Tag Archives: Foodies & Friends

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....
Corn, Crab, Shrimp and Poblano Bisque

Corn, Crab, Shrimp and Poblano Bisque

Ingredients: Directions: 1. Place whole poblanos rubbed with vegetable oil on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes in a 450 degree oven. Turn every five minutes until evenly charred. Cover with plastic wrap in a bowl for 15...
Foodies & Friends – On Anniversaries

Foodies & Friends – On Anniversaries

As journalists, those were our darkest days. There were no lights, no phones, no power—anarchy ruled the streets. Flames floated on water from broken submerged natural gas lines. Tall, black columns of smoke rose from burning, flooded buildings. Citizens roamed...
Foodies & Friends – Boy Meets Grill

Foodies & Friends – Boy Meets Grill

Well, the upside was I didn’t have to call the fire department.   Grilling is the caveman of cooking. I believe a pyromania gene is embedded in the DNA of most boys. The love affair of boy meets grill as...
Believing in the Holiday Spirit

Believing in the Holiday Spirit

THERE WERE TIMES in my youth I thought Santa lived with my grandmother. I grew up across the street from my maternal grandparents. It was on a day I was sick at home from school, busy building a tent of sheets over a...
Barbecue Shrimp

Barbecue Shrimp

RECIPE by ANNE MORVANT This dish was supposedly invented in New Orleans at Pascal’s Manale. This particular recipe was given to us by our dear friend and neighbor, Anne Morvant. Anne always serves the BBQ shrimp with boiled red new...

88 Cookbooks and Counting

January 15, 2015: 88 cookbooks and counting… There is always a lot of hype this time of year about the hottest cookbook from 2014. Prune; A Boat, A Whale, and a Walrus; The Slanted Door from famed Vietnamese San Francisco...