Posts Tagged ‘New Orleans’

The New Southern Accent Cookbook! Twenty years in the making!

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 11.47.39 AMAlmost twenty years ago Southern Accent Restaurant owner Frances Wood and I went to New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana to gather recipes for a new cookbook. We ate, drank and listened to some of the best music ever made… but never wrote the book. Until now.

Two decades in the making the brand-spanking new Southern Accent Cookbook: Our Cajun, Creole & Soul Experience is about to make Cajun cooks very happy! Frances wrote the book with Southern’s co-owner Thessavan Maniceavasakan and I contributed a story from our trip about meeting the man who makes the best étouffée in Louisiana, Earl “Two Bit” Patin. He was an amazing character, a true Cajun and a great chef.

Here’s an excerpt:

“What would make a directionally challenged navigator and one adventurous foodie travel deep into the heart of Cajun country?

“Rumors of Southern Louisiana’s best étouffée, that’s what.

“Étouffée, in case you don’t already know, is one of life’s great pleasures. It can be either Cajun or creole, can be spicy or not and can be served with any manner of shellfish or seafood. What makes it special, an ambrosia for lucky taste buds, is the sauce.

“The word literally means smothered, and figuratively refers to “suffocating” whatever protein you like in a sauce that is as deep, thick and rich as the history of the bayou itself.

“With mouths watering Frances and I left Lafayette and set out for the home of Earl “Two-Bit” Patin, the mayor of Henderson, a tiny town—only 1.7 square miles—in St. Martin Parish. Many wrong turns later, courtesy of my inability to read a map, we arrive at the Valhalla of Étouffée, a modest home with a pick up truck parked out front next to a fire pit…”

To read the whole story and get some great Southern Accent recipes call 416 536 3211 to preorder the book and check out the restaurant HERE!

From Bullet to the Head to A Streetcar Named Desire – movies set in New Orleans By Richard Crouse Metro Canada In Focus Wednesday January 30, 2013

BULLET-TO-HEADNew Orleans is one of the great cities of the world. The vibrant, balmy beauty of the town gave birth to jazz, zydeco and some of the best food this side of Emeril Lagasse’s crock pot.

It’s also the location of many movies, earning the nickname Hollywood South in reference to the many films that have been shot there in recent years.

This weekend the new Sylvester Stallone Y-chromosome thriller Bullet to the Head takes place in the gritty underbelly of post-Katrina New Orleans. As they say in NOLA it lets “the bonne temps roulez” with some spectacular Crescent City scenery, good zydeco party music all washed down with a healthy shot of Bulleit bourbon.

Many recent movies have used the city as a backdrop, including Django Unchained, Looper, Killing them Softly, Killer Joe and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Tennessee Williams loved the “Big Easy” so much he once said, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” Enamored with the place, he set several of his plays there, most famously A Streetcar Named Desire which contains one of the most famous lines in movie history.

As played by Marlon Brando, Stanley Kowalski’s barbaric yell of “Stella!!” was voted one of the best movie quotes by the American Film Institute.

Streetcar’s director, Elia Kazan also set Panic in the Streets, the story of a doctor and a policeman who have just two days to find a killer infected with a highly contagious form of bubonic plague, in 1950s New Orleans. It’s dirty, dangerous, and claustrophobic — the perfect setting for a film noir.

Shot on location in New Orleans, it’s as though the freewheeling attitude of the city loosened Kazan up a bit. “I went wild,” he said. “It was a carny atmosphere. In one sequence, for extras we emptied a whorehouse of its girls; that was a jolly day. Living irregularly, I was in heaven.”

One movie to take advantage of the city’s connection to the occult—NOLA was, after all, the home of Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau—was Angel Heart. Mickey Rourke is Harry Angel, a New York City detective, hired by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro). The role of Louis Cyphre (say it fast to hear the homophone) was originally offered to Marlon Brando who turned it down.