New Orleans Magazine - May 2008

Persona: Mignon Jacquline Faget

A girl’s first piece of jewelry is something so special that she never forgets it. A pressure-filled situation, no doubt, for the person bestowing the gift but in New Orleans and for those in-the-know, a piece of jewelry by Mignon…

May Pace

A year ago this month, speedy Carlos Gomez of the New Orleans Zephyrs was already having a big season. By the second week in May, Gomez had stolen 17 bases in 36 games and had a batting average of .286.…

Letters to the Editor

FRENCH IMMERSIONRe: “Charting a Course,” Education column, by Dawn Ruth. February 2008 issue.My thanks to Dawn Ruth for compiling the list of charter schools in the city. As a proud parent of a 5th grader in the French Immersion program…

Julia Street

Win a Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch for two!Here’s a chance to eat, drink, be merry, listen to music and have your curiosity satiated all at once. Send Julia a question. If we use it, you’ll be eligible for…

Marquee

Viva La BayouThe scenic Bayou St. John neighborhood will host the third annual Bayou Boogaloo, a family-friendly event produced by the Mothership Foundation. From the banks of Bayou St. John to N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, the Bayou Boogaloo aims to…

Restaurant Guide

5 Fifty 5555 Canal StreetNew Orleans504.553.5638There’s a new chef in town. Chef Mark Quitney is at the helm of5 Fifty 5, the newest restaurant on the downtown dining scene. 5 Fifty 5 is a comfortable, yet hip eatery offering “a…

Bucktown's Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam now stands where Bucktown was. I was looking toward the lake from the Hammond Highway Bridge that crosses the 17th Street Canal and not knowing whether to be overjoyed or over-saddened. In the foreground is a concrete stage…

Life as a Country Song

“Lost everything to Katrina,Wound up in Farmerville,Wife ran off with the shrimp man,Now I’m headed for ole Nashville …”When your life reads like the lyrics of a Merle Haggard moaner, where else are ya gonna go?It may not exactly have…

Vic Schiro

If it’s good for New Orleans, I’m for it!” That’s the perfect slogan for the 1960s-era Mayor of New Orleans, Victor Hugo Schiro, a cheerful, positive-thinking, unabashed booster and promoter of his city. He wasn’t tall and commanding; in fact…

Taking Off

When my mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, gets the emergency call from Aunt Chlorine in New Jersey, the first thing she packs is the red beans. Then the crab boil. Then the Tony Chachere’s.  She don’t want to starve up there.Not that…

Last Call

In the minty month of MayMay brings the assurance of summer. Not the summer of heat and humidity (both in the 90s) and crawly things in the house (not just the children) but the summer of lighter refreshment – cooling…

Etc. Editorial

Techno-Romantic  Artist and gallery owner, Thomas Mann of Thomas Mann I/O (which stands for Insightful Objects) describes his art as “techno-romantic jewelry objects.” He believes his work to be on the cutting edge of contemporary jewelry; in fact, this month…

NOLA by the Numbers

273Height (in feet) of the Superdome. 5Pair of pleopods (“swimmerets;” abdominal appendages for swimming and mating) on a crawfish. 1999Year the diatonic accordion (“Cajun” accordion) was named Louisiana’s official musical instrument. 60Average amount of yearly rainfall (in inches) in New…

30˚90˚ Dining Features

Fusion food at La ThaiLa Thai Cuisine Uptown co-owner Diana Chauvin says her restaurant serves Asian fusion cuisine with a focus on authentic Thai cooking and a local Louisiana influence. She says her family introduced Thai cuisine to the New…