5-Star Back Issue. 11/14/2018. Pardo Reopens.

Diary: 11/13/2018: Sharp Variants. When we moved to the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain in 1990, we quickly came to the conclusion that restaurants over there were either marginally good, or wildly better than other restaurant in the same category. There were no everyday steak houses, just Keith Young’s or Gallagher’s Grill. If you didn’t go to the excellent Trey Yuen, you were in some intolerable Chinese buffet. Dakota or some average Creole bistro. The Acme Oyster House Then And Now. (Puzzle: Which was better?) For awhile it seemed that…

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5-Star Back Issue 11/12/2018. Best Roast Beef Poor Boy

Diary 11/12/2018: During the sixth downpour yesterday (Monday,) I took delivery of a roast beef poor boy that is consistently misnamed. It came from the kitchen of DiMartino’s in Covington, and it wasn’t the first time I had one of these. I have had similar luck at the other three locations of DiMartino’s, all of which are on the West Bank. Let me amplify. DiMartino’s–which has been specializing in muffulettas for decades–delivers a roast beef of such perfection that it doesn’t deserve to be called a “poor” boy. A “great…

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5-Star NoMenu Back Issue For 11/12/2018

The New Orleans Eat Club begins a new series of unique grand dinners on Wednesday, November 28, 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Roosevelt Hotel’s 125th anniversary. It’s a big evening. We begin four courses begin with gratis sparkling wines, then move on to a salad of Arugula, Red Endive, frisbee, roasted pears, bleu d’ Auvergne cheese, and walnut oil vinaigrette. Next is grilled baby drumfish, braised red cabbage, scallion and potato puree and black garlic jus. Dessert is satsuma semifreddo, sesame brittle, rum chantilly and pomegranate. The price is…

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5-Star Back Issue: 11-9-2018

Diary: 11-1-2018: Zocalo Reviewed. A few months ago the buzz positioned itself over Zocalo in Old Metairie. Not only were people asking me about this new Mexican restaurant on a daily basis, but they were reporting that one had to get a reservation to even consider a visit. That also brought revived interest in the nearby Brasa, with its menu of Brazilian beef and related dishes. All of this revealed itself to be managed by Edward Caro, whose two Baru restaurants Uptown work on the cuisines of the Caribbean. I…

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5-Star Back Issue 11-08-2018: Spreading Thanksgiving.

Diary: 11-02-2018: Shogun. The Marys continue their pressure for me to direct my reviews in the direction of restaurants I haven’t visited lately or ever. This why so many of my reports are in the direction of East Jefferson Parish, which happens to be along the line drawn between the radio station and the Causeway. Still, some restaurants have escaped my attentions for a long time. One of those is Shogun. The first sushi bar in the New Orleans area opened in 1981. Although I wrote about it more than…

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5-Star Back Issue: 22-03-2018–Final Canada Notes. Thanksgiving Restaurants

Last Notes From Canada Cruise. Before the cruise, many of the 82 people on the trip vexed a lot about making reservations in the specialty restaurants. As the anti-planner, I never understood this. There is always room. Things happen. And Rufinia Dinio (or someone like but not nearly as wonderful) is there to help. The night of our arrival we were still full from Boston eating. But on the second night, we went in search of food. Any hostess can reserve any table on the ship for you. Fortuitously, we…

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5-Star Back Issue 11-6-2018 Restaurant Thanksgiving List.

Thanksgiving is not the busiest day in the year for restaurants, but it is the time when things have a way of becoming most frantic. It’s also a day in which finding a reservation is most difficult. Calling ahead months is a very good idea, particularly if you’re planning on having Thanksgiving dinner with many family members and friends. Tables in famous restaurants are also hard to nail down. Finally, if what you want from the restaurant is a big feast, it’s essential to make your reservation in, say, September…

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5-Star Back Issue From 11/02/2018: Luvi. Chateau Frontenac.

Diary For MON, 20-29-2018. I head into town for the radio show, the first in a few weeks to check how things are falling together. Then I return to the North Shore, where I found nothing going on at NPAS. I know that the chorus has many activities coming through the holidays, but I couldn’t nail down what they are. Tuesday, MA thinks I ought to visit more new restaurants than I have been lately. She has a way of finding such restaurants, but she doesn’t especially like to eat…

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5-Star Back Issue: FRI-10/30-29/2018–

Diary For Friday, 10/20/2018. I solidly began (or so I thought) through my routines of publishing my daily newsletter. Everything was working normally. But then a notice popped onto my screen that amounted to a total shutdown of the internet. I tried everything, called all the resources. Nothing worked. Including the gizmo I use to broadcast my radio show from home. Panic time. Then the guy from AT&T said he’d send a technician tomorrow afternoon. This gave me hope, but when AT&T comes over, it’s not always solution time. But…

