Author: Ashley McLellan

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Benjamin Watson

  With 15 years of experience with the NFL, Saints tight end Benjamin Watson is a veteran player who takes his leadership job seriously. A Saint from 2013 to 2015, he returns to the team after spending two years with…

Mount Up

  Bayou Song  With south Louisiana starting to make a turn from unbearably hot to comfortably cool, “Bayou Song: Creative Explorations of the South Louisiana Landscape” explores the Spanish moss-lined waterway of Bayou Teche and encourages readers to take a…

Fresh and Bold

“I was raised in the rice capital so I’m definitely a gravy man, but most recently I’ve been enjoying cooking anything on an open fire. I love how the fire makes you constantly adapt and teaches the chef how to…

Doug Mouton

When WWLTV Sports Director Doug Mouton took on his position at the news channel in 2012, he followed in the footsteps of a very exclusive group. Prior to Mouton, the Sports Director position had only been held by two others,…

Double Dutch

$64-$102 Lodge cast iron 4-7 quart The original cast iron dutch oven from Lodge may appear basic, but with a super-affordable price point and a tough as nails construction, this is the kind of pot that your grandmother probably used...and…

Tania Tetlow

On May 2, Loyola University broke with tradition by selecting Tania Tetlow as the school’s first female and lay-person president. A graduate of Tulane University and Harvard law school, Tetlow has worked in New Orleans in a variety of non-profit,…

Book Reviews

The 5 O’Clock Band   by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Bill Taylor, illustrated by Bryan Collier Abrams “Where y’at, Shorty?” When young Troy, “Trombone Shorty” Andrews runs late to rehearse with his friends in the 5 O’Clock Band, he…

Simply Elevated

Scott Gautreau focuses on elegant, home cooked classics at City Pork in Baton Rouge

Tour de Force

New Orleans-based author, journalist and entertaining expert Julia Reed’s new book of essays invites readers along for an hilarious ride through the South

Stephen Watson

This month Stephen Watson marks one year on the job as President and CEO of the National WWII Museum, after taking the helm from retired president Gordon Mueller. Watson, a native of Scotland (he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen…