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NOMenu.com Back Issue 12/5/2018. Rizzuto’s. The Grille.

Diary For Mon, 12/3/2018. Back To Frantic & Delicious Normal. It seems a long time since we had 30 people over for Thanksgiving, then immediately flew to Los Angeles for grandson’s birthday–with a four-day stay. Then the big Roosevelt Hotel radio and music extravaganza, followed by four days at Manresa. Meanwhile, a pile of work mounted at the radio station, where our eager-beaver sales team shook their fingers at me for not writing and recording the commercials they needed right away. Out of town, I couldn’t deliver–but they didn’t know…

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NOMenu Back Issue: 12/3/2018. Manresa Retreat #40. Drago’s.

Diary: Thur. 11/29/2918: Manresa #40 And Beyond. Big Lunch At Dragos. What a busy month! Without a gap, it all began with Thanksgiving, with the thirty people we hosted requiring three days of cooking and cleaning up. Early the next morning, we flew–and not without extraordinary problems that took all day to work through–to Los Angeles. We had a fabulous four days with our son Jude’s family, with lots of birthday celebration for our grandsons, but made a mental note: never, ever again will we try to combine Thanksgiving with…

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NOMenu Back Issue 12/4/2018. Manresa. Drago’s. Dookie Chase @ Airport

Diary: Sat., 11/24/2018. Homebound From LA. Mary Ann was the first one awake, and went for a long walk around the Langham’s endless, rolling fields. That’s her way of bidding farewell to one of her favorite places. I was shortly up and moving myself, making sure I didn’t run into her on her walk, which is the way she mentally sizes up the highs and lows of her visits with Jude and our beloved grandsons. We couldn’t possibly have spent more time with the baby boys, who could not have…

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NOMenu Back Issue: 11/24/2918. Great French Lunch IN LA.

Diary: Wednesday, 11/28/2018. Big Evening At The Roosevelt. A couple of months ago, one of the crackerjack new sales guys at the radio station made a brilliant sale to the venerable Roosevelt Hotel. The hotel is celebrating its 125th anniversary this years, and wanted to kick up a fuss about it. Part of the Roosevelt’s history involves our main radio station. For a large chunk of its history, WWL’s studios were in the Roosevelt. That was a big deal in its day, with live radio music programs and dramas produced…

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NOMenu Back Issue: 11/23/2018

Diary For 11/23/2018. In LA: Hanging With The Babies. The Langham’s Luxuries. Our two grandsons go to bed earlier than we recall from the other newborns Mary Ann and I have watched over the years. And when the babies go to sleep, everything shuts down to a whisper in the home of Jude and Suzanne Fitzmorris. Which worked well for us, because even with the glittering promise of Jackson’s birthday in the next few days, MA and I are dog-tired from the Thanksgiving dinner we cooked and hosted and–could it…

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NOMenu Back Issue 11/23/2018: Thanksgiving Roundup

Diary: Week of 11/18 /2018. Thanksgiving. After our brunch today at the Lakehouse (reported last week), I set about the relatively few ingredients missing from my list of Thanksgiving needs. I am in the happiest of moods, and so are the other people doing their Thanksgiving shopping. Again and again, these folks come up to ask me something. Some think I work in the supermarket, and others just stop. They learn what I do for a living, we shoot the breeze, and I give recipes and cooking advice. For our…

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NoMenu Back Issue 11/18/2018: Lakehouse. Oysters Bienville

Diary For Sunday, 11/18/2018: Lakehouse. The plan for the day was originally to for me to go to Mass at St. Jane de Chantal in Abita Springs, where I sing with the choir every week. Mass ends at 11 a.m., at which time I would meet Mary Ann at Impastato Cellars for brunch with MA’s friends from California, who were in town for a few days. But the weather was so pleasant that MA suggested that we go to Lakehouse in Mandeville instead. A brunch buffet served outdoors has been…

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NoMenu Back Issue: 11/20/2018: Jacmel Inn

Diary For Saturday, 11/18/2018: Jacmel Inn, Hammond’s Most Prominent Restaurant. Diary For Saturday, 11/18/2018: Jacmel Inn, Hammond’s Most Prominent Restaurant. It was a slow evening at Jacmel Inn, but for a reason understood by everyone: there was an LSU football game in Baton Rouge, and that’s close enough to Hammond to affect everything. Co-owner Paul Murphy didn’t seemed to be concerned. As usual, a lot of his attention was directed to a wine he thought I would enjoy, particularly if MA or I had a steak for dinner. It was…

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NOMenuBack Issue 11/16/2018

Diary For Fri. 11/16/2018: Café Lynn. The past week somehow formed itself into the happiest week in my memory. It may even have been the most smilific in history. Most of what gives me this glow is personal, and I plan to take it all down before it fades. (As always, the part of this journal that readers tell me they like best is the personal side.) But it’s also about weekday dining, as reported earlier in these pages. We visited Jack Rose, The Roosevelt Hotel, DiMartino’s (best roast beef…

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5-Star Back Issue: 11/14/2018: Bon Ton: 40 TGiving

Diary: 11/14/2018: Chilled Into Bon Ton Café. Here comes a story you may have read here before, although it appears only once a year. The date varies, relying on the weather. Which, for the past few days and next couple of weeks, has and will be windy, rainy, and colder than the current season has been. The story recalls an equally dark, freezing, windy day on which I shuffled as rapidly as I could to get out of the shivery weather. It was sometime in the November of 1974, ten…

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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: 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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