Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Oscar de la Renta’s Blue Velvet Gown - Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Essay


"..ill-fitting garments are all it takes for me to call up Diana Vreeland’s pronouncement that fashion must be intoxicating release from the world’s banality."

Friday, December 1, 2017

My Louisiana Brothers’ Cajun Food, T-Coons Restaurant, Billeauds Meat and Grocery, Billeaud's Too, Billeauds No. 3 - David Billeaud, Billy Billeaud


"...substantial media coverage through the years, but a high point was when Calvin Trillin mentioned Billy's Boudin Links in "The New Yorker" mag..."

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wayne Gilbert: Now a Film - Essay - A Closer Look


"It remains a fact that Wayne Gilbert is the only person I’ve ever met who has been written about in "People" magazine..."

Friday, October 27, 2017

Know Yourself: Becky Soria - Essay



(...that winding road that goes up to the Delphian Sanctuary of Apollo. Pausanias warned us the road was “precipitous.”)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Closer Look at Beignets - Hot Beignets at T-Coon’s Restaurant


"favorite theories about the origin of the New Orleans Beignet is that the Ursuline Nuns brought it from France..."

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bas Poulos: More Talk - Essay


"...Unaware of the importance of Texas art, the Greeks staged a transportation strike..."

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Earl Staley “Two Lovers Surprised By Death” - A Closer Look - Essay


Being in my twenties and fond of Jack Daniels and weed might account for my not remembering much about 1978.  I do remember that despite legal challenges,

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ten Gas Station Foods Worth the Detour - MSN.COM Food and Wine Rates Billeaud’s Meat and Grocery Top Ten


"Billeaud’s Meat and Grocery is often regarded as the home of the best boudin and crispy pork cracklings in Cajun country..." MSN.COM Food and Wine

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Edgar Degas "Etude pour La Fille de Jephte” - A Closer Look - Essay


"...nearly lost my composure when I saw a lovely sketch by Degas. I decided it would be fun to provide a tiny bit of art historical background..."

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Wing It: Roberta Harris - Essay


    
When Roberta Harris exhibits her art, I often think about the younger artists who will view it, most of whom were unborn or tiny snots at the time she

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tod Bailey Savage Color - The Orchard - Interview


After I cooked him yummy blue berry pancakes, Tod Bailey showed me his newest

Monday, May 15, 2017

Adiós Utopia Contemporary Cuban Art - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Essay


"...his guerrillas liberated them from that fire squad happy despot Batista, who..."

Monday, May 1, 2017

Some Thoughts about the Menil Collection's Dogon Sculptures - ReCollecting Dogon - Essay


"...I imagined I was in the presence of beautiful and timeless art.  All hell breaks loose..."

Monday, April 10, 2017

Gus Kopriva “Spiritual Journeys” Exhibition Catalogue - Hilliard University Art Museum Lafayette Louisiana


“Ah ate Crawfish Pie at the Bon Temps Grill,”  Kopriva told me, managing to pronounce the French words properly...

Monday, March 27, 2017

Matty Matheson’s “Dead Set on Life” Visits Billeaud’s Meat and Grocery - A Closer Look


"...expressions on the faces of the customers who entered the store while Matheson and his confrere ate Boudin and Cracklin near the entrance..."

Friday, March 24, 2017

Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch - A Closer Look - Essay


"...Benjamin Franklin’s 1763 mention of his milk punch recipe..."  Image by Alison Gootee

Sunday, March 19, 2017

American Still-Life Paintings - Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


"...68 works highlight the development of the still-life genre in America over the course of nearly 200 years..."

Monday, March 6, 2017

"Road Food" rated T-Coon’s Restaurant “Legendary” - Worth Driving from Anywhere - “Road Food” Warriors


What does “Legendary” mean?  According to “Road Food,” Legendary as opposed to “Memorable” or “Good,” means “WORTH DRIVING FROM ANYWHERE."

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Peter Ricchiuti KRVS Public Media OUT TO LUNCH Interviewed David Billeaud T-Coon's Restaurant and Herbie Schilling


"..Ricchiuti's no baloney introduction was refreshing...David Billeaud and Herbie Schilling...Hear how they earned your money and what they did with it.”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Who Said Cajun Food Isn't Elegant? Billeaud’s Meat and Grocery’s Boudin Balls


Who said Cajun food isn’t elegant?  Billeaud's Meat and Grocery makes “fancy” Boudin dishes