Deep Fried Diaries

The insider's scoop on food, travel & southern culture

SIMONE SEZ: Guest Blogger Chef David Guas on Southern Camaraderie at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

“‘Brutha Act’  My confidant and closest friend is in Atlanta – if you have any interest in food in that town, you’ve heard of Linton Hopkins. We’ve both gotten so … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Mardi Gras, milestones & memories!

Shrove Tuesday is just next week, but the celebration leading up to it truly began on January 6. When the Christmas tree comes down, a new set of traditions gets … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: New Years reflections, Simple gratitude

Something I saw on CBS Sunday Morning last weekend made me stop and think about parenthood — and gratitude.  It was a commentary about how we don’t thank our parents, … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Shop Small Business Saturday

I hope your stuffing was tasty and your turkey was plump. May your potatoes and gravy have never a lump! I hope your yams were delicious and your pies took … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

A rare gathering reveals the expressive culture of my New Orleans

Internationally renowned artists, the likes of SAMO legend Al Diaz and Time magazine cover calligram designer Dylan Roscover, will descend on New Orleans November 8 and 9 to honor the … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Breast cancer awareness shouldn’t end with October

Happy Halloween folks! The Simoneink gang has fully embraced the Halloween spirit! Thought you all might want to see a picture of our shoes from last night’s Chefs for Equality … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Simoneink does Cleveland

One month married, Meg is back from her dreamy, Italian honeymoon and back in the swing of things here at Simoneink. Now that we’ve fully digested the experience, we thought … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

SIMONE SEZ: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

It takes courage to stand strong for who you are, for your passions, and for your determination to be an individual.  Let me tell you a story about standing strong. … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Our Fair Lady — Meg’s gettin’ hitched!

Wouldn’t you know it, our little Meg is getting married this weekend! The start of her celebration was when she walked out of our office doors at 10:30 Tuesday night … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

You may have noticed something different about us…

Well howdy folks, it’s been a busy summer for this lady. I feel like I’ve been up, down and around the globe these past few months—overseas to London & Scotland, … Continue reading

August 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Boys Blog, London Town

So to put a cap on this London trip of ours, I want to do one final blog… and this time with the boys. This was their first overseas experience—Kemp … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Best of British

The boys and I have been abroad! Only for vacation, not to worry. It’s something we’ve always talked about—broadening the boy’s cultural horizons—and yet, the plan always seemed so far … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Small towns, big trends

Howdy, folks! Reporting to you live from small-town Washington D.C. Last week’s post got me thinking about the rise of small-town barbecue onto a national culinary scene—a trend that was compelling … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: A tale of BBQ & revelations

For the first seventy thousand ages, mankind ate their meat raw. That is, they’d gnaw and tear at rubbery flesh to get the protein they needed to sustain themselves. Sounds … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: In defense of the foodie

The poor foodie has come under attack lately. Not too long ago, B.R. Myers gave them a whomp in The Atlantic for their callous obsession with food fads and gluttony. … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: In the name of Seersucker

Well, now I’ve just about heard everything.  Apparently, some state senator over in Missouri wants to ban seersucker. About near blasphemy to a Louisianan and to our other neighboring Southern states. … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Newbie in New Orleans

First off, I’d like to welcome myself back to the Deep Fried Diaries. I’ve had a few crazy weeks strung up in a row, but not to worry. I’m hopping … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

SIMONE SEZ: A blast from Easters past

Easter just seems the perfect time to whip out old pictures. I know I’m late on “Throwback Thursday,” but quite frankly, I like to throwback to old pictures any day … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Cheers to Cherry Blossoms

Spring has sprung. Well… kind of. With the official turn of the season last week, I was expecting the sprouting of spring flowers and a flittering of little animals emerging … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: St. Patty’s Day Exposé

Top o’ the morning! We’re getting dangerously close to my favorite Irish holiday. (Is there more than one?) With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner (Sunday, March 17), I … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Hope for the Future of Food Writing

Continued from Part 1, Food writing for dummies Thoughts on the present, from a brilliant culinary mind: There used to be more meaningful, purposeful writing attached to recipes, where the … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

SIMONE SEZ: Food Writing, For Dummies

In the world we have become, everything seems to be expressed in 140 characters or less. I fear for the future of writing—particularly, food writing. In the past few weeks, … Continue reading

March 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Mardi Gras Takes to Arlington

Well hello there! Happy Mardi Gras to all! We decided to start celebrating bright and early this morning. It was barely 7 a.m., and we had the whole crew out … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Bayou Bakery Brings the Heat

What is it that draws us to hot and spicy foods? Let’s take hot wings, for instance (and I mean the hot ones). The first bite brings a little tingling … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Dear Abby…

Dear Abby: Two men who claim to be father and adopted son just bought an old mansion across the street and fixed it up. We notice a very suspicious mixture … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Inaugural Sips & Eats

