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Reveillon: Christmas in New Orleans, of course, is a party

Being a (severely) backslidden Southern Baptist, the idea of a midnight mass is foreign to me. After all, nothing good happens after midnight, right? But a reveillon dinner might be enough for me to find religion again. Reveillon, a New Orleans tradition, began in the 1800s as a meal that was eaten in the wee …

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Bayou Teche IPA and crawfish boil ensure a party in La.

When I was about 7 or 8, my parents took my older brother and me on a road trip to visit their friends in Alexandria, La. They loaded us into the minivan at home in suburban Houston and we set off, with the passage from dry Texas into the lush green bayous of Louisiana bringing …

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Eat to the beat at New Orleans’ jazz fest

Every spring for two weeks, New Orleans, La., becomes even more raucous than usual. This year’s Jazz and Heritage Festival has ended. But to whet your appetite for next year, we’ve put together a slide show of what you can eat on the festival grounds. Unlike many festivals, this food is not from giant corporations. …

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Chop Talk: Cory Bahr urges small-town food stops

It makes Cory Bahr angry when people blow through the small cities of the South on a tear to reach New Orleans or Nashville or the region’s other culinary giants. But Bahr’s having the last laugh. The 37-year-old chef-owner of Restaurant Cotton in Monroe, La., was just named “Food and Wine” magazine’s people’s choice chef …

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Culinary Postcard: Gumbo in the city of New Orleans

The highlight of  our New Orleans stop was an evening with my friend, Sarah, who moved to New Orleans right after college, fell in love with the city and stayed. She lives with her husband Simon, son Robin and a host of cats in the lower 9th Ward of post-Katrina New Orleans. Sarah and Simon …

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A crawfish boil: sucking heads, pinching tails

When my oldest son celebrated his eighth birthday, we let him choose the restaurant for a special dinner. After days of consideration, he asked that we take him somewhere that served a classic crawfish boil. My heart swelled with pride that he was forgoing the pizza and burgers typically craved by 8-year-olds. His choice was …

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Calas and beignets both in New Orleans to party

You’ve heard of beignets, the sweet, eggy pillows, deep-fried and served in New Orleans under mountains of powdered sugar. But calas? The crisp-tender dumplings made of leftover rice play poor sister to the Big Easy’s more glamorous pastry – when they are remembered at all. But both are part of Mardi Gras. So in the …

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Mardi Gras is the final course for “Treme”

  Mardi Gras traditionally offers the last blowout before a period of fasting and denial. This year’s bash in food-obsessed New Orleans also will mark the beginning of the end for “Treme,” the HBO series dramatizing the city’s struggles after Katrina. The show will wrap filming Feb. 12 on its fourth and final season, bringing …

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