Deep Fried Diaries

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

SIMONE SEZ: Voices of the South – New Orleans to the Deep Delta

For as long as I can remember, I can hear the soulful voice of Mr. Okra as he drives around his weather-beaten truck humbly gracing the streets of uptown New … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: How the West was Won on My Family Vacation

In a city famous for its towering landmark, the Space Needle, Seattle was a wonderful discovery of western traditions, food, and hospitality for our family. It was pleasing to have … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: A Place a Boy Could Not Forget – Cuba

As I sit here at my neighborhood pool, listening to my sons playing in the water, my eyelids grow a bit heavy with the repetitive sounds of their voices mixed … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day – Purity of Love in White Desserts

The sweetest part of Valentine’s Day is the luscious ending that comes at the close of a cozy dinner or creative gift – a blissfully-delicious dessert. And on this hallmark … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chef to Chef

One of the great successes of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is the way it brings chefs together who aren’t conventionally ‘Southern.’ Chefs from all over the region, from … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

Chef David Guas returns to Today Show

In case you missed it live, chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery graced the Today Show with his presence last week and took everyone back to … Continue reading

August 19, 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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
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