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Roots Rambles: New places, new faces

We are honoring Maximilian Ortiz in this issue for his work at Root, the restaurant he and chef Phillip Lopez operate in the Warehouse District. The two are set to open a second restaurant early next year, and it promises…

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Tru Burger (8115 Oak St.) opened in June and it’s been firing on all cylinders ever since. The people behind the restaurant – Aaron Burgau, Leon and Pierre Touzet and Marcus Woodham – are all involved in Patois, and the…

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Tales of the Cocktail kicks off its ninth annual celebration of drinks and the folks who make them on Wed., July 20. Although most of the seminars, parties and workshops are available only to registered guests, anyone can attend one…

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NOLA Locavores was started by Dr. Leslie Brown, (founder of NOLA Veggie Fest), Linda Michurski, (restaurant sales for Hollygrove Market & Farm) and Lee Stafford (founder of Euterpe Recycling Center). The group’s goal is to help New Orleanians develop closer…

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May is here, and with it the consistently warm weather that some of you have been looking forward to for months. I would never live anywhere else, but the prospect of seven months of high temperatures and humidity is daunting.…

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Oasis Specialty Foods (541 Oaklawn Drive), right, has opened in Metairie and features a small market that stocks Middle Eastern standards such as dried herbs, beans, nuts, cheese, yogurt and olive oils, as well as imported canned goods and frozen…

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February is a pathetic month – the runt of the litter. Most years it’s somewhat redeemed by Mardi Gras, but this year that falls in the greatest of months: March. Coincidentally, March is the month in which I was born.…

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The new year always makes me optimistic for the future. The possibilities stretch out like a rainbow of hope and dreams. Anything is within my reach if I just want it badly enough. That feeling generally lasts until Jan. 2,…

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Dominique Macquet, right, has returned to professional cooking with Dominique’s on Magazine (4729 Magazine St.) in a converted cottage. Macquet has partnered in the venture with Mauricio Andrade, who worked for many years with Emeril Lagasse. Macquet is a native…

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Sylvain (625 Chartres St.), continues the recent trend toward restaurant-bars or “gastropubs.” The brainchild of Sean McCusker, a food and travel writer, Sylvain occupies a beautifully renovated space originally built in 1796 that’s just a few yards from Jackson Square.…

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October is when things start looking up around these parts; by now we’ve had a few cool nights, and even if I’m wearing shorts while trick-or-treating with my 9-year-old, I’m no longer worried about the 100-degree days of the past…

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September is a cruel month. Yeah, I know what T.S. Eliot says about April, but in New Orleans, September is when things just start to cool down a little, only for the heat to come pummeling back like Mel Gibson…

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In some parts of the U.S., August represents the tail end of the summer heat. Not here, of course, where we can expect high temperatures and humidity for a couple of months to come. What is a man to do?…

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Chef Daniel Esses, right, whose most recent executive chef position was at the Marigny Brasserie, is set to open Three Muses (536 Frenchmen St.). The restaurant will reflect Esses’ cooking, which lately has been dominated by Italian cuisine, but with…

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Capdeville (520 Capdeville St.) opened in April on the one-block street that shares its name. It is an upscale bar-bistro, with a short but interesting menu. The Fried Red Beans and Rice ($5) are something of a take on calas,…

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Dick & Jenny’s (4501 Tchoupitoulas St.) is now open on Monday for dinner; since many restaurants are closed on Monday, having another place open is outstanding. You can call them at 894-9880 for information or to make reservations for parties…

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Late last year, Chef Guillermo Peters re-opened Taqueros (1432 St. Charles Ave.). The food Peters once served at Coyoacan is only available during private dinners, but he has re-imagined Taqueros as a casual restaurant serving “botanos,” or snacks. Tacos filled…

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Ah, March. The month of my birth. Thanks to those of you who remembered and sent me gifts; to hell with the rest of you. Broussard’s (819 Conti St.), the venerable Creole restaurant in the French Quarter, pictured above, isn’t…

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Mike Fennelly and Vicky Bayley, who together had one of the best restaurants in the city in the early 1990s with Mike’s on the Avenue, are reuniting with a new restaurant, right, Mike’s East-West (628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600),  in…

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Ralph Brennan’s restaurant group began operating the Courtyard Café at the New Orleans Museum of Art, right, in mid-November. The 72-seat café serves breakfast, lunch and snack items on Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from…

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Based on the preview of the menu that Le Foret (129 Camp St.) released a few months ago, I thought that if Chef Jimmy Corwell, right, could pull off what it promised, it would be a remarkable restaurant. It is…

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A wise man once told me: “Never debate politics with a fig tree.” By wise, of course, I mean drunk, but you can’t quibble with the accuracy of the advice: fig trees are truly awful conversationalists. I hope what follows…

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Normally when I show up on neighborhood doorsteps demanding candy, folks tend to call to the police. In October, however, things are different. Plus, I have a child. Or, as I call him, “Daddy’s Cover.”When Kelly Ponder and Michael Buchert…

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Bee Sweet Cupcakes (5706 Magazine St.) has opened a second boutique bakery at 800 Metairie Road, Suite Q. The new location serves the same decadent cupcakes as the original, including the “Drew Bees,” which is a chocolate cupcake with vanilla…

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Fiesta Latina now has three locations in New Orleans, the newest being 133 N. Carrollton Ave., near Canal Street, which opened about six months ago. Fiesta Latina’s menu at the new location tends towards food that’s more familiar to those…

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New Orleans owes its existence almost as much to Spain as France, and in the last decade or so that’s been reflected in the dining scene. One example is Restaurant Madrid (300 Harrison Ave.), which has moved from its former…

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New Orleans hasn’t, until fairly recently, been the kind of place where you’d find “mixologists” behind the bar of your local watering hole. But now there are a couple of relatively new local joints where you can find inventive drinks…

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The sign outside Chill Out Cafe’s (729 Burdette St.) Uptown dining room advertises it as a spot for breakfast and “Asian fusion,” but it’s really more of a Thai restaurant with a breakfast menu, with some updated touches to Thai…

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Although we’ve had an influx of restaurants featuring Latin American cooking, to my knowledge, Oriente de Venezuela (115 Chartres St.), which opened in January, is the first restaurant to feature the cuisine of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Pabellon Venezolano…