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A debate, a death and dissing Bama 

What's news? Allen Toussaint's eternal style, Emeril is craving Mexican food and Fox News calls Gov. Bobby Jindal a 'raisin.'

Amid the encomiums for the music of Allen Toussaint, who died in Spain Nov. 10 at 77 (see story, p. 43), GQ's Liza Corsillo took a different tack with "A Tribute to Allen Toussaint's Singular Style." Among the amazing photos: a very young Toussaint in a buffalo plaid blazer, a 1968 shot of Touissant in a Superfly-inspired jacket and the familiar Toussaint of later years, seated at his piano, resplendent in bright colors, sequins and aviator glasses.

  Corsillo said Toussaint "established himself not only as a great artist but also as a man of great style — not to mention a perfect mustache. His no-big-deal approach to sequins and clothing in general is the proof of his innate sense of style." Yep, yep, yep ...

On the day of the Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee, Politico reported the top Google search term for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is whether the beleaguered candidate is still running for the GOP presidential nomination. Ouch. "But Bush is not the only Republican whose top search query relates to whether he is still seeking the nomination," Nick Gass reported. "The top searches for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: 'Is Mike Huckabee still running?' and 'Is Bobby Jindal still running for President?, respectively." ...

'Raisin' BRAND
Last week's GOP presidential debate undercard had a new cast member — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was demoted from the 'A' group. Gov. Bobby Jindal spent much of the debate trying to bait Christie, with no success.

  Fox News contributor Jesse Watters admired Jindal's pugnacious style and obvious glee in name-checking his fellow candidates, particularly given the governor's slight frame. "He's just not very physically impressive," Watters said. "When you look at him he kind of looks like a raisin, a little bit. You know, he's just small and wrinkly and shrunken, and he just doesn't have an imposing dynamic." That's a compliment? ...

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous gilt-tripper Robin Leach interviewed restaurateur Emeril Lagasse for the Las Vegas Sun ("over a glass of excellent white wine") to talk about Lagasse's new cookbook Essential Emeril (his 20th). Lagasse mentioned his upcoming New Orleans restaurant Meril ("which is going to be hip, fun, just really current food that I really want to eat") and talked about the changes in the NOLA food scene.

  "Now you can go on Magazine Street and have food from Israel with real pita bread," Lagasse said, referring to Shaya. "You can go on the opposite side of town and have great Vietnamese food, you can go to Uptown, Faubourg Marigny and have Chinese food that'll blow your mind, and eat Italian food." But there's always room for improvement. "What we really lack that's really good, Robin, is Mexican food," Lagasse told him. "Authentic Mexican food."

Ryan Glasspiegel of the sports site The Big Lead rented an RV in Texas, came to New Orleans and then drove to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the (disastrous) LSU-Alabama matchup. Glasspiegel wasn't impressed with Bama. "Tuscaloosa doesn't have Uber or Lyft, which is basically a war crime in this day and age, and a lot of the streets don't have sidewalks," he wrote. The Crescent City fared much better: "Uber drivers not only were alright with open containers in the vehicle, they were taken aback by our asking for permission." Party on, Ryan. Party on.

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