From Tom Fitzmorris

A barrage of questions about the new website have come from many readers. Many of the concerns were about the same things. That input has been very helpful in decisions about which part of this enormous project (we boast 6000 current articles here) should be done first, and which can wait until later.

Let’s start with something you need to do. Set a bookmark/favorite for our home page, the address of which is simply nomenu.com.

Here’s the status of fix-ups to the rest of the site, based on your requests:

1. Fix broken links. There were tens of thousands of these, all referring back to the old website, which was no longer plugged in. The good news is that we planned for this day long ago, and most of the links were fixed in large batches. I have no doubt that many remain to be repaired. If you click on something that’s supposed to take you where you’d like to go, but it doesn’t–let me know.

2. Bring back the alphabetical recipe index. Done. Click on Recipes in the index, then All Recipes, A-Z.

3. Bring back the restaurant indexes. Done. The three main lists of every open restaurant in town (alphabetical, by neighborhood, and by cuisine) are all back. Click on Restaurants in the menu. Still in the works: the lists of restaurants open Sunday, Monday, and Saturday lunch. We’ll have those back up shortly.

4. Where are the Reveillon menus? The list of all of them, with ratings, is found by clicking Holidays. So is the list of restaurants open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

5. Where Is the Eat Club schedule? Click Eat Club in the main menu. The list of reservations is there, too.

6. Where is the Five-Star Edition for subscribers? It’s coming. This has, strangely, been one of the most difficult jobs in the rebuilding, mainly because we’re trying to make it really spiffy. I’ve had to get outside help on this, but we should have it going soon. To make up, all paid subscribers get three-month extensions of their subs.

7. I can’t figure out how the home page works. All the same features as before are on the page that comes up when you set your browser to nomenu.com. But instead of coming up in the same order every day, they appear as soon as I finish writing and assembling them. If you scroll down, you will find all the current articles, followed by the ones from yesterday, the day before, two days before, through some twenty or more articles. We give you the first paragraph or two, then a link (which works!) to the full article on its own page.

8. Dozen-best lists? Click Lists. First item on the dropdown. We have over 100 lists.

9. I liked the old site better. The new one is a disaster. As I expected, a lot of readers have said that. But the change had to be made. It’s been almost five years–an eternity in the computer world–since we last overhauled the nuts and bolts of NOMenu.com. Some parts of the site were from the original site in the Stone Age that was 1998.

More important, the old software was no longer being updated, and was liable to malware and other security issues.

Another thing: we never had a very good way for readers to search the site for a specific restaurant or recipe. This new program makes that effort much easier.

A surprise even to me is how easy the Comment feature is to use. We are getting many more questions and comments that way than we ever did on the old messageboard. It’s now at the bottom of every single article on the site. It’s easy for me to respond, so I do.

I welcome your ideas on how we can better serve your needs. Write me: tom@nomenu.com.

Tastefully yours,
Tom Fitzmorris

P.S.: The daily email newsletter will remain more or less the same, delivering today’s new articles and continuing to evolve as necessary.

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  1. Rocky Andry on December 16, 2013

    I got a new email address. The new address is rocky643@cox.net. The old address which should be deleted is rocky351@cox.net. Thanks.

    Rocky Andry

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on December 16, 2013

      Done. Thanks!

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  2. ray rizzo on December 16, 2013

    tom, first you should know i have been an avid reader of your almost-daily blogs for many years. it helps me remain connected to new orleans where we have not lived for almost 40 years.
    regarding your new web site, progress is usually good and many times painful….i applaud your effort.
    one thing i miss is the extensive “list of lists” which included, among other things, the top 350 restaurants in new orleans.
    perhaps i simply wasn’t smart enough to find it even though i am a jesuit graduate (thought i would throw that in based upon your affinity for our school).
    i also have a question…..we are going to be in new orleans for christmas, as we are most years. staying as we usually do at the windsor court, it is our custom for my wife, marianne, and i to have christmas eve dinner with just the two of us. many years ago we stumbled upon cuvee and it was our default choice until it closed. we even dined there on paper plates the christmas eve after katrina.
    do you have any ideas for a nearby locale for a festive dinner beyond the grill room or restaurant august? your thoughts would be much appreciated.

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on December 16, 2013

      Hello, Ray. . .

      The Top 350 is coming close to the top of the pile. Should have the updated list by the end of the week. The List of Lists is also coming back, and will be in the Lists item on the main menu. All 100 current top-dozen lists are already there.

      I have a list of restaurants open Christmas Day. Click on Holidays in the main menu, and there it is.

  3. Michael Barrilleaux on December 17, 2013

    I often can’t listen to the live broadcast. And, I also often forget to record the program with TuneIn Radio. When are the podcasts coming back?

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on December 17, 2013

      That is the most-asked question I get about the radio show. The engineers say only that it’s coming. I want it back, too.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  4. Greg on December 20, 2013

    Has the link (location) to your Dining Diary changed? It was http://www.nomenu.com/joomla1/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=10&Itemid=56

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on December 22, 2013

      Hello, Greg. . .

