New Orleans Magazine - December 2012

DINING GUIDE

New Deals and Dishes at Vega Tapas Café 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007, VegaTapasCafe.com Since Vega Tapas Café introduced the idea of ‘little plates’ to New Orleans in 1996, the team has been delighting taste buds with ingenious creations that…

Innovation Within Tradition

This time of year has always been devoted to ceremony and traditions. As we all know and have experienced, “The Old” – Mr. Bingle, Celebration in the Oaks, Caroling In the Square – must also make room for “The New”…

Roots Rambles: New places, new faces

We are honoring Maximilian Ortiz in this issue for his work at Root, the restaurant he and chef Phillip Lopez operate in the Warehouse District. The two are set to open a second restaurant early next year, and it promises…

Jobs, Meals and Homes on the Riverfront

The hard-working Mississippi riverfront has historically been a source of economic vigor for New Orleans and jobs for its residents. Now, work is underway on the transformation of some long-idled symbols of the riverfront’s past into new tools to help…

Fighting for Fort Pike

Guarding a strategic approach to New Orleans, Fort Pike was built to withstand the worst that an enemy force could throw at it. These days, however, the ravages of time, storms, erosion and neglect are the biggest threats to a…

Read&Spin

PETS New Orleans resident and author of the bestseller The Dogs Who Found Me has dedicated his latest book to a particular type of dog: the pit bull. In I’m A Good Dog, Ken Foster explores the lives of pit…

How to Ruin Christmas

I have said this before, and I’ll say it again. The trouble with Christmas is people. Not regular people – organized people. People who are so organized they start Christmas shopping in August, the minute the Walmart puts out the…

Re-committing to Rebuilding

As Hurricane Katrina recovery continues on a house-by-house basis in parts of New Orleans, a different sort of initiative, called Project Home Again, has found a way to build back hard-hit Gentilly by leaps and bounds. With more than 100…

Kermit Ruffins

If waiting to interview musician Kermit Ruffins means that I had to spend time inhaling the aroma of food wafting from the kitchen of his latest venture, Kermit’s Treme Speakeasy, so be it. On the menu this night is everything…

The Social Significance of the New Morning Call

Life was as simple as powdered sugar over a warm beignet and a hot cup of real coffee blended with steamed milk. Those were the days when Morning Call was located in the French Quarter on Decatur Street. A family…

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Making the Switch

Will up-and-coming charter schools ever return to the Orleans Parish School Board?

HEALTHBEAT

East Jefferson General Hospital has added Dr. Zhen Jiao, left, to Jefferson Electrophysiology. Jiao, who returned to the city from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is working alongside Dr. James McKinnie, right; the pair hopes to set new standards of…

Letters

FINDING Modine As a fourth-generation New Orleanian, I look forward to receiving New Orleans Magazine every month. I first turn to read “Modine’s New Orleans.” When are we going to see published a collection of her monthly articles? I have…