Month: October 2014

Bishops

Get Your Bourbon On!

  Mark Twain famously said, “If I cannot drink bourbon and smoke cigars in heaven, then I shall not go.”  The golden hue of Bourbon. Sexy in the bottle; sexier in the proper glass.  A special glass isn’t required (but some seem to just feel better suited to the task!) and some glasses do help…

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Robert's Rules

Stirrin’ Things Up!

Taking a quick espresso break and reflecting on my first couple of weeks here. Since joining the Krewe I’ve been welcomed by both colleagues at the restaurant and by legions of Picán loyalists ― people who’ve been supportive of this restaurant since the day it opened, for whom Southern cooking is a passionate topic, for whom…

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Holy Trinity! More Deliciousness!

“Holy Trinity,” or “Cajun Holy Trinity” is the Cajun and Creole equivalent of mirepoix (French, “meer-pwah“): onions, bell peppers and celery mixed in roughly the same quantities and the basis of preparation for several Cajun/Creole dishes including gumbo, étouffée and jambalaya. For the mostly Catholic French Cajuns and Creoles, the Holy Trinity reference is reverent…

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Oakland’s “Uptown” Named Country’s Best Neighborhood 2014

Oakland’s Uptown was named the country’s “Best Neighborhood” for 2014 by the non-profit American Planning Association — and the only neighborhood in California to make the list. The news comes as “no surprise” to Michael LeBlanc, owner/founder, Picán. “We saw a huge opportunity here for us in 2008 when we were looking for a site for…

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