Author: Christine Richard

Extra Pounds

A frugal guide to London One organic pineapple-mint juice, one small bottle of water: $12.50. Granted, my friend and I were kicking back in Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden in London. Not a low-rent district by any stretch. Even so,…

A Transforming Experience

You might say that Leila and Tommy Gamard�s house a block from Audubon Park is an oddity. The house, a double shotgun, with its Victorian ginger-bread, was built circa 1880s. It is located, however, in a neighborhood that wasn�t developed…

Planes, trains and boats

AIR TRAVEL Frequent fliers who live in New Orleans may not agree on a favorite destination, but they can agree on one thing: The world is a big place, and for New Orleanians, it seems even bigger. Unless international travel…

House of Southern Pop

Hunting and gathering. It’s what we humans have been known to do. A quick glance around Dannal Perry’s Bywater home, and you get the impression that she’s got a bad case of the latter. The good news, though, is that…

A Different Drum

“That’s weird” was the response of a friend when I told her that there is Mardi Gras, even full-blown Carnival seasons, in other states. I guess she forgot about the 2001 Seattle fiasco – rioting, vandalism, injuries; Seattle would like…

Don't Try This at Home

It happened on the south side of the River Thames in London. My girlfriend Sara and I were on our way to the Old Operating Theatre Museum when it started to rain. Sideways. We had no umbrellas, so we did…

BEST FRENCH BREAD Leidenheimer Baking Co.

If you want to count carbs, relocate to Los Angeles. Right here in New Orleans, we like to talk between mouthfuls of French bread, Leidenheimer crumbs spilling onto our laps, according to our readers’ choice awards. The local company has…

FAVORITE ASIAN RESTAURANT Five Happiness

Why hasn’t anyone said it? Chinese is a comfort food. It’s a convivial meal where entrees are shared without ever having to ask, “Can I have a bite?,” and mainstay dishes bring back memories of take-out evenings with Mom and…

Marda Burton

There’s a story behind each piece of furniture, each piece of art, and every object a person purchases. Don’t believe it? Visit Marda Burton. Her home is filled with vignettes. Or maybe it’s writer Burton who likes to tell a…

GOING DOWNHILL FAST

Every year millions of people want to get high – so they head to the mountains, clamp on skis and boots, and whoosh down gracefully. At the bottom, they hop the lift and do it again. Then there are those…

The Art of Doing Nothing

In the Caribbean There’s a wooden chair at the Frangipani Hotel in Bequia where there’s a lot of nothing to do. It is situated directly under a coconut tree whose palm fronds rattle like shaka-shakas in the trade winds. The…

An American Writer in the Cotswolds

“Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors. Beware the moon.” A nonsensical bit of wisdom from “An American Werewolf in London.” Nevertheless, when wandering the desolate British countryside at dusk solo, one can’t help but think of it.…