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Looking at the Bike Culture of Amsterdam

September 17, 2014 by  


I’ve always been amazed by how people in Amsterdam make such great use of bicycles. They use them to get around the city, whether it’s for work or play. It’s astonishing how much of a bike culture the city is. Have a look.

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Taking a Look at Amsterdam Cafe Culture

September 16, 2014 by  


I love the lively street life of this city and how the many cafes make great use of Amsterdam’s street space. This post provides many views of these cafes and their participants.

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Eating Our Way Through Karlvolasi in Samos Greece

September 1, 2014 by  


This post is about dining on the Greek island of Samos, where I have now been there three times for stays of a month or more.  I started with Mytilini, the largest of the mountain towns and also where we stayed.

This post covers Karlovasi, the second largest town on the island. It has a working harbor and nice old section up on a hill over the new town,  located on the northwest side of the island. The School of Sciences of University of the Aegean  is located in the town. It was a flourishing tannery and tobacco manufacturing centre in the early 1900s. Many magnificent neoclassical mansions can be seen from that period as well as the remains of the large stone-built factories at the “Ormos” seaside.

Dionisos is an excellent restaurant in the middle of the new town at Plateia 8is Maiou, Below you can see some of their offerings. They include: fava bean spread, sautéed field greens, grilled cheese, cheese pies, goat in tomato sauce with fries, and chilled cherries for desert.

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We also went to a fish market where you can order fish cooked to pick up in the afternoon. You see some of the selected and the two grilled fish we enjoyed for lunch.

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There is a great restaurant just outside Karlovasi in a small hill town. It is called the aristocrat in Greek. Below you can see some of their offerings. They include a salad with lemon mustard dressing, pastry with honey, stuffed onions with tomato sauce and cheese, pork stew with fries, mousakka, and pork with green beans in a lemon mustard sauce.

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Amsterdam’s Beautiful Meandering Canals in Early Summer

July 8, 2014 by  


Below is a series of photos of the architecture and culture of Amsterdam.  This summer I was there for a few days in May on my way to Samos Greece and then for a week’s stay on my return form Samos. I learned from a Dutch friend of direct charters from Amsterdam to Samos so we decided to make it our transfer port.

I was moved by the many beautiful canals of this city that lives well with water. My hometown of New Orleans could learn a great deal from the Dutch. This post covers the many interesting doors found on the homes and businesses that line the canals. Here is a collection.

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Our Top Six for Great Bites in New Orleans

June 15, 2014 by  


Below are our top six meals in New Orleans from meals we’ve had this past year.

High Hat – Cecil’s salad, oyster and fennel soup, seared Gulf fish with shrimp and potato hash. It is located at 4500 Freret Street, (504) 754-1336

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Dominique’s on Magazine - Louisiana Oysters
 cauliflower crème fraiche, scotch bonnet roasted tomato, house-made potato chips; cauliflower soup with duck; Maple Leaf Duck Leg Confit with citrus fleur de sel, frisee, local spinach, pear, apple cider & baudoin cane syrup vinaigrette; Morgan Ranch Braised Wagyu Beef Short Rib 
local root vegetable puree, red wine jus; Almond Nouga  tine
crème praline, house-made pecan vanilla ice cream; chocolate lava cake. It is located at 4213 Magazine St, (504) 891-9282

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Chiba – crawfish fried rice; steamed buns: grouper, oyster, short ribs; shrimp[ tempura, eel and avocado roll, bananas foster egg roll, It is located at 8312 Oak St, (504) 826-9119

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Ba Chi Canteen, spring egg rolls, fries with kim chi, steamed buns: spicy catfish, coconut curry shrimp, vermillicelli with car grilled pork and shrimp. It is located at 7900 Maple St, (504) 373-5628

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Dante’s Kitchen: Duck Ham & Candied Pumpkin Salad with mixed greens, goat gouda, spicy pecans, citrus chili vinaingrette; Steamed Mussels with sweet potato broth, coconut, tomatoes, fennel, tarragon, Ras el hanout; Thit Kho Lettuce Wraps with braised pork belly, Bibb lettuce, housemade XO sauce, pickled carrots, cilantro; Whole Roasted Fish Myanmar Style with ginger, lemongrass, sugarcane broth, shiso-cilantro salad; Dark Chocolate Torte with cayenne chocolate sauce, dulce de leche abuelita ice cream. It is located at 736 Dante St, (504) 861-3121

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Jacque Imo’s – eggplant with oyster stuffing and mushroom cream sauce, spinach salad with fried oyster, garlic snails with pasta, panned rabbit with shrimp tasso pasta, crème bruele. It is located at 8324 Oak St, (504) 861-0886

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46 Musical Acts in New Orleans Do Not Disappoint

May 14, 2014 by  


We continue to enjoy the variety of music that New Orleans offers. Here are just a few of the 46 acts we have caught so far in 2014 in order of appearance. They illustrate just some of the variety of great music in this city. The fist five are featured in this post and then the next one covers the second five. You can follow the links to learn more about some New Orleans muscians and venues.

The NOLA Loves Philippines Benefit was held at RocknBowl earlier this year.  James Andrews played with the Crescent City Allstars (see below). I had recently seen James at his aunt’s place in Treme, the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar.  Also appearing over the winter were the Bone Tone Brass Band, Bucktown AllStars, and the John Gros Band.


Jon Cleary played his usual great Tuesday solo act at Chicki Wah Wah on doing old school R&B and NOLA standards, as well as his own music.

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We saw Aurora Nealand and Tom McDermott do their Thursday gig at Buffa’s.


We returned to Buffa’s for their Saturday jazz brunch with the Shotgun Jazz Band. It was a slimed down version of the band with three players.


We went to Ogden After Hours on 2/20 to see the 101 Drummers with Big Chief Juan Pardo of the Golden Commanches with Lionel Batiste Jr., Ajay Mallory, Boubacaar Cisokoo, and Chris Jones on drums and bongos. T This is just one of  the many Ogden shows we have attended. You can see Juan’s son joining the group below.



Creole Tomato Festival in New Orleans

May 2, 2014 by  


Here is a 16″ x 20″ painting of Creole Tomatoes, a species grown in Louisiana. Every June there is a Creole Tomato Festival in New Orleans at the French Market.

The Arts Council of New Orleans has markets which occur generally on the last Saturday at Palmer Park in New Orleans, at the corner of S. Carrolton and S. Claiborne.


Bright Yellow Lemons from Samos Greece

February 6, 2014 by  


Here is a 24″ x 24″ acrylic painting of some Greek lemons I took while in Samos Greece this past summer.  Samos is a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea, south of Chios, north of Patmos and the Dodecanese, and off the coast of Asia Minor, from which it is separated by the 1.6-kilometre-wide Mycale Strait. Enjoy!


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