A Visit to New Orleans: “Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler – Let the Good Times Roll”

Prior to departing for a vacation, I would suggest reading a novel, seeing a movie or renting a video that features your destination. If you are heading for New Orleans, a “must read” is the classic A Confederacy of Dunces, a Pulitzer Prize winner by John Kennedy Toole. The unforgettable Ignatius Reilly is one of[…]

New Orleans: Sightseeing Between Courses

My love affair with New Orleans began when I was a student at Tulane University. Peel and eat shrimp, oysters on the half-shell, gumbo, beignets and muffaletta became standard fare. Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Louis Prima and Fats Domino appeared nightly in French Quarter clubs. Food and music are the foundation of the Big Easy.[…]

San Diego Restaurant Week, 2009

San Diego Restaurant Week: $20-$30-$40, A Feast for All Budgets January of 2009 was the culinary kick-off of the dining season, via San Diego Restaurant Week’s fifth year.  Over 175 participants served up their finest.  A new element was the tri-level price points, with restaurants featuring three-course, prix fixe meals for $20, $30 and $40[…]

  A San Diego Restaurant Week Trifecta, 2010

n September, San Diego Restaurant Week once again celebrated the culinary arts. The format featured restaurants in $20, $30 and $40 categories, each offering three-course dinners. Over 180 dining establishments participated.  As those who play the ponies know, the trifecta is successfully betting on three winners in a race.  My trio of restaurants paid off.[…]