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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My Mexican Adventure Part 3- Mexico City!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018, 3:31 pm in Food and Drink, Travel | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 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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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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A Visit to Washington DC – and the New African American Museum

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017, 4:00 pm in Historic Places, History, Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

A summer escape to the Washington DC area with a visit to the new National Museum of African American History.

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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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The Mystic Krewe of Barkus Parade

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017, 5:50 pm in Seasonal Celebrations, Travel | 0 comments

Carnival season’s Barkus (for pooches) parade in the French Quarter.

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