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My day and night with

9 Oct

So glad to say goodbye to Hurricane Nate . My day started on the Anchor desk in New Orleans and ended covering the storm in Biloxi near where Nate made landfall. While it spared New Orleans it left quite East of the City where it hit Can’t wait to say farewell to Hurricane Season 2017 .

Snapshots from Katrina

30 Aug

12 years later – wow – so much time has passed since Hurricane Katrina. I was on the ground in New Orleans reporting from the moment the storm made landfall and through the catastrophe that followed with the floods after the levees and flood walls failed . Prayers we won’t ever have to endure that ever again .

Bring on the Boudin yumm

21 Aug

If you get to Emerils in New Orleans you have to try the Homemade Andouille and Boudin Sausages with Southern cooked greens, beer braised onions, whole grain mustard, emeril’s Worcestershire sauce- the best greens I’ve ever tasted!!!

And where were you for the 2017 Solar Eclipse?

21 Aug

Quickly headed to the front of Fox 8 News – to check out the Solar Eclipse of 2017. Thanks to some NASA glasses got to safely view it. That’s what it looked like in picture of live video when looked at it with safety glasses .

Another must try at Emerils New Orleans Restaurant

17 Aug

This braised pork shoulder was a sweet delicious surprise – so many great flavors . They are rocking it at Emerils these days in Nola

Great for pork lovers

17 Aug

Highly recommend this if it’s on the menu – this pork belly dish at Emerils restaurant in New Orleans with peppers, sweet pearl onions and smothered baby beans .

Bring on the Boudin -yumm

17 Aug

If you get to Emerils in New Orleans you have to try the Homemade Andouille and Boudin Sausages with Southern cooked greens, beer braised onions, whole grain mustard, emeril’s Worcestershire sauce- the best greens I’ve ever tasted!!!

Delicious dinner at Chef Emeril’s restaurant

17 Aug

It’s been a while since I had dinner at EMERIL’S in New Orleans. Delicious dishes from appetizers to entrees with Nola flavors. I will also post some of the other dishes I recommend there

What’s for dinner – Gulf coast Tuna

14 Aug

Sunday night : yes you can fill up on delicious food and still be healthy. Gulf coast tuna infused with soy and wasabi marinade and rolled in black and white sesame seeds and then grilled . It was served on a bed of spring greens, cucumbers tomatoes and yellow peppers and sliced caramelized mangoes. Yumm!!

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 .