New Orleans Magazine - February 2008

Worldwide Worries

There ain’t no Modine Gunch porn site on the Internet.And if there is one, it has nothing to do with me. And if it does have something to do with me, I didn’t do it on purpose.I got to explain.I…

A Medjugorje story

Lunch was about to take a bizarre turn. Lent brings to mind spirituality and spirituality reminds me of Medjugorje. During the 1980s through the ’90s the town, located in the former Yugoslavia, became an oft-visited destination for Christians who were…

Bruce the Whistler

It may be Sunday. It may be Tuesday. The only safe bet is that it’s some time between dawn and dusk. All is a blur in a semi-conscious state of post-operative recovery.The guy with the newly rebuilt heart who’s being…

Jill Jackson's Salad Days

Jill Jackson is a native who began her career in New Orleans. She was the first female sportscaster in America, a Hollywood gossip columnist in 1,700 weekly newspapers to this day and she boasts a namesake salad on the menu…

Making the Catch

It don’t matter what they say on national TV; everybody from New Orleans knows that flashing your bosoms for beads is not an old New Orleans tradition. We got way too many Catholic schools for that. Some sin-and-skin magazine made…

Last Call

Tiki TimeBack in the simpler days of the 1950’s, when beginning-to-retire-now Baby Boomers were focused on Howdy Doody, slip-n-slides, hula hoops and Elvis, their parents were heading out the door to the kitsch-iest, wackiest place in town – the Tiki…

Etc.

11Date in Feb. 1990 that anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was freed after a 27-year political imprisonment. 496Year, A.D., that Pope Gelasius set aside Feb. 14 to honor St. Valentine. 4552Weight, in carats, of the Hope Diamond (housed at the Smithsonian…

Dining Features

A Bistro on Metairie RoadThough it has relocated from Kenner to Metairie Road, Chateau Du Lac Bistro is still serving customers its famous French cuisine and French wine. Owned by Executive Chef Jacques Saleun and his wife, Paige Amundson-Saleun, the…

Embrace the Passion

Nothing warms her soul and wins her over like the desires of her heart. Open your heart and express your undying love through a beautiful piece of jewelry she can wear, and through it remember your love, for the rest…

Charting a course

Abramson Science & Technology Charter School. Abramson follows the Harmony School model, a college prep program connected to a group of schools clustered mostly in Texas. Harmony schools focus on integrating technology into the classroom, teacher subject specialization after the…

Big Score

New Orleans City Council President Arnold “Arnie” Fielkow is 6-foot-3 and smiles easily. A former top executive for the New Orleans Saints, Fielkow exudes a mix of a Midwesterner’s optimism and enthusiasm for reforming local government that is blandly reassuring.On…

Ultimate New Orleans: Favorite Poor Boy

Jay Nix, owner of Parkway Bakery & Tavern lets out a gleeful yelp when he finds out his shop has been voted No. 1 for poor boy sandwiches. His contagious excitement and passion for the industry are perhaps key ingredients…

Ultimate New Orleans: Favorite Hotel Bar

The lights inside are dimming and the scene along Royal Street seems to be whirling by, not quickly, but enough that makes you wonder how strong that cocktail is that you’re drinking – or how long you’ve been sitting at the…

Ultimate New Orleans: Favorite Restaurant Worth the Drive

“Here at Middendorf’s, we’re with you through thick and thin,” greets the voicemail of this beloved restaurant, owned by husband and wife Horst and Karen Pfeifer. If you’ve never been to this “Favorite Restaurant Worth the Drive,” (located off the…

Ultimate New Orleans: Dining

DiningFavorite place to buy King Cakes: Manny Randazzo King Cakes. Chalmette culinary tradition comes to Mardi Gras with Randazzo’s victory. Haydel’s and Gambino’s bring two other great baking traditions to the front. National chains keep away.2) Haydel’s Bakery3) Gambino’s BakeryFavorite takeout:…

Ultimate New Orleans: Favorite Hornets Player

Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets is quickly becoming a household name. Though he’s not yet 23, the 6-foot tall guard, who played college ball at Wake Forest (in his hometown), is being lauded for his grace on the…

Ultimate New Orleans: Favorite Local Band

The Bucktown All-stars, based in Metairie, La., is a nine-man band specializing in brass, funk and soul; just the kind of music Louisiana loves. If you’ve seen them play, it was probably at Rock ‘n’ Bowl in Mid-City, where they’re…

Ultimate New Orleans: Favorite Jazz Club

Back during my college years, my friends and I would go to Snug Harbor because we didn’t have to wait in line to get a good cheeseburger and a Monsoon, like we had to at Port of Call. Eventually, we…

And the winners are...

This being a leap year, it’s also a federal election year. To help prepare our readers for the challenging task of selecting our next president as well as members of Congress, we have provided the equivalent of spring training with…