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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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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A Getaway to Ocean Springs

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017, 9:31 am in Travel | 0 comments

Both stressful times and gorgeous weather call for a getaway to a quaint coastal town, Ocean Springs.

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Ama Tierra, Costa Rica

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016, 11:31 am in Travel | 1 comment

Traveling to Ama Tierra in Costa Rica for a week of wellness and detoxing.

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Eating Around Oakland

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016, 9:21 am in Restaurants, Travel | 2 comments

Eating around Oakland- a sampling of the city’s hot new restaurant scene.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest- and a Recipe for Crawfish Monica, sort of…

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016, 1:19 pm in Events, Music, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 1 comment

A bit of Dianne Reeves at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and a recipe for my version of Crawfish Monica.

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Cuba Revisited: The New Paladares- and a Recipe for Plantain Chips

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016, 12:14 pm in Recipes-Savory, Restaurants, Travel | 1 comment

Two new paladares in Havana, 304 O’Reilly and its sister place, El Del Frente, make a big impression.

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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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Remembering Paul Prudhomme and Crawfish Cornbread Dressing

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015, 5:56 pm in Personal Reflection, Recipes-Savory, Travel | 1 comment

New Orleans lost two towering figures this fall – legendary music producer and singer/songwriter, Allen Toussaint from the music world, and seminal American chef, Paul Prudhomme from the world of food.

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Road Trip: El Paso, New Mexico and a Lunch Stop in Tuscon, AZ

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015, 2:41 pm in Personal Reflection, Restaurants, Travel | 0 comments

Driving through the small town American Southwest, and a lunch stop at Pasco Kitchen and Lounge in Tucson, AZ.

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Road Trip: Second Stop – San Antonio, TX

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015, 2:14 pm in Restaurants, Travel | 3 comments

Second stop on my road trip – San Antonio, Texas, a lovely Latin city with a river running through the heart of it.

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