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French Master Chef Reopens at Renaissance Hotel
700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350

When Bistro René in the Pere Marquette closed several years ago, hearts sank throughout the city. Chef René Bajeux was always a front-runner in the now trendy “local is best” style of cooking, of which he became a devotee when he was just a boy, working on a farm in France and being paid with fresh milk, pork and potatoes. The good news is not only that he’s back but that he’s back with a tempting menu. The French Master Chef in America (one of only 44) has reopened René Bistro at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel.




Commander’s serves up Rattlesnake!
1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, CommandersPalace.com

While Commander’s Palace is one of the most storied culinary locations this city can boast, it’s never a place where time stands still. True to the spirit of haute Creole cuisine, the chefs never stop experimenting and inventing. That is how the famous and unrivalled five-hour egg dish and the compressed oysters (with lemon, lime and chilies) came into being. Go in February and look for new menu items featuring Rattlesnake! Not hungry? Then turn to the incredible cocktails handcrafted by the bar chef. 




Bouquets from Edible Arrangements
1650 Gretna Blvd., Harvey, 367-7798, EdibleArrangements.com

It is hard to think there could be something better than flowers and chocolates as gifts, especially on Valentine’s Day, but now there might be: a hand-crafted, fresh fruit bouquet that won’t break your budget or your diet. Fresh fruit arrangements, including chocolate-dipped fruit, can be ordered and delivered the same day from Edible Arrangements. They are available in a huge range of presentations for every kind of holiday and occasion; including Hello Kitty, Nascar and football versions. The new “cupcake” collection is a cleverly carved pineapple in cupcake shapes, dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. Delicious and healthy!

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