New Orleans Magazine - December 2013

A Big Victory

Re: “Jays and Tigers: 50 years ago they battled for a state title,” by George Gurtner. Characters column, October 2013 issue. I just had the opportunity to read George Gurtner’s write up about the Jesuit-Holy Cross game. It was really…

Plugging New Orleans’ 'Retail Leakage'

The Orleans Parish Retail Report, published by the New Orleans Business Alliance in 2013, analyzed the retail spending of New Orleans residents. The report identified a “retail leakage” in Orleans Parish of $1.9 billion dollars in 2012 – or retail…

The Year New Orleans’ News Environment Changed

There are some cities that are one-newspaper towns. There are others that are two-newspaper towns. In terms of daily home deliveries, New Orleans enters the New Year as a one-and-three-sevenths-newspaper town. As always, things are different down here. We begin 2014 experiencing a news media environment that has changed…

A Charming Drink For the Season

No one can accuse New Orleans of not having any charm – we practically ooze charm from our every pore. We are also a town populated by great folks; ask anyone if we aren’t among the most charming folks on the…

A New Orleans Music Lover’s Christmas List

The gift-selection guide we provide in December draws on polling data that confirm that our readers are happy to spend money, now that the House has reopened government, once more scaling the fiscal cliff and in a necessary mix of…

Dining Highlights

Vega Tapas Café offers a Mediterranean-Flavored Christmas Vega Tapas Café and Catering, 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007, VegaTapasCafe.com Vega Tapas Café in Metairie is offering a great value: a $50, five-course tasting menu over the holiday week (Dec. 23-28). Often…

25 Things To Do in New Orleans in December

PICTURE THIS Photography takes over the city’s art scene for the annual PhotoNOLA, the New Orleans Photo Alliance’s citywide photography festival, held Dec. 12-15. The festival features exhibitions at galleries in the Warehouse District and St. Claude area, as well…

I, Bingle

Confessions of a department store snowman

Milne Boys Home’s Redevelopment

In 2014, the City of New Orleans plans to begin redevelopment of an historic property in Gentilly. Shuttered since Hurricane Katrina, the Milne Boys Home will serve as the new headquarters for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. Opened in…

Sweating Over Christmas Sweaters

My mother-in-law Ms. Larda just loves Christmas sweaters. And you can get them real cheap at garage sales, since the rest of the human race evidently decided, all at once, that Christmas sweaters are ugly. But Ms. Larda don’t think…

Yes, I Am Still Nursing

I don’t have a whole lot of “causes.” I don’t generally get involved in political campaigns, I’m very casual about religion and I pride myself on being able to see the other side in almost every argument. But there are…

New Orleans Christmas Tree Memories

Every family with a Christmas tree has its share of Christmas tree stories. But first, you have to find that tree. Professional forester Adrian Juttner was a leader of an Explorer Scout Troop at the First Unitarian Church when he…

Healthbeat

In September the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services partnered with the Louisiana Health Cooperative, Inc. to develop the statewide health Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP). The idea is to provide a customer governed and nonprofit health coverage…

A Few Words About Boudin Balls

Not that I have been to many cocktail parties recently, but there have been two where among the items served was boudin balls. On both occasions I was excited to take one, which usually comes with a sauce on the side for dipping; on both occasions…

Marti’s, Domenica on Magazine and More

The original Marti’s closed the year after I graduated high school and I never dined there. The restaurant was located at 1041 Dumaine St., at the corner of Rampart Street, a location I associated with chef Ann Kearney’s Peristyle. The…