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Kate Krader's Guide to New Orleans Neighborhoods

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F&W’s Kate Krader hit New Orleans with locals like Treme’s Wendell Pierce as her tour guides. Here, her neighborhood guide.

Kate Krader's Guide to New Orleans

© Paul Costello

French Quarter
I ate amazing pizza and house-made charcuterie at Domenica and got the scoop on the upcoming Treme cookbook from the book’s author, renowned local writer Lolis Eric Elie.

Historic District
At Bellocq bar, I drank icy rum cobblers with Treme star Wendell Pierce; he told me about his cool new chain of grocery stores.

Warehouse District
Over warm boudin and superb muffuletta sandwiches, Cochon Butcher’s chef-owner Donald Link gave me the scoop on the amazing pork he’s begun producing.

Bywater District
I got an insider tour of NOLA’s hottest area from big-deal developer Sean Cummings. A Bywater highlight: the great food-and-cocktail spot Maurepas Foods.

Related: New Orleans Travel Guide
Kate Krader's Insider Guide to New Orleans
Delicious Recipes from New Orleans Chefs

Travel Tips

Fall Foliage by Boat

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New York Water Taxi: Fall Foliage Tour

Courtesy of New York Water Taxi

Driving around looking at the gorgeous amber, orange and sunset-colored leaves of deciduous trees is a familiar fall road trip, but a handful of enterprising boat companies now offer traffic-free foliage tours by water. For three upcoming Sundays (Oct. 21and 28, and Nov. 4), New York Water Taxi offers guided day trips leaving from Manhattan at 12:30 p.m., and gliding 60 miles up the Hudson River to West Point.»

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Trendspotting

3 Nouveau Vintage Hotels

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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, then and now.

Photo © St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

F&W's October issue looks at the wisdom of aging, from barrel-aged cocktails to timeworn spaces. Here, three beautifully renovated historic hotels.

St. Pancras Renaissance, London (photo)

Then: Built in 1873 as part of the city’s St. Pancras train station, the hotel offered central heating, a Moroccan-style coffee shop and an opulent restaurant—the height of Victorian-era hospitality and luxury.

Now: After a 76-year closure, St. Pancras has been carefully restored, including reproductions of the original glassware, with some modern design touches. A concession to the times: Rooms have iPads. stpancras.com.

The Algonquin, New York City

Then: A Jazz Age-era hotel and famous watering hole for the city’s intelligentsia, it was the site of Dorothy Parker’s Round Table. Owner Frank Case was known to offer free rooms to struggling authors.

Now: All 174 rooms have been renovated, some for the first time since the hotel’s 1902 opening. The Blue Bar has been updated, and the Oak Room cabaret turned into a lounge. algonquinhotel.com.

Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Then: Opened in 1946, the hotel became a favorite of 1950s Hollywood. Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis and Tony Curtis were regulars. Marilyn Monroe sat for one of her final photo shoots here and Grace Kelly stayed the night she won her Oscar.

Now: Recently renovated, the property has a new eponymous restaurant by Wolfgang Puck, who also masterminded the bar, lounge and room-service menus. A signature dish and locavore favorite: snapper crudo with Santa Barbara uni. hotelbelair.com.

Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

The Best Simple Fall Dessert: Tarte Tatin

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Seared Sea Scallops with Fresh Green Curry and Spinach

© Stephanie Meyer

I am happy to share my favorite simple dessert, a classic that every cook should learn to make. The process is simple: You essentially boil a broken caramel and it re-emulsifies, thanks to all of the juice that comes from the apples during cooking. The pectin in the fruit binds it all together, so by the time the pan is nearly dry, the apples are cooked through and the caramel has thickened.

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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Seared Sea Scallops with Fresh Green Curry

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Seared Sea Scallops with Fresh Green Curry and Spinach

© Stephanie Meyer

Scallops are so delicious this time of year and this Thai green curry is a superb way to do something a little special with them. This is Saturday night food in my house, not Tuesday night fare.

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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

The Queen of Sicilian Cuisine's Brilliant Rabbit

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Grilled Wine-Braised Rabbit with Chimichurri

© Stephanie Meyer

In Sicily in fall 2009, I had a chance to eat, hang out and get some private instruction from the queen of Sicilian cuisine, Eleonora Consoli. She is a force of nature and a champion of Sicilian melting pot cuisine. Her stunning villa in the shadow of Mount Etna is filled with lemon trees, herb pots, a collection of copper dessert molds, cassata forms (pans) and the types of photos in silver frames that are jaw dropping (El, is that you with Onassis and Jackie?). She is a feisty and strong-minded lady and things are done her way in her kitchen. Read more >

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Trendspotting

3 Far-Flung Escapes in Southeast Asia

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Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

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Here, three destinations for a spectacular fall or winter vacation.

The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Thailand
Thailand’s most famous island, Phuket, is gorgeous but a bit overdeveloped. This secluded 67-villa resort is just a 25-minute boat ride away. From $470 per night; nakaislandphuket.com.

Vedana Lagoon, Vietnam
On a remote lagoon between Hue and Hoi An in the central part of the country, this luxurious eco-resort is all about the spa, with many of the herbs for treatments sourced from its on-site garden. From $340 per night; vedanalagoon.com.

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia (photo)
After being captivated by the beauty of Cambodia, an Australian couple created this incredible private-island resort. From $1,336 per night, meals included; songsaa.com.

Related: New Ingredients for a Southeast Asian Pantry

Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Spaghettini with Arugula, Pancetta, Herbs and Eggs

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Spaghettini with Arugula, Pancetta, Herbs and Eggs

© Stephanie Meyer

There is no better midnight dinner than this one. Period. End of discussion.

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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Irresistible Skewered Shrimp and Ham with Apple Jelly

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Skewered Shrimp and Ham with Apple Jelly

© Stephanie Meyer

Twenty-four years ago I had a meal at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, and met the chef, Jamie Shannon. He was an amazing chef and a brilliant talent. Despite his New Jersey origins, he reinvented himself as a son of the South. His Commander’s Palace cookbook is one of my favorites. Read more >

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Travel

The New Machine Age

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Hotel Indigo in Atlanta

© Carlos Garcia

Guests can help themselves to a snack, a glass of wine or cocktail fixings from foodie vending machines and minibars in hotel lobbies.

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Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

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