New Orleans Magazine - January 2011

My Father's Bar

Bars, particularly those deemed best, are the subject of our cover story this month – coinciding with another feature in which our readers voted for The Tops Of the Town. With all this judging going on, when the subject is…

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…

Travails of a Class Reunion

I see on the news that 34 percent of the U.S. population is obese (by which they mean “fat”). What they don’t say is 99.9 percent of the female population thinks they look fat. The other .1 percent are still…

Persona: David Morse

For an actor who has been in 60 movies, 17 TV shows, and a number of productions on stage (I’m guessing more than 60), David Morse is obviously in demand. He has acted with Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington,…

New Orleas Tourism keeps on trucking

Many New Orleanians may feel 2010 was an extraordinarily topsy-turvy time. After all, in the same year the city celebrated its first Super Bowl victory, it found itself on the frontlines of the nation’s worst oil disaster and marked both…

Cooking Locally to Impress Visitors

I love the title of John Besh’s new cookbook, My New Orleans. It is the way I felt when playing tour guide recently to two sets of out-of-town friends. I proudly showed them the Brad Pitt houses in the Lower…

Taking on Tasting Menus

If you’re going to go over-the-top, is a mere three courses truly enough? Why settle for business class when first class dangles within reach, handed out alongside the regular menu as an oft-disregarded enticement, a heavenly brass ring so often…

Restaurant Insider - New Orleans Dining

The new year always makes me optimistic for the future. The possibilities stretch out like a rainbow of hope and dreams. Anything is within my reach if I just want it badly enough. That feeling generally lasts until Jan. 2,…

New Orleans Restaurant leadership at the table

New Orleans has long had a strong influence on the American culinary scene. More recently, however, some of the movers and shakers in the local restaurant world have been making their presence felt in national industry circles too. This month,…

Dave Bartholomew goes to the Rock Hall

Long before we got hammered by Hurricane Katrina, Cleveland beat out New Orleans as the site for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No one paid me to say this, but it’s a good thing Cleveland won. The Rock Hall,…

Read & Spin

The old adage “Do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t apply in the case of these educators. The Professors of Pleasure: Tulane University Faculty Band, Volume Two, presented by John Doheny, a collaboration of Tulane University Jazz Performance…

Vineyard greens a garden

Wine doesn’t normally top the list of contributions to childhood nutrition, but a new California winery with an affinity for New Orleans is now supporting one local effort that is making school lunch healthier. To mark its recent debut, the…

New Orleans Healthbeat

A recently released study by the New England Journal of Medicine shows that healthy gay men who took the anti-AIDS pill Truvada were 44 percent less likely to get infected with the virus that causes AIDS than the same number…

Questions of Fear and Terror

Another new year recalls the haunting optimism of the late Father Joseph H. Fichter, author of a pioneering study of the New Orleans Police Department, “Police Handling of Arrestees, 1964.”A Jesuit professor of sociology at Loyola University, Fichter later recalled…

Glory Days of the Cotton Exchange

“My mother always said she could drive down Carondelet Street, and when she’d pass the Cotton Exchange she could hear my father’s voice. He had a loud, carrying voice, and I do too. That’s a big item in trading. You…

Tales of Molly the Wonder Horse

You go to do a little thing, like help save people’s lives after a major hurricane, and you never know where it’s going to lead you.Take the case of Kaye Harris.Kaye and her husband, Glenn, own ponies, wagons and a…

Anniversary at Andrea’s

Andrea’s Northern Italian Restaurant is celebrating a birthday this month. “We’ll have a nice, wonderful 26th anniversary celebration on the 21st of January,” says Chef Andrea Apuzzo. “We’d like to invite everyone to have a toast with me with a…

Etc.

100 Years of artAn integral part of New Orleans culture – and a key tourist attraction – the New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates its centennial anniversary this year. On Jan. 8 a kickoff celebration will start the year long…

NOLA by the Numbers

1907The first time the classic New Year’s “ball” dropped in Times Square700Weight (in pounds) of the first New Year’s ball11,875Weight (in pounds) of the Waterford Crystal New Year’s ball used today2,668Number of Crystals created by Waterford in the New Year’s…

Last Call: Apple Pie-Tini

Craving ComfortAfter the last night of the year, and all the celebrations that stretch into the next morning, January does not have much to recommend it. Sure, around here we enjoy the antics of the Phunny Phorty Phellows lumbering down…

What Happened in Morganza

I always drive slowly through Morganza ever since a local policeman stopped me on the adjacent spillway named after the town. He had clocked me traveling a breezy 65 miles per hour in the business part of town alongside Louisiana…