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Restaurants are trying to quickly adjust to new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus in the state. As ordered by state and local officials, dine-in restaurants are limited to take-out service only, fast-food restaurants can only serve via drive-through, and bars have been completely shuttered (except for some take-out service).

So, what’s open?

Karl Lengel

There are a lot of ways to pass this coming holiday weekend - the traditional American salute to the millions who worked and toiled for a better life and a better country. Grilling meat is popular - wrapping up the summer season. The juncture of the end of summer, our proximity to a serious food culture, and a butcher in Mid-City that got the attention of Food & Wine made for a tasty pursuit. If you happen to be looking for a piece of meat, we’ve got just the place for you.

An assortment of boudin from Bourree at Bourcherie, a New Orleans butcher shop for the Cajun classic.
Ian McNulty

Some essential ingredients for a road trip: good tunes, to peel back the miles; a phone charger, of course; and, if this road trip is in south Louisiana, a good old fashioned ice chest, for souvenirs of the edible variety.

A drive around these parts will not bring you sweeping views of mountains and valleys. But it will bring you close to wonders of the Louisiana food world, namely boudin, the rice and pork sausage link that can be a snack on the way or the whole purpose of the trip.

Ian McNulty

Crawfish fanatics put more than just spice in their boils. They put time, effort, attention and maybe even personality and pride. It’s no surprise then that once they find a signature approach they’re bound to stick to it, and defend it.

But as a crawfish lover, as someone who is always hovering over the boiling pot and ready to wedge into a crawfish table, I’m fascinated by different techniques that give different results.



Brennan's New Orleans

The Peabody Hotel in Memphis may have its ducks, but Brennan’s in New Orleans can match the attraction.  The French Quarter restaurant has its own resident family of turtles. Since the spring of 2015, 10 of them have inhabited the fountain pool in the French Quarter restaurant’s lush courtyard. NolaVie’s Renée Peck spoke with Brennan’s General Manager Christian Pendleton about the resident turtles, and the annual parade that honors them – surely the slowest second line on Earth.

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As another Mother’s Day rolls around, we hear a lot about restaurant brunches and special menus, like it’s some big combination of Easter and New Year’s Eve. Mother’s Day is indeed just that big for restaurants.

But when I think about Mother’s Day the food I think about is quite different. I think about frozen food, specifically the stuff that was home cooked by my own mother on the weekends and stashed away to get us through the week.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with historian Craig L. Symonds, author of “World War II at Sea: A Global History,” who will be making a visit to the National World War II Museum. Megan Holt of One Book One New Orleans, talks about what's coming up in the citywide reading initiative; this year the selection is "New Orleans: A Food Biography," by Elizabeth Williams.

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Another Carnival season is behind us, but the Jewish festival of Purim is right around the corner. First, we learn all about Purim with the help of Benay Bernstein. She provides an introduction to this joyful day – one unlike any other on the Jewish calendar.

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Editor's note: this episode contains accounts of sexual assault.

On this week's show, we take a look at sexual harassment and abuse in the restaurant industry.

Chef and co-owner of DTB New Orleans and Bacobar in Covington, Carl Schaubhut
Max Cusimano

Chef Carl Schaubhut is a culinary dynamo. The New Orleans native behind Bacobar on the Northshore and DTB in Uptown is known for his innovative menus that marry regional and international flavors. "To say that food was part of life is a literal explanation, Carl told Louisiana Eats host Poppy Tooker. "I mean, it is life. It's every day."

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