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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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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Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s New Home

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014, 7:42 am in Food and Drink, Travel | 2 comments

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum moves into its new home at the site of historic market space in New Orleans’ Central City.

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Gumbo z’Herbes- New Orleans Green Gumbo

Posted by on Apr 16, 2010, 2:29 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 4 comments

Gumbo z’Herbes, New Orleans’ gumbo of mixed greens is a dish directly descended from the West African dish, Palaver Sauce, variants of which also appear in other outposts of the African diaspora.

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Fried Shrimp and Oyster Po’Boys

Posted by on Jan 5, 2010, 6:57 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory | 2 comments

Po’boys are to NOLA as tacos are to L.A. Putting all sorts of things between the slices of French bread has been a way of life for a long time in NOLA- hot sausage, fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and soft shell crabs.

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The Chinese in New Orleans and Yaka Mein

Posted by on Jun 1, 2009, 3:15 pm in Food and Drink, History, Travel | 0 comments

Yaka Mein – chasing down the origins of a New Orleans favorite with Chinese roots

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Visiting with Leah Chase

Posted by on May 26, 2009, 12:27 pm in Current Affairs, Food and Drink, History, Travel | 0 comments

On the last day of my visit a couple of weeks ago, I stopped in to visit with Mrs. Leah Chase of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. I had visited with Mrs. Chase, in her FEMA trailer, on my last visit, but hadn’t been smart enough to tape it then. This time I wised up and video taped our chat.

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