New Orleans Magazine - June 2006

ERROL LABORDE: 7 Reasons to be patient until October

We have all been in those "what do you think?" conversations as we search for answers about our future. When asked, I have lately said something like, "let's give it to October. There should be some encouraging signs by then."…

CHRONICLES OF RECENT HISTORY: Praline people

Pralines, described simply as “dainty and delightful confections” in the 1901 Picayune Creole Cookbook, are a staple local sweet combining two Louisiana products: Pecans and sugar. The familiar candy appears at the ends of buffet lines at receptions, is still…

LOCAL COLOR: The saga of Mary Riley

“... and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin It is said that politics produces strange bedfellows; no more so than…

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Shrimp and Corn Stew

Before pollution, or the knowledge of it, small river shrimp were highly prized and were a main ingredient in smothered corn and other vegetable dishes. Corn and shrimp are common partners today. This shrimp stew can be eaten by itself…

HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN NEW ORLEANS

June 26 Anderson Cooper book signing at Barnes and Nobel, Metairie. June 26 Chase Bank to host Managing FX and Interest Rate Risk Seminar at the Hotel Intercontinental, 444 St. Charles Avenue from 1:45pm to 5:00pm. For more information call…

MUSIC: Diaspora Blues

Catching up with the past Every year in June, several score musicians leave the city for the European concert tour, playing the circuit of festivals from Scandinavia to Nice, France. This diaspora had no great significance in the Old World,…

MUSIC:

Every year in June, several score musicians leave the city for the European concert tour, playing the circuit of festivals from Scandinavia to Nice, France. This diaspora had no great significance in the Old World, pre-Katrina, because the talent pool…

SPEAKING OUT:

June used to conjure happy images: vacations, snowballs, watermelon, the Gulf Coast, crawfish on the Lakefront, summer bliss. This year, however, the month will be greeted with horror. Now that we are all more sensitive to the arrival of hurricane…

A DECADE OF DESIGN

In this 10th anniversary of the series, we have a compelling lens through which to view buildings. As in all other aspects of our existence, things divide into pre-Katrina and post-Katrina. Several of this year’s notable projects were completed and…

ERROL LABORDE: Imagine that – politics and assessors

Well I am shocked. Last week two state legislators, one the son, the other the brother of incumbent Orleans parish assessors accused the governor of playing politics. The charge came in response to Governor Blanco supposedly resorting to deal making…

HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN NEW ORLEANS

June 19 Clean-Up of the Warehouse/Arts District, CBD and FQ. Volunteers & Members from the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hotel Lodging Association, Restaurant Association, Downtown Development District, French Quarter Business Association and the Lt Governor's office will roll…

NEW ORLEANS VOICES: Arthur Hardy

Must of us know Arthur Hardy as an authority on New Orleans Mardi Gras and publisher of "Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide", but Arthur's love for the city does not stop at Mardi Gras. He is now on the board…

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Turtle soup

TURTLE SOUP 2 pounds turtle meat* Salt Freshly ground pepper 1 stick butter, divided 2 1/2 quarts (10 cups) strong beef broth, preferably made from beef or veal bones, or canned 8 tablespoons flour 1 large onion, chopped 1 large…

5 to 9 - The best of weekend wear for men, from hats to shoes.

Time off from work means liberation from constricting neckties, overly-hot suits and clunky lace-up shoes. Make the best of weekend wear with jazzy colors and prints, and a hipster hat or completely work-unfriendly watch for charm. FORE COMFORTFacing page: Keep…

STREETCAR: Canal at Carrollton

Li’l Ray’s had become the center of the universe. Located on South Carrollton Avenue, just past the point where the City Park-bound bright red streetcars made the turn off Canal Street, the diner pulsated with the liveliness of the neighborhood…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

Ah, June: a blessing – the start of tomato season – and a curse – the start of hurricane season. Welcome back: Chinese food returned to Carrollton Avenue about a month ago – Five Happiness is back at its “new”…

TABLE TALK: Re-piecing the Vietnamese scene

Recently a good bowl of pho has been hard to find. The aromatic broth full of beef and rice noodles began as Vietnamese street food. As New Orleans’ Vietnamese community grew over the last three decades, pho became as common…

FREE SUBSCRIPTION FOR DINING

In an effort to support dining out, Renaissance Publishing and the Louisiana Restaurant Association are teaming up to help local restaurants. Renaissance Publishing and the Louisiana Restaurant Association are teaming up in a “Subscription for Dining” campaign. Anyone that dines…

ERROL LABORDE: Why God is on Nagin's side

During his inauguration speech Ray Nagin revealed something that had his opponents known from the beginning he might have been spared any opposition. God, it turns out, was on Nagin¹s side. "This is much bigger than all of us," Nagin…

Trendy tastes - From the traditional to the avant garde

In New Orleans, trendy wedding cakes made to look like bridal dress fabric or silk jewelry boxes, and made to taste just as complex, haven’t quite overtaken the traditional white-frosted, almond-flavored ones decorated with roses or fleur-de-lis. But area bakers…

HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN NEW ORLEANS

June 12- 13 Louisiana Factory Building Systems Symposium, Highlighting the latest technology in home building using automated factory-built housing components Baton Rouge River Center. For registration and more information, please visit www.LouisianaBuildingSystems.com. June 13 Hospitality Industry Appreciation Day at the…

NEW ORLEANS VOICES: Rene Brunet

This week NewOrleansPodcasting.com's Craig Kraemer visits with Rene Brunet the owner of the Prytania Theater, the only independently owned single screen theater remaining in New Orleans. Rene recounts the early days of movie theaters including vaudeville. He also shares his…

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: CLAWS AND EFFECT

I thought crab cakes were an invention of the modern world until I realized we’d been making them all along. Here in Louisiana, ours were a little different; we just stuffed them into crab shells. About 10 years ago, I…

ERROL LABORDE: Down with City Hall, up with a jazz park

Because of the media inflamed hysteria about the opening of hurricane season and the coverage of the mayoral inauguration, a story that might be one of the years' most important did not get the attention it deserved. I am talking…

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

On Bill Jefferson - The Mother Teresa connection Read article Like you...I believe it. Thanks! Ha-ha! Vince Vance New Orleans Errol, you hit the nail on the head! Funny article. John Castelluccio, Jr. New Orleans Price of New Orleans magazine…