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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How California Changed the World of Food- and Influenced Your LA2LA Chef

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013, 4:32 pm in Books, Food and Drink, History, Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory | 3 comments

Early 1970’s California chefs changed what and the way we eat.

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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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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 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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Chatting with Ti Adelaide Martin of the Brennan Family-from the Origins of Commander’s Palace to Mr.B’s Bistro

Posted by on Jan 7, 2012, 11:34 am in History, Restaurants, Travel | 9 comments

Talking with Ti Adelaide Martin about the origins of Commander’s Palace, the Brennan’s flagship restaurant, straight on to the beginnings of modern restaurant history of New Orleans, and how Creole and Cajun food “crashed” in the kitchen of CP.

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Calás-the Search for a Lost Food Tradition

Posted by on Mar 2, 2011, 10:05 am in Food and Drink, History, Recipes-Sweet | 11 comments

Calás, a traditional New Orleans rice beignet, were a dish in danger of dying out completely, until post- Katrina, when it began enjoying somewhat of a comeback, as New Orleanians sought to preserve their traditional foods.

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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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Five years after Katrina-New Orleans Night at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Aug 28, 2010, 8:34 am in History, Music, Personal Reflection | 2 comments

Looking over the last 5 years, there’s no doubt that the two main engines fueling the restoration of New Orleans post-Katrina, are the food and the music. As I began to mull over what I would write, I knew I had to write about this concert.

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King’s Day, King Cakes and the Beginning of Carnival Season

Posted by on Jan 6, 2010, 1:12 pm in Food and Drink, History, Holiday Entertaining, Personal Reflection, Recipes-Sweet, Seasonal Celebrations | 1 comment

King’s day- the Feast of the Epiphany- marks the beginning of Carnival season when King Cakes grace every table in New Orleans.

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