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Elevenses. 11 cookbooks you should own.

The Brits do it right.   Not content with breakfast, lunch and dinner they also manufactured afternoon tea as a 3pm mini-meal with tea, sandwiches and tiny cakes to hold you over until dinner.  And so that lunch did not get jealous they also threw in elevenses which is a cup of tea and a biscuit (cookie) or small cake at, well, […]

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An American’s guide to Havana.

The summer is gone, kids are in school, and our thoughts turn to uniforms, Guy Fawkes and Thanksgiving celebrations and whether we really have the nerve to go for those over-the-knee brown leather boots (yes).   This means that it will not be long before we catch ourselves day dreaming, number-crunching and saving up for our next […]

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A Weekend in Marfa, Texas

Marfa is a 1.4 square mile town in the southwest corner of Texas, near the border with Mexico, and in the midst of the Chihuahuan Desert.   It is, astonishingly, a Mecca for contemporary art lovers, collectors, gallerists and artists. It is also the next place you should visit in America. This town of just over 2,000 people […]

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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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HO HO HO! Floral arrangements for Christmas!

You have probably finished buying gifts now.  You *should* be done wrapping them.  You might have them under the tree, packed into the car or in your closet on that very, very top shelf.  Your menu is most likely planned and you think you have completely stocked up on everything you need for dinner tonight […]

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Be Good To You

The holidays are here and in full swing.  I can tell this not because of the wreaths adorning doors and the enormous tree at my dad’s house that blocks the entrance to his bedroom (true story) but because I have an ever-present knot of stress in my shoulders giving me a Quasimodoesque  profile and the […]

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What to do in New York City!

One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.  —Tom Wolfe I moved to New York City from New Orleans at 24 years old having never visited before.  The city immediately wrapped its high intensity arms around me and I recall very clearly my first […]

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Thanksgiving 101. The list of dos and don’ts.

The Gathering to end all Gatherings is fast approaching. The menus are planned, grocery lists made, guest lists finalized, therapists consulted, vodka hidden. The time has come for Thanksgiving. The most wholesome of all family holidays. No gifts.  No chocolate bunnies. No costumes. Just food. family, friends, football, and turkey handprints. If you count a […]

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New Orleans recommendations (Updated for summer / fall 2015!)

“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” Tennessee “The Man” Williams No one lives in New Orleans passively.  People make an active choice to be here and they can tell you exactly why and when they made the decision.  “I grew up here and knew I’d […]

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Fall 2014 cookbooks – ready for preordering now!

I wouldn’t be the first person to observe the magic of a brick and mortar bookstore.  The tall stacks of colorful books and the rich cool air, sitting down in a quiet corner of the store and flipping through a pile of tomes dedicated to the culinary world. The smell of printed paper and the color saturated photographs giving […]

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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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