A must have when in New Orleans

23 Jul

Delicious !!! The only time I eat oysters is when I’m in South Louisiana . It’s the real deal in this part of the U.S . If you don’t want them raw then a must try is this way: these are chargrilled oysters with seasonings and served with bread. My go to spot is Dragos in Metairie but you can also find them on menus at other local restaurants .

Stepping up for a good cause

20 Jul

It was an honor serving as the emcee to announce the New Orleans 2017 Belles and Beaus!! They are the men and women who are doing extraordinary things in the community in the fight to find a cure for cancer ; some of them are cancer survivors, others are still battling it.

It’s also the kick-off to the fundraiser for the 2017 Belles and Beaus Ball Season! The ball is September 22nd at Mardi Gras World!

How about some Dim Sum in Nola?

16 Jul

Another great fun day on Fox 8 Noon News. Love what Chef Michael Gulotta and his partners are doing with their new Maypop restaurant in New Orleans . The Asian and southern fusion dishes are delicious . Even better on weekends you can enjoy delicious Dim Sum brunches just like Toronto, San Francisco or New York. These dumplings also vary from traditional to exotic fillings like oxtail dumplings with daikon and black vinegar, octopus shumai with spicy mustard, and crabmeat and hogs head soup dumplings.

It’s a delicious New Orleans original

3 Jul

Behold — the “Gentilly Cake;” light tasting cake made with buttercream, fruit and berries and mascarpone .

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/living/food-drink/cooks-exchange/article34726872.html#storylink=cpy
Once you taste it you can’t stop eating it . Heads up diet watchers too – its worth having a “tiny” slice . They are sold at the local Rouses grocery store .

Horsing around at work on Fox 8 Noon News

29 Jun

Got to meet a rescued mini pony named “Prince ” on Fox 8 Noon News — it’s ahead of July 9th annual fundraiser for Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center. It’s the “Rock Ride and Rescue ” event at the Rock n Bowl . Prince and many other rescue horses help many local and adult kids daily through the program

Throwback to Live reporting at iconic site

22 Jun

Always fun reporting from the New Orleans Mercedes Benz Superdome . It seats close
to 77, 000 people . It’s home for the Super Bowl Champions New Orleans Saints but over the years it’s also hosted events featuring some of the biggest names in the world in entertainment, sports , politics and of course Mardi Gras events.

Inspirational story on incredible woman

21 Jun

She is awe inspiring . One of my favorite News stories of the year : my profile on Ally Mahesa who was left paralyzed after back to back car accidents. Inspite of the odds against her – the single mother who is also a law enforcement officer – persevered and pushed beyond her paralysis to learn how to walk again – and then kept going with her rehabilitation to become an award winning body builder .

They are ready to roll for annual Oyster Fest

1 Jun

Great fresh Louisiana seafood is one of the perks of living in this part of the country .
Got a preview with BBQ oyster po-boy – for those who don’t know – a po-boy is a local sandwich .
Thanks to Redfish Grill Chef Austin Kirzner and Oyster fest and American Seafood Committee member Wayne Hess. Oyster fest kicks off this week downtown along the Mississippi River

No shortage of star chefs in New Orleans Chef Aaron Sanchez

26 May

Great night at his restaurant Johnny Sanchez in New Orleans

Sánchez is a well know American chef and national television personality. He’s also extremely kind and classy !!

Fun day for chocolate lovers

23 May

Got a big preview for chocolate lovers of the Big Gateaux show at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Sucre is a fabulous place locally to pick up gourmet style chocolates.

Today at Noon on FOX 8 NEWS – interviewed Executive Chef and owner of Sucre New Orleans– Tariq Hanna –as well the co-chair of the Gateaux Show Lauren Homer .

A throwback to my reporting in Miami

23 May

Many people told me they saw this video of me reporting in a recent 48 hours report. The special focused on the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace in July of 1997 in Miami. That was a tragic story to cover .

What’s for dinner on Sunday ?

22 May

The perk about living in New Orleans is access to great fresh seafood . Sautéed mahi mahi , curried flavor carrots and a Caribbean mango salsa, the corn looked good for the picture; but got filled up on the fish and veggies


22 May

Downtime in Napa Valley

No where else tops New Orleans Seafood

22 May

Its Friday and time for another big Charity event in New Orleans with great seafood.

This is one busy Chef – one of the top in the U.S and he calls New Orleans home

22 May

James Beard award winning Chef John Besh – captured at one of his many charity events. This former U.S Marine now ranks as one of the nation’s best Chefs — thankfully he’s still here and owns several local restaurants.

The classy and talented actor Morris Chestnut

22 May

Sorry ladies he is happily married. He was kind, classy , professional – love to see good things happen to good people .

He was in New Orleans leading up to the debut of his Fox television series Rosewood.

What a treat – Earth Wind and Fire Philip Bailey

22 May

Even got to sing a few notes on air with this incredibly talented musician. . What a treat interviewing the one and only, Earth Wind and Fire, Philip Bailey in a satellite interview .

Perched high above for broadcast Mardi Gras 2017

22 May

When you go to New Orleans – you got to see the Mardi Gras. This year got to see the French Quarter version of it and broadcast to our viewers the costumes… French Quarter style .. away from the parade routes

The early morning calm before the French Quarter Mardi Gras crowds

22 May

Plum assignment decked out in purple … Mardi Gras 2017

My 2017 Mardi Gras broadcast Krewe

22 May

Call us the "Baby Cakes." Its the one time of the year when New Orleans Journalists get to dress up . Shelley, the talented photographer Jim and I had a blast broadcasting from the French Quarter.