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5-Star Back Issue for 10/31/2018–WED

https://nomenu.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=50540&action=edit And Another Sea Day. . . By Mary Ann Fitzmorris. Though I have enjoyed many hours of obscenely competitive ping pong with ML aboard ships, I am not a cruise person. I do not play trivia, see shows, linger in bars, or dig small spaces. I use cruise ships to get me to ports. So when I think I’m getting off a ship and I’m not, it’s disappointing on its face, but if it is next to an already scheduled sea day, it borders on traumatic for me. One…

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5-Star Back Issue: End Of Our Canadian Sojourn

Quebec City to New Orleans is not the easiest route home, even though the airport is modern and handsome. It took me and Mary Ann awhile, as we waited in the usual airline lines. The first jump took us on a tiny plane from Quebec to Philadelphia, of all places. After that, we managed to get onto a big plane that took us all the rest of the way to New Orleans. While we were in the Philadelphia airport, Mary Ann insisted that we should sample the city’s cuisine. There…

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5-Star Back Issue: Gourmet Battle Through Traffic. Nova Scotia.

The Gourmets Battle Through Traffic. It’s well known that decisions for dining out are often made not by tastes, atmosphere, or other logical considerations, but matters like accessibility. For the last two days, what I’m going to do for dinner has been dictated by the booming Warehouse District, which is much under construction these days. The World War II Museum has particularly moved things around. In my own case, it begins with the time I get out of the the radio station’s parking garage, (about a half-hour). Then about that…

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5-Star Back Issue-Halifax

By Mary Ann Fitzmorris Here is the big day on the Canada cruise. The first time we arrived in Halifax, we rented a car and drove to the historic little town of Lunenburg, where I had the only good lobster of my life. It was in a little red cottage restaurant in this cute little town, and it came right from the water. We drove around Halifax the rest of the day discovering, of all things, fresh sauerkraut plants. Someone explained it derives from the German immigrants there. The next…

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5-Star Back Issue: Boston.

By Mary Ann Fitzmorris It was love at first sight for me and the city of Boston. I can easily see why you can’t take Bostonians out of Boston, even in winter. We arrived in the afternoon to rain and dropping temps. And this was to be the trip where I would venture out of downtown. . .to Harvard, perhaps. The cab driver gave me a pep talk, and I was re-energized. Motivated! I grabbed an umbrella and started out. Boston’s North End is one of my favorite neighborhoods anywhere….

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5-Star Back Issue 10/22/2018–Return From Canada Cruise

Diary: Tuesday, 10-11-2018. Gathering The Pieces For The New England-Canada Cruise For the Eat Club’s extravaganza in a Cold Climate.) Repeating cruises from numerous successes in the past, the The New Orleans Eat Club slides into Boston by way of Newark. This includes an Italian Eat Club dinner through the historic districts of Boston. This shows–not for the first time–that the city is strong in its love of Italian cookery. All told, the Eat Clubbers sampled almost everything on the menu in these places. It was not easy. It was…

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5-Star Back Issue Canada 11-2018/11-2018/Eat Club Cruise 2018

Diary: Tuesday, 10-11-2018. Gathering The Pieces For The New England-Canada Cruise For the Eat Club’s extravaganza in a Cold Climate.) Repeating cruises from numerous successes in the past, the The New Orleans Eat Club slides into Boston by way of Newark. This includes an Italian Eat Club dinner through the historic districts of Boston. This shows–not for the first time–that the city is strong in its love of Italian cookery. All told, the Eat Clubbers sampled almost everything on the menu in these places. It was not easy. It was…

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5-Star Back Issue For 10/9/2018. Ready For Eat Club Cruise.

Diary: Tuesday, 10-9-2018: Gathering The Pieces For The New England-Canada Cruise this week. Super-early this Wednesday, the Eat Clubbers are scheduled to fly out of New Orleans to Boston by way of Newark. We have a couple of days in Boston, including an Italian Eat Club dinner. The next day, we transfer to the Norwegian Dawn–one of NCL’s newer ships–and begin the cruising part of our vacation. That will take us to Bar Harbor, Maine. From there we cross the Canadian border, then visit a number of Canadian ports. The…

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5-Star Back Issue 10/08/2018: Getting Ready To Cruise.

