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Dec 27, 201811:48 AM
Haute Plates

A weekly blog on the New Orleans fine dining scene

Looking Back



Early this year I made some predictions. I will share with you my assessment of the result and a judgment on the overall accuracy. I hereby waive the inherent conflict of interest involved in judging my own predictions.

My prediction: “I predict that the next trendy 'Ethnic' Cuisine will be: Andorran.”

Result: Not so much. I’d anticipated four Andorran restaurants opening this year, so I was only off by four. I know of at least one venture that failed when financing fell through. Apparently, the lender discovered Andorra is not a member of the European Union and that nobody knows where it is or anything about it or its food. Cries of “it’s like Switzerland, if Switzerland were Spanish and not German!” did not solve the problem.

Judgment: Maybe Andorra will finally join the EU. They already use the Euro as the national currency for Pete’s sake! If that happens, my prediction could still come true. I’m giving this one a very tepid thumb’s up.

My Prediction: “I predict water bars with meticulously curated selections poured from taps designed in some Nordic country that, through some patented process involving a lot of umlauts, keeps the H20 'immaculate.'”

Result: If you are thinking to yourself, “Shit, did that actually happen?” you’re just like me. I don’t think it did, but doesn’t it feel like I was prescient? It does, and I was even if there is no actual place serving curated selections of water on tap.

Judgment: UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS. I was just happy to be nominated, obviously, but man did I deserve this one. I am so far ahead of the competition, there is no competition for what I do. I am res nova, baby.

My Prediction: I didn’t have another one, but retrospectively, I predict that the Saints will secure home field advantage through the playoffs via a 31-28 win over the Steelers and that on December 26 I will cook white beans in a pressure cooker with ham leftover from Christmas and though I will have to start and stop the process 3 times the beans will be delightful but my 6 year-old will eat Chef Boyardee Ravioli anyway.

Result: I should bottle this and sell it.

Judgment: You should bottle this and sell it.

Next week, my predictions for 2019! I predict they’ll be different from my predictions for 2018 and just as reliable.



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Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived in New Orleans his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.




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