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From the Road: The Roosevelt Hotel, Sazerac and Domenica in New Orleans

October 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments

rooseveltpostcard  FROM PENSACOLA — Oh, my – I’m almost speechless! The newly restored Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans was definitely one of the highlights of a weeklong almost fantasy trip to the Crescent City, incorporating the Association of Food Journalists’ annual conference (my web site won third place in AFJ’s competition as best food blog!) and a couple of travel assignments.

The historic property — and I’ll have many photos and a video coming — is a shining example of New Orleans’ comeback and revival and healing, and a huge reason to go visit – they want and need you back!  Book the Roosevelt now before most discover it – it’s going to be totally booked for holidays, we’re sure.

It’s perfect for a getaway or an assignation, with charm, luxury, extreme comfort, and a colorful past all rolled into one. A “grand hotel” in the historic, grandest sense of the word, yet full of modern comforts for the traveler make it a world unto its own here.

Besh’s restaurant Domenica

johnbeshCelebrated New Orleans’ chef (August, Luke) John Besh has the signature restaurant at the hotel, Domenica — a winner as a rustic Italian with salume the star. Chic, yet not too sterile, with a great bar and good vibe, it’s attracting a smart crowd. It’s reasonable and with small plates as option, a terrific value.

Drink it all in

If ever there were a “cocktail” rebirth city, it’s New Orleans — there’s a new look at all the old that’s making a comeback – and in bars such as Cure, or the new/old Sazerac bar in the Roosevelt, you’ll find these delicious drinks (why did they fade from favor?) like the Sazerac, Pimm’s Cup, Ramos Gin Fizz and one of my favorites, a Hemingway at Arnaud’s beautiful French 72 bar. We love the Napolean for Pimm’s Cup – more on that, too.

Still on the road

So much to tell, and still traveling through Florida’s panhandle — but I wanted to give you a taste to tease.

Do check back soon – I’ll have recipes, chef profiles, travel tips and more. Gotta run — a restaurant in Foley, Ala., calls…

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  • 1 Adam Steinhoff // Oct 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    We’re heading to New Orleans in December. Interested to know about any other have-to-do’s while there.

  • 2 Jan Norris // Oct 21, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I’ll be posting for the next couple of weeks. I put a whole list of spots, but don’t miss Herbsaint, or the Napolean House – my two favs from this trip. Lots of other “must do’s” especially if this will be your first trip. And I want some more coffee from there, so get with me before you leave!

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