New Orleans Magazine - February 2021

History Lessons

Montgomery is a city of dichotomies. A telegram by Jefferson Davis to order the bombing of Fort Sumter that began the Civil War was sent from the Winters Building on one side of the Montgomery’s Court Square. On the other…

Porch Punch

Luis Zepeda has only lived in New Orleans for two Carnival seasons, but he already has his favorite parade drink: a boozy Arnold Palmer made with Luzianne tea-infused bourbon and charred lemons. The charring brings a subtle smokiness and smooths…

Hidden Gem

Most cities have their neighborhood joints, casual places where you can get a sandwich or splurge a bit more for an entrée. But only one has Chef Susan Spicer working the line, helping to come up with “Thank You Baby…

Butterfly Wings

For those who write regularly about Carnival, the quote to the right is both a source of beauty and frustration. The beauty comes from author Perry Young’s butterfly of winter metaphor and his skillful use of language (“tattered, scattered, fragments…

'60s Glam

Throw your own party in this classic 1960s sequin wiggle dress by Gene Shelly. Made of stretch knit wool with hand applied sequins and beads, this highly collectible sheath is sure to dazzle. Head to Century Girl for more fabulous…

The Next Generation

If not now, when?   While 2020 had so many life altering implications, it will forever be defined as the year that Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry and “I can’t breathe” a collective dirge. Black change makers are…

Matters of the Heart

In the early days of the pandemic, an unsettling trend began to emerge, one that has endured and been magnified as COVID-19 cases continue to rise: minorities in the United States, specifically Black, Latino and Indigenous populations, are far more…

Carnival Spirit

Picture it: A bleak and freezing mid-February Tuesday in Columbia, Missouri, the sky gray, the trees bare and brown, black piles of plowed snow lining the busy street. I pull on gloves and a hat and boots and double socks…

From the Editor

February is normally a busy month for New Orleans. It’s filled with Carnival events, parades, and sometimes, Mardi Gras day itself. It’s also a time to mark Black History Month, to celebrate leaders who have strived for change and social…

News + Notes

Mardi Gras Krewe of House Floats Sadly, in-person parading will not happen in New Orleans this Mardi Gras season. While nothing can recapture the joy and camaraderie of watching parades with friends and family, the Krewe of House Floats looks…

1893

From 1872 to 1900, the Rex organization – as did the Mystic Krewe of Comus for a short time years earlier – carried on the ancient French tradition of featuring a live Boeuf Gras, or fatted ox, in its annual…

Sashay By

Dear Julia and Poydras, When my wife and I were dating, we have been together 27 years, we would go to the revolving restaurant atop the Trade Plaza by the bridge and river on Canal Street. We had a routine…

Brittani Lewis

As the beginning of last year started, none of us were prepared for the chaos that 2020 would bring. As the world shut down and citizens were asked to shelter in place, there were those who knew it was their…

Disco Amigos

Mardi Gras parades may not be rolling this year, but Jack Rose, located within the Pontchartrain Hotel, will still be celebrating. The convivial restaurant is serving specialty Mardi Gras cocktails through February 16 that are sure to put you in…

Beverly Katz

February is named for the Latin word februum, which means purification. This fact seems in line with the sage gardening advice that local landscape designer Beverly Katz of Exterior Designs prescribes for the third month of the year. February usually…

Floating on By

It’s all about the beads, my little nephew Comus informs me. And you can’t catch beads on Zoom, he says.  I tell him this is a historic Mardi Gras.  He says if historic means no parades, he don’t much like…

Heavenly Match

There’s so much to love about fried ravioli. (Fun fact it was one of the recipes I submitted to “Guys Grocery Games” when I got picked to compete, so it holds a special place in my heart.) It’s the combo…

Memory Mambo

Mardi Gras is canceled this year. So say the authorities. It’s happened before, many times in fact. Mardi Gras was canceled in 1918 and ‘19, during World War l. (And coincidentally, during the Spanish flu pandemic.) Then again it was…

Ashes to Ashes

On the morning after Mardi Gras, the streets in the Quarter, particularly those closest to Canal Street, have a crunch to them. City workers with shovels and brooms are busy pushing the debris left from the day before into piles.…

Financial Health Check Up

If your physical health has commanded most of the spotlight recently, it might be time for a financial checkup. That is especially true after a year filled with unanticipated shocks – economic and otherwise.  “History has shown that the unexpected…

King Cake Season

While we may not be able to celebrate Mardi Gras in the traditional sense, at least we can still eat king cake. Some to try include those by Executive Pastry Chef Maggie Scales of the Link Restaurant Group. She is…

Dining & Entertainment

Briquette Briquette-Nola.com 701 South Peters St, New Orleans 504-302-7496 Briquette is proud to showcase contemporary and coastal dishes like Snapper Pontchartrain, Louisiana Redfish on the Half Shell, and Prime 14oz. Ribeye. Happy Hour Daily from 3-6pm. Galatoire’s Restaurant Galatoires.com 209…

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

1. Perlis Clothing Perlis.com 6070 Magazine St, New Orleans 600 Decatur St, French Quarter 1281 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville 8366 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge 504-895-8661 New unisex Crawfish logo Mardi Gras rugby. 100% cotton jersey with cotton twill collar and…

Heart Health

February is American Heart Month, a designation it was given in 1964 in an effort to tackle heart disease across the country. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, deaths from heart disease are declining, but unfortunately, the…

Hospital Buzz

Area hospitals are always working to improve their offerings and services to stay at the forefront of an ever-evolving industry. From obtaining top of the line technological equipment for complex surgeries to developing strategies to better care for specific populations…

Money Management

Whether organizing your finances to meet your family’s goals or seeking solutions for making your business practices more cost-efficient, managing money is a necessary component for ensuring a more secure future. And whether it’s cash you’re looking to invest, assets…

Renée Pastor

Over 30 years in the industry, Wealth Manager Renée Pastor has helped hundreds of clients plan for and transition into successful retirement. This year, Renée expanded that focus—her desire to help individuals manage their 401(k)account while they are still working…

Paul Karas

With a totally paperless mortgage application, Paul swapped his desk for a pool table so you can bank on him to guide you through a transparent process. The award winning tech, however, takes a back seat to the products and…

Pamela McLaurin Lee

After a year spent largely at home, many local homeowners are ready for change and an upward move. When securing the needed home loan, prompt service and attention to detail are critical for ensuring a smooth transaction. At Gulf Coast…

Andy Lovell, CPWA®

Helping you pursue meaningful goals with a holistic approach and allowing you to enjoy the benefits of your wealth from generation to generation is the mission of Lovell Wealth Management of Raymond James. With decades of experience, the team specializes…