New Orleans Magazine - May 2008

Healthbeat

A recent study by the National Cancer Institute indicates a possible correlation between alcohol consumption and breast cancer in postmenopausal women. The study, comprised of data from more than 184,000 females, found that two small,alcoholic drinks per day raised breast…

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: KEEPING CLEAN ABROAD

FUGGIA ITALY:Despite what you might have heard, my theory of the origin of the word "Europe" is that it is Celtic for "no washrags in hotel rooms."Here we are, nearly a decade into the 21st century, and the U.S. and…

ERROL'S COMMENTARY: "NEW ORLEANS" ON THEIR CHESTS

Have you noticed during the series with San Antonio that, both at home and on the road, the other's team's jersey says "Spurs." The Hornets' jersey, at home and on the road, says "New Orleans."         Thank you, George Shinn. The…

30˚90˚ Dining

7 on Fulton 701 Fulton St., 525-7555, CBD/Warehouse. B, L, D daily. Chef Justin Pittenger takes over the reins at this upscale and contemporary dining destination in the Warehouse District. $$$9 Roses 1100 Stephen St., 366-7665, Gretna. L, D Sun-Tues,…

May Calendar

Through May 24. “PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Discoveries: Charles Latham and Frank Relle;” The New Orleans Photo Alliance. Information, 610-4899, www.neworleansphotoalliance.org. Through June 28. “Lost and Found: Partially Salvaged Photographs;” Contemporary Arts Center. Information, 528-3805, www.cacno.org. May 2. George Clinton and…

Where to Dine Outdoors in New Orleans

It’s spring, the time when even the most hard-hearted recluses leave their apartments to enjoy sunshine, sweet magnolia breezes and caterpillar carcasses littering the landscape. Beyond those blessings, springtime ushers in a playful spirit that draws us all to the…

Great Breakfast, New Orleans Style

It all started with Elizabeth Kettenring Begue, who migrated from Bavaria to New Orleans in the late 1800s, feeding French Market workers from her kitchen on Decatur Street where Tujaque’s now stands. Her 50-item Bohemian Breakfast, which cost $1 including…

Louisiana Weekends

Looking for something to do? Just off the beaten path, you’ll find a wealth of treasures – day trips that dazzle and delight or a way to wile away a long weekend. Brimming with cultural traditions, festivals, great food and…

Gulf Coast Getaways

As the temperature rises, why not turn thoughts to the beach? Boasting some of the best beaches in the U.S., the Gulf coastlines of Alabama, Mississippi and Florida offer a great way to get away from the hectic pace of…

Eye Care Update

As spring turns to summer and South Louisiana becomes abuzz with activity, isn’t it time to make certain that you see everything? Seeing it all isn’t just about taking in the festivals and fun, it’s also about being proactive in…

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Antiques & Wholesale FurnishingsLouisiana Made fleur de lis design pottery filled with hand poured soy candles. Several sizes and scents to choose from along with other Fleur de Lis Gifts items are perfect for Mother’s Day.  Items can be found…

Mom and the Kitchen

There are two themes in this issue that resonate with me: home cooking and Mother’s Day. They bring to mind my mom’s home cooking, which was a cross between the classic offerings of her French Louisiana heritage and the dishes…

Mothers and Daughters

Janice Romig,Mary Beth Romig,Lindsey Price Janice Romig, homemaker and community volunteer (right)Similarities: Mary Beth and I are both “people” persons. We never met a stranger. We love to decorate and garden, and we’re both short! We both use our hands…

Fraud Finders

When you’re counting on a killingAlways count me in –Talk me into losin’ just as long as I can winI want the easy –Easy money.        –Billy Joel, “Easy Money”One of Donovan McMullen’s partners was a snitch, so he decided…

Shotgun Blast

Nothing is more charming than the quintessential historic shotgun house. Find a neighborhood of shotgun houses and you have found a treasure. Gretchen and Joel Dondis agree. “We have always admired shotgun houses,” explains Gretchen, an orthopedic nurse coordinator at…

Health Beat

In a recent Center for Disease Control study, the first of its kind examining national adolescent sexually transmitted disease prevalence, reports 26 percent of female American teens have an STD. The study’s findings have led researchers to estimate that ratio…

MSG

Ikeeled over after one bite of my salad at Ruth’s Chris. I came to on the floor and Dr. Frank Minyard was giving me CPR. The coroner saved my life. MSG in that salad dressing almost killed me,” said Frank…

Baghdad: A Vacation Destination?

Ed. Note: This is an occasional column by a native New Orleanian on military duty in Iraq. Because of military regulations, he is not able to use his real name. We can tell you that he is a decorated Navy…

Anatomy of an Uptown Murder

I was on the phone with a friend of mine and three shots rang out,” says “Lori” a professional researcher who lives near the Uptown Square shopping mall. Lori says she then told her girlfriend: “Mark the time, in case…

Hard Ball Equations

It’s Thursday afternoon at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Old Metairie. Outside, moms and dads in SUVs gigantic enough to carry a gang of children line up to pick up or drop off a load. Many of the…

Altered Plans?

When the U.S. economy sneezes, the local hospitality industry gasps. Any economic tightening that threatens consumers’ pocketbooks can prompt a pullback in vacation plans; that can spell trouble for hotels and other businesses that rely on visitors from afar. Recent…

It is Time to Rethink Parking Laws

New Orleans’ downtown area and the French Quarter are being strangled by parking regulations that are outdated and by a Parking Violations Bureau that’s predatory in its practices. For the sake of economic growth, both the regulations and the bureau…

Funeral Home to Incubate Jazz Education

As the crowds cheer performers at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year, the foundation behind the massive annual celebration is gearing up to make a long-term enhancement to the education of local children who may one day…

Read and Spin

Back and funky as ever, Big Sam’s Funky Nation has just released their newest study in Funkology, Peace, Love & Understanding. It’s tough to translate the bold, reverberating horns of Big Sam’s onto a disc, but this album  manages to…

Gospel Songs of Liberation

When the political world erupted after YouTube posted the fiery sermons of Jeremiah Wright,  the Obamas’ pastor in Chicago, America plunged into another “conversation about race.” That conversation has a rocky history with many fade-to-black conclusions leaving no genuine resolution.…

From Market to Marketing

Best known for farm-fresh produce and other edibles, the organization behind the Crescent City Farmers Market has diversified to take on projects as varied as promoting grassroots charitable funds and creating an online economic assessment tool. To reflect the broader…

Restaurant Insider

The first weekend of this month is, of course, the last weekend of Jazz Fest, which is known almost as much for the food as the music. But May is also significant in the dining scene because of the New…

Dining Along Lower Magazine Street

Lower Magazine is a much different creature than its Uptown counterpart. The blocks between Jackson Avenue and Coliseum Square are scruffier than the sleeker, more polished stretches farther up. But while this hodge-podge collection of independent storefronts makes for an…

Trailers to Get Hitched

Procuring a FEMA trailer for emergency housing after hurricanes Katrina and Rita proved a long and frustrating process for many residents but now local and federal officials are dealing with a new set of prickly issues as they try to…