DIGEST: Hello, Taco / The Anatomy of a Taco

DIGEST: Hello, Taco / The Anatomy of a Taco

Tacos are AMAZING.

First, learn how and where to find the best tortillas in your city. (We’ll cover that later for the New Yorkers and New Orleans-ers.) Second, think to yourself, “Gee, I want a delicious meal rolled up in those fresh and tasty tortillas that I just procured.” And then BOOM! the real fun part:...

PROFILE : Gabi Prohn

PROFILE : Gabi Prohn

Gabi is a long time friend of both Christie and mine and an absolute favorite visitor. This photograph perfectly exemplifies the sense of adventure that she carries around with her. We all met at the ol’ Louisiana State Universtity; I am sure over way too many beers. Since then, Gabi has moved to Durham, North...

PROFILE: Perry St. (NYC)

PROFILE: Perry St. (NYC)

Taste or table service? Which one should over-ride the other when it comes down to having a lovely dinner, is I’m sure up for discussion. The fact that a couple of the waitstaff members should probably quit their jobs doesn’t take away the deliciousness of the amouse-bouche brought to our table pre-meal. A slightly snooty...

LEARN: Guastavino Tile

LEARN: Guastavino Tile

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They’re called SUBWAY tiles, but who put them in the subway in the first place??? I couldn’t seem to get a straight answer on exactly who came up with those tiles for the subway. The reasons for use are clear: they’re clean-looking when they ARE clean, they’re easy to scrub down...

DIGEST: Al Pastor

DIGEST: Al Pastor

Tacos Al Pastor are absolutely the most delicious taco, in my humble opinion, but ONLY if they are done correctly. They combine grilled pineapple and chili-spiced pork shavings to create an incredible balance of flavors and heat. When it comes to making the perfect Al Pastor at home, however, the problem is this: spit. A...

SCENE: Art Loft

SCENE: Art Loft

Art Loft Space

Every few months I have the overwhelming urge to start painting again. I pretty much draw everyday and am lucky enough for people to pay me to use my brain creatively, but there is something so different about creating something for no one but yourself. Everything changes the moment you are getting paid...

DIGEST: Roux

DIGEST: Roux

Making a gumbo starts with a roux. That’s where Cajun cooks first begin to learn about making a roux for the most part, but more on that in a bit. As one’s culinary adventures expand, however, the roux becomes a base for many more dishes, spanning several countries. The fat portion of the roux can...

RECIPE: Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

RECIPE: Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is one of those dishes in the south that your momma makes better than anybody else’s momma, no matter what. Then you get a little older, start making your own version of your momma’s and as the years pass, the tradition is passed from generation to generation. Some people include okra, some don’t. Some...

GOODS: Cire Trudon Candles

GOODS: Cire Trudon Candles

Yes, I know, we have been basically absent from our wonderful little blog all week and the only thing we have posted about is candles. However, these are truly special. The other day I had a rare moment of needing to kill some time and stumbled into a local store here in New Orleans, Pied...

PROFILE: NYC Restaurant Week

PROFILE: NYC Restaurant Week

It’s Restaurant Week!!!!! Which means, the lasagna with a bechamel sauce that I was going to share with you all this week has been replaced by many many reservations at the most amazing restaurants in New York City. Don’t worry, I’ll get back on that lasagna later, but for now… I have reservations for at...

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