisiana Blackfish with Sweet Corn and Caviar.

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Sitting Down with John Besh-Part 2-The Diverse Richness of New Orleans Cuisine plus a Recipe and Contest

Posted by on Mar 17, 2012, 9:09 am in Books, Chef Interviews, Food and Drink, History, Travel | 7 comments

John Besh displays his passion for food as we chat about the rich diversity of New Orleans cuisine-plus recipe for Crabmeat and Shrimp Stuffed Artichoke and a contest to win his newest cookbook.

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Sitting Down with John Besh: Part 1-Syrena and Café Reconcile

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012, 2:18 pm in Chef Interviews, Restaurants, Travel | 2 comments

After feasting on an incredible lunch last August at Restaurant August, I sat down to chat with Chef John Besh. He started out by sharing a favorite project, Cafe Reconcile, with me.

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Suzanne Goin and I Chat on the Fine Art of Menu Planning

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011, 3:08 pm in Chef Interviews, Menus, Party Planning Tips, Small Pleasures Catering | 1 comment

Suzanne Goin and I Chat on the Fine Art of Menu Planning

Planning a well balanced menu is a very specific skill, and vital aspect to catering, and party planning.
Join me, for my recent chat with Suzanne Goin, on the menu selection process.

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