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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Visiting the Whitney Plantation

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017, 3:23 pm in Historic Places, History, Personal Reflection, Travel | 0 comments

I returned to River Road this past weekend to spend an aptly cloudy afternoon visiting the Whitney Plantation, the United States’ only plantation dedicated to the enslaved.

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A Visit to Washington DC – and the New African American Museum

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017, 4:00 pm in Historic Places, History, Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

A summer escape to the Washington DC area with a visit to the new National Museum of African American History.

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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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Cuba Revisited: Day 1 – The Rolling Stones

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016, 12:02 pm in Historic Places, History, Personal Reflection, Travel | 5 comments

My second visit to Cuba, at this historic time, begins with seeing The Rolling Stones.

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Celebrating Dooky Chase’s Restaurant and Ms. Leah Chase

Posted by on Jan 9, 2016, 1:49 pm in Historic Places, History, Personal Reflection, Restaurants | 0 comments

Ms. Leah Chase’s 93rd birthday celebration, and the 75th anniversary of Dooky Chase’s restaurant.

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Oysters Rockefeller, Escargots and Barefoot Wine

Posted by on May 30, 2012, 8:29 am in Food and Drink, Historic Places, Menus, Recipes-Savory, Restaurants, Travel, Wine | 3 comments

Lunch with Barefoot Wines at Antoine’s in New Orleans, home of the original Oysters Rockefeller

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Meet Me at the Farmers Market-a Sunday Field Trip to L.A.’s Original (Part 2)

Posted by on May 14, 2012, 8:57 am in Historic Places, Restaurants, Travel | 1 comment

A photo essay on the Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax There are a few remaining produce stands at the Farmers Market, but mostly it’s filled with vendors and small restaurants, old and new, selling food, both raw product and prepared treats. Sustainably Raised Beef at Marconda’s Meats       Jars of tea at “T” and teapots   Freshly churning nut butter at Magee’s House of Nuts     There are  fun, kistchy little touches like the porcelain chicken watching over the counter at Farmers Market Poultry and the two-wheeled wooden shopping carts, hand-made on the property and painted  “Farmers Market Green,” the official name of the color.     or just bring your own wooden cart…   I mostly go to the market nowadays for a quick brunch or lunch, and most often it’s to Loteria Grill (my newer favorite) or Banana Leaf (my older favorite, which is just down a lane from my older favorite place), although I have to say that as a result of this field trip, Short Order and Short Cake are now definitely on my list of places to try.       Scones at Short Cake   Ah- and speaking of Loteria Grill, the day would not have been complete without a stop for a couple of their tacos. Muy Sabor! Ordering at the very busy Loteria Grill Carnitas Tacos at Loteria...

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Meet Me at the Farmers Market-a Sunday Field Trip to L.A.’s Original (Part 1)

Posted by on May 9, 2012, 8:26 am in Historic Places, Restaurants, Travel | 2 comments

The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax has been around since 1934- way before Third, Fairfax, and most of L.A.’s surrounding streets became clogged with a never-ending stream of traffic.

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