My first time was 6 years ago. It all started one Thursday evening strolling down Royal Street with my eventual husband (I like the fact that we experienced the inaugural indulgence as a couple). I am talking about the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience’s Royal Street Stroll of course!
We enjoyed the stroll so much that the following year we added a Vintner Dinner. That night at the Windsor Court changed my life, perhaps not cosmically, but certainly regarding my approach to food and wine. To this point in my existence, I had never had a truly mind-blowing dinner, much less one paired with fantastic wines. I had no idea what I was getting into (other than $250) and was completely blown away. What stood out to us was not only the indulgent atmosphere but also the fact that this NOWFE dinners were like some secret life of which we’d been blissfully unaware for years. By the end of the evening NOWFE, and the vintner dinners in particular, were on the must-do list.
It’s not like it’s the end of the world, you know.
Just in case you’re wondering, the world is not ending Saturday. Today’s five second theology primer concerns the Rapture, confused by many with the end of the world. On the contrary, the Rapture forecast for this weekend is more like the beginning of the end, a special kind of cosmic Bonnaroo in which the righteous among us simultaneously disappear, leaving the remainder to muck out their days attending festivals, eating and drinking, second lining, and engaging in other tawdry pursuits. But don’t give these clever biblical numerologists too much credit; we all know that a detailed vision of the Rapture was foreseen in the ’80′s, and here’s the evidence:
Guys and gals, I am exhausted, plain and simple. Festival season is of course my favorite time of year (well, except the Holidays), but while my soul is nurtured my body feels like the tether ball in a game amongst hyperactive 4th graders. Am I complaining? No not really. It’s all great fun, but I must admit that I’m ready for a bit of a lull.
Don’t get used to it though, because while the festival season end is in sight, it’s not quite here yet. There are still lots more cool happenings in and around town on the horizon. New Orleans never really stops and, if you can bear the heat, fun stuff is out there. Here are a few of my favorite late spring and early summer events. Continue reading
Fields of Pinot in the Willamette Valley
He and She Said:
You are going to dinner with us, right?
We’re winos, ok? Let’s just get that out of the way first. We know what a good wine dinner is (and what it is not, but no hating today). The Wednesday Vintner Dinners at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) are on our non-negotiable must-do list each year, and they should be on yours as well.
But, there’s a small problem. All of the dinners are on the same night (May 25 this year) so you have to choose which restaurant to grace with your commerce. There are many good alternatives, but the breadth of the list can be a bit overwhelming, and who wants that?
Overwhelming sucks, when you really get down to it. We’re going to MiLa, and we think you should too.
Why MiLa? The world as we see it pretty clearly breaks into two categories: Those who have been to MiLa and can’t wait to return, and those who have not been and should go.