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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New Orleans’ Confederate Monuments

Posted by on May 22, 2017, 4:00 pm in Current Affairs, Historic Places, History, Personal Reflection, Travel | 0 comments

Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a moving speech Friday afternoon, as the last of the city’s four Confederate was coming down. He mentioned in his remarks all the people that had left New Orleans because of exclusionary attitudes – people like my parents, and indeed much of my extended family, who joined the tens of thousands, and perhaps more, in leaving the city for a better life.

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The Second Line

Posted by on May 13, 2013, 11:50 am in Celebrations, Current Affairs, History, Music | 5 comments

Whenever a group of New Orleanians is gathered, either in Los Angeles or the Crescent City, they rise to their feet and start waving their handkerchiefs, and often umbrellas, when the Second Line’s funky beat wafts over them.

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Impressions on August 29th Six Years Later- and Quinoa Salad

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011, 10:36 am in Current Affairs, Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 0 comments

Reflections and meeting with friends on the 6th anniversary of hurricane Katrina

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Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill- and how LA Helps LA

Posted by on Sep 20, 2010, 5:14 pm in Current Affairs, Events, History, Personal Reflection | 0 comments

Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill- and how LA Helps LA

Every disaster we face brings with it hard won life lessons, and even silver linings.

Here are a couple of lessons I have learned, and which I have observed that the people of coastal Louisiana have learned in the past 5 years.

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Reflections in the Wake of the Gulf Coast Spill -Part 2

Posted by on May 5, 2010, 5:04 pm in Current Affairs, Personal Reflection | 0 comments

Reflections in the Wake of the Gulf Coast Spill -Part 2

It’s ironic that the BP spill happened the week that we were celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. 40 years ago a dreadful oil spill washed up on the wide sandy shores of southern California. That will not be the case on the Gulf Coast.

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Reflections in the Wake of the Gulf Coast Spill -Part 1

Posted by on May 3, 2010, 11:14 am in Current Affairs, Personal Reflection | 4 comments

Reflections in the Wake of the Gulf Coast Spill -Part 1

It’s ironic that the BP oil spill happened only a month after the Upper Big Branch Mine accident in West Virginia. The towns and hamlets along Louisiana’s marshy coast line have, as it turns out, some commonality with the coal mining towns of Appalachia.

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So Long Ray Nagin

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010, 3:07 pm in Current Affairs | 0 comments

So Long Ray Nagin

Unfortunately, the LA2LA Chef was unable to make it to Jazz Fest this spring. It’s been interesting to sense the mood of the would have been especially glad to take the temp of the city now that Ray Nagin will soon be gone, and Mitch Landrieu takes over next week as Mayor.

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