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Letters | February 2011

The Great Big Easy

At last, an article that captures the ambience and spirit of New Orleans. Thomas Beller’s piece was a delight for this native New Orleanian. For years, residents have wondered why Bourbon Street and the French Quarter were as far as most reporters ventured. I’m also glad to welcome the story’s photographer, Cedric Angeles, to the city so he can join, in his words, “the charismatic, talented, and proud people who hold this place together.” —Mary Fonseca, Metairie, La.

Virginia, on the Verge

I enjoyed your recent piece, “America's Best Wine Country Restaurants” [Bruce Schoenfeld, November]; however, I was disappointed that Palladio Restaurant, at Virginia’s Barboursville Vineyards, was not covered. Virginia is one of the country’s fastest-growing wine regions, and Palladio is one of the best restaurants in the state—it’s built on the grounds of a now-ruined estate designed by Thomas Jefferson, and the food is as noteworthy as the wine: my favorite dessert in memory is their ricotta crème caramel. —Tara Matthews, Richmond, Va.

Paradise Found: Hawaii

Thank you, Andrew McCarthy, for capturing the essence of Kauai. The island is our favorite vacation spot and you articulated the spirit of its people and places so beautifully. It steals your soul each and every visit. Mahalo nui loa!Laura Winter, San Jose, Calif.


“Exploring Burgundy, France” is as fine a piece of writing about the holy trinity—wine, food, and travel—as I’ve read anywhere. It articulates precisely why we love exploring and why we cherish that trifecta—because of “the power that place exerts on wine and that wine exerts on place.” Exactly. —Steve Woodward, Burr Ridge, Ill.

La Vie Bohème

Since I love Brittany and Normandy, Yolanda Edwards’s Normandy story caught my eye. But I had hoped she would mention one of my favorite museums: Les Maisons Satie. It’s the former home of composer Erik Satie, and I chuckle every time I think of it. The odd house has a zigzagging stairway and a merry-go-round that you turn by bicycle pedals (and as you spin, things happen: umbrellas open, musical instruments jiggle, etc.). It’s a must-see. —Frances Roberts, San Pedro, Calif.


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