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Joy to the World

When cold weather hits, it’s time to warm your spirit. And there’s no better way than with a creative cocktail. The concoctions featured in this article were dreamed up at two local bars: Loa in the International House Hotel and the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone. While each is a study of contrasts—Loa is […]

Home is for the Holidays

Traditions are celebrated at a local family’s fête.The holidays are such joyous occasions we all look forward to with anticipation. Family gatherings are such fun and set the tone for traditions that follow and evolve for years. In my family, we could not wait to see our cousins, kiss our aunts and get big hugs […]

‘Tis the Season for Style

Who doesn’t love the holiday season? For the first time all year, the New Orleans air is cold and crisp and you can finally move your coat to the front of the closet. The scents of spruce and cinnamon linger, and the ringing of jingle bells echo faintly among the sound of children’s laughter. With […]

Bright Lights Big City

A firehouse in the Marigny is aglow for the holiday season. Once upon a time there was an old firehouse in the Marigny. The firemen had long since gone and the building, built in 1906, had fallen in disrepair. One day an industrious pair of friends came upon it and thought this faded beauty needed […]

Top Hats and Tales

You know gnomes. By now I’m sure you’ve seen the Travelocity ads on TV in which a garden gnome’s many trips around the globe either make you want to travel—or not. “Gnome-napped”—as the fad is called—the gnome has been taken from his owner’s garden, popping up in a number of countries, and like a true […]

Glass Action

No one is certain about the definitive origin of the word “cocktail.” Some explanations claim that it was first coined during America’s Colonial period, though at least one story asserts that it was born in New Orleans when Frenchman Antoine Amedee Peychaud created the Sazerac. Peychaud, who invented Peychaud Bitters in Santo Domingo and brought […]

The Call of the Hunt

Wood Duck Decoys by Cal Kingsmill. A self-proclaimed “folk artist,” Cal Kingsmill is the contemporary king of a type of art that emerged more than 1,000 years ago. “It is the only true art form that was started in America by Native Americans,” Kingsmill says. “All other [practiced] art forms have roots in Europe.” Kingsmill […]

Return of the Native

At the Cabildo, you can see this mahogany Louis XV-style armoire made in Louisiana, circa 1810. Photo of Armoire: Skip Bolen Barbee Ponder caught the collecting bug early, back in 1991, when visiting estate sales and browsing funky Magazine Street antique shops could turn up some real finds in Louisiana antiques. “It was easy to […]

A World of Difference

Holiday traditions may vary, but one thing for certain is that there will be parties and other celebrations around this time of year. For as long as I can remember, my family’s tradition was to have a Christmas night party, which I always dreaded a tiny bit because we had to clean up on Christmas […]

David Dillard

He doesn’t sit in an office wearing a suit and tie. He is a hands-on worker, dedicated to the restoration and preservation of New Orleans historic houses and buildings. Originally from Mississippi, he moved to New Orleans to work on a master’s degree in historic preservation at Tulane University’s School of Architecture. In 1995, he […]

Max Mipro

In 1968, while working as an agent for a carpet and curtain manufacturer, Mipro decided to start his own business—out of his garage. At first he sold carpets and curtains, then added Oriental rugs to the mix. The business, he says, kept growing, “like mold,” and he moved to Oak Street, where the store is […]

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