2015 was a slow news year for me as I only managed to pen 312 articles for the Scrumptious Chef site. There’s still a week left in 2015 so I’ll try and improve my output between now and years end. Below you will find a few cherry-picked posts and photos that we were particularly proud of publishing. RL Reeves Jr

Venezia Pizza

Venezia Pizza

The best greasy pizza in New Orleans is at Venezia. Really greasy. If you like chewy cheese, salty pepperoni and plenty fat in your pie then this is your spot. In 2015 we vowed to eat at Venezia once per year and are looking forward to our visit next month.

Frady's One Stop in the Bywater

Frady’s One Stop in the Bywater

We’re fascinated by Frady’s One Stop in the 9th Ward. We shoot this old school hot plate joint 4-6 times per month. A tribute befitting the best fried baloney po boy in the city.

Lamb Testicles Frying In Hog Lard

Lamb Testicles Frying In Hog Lard

I’m a founding member of Texas Txoko, the only Basque gastronomic society in the Lone Star state. Last Winter I flew into Austin and arrived at the supper party just as the lamb testicles hit the hot fat. Sublime. RL Reeves Jr

Hoe Cakes At Big Shirley's In Gentilly

Hoe Cakes At Big Shirley’s In Gentilly

RIP Big Shirley’s, the maker of the finest hoe cakes in New Orleans.

Mary Queen Of Vietnam

Mary Queen Of Vietnam

Mary Queen Of Vietnam Church in New Orleans East put out a memorable, $20 bowl of goat soup at their big annual food festival in February.

Club Desire

Club Desire

Will they tear down Club Desire Will New Orleans keep its soul?

Pressure Cooker Shrimp Boil

Pressure Cooker Shrimp Boil

We experimented with a pressure cooker shrimp boil

Abear's In Houma

Abear’s In Houma

We drove to Houma and ate like landed Cajun gentry at Abear’s.

Cajun Seafood on Claiborne Avenue In New Orleans

Cajun Seafood on Claiborne Avenue In New Orleans

We enjoyed great fried catfish while watching motorcycle gangs do burnouts in front of Cajun Seafood. Then a fight broke out

2015 Super Sunday In New Orleans

2015 Super Sunday In New Orleans

In a city of spectacle, Super Sunday is the grandest riot of sound and color of them all.

Zac Caramonta Of Gnarly Barley

Zac Caramonta Of Gnarly Barley

Louisiana is in its craft beer infancy. We’re about 15 years behind neighboring Texas but with breweries like Gnarly Barley up in Hammond we’ll be catching up soon. Zac Caramonta brews my favorite porter in the entire state.

Zuppardi's Apizza

Zuppardi’s Apizza

The single best bite of pizza we had this year came from Zuppardi’s when they drove down from Connecticut to New Orleans for the Roadfood Festival in the French Market.

The Four Seasons In New Orleans

The Four Seasons In New Orleans

The Four Seasons is coming to New Orleans. Brace yourself heathens.

The Pigeon Town Steppers

The Pigeon Town Steppers

We saw a lot of second lines in 2015 but at the end of the day the Pigeon Town Steppers put on the best parade of the year. Here’s why.

Micah Martello

Micah Martello

St Roch Market opened up and the neighborhood lost its mind

Abby Earles

Abby Earles

We filed a report on the Pontchatoula Strawberry Festival and ran into Louisiana’s Queen of Queens Abby Earles.

Avoyelles Parish

Avoyelles Parish

We called on Mansura Louisiana to shut down their Cochon de Lait Festival

T-Jim in Cottonport Louisiana

T-Jim in Cottonport Louisiana

We found the best cracklins in Louisiana and in the same storefront we watched a charcutiere make blood boudin

Irvin Mayfield Outsider Art

Irvin Mayfield Outsider Art

Irvin Mayfield had a stunning fall from grace in 2015

Wayward Owl Brewing In New Orleans

Wayward Owl Brewing In New Orleans

Justin Boswell is retrofitting the historic Gem Theater as a microbrewery called Wayward Owl.

Oyster Festival In Woldenberg Park

Oyster Festival In Woldenberg Park

This party animal came to play and so did we at the big New Orleans Oyster Festival

Tiffin Inn

Tiffin Inn

Tiffin Inn, a once mighty enterprise saw it’s anchor location shutter after a generation.

Joey Jeanfreau's In Chalmette

Joey Jeanfreau’s In Chalmette

Our 500 Po Boys series raced out to Chalmette to visit the tiny diner inside Joey Jeanfreau’s

Des Allemands

Des Allemands

We nearly got put off fried catfish po boys in Des Allemands

The First Kentucky Fried Chicken In Corbin Kentucky

The First Kentucky Fried Chicken In Corbin Kentucky

We took the show on the road and visited the first Kentucky Fried Chicken. Note the nice bed as the original business model included rooms to sleep in after a filling fried chicken meal.

New Orleans Taco Trail

New Orleans Taco Trail

We blazed a New Orleans Taco Trail

How To Make Homemade Bacon

How To Make Homemade Bacon

We made hundreds of pounds of homemade bacon

Two Girls One Shuck

Two Girls One Shuck

We saw the debut of Two Girls One Shuck, a dynamite oyster shucking pop up concern.

Chef Punch

Chef Punch

We met a friendly giant who happens to make some of the best po boys in New Orleans

Lower 9th Ward Market

Lower 9th Ward Market

National media descended upon Lower 9th Ward Market

2015 Brady Texas World Goat Barbecue Championship

2015 Brady Texas World Goat Barbecue Championship

We flew to Brady Texas for the World Championship Goat Cook Off

La Bandera Molino

La Bandera Molino

We wrote a San Antonio Barbacoa Trail

The Pearl Oyster Bar

The Pearl Oyster Bar

The Pearl was shuttered by the owner after a multi-decade run. We ran by on the last day of service for a fried shrimp po boy

Willa Jean In New Orleans

Willa Jean In New Orleans

We found Kentucky-quality biscuits and gravy at Willa Jean

Lone Star Yellow Rose

Lone Star Yellow Rose

The best IPA on offer in USA comes from Lone Pint Brewery in Magnolia Texas. They’re not coming to Louisiana but we still managed to lay our hands on a few over the past year.

2015 Festival Acadiens et Créoles In Lafayette

2015 Festival Acadiens et Créoles In Lafayette

We drove to Lafayette for the 250th anniversary party of the Cajun’s arrival in Louisiana and I tell you what cher we sure did eat

NOLA Dolls In LaPlace Louisiana

NOLA Dolls In LaPlace Louisiana

When we booked a trip to LaPlace for their big Andouille festival we never expected to see a world class dance troupe like NOLA Dolls

Karlos Knott

Karlos Knott

Drink Bayou Teche beer y’all.

Margaret the Donkey

Margaret the Donkey

We became friends with this lovely 23 year old donkey named Margaret.

We Make Our Bacon From Scratch

We Make Our Bacon From Scratch

Allen Toussaint's Funeral

Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

Scenes from Allen Toussaint’s funeral

Big Bend Brewing

Big Bend Brewing

Steve Anderson passed away

Holly At Zuppardo's Diner

Holly At Zuppardo’s Diner

We ate dozens of po boys for our 500 Po Boys series this year. Best in show? Zuppardo’s

Central City New Orleans

Central City New Orleans

We love this busted old town.

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