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Vacation Oasis

Savory cuisine, a luscious bed, museum exhibitions, shopping and yes, maybe even a workout. Sounds like a vacation, and it is – just because your summer travel plans have been canceled or altered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, doesn’t mean…

Fun Times with Fin Fish at Home

In an effort to support his suffering purveyors Michael Nelson, Executive Chef at GW Fins, recently began offering a large selection of fresh seafood as well as many of the restaurant’s signature sides, sauces and desserts – all packaged to take…

What's Hot: Father's Day

1. With green grass lenses and tobacco hued frames, a pair of fighter-pilot style Carver sunglasses will give him instant cool cred. Curbside pick-up available. Billy Reid, 3927 Magazine St., 208-1200, BillyReid.com  2. Cycling around the city is his cardio…

In-cation Today!

While the school year may have come to an end, we missed a lot of the endings that come with it: field day, graduation and end of year picnics, to name a few. The result is that the arrival of…

Italian Inspiration

Even in a place with a strong Italian and Sicilian heritage, such as New Orleans, the Garibaldi cocktail, like its namesake, is relatively unknown. Which is a shame because the cocktail is easy to make and has a valid background…

Junior’s Faces the Chaos

Tough times don’t create character, they reveal it. Just a few months after opening Junior’s, a neighborhood eatery on Harrison Avenue in Lakeview, the coronavirus delivered its devastating nationwide blow. Luckily for the team at Junior’s, owners Nick Hufft and…

On The Trail Of Our Elders

  Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens, the first president of the University of Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was inspired by a Walt Whitman poem and started possibly the first organization for live oak trees. As…

Page Turners

My first invitation to lunch In New Orleans after moving here was to meet under the clock at D.H. Holmes and then it was on to Galatoire's. I'll never forget that meal - oysters Rockefeller and shrimp-and crab-stuffed eggplant. It…

Putting on the Pounds

COVID-19. Not just a lethal virus anymore. Now it’s also the name of the weight gain phenomenon experienced by many New Orleanians in the wake of the outbreak. COVID-19; that’s four pounds more than the traditional Freshman-15, that annual surge…

Another Addition To The Ain't Dere No More Ledger

  I never figured I would miss last call at Johnny White's. One reason is because they never closed. The little dive at the corner of Bourbon and Orleans was notoriously, relentlessly and defiantly always open. Without lights, AC, electricity…

Restaurants Re-opening – What’s Your Plan?

  We are going to be entering an interesting time in the history of New Orleans restaurants in the coming weeks. We’ve already started to see some restaurants open with reduced capacity and alternative seating arrangements. As I’ve driven around…

These Walls Tell Our Story

  Nothing has ever looked more like the post-Katrina New Orleans apocalypse than the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street in recent weeks. Empty streets. Vacant buildings. The vigor of the neighborhoods now bereft of life, love, noise and revelry. Boarded…

A Recipe That May Help

  Here are the things I know if you are reading this: 1) You have a device capable of accessing the internet. 2) You are a human of discerning taste. The latter makes me think you will appreciate a recipe…

Little Richard, New Orleans & Me

  In our younger and more vulnerable years, Little Richard and I were both dishwashers. I worked in the back of the house at a Turkish restaurant called Husnu's in Madison, Wisconsin, in the early 1980s. He worked at the…

High and Low

  At this stage of the COVID-19 crisis, my husband Mark and I are devising as many plans as possible to safely increase our time outdoors. Our daily walks or bike rides and frequent porch sits are getting longer and…

Keep Calm and Marry On

  As the coronavirus pandemic has impacted wedding plans all around the world, many have shared the sentiment, “Love is not canceled.” Couples have canceled their weddings and social distancing mandates changed wedding plans, logistics and other factors for those…

New Orleans Finalists Named For 2020 James Beard Awards

  NEW ORLEANS – On May 4, what would have been the award's 30th anniversary, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for the 2020 James Beard Awards. "Over the past few months COVID-19 has upended the restaurant community in…

Bread Wars

  The entire internet has seemingly been baking homemade bread for weeks, with the exception of those of us who weren’t prescient enough to buy yeast before the COVID-19 hoarding began in earnest. My husband Mark and I bake bread…

NOLA Mother's Day 2020

  It’s time to celebrate mom, and while that celebration may look a little different this year, there are still plenty of great places to get gifts, delicious treats, festive spirits and more. Here are some of our top choices…

Kitchen Gourmet: Fresh Catch

Before Hurricane Rita washed me out of it, I lived on a small bayou that emptied into Vermilion Bay. I knew shrimp season was about to open when I heard my neighbor tuning up the engine on his boat, the…

Louisiana Made: Well Armed

Rounding the corner past a path of palms, ferns and lilies in the expanse of the greenhouse, Harper runs beaming, her arms waving wide like falcon wings. The young girl refuses to take off her new jacket; she pleads with…

Literary Louisiana: Off the Shelf

MAGICAL TALE The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata This book is a hard-to-describe tale of twists, turns and mysterious manuscripts. It starts in 1929 New Orleans, where a young woman writes a popular science fiction tale, falls…

How To: Jazz Fest Flag Making

  Every New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festivalgoer knows that the best view of Jazz Fest — besides looking at that first piece of crawfish bread right before your first bite — is the countless flags and banners waving in…

Backyard Faux Fest

  Spring in New Orleans is the best time for festivals and many New Orleanians — especially those who love to visit the city — are sad about the coronavirus pandemic canceling events this year. One event in particular is…

Angelo Brocato

Angelo Brocato immigrated to New Orleans from Sicily in the early 1900s, following a long apprenticeship at an ice cream and pastries parlor in Paloma. He opened his own shop in the French Quarter, introducing New Orleans to Italian-style ice…

Luxury Cooking for 1

Eggs Hussarde Brennan’s New Orleans Cookbook (1961) Ingredients:  2 large thin slices ham, grilled  2 Holland Rusks (a light, crisp toast available at most grocery stores) 1/4 cup Marchand de Vin Sauce 2 slices tomato, grilled 2 eggs, soft poached 3/4…