Reliving the past at La Cumbre

Ever since I moved to New Orleans, I have needed for nothing in the realm of incredible cuisine. From gumbo to pho, the Crescent City has a lot to choose from, but there is one item it lacks: an delectable, yet affordable burrito. Whenever I come back to visit my […]

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Much needed serenity at the Japanese Tea Gardens

In the past month, I discovered that my father’s health was rapidly deteriorating. Through the years, he’s endured asthma, emphysema and two triple-bypass heart surgeries. After several frantic telephone calls and too many unanswered questions, I returned to my birth city of San Mateo to be with my family during […]

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Do you see a giraffe?

Whether it be due to divergent cultural influences, the sticky swamp air or too much cayenne pepper, you can expect the unexpected when you live in New Orleans.  I’ve had some of the most intense, most vividly colorful experiences of my entire life in this city, from getting hit on […]

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My horoscope says I’ll win the lottery…

Although I know it’s “stuff and nonsense” quoth my mom, reading astrology forecasts can often be a self-indulgent, egocentric form of entertainment that can lift your spirits, make you laugh and generally make you feel better about yourself.  Sometimes, I get the urge to see how many horoscopes I can […]

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A smooth ride on St. Charles Avenue

I’ve been grumbling a lot lately about the endless amount of road and sidewalk construction around the city.  Now, a trip that would normally take 20 minutes stretches out into almost an hour and the horrendous driving habits of locals has just gotten worse since construction began. I often find […]

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You sucked the head!

A large pot was set up in the back of the building, boiling furiously, enclosing the hungry in a warm scented vapor of garlic, onions, cayenne pepper and special mix of seasonings that I was not privy to at the time. The helpless crawfish were struggling fruitlessly in a huge […]

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