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New Orleans writer Ian McNulty hosts Where Y'Eat, a weekly exploration and celebration of food culture in the Crescent City and south Louisiana.

New Orleans writer Ian McNulty hosts Where Y'Eat, a weekly exploration and celebration of food culture in the Crescent City and south Louisiana.
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New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans writer Ian McNulty hosts Where Y'Eat, a weekly exploration and celebration of food culture in the Crescent City and south Louisiana.

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English


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Where Y’Eat: If You're Chasing Perfection, Stay Away from My Thanksgiving Table

11/16/2017
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Even before you start picking at the turkey or swilling the early afternoon Beaujolais, you might be feeling a bit full of Thanksgiving. It’s the run up, which we are now in the midst of. As the calendar ticks down to Turkey day, we’re being stuffed with advice, product promos and tips to "master" the feast and host the "ultimate" holiday meal. How will yours compare?

Duration: 00:03:29


Where Y’Eat: For the Love of Po-boys, Dressed a Bit Different

11/9/2017
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If you love po-boys, you already know how you like them. It’s sloppy roast beef or crispy shrimp, thin-sliced ham or fat fried oysters. I bet you even have a precise combination for how you like it dressed. Just listen to some po-boy pros when they order at the counter. In their confident cadence and specifics, they can sound like surgeons gloved up for an operation. “Hot sausage. Dressed. No lettuce.”

Duration: 00:03:29


The New Orleans Food Obsession Marches On With the Saints

11/2/2017
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For players and coaches, a football game starts long before kickoff. The same holds true for the food-minded Saints fan. For such fans, it starts with choosing what to cook and devoting the hands-on work to ensure a victorious feast. It's really no wonder. Take the enthusiasm of the Who Dat Nation, add south Louisiana's endemic passion for food and the results are predictably over the top. Just check out the action around the Dome on the day of any home game. There are some who say New...

Duration: 00:03:29


Where Y’Eat: Unmasking Halloween, Our Secret Food Holiday

10/26/2017
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It’s one of our greatest food holidays, never mind that there's rarely ever any cooking involved. It’s Halloween. So what if most of the food that makes this holiday tick is store-bought candy, dispensed one little bit at a time from your front steps?

Duration: 00:03:31


Where Y’Eat: In Thrall to the Fall in New Orleans

10/19/2017
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You can't really count on the calendar to tell you when seasons change in New Orleans. Balmy and temperate one day, you know we can still plunge right back into humidity the next. You’ve got to be on your guard. But there are other cues that let us know where we stand.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: A Loaded Roux at the Renewed Dunbar’s

10/12/2017
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No two bowls of gumbo should be exactly the same. Heck, even when they’re served from the same pot the precise mixture of seafood and meat and seasoning may differ from bowl to bowl, based on the luck of the ladle. This is certainly the case with Creole gumbo, a down-home style sometimes described as kitchen sink. And yet, even for the endless gumbo variations out there, sometimes an overarching house style for a particular gumbo can speak to you in a voice you may recognize even years...

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: Hoisting a stein to German New Orleans

10/5/2017
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We don’t hear much about German heritage in New Orleans, until October that is, when it comes at us with all the oomph of an oompah band. Suddenly you’re showing your nephew how to do the chicken dance, you’re dissecting the differences between bratwurst and weisswurst on your sausage platter and you’re proclaiming “prost!” as the foam drops another inch down your stein.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: Making Peace with Dining Al Fresco

9/28/2017
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In deepest summer, there is a certain mindset in New Orleans that regards the outdoors as enemy territory. Maybe you’ve succumbed to it once or twice yourself. When this mindset sinks in, the outdoors is something to be monitored and cordoned. You dash from door to door at your own risk, and air conditioning on an outing for dinner or drinks is as necessary as air tanks for a deep sea dive. When true fall arrives, of course, all is forgiven and an outdoor perch is the place to be.

Duration: 00:03:38


Where Y’Eat: Don’t Fear the Fusion, Just Dig In

9/21/2017
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Brace yourself, I'm about to use the F word. That would be “fusion.” Alright, maybe that's not such a big deal to you, but in certain restaurant circles fusion is one provocative term. It brings food memory flash backs to the days of sesame crusted everything, of the indiscriminate use of plum sauce and of milky green wasabi mashed potatoes.

Duration: 00:03:37


Where Y’Eat: After Catastrophe, Restaurant Service Reaches Beyond the Meal

9/15/2017
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After Hurricane Harvey, it was no surprise that restaurants here in New Orleans quickly became a hub for many local efforts to help. In the long haul, though, restaurants in the very areas hard hit by Harvey that will be their own sources of community self help.

