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Surfing into New Orleans

I'm sure that some folks are getting tired of reading about the trip we took to New Orleans. My apologies, but it is a city that resonates very deeply with so many; myself and Amy included. I remember watching on ...

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Crescent City Phoenix – The Return of New Orleans

When you say "New Orleans" it is difficult not to think of Hurricane Katrina. So when we first were invited to fly into town for "Harrah's Greatest Weekend Ever" the cynic in me thought, "they don't want us to see ...

Day Two: Window on New Orleans Past and Present

On the first night of our visit to New Orleans compliments of Harrah's for their "Best Weekend Ever" promotion we spent a mere four hours wining and dining at Emeril's Delmonico, which as Joe has promised will have its own ...

New Orleans Day 1 – Quick recap

Harrah's New Orleans and the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to bring Joe and Amy to the Big Easy for what is being billed as "Harrah’s Greatest Weekend Ever." Yesterday we flew out of Hobby Airport for ...

2 Nights at Harrah’s New Orleans – FREE!

For the next few days Amy and I will be guests of Harrah's Casino in New Orleans. They have all sorts of fantastic sounding activities planned for us, and we will be telling you all about them. I have never ...

Qué Syrah and Pinot Noir! Olson Ogden Wines

When I first met Thea, the Luscious Lush, she raved and raved about Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. I remember telling her "I'm not that big a fan of Pinot Noir." She promptly pronounced it as "Blasphemy!" My non-penchant for Pinot ...

The Holiday Party: Or How Not to Throw up on Your Boss

With the end of the calendar year upon us, those companies who aren't budget cutting by playing Scrooge with their employees will be hosting the annual "holiday" party. These can be a great way to enjoy some food and ...

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In defense of decadence

“Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.” -Ernest Hemingway Writing about food ...

Thanksgiving: It’s Not Always about the Food

Thanksgiving in our family was always a dilemma -- Joe wants to host everyone at our house, and my brother wants to host everyone at his. Before my father died, it was always at my parents' house.  My mother would ...

Perfect turkey brine – for Thanksgiving

I published this recipe last year. It was also how I served the very best turkey I have ever eaten last Thanksgiving, so I figured it was worth repeating. I hope everyone enjoys it. I think that most home chefs have ...