Tag Archives: New Orleans

Leah Chase, Queen of Creole Cuisine, Passes Away

She was a New Orleans original. Leah Chase, chef and restauranteur, known to the culinary world as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, passed away June 1. She was 96. For decades now Chase was widely recognized as a cultural icon, … Continue reading

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Dr. John, A New Orleans Original, Takes the Big Adios

He was known as Dr. John, the Night Tripper, part hoodoo medicine man, part psychedelic parishioner. The individual behind this persona was Mac Rebennack, who as a person and musician, embodied all the mysticism that fills the heart and soul … Continue reading

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Gumbo Ya-Ya for a Christmas Birthday

Holiday gatherings are generally neither small nor intimate affairs in my family these days. They use to be growing up. There were just the four of us in Frankfort, as our extended relations lived in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. These … Continue reading

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Friday Night is the Right Time for Shrimp Étouffée

Baby it is cold outside. I’m ready to get in the house where it’s warm, pour a glass of wine and get my cook on. This is the perfect time of year for a hot and spicy dish. I picked … Continue reading

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Hurricane Katrina Turns 11 as Louisiana Continues Climate Change Battle

Today marks 11 years since I packed up my wife, cat and belongings from our condo on Poeyfarre Street in the Central Business District of New Orleans and evacuated. Some 20 hours later, on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made … Continue reading

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Galactic Rocks the Lyric in Lexington

New Orleans funk jam pioneers Galactic made a tour stop at the classic Lyric Theatre on E. 3rd Street in Lexington Wednesday night. I was desperately due for a dose of Big Easy flavor, but was unsure what to expect … Continue reading

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Gentrification Binds New Orleans on Katrina 10-Year Anniversary

If I had to pick a word that represents where New Orleans finds itself on this 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina it would be “changed.” The city still stands and from most accounts is thriving with a new energy and vigor … Continue reading

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