Foodies & Friends

foodies and friendsWelcome to Foodies & Friends—a celebration of food and the people who gather to share it.

Of all the senses, the sense of taste is most dependent on the others in order to achieve a true sensory experience. Each of the other senses plays a symbiotic role, evoking different parts of our psyche and establishing emotional connections that go well beyond nutrition.

The sounds of an engaging discussion around a dinner table are as just as much a part of the celebration as the food itself. Individual personalities flavor the conversation in many of the same ways that different ingredients flavor a meal. Food may restore the body, but true friendship is what restores the mind.

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Foodies and Friends – My Mother

Foodies and Friends – My Mother

She shows up in my mind unannounced, especially in May, the month for mothers. With her hand on her hip and head cocked in a question mark with its slight tilt and hair piled high, her soft smile betrays the...
La Salle and La Belle

La Salle and La Belle

THIS STORY AND scenario came to mind as I looked back on how the tricentennial of the City of New Orleans might have happened 32 years earlier. In the fall of 1996, I found myself standing on the floor of...
The Quest for Crabs

The Quest for Crabs

THERE’S USUALLY A line outside the Swan Oyster Depot restaurant on Polk St. in the tony Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. And it was no different when my cab driver, Jonathan from Cameroon, dropped me curbside at 11 a.m....
For the Love of All Things Art

For the Love of All Things Art

I’VE SPENT A lifetime staring at blank pieces of paper. The creative process is always a struggle. This comes to mind because my three favorite disciplines, writing, cooking and photography, all require a creative process and a starting point of...
New Year’s Resolutions Or Not

New Year’s Resolutions Or Not

I’M NOT A fan of New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that I’m averse to promises of self-improvement. It’s just that the easiest promises to break are the ones we make to ourselves. Resolutions I make are usually made on a...
For the Love of Pecans

For the Love of Pecans

Before the modern era of corporate farming and super supermarket shopping, most south Louisianans grew a lot of what they consumed. What our families could not produce was either bought from overflowing produce trucks that crawled the neighborhood streets or...

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