New Orleans Magazine - February 2007

New Orleans Small Business Marketing Conference

The Magazine Street Merchants Association along with the New OrleansDistrict of American Society of Interior Designers is planning aMarketing Seminar on March 27th at the Jewish Community Center on St.Charles Avenue at 8AM.  The seminar is aimed at educating local smallbusiness owners…

ST. CHARLES AVE.: The Dish

Nancy Nguyen prepares bread at O’Delice.Street Sweets It is both an understatement and a cliché to state that every block of Magazine Street yields a new surprise. But given the fact that one canshop for both a rubber chicken and…

ST. CHARLES AVE.: To Your Health

This month we will answer a question that a St. Charles Avenue reader sent in.Q: Now that the holidays are over, I am ready to fight something that I have been battling for quite some time. I am ready to…

NEW ORLEANS HOMES & LIFESTYLES: The Royal Touch

Keil's Antiques is known for its variety of English and French antiques.Theshops along historic Royal Street, an enchanted vision of French andSpanish architecture carefully preserved for centuries, have longcaptivated local antique and fine collectible enthusiasts, as well asconnoisseurs from across…

NEW ORLEANS HOMES & LIFESTYLES: In Full Bloom

Like florists all over town, Nancy Segers was placing orders for Valentine’s Day when most people were still in the throes of the Christmas shopping season. “It’s the one time of year when people who never buy flowers will buy…

ERROL LABORDE’S COMMENTARY:

 PRETTIEST PARADE This category was a real surprise. At a time when krewes would have an excuse for rolling out  mediocre parades they seemed to be prettier than ever. The competition was tight but Hermes stood out with what might have…

STREETCAR: SCHOEN, MANDINA’S and streetcars

With each new reopening of a business in my neighborhood, Mid-City, I have been anxious to be a customer again, with one exception – Schoen Funeral Home. Schoen is a beautiful building and in its restored state it’s grander than…

CHRONICLES: A SPOT ON THE BAYOU

“It’s like living in the country in the middle of the city,” muses attorney Charles McHale as he considers his family home on Park Island, located just across Bayou St. John from City Park and approached from St. Bernard Avenue.“My…

MODINE'S: Making a Statement

Most people in New Orleans have a tradition for Carnival day – circling their ladders on St. Charles Avenue, riding a truck behind the Rex parade or walking from the French Quarter to wherever the parade is.My daughter Gumdrop has…

Katrina Up Grade

Hurricane Katrina dumped three feet of water into the Mid-City house Erich and Jennifer Weishaupt had purchased in 2001, leaving the couple with some tough decisions to make. Chief among them was the dilemma similar to that faced by many…

TRAVEL: Roaming Readers

Beautiful Buenos AiresAt the end of October last year, our daughter and her husband took my wife and me to Buenos Aires for two weeks. It was one of the most interesting and fun trips we’ve ever taken. Buenos Aires…

REAL FOOD

All of us who were born in New Orleans, along with most of us who were admitted later, know there’s only one true dining destination in these United States – and that destination is, well, us. Still, that indisputable, irrefutable…

Experience La Cuisine De Saint Barth

Cuisine is often shaped by the land, even when the land provides no resources. Sometime the results are surprising.Only a few miles off the Caribbean island of St. Martin is the tinier island of St. Barth. On St. Martin, restaurants…

Understanding Caribbean Dining - No Problem!

Dining in the Caribbean means much more than mere nutrition; it’s part of the whole vacation experience. Your island day can start with a taste of the world’s best coffees and fresh-picked bananas from a nearby tree. Lunch might mean…

Dance of Fire

We danced in the empty front parlor of his shotgun house in the Irish Channel. Alberto Paz, an Argentine gentleman of my father’s generation, said, “Find your center. Stay grounded. Let go. Be patient. Do not anticipate the direction, but…

HOME: Living with Antiques

THE INSPIRATIONWith a treasure-trove of fine antiques surrounding them in their Garden District home, what four daughters and one son once considered merely old furniture has taken on a new meaning. Now there’s a list of what each one has…

FOOD: With a Nice Chianti ...

When the world looks at New Orleans, it sees unique cuisine, Carnival, the home of jazz and a love of antiquity in its buildings and neighborhoods. To live here gives one an inside view that goes much deeper. We know…

HEALTH: POLYPHARMACY

Ed note: The names of the two patients and the physician mentioned in this article are pseudonyms, but all the case histories are real.Nell Hightower, a diabetic with hypertension and arthritis, rolled into the emergency room several years ago with…

BIZ: Getting Businesses Back

Entrepreneurs, by nature, are a tenacious lot. That is fortunate for New Orleans because starting and growing a business in the current economic environment requires a special brand of moxie. Anyone who launches a business takes a certain leap of…

SPEAKING OUT: THE RECOVERY

Looking at some of the global coverage of New Orleans’ recovery reminds me of the story of the men who had never seen an elephant. Each was blindfolded, given a chance to touch the beast and then asked what they…

NEWS BEAT: Local girl lands on the silver screen

A class of New Orleans second-graders was treated to a unique sneak preview of an upcoming Hollywood thriller thanks to a show-and-tell presentation with a dose of Tinseltown. That was the day eight-year-old Sabrina Aurora Junius brought her photo album…

MUSIC: Strings the Thing

In 1934, the soulful gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt – could anyone besides Sean Penn adequately portray him on screen? – was playing in the cafés of Paris when the leader of the Hot Club of France invited him to join…

NEWS BEAT: Group lobbies for “8-29 Commission”

The nonprofit, grassroots group Levees.org is calling on Congress for an investigation of the Hurricane Katrina levee disaster in New Orleans akin to the one that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2005.  The group is asking Congress to…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

THE TACO TRAIL It seems there are a never-ending number of taco trucks, stands and taquerias all over New Orleans. Raves are rampant for El Gato Negro in the French Quarter and I can’t go one week without a stop…

TABLETALK: BRUNCH BY THE BUNCH

Brunch is a curious meal when you think about it. It warps genres, breaking meals down into their constituent parts then rearranging them in enticing new combinations. Want a couple poached eggs atop your filet mignon? Brunch has that. Or…

NEWS BEAT: Latest USS New Orleans sets sail

A train called the City of New Orleans carries passengers across the nation’s heartland between the Crescent City and Chicago, but a new warship named for the same city and built nearby will soon carry hundreds of Marines across the…

PERSONA: MICHAEL LEWIS

There’s a Michael Lewis, or should I say a Michael Lewis book, for almost every generation. For those who entered the work force in the late 1980s – especially if you lived in New York City (like I did) –…

PACE: March

STANDING AT THE ALTARThat the basket in the foreground contains American dollars rather than euros says much about the preservation of cultures. The Sicilian tradition of building food altars to honor St. Joseph survives better in New Orleans than in…

LETTERS

ISLAND LOVERe: Ask Julia column, December 2006 issue.Imagine my surprise when I purchased my first copy of New Orleans Magazine, opened to [Julia St.] and read a letter about Poydras in Sicily Island. As a native, I can say that…

Couvillion's Couchon De Lait

Join and Master of Ceremonies, Heath Allen of WDSU for a fundraiser to rebuildthe library at Our Lady of Prompt Succor School.A casual, fun-filled evening for the entire family featuringan authentic pig roast, creole classics and live entertainmentby The Bruce…