Where Y'eat

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Synopsis

New Orleans writer Ian McNulty hosts Where Y'Eat, a weekly exploration and celebration of food culture in the Crescent City and south Louisiana.

Episodes

  • Where Y’Eat: Vaccination Celebrations Ring Through New Orleans Restaurants

    Where Y’Eat: Vaccination Celebrations Ring Through New Orleans Restaurants

    25/03/2021 Duration: 02min

    Going out to eat with friends, catching up over a nice meal, these outings bring pleasure. Lately though they've been sparking outright jubilation. I call it the vaccination celebration.

  • Where Y’Eat: After a Year of Pandemic What Keeps New Orleans Restaurants Cooking

    Where Y’Eat: After a Year of Pandemic What Keeps New Orleans Restaurants Cooking

    18/03/2021 Duration: 02min

    For a year, New Orleans restaurant people have seen their industry all but closed and gradually re-opened. They’ve worked through restrictions that rise and fall like a tide they can’t predict. They’ve had their spirits crushed and revived, fears confirmed and faith renewed. But even in the darkest phases, what most New Orleans restaurants have done is hang on. Along the way they've built a three-part survival recipe, which I'll break down in a moment.

  • Where Y’Eat: Despite Pandemic, a Friday Seafood Tradition Endures and Expands

    Where Y’Eat: Despite Pandemic, a Friday Seafood Tradition Endures and Expands

    11/03/2021 Duration: 02min

    Entering year two of the pandemic, many of the things we love about New Orleans life are again being postponed, pushed back or thrown into doubt. And yet, some food traditions do continue, giving us that needed connection to each other even through all the protocols we abide to protect one another.

  • Where Y’Eat: For Spring Food Fests, Different Paths, Cloudy Future

    Where Y’Eat: For Spring Food Fests, Different Paths, Cloudy Future

    04/03/2021 Duration: 02min

    After a curtailed Carnival and the homebound holidays, New Orleans is now seeing another of its seasons laid low by the pandemic: festival season. 



  • Where Y’Eat: Crawfish Season Brings Cravings, and Hope

    Where Y’Eat: Crawfish Season Brings Cravings, and Hope

    25/02/2021 Duration: 02min

    As the pandemic continues, it’s hard to feel certain of anything one day to the next. But then a whole season comes along as a comfortingly consistent anchor. It’s crawfish season, and the tough little mudbug is keeping one touchstone of local culture at least somewhat intact.

  • Where Y’Eat: New Orleans Finds Ways to Keep Its Coffee Rituals Strong

    Where Y’Eat: New Orleans Finds Ways to Keep Its Coffee Rituals Strong

    18/02/2021 Duration: 02min

    The stage was quiet at Tipitina‘s, but around one corner of the famous Uptown music hall there were the steam whistle sounds of an espresso machine and the familiar banter of a barista and regulars — evidence of everyday routines rebooted for the times.

  • Where Y’Eat: Carrying Mardi Gras Forward with Food

    Where Y’Eat: Carrying Mardi Gras Forward with Food

    11/02/2021 Duration: 02min

    Everyone has their favorite part of Mardi Gras. My favorite part is you. It’s the way New Orleans people put so much of themselves into the celebration, making Mardi Gras a communal experience we create, instead of just another event we attend. This time around, that spirit is about all we have left. Well, that and a lot of king cake. With parades and balls already canceled, now bars are closed from Friday through the end of Mardi Gras. Restaurants do remain open, as do many other markets, makers, and purveyors of local flavor. So, we still have food, the perpetual centerpiece of any New Orleans celebration, our steady consolation through the hardest times. It remains one way to carry Mardi Gras through this one. Think back to last spring when Jazz Fest would have taken place. Many embraced the idea of Festing in Place, turning yards and porches into mini tributes to the festival days. Can we summon the spirit again? Can we recast the attitude of Festing in Place for Fat Tuesday?

  • Where Y’Eat: New Orleans Builds Niche for Outdoor Winter Dining

    Where Y’Eat: New Orleans Builds Niche for Outdoor Winter Dining

    04/02/2021 Duration: 02min

    
On one chilly January night there was still a warm glow around Rosedale, and it wasn’t all coming from inside this snug neighborhood restaurant. Rosedale's leafy back patio pulsed with portable heaters. Some were planted in big flowerpots next to each couple’s table, like ice buckets with the opposite effect. There were Sazeracs, shrimp Creole and bourbon-brined chicken in rotation and, all around, more evidence of how New Orleans restaurants are handling the latest phase of the coronavirus crisis. Outdoor service has been the anchor for many with indoor capacity cut and health experts urging outdoors as a safer venue for just about anything now. In earlier phases, when restaurants were just reopening, moving outdoors was often ad hoc, with makeshift arrangements not much more developed than your average tailgating scene. As the crisis has dragged on, our restaurants have gotten better at the lifelines that are keeping them in business, namely takeout and outdoor dining. They have

  • Where YEat: Sidelined in the Crisis, New Orleans Bartenders Not Forgotten

    Where Y'Eat: Sidelined in the Crisis, New Orleans Bartenders Not Forgotten

    28/01/2021 Duration: 02min

    Lately, my drink of choice has not been about on what's in the cup so much as where I get it.

I’ve been visiting bars around New Orleans, which would not normally qualify as noteworthy but these days we’re taking nothing for granted.



  • Where YEat: After Saints Season, Gratitude For Comfort Food Game by Game

    Where Y'Eat: After Saints Season, Gratitude For Comfort Food Game by Game

    21/01/2021 Duration: 02min

    This Saints season brought more uncertainty than most, starting with whether we would even get one during the coronavirus crisis. But when it actually began I knew one thing for sure: The day after each game, I would eat red beans and rice while reading the sports page.