      To get to the Dining Diary, go to nomenu.com, click on Sides in the main menu, and then on Diary. Forget all links you may have used before about a month ago. All changed now, but in return you get a much easier-to-search website.
      Subscription renewals come from more or less the same space:

      nomenu.com, Click on Welcome,, then Subscribe/Renew

      Thanks!

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris
      .

  5. Greg on December 20, 2013

    Also, I went to renew my subscription, but the link in the newsletter from some weeks ago did not work.

  6. GP on December 21, 2013

    domenicas number 1 in pizza cat but nowhere to be found on rest list!
    Blind pelican also not on list

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on December 22, 2013

      Thanks for catching the Dominica glitch. Somehow, the checkbox on my database for Opne got clicked off.

      The Blind Pelican just opened, is my excuse there. But thanks for that one, too.

      Any more openings or closings out there, anyone? I give a lot of time to tracking these down, but there’s no strategy or central info sources that catches them all. And for some reason the restaurants themselves don’t let me in on their existence, even though the listing is permanently free, and the lists get over a quarter-million page views a month.

      Send me the info to news@nomenu.com. Or post it here.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  7. Larry Pearson on December 24, 2013

    What’s the content difference between the five-star edition and what I read for free every day other than price and what is the average price subscribers pay?
    lp

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on December 25, 2013

      Hello, Larry. . .

      The Five-Star Edition on our newly built (from the ground up) website is not quite finished yet. It should be launched in a few days. The main differences are that it has no ads (except for the site itself, and our Eat Club stuff), shows the whole article without having to link, has many more photos, and some departments not available to non-subscribers. The subscription fee is whatever number of dollars you think it’s worth. You may take that literally.

      Thanks for thinking about it.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  8. Sara Smith on December 26, 2013

    It would be really nice to have a Search feature in the website, so that I could type in the name of a restaurant or a dish, for example, and be shown links to wherever the words appear in the website. (Please pardon my terminology – I’m not very technology-savvy.)

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on December 26, 2013

      We already have it, although we’re working on a way to make it more obvious. If you look at the band across the top of the page (the old menus),on the right at the bottom you’ll find a small magnifying in a blocks square. Move your mouse there, and a white box will open on the left. Type in what you’re looking for, then hit Enter. All the posts on that subject will come up, with the newest article first.

      As I said, this is not the most convenient search function, but it is much better than on the old site, and we will be refining its as time goes on and we figure out what we’re doing.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  9. Harold Block on December 28, 2013

    I have not been able to get into Five Star Edition. When I type in my
    User Name, which is Harold Block, I get the message that it is an invalid name; also my e-meil address, blockharold4@gmail.com is invalid.

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on December 29, 2013

      Hello, Harold. . .

      We’re still working on the Five-Star Page, and have taken off the need to log in for now. You can get all the current articles (but with ads, unfortunately)by going just to nomenu.com.

      Thanks for your patience! See you soon, I hope. . .

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  10. Louis Diamond on December 30, 2013

    Hi Tom. Just bought your book on New Orleans and Katrina up here in Chicago. Then bought another subscription to the Menu. Did you get my purchase as I have not heard back? Will be in town Jan 15 to 20. Any dinners coming up?

    Best regards,
    Louis Diamond

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on December 30, 2013

      Hello, Louis. . .

      I probably did. . . but I revise the mailing list once a week, and this week tghe holidays intervened, as dod some masjor reworking on the way we get orders. I’ll have you started up shortly. Thanks for buying the book and the sub!

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  11. Wilhemenia Avant on December 30, 2013

    LOVE, LOVE THE NEW SITE- VERY MODERN AND UPDATES EASY TO FOLLOW- I AM AN NEW YORK FAN OF YOUR SITE.

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on December 31, 2013

      Thank you very much!

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  12. oyster on January 2, 2014

    I just started looking at the new website. In general I like it. Since the Five-Star page is still under construction it is a little difficult to understand how it will work. Is there going to be a user specific login.

    Jim Hubbard
    jimhub@cox.net

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on January 2, 2014

      We will probably put a user name/password gate on the Five-Star, but won’t until it’s fully put together. STrangely, the two most troublesome problems we’re having is getting the ads off the Five-Star, and coming up with an easy (for the user) login. Thanks for your patience.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  13. Eddie on January 3, 2014

    In regard to the 5 star daily emails, these used to contain complete articles. Now it has a teaser with a click through for each article. Will this be the new format or is this temporary (I hope temporary)?

  14. Louis Diamond on January 3, 2014

    Greetings from Chicago:

    Tom, a week or so I subscribed/resubscribed after buying and reading Food Town. I have not heard anything back yet. Was my subscription payment too low or am I impatient? Please let me know.

    Best regards,

    Louis Diamond

  15. Louis Diamond on January 3, 2014

    Tom,

    And now I see you DID reply. I’ll keep my powder dry & etc.

    Cheers

    Louis D.

