New Orleans Magazine - December 2006

ERROL LABORDE’S COMMENTARY: TWELFTH NIGHT

New Orleanians who do it right never have to worry about post Christmas letdown. That’s because the day that to most of the world is the twelfth and final day of Christmas is recognized here as Twelfth Night, the first…

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Blandness Be Gone!

Nobody ever accused Creole and Cajun food of being light or dietetic. If we’re perfectly honest, we prefer it drenched in creamy sauces, smothered in roux or crusted in fried batter. However, here it is January – which is sort…

NEW ORLEANS VOICES:

I thought it might be fun to ask some of our favorite New Orleanians their thoughts on 2006, and maybe even get them to share their New Year's resolutions for 2007.Antoinette K-Doe - Proprietress, Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law LoungeFrank Glaviano –…

FEATURED HOME: A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

Driving down the quite uptown streets, the charming salmon-colored camelback shotgun seems like any other traditional New Orleans house. No one would guess that until recently this place was a “dilapidated and falling down,” according to interior designer Stephanie Lessans…

Deakle-Duggins Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Scott DugginsFor every seamless moment, every spontaneous-looking smile on a bride’s wedding day, there’s a mile of paperwork and decisions leading up to it. Imagine having made all of those decisions – What color flowers? Which dress?…

Daigle-Ferrand Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Brad FerrandJoneé Mae Daigle and Brad David Ferrand were united in marriage on March 18, 2006, in a 1 p.m. ceremony at St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, where Reverend Raymond Fitzgerald S.J. officiated the ceremony.The bride is…

STREETCAR: LAST DAYS OF Maylies

Adecade of New Year’s Eves have begun since the last day of 1986 when a few of us gathered for lunch. Time’s passage reverberated from the walls around us and was reflected in the few other faces in the room,…

LOCAL COLOR: JACOB SHERRY – JUGGLER

Pity the modern, harried, burnt to a frazzle, counseled to a dweeb, medicated into tranquility teenager: juggling home life, juggling school life, juggling a social life, juggling a job. In the end, the perpetual juggling evokes the teenage standby –…

CHRONICLES: FRANK YERBY AND MARCUS CHRISTIAN

Early 19th century New Orleans provided a wealth of material for 20th century writers – including Frank Yerby. His historical romances, which he called “costume” novels, regularly graced bestseller lists throughout many decades, beginning in the 1940s. Yerby wrote of…

MODINE'S: SCANDAL IN FOLSOM

My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, is back home in Chalmette.Not a minute too soon. She says she can’t never show her face in Folsom again.She had been staying there on the Northshore with my daughter Gumdrop while her house was getting…

EDIBLE SCHOOL YARDS

Donna Cavato, Program Director for the new Edible Schoolyard at the K-8 Green Charter School, gestures across a barren schoolyard covered with a layer of mulch. “It’s perfect. It’s full sun. There’s not a whole lot of concrete that we…

ULTIMATE NEW ORLEANS: Chris Rose by a Landslide

He has a gift for dead-on sarcasm, a penchant for potty humor and a heart that breaks for all New Orleans.He was popular before Katrina, but his writing since has made him beloved. Back when the city was becoming one…

ULTIMATE NEW ORLEANS

OUR READERS' PICKSThere were elections for Congress and on constitutional amendments during the past year, both of which were useful learning exercises for our readers to make their most important decisions – who or what are worthy of the title…

HOME: AT HOME IN TREMé

THE HISTORYImagine a house built with walls three bricks thick, cypress windows, doors and moldings, wide-board pine floors and fireplaces in all the main rooms. This near-perfect 1828 Creole cottage is in the Tremé neighborhood. “It was built by Terence…

FOOD: Blandness Be Gone!

Nobody ever accused Creole and Cajun food of being light or dietetic. If we’re perfectly honest, we prefer it drenched in creamy sauces, smothered in roux or crusted in fried batter. However, here it is January – which is sort…

HEALTH: A BIG SWELL

Swollen lower legs and underlying cardiovascular disease are common cousins. Swollen ankles are more common with advancing age even in the absence of any significant heart disease. A typical situation is to awake with normal sized ankles that swell with…

BIZ: BUSINESS STIRS IN LAKEVIEW

Hope and optimism may be staples of personal recovery from disaster, but making a comeback in business requires more. The decision to pick up the pieces of a business and begin anew generally arises not from emotions or nostalgia, but…

SPEAKING OUT: WHAT BILL JEFFERSON’S VICTORY MEANS

On the night that William Jefferson was reelected to Congress, a television anchor asked an analyst head what people in Des Moines, IA,  will think about New Orleans sending  a man who has been under criminal investigation back to Congress.…

NEWS BEAT: Documenting the New Orleans that Was

As New Orleans struggles to define its future after Hurricane Katrina, a new project is asking residents to share memories, stories, photographs and other materials from the city’s past. Called “Do You Know What It Means?” the project is a…

NEWS BEAT: Local Lawyer, White House Fellow

Local attorney Bedouin Joseph didn’t need to spend much time in Washington, DC before he discovered the power of federal government purse strings when yielded by the Office of Management and Budget. The OMB, as it’s called, is the White…

MUSIC: STIRRINGS FROM MADELEINE PEYROUX

Madeleine Peyroux has a voice of silk and honey with echoes of Billie Holiday that make you catch your breath. She spent a stretch in New Orleans with a band several years ago, and her set at the pre-Katrina Jazz…

NEWS BEAT: Return of the Red Streetcars

Like homes and businesses along much of their route, the Canal streetcars that were flooded in their Mid-City den after Hurricane Katrina are now undergoing major repairs to bring them back to like-new condition. With the arrival of an influx…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

I’ve started the New Year hungrier than ever and with this resolution: to enjoy as many of New Orleans’ restaurants as possible in the coming year. There’s always time for exercise … later.SMOKIN’! To me, a good weekend breakfast has…

TABLETALK: DOWNTOWN STEAKHOUSES

I’ve always regarded steakhouses as the dinosaurs of the culinary world: lumbering behemoths with primitive menus whose appeal lay more in brute strength than in careful refinement. But could it be that these restaurants are more variegated and complex than…

PERSONA: Fr. William F. Maestri

Can a nice Presbyterian girl like me have a crush on a nice Catholic priest? If the priest in question is Fr. William Maestri, I would have to say “yes.” Fr. Maestri first came to my attention when I was…

MYSTIC DANCE

As political leaders go, the Marquis de Vaudreuil was not known for his integrity, but he sure enjoyed pomp – under any circumstance. Vaudreuil, who served as French Louisiana’s governor from 1743-‘53, saw himself as the extension of his boss…

Send Us Your Travel Stories

Have you ever noticed that whenever you try to tell travel stories to friends, they never really listen and just try to top your story instead? Well, we promise not to behave that way. We’ll be attentive because we’re genuinely…

JULIA STREET

Dear Juila,I’ve been driving past my pre-Katrina grocery, Canal Blvd. Supermarket, lamenting its absence for the past few months and observing its gutting. I noticed after the façade was stripped of its outer veneer, that earlier incarnations of the building…

MARQUEE

The 73rd Sugar Bowl Football Classic, LSU vs. Notre Dame, Jan. 3Sugar BowlThe 73rd Sugar Bowl Football Classic will be held this year Jan. 3, at 7 p.m in the Superdome. Though tickets have sold out, you can still watch…

AN INTERVIEW WITH BUDDY D

Since our cover theme this month is Ultimate New Orleans, that got me thinking about the late Buddy Diliberto who was in many ways ultimately New Orleans. He talked like many of us, ate like some of us and suffered…