Author: Jyl Benson

The Best Reasons to Check out Larder Gourmet Market This Weekend

  Tired of your own cooking and looking for a change of pace? Longtime friends Alison Vega-Knoll and Chris Wilson recently pumped some excitement into the upscale grab-and-go and market scene with the opening of Larder (3005 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, lardergourmetmarket.com).…

The Best: The Set Up for a Safe Carnival Season

  As we do in my household every year at this time, this past weekend we dismantled Christmas, stowed it in the attic, and hauled out Mardi Gras. This year more than ever we will make our home look like…

The Dish | Seeking Comfort, Oh Joy

Every January I write about healthful habits that will carry me into the new year and ready me for my childish practice of out jumping teenagers for Mardi Gras…

Holiday Markets and Dining Specials: Keep It Local

  I have been relieved on late to note brisk traffic on Magazine Street, my neighborhood Main Street, as holiday shoppers and celebrants have been turning out to keep their business local. Currently the Magazine Street Merchants Association (MSMA) and…

25 Best Desserts

Choosing the best of the best in New Orleans food is an almost Herculean task; one that requires discipline, an open palate and some set guidelines. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it. In an effort to bring…

The Dish | Smoke & Mirrors

An informal poll conducted in my Uptown neighborhood revealed that, given the extreme polarization with which we currently live, some are relieved to have toxic Cousin…

Staying in or Heading Out: The Best for This Weekend

  This past was a particularly crafty weekend. I spent it carving elaborate pumpkins with my niece and creating one of those monster-themed candy shoot things so we can issue candy to trick-or-treaters from a distance. That Halloween is on…

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…