Every weekday, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
Meet today's featured blogger and blog:
Who: Leslie J. Almeida, of NOLA Eats
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
It took two glasses of water and a bowl of white rice to douse the fire set by a forkful of Washington D.C. Kung Pao chicken.
I love spicy food, and so did my dad. He's where I got my masochistic love of foods that taste like the business end of a flamethrower. Growing up, grilled Serrano peppers were a frequently side dish to any Mexican food my mother whipped up. Legend has it that my mother tried to get me to stop sucking my thumb as a kid by soaking the digit in jalapeno juice. This plan backfired.
Hot on the heels of yesterday's House testimony on the topic of childhood health, Top Chef's Tom Colicchio joins the teeming ranks of chefs encouraging Americans to have faith in the seafood coming out of the Gulf. Colicchio recently traveled there to inspect the situation first hand and tells CNN that he's putting his money where your mouth is - and that diners should do the same.
Chefs John Besh, Marcus Samuelsson, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Michel Nischan and others recently spoke with Eatocracy on the oil spill's impact on the seafood industry. Watch the FULL VIDEO
See all Gulf Coast seafood coverage on Eatocracy and full coverage throughout CNN
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