New Orleans Magazine - February 2011

Streetcars create new development

New Orleans streetcars are transit options that also contribute to the city’s ambiance. But as the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) prepares to begin a new expansion of its streetcar system, it’s becoming clear that they can serve as…

Cooking for Carnival

My introduction to Mardi Gras parties was years ago at a beautiful home along the Thoth parade route. Every year, the hostess served grillades and grits. The experience endeared me to this traditional New Orleans dish and I’ve been making…

Table Talk: New Orleans’ Sweet Side

This month I pushed back from the dining room table and stepped up to the counter for some confections and baked goods, as February in New Orleans offers a lot of temptation for those with a sweet tooth. With Carnival…

Quintessential Mardi Gras

Recently I was talking to a man who’s an official of the Knights of Hermes. He was effusive about the group’s 2011 parade. “It will be the most beautiful ever,” he exclaimed. He also mentioned the parade’s theme, which is…

New Orleans Restaurant Insider

February is a pathetic month – the runt of the litter. Most years it’s somewhat redeemed by Mardi Gras, but this year that falls in the greatest of months: March. Coincidentally, March is the month in which I was born.…

How Carnival Has Changed

I was talking to a parade captain, someone who has been very active in Carnival for many years, when he told me something that was surprising: His kids, he said, seem to be disengaged with going to parades. In their…

Matters of the Heart

The heart is an energy-hogging muscular pump fueled by oxygen-infused blood flowing through four small coronary arteries. Its electrical, pumping, valve and distribution systems have more backups than the pumps at the Sewerage and Water Board. Any infrastructure is susceptible…

Safe haven at Dooky Chase

For generations, visitors and locals have sung the praises of chef Leah Chase and the Creole cuisine at her family’s Dooky Chase Restaurant. This month, however, the chef and restaurateur will be lauded in an entirely different way when the…

We want to hear from you!

We are looking for feedback from you, our readers. Every March we feature the “Top Weekend Getaways” in New Orleans Magazine – places to go and things to see, all within a short drive of New Orleans. Last year, we…

New Orleans Five Star Hospitals

Editor’s Note: We take our health care coverage quite seriously. Whether it’s presenting lists of Top Doctors, Top Dentists or Five-Star Hospitals, we look for companies with a creditable methodology. We concede that no selection method is perfect, yet we…

Music: Where the Continuum Takes Us

Alvin Batiste, the late clarinetist and influential educator, considered jazz “a continuum.” By that he meant the music made by artists of the past casts an instrumental language into a flow of time that gathers the best work of younger…

Lundi Gras at 25

Twenty-five years ago this Carnival season, a new phrase became part of the common language of the celebration, “Lundi Gras.” Meaning “Fat Monday,” the phrase had popped up occasionally in various, mostly aged, publications – especially in reference to Creole…

Read & Spin

CD –– With Cassandra Wilson’s latest jazz album, Silver Pony, she had a tough act to follow: herself. Wilson won a Grammy award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2008’s Loverly, along with other accolades, so her newest project had…

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Eclectic Furnishings at Jon Vaccari

Blight fight shifts gears

Housing blight remains a pervasive problem across New Orleans, but recently the city has embraced a more comprehensive approach to addressing it. Mayor Mitch Landrieu has set a goal of eliminating or remediating 10,000 blighted properties during the next three…

NOLA by the Numbers

110 millionNumber of roses sold and delivered for Valentine’s Day15Percentage of women who send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day77.43Average dollar amount the average consumer spends on Valentine’s Day gifts1 billionNumber of Valentine’s Day cards exchanged last year650 millionNumber of Valentines…

In the Bag

You ever notice how purses gain weight? Real slow and gradual, just like people do. Then one day you wonder why your shoulder is dislocated. Because you’re carrying, everywhere you go, 20 pounds in pennies, three pounds in gum wrappers,…

New Orleans Healthbeat

• According to the results of a 10-year study conducted by French scientists, moderate, regular drinkers exhibited a much lower risk for heart disease than binge drinkers, though the binge drinkers drank less alcohol overall. The study followed several thousand…

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Our top picks of the month’s events

Beads as a Business

It’s been more than 40 years since a middle-aged character in the now-classic movie The Graduate counseled young Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, about his future. “I want to say one word to you,” Mr. McGuire advises Braddock. “Plastics.”Depending…