Today is the day! President Barack Obama has once again taken the oath of office, marking the start of his second term as president. The inaugural festivities have, for the … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Inaugural Blast from the Past

Yet again, another inauguration is here. There’s a unique energy about this place as outsiders join the ranks of Washingtonians, here to witness the historical event. I came across a … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Foods that Cure

It’s that time of year again, the dreaded cold & flu season. During these wintery months, our best attempts at dodging germs are often in vain. No matter how hard … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

SIMONE SEZ: 12 days of christmas gifts

Gift-giving can be a tricky task. Often times it requires taking a wild guess at peoples’ wants and needs, and the gift list seems to grow longer each year, with … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Chefs Share: Santa’s Favorite Treats

Have you ever sat down and thought—really thought—about how amazing the work of Santa Claus is? I mean, here we have someone who hits every house around the world in … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: 4-1-1 on Holiday Cocktails

TGIF Washingtonians! You’ve successfully arrived at another Friday afternoon. You may find yourself a little distracted right now, as visions of the weekend dance around in your head. Maybe you’re … Continue reading

December 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: 12-12-12 National Cocoa Day—Toys 4 Treats

At the end of October, a number of cities along the East coast were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Needless to say it stuck a chord with me, given the impact … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Deep Fried Turkey Diaries (leftover recipes)

Thanksgiving day is over. You’ve got a sink full of dishes, a fridge full of leftovers, and a house full of hungry relatives—it’s time to think on your feet. For … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

SIMONE SEZ: Thanksgiving: Fusing Traditions

When I say Thanksgiving, I’m sure a number of memories and traditions come flooding to mind: Grandma cooking in the kitchen, deep fried turkey, braised collards, sweet potato tarts. (Those … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Seasonal Produce: A Triple Threat

Alright Readers, it’s time for another post on seasonal ingredients. We’ve covered tomatoes at the peak of summer and apples at the turn of fall. Now I don’t want to … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: 2012 Election — Let your Stomach Decide

Ahh, election day! There’s a familiar buzz around Washington, DC, and it’s gotten everyone in that election-day hype. Lucky for us, the entertainment value should be there as well. Looks … Continue reading

November 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: The Bonds of Barbecue

It’s already late October, which means the holidays are now only a stone’s throw away. The season of family gatherings is drawing near, and I received a nice little preview … Continue reading

October 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: The Best of Southern Brunch

It’s Sunday morning. Hopefully you just caught up on a bit of much-needed sleep. Or maybe you went out last night, and the sunlight streaming through your window is just … Continue reading

October 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Rules of Brunch — (brunch rules)

Brunch-goers are a passionate breed. Particularly in Washington, DC. And any dedicated brunch-goer knows, there’s more to it than just a mid-morning meal. Brunch is a social occasion — a … Continue reading

October 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Oktoberfest (celebrating remotely)

Too bad we’re not a little closer to Munich, huh? We could be smack dab in the middle of the 179th Annual Oktoberfest, drinking ourselves into one of those famous … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

My Inspiration: in Food & in Life

Everyone has that person who touched your life at an early age. The person who showed you what it meant to be passionate and helped you discover your own zest … Continue reading

September 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Apples to Apples

Apples are great, aren’t they? I mean, with daily consumption, they keep the doctor away, and you probably have one of your own that doesn’t fall far from the tree. … Continue reading

September 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

Roots of New Orleans

Talk about amazing… I can’t help but to follow up with a quick recap of last weekend’s Roots of Music event. Music, and especially jazz, is at the core of … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

New Orleans Jazz in DC’s Backyard

New Orleans has clearly been on my mind lately, but I’m shifting my focus to a more positive note. A musical note. There’s something about the vibrancy of the New … Continue reading

September 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Isaac Meets Katrina (hurricane reflections)

Everyone can’t help but to draw comparisons between Hurricane Isaac and the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which was seven years ago this week. Isaac has made landfall, and we’re hoping … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reveling Atlantic City

Last weekend, I took a fabulous trip to Revel Resort & Casino in Atlantic City. With all these blog posts about weekend getaways, I might seem like the ultimate jet-setter… … Continue reading

August 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Instagram Insights

You know what they say: a picture’s worth a thousand words. Well actually, when you add an Instagram filter, they may be worth a few more… If you’re out-of-touch with … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Warm Memories of Julia Child

It was 1991, and I was about to launch the first cookbook I’d ever help promote, Simply Elegant: The Cuisine of the Windsor Court Hotel. It was a revolutionary collection … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sir Wiedmaier + DC Beer Week

Chef Robert Wiedmaier may be known around Washington, DC, as a successful restaurateur and a Harley hog rider; however, an entirely different reputation may soon be preceding him… At the … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tomato Roundup

There’s something incomparably refreshing about a tomato. Biting into that firm, spongy flesh. Tasting its earthy sweetness. Juicy, pink liquid dripping down your chin. Am I getting too graphic? At … Continue reading

August 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

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