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JAN-FEB 2018

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On Sunday night, our last in town, we had dinner at the Royal Sonesta's Restaurant R'evolution by Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto. It's an exciting establishment with a very NOLA courtyard entrance. The service was stellar, and we sampled more dishes and drinks than we probably should have; we've been known to go overboard, and this night was no exception. It offers a modern take on classic Creole and Cajun food, and it's almost impossible to go wrong, provided you can get a reservation. It was all so delicious that Jen tried dishes that might not have appealed to her under normal circumstances, including some rillettes and other mysterious potted meats that she enjoyed thoroughly. Exceptional was the beef cheek Stroganov, as was the seared sea scallops and foie gras, the latter perfectly matched with a slightly off-dry Riesling from J.J. PrĂ¼m. e sommelier also took us on a tour of the spectacular wine cellar, which numbers 10,000 bottles from top-flight producers around the world. With dozens of Grand Cru bottlings, the Burgundy section alone is truly mind-boggling. After dinner, we attended a concert by Germaine Bazzle, a popular jazz singer, at e Jazz Playhouse off the Royal Sonesta lobby. As we sipped our nightcaps and took in the 85-year-old's exhilarating set, I reflected on our trip. We'd seen friends, met celebrities, walked the French Quarter and taken the St. Charles streetcar down to Audubon Park, where I used to play as a kid. We'd toured Old Ursuline Convent and the St. Louis Cathedral. When we'd tired of walking, we'd eaten and enjoyed cocktails at Desire Oyster Bar in the hotel. It had been a splendid visit. We retired that night, exhausted, happy, and already planning our next NOLA adventure. I may have lived in Indy long enough to qualify for dual citizenship, but New Orleans is my hometown, and my roots will forever be there. Laissez les bon temps rouler. sl For more information about Royal Sonesta New Orleans, please visit www.sonesta.com. slmag.net 93

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