Diary For Thursday, 10-11-2018, The New England And Canada Are A Week Ahead on the Calendar. We leave early in the morning next Thursday. I awaken every morning thinking about what needs to be done, as Mary Ann assures me that all the pieces are in place, and that I would be better off thinking how pleasurable the week and a half under the fall colors will be. That doesn’t erase a bunch of tasks on my calendar. The radio station needs me to produce a number of commercials to…

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5-Star Back Issue Thursday, 10/4/2018.

Diary Thursday, 10/4/2018. We’re departing the Cool Water Ranch for the Eat Club Cruise, which begins next week. As is always the case, I am mired in the need for me to produce a set of commercials for the radio show, to fill in the spots while I’m gone. The way this always works is predictable: all of a sudden every sponsor needs either to need a new spot, or to get a revised version, usually with the smallest imaginable number of changes–which take just as long to create than…

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5-Star Back Issue. 10-6-2018. Autonomy.

Diary Monday, 10-1-2018. In today’s absurdity, I am having a hard time figuring out what to do, particularly at mealtimes. Example: I am left out of the NPAS rehearsals right now. The Eat Club cruise pre-empts not only the rehearsals I would have attended, but all of the concerts. This is not as draconic as it seems. Our director feels that positioning on the stage is important for the sound. I can’t come and go to my convenience, even if I have been excused or been ill on a given…

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5-Star Back Issues 10/1, 2,3/2018. Meribo.

Diary 9/30/2018. Readiness For The Cruise to New England and Canada. Of all the things I thought were not high on the list of my getting ready for the East Club’s cruise, the last I thought I’d be looking out for was tropical storms along the Eastern Seaboard. But a few days ago we had a little of that to consider, and a mild possibility of a hurricane in the Gulf. I gritted my teeth and decided that I would not worry about either of these. That’s certainly what Mary…

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5-Star Back Issue, Singing With Andrea, Friends

Diary 9/28/2018: I like solo better when singing than when I’m dining. The Marys prefer it the other way around, in which they get to travel somewhere. They are doing that in Washington D.C., where Mary Ann is celebrating her co-middle sister’s sixtieth birthday. My reward for staying behind at the Cool Water Ranch–aside from serving as a free, full-time kennel–is catching up on my work. That worked for me for a long time, but I find in my slowing days that the challenges of the present are growing. And…

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5-Star Back Issue 9/26/2018: Second Taste Of Desi Vega’s

Diary 9-26-2018–Spectacular Eat Club Dinner @t Trenasse. Eat Club dinners have been sparse during the past few years. But there has been one exception to that: four dinners staged by Trenasse. That’s the casual restaurant in the Hotel Intercontinental in the CBD. It’s a new bird, having appeared on the scene about three years ago. Most hotel restaurants tend to be unimaginative–just there for the needs of the people staying in the hotel. But this one easily stands on its own, with an eager staff both in the kitchen and…

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5-Star Back Issues 9/26/2018: The Moon In A Dream

Diary 9/25/2018. Artistic Dream, Starring The Moon. I am a student of my own dreams. A textbook example of one a few days ago involved the Harvest Moon–the full moon about which songs have been written. The Harvest Moon is a phenomenon in which the full moon of September hangs higher in the sky than at any other time of year. The Harvest Moon is also unusually closer to the Earth now than at any other time. This is not merely something to sing about, but has a real function…

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5-Star Back Issue 9/25/2018: Ox Lot 9 For Dinner.

Diary: 9/23/2018. All I have to do on the radio this weekend is show up on WWL today at noon, stay for an hour, enjoy the conversations with the biggest mainstream talk audience in town. Life is a lot easier when I have an audience like that waiting to talk with me. Our friends Tommy and Maria Delaune joined us for dinner at Ox Lot 9. We go there fairly often for Sunday brunch, but this is the first time we’ve recruited our South Side pals for a dinner on…

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5-Star Back Issue 9-27-2018: Austin’s

Diary 9/21/2018. Dinner @ Austin’s. MO. I’m dizzy from various plans for our next few weeks. We have an Eat Club dinner at Trenasse next Wednesday. Mary Ann will visit Washington D.C. for a birthday party the week after. Mary Leigh finally has contractors in gear to finish the house she and MA have been renovating for months. Meanwhile, ML has achieved a major promotion in her artistic job. Finally, with the football season underway, I don’t have to host my radio show on most Saturdays and Sundays. That’s a…

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5-Star NOMenu Back Issue 9/21/2018. Copper Vine & LPO

Diary 9-19-2019: LPO Symphonies, Copper Vine Dinner. Two weeks ago, MA and I went to the Saenger Theater to see and hear the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as it accompanied the movie and music of Star Wars. That was good, but more interesting was the dinner MA and I took before the movie. It was taken at a new restaurant called Copper Vine, in the building where Maylie’s Restaurant stood for over a century, at the corner of O’Keefe and Poydras. The Copper Vine is a wine bar, offering wines not…

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5-Star Back Issue 9/20/2018 Saba, The New Shaya?

