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amuse bouche

I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

Americans who have been to France and come home craving a reminder of their magical European experience, love Vermont cheeses.
—Allison Hooper, founder, VT Butter & Cheese Creamery

Practice not cleaning your plate: it will help you eat less in short term and develop self-control in the long term.
—Michael Pollan

Sweet taste buds develop before all others, that’s why small children love sweets.
—Bronwyn Dunne

Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of milk.
—Michael Pollan

My rule of thumb is, when in doubt, cook more than you think you may need.
—Marian Cunningham, from Learning to Cook


A Day of Dining in New Orleans

In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

Oyster top view

I recently spent five days wandering the streets of N’awlins with a good friend. It was the type of vacation where our biggest concern each day was where we would eat our next meal.  We made some excellent choices, but if I had only one day of dining in that city, I would spend it like this:

Wake up early to snag a coffee at French Truck Coffee.  This small scale coffee shop has a handful of locations in New Orleans and Memphis.  With a focus on small batches of freshly roasted, sustainably sourced beans, its no wonder this place is the best coffee shop in town.  For a taste of local flair, try the New Orleans Iced Coffee: iced coffee with chicory, prepared with cream and sugar.

French Truck

For breakfast, head to Willa Jean in the Central Business District, lovingly referred to by locals as the “CBD.”  Willa Jean celebrates Southern cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Our server, a woman who exuded southern charm, was dressed like her counterparts in a gingham button-down shirt and jeans.  Even though I was not nursing a hangover, the “Hangover Breakfast” sounded too delicious to pass up: tasty grits topped with braised lamb and a poached egg. I had them add some braised collard greens, and we were in business!  They also have a walk-up counter with grab-n-go sandwiches and other bakery items if you are in a time crunch.

Willa Jean

Head to the other side of town for lunch at the Joint.  We didn’t know until after we got home that in 2008, the Joint was featured on the Food Network program “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.”  They are also on multiple “Top 10 BBQ” lists, including Zagat’s.  The service is quick and the food is delicious.  With a slightly “dive-y” atmosphere, this place has a full service bar and a nice little patio.  I indulged in the pulled pork with a side of coleslaw and potato salad.

the Joint

As an afternoon snack, not that anyone could possibly still be hungry, I would make my way to the Blind Pelican for happy hour oysters.  You can’t go to New Orleans and not indulge in some oysters.  Even my non-oyster-loving travel companion enjoyed the charbroiled oysters here.  During their 3pm-8pm happy hour, they serve a dozen oysters on the half-shell for only $3, or 6 charbroiled oysters for $5.  With 50 beers on tap and a full service bar, everyone should leave here happy.

Oyster side view

Get dinner in the up-and-coming warehouse district at Cochon Butcher, the creative child-restaurant of Cochon, located next door.  Cochon opened its doors just months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2006.  Due to the quality of their creative spin on Cajun cooking, they have been talk of the town ever since.  They opened their deli-style Butcher in 2009.  We enjoyed the Saturday special of fried chicken with a side of braised mustard greens and potato salad.  Butcher modernizes the old-world meat market and does all their curing in-house.

Butcher

If not in a food coma, take your party to Bacchanal for an after dinner cocktail.  Although Bacchanal is a wine shop, they make the tastiest cocktails in the city.  New Orleans is the birth city of my two favorite cocktails: the Sazerac and the Vieux Carre.  Somewhat surprisingly, for a wine bar, this place does them best.  Every evening, weather permitting, they host live music on their beautiful back patio.

bacchanal

If given more time, I would revisit:

  • The family owned and operated Ruby Slipper Café, which was inspired “by a powerful sense of homecoming when returning to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina,” much like Dorothy’s ruby slippers.  They serve an excellent eggs benedict and house-made bloody mary.
  • Paladar 511 serves a seasonal menu with locally grown ingredients.  Nothing on their menu will disappoint.
  • EAT New Orleans, a local spot with a, no joke, BYOB policy.  Focused on seasonal and local ingredients, they served one of the best breakfasts I had on the trip.
  • You don’t go to New Orleans and expect to find great Isreali food, but Shaya is a real treat! It was a great recommendation from an Uber driver. Just be sure to make a reservation.  This place is no secret!

