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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: 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


Where Y'Eat: Rub Your Belly, Pat Your Back at These Nonprofit Cafes

6/29/2017
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You know you’re living right if you polish off a restaurant meal and feel like you’ve accomplished something. I don’t just mean you crushed some burger or you won the battle of temptation by skipping dessert. I mean you actually feel like you took part in something bigger then yourself. That’s part of the deal at a circuit of nonprofit restaurants around New Orleans, where just by having lunch you’re supporting programs that help local youth get a new start. They even set the table with...

Duration: 00:03:37


Where Y’Eat: New Orleans breweries boom, and variety is on tap

6/22/2017
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You can call this one where’ya drink. And if you're a beer lover in New Orleans, these days the answer is a lot more likely to be this: local. The names of Louisiana beers now line restaurant menus. Their tap handles sprout from the draft clusters at dives and fancy lounges alike. And these local beers flow from the breweries’ own tap rooms, where they’re available to sip on site, right there at the brewery.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: On Father’s Day, simple food rituals that bind

6/15/2017
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Father’s Day is this weekend, so of course, I have doughnuts on my mind, and not just any doughnuts. The doughnuts of my youth. The doughnuts with dad.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: Juicy Tomatoes and Hardcore Louisiana Pride

6/8/2017
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This one is the tale of the man with the Creole tomato tattoo. It’s a story for the season and, really, a reason to take heart as another New Orleans summer descends.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y'Eat: Raising a Glass, and the Bar, at the French 75

6/1/2017
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The pace of change for New Orleans restaurants feels rapid and constant. But we still look to one corner of the dining scene as a rock of stability. It's the old-line French Creole restaurant, steeped in history, bound by tradition and never changing. Right? Well, actually no. Change and even trends visit these restaurants too, though sometimes in ways that are subtle and gradual, but still fundamental. To see what I mean, let's go to the French Quarter.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: Amid Big Change, a Tide of Tiny Eateries by Tulane & Broad

5/25/2017
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If a restaurant can feel like it’s on the fringe and right in the thick of things at the same time, it's Fharmacy. This is a bar and grill on Banks Street in Mid-City. It’s in a narrow shotgun house that looks like you could load the whole thing onto a flatbed and deliver it somewhere. It feels a bit like a clubhouse with a diner counter and it serves some international ideas for comfort food.

Duration: 00:03:29


Where Y'Eat: As a New Orleans Summer Nears, Seasonal Flavors Step Up

5/18/2017
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When does summer start? Consult the calendar and you’ll see it’s still a month away. But in New Orleans the seasons aren’t necessarily tied to the conventions of solstice and equinox. For me, the New Orleans summer always begins immediately after Jazz Fest, and it’s not the changing weather alone that marks the shift. It’s the feeling that the long New Orleans train of one big celebration after the next has reached the station, and it’s time to hop off for a bit.

Duration: 00:03:28


Where Y’Eat: Meatless goes means mainstream in New Orleans

5/11/2017
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If you’re a vegetarian in New Orleans you’ve probably learned to ask questions before digging in and you know to never take the name of a dish at face value. This is a town, after all, where the key ingredient in traditional vegetable soup is beef. And it’s widely accepted here that when the cook tells you your beans were made with love, she means made with pork.

Duration: 00:03:29

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