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Food
4:35 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Following Your Nose For Mardi Gras Meals

Street food will rule as Carnival parades roll in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

Looking for memorable meals during Carnival in New Orleans? Food writer Ian McNulty says the answer may come courtesy of "entrepreneurial home cooking" near the parade routes. 

Conventional wisdom holds that Carnival is a lousy time to go looking for the celebrated food culture of New Orleans, that the season of parades and balls and late-night parties is when our town's intense fixation on food takes a breather.

I disagree. In my experience, the focus just shifts a bit, and this new look can be rewarding and memorable in its own right.

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Food
11:11 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Fat Tuesday: The Many Different Doughnuts Of Mardi Gras

Emily Hilliard for NPR

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 10:02 am

The history of doughnuts is intrinsically linked to the celebration of Mardi Gras. "Fat Tuesday" — the Christian day of revelry and indulgence before the austere season of Lent — features dough deep-fried in fat as its main staple.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:30 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Mardi Gras Celebrations Around Louisiana

No matter where they are, Louisianans love a celebration.
Credit Brian Lin / Flickr

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We're getting ready for da Mardi Gras! This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll hear about New Orleans' Mardi Gras traditions from Errol Laborde, and speak with experts from Lafayette about their food customs and celebrations. Plus, we visit Cake Café for a peek at how they make their famous King Cake. 

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Eating By Example On Tulane Avenue

Trèo opened as a cocktail lounge, small-plates restaurant and art gallery on Tulane Avenue.
Ian McNulty

Restaurants and bars have been pioneers for reinvesting in areas across New Orleans. Local dining writer Ian McNulty says the next example is taking shape along Tulane Avenue.

It takes a lot more than restaurants and bars to get an economic revitalization going and turn the corner. But still, when you’re first kicking the wheels into motion, new places to eat and drink are not bad places to start, especially when you’re talking about redevelopment in New Orleans.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Dan Davis The Wine Guy Wins Grand Award For Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace — killin' it since 1880.
Credit Infrogmation / Wikipedia

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Ella Brennan, owner of Commander’s Palace and doyenne of the New Orleans restaurant community, had wanted to win the Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine for a very long time. When that happened in 2013, she gave full credit to the restaurant’s wine director, Dan Davis. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Davis about how a Mississippi boy got into the world of wine.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Coming In The From The Cold At Kukhnya

The winter colors of hearty Slavic soul food from Kukhnya, inside the music club Siberia.
Ian McNulty

Sochi may be in the spotlight, but our New Orleans food writer has his mind on Siberia — a music club with an edgy look but a surprisingly home-spun kitchen featuring Slavic soul food.

We all like to complain about the weather — or at least it seems we’re prone to do so. But truly, in New Orleans, after the summers we suffer through, it seems profoundly unfair to have to let our faucet drips, see our gardens die, and bundle ourselves up under soaring ceilings in homes designed for the subtropics. In New Orleans, freezing weather is just not cool.

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Louisiana Eats!
11:45 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Finding New Ways To Stay Healthy And Boost Energy

Raw Republic wants to offer cleaner, healthier ways of living for the New Orleans food community. Their new business specializes is cold-pressed juices, tonics and smoothies.
Credit Thomas Walsh

Staying healthy is a challenge for us all, particularly in Louisiana, where food-obsession is a way of life. But being food-obsessed doesn't mean you have to have a penchant for heavy cream and butter. This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll speak from the owners of a new wellness boutique in New Orleans to hear about the foods and philosophies that guide their approach to living well. 

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Food
4:32 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Where Y'Eat: A Breakfast Boom Gets Cracking

The Ruby Slipper Café recently opened its fourth location, this time on Canal Street.
Ian McNulty

New Orleans asked for more breakfast, and New Orleans restaurateurs listened. All over town, a new crop of breakfast specialists have appeared. Ian McNulty explores the trend. 

Sometimes it’s phrased as a question, and sometimes it’s just a complaint. But whichever form it takes, one of the refrains I hear so often about the New Orleans restaurant scene is a request for more breakfast. It is not a patient request. In fact, it seems like every time someone brings it up, they are hungry, in desperate need of coffee and not interested in mincing words.

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Community
7:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Whole Foods Opens New Store, Geared To Lower Income Shoppers, In Mid-City

The new Whole Foods is just one of several developments reshaping Mid-City.
Kate Richardson WWNO

A new Whole Foods store opened in Mid-City on Tuesday, at Broad and Bienville. It’s the site of the former Schwegmann’s grocery, which has been vacant ever since Katrina.

The space includes four nonprofit tenants in addition to the Whole Foods. The upscale grocery is just one of many factors reshaping the area.

Ten days before the grand opening of the new Whole Foods, the meeting room at the Sojourner Truth community center was buzzing in anticipation.

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Food
2:35 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Saints Season Off, Crawfish Season On

Teamwork: crawfish season means another avenue for communal gatherings in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

This week, New Orleans Saints faithful must watch as Broncos fans — in their safety orange jerseys — and Seahawks fans — in their murky neon — psych up for the Super Bowl, instead of the Black and Gold.

It can be downright dispiriting. But, if there’s one bright side Saints fans know to look for, it’s cultural consolation, and food is a big part of that salve. 

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