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Tumeric Tonic

Good things happen in threes, or so they say.  Bad things happen in…what?  Dozens? That’s what it feels like.  Two weeks ago I got hit with the  most incredible cold I have had since one kicked my knees out from under me during a trip to NYC in 2006.  Back then I had the luxury […]

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Brandy Milk Punch

New Orleans is full of rituals. There is early morning at Cafe Du Monde when the French Quarter businesses and residents are hosing off their sidewalks, washing down the sins from the night before and steadying themselves for a new batch of visitors. All Saints Day at the cemetery where you cut down, clean up […]

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Mardi Gras Survival Guide

  Whether you are a visitor, a local, a writer, a dancer or a banker, Mardi Gras in New Orleans provides somewhere for you to fit in and to have the time of your life. And like any good venture in life, you get out of it what you put into it. So here is […]

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Champagne Cocktails

 This article first appeared on There are tons of things I didn’t know about British people before I married one. For  starters, they are incredibly funny. Not just the odd one here or there, but all of them. As  a breed. Just funny. They also invented the stiff upper lip. And whatever the opposite […]

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The best books for learning about wine.

Wine is an overwhelming topic.  Even a simple post like, say, The Best Books for Learning About Wine, may start out straightforward but very quickly can turn mind-bogglingly complex.  Here is how it happened this week: One Christmas a friend’s awesome husband emailed and asked me what I would recommend as a gift for his wife who wanted to […]

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Barbados & Bajan Cocktails

The school year ends and we are on a plane before the janitor turns off the lights.  Sure, we love New Orleans but both Nick and I have itchy feet and come the end of May our suitcases are talking to us.   For two years  now we have seized summer vacation as an opportunity […]

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Summer Wine Round Up

It’s hot. That’s not news. You are sweating right now on the subway, waiting for a bus or in a taxi. Or you are freezing in your office because you are dressed for the weather but your office air conditioner is barely hovering over double digits. But do you know what is coming?

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New Orleans Style Mint Juleps

  It’s not all Jazz Fest and Cinco de Mayo prep down here in New Orleans.  No, we have a horse race to think about this weekend too.  So much build up for a two-minute race!  I know California Chrome is the favorite but I’ve had to rethink my loyalties since Hopportunity got pulled.  I […]

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