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The Best Happy Birthday to Me

  As a lifelong plant and flower enthusiast I am excited about the return of floral design workshops at Mitch’s Flower’s, a beautifully appointed horticultural oasis on a shaded block of Magazine Street. While they were once common, today shops…

The Best Foods to Try This Weekend

  Seemingly forever, brothers John and Moe Thabata have run Rainbow Grocery (4837 Magazine St., 504-875-3635), the popular Uptown corner store best known for its extensive selection of everything from very cheap beers sold as singles to fine wines and…

The Best Frozen Drinks to Keep You Cool this Weekend

  Both beloved and reviled, the frozen daiquiri in a Styrofoam cup from a drive-through has some solid upscale competition around town and wise restaurateurs are rolling out a plethora of options for those seeking to stay cool while imbibing…

The Best New Sushi Experience

  It is too hot to hang in the kitchen, so I have been on a sushi kick of late. At the suggestion of a friend my daughter, Cecilia, and I hit up Yakuza House in Metairie for a late…

Sharing The Best of New Orleans Culture with the World

  Yesterday the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council (NOCDC) invited me to address an international group of NGO (a nonprofit organization that operates independently of any government, typically to address a social or political issue) managers interested in learning more…

The Best Places to Catch Me This Weekend

  Sooo, as much as I really do not like being on camera that is exactly where my new gig as the NOSH columnist for New Orleans Magazine has landed me. Check it out here if you are ready to…

The Best of Westwego: Fifteen Minutes and a World Away

  A friend recently needed a new driver’s license and she hit me up for a ride. "Go to the one in Westwego," we were repeatedly advised. "The lines are shorter than everywhere else." Having experienced numerous OMVs (forever the…

The Best Bets for Eats for Festing In Place This Weekend

  Get out your hammock! This is the last weekend for “Festing in Place,” Beth Arroyo Udderback’s brilliant solution for keeping the Jazz & Heritage Festival’s traditional relationship with WWOZ radio alive while large public gatherings are still banned. Tune…

The Best Family Anniversary

McFoBen = Mc(alear) + Fo(x) + Ben(son) We have done a stupendous job of trying to screw this up and we have succeeded on many occasions but today I celebrate 15 years of marriage to Andrew Martin Fox, my fellow…

The Best Bets for a Wet Weekend

  Unless huddling under and umbrella or wading about in galoshes is your jam your outdoor activities are probably getting s---canned for the weekend, so your options are a bit limited. You could build that ark you have been considering.…

The Best Sunday Dinner with Friends and Family

  Throughout this pandemic, Andrew and I have been dutiful mask-wearing, social distancing, hand washers. We are just now fully vaccinated. What this means for us is we will not be white knuckling our way through dinner on Sunday afternoon…

The Best Ways To Get Outside and Enjoy Spring This Weekend

  Last Thursday was a glorious, beautiful day, all sparkling skies and riotous blooming azaleas. My daughter, Cecilia, escaped from class early. We assumed foot traffic in the French Quarter would be light (mid-week, no conventions) so we set off…

The Best for St. Joseph’s Day and Women’s History Month

  So much more than a place to score exceptional baked goods, top-notch bagels, stunning cakes, or something delicious and savory for lunch, Bywater Bakery (3624 Dauphine St.) also serves as an art gallery, community center, music spot, and whatever…

The Best for This Weekend and St. Patrick’s Day

  On Saturday, March 13, at noon, part-time French Quarter president and popular Instagram cooking and entertaining personality, Brian Theis, will sign copies of his fantastic new book and entertaining guide "The Infinite Feast: How to Host the Ones You…

Best Bets for Getting Out This Week

Bar Marilou recently introduced Taking Flights, an international cocktail bar collaboration series. Since international travel is not really happening these days Bar Marilou is bringing some…

The Best Reasons to Check out Larder Gourmet Market This Weekend

  Tired of your own cooking and looking for a change of pace? Longtime friends Alison Vega-Knoll and Chris Wilson recently pumped some excitement into the upscale grab-and-go and market scene with the opening of Larder (3005 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, lardergourmetmarket.com).…

The Best: The Set Up for a Safe Carnival Season

  As we do in my household every year at this time, this past weekend we dismantled Christmas, stowed it in the attic, and hauled out Mardi Gras. This year more than ever we will make our home look like…