David Simon's newest show, Treme (pronounced treh-may), is my newest favorite. It offers a glimpse into the lives of those living in New Orleans and its surrounding areas three months after Hurricane Katrina.
Simon's journalistic touches are so sharp, the show has been getting stand-up reviews from the people who actually lived through the trauma. Harry Shearer's piece on the show noted small details that got lost (like the fact that post-storm, abandoned refrigerators were left in every front yard but don't show up on TV) but acknowledges the overall mastery of so many details.
Just seeing the images--though run down and tired--of New Orleans makes my mouth water. I don't eat Southern-style everyday... and our Culinistas® don't usually cook with sticks of butter added to single portions of food... but there's a time and a place for it. I know we all agree.
Having been in Baton Rouge and New Orleans last year, I wanted to share a few photos of my favorites. Mother's, Deanie's, and Clover Grill are all in there--plus a picture of me holding a prized coq, just outside of Baton Rouge.