Duration: 00:03:30


Where Y’Eat: Why New Orleans Can’t Stop Talking About Food

9/7/2017
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We talk about it with our best friends and with perfect strangers. We rant about it online and we dream about it at night. It's a natural fixation when we’re hungry, yet we still talk about it when our mouths are full. It's the food of New Orleans, compelling, often uniting, frequently divisive and never boring, at least not if you’re doing it right. May it always be at the ends of our forks and on the tips of our tongues.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: Heated Opinions Around the New Orleans Sushi Scene

8/31/2017
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What’s your go-to sushi bar in New Orleans? It might be that first place where you tried a California roll way back when, or it could be the spot that always has something different on the specials board to try. Maybe it’s the sushi bar that just happens to be closest to your house, or it’s one across town where you’ve built a rapport with a particular chef. Whatever seals the deal for you, though, sushi lovers in New Orleans tend to be highly loyal to their favorite Japanese restaurant.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y'Eat: In New Orleans, Even “Lost Restaurants" are Still with Us

8/24/2017
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When I first moved to New Orleans, back in 1999, I was amazed by how often people talked about restaurants that no longer existed. But I had it all wrong, of course. In New Orleans, just because a restaurant is no longer open for business does not necessarily mean it no longer exists.

Duration: 00:03:30


Where Y’Eat: At the Bottom of a Long New Orleans Summer, a Yearning for Oysters

8/17/2017
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The longer this summer stretches on, the more I find I have oysters on my mind. Someday fall will arrive, peak oyster season will be close behind and this hot, rainy summer will be in the history books. But I can't wait that long. This summer has been a rough one already, and I'm ready for a taste of one of the real blessings of living in Louisiana: the prodigious oyster harvest.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: The NOPSI Name Returns and a Restaurant Gets Cooking

8/10/2017
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All through the spring, as the renovations of the new NOPSI Hotel neared completion, I saw how New Orleans people were watching. They stopped to cast long looks from across Baronne Street and, once the construction barricades were gone, they stepped right up, cupping hands to the glass to peer inside. They were getting a glimpse of what was to come, and also sizing up something historic but long hidden in the middle of downtown New Orleans.

Duration: 00:03:38


Where Y’Eat: A Tilt of the Glass to Restaurant Bartenders

8/3/2017
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It sounds simple enough. “Let’s just eat at the bar.” But when someone walks into a restaurant and utters those words they have summed up a dining trend that is changing the way restaurants operate, influencing how they’re designed and transforming the role of the person on the other side of that bar, the restaurant bartender.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: A Head-Turning Shawarma, a Different Taste of Home

7/27/2017
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Let's say you’re from New Orleans but living somewhere else. You are presented with a po-boy. Naturally, you are skeptical. You know that a po-boy is not merely a sandwich. It's a taste of home, and that taste comes through in the particulars. The type of bread, the way it's dressed, the way the roast beef is cooked, the seafood is fried and the hot sausage is spiced. These are the things that add up to make regional specialties distinctive. I recently learned how the same idea applies to...

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: In New Orleans, Appreciating a Waiter’s Role Beyond the Tip

7/20/2017
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We live in an era full of celebrity chefs that you probably have never heard of. Just think about that for second - people can be celebrities now and you’ve never even heard their names. The title is the usually bestowed because a TV producer somewhere said so, and thus is born the next celebrity chef. New Orleans has produced its share. It's nice to see local talent in the national spotlight, but there’s a different category of acclaim in the New Orleans dining world that runs a little...

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: A Go-Cup of Ceviche, Summer Salvation on the Run

7/13/2017
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If you look down at that go cup in your hand and you see lunch, that’s usually a sign of trouble ahead. But that’s not the case with a certain go cup that’s captured my attention lately, because instead of booze the heady concoction in this one brings seafood, citrus and the promise of an enlivening lunch on a hot summer day.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: Boudin Blooms in New Orleans, and Road Trips Get Shorter

7/6/2017
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It’s summertime, which means it’s time for road trips and that means, of course, it’s time for boudin. It’s simple math, right? Well, if you’re in my head it is, and I think that makes sense to lots of other people in Louisiana. When we hit the road, a lot of the spots along the way turn out to be prime territory for these links of pork and rice sausage that seem so humble on the surface but inspire such desire. Well, these days, if you’re in and around New Orleans in particular, good...

Duration: 00:03:28

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