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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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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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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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Louisiana Eats!
2:04 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Good Eggs: Web-Based Aggregator Expands Its Brick & Mortar Operation

The new Good Eggs warehouse located on Tchoupitoulas Street is the nucleus of their operation. Vendors drop off their products, which are then separated into individual orders and shipped out to pick up spots around New Orleans.
Credit Joe Shriner

Good Eggs New Orleans is connecting farmers, value-added products, and consumers together in a single system. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll speak with leaders of the organization's local branch to hear how their work helps reduce farm waste and keeps money circulating locally.

We'll also turn to Chef Ryan Hughes for cooking tips about bottarga: a cured strip of roe sacks used for finishing salads, pastas and  pizzas.

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Food
4:31 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Tradition And Expression In The Land Of The King Cake

Goat cheese and apples fill this king cake from Cake Café & Bakery.
Ian McNulty

As the king cake joins a long line of New Orleans food traditions up for reinterpretation, bakers and shoppers alike have decisions to make.

King cakes used to be easy. You waited — usually — until the start of Carnival season to get one, you argued about your favorites through the season and eventually you’d groan when yet another cake materialized in the office break room. You had one last slice on Fat Tuesday and that was that.

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Food
4:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Tapping The Elemental Oyster Appeal

Sometimes oysters are at their best with the least done to them.
Ian McNulty

Start with a pile of fresh oysters and you don't need much more to make a party. That's part of the inspiration for a new event coming up this weekend in New Orleans.

Where Y'Eat: Tapping The Elemental Oyster Appeal

Confronted with the crazy abundance of oysters in coastal Louisiana, we have come up with countless ways to prepare them.

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