Author: Jordan DeFrank

Gifts That Give Back

With the holiday season upon us, everyone is looking for those perfect gifts. For philanthropic-minded friends and family, the perfect gift is one that not only benefits them, but also helps contribute to a good cause – especially locally. These…

Luxury Gift Guide

Every winter wardrobe needs a little sparkle. These earrings from Alexis Bittar’s Miss Havisham collection adds a cool winter shimmer to a holiday outfit. The pewter, ice blue and cream colors make the perfect accessory for this time of year.…

Read & Spin

Putumayo World Music, founded by New Orleanian Dan Storper, is now a worldwide effort to embrace all musical stylings and cultures. The organization features artists from throughout the world. Its latest release is World Christmas Party, a compilation of Latin,…

Health Beat

nThe rate of death from stroke in the United States has fallen 26 percent since 2000, when the rate was 125 deaths per 1,000 stroke patients. The rate for men fell even further, with 29 percent fewer cases of fatal…

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NOLA BY THE NUMBERS

Revel the holidays with Réveillon

Muriel’s Jackson Square is one of several area restaurants offering a special Réveillon dinner this Christmas season. The French term refers to an extended dinner in celebration of Christmas and New Year’s Day (and traditionally held on the night before…

Top Ten

Family Service of Greater New Orleans honors civic service.

Baby Mine

Touro celebrates the place “where babies come from.”

Health Bytes, Nov. 10

Bits and bytes of local and national health, wellness and scientific news:Autism SpeaksAccording to a recent study, the rate of vaccinations among children with health insurance has dropped in recent years, most likely as a result of fears about a…

Young, Restless and YA/YA

I’ve admittedly never seen The Young and the Restless, though apparently I’m the only one. The 37-year-old CBS soap opera has been the No. 1 daytime drama for nearly 22 years, with New Orleans earning the distinction of highest market…

Under a Voodoo Spell

I’m admittedly still very new to the city. I’ve lived here nearly three months and, though I grew up in Mandeville, am still in the endlessly entertaining process of discovering New Orleans. At the risk of revealing my own naïveté,…

Dining Features

Sugar, Spicer and everything niceFoodies are probably familiar with chef Susan Spicer, a James Beard Award-winner, a guest on Bravo’s “Top Chef” in 2009 and even an inspiration for a character on HBO’s “Treme.” She opened Bayona in 1990 in…

Playing It Safe

New Orleanians gathered to promote safety – sexual safety, that is – on Thursday, October 7, for “Safe Sex in the Big Easy,” presented by Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. The event was held at the home…

Down on the Bayou

Jewish community nonprofits hold a fundraising fête at The National World War II Museum.

Star Search

Junior Achievement honors its 2010 Rising Stars.

Read & Spin

Long gone are the days of 1960s psychedelic rock and the British invasion – or so we thought. New Orleanian AM recently released his debut album Future Sons & Daughters, the Abbey Road Studios-mastered vinyl edition of which was made…

Health Beat

• According to a recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, seven out of 10 women facing breast cancer aren’t made aware of all of their reconstructive options. Furthermore, according to a study released at the 2010 American…