When I was about 8 years old, my father, the eternal prankster, told me that he had a harem of wives back in Iran. Naturally, I was in shock and told my best friend who told her mother and eventually it got back to my dad. While laughing uproariously, my dad called me a “sweet but gullible girl.”
Have a ball! … The 2nd annual Link Stryjewski Foundation Bal Masqué will be kicking off Carnival this year on Saturday, January 7, at the Orpheum Theater. Celebrating New Orleans's Creole Carnival roots, masked attendees will spend an unforgettable evening dining on cuisine prepared by eight nationally acclaimed chefs with live local music headlined by Dr. John & the Nite Trippers.
Believe it or not, but meat pies have been a dish that humankind has been enjoying since the ancient Egyptians first created one circa 9500 BC when bakers would incorporate nuts, honey and fruits into the bread dough they prepared for the pharaohs. The Greeks would wrap meat in a flour and water paste that hardened into a crust while baking to not only seal in the juices but also to act as a vessel for serving. Regardless of the long history, there's just something about a meat pie that screa...
Two in one … The Troubadour, a brand new boutique hotel in the Central Business District, is also home to two new restaurants by New Orleans native chef and restaurateur Phillip Lopez. The creative chef behind Root and Square Root in the Lower Garden District has launched Petit Lion with a menu inspired by modern French bistro fare.
Tender, meaty, earthy and filling … the meatball is as all-American as apple pie and equally as heart-warming. Like biscuits and gravy, fried chicken and grilled cheese sandwiches, comfort food is re-emerging onto our local food scene, and the mighty meatball is no exception. This food nostalgia could be a result of dropping temperatures, the shaky political climate or economic uncertainty, but do the underlying reasons really matter? Just plate it up!
Taco 'bout a festival! … Get your bellies ready for New Orleans's inaugural taco and tequila festival taking over The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza on Thursday, March 23! The Top Taco Festival, presented by the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, is the Crescent City edition of Top Taco in Denver and is brought to us by local restaurateur Shane Finkelstein of Nacho Mama's.
Aloha! … The national poke craze has landed in New Orleans with the opening of Poke Loa in the Garden District. Taking over the spot that was once home to Jamba Juice on the corner of Magazine and Louisiana, Poke Loa offers local diners a healthier option when it comes to fast food. Similar to other “build-your-own” restaurant concepts, diners can design their own poke creations with ingredients like sticky rice, tuna, salmon, tofu, ponzu, seaweed salad, crab salad, mango, tobiko, and more.
We're all told time and time again from our doctors, nutritionists, trainers, and other health gurus to keep our consumption of red meat to a minimum. But doesn't everyone, even Miss Mary, like a little lamb once in a while? Though it is often tarred with the same brush as beef, lamb doesn't deserve such a “baaad” rap.
Everyone is crazy over crawfish right now—to say otherwise in the midst of spring is practically sacrilege—but that is no reason to overlook one of the region's most prized catches: fresh Gulf shrimp. Whether you're slurping down some gumbo made with flavorful brown shrimp, nibbling sweet white shrimp in a delicate ceviche, or treating yourself to a plate of buttery Royal Reds—shrimp are pretty much a local staple and consuming them, a way of life.
Everything's popping up bagels? … The owners of Artz Bagelz, a well-liked bagel shop that closed its just-off-Magazine location over three years ago, have announced a sporadic return. In early September, Art and Kim Zacharczyk began a weekend morning pop-up in the Riverbend, running out of Stepping Stone Kitchen on Dublin Street. They offer everything from sesame to asiago cheese bagels and plenty of “schmear”—Creole veggie, scallion, and honey almond cream cheese.
Island flavor … Named after a traditional Dominican dish, Mangú opened up recently on the Westbank. Owner Dariana Marte and her parents, Jose Dario and Jhovanny Marte, have teamed up to treat New Orleanians to a taste of the Dominican Republic. Located on Belle Chasse Highway, the new restaurant is serving up dishes like whole fried snapper with fried green plantains, mondongo (tripe stew), sancocho, and creative fusions like their “Mangú Italiano” with mashed plantains, angel hair pasta, and...
Land ho! … Port Orleans Brewing Co., one of the most recent openings in a long line of new New Orleans breweries, has also launched its restaurant Stokehold in the same building on Tchoupitoulas Street. The eclectic menu was imagined by chefs Tim Bordes, Phillip Mariano, and Jeremy Wolgamott, who created dishes to pair with the brewery's debut beers. Stokehold offers dishes like fish and chips, a Wagyu beef patty melt with raclette cheese, halloumi, and wood-grilled tuna.
Hip, hip, hooray! … All of us here at Where Y'at Magazine would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to all those talented chefs and restaurant industry people who won this year's James Beard awards—although naturally, we have a special place in our hearts for our local stars.
Makin' more than groceries … While the denizens of the French Quarter heaved a sigh of relief when Matassa's, an almost century-old grocery-making landmark, reopened, they likely didn't realize how much deliciousness was in store. To keep the corner icon alive, owner Louis Matassa partnered with Vincent Catalanotto Jr. (owner of Vincent's restaurants) who renovated the age-old location and added a few new highlights.
Tickled pink … The low, beige restaurant and bar on the corner of Magazine and St. Joseph Streets is getting yet another makeover, this time by the ever-expanding Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts. The building that formerly housed Polynesian Joe's, McGuire's, and Warehouse Grille has undergone an extensive renovation, transforming the space into Flamingo A-Go-Go, “a nostalgic, 'mid-century kitsch'-style restaurant and bar, audaciously linking Pop Art to the 'Brat Pack.'” Amidst the “vibrant...