Tag Archives: oysters

Louisiana Seafood Overwhelms
This Weekend

October is probably the city’s biggest festival month in terms of the number of events. While spring may host the largest festivals, the fall’s great weather kicks out the jams for the sheer numbers of festivals celebrating barbecue, blues, Gretna Heritage, film, seafood, and of course, music. This weekend’s offering, from Friday October 11 through [...]

Drago’s Metairie Restaurant’s July 11 Proceeds to Benefit St. Bernard Project

Everyone in New Orleans knows how good Drago’s charbroiled oysters are. They remain one of my favorite treats in the city during my lunchtime excursions with friends. On July 11 you can treat yourself to this delicacy and help rebuild New Orleans at the same time. In celebration of Drago Cvitanovich’s 90th Birthday, Drago’s Seafood [...]

New Orleans Oyster Festival in Woldenberg Park This Weekend

The New Orleans Oyster Festival is moving off the hot pavement of the Jax Brewery parking lot and into Woldenberg Park (at Conti Street) this year. The festival begins Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m. and continues Sunday, June 3 from noon to 8:30 p.m. The centerpiece of the fest is of course the food, [...]

Terry Brown, The 60-Year-Old Rapper with a Bad Knee, Hits the Spot at Felix’s Oyster Bar

Felix’s Oyster Bar 739 Iberville Street (504) 522-4440 Is this your favorite oyster bar? Acme and Felix’s—it’s what and what. This man here been shucking for 25 years—when you get good like this, you don’t want to do nothing else. Hey, neph, you put that root beer in the mail? How am I doing? I’m [...]

New Orleans Oyster Festival: Photos

The second-annual New Orleans Oyster Festival was held Saturday and Sunday in front of Jax Brewery in the French Quarter. The free festival included music from the Treme Brass Band, Bucktown Allstars, Bag of Donuts, John Popper and the Dusk Ray Trubadors, James Ray Brad, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and Irma Thomas. [...]

Jazz Fest Seafood One Year After the Oil Spill

During a memorable set at last year’s Jazz Fest, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam took to the bully pulpit and skewered BP for the disaster that was becoming the Deepwater Horizon. In not-so-kind words, he strongly encouraged BP’s executives to send down their sons and daughters to clean up the oil spill. At that time, [...]

Paid in Whiskers

My husband is John Boutté’s piano tuner. He’s a darling, Boutté, and he pays well. Cash plus. Last time it was a pound of fresh shrimp that somebody had brought him that morning that he wasn’t going to cook. The shrimp were so fresh you could hang them by the whiskers. We enjoyed them Sunpie [...]

Farewell To Seafood, As I Once Knew It

An old friend called me today about some advice. We were chatting, as old friends do, and she suggested lunch, which I gladly agreed on. Then she said, “ I hear that the supply of oysters is supposed to run out next week. I think we should run out and get some before they  totally [...]


I need me some zen. And I don’t mean the absinthe, either. I’m worried about New Orleans and the Louisiana Gulf Coast. There’s an oil spill out there that will most certainly negatively impact not only the quality of my life, but my children’s. It’s another Katrina, except we haven’t experienced its full impact yet. [...]

Tasty, Cold and Firm: Slurpin’ Up the Best Raw Oysters

The big question I always ponder about oysters is, what motivated the person who first picked up this rock-like thing from the bottom of some primordial lagoon and decided to crack it open and eat the gray amorphous blob within? Perhaps it was the labia-like appearance that served as the enticement. (While the connection of [...]