Mandina's on Canal Street in New Orleans seems like a throwback to my past. It reminds me of Pompilios in Newport, Kentucky, where my family dined on a regular basis in my youth. As Yogi Berra would say, it's déjà vu all over again.
He wants to and should be remembered for at least two things "helping Tulane and New Orleans go through the hardest times in their respective histories" and "creating an environment of civic engagement."
Welcome to NOLA, where you'll find plenty of "that je ne sais quoi, that elan, that bon temps" but absolutely pas d'excuses. In other words, it's time for us to button up our lab coats and get busy. We've got an achievement gap to crush.
New Orleans is a gumbo; a mixture of ingredients that come together and create something undeniably unique. It is a city with energy, creativity, and individuality that represents the best of what American cities are doing today.
Before I sat down to write about John Currence's new cookbook -- Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey -- I surveyed my brown liquor shelf and found just the right courage: a bottle of Willett Rye with one good pump left in it.
After a week like this it's too early for a cocktail, but barely. Divas are getting dressed for their numbers. "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger" ends up being the most performed song of the day.