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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Hacienda Petac Part 2- The Food

Posted by on Jun 11, 2019, 2:57 pm in Food and Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Food pics from my recent Yucatán trip. We started each morning with wonderful hearty breakfasts on a lovely shaded patio area.

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Visiting Hacienda Petac

Posted by on May 30, 2019, 6:13 pm in Personal Reflection, Travel | 4 comments

Visiting Hacienda Petac

Last week I headed off to Hacienda Petac, tucked away and surrounded by a humble little town outside of Merida in the Yucatan, for my second Mexican culinary adventure.

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Essentials (and Optionals) for New Orleans’ Carnival Season

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019, 3:36 pm in Events, Personal Reflection | 2 comments

If you’re planning to roll into New Orleans for Mardi Gras, here are a few things I’ve found that are must-haves (along with a few optional items), for proper participation in the season – and on into the spring festival season that’ll be on its way soon.

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Braised Oxtails

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018, 5:52 pm in Recipes-Savory | 4 comments

Braised oxtails are one of those French peasant dishes my mother used to make occasionally when I was a child, but that I rarely see nowadays. They are certainly worth the time and effort of seeking them out and putting in the time.

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Dining Together at 2 Favorite New Orleans Restaurants

Posted by on Nov 24, 2018, 11:41 am in Personal Reflection, Restaurants | 3 comments

I’ve been thinking, more intentionally, about how bridges can be built over the dining table. Pêche and Bacchanal, two favorite New Orleans restaurants, offer opportunities for shared dining experiences.

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We Fed An Island

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018, 3:25 pm in Books | 3 comments

We Fed An Island chronicles Chef Jose Andres journey of building a massive relief operation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, not with help from government bureaucracies – merely with the simple goal of feeding people.

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My Mexican Adventure Part 5 – Puebla

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018, 4:05 pm in Food and Drink, Travel | 0 comments

I ducked out of the class at Casa Carmelita a bit early on my last day there, to ride about an hour away to Puebla for my Puebla Behind the Scenes: Food and Culture tour.

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My Mexican Adventure Part 4 – Casa Carmelita, Tlaxcala and Beyond

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018, 5:32 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 0 comments

A longing for Mexican food – and a pull for an adventure – led me to sign up for a culinary vacation exploring the home cooking of Puebla. A private car taking me from Mexico City landed me at Casa Carmelita, run by Jon, an American expat, and Esthela, his Mexican wife.

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My Mexican Adventure Part 3- Mexico City!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018, 3:31 pm in Food and Drink, Travel | 4 comments

The next segment of my Mexican adventure – a stay in La Condessa and a food tour of Colonia Roma.

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National Taco Day!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018, 9:50 am in Food and Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Sharing a couple pics of tacos sampled on my recent Mexico trip on this National Taco Day!

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