You cannot visit a place like New Orleans without celebrating the local cuisine.  One of my main motivators for travel is the local food. However, something I noticed in New Orleans dining was the serious lack of vegetables.  I enjoyed my taste of southern cooking, but I am glad to be back HOME with delicious and nutritious creations of my own!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 5-27-2017

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In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

Oyster top view

I recently spent five days wandering the streets of N'awlins with a good friend. It was the type of vacation where our biggest concern each day was where we would eat our next meal.  We made some excellent choices, but if I had only one day of dining in that city, I would spend it like this:

Wake up early to snag a coffee at French Truck Coffee.  This small scale coffee shop has a handful of locations in New Orleans and Memphis.  With a focus on small batches of freshly roasted, sustainably sourced beans, its no wonder this place is the best coffee shop in town.  For a taste of local flair, try the New Orleans Iced Coffee: iced coffee with chicory, prepared with cream and sugar.

French Truck

For breakfast, head to Willa Jean in the Central Business District, lovingly referred to by locals as the "CBD."  Willa Jean celebrates Southern cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Our server, a woman who exuded southern charm, was dressed like her counterparts in a gingham button-down shirt and jeans.  Even though I was not nursing a hangover, the "Hangover Breakfast" sounded too delicious to pass up: tasty grits topped with braised lamb and a poached egg. I had them add some braised collard greens, and we were in business!  They also have a walk-up counter with grab-n-go sandwiches and other bakery items if you are in a time crunch.

Willa Jean

Head to the other side of town for lunch at the Joint.  We didn't know until after we got home that in 2008, the Joint was featured on the Food Network program "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives."  They are also on multiple "Top 10 BBQ" lists, including Zagat's.  The service is quick and the food is delicious.  With a slightly "dive-y" atmosphere, this place has a full service bar and a nice little patio.  I indulged in the pulled pork with a side of coleslaw and potato salad.

the Joint

As an afternoon snack, not that anyone could possibly still be hungry, I would make my way to the Blind Pelican for happy hour oysters.  You can't go to New Orleans and not indulge in some oysters.  Even my non-oyster-loving travel companion enjoyed the charbroiled oysters here.  During their 3pm-8pm happy hour, they serve a dozen oysters on the half-shell for only $3, or 6 charbroiled oysters for $5.  With 50 beers on tap and a full service bar, everyone should leave here happy.

Oyster side view

Get dinner in the up-and-coming warehouse district at Cochon Butcher, the creative child-restaurant of Cochon, located next door.  Cochon opened its doors just months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2006.  Due to the quality of their creative spin on Cajun cooking, they have been talk of the town ever since.  They opened their deli-style Butcher in 2009.  We enjoyed the Saturday special of fried chicken with a side of braised mustard greens and potato salad.  Butcher modernizes the old-world meat market and does all their curing in-house.

Butcher

If not in a food coma, take your party to Bacchanal for an after dinner cocktail.  Although Bacchanal is a wine shop, they make the tastiest cocktails in the city.  New Orleans is the birth city of my two favorite cocktails: the Sazerac and the Vieux Carre.  Somewhat surprisingly, for a wine bar, this place does them best.  Every evening, weather permitting, they host live music on their beautiful back patio.

bacchanal

If given more time, I would revisit:

  • The family owned and operated Ruby Slipper Café, which was inspired "by a powerful sense of homecoming when returning to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina," much like Dorothy's ruby slippers.  They serve an excellent eggs benedict and house-made bloody mary.
  • Paladar 511 serves a seasonal menu with locally grown ingredients.  Nothing on their menu will disappoint.
  • EAT New Orleans, a local spot with a, no joke, BYOB policy.  Focused on seasonal and local ingredients, they served one of the best breakfasts I had on the trip.
  • You don't go to New Orleans and expect to find great Isreali food, but Shaya is a real treat! It was a great recommendation from an Uber driver. Just be sure to make a reservation.  This place is no secret!
You cannot visit a place like New Orleans without celebrating the local cuisine.  One of my main motivators for travel is the local food. However, something I noticed in New Orleans dining was the serious lack of vegetables.  I enjoyed my taste of southern cooking, but I am glad to be back HOME with delicious and nutritious creations of my own!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