  16. iris on January 6, 2014

    Like the new site but find after reading an article I have to go to HOME to migrate to another article
    is there an easy way to move from one article to the next without having to keep going back to HOME

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on January 7, 2014

      Hello, Iris. . .

      We have fixed this.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  17. iris on January 6, 2014

    like the new format but I find it cumberson to constantley go back & forth to HOME before reading the next article Is there a short cut to move from one article to another ? Again like the new site just takes a little longer to read having to move back and forth from HOME to proceed

    Happy New Year!!!!!

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on January 6, 2014

      Hello, Iris. . .

      Are you starting from the email, or from the website?

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  18. oyster on January 6, 2014

    Are you going to have past issues available in an archive for those of us that don’t get to the site every day?

    Jim Hubbard

  19. Liz Huffman on January 14, 2014

    I work in a hotel and use your restaurant listing every single day, however, it is not printer friendly. Will there be a print link added? Thanks!

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on January 14, 2014

      That’s something we’ll do down the road, but for now I’d suggest that you just copy and paste the lists you want into a word processor, and print that out. The results will be better.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  20. Lloyd Legendre on January 14, 2014

    I have not had a daily report sinc the end of 2013. I don’t know what happen.
    Please let me know.
    Thanks Lloyd

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on January 14, 2014

      I’m sorry you’re having problems with the e-mail edition of the New Orleans Menu Daily. But you are definitely on the mailing list, and except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days, all editions have gone out.

      The most common causes of your not getting the e-mail are. . .

      1. Your e-mail server is blocking our mails.

      2. Your anti-virus program or firewall is flagging our mails as spam, and trashing them.

      Both these problems can usually be fixed by adding news@nomenu.com to the address book of your e-mail program. Look through your Trash/Junk folder to see if a bunch of our mailings aren’t there.

      It is not uncommon for a subscriber who has never had problems before to suddenly stop getting our mailings for no apparent reason. We haven’t changed our mailing service or routines in five years. But the email servers change their policies constantly.

      E-mail is inherently unreliable. To make sure we have no widespread problems, I mail the Menu Daily to myself at several computers, running various software. But the number of possible computer and software configurations is practically infinite. Often one or two people have a problem with a mailing that everybody else receives normally. I’d like to hunt down and correct such problems on each subscriber’s computer, but I’m not qualified, and it’s just me here.

      Although I understand the convenience of getting the email edition, the online edition (at nomenu.com) has much more content than the e-mail edition, displays better, has more photos, and comes out hours before the e-mail does.

      The new website makes this much easier. If it occurs to you that you haven’t received our edition today, just go to nomenu.com, and you’ll find everything I’ve written in the past few days right there, with the most recent articles first.

      In other words: when in doubt, go to nomenu.com. Those ten keystrokes will bring you everything.

      Please let me know if you’ve added news@nomenu.com and still don’t get the mailings. Or any other problem you may be having. I have a special address for subscribers:

      tomfitz@nomenu.com

      And thanks again for the subscription!

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

  21. Diane Sumner on January 20, 2014

    I was a 5 star subscriber,was hacked, changed e-mail to above address, subscribed again in Dec. 2013 and haven’t received any news from you . What should I do?

    Thanks,
    Diane Sumner

    • Tom Fitzmorris Author on January 20, 2014

      Hello, Diane. . .
      I’m sorry you’re having problems with the e-mail edition of the New Orleans Menu Daily. But you are definitely on the mailing list, and except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days, all editions have gone out.

      The most common causes of your not getting the e-mail are. . .

      1. Your e-mail server is blocking our mails.
      2. Your anti-virus program or firewall is flagging our mails as spam, and trashing them.

      Both these problems can usually be fixed by adding news@nomenu.com to the address book of your e-mail program. Look through your Trash/Junk folder to see if a bunch of our mailings aren’t there.

      It is not uncommon for a subscriber who has never had problems before to suddenly stop getting our mailings for no apparent reason. We haven’t changed our mailing service or routines in five years. But the email servers change their policies constantly.

      E-mail is inherently unreliable. To make sure we have no widespread problems, I mail the Menu Daily to myself at several computers, running various software. But the number of possible computer and software configurations is practically infinite. Often one or two people have a problem with a mailing that everybody else receives normally. I’d like to hunt down and correct such problems on each subscriber’s computer, but I’m not qualified, and it’s just me here.

      Although I understand the convenience of getting the email edition, the online edition (at nomenu.com) has much more content than the e-mail edition, displays better, has more photos, and comes out hours before the e-mail does.

      The new website makes this much easier. If it occurs to you that you haven’t received our edition today, just go to nomenu.com, and you’ll find everything I’ve written in the past few days right there, with the most recent articles first.

      In other words: when in doubt, go to nomenu.com. Those ten keystrokes will bring you everything.

      Please let me know if you’ve added news@nomenu.com and still don’t get the mailings. Or any other problem you may be having. I have a special address for subscribers:

      tomfitz@nomenu.com

      And thanks again for the subscription!

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

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