You been to New Orleans?
Regarding Mina Riazi's recent review of New Orleans Creole Café ["One Lucky Spoon," Aug. 6]: It's great to see this type of cuisine done right anywhere outside of New Orleans, since it's very hard to pull off—especially here in San Diego, which has a budding food scene. As a foodie living in New York City for the past 12 years and moving to the area nine months ago, I found that a food mecca like New York only had one decent creole place. Like I said, it's tough to pull off. Having a place that does creole in San Diego is pretty exciting.
In her review, she keeps mentioning the bread over and over, as if she had an idea of what the bread should be like and no other options would suffice. That leads me to my question for Ms. Riazi:
Have you ever been to New Orleans?
Have you ever had a real New Orleans Po Boy? The french bread they use is not supposed to be a baguette, which is hard on the outside and chewy in the middle. They use French bread, which has a thin, slightly crunchy crust and soft, pillowy middle. They use it as a side for their gumbo and etouffees, as well. If that's what they served, then they are spot on. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a baguette in any restaurant in New Orleans.
I'd love some clarification on this because if they are using a soft, pillowy french bread, then I believe your review does them an injustice.
One bonus question: Why didn't you have the gumbo (or write about it)? It's the signature dish of any creole restaurant.
Aaron Brand, Del Mar
Give us more
The selection of serious articles appearing in your publication just makes me look forward to the next week's issue. "No standing ovation" by Kinsee Morlan ["Art & Culture," Aug. 6], which was followed the next week by a second article, is another example of my opening sentence.
What would be of interest on this topic is the follow-up accounting the county mandates from the cultural organizations receiving this taxpayer largesse to ensure that the funds bestowed via the CEP and NRP vehicles have, in fact, been used as the organizations stated in their applications. It would also be informative to your readers if the author could detail what the parameters are for an organization to make an application—in other words, how long in existence, level of individual donor funding in relation to total expenditures, what level of financial statements must accompany the application, how many years of federal income-tax returns must be attached to the application, a list of board members and whether all board members are required to make a mini mum dollar gift to the requesting organization, inter alia. Is this possible?
Lou Cumming, La Jolla
Good riddance, Fulton
Having read your Aug. 6 editorial on Bill Fulton leaving, I confess it's confusing to me why many of you think Fulton is so wonderful and such a loss. In fact, records and newspapers will show that the communities of Ocean Beach and Bay Park, just to name two, were strongly against the growth ideas that Fulton brought down from Ventura.
His mentality about blocking coastal views by changing the building height limits was laughed at. Fulton wanted to do this in order to increase density of these areas with more apartments and condos, and his ideas were strongly opposed by the community. Meeting halls were packed with angry citizens who clearly and loudly voiced their opposition to his height-limit changes. At a time when we're threatened with water rationing and our SDG&E bills are going up and "flex alerts" are threatened, Fulton and many local politicians think building more high-density apartments is a brilliant idea.
The following is a quote from Fulton's 2001 book, The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles (Page 341): "Once inside their cocoon, the suburbanites see no butterfly-like value in emerging. They only seek to stay inside forever, petrified in their tracts, like ancient fossils. So removed are cocoon citizens from the totality of metropolitan life that they can no longer see the full range of activities a metropolis encompasses, or that they are part of it no matter what they do. All they can do is try to define the breadth of metropolitan life by what they've observed inside their cocoon."
I must assume that this is how Fulton sees us all—just sitting around in our community cocoons, afraid of change and unable to have opinions worth hearing; thus, the city and imported "planners" need to tell us what is best for us.
Despite Todd Gloria weeping because of his "rock star" leaving, I think you would find that a great number of San Diego citizens are glad to see Fulton going. We hope he takes his wonderful ideas with him. We wish that the politicians who found him so wonderful would go to Texas with him and help make those communities better. We hope that the mayor and City Council will start listening to the citizens and not just sell out to developers and short-timer imports like Bill Fulton.
Indeed, many San Diego citizens do not see Fulton's leaving as a big loss to the city.
Richard S. Pavelec, Bay Park
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