Oyster top view

I recently spent five days wandering the streets of N'awlins with a good friend. It was the type of vacation where our biggest concern each day was where we would eat our next meal.  We made some excellent choices, but if I had only one day of dining in that city, I would spend it like this:

Wake up early to snag a coffee at French Truck Coffee.  This small scale coffee shop has a handful of locations in New Orleans and Memphis.  With a focus on small batches of freshly roasted, sustainably sourced beans, its no wonder this place is the best coffee shop in town.  For a taste of local flair, try the New Orleans Iced Coffee: iced coffee with chicory, prepared with cream and sugar.

French Truck

For breakfast, head to Willa Jean in the Central Business District, lovingly referred to by locals as the "CBD."  Willa Jean celebrates Southern cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Our server, a woman who exuded southern charm, was dressed like her counterparts in a gingham button-down shirt and jeans.  Even though I was not nursing a hangover, the "Hangover Breakfast" sounded too delicious to pass up: tasty grits topped with braised lamb and a poached egg. I had them add some braised collard greens, and we were in business!  They also have a walk-up counter with grab-n-go sandwiches and other bakery items if you are in a time crunch.

Willa Jean

Head to the other side of town for lunch at the Joint.  We didn't know until after we got home that in 2008, the Joint was featured on the Food Network program "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives."  They are also on multiple "Top 10 BBQ" lists, including Zagat's.  The service is quick and the food is delicious.  With a slightly "dive-y" atmosphere, this place has a full service bar and a nice little patio.  I indulged in the pulled pork with a side of coleslaw and potato salad.

the Joint

As an afternoon snack, not that anyone could possibly still be hungry, I would make my way to the Blind Pelican for happy hour oysters.  You can't go to New Orleans and not indulge in some oysters.  Even my non-oyster-loving travel companion enjoyed the charbroiled oysters here.  During their 3pm-8pm happy hour, they serve a dozen oysters on the half-shell for only $3, or 6 charbroiled oysters for $5.  With 50 beers on tap and a full service bar, everyone should leave here happy.

Oyster side view

Get dinner in the up-and-coming warehouse district at Cochon Butcher, the creative child-restaurant of Cochon, located next door.  Cochon opened its doors just months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2006.  Due to the quality of their creative spin on Cajun cooking, they have been talk of the town ever since.  They opened their deli-style Butcher in 2009.  We enjoyed the Saturday special of fried chicken with a side of braised mustard greens and potato salad.  Butcher modernizes the old-world meat market and does all their curing in-house.

Butcher

If not in a food coma, take your party to Bacchanal for an after dinner cocktail.  Although Bacchanal is a wine shop, they make the tastiest cocktails in the city.  New Orleans is the birth city of my two favorite cocktails: the Sazerac and the Vieux Carre.  Somewhat surprisingly, for a wine bar, this place does them best.  Every evening, weather permitting, they host live music on their beautiful back patio.

bacchanal

If given more time, I would revisit:

  • The family owned and operated Ruby Slipper Café, which was inspired "by a powerful sense of homecoming when returning to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina," much like Dorothy's ruby slippers.  They serve an excellent eggs benedict and house-made bloody mary.
  • Paladar 511 serves a seasonal menu with locally grown ingredients.  Nothing on their menu will disappoint.
  • EAT New Orleans, a local spot with a, no joke, BYOB policy.  Focused on seasonal and local ingredients, they served one of the best breakfasts I had on the trip.
  • You don't go to New Orleans and expect to find great Isreali food, but Shaya is a real treat! It was a great recommendation from an Uber driver. Just be sure to make a reservation.  This place is no secret!
You cannot visit a place like New Orleans without celebrating the local cuisine.  One of my main motivators for travel is the local food. However, something I noticed in New Orleans dining was the serious lack of vegetables.  I enjoyed my taste of southern cooking, but I am glad to be back HOME with delicious and nutritious creations of my own!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

Oyster top view

I recently spent five days wandering the streets of N'awlins with a good friend. It was the type of vacation where our biggest concern each day was where we would eat our next meal.  We made some excellent choices, but if I had only one day of dining in that city, I would spend it like this:

Wake up early to snag a coffee at French Truck Coffee.  This small scale coffee shop has a handful of locations in New Orleans and Memphis.  With a focus on small batches of freshly roasted, sustainably sourced beans, its no wonder this place is the best coffee shop in town.  For a taste of local flair, try the New Orleans Iced Coffee: iced coffee with chicory, prepared with cream and sugar.

