Kitchen Witch Cook Books

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The French Quarter is filled with amazing little shops to suit anyone’s taste, I found mine on Toulouse Street between Chartres and Royal, just a couple of blocks from Jackson Square.

Anyone that knows me knows my love for cookbooks of all kinds, but especially Creole & Cajun Cookbooks. Imagine my joy when I stumbled upon a sign that simply read Cook Books when walking down Toulouse Street in the French Quarter during our recent trip to New Orleans.

A wonderful shop with vibrant art work on the walls, various kitchen related items lovingly placed around the store, and lots of used and new cook books seperated by category, a cook’s dream!

The proprietors Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa are among the many friendly faces we encountered in the city on our trip, and Debbie was quick with some favorite dining suggestions when I asked for some recommendations.

The real treat for me was located in the back of the store, the Creole & Cajun section, as well as a large collection of vintage LPs.

They have a very nice selection of used and new Creole & Cajun cook books and a glass case that contains some more rare items, such as the Buster Holmes Restaurant Cookbook.

Another thing that really caught my eye was a Chez Helene t-shirt under glass, Chez Helene of course being the long lost restaurant of the late Austin Leslie who passed away shortly after being trapped in his attic during Katrina.

Debbie & Philipe also ship so give them a call at (504) 528-8382 or email at if you’re looking for that hard to find cook book that you lost years back.

Kitchen Witch Cookbooks, Music, and Art is located on Toulouse Street between Royal & Chartres in the French Quarter (MAP):

Kitchen Witch
631 Toulouse Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
631 Toulouse

Kitchen Witch

Click here for information on visiting New Orleans and Louisiana!

Be sure and check out my ever growing Index of Creole & Cajun Recipes which lists all of the recipes featured on Nola Cuisine.

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Camellia Grill

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We had breakfast at the recently reopened Camellia Grill during our trip to New Orleans. Camellia Grill is a beautiful old style diner inside of a Greek Revival home with a lively staff who clearly enjoy working there. Seats are all at the counter with the old fashioned bolted down swivel stools, white cloth napkins are a very nice touch.

For breakfast I had a Ham & Cheese Omelette which was easily the largest omelette I have ever seen. It was browned on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside, loaded with finely chopped ham.

My wife had waffles, not nearly as large of a portion as my omelette but delicious.

For dessert we both had a piece of pie, my wife Banana Cream, or as our friendly waiter corrected us, BO-nana pie, and I had the Pecan pie with Vanilla Ice Cream on top, easily my favorite part of the meal.

Our waiter warmed my Pecan Pie on the flat top grill with a lot of clarified butter.

Camellia Grill is an excellent stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s located just before the end of the St. Charles Streetcar line (when it’s running, it is currently under construction). Here is the address:

The Camellia Grill
626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-9573

Be sure and check out my ever growing Index of Creole & Cajun Recipes which links to all recipes posted on Nola Cuisine!

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Back From New Orleans

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We arrived home from New Orleans late Friday night, we had a wonderful trip filled with lots of good food, friendly faces, plantation houses, live oaks, live music, and of course, being summer in New Orleans, some very hot weather.

I will be sharing some of the highlights of our trip over the next few weeks, including some of our dining experiences. The only bad part about our trip was that I physically couldn’t eat more meals a day. We had an aggressive dining agenda that we sadly didn’t even come close to completing.

For those that may be apprehensive about visiting New Orleans because CNN keeps scaring tourists away, don’t be. CNN’s job is to scare you. New Orleans is rebuilding, there is a lot of work to do, but the city is on the rise and it is was wonderful to see the French Quarter bustling with tourists during what is essentially the off season. It’s also good to know that there is still a guy on a street corner in the French Quarter who knows where I got my shoes. Visit New Orleans and fall in love…or maybe just rekindle the flame.

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