Discover Something New at Home in New Orleans
New Restaurant: Peche
Peche is the new seafood-centric offshoot of Chef Donald Link's nationally acclaimed Cochon. The whole roasted gulf fish is the reason to go, but a slew of small plates and sides -- try the crab and artichoke fritters or the grilled lamb skewers with eggplant -- provide plenty of choices for pescatarians and carnivores alike. Save room for pastry chef Rhonda Ruckman's Flourless Madagascar Chocolate Cake.
Place to Bring a Little "Home" Home with You: Billy Reid
Louisiana menswear designer Billy Reid just opened his first store in New Orleans on Magazine Street. His "Lo-Fi" Southern style takes influence from the food, music and outdoor cultures of south Louisiana and Alabama. His fashion spans from high-end (a three-quarter-length nutria fur coat -- don't ask how much it costs) to more down-to-earth T-shirts touting cornbread and the Southern Foodways Alliance. The double-breasted leather pea coat with a shearling collar is particularly sharp. Helping to reinforce the easy-going vibe, bourbon sometimes "finds" its way into your hand and local chefs occasionally whip up snacks in the open kitchen in the back.
Word on the Street
A good old-fashioned newspaper war is playing out between the once-venerable Times-Picayune and the Advocate, an upstart that muscled into the market following a gross misstep when the former switched to a reduced printing schedule. Locals are talking about the final season of HBO's critically acclaimed "Treme," and the Saints are locked in a tight battle with Carolina for NFC South primacy.
Jay Forman is the Food and Dining Editor for New Orleans Magazine. A native of the Crescent City, his passion for food and danger once led him to deep-fry a muffuletta.