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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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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Dining Together at 2 Favorite New Orleans Restaurants

Posted by on Nov 24, 2018, 11:41 am in Personal Reflection, Restaurants | 2 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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Uncle Manuel Perez

Posted by on Aug 11, 2018, 3:14 pm in History, Personal Reflection | 2 comments

I was in high school, and had just joined the band and selected my instrument – the trumpet – when learned that Manuel, my father’s uncle, had been a trumpet player, and a very influential one , at that.

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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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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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Maida Heatter’s Budapest Coffee Cake

Posted by on May 15, 2017, 9:29 am in Personal Reflection, Recipes-Sweet | 2 comments

A coffee cake from the incomparable Maida Heatter, and a beautifully dramatic bundt cake pan- neither disappoints.

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Remembering Deb

Posted by on May 2, 2017, 5:45 pm in Personal Reflection | 3 comments

Deborah Cotton was one of those people who knew right away that she loved New Orleans – with a passion.

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Breakfast Pasta with Eggs, Bacon and Sautéed Onions

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017, 12:23 pm in Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory | 0 comments

I needed comfort food this weekend – you know, starchy, fatty, salty, chocked full of umami cheesy goodness comfort food – to get through these days, and prepare myself for the march, for the fight.

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Remembering Dooky Chase, Carmen Morial and a Recipe for Devilled Crabs

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016, 3:31 pm in Food and Drink, Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Remembering two elders of New Orleans Creole community and a recipe for Louisiana Style Devilled Crabs.

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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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