July 15, 2009

“Poets are innocents, they belong to the ether and the earth. They don’t… as ‘writers’ do, [prove] in their mean-spirited way that the earthlings are filled with greed and envy, that the world is a spiral of small-minded gestures. Poets… celebrate beauty. They make much of little. Flowers, birds, the names of things are important to them.” – The Florist’s Daughter – Patricia Hampl

July rages on with Top Tastes, memorable places and dishes from my culinary explorations in the last two weeks. My top drink tastes show up in Imbiber, with a little coffee, juice, champagne, and, of course, cocktails. This issue’s Wandering Traveler means we’re going back to New Orleans, y’all, as longing to be at Tales of the Cocktail last week had me reminiscing about all that the Uptown, Carollton, and Garden District have to offer.

Summer lunches on the patio with pisco drinks at La Mar

Summer lunches (with pisco) on the patio at La Mar

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