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  1. Are oysters really aphrodisiacs? I’m asked that question every time I present an oyster-and-wine-pairing seminar, host a group of oyster lovers out at the farm, or train a restaurant’s staff. I am...
  2. Another year, another Valentine’s Day, another surplus of boring, unoriginal gifts. Don’t get us wrong, we have nothing against a stunning bouquet of flowers or a box of handmade artisan chocolates...
  3. Aphrodisiac : It’s a term that immediately invokes a healthy curiosity. Etymologically, it stems from Greek mythology; it is a derivative of the name of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, and...
  4. On Valentine’s Day, I can’t help but think of a quote from the movie The Devil’s Advocate , in which Al Pacino (as Satan) dismisses love as “biochemically no different than eating large quantities of...
  5. Happy Valentine’s Day, New York. Today is about love, lust, and outrageously high expectations. Some will fall short, but some—a savvy few who know to take their dates down Doyers Street—will likely...
  6. Mardi Gras fashion is all about masks and, to a lesser extent, beads. That’s all well and good for Fat Tuesday, but for every other day of the year, New Orleans couture is decidedly less ostentatious...
  7. You will likely find a bottle of green Chartreuse in any establishment dedicated to cocktails; this much we know to be true. With a high proof, a strong licorice taste, and a brilliant green hue, the...
  8. All eyes will be fixed on the city of New Orleans next Tuesday when it celebrates Mardi Gras as only New Orleans can. For an insider’s guide to the city, we sat down with Emeril Lagasse—the...
  9. Crawfish—the quintessential finger food of the bayou. Not only does this staple of Cajun cooking symbolize southern Louisiana, but its presence on menus across the country makes the bold declaration...
  10. On June 23, 2008, the Louisiana House of Representatives appointed the Sazerac the official cocktail for the city of New Orleans. According to Russ Bergeron, beverage manager at the Roosevelt Hotel...

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