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Hurricane!

It’s a real New Orleans thing to refer to a weather condition of mass destruction and make a cocktail out of the thought. The drink is called a Hurricane. And as with most parts of our culinary history, what we…

The Air of Authenticity

  If you will indulge me a brief moment of self-indulgence, there’s a point to be made about why New Orleans is not like any other place anywhere, a fact that becomes totally apparent the moment you depart what our…

Evidently We Needed That

If you own something the least bit out of the ordinary – like a swimming pool, an exotic pet, a fancy car, or multiple bottles of fine adult beverages – you likely have been exposed to esoteric products specifically designed…

A Matter of Degrees

The two favorite topics right now around town are the daily temperatures and the Saints preparing for their assault on the NFL. Let’s leave the Saints to their own devices and assume we will all be in that number in…

Unlikely Duets

The human tasting apparatus is a screwy thing. The result of tens of thousands of years of evolution, we all have reached a stage where there is no standardization. You would think after all that time, we, as a species,…

A Gin Thing

  Many of us, maybe all, at some point or another overdid a food item, a drink, or one of life’s pleasures. Or maybe all three. And after the over-indulgence, we swore off the offending situation. Never again, we muttered.…

SAST Is Here!

It’s too darn hot to think about much of anything for any extended period of time. And in acknowledgement of that, here’s SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE. Snippets and cotton candy for the mind are perfect right now. Here’s some choice…

Doth A Rosé by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

Well, does it? In this new age of rosé-style wine appreciation, it appears the acceptable product definition is all over the sensory-sense map. The color can be very light, pinkish going all the way to light red. The bouquet can…

Urban Myths

In a place as old as New Orleans, legends are bound to be created, and the stories surrounding those legends are equally bound to be enhanced in every re-telling. You know how the childhood game of “gossip” or “telephone” worked.…

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New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

The Best Way to Learn and Have Fun

  It’s amazing how ill-prepared human beings are for their lives. We actually know very little about living our lives and being self-sufficient. We can whine and cry, dirty our diapers, eat and drink, and breath without outside assistance, but…

The Same But Different

  Mezcal and tequila are brothers from the same mother and therein lies the confusion and misunderstanding. Both are born from the same biologic, the agave plant, also known as the Century Plant. Mezcal and tequila are both taken from…

Suddenly Hot!

What is it about a 16th century distilled spirit in the 21st century that has “suddenly” become all the rage among discerning imbibers? Who rang the bell to tell us to try tequila in all sorts of cocktails and even…

In the Beginning…

  Much ado is made by distillers and winemakers, sommeliers, and alcohol sales professionals about the products they make and the products they want to sell you. There are all sorts of stories about why a particular spirit or wine…

It’s About Thyme

  Imagine a product that is at least 45 percent alcohol, higher than any beer, wine or whiskey, and yet is not classified alcoholic, so it can be sold to youth and to those whose lips never touch alcohol. The irony is…

New Year's Revolutions

The use of the word in the headline was intentional. Aren’t we all just a bit tired of making resolutions that within a few weeks, we have already chosen to disregard? We are better than that, although to this point…

Holiday Diversity

  By their very nature, holidays are different from average, run-of-the-mill weekdays. Holidays are special with themes, more chances for out-of-the-ordinary events, and they put a spring in all our steps. Through no accident, New Orleans manages to squeeze in…

Holiday Bubbles

It’s beginning to look a lot like... a lot of things: Thanksgiving, Christmas, festivals, parties and very soon, Carnival. New Orleans brings new meanings to event multi-tasking. Let’s focus on the holiday season, which will “legally” be at the ready right…

The Thin Red Line

Most of us spend a large part of the day in so many activities that we don’t even keep track. The diversity of diversions in a modern life is staggering.  And there is one thing we share in common: constantly…

Drinking Differently

Are you a "wine snob?" Or are you a "wine geek" (which may be the same thing only you don’t want to admit to being a snob. You are way too nice for that)? One sure-fire “tell” of a wine snob/geek…

Coming Attractions

We say this all the time, and the frequency of the thought does not make the sentiment any less true: overall, no town has more activities built around the end of the year than New Orleans. Oh sure, there are…

The Challenge of Holidays

Holidays, by definition, are special occasions. We are expected to celebrate in some singular manner; eat foods usually banned from our everyday diets, and drink differently, or at the minimum, more. When holidays occur on inconvenient days, such as this…

The Unfolding Devastation of California Wine Country

The horrible crisis in northern California goes on and like many crises, it gets a little better every day, and then gets much worse. The destruction is unimaginable. An area the size of the city of New York is/has been…

The Way We Drink

It’s no secret that New Orleanians eat differently from other Americans. When we travel, finding culinary satisfaction is a quest not unlike searching for the Holy Grail or the Seven Cities of Cibola. In fact, both legends may be easier…

Wine Vintages. Who Cares?

To answer the question posed in the headline, wine geeks, journalists and growers. For the casual wine drinker, domestic wine vintages have ceased to carry much meaning and can be, in fact, distractions from all sorts of quality issues. Coming…