French Truck

For breakfast, head to Willa Jean in the Central Business District, lovingly referred to by locals as the "CBD."  Willa Jean celebrates Southern cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Our server, a woman who exuded southern charm, was dressed like her counterparts in a gingham button-down shirt and jeans.  Even though I was not nursing a hangover, the "Hangover Breakfast" sounded too delicious to pass up: tasty grits topped with braised lamb and a poached egg. I had them add some braised collard greens, and we were in business!  They also have a walk-up counter with grab-n-go sandwiches and other bakery items if you are in a time crunch.

Willa Jean

Head to the other side of town for lunch at the Joint.  We didn't know until after we got home that in 2008, the Joint was featured on the Food Network program "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives."  They are also on multiple "Top 10 BBQ" lists, including Zagat's.  The service is quick and the food is delicious.  With a slightly "dive-y" atmosphere, this place has a full service bar and a nice little patio.  I indulged in the pulled pork with a side of coleslaw and potato salad.

the Joint

As an afternoon snack, not that anyone could possibly still be hungry, I would make my way to the Blind Pelican for happy hour oysters.  You can't go to New Orleans and not indulge in some oysters.  Even my non-oyster-loving travel companion enjoyed the charbroiled oysters here.  During their 3pm-8pm happy hour, they serve a dozen oysters on the half-shell for only $3, or 6 charbroiled oysters for $5.  With 50 beers on tap and a full service bar, everyone should leave here happy.

Oyster side view

Get dinner in the up-and-coming warehouse district at Cochon Butcher, the creative child-restaurant of Cochon, located next door.  Cochon opened its doors just months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2006.  Due to the quality of their creative spin on Cajun cooking, they have been talk of the town ever since.  They opened their deli-style Butcher in 2009.  We enjoyed the Saturday special of fried chicken with a side of braised mustard greens and potato salad.  Butcher modernizes the old-world meat market and does all their curing in-house.

Butcher

If not in a food coma, take your party to Bacchanal for an after dinner cocktail.  Although Bacchanal is a wine shop, they make the tastiest cocktails in the city.  New Orleans is the birth city of my two favorite cocktails: the Sazerac and the Vieux Carre.  Somewhat surprisingly, for a wine bar, this place does them best.  Every evening, weather permitting, they host live music on their beautiful back patio.

bacchanal

If given more time, I would revisit:

  • The family owned and operated Ruby Slipper Café, which was inspired "by a powerful sense of homecoming when returning to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina," much like Dorothy's ruby slippers.  They serve an excellent eggs benedict and house-made bloody mary.
  • Paladar 511 serves a seasonal menu with locally grown ingredients.  Nothing on their menu will disappoint.
  • EAT New Orleans, a local spot with a, no joke, BYOB policy.  Focused on seasonal and local ingredients, they served one of the best breakfasts I had on the trip.
  • You don't go to New Orleans and expect to find great Isreali food, but Shaya is a real treat! It was a great recommendation from an Uber driver. Just be sure to make a reservation.  This place is no secret!
You cannot visit a place like New Orleans without celebrating the local cuisine.  One of my main motivators for travel is the local food. However, something I noticed in New Orleans dining was the serious lack of vegetables.  I enjoyed my taste of southern cooking, but I am glad to be back HOME with delicious and nutritious creations of my own!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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2 responses to “A Day of Dining in New Orleans”

  1. From here on in I dream of New Orleans. All the food sounds fantastic!

  2. Patrick Kutkey says:

    I now have my food itinerary just need to get ther now. Looks delicious!

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