Diary For 9/19/2018: Visiting Saba, Successor To Shaya (Sort Of) Magazine Street continues to be the most interesting theater of restaurant dining since Katrina. Of particular interest has been the relocation of Alon Shaya’s restaurant from the Bouligny part of Uptown to the intersection of Magazine @ Nashville Avenue. Specifically, Saba now occupies the building that had been the sleek Southern cafe Kenton’s. Kenton’s food was good, but Southern cookery made it seem disturbingly different from Creole and Cajun, and a lot of people get their heads around it. Complicating…

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5-Star Back Issue 9/20/2018–Pre-Cruise Drago’s Party.

The Most Alluring Of Hamburgers DiningDiarySquare-150×150 Diary: 9/17/2019. After several days of goings-on, I settle into an easy routine. The only lunch was one-sixth of a ham-and- roast beef poor boy, left over for some kind of snack provided to the construction guys hired by daughter, who is renovating a house on her own, and were able to get some work done. The relentless rains of the past couple of months made building difficulty to impossible. Today the only impediment is the scorching sunshine, which brings temperatures in our area…

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5-Star Back Issue 9/18-Commander’s 125

First Beethoven. Then 125 Years Of Commander’s Diary 9/14-15/2018: Two Spectaculars: Beethoven’s Ninth, Live. The 125th Anniversary of Commander’s Palace Fills the House, And Also The Dead Center of the Garden District. What a magnificent weekend this came to be! The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performed Beethoven’s most ambitious and final Symphony, Number Nine. The energy that the LPO brought to bear on the great work is everything one would want. By the end of it all, the listener is exhausted in its role of being there. And the weekend was…

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5-Star Back Issue 9/14-15/2018: Maylie’s Revived. Star Wars Live.

DIARY: 9/7/2018: Copper Vine Winepub Takes Over Where Maylie’s Once Presided. Plus A Return To Star Wars. Mary Ann came up with some unusual tickets allowing us to view a combination of the original Star Wars movie with live music by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. What an undertaking this must have been! But the orchestra–as it is time after time–was magnificent. As good as that was, what I remember most of this evening is having dinner at a new restaurant called Copper Vine Winepub. The menu and the general style…

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5-Star Back Issue 9/7/2018 The Reappearance Of Maylie’s

Diary: 9/13/2018: Checking In With the Nurse. The most common salutation I get from people who haven’t seen me in awhile is, “Man! You have really lost some weight since the last time I saw you!” It’s not an illusion, I’m proud to say. Over the last three or four years, I’ve come down some seventy pounds. But I worry, because a few friends who are doctors have told me that to lose so much weight without doing much to make it happen is a potential sign of diabetes, kidney…

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5-Star Back Issue 9/12/2918: Restaurant Week @ K-Paul’s

Diary: 9/11/2018: K-Paul’s Louisiana Cooking. Mary Ann continues with her program of choosing restaurants nightly for dinner that I either a) have never been to before or 2) have not dined in for a long time. Today’s such selection is K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, which has a third quality. This is the first time I’ve dined here since Chef Paul Prudhomme passed away. On top of that, I was been officially banned from dining for over twenty years by Chef Paul. I had actually dined there numerous times, but the staff…

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5-Star Back Issue 9/12/2018 K-Paul’s

Coolinary Is Over and so is Restaurant Week. But that doesn’t slow down the flow of special dining events around New Orleans. This Friday, GQ Fins–the best seafood restaurant in the area–rolls out its annual Lobster Feast. It will run for only a scant week through September 22. Chef Michael Nelson has an assortment of lobster dishes, abetted by a number of long-time Fins dishes. The lobster dumplings, for example, show up at every festival where lobster plays a part. Fresh Maine Lobster plays the central role, one looked forward…

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5-Star Back Issue 9/8/2018–Quails TU

Diary 9/9/2018: Nice Price On The The Cool Water Ranch? A neighbor of ours sold his house recently paid a price many times than we paid for our admittedly more rustic house. This will no doubt have the Marys scouting around for other real estate ideas. I hope that won’t bring an end to our living here. I always loved our old country-style cabin. Whatever happens, one element of the old place remains. Mary Ann will not allow me to launder my clothes, unless she’s out of town and there…

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