Author: Tim McNally

Tales of Saving the Party!

  Sometimes a festival, no matter how much fun they are to attend, is just a lot of drudge work for organizers. I am sorry to break your fairy tale impressions of how these massive and involved events unfold, but…

A Cool Martini

Of all the months of the year, August has the worst reputation. Other months are beastly hot, crazy humid, and even provide the settings for hurricanes. But August is the month that catches most of the grief for our discomfort…

Cocktail Condiments

  The recent annual gathering of Tales of the Cocktail is finished, and the last hedonist has returned home. We are left with fine memories and new ideas. It happens this way every year, and when the final ice cube…

Wine Conflicted

  All is not well in Wine Land. At the national level, consumption is statistically flat. Little or no sales growth. Prices are on the ascension, most not reverting to lower levels noted when the costs went up even when…

Best New Restaurants

Discussing food, cooking and restaurants is a part-time sport for New Orleanians. From breakfast to brunch, lunch to cocktail bites, dinner to late night eats and desserts, we’ve got a lot to talk about. Enjoy our selection of the best…

Flocktails Have Landed!

Of all the seasons of the year, summer is mentally the least serious. We don’t wear as many clothes. We seek refuge at the beach.  Eat lighter and drink the same way, lighter. Anything overwhelming, like too much alcohol, or…

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes

Easy construction? Obtainable ingredients? Speed to build? The portable party we know as summer presents its own set of challenges when it comes to creating a drink that satisfies. This time of year, tackling a build-your-own-cocktail project with too many…

Uniquely New Orleans: Daiquiris and Wine Series

  Occasionally, I show evidence of a less-than-cordial personality streak. Yes, it’s true and I admit it. It can come out at times when I should be more respectful and gracious. One of those times can come whenever I meet…

Tulio

The old expression about the best meals served in our internationally respected restaurant town being served in people’s homes is absolutely correct. Every chef within shouting distance will credit their mothers and fathers for setting them on a winning path.…

Don’t Complicate the Cocktail

  Looks like the corner, finally, has been turned. And not a moment too soon. We went through a period of ego and self-congratulations in the Cocktail World of the early 1990’s and into the new century where crazy drink…

Crescent City Cocktail Classics

  Prior to the birth of the current cocktail era, which made a first appearance around 1985, no city on the planet could claim the birth of more styles of cocktails than New Orleans. Even now, those classic cocktails invented…

Overlooked and Under Appreciated

We know what we like. Basically, we are all born with a penchant for stuff we like and a disdain for stuff we don’t. Those in-bred preferences pretty much stay with us all of our breathing days. There are changes…

To Like, Perchance to Love

  When you think about all of the wines and spirits you have enjoyed over the span of your life, there actually have been darn few that stick out in the memory bank. Something may still live on because of…

Soaking Up Education

The axiom we have all heard since we were 10 years old, or thereabouts, is that learning is a lifetime experience. It never ends. Those of us who have been present for the dawn and unfolding of the Digital Age…

A Drink with History

While other places struggle with definition and innovation, New Orleans revels in identification and rebirth. There is something quite satisfying about being recognized as the first and still the best. That can be applied to any number of culinary and…

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A look ahead to St. Patrick's Day

Toast of the Town

  This mash-up of the hands-down favorite Southern nut, a wildly popular spirit, and blasting out of Carnival traveling headlong into festival season defines where we all happily find ourselves this third month of the year. And don’t look so…

It’s Complicated

Please indulge me for just a bit today. I want to stretch beyond my usual editorial boundaries for this effort. Then afterwards I will bring thoughts to bear that are about adult beverages. To note that New Orleans is not…

King Cake Cocktails

  If you are fortunate enough to live within a 100-mile radius of Jackson Square, you, no doubt, have multiple opportunities just about every day to enjoy a cherished and delicious Carnival custom, King Cake. The usual is still the…

King Cake

In February, the rest of America goes into its long winter’s nap with a one-day break for Presidents’ Day. In New Orleans, we will see you that break, and raise you the other 27 days. The entire second month of…

Yes, Try It!

  There are a lot of folks out there, and you may be among them, who claim not to like cognac. And there may be a lot of reasons for why these folks (again, maybe you) don’t care for the…

Party On, NOLA!

  Most places around the world have thrown in the towel. Christmas and New Year’s are now both in the rear-view mirror. But here, we did our best to give those two seasons their due, and now we go into…

Last Call: New Possibilities

A New Year almost demands an attempt at a new beginning. We don’t start completely from “fresh” but we should make an effort to cast away habits and beliefs that are no longer serving the greater purpose of improving our…

Re-Gifting Yourself

  Right after the holiday season, with the pressures and chaos of the day melting away, there is an attempt to return to normalcy, or what passes for normalcy in an abnormal place.  For many of us, and you really…

Ch-Ch-Changes

  If there is one constant in life, it’s change. Okay, so that’s trite and pithy, but it’s also true – which makes it no less trite and pithy. Still, there are so many aspects of life that are no…

Last Call: Sippin’ Santa

If any city knows how to throw a celebration, it’s New Orleans. After all, we have plenty of practice. Especially at the end of the year, during holiday season we don’t mind the extra efforts required to make everyone happy,…

Something New

  In a city like ours, celebrating 300 years of existence, “new” does not hold the allure for us like it does to citizens of, say, Dallas or Houston or Los Angeles. We tend to be more deliberate and not-so-quick…

A Few Dribbles

  Just Completed... The New Orleans International Wine Awards and Consumer Tasting. During a day-long evaluation, a dozen professional wine judges from all over America pondered the qualities of more than 550 entries from all over the wine world. Discussion…

Last Call: The Cart Before the Course

If you don’t believe that life is a circle, just stick around long enough and see dated clothing styles come back into fashion. Inevitably you are going to wish you had held on to most of those clothes you discarded.…