New Orleans Magazine - July 2018

An Instant Connection

Designer K.V. Harper was born in Miami, on the southern coast of the U.S., raised in Seattle, on the west coast, and attended Howard University, on the east coast. An avid traveler who’s lived in both Amsterdam and Argentina, she…

July

San Fermin en Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls) Have you ever wanted to run with the bulls in Pamplona but were put off by the prospect of being trampled or impaled by an angry bull? If so, then San…

Slay the Summer Slump

We’re officially smack dab in the middle of the hottest time of the year and the kids have been out of school for over a month. You’ve been to the Audubon trifecta (zoo, aquarium, insectarium) more times than you can…

Creativity Matters

In order to solve problems, both sides of the brain need to be utilized. The left side of the brain focuses on facts and known solutions. When a solution is not currently present, that’s when the right side, the creative,…

Eat Here: Our 2018 Best Restaurants

BEST OF THE BEST Bywater American Bistro Nina Compton’s Caribbean-inspired cuisine at Compère Lapin has been surfing a wave of accolades since it opened, and this year she won the James Beard Award for Best Chef South. So a second…

Stephen Watson

This month Stephen Watson marks one year on the job as President and CEO of the National WWII Museum, after taking the helm from retired president Gordon Mueller. Watson, a native of Scotland (he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen…

Uptown Whirl

With so much going on in the restaurant scene these days, it can be easy to overlook the kinds of places that helped make New Orleans unique in the first place. I’m talking about the neighborhood poor boy shop. Serving…

Next Stop, St. Bernard

For many residents of New Orleans, it is easy to go through life largely unaware of one of the city’s most vital industries. The Port of New Orleans, despite occupying hundreds of acres of prime land along New Orleans’ most…

Restaurant Insider: News from the Kitchen

Madam’s Modern Kitchen + Bar Madam’s Modern Kitchen + Bar has opened in the B Hotel on Canal street. The name is a reference to Storyville, but the menu is modern. There’s a selection of local and Atlantic oysters, cheese…

Revamping the School Board

July 1, 2018 will have gone down in history as Independence Day for the New Orleans public school system. Long divided into two systems, one locally controlled and one state controlled, the city’s schools unify this month under the tutelage…

Summer Savories

A summer barbecue in New Orleans can make you feel like the main course. My idea is to cook something that goes on the grill for a matter of minutes, putting you back in the air-conditioning or pool as quickly…

Memorable Funerals

Over the centuries, this city has raised the staging of funerals to an art form. And, not even a corpse is required. New Orleans, then a Spanish colony, once held a funeral when the King of Spain died. Charles III…

Last Call: With Style

Depending on our mood, our age, our location, or even what else we have planned for later, making the choice of what watering hole to patronize takes on shades of importance. We are all quite fortunate to live in a…

Taking a Stand

It’s early summer in New Orleans and that means one thing: Who Dat, baby! While the rest of the country ponders heat and humidity, summer vacations, beach reading, baseball and backyard barbeques – and while the other Gulf Coast states…

ETC.

Jazz Museum’s Latest The New Orleans Jazz Museum is housed in the historic Old U.S. Mint building, situated at the intersection between the French Quarter and Frenchman Street’s live music corridor. It includes a $4 million, state-of-the-art performance space, where…

How to Flush

Used to be, you would go to the ladies room, do the necessary, wash your hands, dry them, check your lipstick, and leave. Not no more. Nowadays, you practically need a choreographed dance routine to get a hand towel out…

Streetcar: A Korean Star

Korea is a place, the mention of which seldom ignites happy thoughts. When that country has been mentioned lately, a butterfly flitters from beyond an imaginary wall as a reminder of a certain Korean man who once lived in New…

Amuse Bouche

Have you ever been in a fancy restaurant and right after you place your order, the server brings you something on a small plate that the chef has created? It is tiny—usually a piece of something with something else squeezed…

Life Skills 101

I sometimes joke that Ruby is the person in infomercials. You know, the person who is completely flustered by the idea of spreading a blanket over their lap or buttoning a blouse. The person who encounters catastrophe by opening a…

Land of Brothers

A century ago this year, 1918, a little noticed property sale near Covington would have a far-reaching impact on local education. In that year, the Benedictines, a Catholic religious order that operated nearby St. Joseph Abby sold Dixon Academy, a…

Essence and More

Over the years, Essence Fest has made New Orleans a serious destination for music in July.  This year, the festival returns July 5-8, with an absolutely amazing lineup. For starters, the headliners are Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige and Erykah…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia and Poydras, There is an intriguing abandoned commercial building on a small triangular block fronting on Westbank Expressway at Truxton Street in Gretna. The reason it caught my attention is that it has a complex angular roof that…