New Orleans Magazine - April 2009

You’ve earned it!

While the fourth month of the calendar year is known as the beginning of spring, or bringer of showers that create flowers, Americans know the month best as the deadline to submit an economic accounting of the previous year to…

Line of Fire

For Mardi Gras, Mayor C. Ray Nagin greeted the city’s signature holiday as a gladiator. It was just a costume, of course. No one – including the mayor – could’ve known this day would be the most violent Fat Tuesday in…

Adventures in Spring Cleaning

My mother-in-law sometimes insinuates I’m not the best housekeeper in the world. Like for Christmas, she gave me a Heloise household hints book and says I should read a chapter a night. Maybe she’s right. Maybe Heloise would’ve cleaned under…

Zephyr Tales

Perhaps it wasn’t the best choice of shirts to wear. During the Zephyrs’ first season in New Orleans, 1993, the team’s home games were played at University of New Orleans’ ballpark, as they were for a couple of years until…

Persona: Amanda Shaw

Amanda Shaw is like almost every girl about to leave childhood behind – she likes to hang out with friends, is close to her family, adores her pets and has plans for college – yet with one major difference: Shaw is an…

Healthbeat

Tulane University professor Benjamin Lee received the Arthur Smith Award at the World Congress of Endourology in Shanghai, China, in December 2008 for his contributions to his field in the first 10 years of his career. Dr. Lee’s most recent…

Summer Camp Guide

Academy of the Sacred Heart Summer CampNew Orleans offers so many wonderful summer camps. What makes Sacred Heart an outstanding choice? Campers have the opportunity to explore, create and have fun by enhancing their imaginations, artistic talent, and creative spirits…

Affordable care on site

A resource originally created to help homeless people access health care is proving its value for a wide range of local residents struggling with high medical costs and diminishing insurance coverage. Richard Brucker, a California native and second-year medical student…

Art & Antiques

As You Like It Silver ShopAs You Like It Silver Shop, a silverware specialty store offering fine sterling silver tableware and jewelry, and services such as restoration, replating, hand engraving and polishing.  Knowledgeable staff is available to assist in identifying patterns or…

Brian Riedlinger's Epiphany

In the fall of 1970, Brian Riedlinger was a college kid who needed a car; in the winter of 1971 he was a man with a mission. It happened on the Mississippi River ferry. Somewhere between the east bank and…

Neurology, Stroke and Alzheimer's Awareness

    One of the greatest challenges any individual or family can confront is that of a debilitating illness. Neurological disorders, strokes and Alzheimer’s disease are all frighteningly common conditions in a modern world, and they take a heavy toll on…

Small Plates, Big Tastes

Small plates continue to be a trend in 2009, and why not? They are a trial-sized blank slate for innovative chefs to express themselves creatively. On the other side of the equation, small plates liberate diners from the one appetizer…

Heading Home

In three weeks, I’ll be departing Iraq. In fact, by the time this article is published I’ll be back in the good ole U.S. of A., reunited with my family and starting a new Marine Corps assignment. A year of…

Restaurant Insider

Although we’ve had an influx of restaurants featuring Latin American cooking, to my knowledge, Oriente de Venezuela (115 Chartres St.), which opened in January, is the first restaurant to feature the cuisine of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Pabellon Venezolano…

When Garden Clubs Took Root

New Orleanians have come to expect a lot of exterior decoration around town – blooming plants year-round, sheltering oaks, attractive shrubbery. Public spaces, parks, museums, historic houses and squares are all part of the green wonderland found in this part…

A New Orleans Kind of Music

The 2009 French Quarter Festival is April 17-19; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will feature 17 stages dotting the Quarter, including six on Bourbon Street, three on…

Life cycles

The upcoming fundraiser Tour de Lis began with five men completing an epic bicycle ride around Lake Pontchartrain to support a friend and relative stricken with cancer. Two years later the ride continues, though now the course is much less…

Saving the Culture

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a murder mystery based on actual events set in Savannah. After its release in 1994 the book spent a record 216 weeks on the New York Times’ bestseller list. I once…

Dining Features

 Drago’s latestThe city’s Catholics can find refuge from the temptations of meat at Drago’s, which has a giant Lenten menu and even more seafood items this month.  Trying to follow the highly successful Crabmeat Mediterranean Salad, the new Shrimp Chop…

Pair O' Docs

On a tree-lined street in an Uptown neighborhood, a young newlywed couple found their ideal home. “The house was built in 1901 and while many modifications had been made over the years, I could see it had a number the…

Letters

RED ALLEN AND DICK CHENEYRe: “Red Allen: Music for hard times,” by Jason Berry. Music column. January 2009 issue.I always look forward to receiving the New Orleans Magazine. I am disappointed in an article written by Jason Berry titled “Red…

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Antique chicYou could say Dop Antiques owner Michiel Dop is pretty familiar with the business. While selling antiques in Europe in the 1990s, he met his wife and first visited New Orleans to meet his new in-laws. After several years…