  • Where Y’Eat: For Subdued Mardi Gras King Cake Takes Bigger Role

    Where Y’Eat: For Subdued Mardi Gras King Cake Takes Bigger Role

    14/01/2021 Duration: 02min

    King cake at Carnival time — it’s instinctual in New Orleans. And yet this year much is different. Parades are canceled and many of the places where we find king cake have changed, from schools to offices. But the spirit of Carnival season persists in many other facets of local culture, and king cakes represent one edible, readily accessible example. This one also has a social ritual built right in. How people adapt these in a time of social distancing could be an early barometer for a season that must proceed off its normal script. As the start of this year’s Carnival approached, I heard many people vow that king cake would be one of their anchors of the season unmoored for so much else that we usually expect. And on Twelfth Night, sure enough, those first official king cakes of the season were everywhere. Will it hold up in the weeks to follow, without big parties and parades? If the king cake doesn’t magically appear, but you have to decide to get one yourself, will you still be on

  • Where Y’Eat: What 2020 Says About the Future of New Orleans Restaurants

    Where Y’Eat: What 2020 Says About the Future of New Orleans Restaurants

    07/01/2021 Duration: 02min

    Where would you have your last restaurant meal in New Orleans? That’s supposed to be a rhetorical question, but we’ve faced a very real version of it.

  • Where YEat: Crisis Reframes the Normal New Orleans Anchors in Tough Times

    Where Y'Eat: Crisis Reframes the Normal New Orleans Anchors in Tough Times

    17/12/2020 Duration: 02min

    New Orleans is so familiar with catastrophe, sometimes it feels like the way we answer it is part of our community character. We are defiant, we are resilient, we carry on, and we do it together. The city that puts the fun in funerals has made revelry in the face of adversity a civic virtue, and has embraced hospitality as the front line of recovery. We need to reframe that part of our character as we get through the coronavirus crisis.

  • Where Y’Eat: Tips to Support New Orleans Restaurants, Straight from the Source

    Where Y’Eat: Tips to Support New Orleans Restaurants, Straight from the Source

    10/12/2020 Duration: 02min

    Many of us are eager to support restaurants in the pandemic, but a lot has changed for how to do that best. That’s why I’ve been asking New Orleans restaurant people what would help them most now, and what they wished more people knew.

  • Where Y’Eat: Shipping New Orleans Flavor Builds Lifeline for Local Businesses

    Where Y’Eat: Shipping New Orleans Flavor Builds Lifeline for Local Businesses

    03/12/2020 Duration: 02min

    The cafe tables were empty at Loretta’s Authentic Pralines down in Faubourg Marigny and the display cases up front were barren. But in back, Loretta Harrison and her crew had the kitchen humming. Another batch of pralines bubbled in a copper kettle. The homey aroma of sweet potato pies in the oven filled the air. Harrison wore a pink facemask and a dusting of flour on her apron as she rolled more dough for the next round of pecan pies.

  • Where Y’Eat: A Louisiana Recipe to Endure With Cast Iron Cooking, Ironclad Heart

    Where Y’Eat: A Louisiana Recipe to Endure With Cast Iron Cooking, Ironclad Heart

    26/11/2020 Duration: 02min

    In Louisiana, we know our food has a narrative power in addition to its nourishing one, because it flows through families and is tied to place. It’s never more potent than when everything else has been kicked away. Many of us learned this on the long road back from Hurricane Katrina. Today, our food can be the story that connects hard times with better times, and times ahead. We are all writing a new chapter in that story right now.

  • Where Y’Eat: New Orleans Makes Smaller Thanksgiving Tables Feel Full

    Where Y’Eat: New Orleans Makes Smaller Thanksgiving Tables Feel Full

    19/11/2020 Duration: 02min

    No one does Thanksgiving like Louisiana. It starts with the familiar framework - turkey, pie, bourbon, family politics. But to that we add so much from our own culture, our unabating obsession with the table. Because this is 2020 though, even this feast will be different. A holiday of togetherness and gratitude can’t escape feelings of separation and loss from the pandemic.

  • Where Y’Eat: Exploring Louisiana’s Andouille Trail Link by Link

    Where Y’Eat: Exploring Louisiana’s Andouille Trail Link by Link

    12/11/2020 Duration: 02min

    I learned long ago to bring an ice chest whenever I’m driving around Louisiana because of course so many routes are dotted with great butcher shops. It’s fun to stock up with smoked meats and special treats for home. Lately, I’ve been learning a lot more along the Andouille Trail - a circuit of markets, shops and restaurants around the River Parishes.

  • Where YEat: A Haunting Tribute to Lost New Orleans Restaurants, With Uplift for Tomorrow

    Where Y'Eat: A Haunting Tribute to Lost New Orleans Restaurants, With Uplift for Tomorrow

    29/10/2020 Duration: 02min

    It was just another Halloween display at small house on a Mid-City side street, but it stopped me in my tracks. There were foam headstones, standard issue Halloween décor, except these were customized with the names of restaurants and bars we have recently lost

  • Where Y’Eat: In Food Cravings of Fall, a Call to Reunite at the Table

    Where Y’Eat: In Food Cravings of Fall, a Call to Reunite at the Table

    08/10/2020 Duration: 02min

    On the same day everyone felt the weather change in New Orleans, I heard a marching band practicing at a distance, as if rising from a football stadium somewhere. To me, the sound of that bass drum signaled fall just as clearly as the weather forecast. What happened next was inevitable: I had to have gumbo right away.