Friday, July 25, 2008

Beans, beans, the critical fruit

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 7:06 PM

As we reported last week, The Times-Picayune has today -- nearly three years after the storm -- returned to reviewing restaurants, with critic Brett Anderson once again bestowing the paper's signature red beans every Friday in the Lagniappe section. (Three beans for Mr. B's Bistro in a well-written review by Mr. A.)

The Return of the Beancounter is big news in the NOLA foodie community, of course...but it's also big news in The New York Times, which today put a story titled "New Orleans Dining is Up for Review Again" on Page One.

Yes. Let that sink in a minute. The New York Times put a story about the T-P's restaurant reviews on Page One.

So...what did writer Kim Severson have to say about the NOLA dining scene? Plenty -- some of it good, and some of it curious:

Given that there is plenty of crime, political scandal and rebuilding news to fill the pages of the paper, one would think that the return of a simple restaurant review might not attract much attention. But this is New Orleans, a city dipped in gumbo and garlic butter whose essential culinary canon has not varied much since the late 1700s.

The 1700s? Ouch.

But "given that there is plenty of crime, political scandal and rebuilding news to fill the pages of the paper," I thought it was interesting how the Times structured its two front-page references to New Orleans this morning:

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