New Orleans Magazine - December 2009

MAYLIE’S LAST STAND

In this, our dining issue, which is also the last issue of the year, I pause to remember old acquaintances – particularly a now long-gone restaurant that at the time of its closing on New Years Eve 1986 was already…

Letters

A DOG NAMED GENTILLYRe: “Animal Nature: Dr. Chris Voigt and Dr. Amy Voigt’s Sweetheart of A Dog,” by Sue Strachan. November 2009 issue.Thank you does not seem appropriate enough for including one of the most misunderstood dogs in the dog…

SOME ARRESTING NUMBERS

A study released by the local Metropolitan Crime Commission contained this startling figure: Within the city of New Orleans during the first half of 2009 there were 29,172 arrests. “What!” we exclaimed while re-reading the numbers to make sure we…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Hi Julia, I must ask this before it drives me crazier for sure. When I was growing up there was a beautiful clock that graced the entrance to City Park on Bayou St. John, which was in the ground. It…

A Christmas Carol

I hate to say it, but I’m not musical.Now I don’t mean “not musical” like when my kids talk about “Beyonce” and I say “beyond what-se?” Or “not musical” by liking elevator music.I mean I can’t sing – or not…

Marquee

Our top picks of the month’s events

USS New York: The sequel

Before it had even set forth on its first mission, the New Orleans-built Navy vessel USS New York was already the subject of a History Channel documentary, the inspiration for a song by country star Charlie Daniels and the center…

VISIONS OF SUGAR THINGS

“Shugah,” as we say in the South, helped build southern Louisiana into what it is today. In the mid-19th century, more than 1,200 plantations produced the state’s sugar crop, which plummeted during the Civil War but continues today as a…

RIVERBEND

Gathered within the Riverbend’s embrace is one of the most diverse collections of restaurants in the city. Backed by the defining green mound of the Mississippi’s levee, this quietly vibrant area attracts a mélange of college students, locals and streetcar-riding…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

Based on the preview of the menu that Le Foret (129 Camp St.) released a few months ago, I thought that if Chef Jimmy Corwell, right, could pull off what it promised, it would be a remarkable restaurant. It is…

Faubourg with a plan

City planning gets a lot more attention these days as Hurricane Katrina recovery continues and New Orleans’ first master planning process moves along. Faubourg Marigny is one part of the city where citizen-led planning has long been a priority, and…

Read and Spin

The must-have Christmas album of 2009 is Kermit Ruffins’ Have A Crazy Cool Christmas! There are 11 classic tunes given some spice by Ruffins, Neal Caine, Matt Lemmler and Herlin Riley, with special guests Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Irvin Mayfield…

Bikes for hire

New Orleans native Julia Wessman got to know Paris while living in the French capital for three years, and she got to see a lot of it thanks to that city’s bike share program. The system let her rent bicycles…

Health Beat

There is a long-held belief among both parents and researchers that autism is linked to higher levels of mercury, but a recent study in California is setting out to debunk this idea. The report, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, is…

FOR THE LOVE OF TENNIS

New Orleanians have played tennis almost since the game was invented in 1873 by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield in England.In 1874, New Yorker Mary Ewing Outerbridge brought home Wingfield’s rules and equipment and laid out a course on Staten Island…

MEETING OF THE MINDS

Two great architects in different centuries shaped Louise and Ted Martin’s Garden District home

REMEMBERING HAROLD

Harold Myers Jr. loved Carnival in New Orleans and he celebrated it in a way unlike anyone else. He didn’t ride in a krewe and never reigned as a king, but he mastered capturing the spirit and integrity of the…

Something Silver for the Holidays

As You Like It Silver Shop is a great place to find complete sets of silverware, individual pieces of popular silverware patterns, baby silver, jewelry and memorable gifts for the bride-to-be, all at reasonable prices, says owner Duncan Cox.Selling mostly…

Nola by #'s

38 Approximate number of local restaurants that offered Reveillon menus in 2008.6 Date in December of la fête de Saint Nicolas in France.25 Anniversary, in 2009, of Celebration in the Oaks.1 Envelopes of unflavored gelatin needed to turn leftover roast…

Five Happiness’ new look

Five Happiness has been open for more than 30 years and recently underwent renovation, making it a sleek and elegant place to dine. Rose Lo, one of the primary owners of Five Happiness, says “The cooking style is called Sichuan…

Into the Wild

This holiday season, shine on through the winter months and stand out from the crowd in over-the-top party dresses, glitzy accessories and bold color choices, perfect for after work cocktails or an evening of all-out glam.PHOTOGRAPHED BYGREG MILESFASHION EDITOR: Lilith…