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 | 2 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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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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My Mexican Adventure – Part 2- Valle de Guadalupe

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018, 12:32 pm in Food and Drink, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 4 comments

Our day started with a stop at Dona Esthela’s for a hearty Mexican breakfast, a trip to a tiny local farmer’s market, then it was off to find the wineries.

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My Mexican Adventure – Part 1 – Arriving in Baja

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018, 12:03 pm in Travel | 3 comments

I didn’t set out to have a Mexican themed month, but I had been hearing about the Valle de Guadalupe- Baja’s wine country-for several years. Around the same time, I found myself suffering from Mexican food lack…

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How to Spend a Wintry Afternoon in Oakland

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018, 9:48 am in Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

Spending a luxurious wintry afternoon in Oakland at Piedmont Springs and Ninna Thai.

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Visiting Natchez, Mississippi

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017, 3:50 pm in History, Travel | 0 comments

An easy drive from New Orleans, Natchez, MS offers a perfect getaway with river views and the nation’s largest stock of antebellum homes.

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