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Iacovone Kitchen Comes Back

  My friend Bob Iacovone has one of those names you don’t know how to pronounce when you first read it. Ya-ka-vohnee, is how I’d write it, and dear baby Jesus I hope I’m right. He’s a talented chef with…

Happy Carnival!

  We have a ways to go until Fat Tuesday this year, and I guess we’re all hoping we turn a viral corner in time to enjoy the season in public and with our friends and neighbors. Carnival really does…

Burrito, Chicken Nuggets

  I cook a lot, and I take it seriously. I give Alice Waters a lot of grief because she insists on eating only the freshest, seasonal ingredients, but she’s not wrong, and it’s how I try to cook. I…

A Website of Interest

  Like most of you, I performed an internet search for “Cambodian bean thread noodle salad” recently. Thus, you may already be familiar with the 7th result on the first page: Cambodian Recipes. It is not a high-end production. There…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

  Just the other week I was starting to feel good about how this whole pandemic thing was going. Then it’s a freaking donnybrook with this omicron variant. My family drove to Mandeville today to get tested so we can…

Some Restaurants Open for the Holidays

  With the holiday season upon us, and while some restaurants close for Christmas Eve and Day, a lot of are hoping we’ll celebrate with them. This Friday, Dec. 17, Brennan’s will have a “Naughty or Nice” happy hour from…

Hogs for the Cause and King Cakes

  Keith Spera has written an article that announces that Hogs for the Cause will take place April 1-2, 2022 at the UNO Fairgrounds. I am a broken record about the event, I know, but it’s a great time for…

Omiwho?

  I was just about ready to take my mask off at the grocery. By that I mean I did take my mask off for a while, but then there are a lot of people still wearing their masks and…

Good Signs and Bad

  Last Friday I had lunch plans with my father. We’d talked about it a week before, and I’d settled on Bayona because it’s been a while since we’d been there and he could walk there from his office downtown.…

A Video and Two Closings

  My wife, whom I love with all of my tiny shriveled heart, cajoled me into watching a video the other day. I will link you to the video, but I will warn you that it may make you angry…

Dining Outside

  Winter is, for most of the rest of the country, the time when you bunker down and start eating hearty soups. Here, however, we have cool temperatures and we can enjoy the outdoors for a while. It’s the time…

A New Sushi Restaurant

  Where it comes to sushi, generally speaking, I am a one-shop man. My shop is Kanno, where Hide Suzuki has made me some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. But I also like to try new places and,…

Revisiting Herbsaint

  Today, I am having lunch with my father at Herbsaint. It’s one of my favorite restaurants and one I haven’t visited often since I stopped working downtown. This is not going to be a review of that meal, because I…

Food Costs and Dining

  Food prices have been rising for quite some time, and it does not yet appear there is an end in sight. The consumer price index has food costs up by around 3.5% over the last year. That’s nothing compared…

Birthday Dinners and Mosca’s

  My wife had a birthday recently. We had a low-key celebration that night at Bayou Wine Garden, and I will therefore testify to the excellent cheese and charcuterie board we had with a carafe of wine. Two cured meats,…

Here We Are Again

  Well, that was something. Almost 16 years to the day I evacuated for Katrina, I was back in Columbia, Tennessee taking advantage of the incredible generosity of friends who offered to put us up for a few days. I…

Nolavore Debuts a la Carte Market Series

  Nolavore is a catering company and commissary kitchen located in a former service station at the corner of Baronne Street and Jackson Avenue. Owner Anne Lloyd is a friend and talented, imaginative chef who has worked in the industry…

Words to the Wise

  I have never been a canny investor. I have never actually been an investor at all, mainly because I know I’m not a canny investor. But once in a while an opportunity comes around and you feel you have…

Episode 2354, In Which We Learn About Things

  We here at Haute Plates Small Machinery and Upscale Landscaping are looking forward to so many things. We are looking forward to eating a meal out and more particularly eating out in places with other people. To that extent…

Things I Have Learned Lately

  As many of you know, I was one of the lucky humans to visit outer space recently. No, it was not with Branson or Bezos; I was on the rocket built by Joe Lotrglio. I am told that we…

Another Column About the Restaurant Industry

  I attended a happy hour event hosted by one of my favorite restaurants, Boucherie. It was a “thank you” for Chef’s Brigade and it was awful nice. I got to talk to a number of restaurateurs who participated in…

England vs. Italy

  I am not one of those people who thinks that English food is awful. Because it’s not. Done right, an English breakfast is among the best in the world. They know a thing or two about sausages and their…

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Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived in New Orleans his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles AvenueLouisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.

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