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Shop Talk: Martha Claire Breland

What is your role at Judy at the Rink?  As a small business owner I get to do all the fun stuff. I’m the buyer, merchandiser and sales associate. I do the marketing, deliveries and all the paperwork, too. What…

Big Shot

Chinese-American cuisine strikes a resonant chord. Equal parts nostalgia, comfort and flavor, it has a particularly broad appeal. So what happens when you get a couple of guys with Link Group-experience  who decide to do their own take on it?…

News From the Kitchen

Nola Caye  Newly-opened Nola Caye adds a Caribbean-influenced restaurant to the dining options near Lee Circle. While the menu reads a bit more Mexican/Central American than Caribbean – there are a half dozen tacos on offer as well as guacamole…

Shop Talk: Autumn Adamme

Tell us a little background about your business.  Dark Garden supports uncommon beauty with beautifully curated boutiques centered around our world-renowned corsetry line. My team and I are determined to provide clothing to fit any body type and any personal…

Best of Architecture

Rarely have so many works of contemporary architecture come online in New Orleans in a single year as they did in 2019. The new airport terminal, the great enlargement of Historic New Orleans Collection gallery spaces, the new Children’s Museum…

News From the Kitchen

Laurel Oak The Magnolia Hotel, on Gravier Street, is now home to Laurel Oak, a Southern Brasserie. The restaurant results from a partnership between hotelier Stout Street Hospitality and TAG Restaurant Group, both out of Denver. Local chef Wesley Rabalais…

Going Greek

It’s not often that a new Greek restaurant opens in New Orleans, let alone one that elevates this cuisine to the level of fine dining. Rockrose, which opened last fall, steps gracefully into this niche. Here at the International House…

Shop Talk: Ellen Balkin

What are your responsibilities as Director of Education? I lead Ogden Museum’s efforts to fulfill our educational mission to provide innovative programs and tours designed to bring art and people together. I also foster relationships with area educators, students and…

Jack Rose Blooms

It’s Carnival time once again. And should you be looking for a restaurant in which to celebrate, consider Jack Rose. With its prime time location in the Pontchartrain Hotel on the St. Charles parade route, Jack Rose also possesses an…

News From the Kitchen

Dab’s Bistro Chef Duke LoCicero, best known for his now-closed French Quarter Italian restaurant, Café Giovanni, has opened Dab’s Bistro, in Metairie. It’s a “New Orleans bistro,” but long-time fans of LoCicero’s cooking will recognize many of the dishes on…

Shop Talk: Robert Lyall

Tell us a little about what you do for the New Orleans Opera Association. My formal titles are the General and the Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera. This first title is one with an administrative focus and the…

News From the Kitchen

The Independent Caveau NOLA The Independent Caveau NOLA is a fairly new wine bar and retail operation that also serves cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as high-end tinned seafood. Operated by Joanne Close and husband Jim Yonkus, it’s a…

Bakery Bar Adventures

Looking to take a step off the beaten path? Then Bakery Bar belongs on your list of places to check out. Located in the Lower Garden District just a stone’s throw from the GNO Bridge, this savory/sweet mashup opened back…

Bathing Beauty

Contractor: DMG Design Management Group, Ryan McCroskey Designer: Penny Francis, Eclectic Home Cabinets: DMG Design Management Group, custom Flooring: Eclectic Home, honed Italian porcelain cut and set in chevron pattern Backsplash: Quartz Countertops: Quartz tile, shower…

St.Charles Avenue's Activists of the Year

  Read on to learn why we’re honoring Susan Brennan, Daryl G.Byrd, Edgar L. “Dooky” Chase III, Susan O. Hess, Robert “Bob” Merrick and Kim S. Sport. What you’ll see is that though we’re only able to scratch the surface…

Blythe Wren

What product or service do you recommend most for homes in New Orleans? Everyone is different, so I find out the need of the customer and then go from there. The most popular window treatment right now is Solar Shades.…

Classical Tastes

Vinaigrette 1 1/4 cup canola oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup Dijon mustard Salt and sugar to taste In a mason jar, place the oil, vinegar and mustard. Cover with a lid and shake until well blended. Add salt and…

Restaurant Insider: News from the Kitchen

Rockrose New Orleans finally has a first-rate Greek restaurant now that Rockrose has opened. Owner Nick Asprodites and chef Brian Doyle have a menu leaning more toward fine-dining than hummus and gyros, with dishes like ouzo and beet-cured cobia with…

A Modern Presentation

Many sushi restaurants are cookie-cutter, offering interchangeable lists of the same sushi and sashimi choices. Perhaps they are differentiated by a selection of specialty rolls but, more often than not, one seems much like the other. This is most certainly…

News From the Kitchen

Em Trai Sandwich Co.  Em Trai Sandwich Co. had a very short trip from its initial location inside the St. Roch Market to its new home in the New Orleans Healing Center. The menu includes pho, bao, salads and both…

Shop Talk: Patrick Schoen

 Please tell us a little about your role at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home.   I have worked for my family’s business since 1969. I took over the company in 2014 as managing partner, continuing my family’s 145-year legacy…

Shop Talk: Cristy Cali

Tell us a little background on your business.  In October 2012, I started my own business after working in my family’s retail jewelry business for seven years. Since I had spent so much time in a retail environment, the freedom…

Mastering the Fundamentals

Barbeque is a curious thing. It carries with it not just a method of cooking but also some serious cultural trappings. You don’t often see a restaurant spill out of its dining room to encompass patios, music stages, boat docks…

Shop Talk: Ellen M. Kramer

Please describe your role at A New Leaf.  I founded A New Leaf in 2003 after 10 years as a high-level executive assistant. I wanted to take the skills that I developed over my career to help businesses and individuals…

News From the Kitchen

  Quitutes Brazil is a huge country and accordingly has a diverse cuisine. Until recently, I was unfamiliar with “quitutes,” which translates to “canapés” in Portuguese. Quitutes is also the name of a restaurant that opened in August in Arabi…

News From the Kitchen

Bellegarde Bakery Bellegarde Bakery started offering bread to restaurants and retail outlets in 2013, and in July opened a storefront near the intersection of Claiborne and Carrollton. The term “artisan” is overused, but it perfectly describes Graison Gill and his…

Coastal Mexican

Katrina had a profound effect on the restaurant scene in New Orleans. In the years that followed a profusion of establishments filled niches that were underrepresented or even non-existent. But it was about more than just places to eat; whenever…

Decadence With a Drizzle

Si Si Toscana  8 slices brioche 6 Tablespoons room temperature butter (split for two uses) 1/4 cup local honey (local raw is best, but local will do just fine) 1 cup Polly-O ricotta 1 cup candied walnuts 1 large apple…

Shop Talk: Caitlin Sullivan

How did “White Linen Night” start?  “White Linen Night” started as a free block party in coordination with the August first Saturday Art Openings, driving traffic to the galleries in what was considered the slowest month. Two gallery owners at…

Great Grouper

Mango-Lime Gastrique 1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil 1 teaspoon piquant peppers 1/4 teaspoon fresh jalapeños, minced 1 Tablespoon fresh ripe mango 1/2 teaspoon cilantro, chopped 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon lime zest 2 Tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed 1…