Author: Jyl Benson

The Best: Welcome Autumn This Weekend

  Unlike the hours-long little teaser that dropped us into the mid 70s last weekend, a bonafide days-long cool front offering evening lows in the 60s and daily highs in the 70s has settled upon our weary, sweaty city. The…

Mosca’s

No attempt has been made to adorn the white, vinyl siding-clad building, the bottom edges of which bear telltale ragged scallops administered by a haphazardly bandied weed eater. Nothing beckons passersby from the two-lane stretch of road – not a…

The Best Cool Bites to Get You Out of the Kitchen

Though an enthusiastic cook and appreciative of the slight reprieve from the summer temperatures, I remain unconvinced that Gumbo Weather is upon us. I am still avoiding heat belching ovens, roiling liquids in a hot pots, and, for the most…

The Best Things to Check Out This Weekend

  The temperature seems to be giving us a little break, and there are some exciting things to celebrate on the culinary scene. Check it out. When she died last year at age 96, Chef Leah Chase, the embodiment of…

The Dish | Of Shade Trees and Sandwiches

As our protracted quasi-quarantine state drags on and my own backyard, usually a resplendent, verdant sanctuary, has devolved into an overgrown, buggy bog, I’ve identified…

The Best Weekend Cheap Thrills

  A couple of weeks ago my suggestions for dining out – or at least acquiring food from somewhere other than your own kitchen – on the cheap were received with enough enthusiasm as to warrant additional exploration of the…

The Best Ways to Enjoy Gulf Shrimp This Weekend

  With potential atmospheric calamities threatening to enter the Gulf, record-breaking temperatures, nowhere to go and nothing to do, continuing record high unemployment, a barbaric election cycle, and COVID  – a most unwelcome guest now bearing the stench of nearly…

The Best Cheap Eats to Check Out This Weekend

  Whether you have a hole in your pocket the size of 1. The job you used to have before COVID; 2. The federally enhanced unemployment check you used to get before the system went off of the rails; 3.…

The Dish: Old Gretna

In these times of dueling sensibilities, when we’re eager for a change of pace yet wary of ever more uncertainty, adventures close to…

The Best...and the Worst

  In some very exciting news for New Orleans the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) has been nominated for "Best Wine Festival" by USA Today newspaper. As the final award recipient will be decided via people's choice, you…

The Best Ways to Celebrate A Birthday This Weekend

  Soooo, Saturday is my birthday. I was super excited about going to check out Big Freedia's new live cooking show in the Kitchen Garden at City Park tonight with my gal pal Jennifer. Every Thursday evening in July and…

The Best Reasons to go to Clancy's This Weekend

  My sister, Beth, has been going through a really rough time lately, dealing with even more uncertainty and upset than the rest of us while also dealing with the same uncertainty and upset the rest of us continue to…

The Dish: Get Out!

Photo By Margo Smart I broke my New Orleans confinement a few weeks ago when I ventured over to Abita Springs and Covington with a friend for an…

The Best Reasons to Spend a Weekend in Old Mandeville

  Western St. Tammany Parish was first settled by Choctaw, Tchefuncte, Acolapissa and Houma Indian tribes, which were drawn to the northern shores of Lake Pontchartrain for the area's dense oxygen-rich pine forests, abundant natural beauty, and "curative" spring waters.…

The Best Places for a Socially Distant Good Time

  I am going to go out on a limb and assume everyone reading this is OVER IT. Over feeling anxious, over the terms "socially distant" and "social distancing," over feeling guilty about mail carriers and delivery drivers, over your…

Fun Times with Fin Fish at Home

In an effort to support his suffering purveyors Michael Nelson, Executive Chef at GW Fins, recently began offering a large selection of fresh seafood as well as many of the restaurant’s signature sides, sauces and desserts – all packaged to take…

Cross the Pond for a Visit to Abita Springs

  On so many occasions throughout this lockdown I have felt immense gratitude for the home and garden I love, in a neighborhood I love, in a city I love. Things could be so much worse for me. Despite my…

The Best of Oak Street

  My maternal grandmother, Cecilia Fletchinger, born in 1908, hailed from a large German-Irish Catholic family that lived in the building that now houses Camellia Grill on Carrollton Avenue in the Riverbend area. She attended Matter Dolorosa School and she…