New Orleans Magazine - December 2018

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December

  Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour Pop superstar Elton John, whose music has delighted generations of fans, embarks on his final tour. If you’ve never seen Sir Elton live, check him out on December 6 at the Smoothie…

A Julia Street Christmas

  For most of us, the song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” took on a different meaning 13 years ago, just three months after the levees broke. At issue was not so much if we would be home for Christmas,…

PJ Morton

  New Orleans’ own PJ Morton, singer, songwriter, producer, Morton Records founder, and Maroon 5 keyboardist, is following up his Grammy nominated album “Gumbo” and its live version, “Gumbo Live,” with an album fit to unwrap for the holidays. Released…

The Munch Factory

Shrimp remoulade with fried green tomatoes. Buffalo oysters topped with Parmesan. A pasta dish bursting with crawfish, shrimp, sausage and crispy chicken in a cream sauce. If you are a fan of the big, front-loaded flavors of ‘80s Creole cuisine,…

Retailers’ Favorite Season

  As consumers enter the home stretch of their 2018 spending spree, optimism is running high among retailers around the U.S. The National Retail Federation expects this year’s retail sales will top 2017’s total by at least 4.5 percent. And…

News From the Kitchen

Gris Gris The space that the recently-opened restaurant occupies was once Square Root, and chef Eric Cook has kept the open kitchen on the first floor. The food is quite different – Cook’s menu features sophisticated Southern food rather than…

March of the Bachelorettes

  It’s the holiday season. Time for all manner of celebration and convocation. The season for friends and family. For hearth and home. More than anything else, it’s the season for...bachelorette parties? Actually, it’s always the season for bachelorette parties…

Christmas Revival

Carols in the Quarter, bonfires on the levee and Celebration in the Oaks set the mood for a New Orleans Christmas along with great food traditions from the past. Predominantly Catholic residents of the 1800s fasted before midnight Mass on…

Lap Lander

  When my little niece says “no,” she means “NONONONO!” She is NOT going to sit on Santa Claus’s lap. Flambeau is only nine months old, but she makes her point, and she makes it loud. I respect that. But…

Last Call: Sippin’ Santa

If any city knows how to throw a celebration, it’s New Orleans. After all, we have plenty of practice. Especially at the end of the year, during holiday season we don’t mind the extra efforts required to make everyone happy,…

Cranky Christmas

Excerpted from Eve Crawford Peyton’s blog, Joie d’Eve,  which appears each Friday on MyNewOrleans.com. I don’t like being a negative person, but while the holidays seem to bring out cheer and joy in some people, they seem to make me crankier than…

Giving Through Music

There are always great ways to celebrate the holidays in New Orleans.  This year we have a truly special event as Harry Connick, Jr. will bring his Tricentennial Celebration tour home with an evening at the UNO Arena on December…

Visiting St. Nicholas

  The favorite Saint of the Christmas season is a year-round resident of our city, with two churches, icons and stained glass windows honoring him. “Well, you don’t really see another Saint pictured with a money bag…” Deacon Gregory Haddad,…

Sweet Potato In The Gumbo

  Life, as we know it, is divided into two groups; those who eat sweet potatoes with their gumbo and those who do not. Granted, though I have no official figures, I suspect that the division is lopsided toward the…

Forever Home

  With only one of their five grown daughters still at home, Liz and Al Copeland, Jr. considered downsizing from the Kenner home they built for their family in 1999. But their family-centric lifestyle and the importance of their family…

Negative Politics

  During the early days of this country, two Washington politicians had this to say about each other: One referred to the other as having a “hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor…

Best of Dining

  New Orleanians think about and enjoy food… a lot. We plan lunch while eating breakfast, think about dinner while enjoying lunch, and constantly compare notes on which new restaurant, tavern, sweet shop and more to check out next. For…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

  Dear Julia and Poydras, My late mother-in-law lived on the northshore near Covington and loved to eat out, whether for a garden club luncheon or for dinner. Back in the ‘70s, she often used to talk about going to…