Author: Robert Peyton

Happy Carnival!

  We have a ways to go until Fat Tuesday this year, and I guess we’re all hoping we turn a viral corner in time to enjoy the season in public and with our friends and neighbors. Carnival really does…

Burrito, Chicken Nuggets

  I cook a lot, and I take it seriously. I give Alice Waters a lot of grief because she insists on eating only the freshest, seasonal ingredients, but she’s not wrong, and it’s how I try to cook. I…

A Website of Interest

  Like most of you, I performed an internet search for “Cambodian bean thread noodle salad” recently. Thus, you may already be familiar with the 7th result on the first page: Cambodian Recipes. It is not a high-end production. There…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

  Just the other week I was starting to feel good about how this whole pandemic thing was going. Then it’s a freaking donnybrook with this omicron variant. My family drove to Mandeville today to get tested so we can…

Some Restaurants Open for the Holidays

  With the holiday season upon us, and while some restaurants close for Christmas Eve and Day, a lot of are hoping we’ll celebrate with them. This Friday, Dec. 17, Brennan’s will have a “Naughty or Nice” happy hour from…

Hogs for the Cause and King Cakes

  Keith Spera has written an article that announces that Hogs for the Cause will take place April 1-2, 2022 at the UNO Fairgrounds. I am a broken record about the event, I know, but it’s a great time for…

Omiwho?

  I was just about ready to take my mask off at the grocery. By that I mean I did take my mask off for a while, but then there are a lot of people still wearing their masks and…

Best of Dining

New Orleans is a food town. We love to incorporate food and cooking into almost all of our celebrations, get-togethers, family reunions, festivals and so much more. This year, the city and our beloved dining institutions, neighborhood bars and gathering…

Good Signs and Bad

  Last Friday I had lunch plans with my father. We’d talked about it a week before, and I’d settled on Bayona because it’s been a while since we’d been there and he could walk there from his office downtown.…

A Video and Two Closings

  My wife, whom I love with all of my tiny shriveled heart, cajoled me into watching a video the other day. I will link you to the video, but I will warn you that it may make you angry…

Dining Outside

  Winter is, for most of the rest of the country, the time when you bunker down and start eating hearty soups. Here, however, we have cool temperatures and we can enjoy the outdoors for a while. It’s the time…

A Book and Events Happening Shortly

  My friend Sue Strachan has a book out. It’s called the "Café Brulot,"  and it’s about what it says on the tin, but in much more detail and more entertainingly than the topic would suggest. Sue is a great…

A New Sushi Restaurant

  Where it comes to sushi, generally speaking, I am a one-shop man. My shop is Kanno, where Hide Suzuki has made me some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. But I also like to try new places and,…

Revisiting Herbsaint

  Today, I am having lunch with my father at Herbsaint. It’s one of my favorite restaurants and one I haven’t visited often since I stopped working downtown. This is not going to be a review of that meal, because I…

Food Costs and Dining

  Food prices have been rising for quite some time, and it does not yet appear there is an end in sight. The consumer price index has food costs up by around 3.5% over the last year. That’s nothing compared…

Birthday Dinners and Mosca’s

  My wife had a birthday recently. We had a low-key celebration that night at Bayou Wine Garden, and I will therefore testify to the excellent cheese and charcuterie board we had with a carafe of wine. Two cured meats,…

Here We Are Again

  Well, that was something. Almost 16 years to the day I evacuated for Katrina, I was back in Columbia, Tennessee taking advantage of the incredible generosity of friends who offered to put us up for a few days. I…

Nolavore Debuts a la Carte Market Series

  Nolavore is a catering company and commissary kitchen located in a former service station at the corner of Baronne Street and Jackson Avenue. Owner Anne Lloyd is a friend and talented, imaginative chef who has worked in the industry…

Words to the Wise

  I have never been a canny investor. I have never actually been an investor at all, mainly because I know I’m not a canny investor. But once in a while an opportunity comes around and you feel you have…

Episode 2354, In Which We Learn About Things

  We here at Haute Plates Small Machinery and Upscale Landscaping are looking forward to so many things. We are looking forward to eating a meal out and more particularly eating out in places with other people. To that extent…

Things I Have Learned Lately

  As many of you know, I was one of the lucky humans to visit outer space recently. No, it was not with Branson or Bezos; I was on the rocket built by Joe Lotrglio. I am told that we…

Another Column About the Restaurant Industry

  I attended a happy hour event hosted by one of my favorite restaurants, Boucherie. It was a “thank you” for Chef’s Brigade and it was awful nice. I got to talk to a number of restaurateurs who participated in…

England vs. Italy

  I am not one of those people who thinks that English food is awful. Because it’s not. Done right, an English breakfast is among the best in the world. They know a thing or two about sausages and their…

COOLinary New Orleans

  I’m not a huge fan of the capitalization where “COOLinary New Orleans” is concerned, but I’m a fan of the endeavor. It’s a chance for people, mostly locals, to check out some restaurants that maybe they’d been meaning to…

Cooking with Kids

  Two of my offspring have decided they are interested in cooking. I am happy about this because I also love to cook but I am also concerned that I will not be able to convey my knowledge about cooking…

The Doldrums

  This is the time of year in which restaurants are typically slow. It is hot and it is humid and we don’t have the tourists we normally do during the year. That’s in a good year, but this year?…

The Garden in Bloom

  I thought I would write something about my garden this time around because my mother-in-law, Pamela, was a gardener and I have tried to emulate her green thumb. Some years I have things that succeed, and some years I…

Hogs for the Cause

  I have not been dining out very much these last months. I have not been out at all for that matter and yet my garden is a mess. My strawberries are consumed by snails. My peas are suffering from…