Author: Ashley McLellan

Corona Diaries: Friday, April 17, 2020

  During these times, our attention spans have varied wildly from binge reading an entire novel in one day to only being able to focus on videos the length of a TikTok jam. For me, I have found my most…

Corona Diaries: Thursday, April 16, 2020

  The weather, while beautiful, took a chilly turn this morning. During most spring days, we turn our kitchens away from soups and stews to lighter fare. But for me, I’ll be making a big pot of lentil soup. Lentils…

Corona Diaries: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

  Social aid and pleasure clubs across New Orleans have been leaning heavily into the “aid” portion of their mottos. Groups like the Sirens, the Merry Antoinettes, the Muffalottas and more have collected money to provide meals to healthcare workers.…

Corona Diaries: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

I have a text thread with several of my Carnival krewe members. We check in at least once a day, usually more than that – a lot more than that - to make sure we are all staying sane and…

Corona Diaries: Monday, April 13, 2020

  As I write this, the forecast is at last calling for rain. Although I have loved the sweet sunny days we have been experiencing, a big part of me is excited for a day of rain, wind and thunder.…

Celebrating Easter and Passover During Coronavirus

  While we are all still in the midst of our social distancing practices, many will be celebrating this weekend. Easter and Passover mark a special religious moment in the year for Jews and Christians, and harken the arrival of…

Let’s Play a Game!

  With shelter-at-home orders in place through the end of the month, many may be looking for entertainment beyond the screen. Kids and adults alike are all feeling stir crazy and a little (a lot) bored. From card games to…

Loving Life in LA

David Rubin, a.k.a. Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., and his band the Zydeco Twisters have been cooking up music for a local, national and international audience for decades. The master of the washboard, Dopsie loves his fans just as much as they…

Taking It To The Streets

With many events being cancelled with orders to implement social distancing and shelter in place, the annual Crescent City Classic 10k run has transformed itself from a traditional 6.2 mile road race into the new Virtual Crescent City Classic run.…

Keeping the Party Going, Virtually

  New Orleans residents aren’t letting social distancing kill their buzz. Many are “gathering” in small groups via apps like Zoom and Google Hangout to celebrate virtual happy hours. Metairie resident Molly Russell Doran was excited to join in the…

NOLA Mock-Tales: Oooooh, We’re Halfway There

We are quickly approaching our halfway point, and I really can’t believe how fast the time has flown. I have found that having a plan in place, with plenty of refreshing sodas, tea and mocktail garnishes (think lime, fruit, herbs…

The Writing Life

Novelist Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s 2019 novel “We Cast a Shadow” became a runaway hit, garnering praise from NPR, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and many more. The novel, a unique story about a father protecting his son no…

Literary Louisiana: Louisiana Spirit

FOOD Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou by Melissa Martin Chef Melissa Martin is passionate about two things: food and helping to preserve and protect the fragile wetlands and fisheries of her native Louisiana, as well as…

Zulu King 2020

New Orleans native Brian M. Sims, a 24-year member of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, will serve as 2020 King Zulu. Throughout his membership, Sims has participated on multiple levels and with many roles within the organization, including…

Behind the Lens

If you’ve ever been to a Carnival parade (and why wouldn’t you?) you may have seen an intrepid photographer capturing all the fun. Or when news happens, there she is in the thick of things getting just the right shot.…

Literary Louisiana: Reads for Revelry

MARDI GRAS INDIANS Jockomo: The Native Roots of Mardi Gras Indians by Shane Lief and John McCusker Language historian and musician Shane Lief and former Times-Picayune and New Orleans Advocate photojournalist John McCusker take a deep dive into the colorful…

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…