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FQF food list

Whose was it?

In truth I am not surprised because when cooking for crowds you cannot be too spicy...nd it costs a lot to add sufficient proteins. And shrimp will overcook in a hurry and the rice will get mushy. I can't remember the last restaurant version I had that was worth a damn. Unless I m doing a big outdoor pot for something like a tailgate party, I often finish it in a glass casserole in the oven . Easier to control it, I find.(but I don't get the gradoo on the bottom, the burnt layer that some of us love.

1 day ago
hazelhurst in New Orleans

HIP COFFEE PLACE "A LA STUMPTOWN" IN THE QUARTER OR UPTOWN?

What's your take on French Market coffee and chicory? (I use mostly their Pure Coffee but I'll use either theirs or CDM if I want chicory I used to use a mixture of French Market, Union, and Yogi that I made myself

2 days ago
hazelhurst in New Orleans

HIP COFFEE PLACE "A LA STUMPTOWN" IN THE QUARTER OR UPTOWN?

I could never be accused of being "hip", "trendy" or "fashionable,"...I'm still opposed to most of the Twentieth Century and I detest the Designated Hitter...but what in hell is Stumptown? Presumably they sell a good or even great coffee(s) but that is something I make on my own--or at keasat o my taste. Most public coffee shops I havd been to sell a thin flavored thing. Fair Grinds has been fine for me but, really, only if I happen to be in the area. CDM is not strong enough. But what makes them "hip?" I only ask so I know to avoid something that is trendy because invariably trendy means loud.

Apr 14, 2014
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Oysters - Horseradish

Just for fun, see Rex Stout's work (Nero Wolfe stories). In the Nero Wolfe Cookbook...a worthy bit of fun..he remarks about a dinner to be had at the home of a gourmand ("Benjamin Schreiver" is the name culled from memory) a "shipping magnate" who, every November first, wrote a letter to the New York Times denouncing use use of horseradish on oysters.

Apr 12, 2014
hazelhurst in General Topics

Trip Itinerary - a few gaps

Than you for pointing that out. I failed to consider the possibility this would all be pedestrian locomotion. Despite my once-legendary Mardi Gras Day perambulations of miles and miles and miles (and I held up until just after 50 YOA) the walking tour--if that is what is meant by the OP--wold have left me in bed for a day (at 19 years age).

Good observation. Much needed.

Apr 11, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Trip Itinerary - a few gaps

My suggestion for getting a taste of the town (and herwith no shick) is to take Saturday morning as planned. A bike tour of the 9th Ward is not, in my opinion, to be of any better value than a faster, easier car---cab--tour. If you knew what was there before The Flood, the wandering is of interest. Grassy fields and ruined foundations look alike after a short while.

I'd finish that tour up and go back to the hotel to freshen up nd maybe a 20 minute nap. Put on your best decent Dutchess of Windsor outfits and go to Galatoire's about 2:30 or 3:00. You can graze comfortably and the place will be fairly quiet. I often take a book about that time of day. You can get a sampling of classic NO food and see a slice of our life that many people miss s they gallop through.

I would not suggestGalatoire's on Sunday, after CP, for a novice, nor would I suggest it for Tuesday when you have a plane departure looming. It is a place for relaxation, not for examination or crossing off bucket lists.

Apr 11, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

FQF food list

I freely admit to having thought about posting about the encomium to Fitzmorris but I couldn't think of a dulcet manner of delivering the blow without sacrificing economy. Some hitherto un-remarked-upon Not To Be Missed items might appear in advertisements...maybe not...just ruminatin'...

Apr 11, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Commander's Palace Brunch - a la carte?

Those are both good..the turtle soup is the best one commercially available. The Griliades are very good (if a little difference from the home version).

I don't know if they fixed it but their coffee has been burnt on several occasions. They might think that this is "traditional New Orleans coffee" but it's not

Apr 11, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Commander's Palace Brunch - a la carte?

I can't see as how it would. I don't know that they have any minimum but I've never tried that in there. I don't think I have ever spent less than $50 alone in there in my entire life.

Apr 11, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Commander's Palace Brunch - a la carte?

As noted above, they are quite accommodating. I cannot imagine it would be a horrible problem. Maybe they have a policy for Big events, though. If I am in town for Easter I just put on the white linen and go to Galatoire's where I can pick and choose and linger.

Apr 11, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Group dinner??

For that size, Antoine's has always done a good job for banquets. The rex Room would work for that. I have used the Proteus room to great effect for forty years but I think 28 is slightly too big for that. They are good for Rockefeller, Oysters Foch and anything with sauces (medici, marchand du vin etc..I am not as fond of their hollandaise and béarnaise as others but there is nothing wrong with them)

Apr 11, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Easter brunch/buffet

Do they do a buffet? I last ate breakfast there in a pinch over Xmas holidays (grits & grillades) and it was perfectly fine although I don't think I would have steered guests there for their "only local meal." ) Absent Commander's or Galatoires' (neither is a buffet of course) I think I'd steer someone to the Rib Room for Easter which, as a space, is more to my liking than the Sonesta. But the Sonesta is a good idea.

Apr 11, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Fish Pontchartrain in the French Quarter

When they started the place, men in suits and ladies' equivalents were common. No more. I've seen jeans in Antoine's fer cryin' out loud. K-Pauls was never very formal. I am sure jeans would be fine.

Apr 09, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

NOLA Shortlist advice

Glad you concur. The thing about Lafitte's is it is such a shame. Once-upon-a-time it was a good, fairly quiet neighborhood kind of place. The Whiskey Sours were great. Now it seems like the old Audubon Tavern II moved downtown. (and ATII was fine for What It Was and Where It Was..just not for Lafitte's setting).

