by Kevin Allman
WET: We're still drying out in Mid-City after last night's mess.
WETLANDS: More blowback about President Barack Obama's Thursday visit to New Orleans, which will not include a tour of the coast, an inspection of the levees or a trip to the pumping stations. Read Mark Ford:
Without a strong and meaningful financial commitment from Washington, there can be no sustainable Louisiana coast. Promises mean little. Appropriations speak volumes. President Johnson promised a comprehensive protection system for New Orleans after Hurricane Betsy in 1965. That system is still not complete. President Bush promised money and aid for recovery after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but fell short on following through. Now President Obama has a chance to make a meaningful commitment to the coast, but is only focusing on New Orleans for this visit....
Efforts by the White House to help New Orleans recover are great, so far. But our coast is much more than just one city and not enough is being done for coastal restoration. Experts agree that the coast will never resemble its former landscape. Some of it will be lost forever. But, it is still possible to restore some of it to a sustainable form of this dynamic and ever changing landscape. Citizens will get the opportunity to raise these issues, to the President, Thursday in New Orleans.
WIT: Michael Bauer, the San Francisco Chronicle's excellent food critic, was in New Orleans last week for the Association of Food Journalists conference, and gathered some great quotes for his blog:
At one panel, Donald Link of the still wonderful Herbsaint, Cochon and now Cochon Butcher, talked about why he was one of the first restaurants to re-open after the storm, at a time when there were very few people in the city: "Inside those walls, it was like normal life. When you went outside it was crap."
Frank Brigtsen of Brigtsen's restaurant shared his roast turkey and gravy, and explained the importance of roux in cooking: "Each color stage has a different aroma and a different texture." He also admitted: "My favorite sauce in the world is gravy."
The funniest line came from a waiter at [Dooky Chase] restaurant when Amanda Gold ordered an Arnold Palmer (half lemonade and half iced tea) to go with her fried chicken: "Around here we call it a Tiger Woods."