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New Orleans Eating & Drinking Guide

When Marci and I went to New Orleans last year, we solicited the advice of our friends (Joshua M. Bernstein! Scott Gold! Molly Dorfman!) regarding where to eat and drink. I compiled their recommendations, along with some spots from eater.com, and made this Google map. Since then I've shared this so many times that I figured I should just publish it here. Enjoy, and let me know if anything is out of date.


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Making Candied Citrus Peel

Disclaimer: I'm not really into the December holidays. We had quiet Hannukah celebrations growing up and I was always turned off by Christmas displays. Probably has something to do with being raised in a mostly Jewish suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. My wife, though, had a much different upbringing (ask me about it someday). She loves the holiday traditions and embraces the season, so I've become accustomed to having both menorahs and a Christmas tree in the apartment. Slowly and begrudgingly I've found peace with all these festivities. I still cringe when the George Michael, Annie Lennox, and Mariah Carey come on the stereo, but on the other hand I do love me some Yule Log dvd.

One tradition that I can definitely get behind, though, is the exchange of holiday kitchen creations. There's nothing like Susan & Diane's exquisitely packaged cookie box, or Amorette & Elizabeth's winter homebrew and homemade bitters. As much as I'd love to just sit back and let the treats roll in, I knew I had to up the ante and create something of my own. Since I don't have years of kitchen experience like a lot of my friends, I decided to start with something simple: candied citrus peel. You can get a pleasing variety of colors, you can pack 'em up into little gift bags, and unless you really botch a step they're really hard to fuck up.

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Testing out the Beer Cooler Sous Vide Hack

I've been wanting to try to replicate J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's now-famous Beer Cooker Sous Vide Hack for over a year now, and I finally had an opportunity last night. The results were impressive, if you consider that all it took was hot water from my sink (and a lot of time) to cook a steak.

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