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Top New Years Events

The Christmas season may technically be completed, but that doesn't mean the party stops. New Year's Eve is next Wednesday and many restaurants and businesses around the city are celebrating in style. Below we highlight a few of our favorites.…

The Best Places to Ring in the New Year in Style

  How fortuitous for me!  Cozy, super-chic Luvi (5236 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-605-3340, luvirestaurant.com)  is located right around the corner from my house. The diminutive Asian restaurant is offering early dinner seatings at 6 and 8 p.m., at either a table…

The Tyranny of the Elf

  Christmas is a lot, folks. The shopping, the wrapping, the baking, the parties, the decorating … and throughout it all, the relentless pressure on parents – and these are typically moms – to make everything extra-magical. From minute to…

100 Million Dollar Man

  It seemed just like yesterday, but a lifetime ago at the same time, when Michael Thomas played his first game for the New Orleans Saints. The then-rookie wide receiver would haul in six catches (on six targets) for 58…

Top Holiday Events This Week

  It’s the week before Christmas in New Orleans and, true to form, nothing is slowing down around the city. Highlighted below are a few of the bigger or interesting events happening in the next week. This Sunday, all are invited…

Variety is the Spice of the Holidays

  So many special flavors and aromas surround the holiday season – nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, burning embers, pine, eggnog, brandy, and baking aromas just to name a few. There is no reason to limit our sensory experiences by drinking the…

The Best Resources for Locally Made Holiday Gifts

  Every year I am faced with sending gifts to members of my extended family in Sweden. I makes no sense to me to buy mass produced items made in China then ship then to my relatives across the pond,…

Holiday Hops & Pops

It is the time of year when we start to enjoy the smells of the season. A deep breath may stimulate your senses with peppermint, spearmint, and berries. A quick hop around town and you’ll find several seasonal happy hours…

For the Garden: Louisiana Natives

A hungry toad eats a plump slug, a sparrow devours a wiggly worm and ladybugs munch on aphids as a black snake slithers through an Uptown garden. From her porch, Ann Barnes watches all of the action with sheer delight.…

Bon Vivant: Cozy Countdown

With long waits for taxis (and Uber and Lyft surge pricing), unpredictable weather and the disappointment when that allegedly fabulous event you commit to winds up being a dud, a night in for New Year’s Eve sounds more and more…

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…

Christmas Bonfires

While there is no shortage of Christmas events in New Orleans, one of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is a Cajun one that takes places on Christmas Eve a…

Holiday Happenings

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration, although…

Last Call: Sipping at the Roosevelt

It’s not much of a contest whenever some challenge arises regarding where in the world the most amped celebrations take place. While New Orleans may not be in the top spot all the time, for sheer numbers of celebrations, and…

Food: Seasoned Greetings

Church services, drop-in parties and hearty gumbos are Christmas Eve traditions for many south Louisiana families. While our city’s French Creole settlers broke their fast after midnight Mass in a celebration known as Réveillon, schedules now adhere to earlier gatherings…

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…

Table Talk: Culture Connection

There are plenty of Vietnamese restaurants in New Orleans, but there is only one like the Em Trai Sandwich Company. Recently opened by chef and owner Tung Nguyen, Em Trai cleverly melds traditional Vietnamese, American barbecue and local poor boy…

Seasonal Sparkle

18 karat white gold, natural sapphire and diamond necklace, and 18 karat white gold, natural sapphire and diamond flower earrings, Adler’s, 523-5292, AdlersJewelry.com. MODEL: CHRISTINA CRAIG / MAKEUP: MEGGAN ORY / HAIR: MONIQUE MUNOZ Georgian-era vine motif necklace with 7…

Best of Dining

For our annual December list of restaurant, food and drink “bests,” our team of writers, plus our editorial staff, met with the difficult task of honoring a few of our favorites. The restaurants, people and places listed within mark some…

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…

Marquee: December

Mandatory Merriment Southern Rep hosts this irreverent holiday comedy musical from Dec. 4-29. Due to unforeseen circumstances, six strangers end up stranded at a French Quarter tavern and are forced to find new ways to celebrate Christmas. Information, SouthernRep.com. Mystery…

Best of Cracklins

The Cajun boucherie dates back centuries, a communal hog butchering where careful attempts were made to use every inch of the animal to adequately feed the coterie. Usually held in cold weather months, the boucherie produced items for backbone stew,…

Busk or Bust

  Street performers are the life blood of New Orleans, our famed celebratory culture writ large. They provide the visual soundtrack of the city: Music falling from the sky like rain, fulfilling all the romantic notions a visitor to our…

Thanksgiving Week In Music

Thanksgiving week is usually an interesting one for music.  It always starts with a packed weekend and then slowly settles into the relative quiet of the holiday.  This week we have a couple of great fundraisers at Tipitina’s as well…

Are You From Here?

  It happens all the time, especially if you're in the service/hospitality business, as I am, and the people you encounter day-to-day comprise an ever changing roster of people from out of town. “Are you from here?” they ask. I…

Terminal Trouble

I've been thinking about the Louisiana World Exposition a lot lately. I have a feeling I may not be the only one. But it's not necessarily warm memories tinged with wistful nostalgia. It's because it was an event touted throughout…