Oh well, Time & Tide....

Apr 08, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

NOLA Shortlist advice

For people in their twenties I don't think there is anything wrong there. I do not see the hoopla over Willie Mae's, (even before the Beard Boys elevated it) but there is certainly nothing wrong with it. Pat O's is probably a must, d.b.a has been pleasant for me if not too crowded. Carousel is not on my radar really but I certainly cannot fault anyone for liking it. I was down by Lafitte's last month for the first time in a long time and it looked like a frat party (during the Tennessee Williams Festival week) so for young people it might be OK. Cochon Butcher will be good, Cafe du Monde is a Must Do although the coffee isn't strong...not by the old standards anyway. Port of Call is always fun. Votes of Cochon over Central Grocery on the muff are running about three-to-one in favor of Cochon. by my casual count.

Younger people can comment on most of the other places.

Apr 08, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

crack the Galatoire's code

He will certainly be more comfortable in a jacket. The regulars will appreciate it, too.

Apr 07, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Best crayfish boil?

According our friend Sam Irwin's book (mentioned elsewhere), ' 'Crawfish' was first used by 'eccentric Constantine when he was working in the Ohio River basin near Kentucky. The word 'crayfish,' based on the French word ecrivesse, was popularized by the English biologist T.H.Huxley in his 1880 tome entitled _The Crayfish;An Introduction to the Study of Zoology_" But you will see rerences to "crawfish' in the early XX Century. Waverly Root uses both "cray" and "Craw" in his _Food of France_. More "scientific" and :formal" publications tended to use "crayfish, in my experience. I was "present at the creation" of the printing of that Antoine's cookbook and in my view that spelling was the City distinction.

Apr 05, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Crawfish Etouffee in New Orleans

I can't help but wonder about putting oysters in. Eberhardt-Faber comes to mind.

He ought to try starting them in cold water, an old-school approach to shellfish.

Apr 04, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Crawfish Etouffee in New Orleans

These were all private, backyard affairs.

Apr 03, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Crawfish Etouffee in New Orleans

They'll be doing them..I've been to three already. The critters will be around,..just pricey.Who knows? You might get lucky and the crop will pick up earlier than expected--although we've got only two-and-a-half weeks until Easter. The consensus I am getting is that the Basin crawfish will save the day along about first week of May, maybe second week. But the shells will start to get hard in June so it looks like a short year.

Apr 03, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Crawfish Etouffee in New Orleans

THe word I am getting is that the supplies, which are small and not fat-laden (OK, liver-laden) are no expected to pick up until after Easter. I have not bothered to look for picked tails in packs yet but a neighbor said she'd heard they were $15 a pound. That is going to make your etouffee terribly expensive.

Apr 03, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Has anyone been to Broussards lately?

I did not realize Chris was over there. That's a good sign/

Apr 02, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Using up Cream Cheese

The classic New Orleans party food snack is a block of cream cheese, softened a bit, and Pickapepper sauce poured over it. Use strong chips.

Apr 01, 2014
hazelhurst in Home Cooking
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Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

I never go to the Sazerac at 5:30 or so..I try to stop by in the afternoon on a weekend. And the other thing to avoid is live "entertainment." One more than one occasion I have been in there when they had a group playing. These are set up according to interrogation methods used by Stalin's NKVD and the Gestapo. Every instrument is wired to a speaker and amplified in a room that needs no such "enhancement." The resulting noise sounds like London in the Blitz.

Apr 01, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans
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Where to rent a pot for crawfish boil?

Treitler's is good stuff...I have not been through there in a couple of years but used to grab some en route to and from Tuscaloosa.
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I used to get Pomes' headcheese on Alabo street..he had the outbuilding (with its own little sidewalk from the street to the side door) and he had an icebox out there. I'd go in and get the headcheese and leave the money in a cigar box on the table. Nothing was locked It was great stuff. used to buy two bricks of it for a Thoth party. One was served cold and the other one we let melt and used it as a dip.

I wonder if anyone has that recipe?

I am getting my better stuff from Armond's in Slidell. Also been picking some up from Todd O's in Lutcher and Schexsnayder's in Back Vacherie. I gotta say, though, the Hi-Nabor in Baton Rouge, of all places, has an excellent headcheese...it is liver-y

Mar 31, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Easter Dinner (or is it supper?)

If he doesn't like to dress up skip Galatoire's. Easter will be a riot of finery.

Mar 31, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Best crayfish boil?

Was up in Baton Rouge for the Gridiron Show this past weekend and confabbed with a Major Domo at The Chimes (the original one) who informed me that they are boiling on Saturdays but he said it is hardly worth it. Said the supplies were small and not much fat in them. the thinking is that it will take another four weeks to get them up to decent size.

Mar 31, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Would you tell me about how you like to spend your hot and humid summer days/nights in New Orleans?

Apart fro uptown librarian's great points, I was going to remark that one of the opiates I use to get through August is the fact that crabmeat is great that time of year and redfish run well, too boot. We also have green peanuts for boiling but that is less of a NOLA food, even though there are some places that have put them on the menu to be different--even out of season.

By and large August, for me, is noted for a spike in my laundry bill, trying to keep starched shirts at the ready.

Mar 28, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Where to rent a pot for crawfish boil?

Do you remember Pomes and his headcheese?

Mar 28, 2014
hazelhurst in New Orleans

Shrimp on pizza, yes or no?

And yet Pepe's White Clam pizza is one of the most famous in America. (I admit I'd never have thought of it in the first place).

Mar 27, 2014
hazelhurst in General Topics
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