Haute Plates - December 2010

Another Year

How about 2010? It has been a year, has it not? Things have happened, but many other things have not. For example, my prediction this time last year that New Orleans would be purchased by Liechtenstein has proven premature. Sources…

A Holiday Cooking Story

Recently a friend –– let’s call him Rudolph –– related a story to me that I thought you might find useful during this holiday season. Fair warning: The story involves irresponsible behavior and does not reflect well on the protagonist. …

A Perfect Pairing

Le Meritage opened in early 2009 in the space in the Maison Dupuy hotel formerly occupied by Dominique Macquet’s eponymous restaurant. Chef Michael Farrell is from Virginia originally and plied his trade in such diverse locations as Colorado and Massachusetts…

The Truth, The Whole Truth and Something Like The Truth

Ladies and gentlemen, I stand before you a broken man. Although many of the stories you’ve read in the paper or seen on television have been wild exaggerations, the damage has been done. My name isn’t worth a peacock’s fart…

Exotic Ethiopian

Café Abyssinia opened in the early part of November at 3511 Magazine St., though the only evidence from the street is a large sign bearing the colors of the Ethiopian flag between Garden District Shoe Repair and a little soul…