From the Editor

Ashley1

April is usually an entertainment-filled month in New Orleans, from the music lover’s dream of back-to-back French Quarter Fest and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to weekends filled with food festivals along the bayou and beyond, lazy Sunday brunches at sidewalk cafes and DIY picnics in the park. 

While New Orleans is slowly starting to get back to normal as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and people are getting vaccinated, this spring will still not look exactly like it usually does, at least for music lovers and festival goers. Many of the beloved musicians we expect to see this time of year have been struggling to find a way to make a living and make music, while also staying safe. We catch up with some notable names to find out how they are doing off the main stage, and what we can do to support them.

Fortunately, food lovers can still enjoy most of their spring favorites, as local restaurants have responded in a big way to the demand for outdoor dining, picnic pick-ups and to go orders so that customers can enjoy their favorite menu options at a safe distance. We’ve done the leg work (lucky us!), and put together a tour of the best places to eat, drink and imbibe alfresco this month.

This month’s issue is truly packed with resources for New Orleanians of all ages, from our feature outlining the top options for senior living no matter your or your loved ones’ lifestyle or health needs, to shopping, outdoor activities and cocktail fun. We even have a make-at-home crawfish bread recipe for those jonesing for their Jazz Fest fix.

New Orleans’ spring is always rich with music, food and so much culture. And we know how to make the best out of a bad situation. This spring, we are all making lemonade, or perhaps better yet, lemon sno-balls, out of the lemons we are left with this April. 

Ashleysign2