Author: Ashley McLellan

Price Mix: Pop the Cork

Having the right tools for the job is always essential. When it comes to enjoying your favorite wine, having the right corkscrew can mean the difference from getting the party started to having an “oeno-fail.” $235 Full-bodied A very special…

Persona: Holiday Soundtrack

For more than 50 years New Orleans music icon Benny Grunch, along with his “Bunch,” has been playing the soundtrack of the city, from Kings Day all the way through the year to Christmas, and back again. His appearances on…

Kevin Belton

Kevin Belton knows how to cook up a good time in the kitchen. He often appears on WYES (and PBS stations across the country) and on WWLTV morning programs armed with the trinity, a larger than life laugh and sense…

Great Louisiana Chef: Playing With His Food

While Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant partner and chef Jeremy Conner isn’t originally from Louisiana, his deep southern roots (he was born in Opelika, Alabama) and passion for flavors are right at home in Lafayette. It is those qualities and…

Literary Louisiana: Deck the Bookshelf

FOR THE FAN OF ARCHITECTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY New Orleans: An Intimate Journey Through a City with Soul by Geoffrey H. Baker, photography by Timothy Dunford Take a photographic tour of New Orleans and explore its storied past with this architectural…

Aarón Sánchez

Aarón Sánchez has had a long-lived love affair with New Orleans and its cuisine. Sánchez moved to the city from New York at the age of 16, and trained under the watchful eyes of Chef Paul Prudhomme, a personal friend…

Great Louisiana Chef: Flavorful Fusion

Cajun Asian in Bossier City is the kind of place where magic culinary mash-ups happen. Think Cajun meets Vietnamese meets American and a hint of classic French cuisine. Under the leadership of Chef Ryan Dunning, along with the management of…

Planting a New Seed

For nearly 20 years, Louisiana Children’s Museum CEO Julia Bland has overseen a generation of young New Orleanians growing, playing and learning. While most of that tenure was at the museum’s Julia Street location, Bland is now at the helm…

Price Mix | Bowled Over

It’s officially, technically, sweater weather season, which, for many, means comfort food. While New Orleans cooks are firing up their gumbo or chili pots, we have three options for soup serving, from watching a game on the couch to hosting…

Literary Louisiana: Essential fall cookbooks

South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations Sean Brock James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock is back with his second cookbook (his first, “Heritage,” won a James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook in 2015.) In “South: Essential Recipes and New…

Dancing with the Saints

Dance instructor Jesse Hernandez blazed a trail last year by becoming the first male cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, and one of the first in the NFL. The Maurice, Louisiana native quickly became a sideline favorite for many Saints…

Literary Louisiana: Beach Books

Southern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis While writer Helen Ellis hails from Alabama, her newest book, “Southern Lady Code,” and its humorous tales, advice and nonsense, will ring true with Louisiana ladies from the tip of the boot to…

On the Road and On the Stage

  "Kinky Boots" his The Saenger Theatre this June 14 through 16. The Tony Award winning musical features a score by musician and performer Cyndi Lauper, and tells the uplifting story of Charlie Price as he struggles to take over…

“Claws” and Effect

Television actress Jenn Lyon calls New Orleans, specifically the French Quarter, home for half of the year (the other half, she spends at home in Brooklyn, New York.) Her locally filmed comedy-drama “Claws” on TNT follows the lives of five…

Success Along the Sideline

Fox Sports Journalist Jen Hale brings her upbeat personality, professional tenacity and can-do attitude to all of her endeavors in life, especially reporting from the NFL and NBA sidelines. Most recently, Hale added women’s health advocate to her growing list…

For the Birds

“Adventures of a Louisiana Birder, 1 Year, 2 Wings, 300 Species” by Marybeth Lima A tale of intrigue, a near-death experience, humorous mishaps and a year-long road trip. Does this sound like the most recent account from your favorite dashing…

Literary Louisiana: Roux Roots

“Gumbo Life: Tales from the Roux Bayou” by Ken Wells W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 288 p., $26.95 Cajun. Z’herbes. Duck and sausage. Shrimp and crabmeat. No matter how you like your gumbo, most Louisianians can agree that the warm…

Great Louisiana Chef: Happy Eats

Trinidad native and Ruston implant, chef Kimlin Hall, brings unique flavor to her food with a combination of Caribbean and local Louisiana ingredients and spices. Chindian Flavors, a catering business and food truck that can be found parked at the…

Price Mix: Springing for Linens

$248 Maximum Comfort Hawkins NY Simple Linen Bedding, $248 per king sheet, fitted and flat sheets sold separately. Made from Belgium linen, and finished in Portugal, these stonewashed sheets just may become your best friends ever. Available in a wide…

The Sweet Spot

  Angelo Brocato Ice Cream and Pastry shop has been serving up gelato and Italian sweets in New Orleans since 1905. The first storefront, which was opened by Angelo Brocato, Sr., was located in the French Quarter on Ursuline Street.…

Rex’s New Captain

The newly appointed Rex Captain remains busy preparing for Carnival year-round, with a flurry of activities and costume adjustments ramping up as the big day quickly approaches. Known outside the Rex organization as Sir Bathurst, the Rex captain’s true identity…

Throw Me Something Green!

  When the city’s big vacuum trucks took a turn around town after last year’s Mardi Gras, many were surprised by the haul of 46 tons, or 93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads and Carnival debris that were lodged in…

Now We're Cracklin'

Chef Cory Bourgeois, along with partner and self-described “boss lady” Hannah Ellaham, opened Graton Eatery in St. Martinville last June, an homage to the home-cooked breakfasts, lunches and belly-filling snacks that fuel south Louisiana. “I remember going to [my grandmothers’]…

Literary Louisiana: Take Flight

Audubon on Louisiana Selected Writings of John James Audubon, edited by Ben Forkner Known perhaps as the greatest naturalist painter, John James Audubon will forever be linked to the state of Louisiana. During his time traveling up and down the…

Carol Markowitz

When the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) opens its doors on January 7, the state of the art teaching facility will include training for students from across the region, reception areas, classrooms, wine and spirits labs and so…

PJ Morton

  New Orleans’ own PJ Morton, singer, songwriter, producer, Morton Records founder, and Maroon 5 keyboardist, is following up his Grammy nominated album “Gumbo” and its live version, “Gumbo Live,” with an album fit to unwrap for the holidays. Released…

Price Mix: Going with the Flokati

Now that the cooler, occasionally cold, days are with us, many New Orleans homes may feel decidedly drafty. Adding a soft rug to sink your toes into will bring a touch of warmth, and style, to your home’s design palette,…

Thomas Morstead

A leader both on and off the field, New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead brings a commitment of positivity to his team and his adopted hometown. A Saint for the past nine years, Morstead has been a crucial part of…

Cajun Soul

James Beard Best Chef of the South Semi-Finalist/Finalist (four times!) and fan favorite on Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Isaac Toups brings his fresh brand of cooking, storytelling, and pork fat-inspired magic to his new book “Chasing the Gator, Isaac Toups…

Great Louisiana Chef: Locally Inspired

Chef Jeff Hansell is a Gulf Coast native who has made Louisiana his home as chef of Oxlot 9 in the historic Southern Hotel in Covington. His bag full of culinary tricks of the trade, stem from journeying across the…