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Recent ‘Splendid Table’ podcast focuses on NOLA

15 Sep
Lynne Rosetto Kasper watches retired bartender Chris McMillian mix a Sazerac. Kasper's "Splendid Table" show featured New Orleans this week. You can watch McMillian make a Sazerac at this link from NOLA.com I shared earlier or the video can be accessed from the "Splendid Table" web site.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper watches retired bartender Chris McMillian mix a Sazerac. Kasper’s “Splendid Table” show featured New Orleans this week. You can watch McMillian make a Sazerac at a link from NOLA.com that I shared earlier or the video can be accessed from the “Splendid Table” web site. (Photo credit: “Splendid Table” web site)

I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts while training for marathons, and this weekend’s run offered a perfect mash-up of my favorite things: running, eating and New Orleans.

This week’s edition of “Splendid Table,” hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, focused on the Crescent City.

The show includes interviews with Leah Chase, the revered Queen of Creole Cuisine and owner of the restaurant Dooky Chase; Poppy Tooker, who hosts Louisiana Eats! on NOLA’s NPR station; a discussion of New Orleans’ restaurant scene with Lolis Eric Elie, who is also a writer on HBO’s “Treme”; and recently retired bartender Chris McMillian, who stirs up a Sazerac.

I listened to the podcast for the last hour or so of my 20-miler, and it certainly made those last few miles a lot easier to take.

Here’s a link to the “Splendid Table” web site, and I’d recommend downloading the entire show. It’s guaranteed to make your day go a little bit better, too.

A good day for a Sazerac

9 Mar

It’s a dreary, dank day in Iowa, so it seems like a perfect time for a good sipping drink: the Sazerac.

A while back, I reblogged a wonderful story on the Ramos Gin Fizz, a frothy treat that appeals to both gin lovers and gin abstainers alike. My post is here and the original Cold Glass blog is here. (If you enjoy a nice drink, I’d suggest following Cold Glass. You will learn a lot about a wide variety of cocktails.)

Like the gin fizz, the Sazerac is another NOLA staple. While in New Orleans in February 2013, we had to introduce friends to both of those drinks — as well as a few others. But since a couple of these friends enjoy ryes and whiskeys, I knew they would enjoy the Sazerac.

The YouTube video above gives some excellent history on cocktails and toddys — who knew there were specific qualities to each? — along with the history of the Sazerac itself. Nola.com has done a whole host of similar videos on New Orleans drinks, and they are a fun series to watch on a dreary day.

This post by another blogger is a lilting, literary tribute to the Sazerac. Here is the opening paragraph:

All too often, the alleyways of New Orleans’ French Quarter are abused by the young. The unseasoned collegiate Bacchae flood NOLA in search of the stuff to write the legends of their twenties. The rookie reaches for the Hurricane, or some other saccharine Slurpiesque booze bucket from any Bourbon Street slinger. And the locals are happy to oblige him. However, to really drink deeply of Nouvelle-Orleans, to let the taste of the Crescent City linger on in your palate (rather than displayed all over the pavement of Jackson Square at 2 A.M. ala Jackson Pollock, in beige) there is only one weapon of choice.

And finally, here are two more links on the Sazerac. Here’s a link for a simple recipe. And if you would like a bit more information on it, here’s the Wiki story.

As always: Bon temps rouler!

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