Haute Plates - September 2013

Making the Hike to Petite Amelie

I did not notice that I was geographically challenged until I lived in Memphis, Tenn., in my college days. Back then I would tell people I couldn't follow their instructions because I grew up in New Orleans, where cardinal directions…

Justice (and Fun) for All

If you follow this column, you may know that food writing is something of a sideline for me. (NO THAT IS NOT AN IRONIC STATEMENT ANY MORE THAN RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY IS IRONIC, MISTER SMARTYPANTS). I've been practicing…

Gordon Ramsay, 'MasterChef' and New Orleans

Gordon Ramsay makes me angry. That is the effect he (or his producers) intends. He's made a fortune out of his abrasive personality, and if I could be an asshole for profit I'd probably do it too. I maintain my…

Thoughts on Habana Outpost and More Reflections

There are a lot of things I think about when I'm deciding what to cook, but usually texture isn't the primary concern. That changed recently when my wife had emergency root canal surgery and could only eat soft foods.  …