NOLA Notes

Category: New Orleans

First You Make a Roux

It started innocently enough. And certainly was not part of a bigger plan. I attended a Johh Besh cookbook signing event, then stood in line to have him sign the books I’d bought. There was one that was for me. In the back of my head rattled Antique’s Roadshow saying that autographs are usually worth […]

Popping with NOLA-Living (and Dying)

Tonight, Sun and I went out on the town. Ok, fine. We went to the main library. But it was at night! And to hear Poppy Tooker discuss her new book project, Mme. Bégué’s Recipes of Old New Orleans Creole Cookery! It was delightful. Poppy signed her book for us, inscribing it in Sun’s name while at the […]

The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans, Part 2

David Lummis’s second installation of The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans was recently published. Whereas the first part, reviewed here, was more a “lighthearted and irreverent and even campy” (as Lummis himself describes it) romp in and around the French Quarter, Part 2 is a more serious work. A more serious tone, a more serious topic. And […]

More Lessons from Isaac

1. After 4 days, change the oil in your generator. If you want it to love and serve you for a long time, you need to love and serve it first. She deserves it! 2. Take time to talk to your neighbors before and after a storm. Get to know them. Offer what you can […]

Lessons from Isaac

Isaac is, for the most part, on the books for New Orleans. After Gustav, we fine-tuned our hurricane preparedness plan and went into Isaac with hardly a thought of evacuating. We made sure the generator was working and had gas; we readied the window unit. We grocery-shopped for food for three days and stock-piled water. […]

Why We Tremble

Hurricane Isaac is on the charts and damn near every New Olreanian is a bit bonkers about it. And superficially there seems really to be only one reason why: Katrina. That bitch. But is that all that’s going on? Some sort of weird Post Dramatic Stress Syndrome for those of us that went through Katrina? […]

St. Joseph Altars, 2012

This year Sun and I headed out just the two of us to view a few St. Joseph altars. We started at St. Joseph’s Church. They had volunteers giving mini tours to explain various aspects of the altars. I opted to send up a petition for my grandmother. I don’t know what comes over my […]

Thornton Dial’s Hard Truths

NOMA has a next exhibit, and it’s one that appeals to me a lot. It’s Thornton Dial’s “Hard Truths.”  There’s sculpture and paintings; drawings and large wall pieces. Dial uses layers of materials and you can lose yourself in those layers. And you can find the truth in those layers too, even hard truths. Get […]

Dim Sum and Dragons Too

We returned today with friends to get dim sum at Panda King in Gretna. This was my third visit. The thing about dim sum is that being little dishes, you want to taste a little of everything. But once you have been once or twice, there are some dishes you simply MUST HAVE at each […]

Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours

It’s that time of year in New Orleans: CARNIVAL TIME! And with carnival (yes, I call the season “Carnival,” and the final day of the season only “Mardi Gras.” My Maw Maw taught me right, after all. But I digress…) comes KING CAKE! I am a purist and do NOT eat king cake out of […]