New Orleans Magazine - May 2009

Mystery of the pre-sweetened tea

As proof that Louisiana is a subset within the South, there’s the kudzu. Throughout the woods in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia the vine covers fallen trees, abandoned Chevies and anything else that didn’t move fast enough to get out the…

Letters

KEEPING THE VIGILANCERe: “When the Bishop is Wrong,” Speaking Out column. February 2009.Once again, we congratulate and thank you for having the courage to be a consistent advocate for fairness, compromise and eventual healing in the on-going saga of the…

Cellular adventures

Phones used to ring. They didn’t squeal, play “Mardi Gras Mambo” or belch. Bad enough your kids did that.  And when phones rang, you knew where to find them. Plugged into the wall. The same wall they were plugged into…

Marquee

Our top picks of the month’s events

Persona: John Vincent Saego

“Artisan wines that express a place,” says John V. Seago, owner of Pontchartrain Vineyards. And no phrase better describes the wines that Seago creates on 13 producing acres in Bush – located just north of Covington.His wines are much like the…

No more crawfishing on food labels

In billboards, tourism brochures and travel Web sites, the red shells of crawfish are used as an enticing symbol of Louisiana, an edible representation of a unique place. Now, a pair of newly enacted state and federal laws are out…

Recession Concessions

By the time this issue hits the stands, I hope the inspiration for this column is no longer relevant: namely the Bad Economy. But as I type this now we linger in limbo, stuck in a wait-and-see mode. Fittingly, the…

Restaurant Insider

The sign outside Chill Out Cafe’s (729 Burdette St.) Uptown dining room advertises it as a spot for breakfast and “Asian fusion,” but it’s really more of a Thai restaurant with a breakfast menu, with some updated touches to Thai…

Keep on cruising

While the most heated talk about signings and multi-year contracts this time of year usually involves pro sports, a recently inked deal between the port of New Orleans and Norwegian Cruise Line has quietly set the stage to help continue…

Read and Spin

Jenny Brooks’ story is classic country – kid packs U-Haul and leaves Slidell for Nashville, trying to make it big. She released a short 10-song album, then Down in the Bayou, her latest. She writes all her own songs, and…

Irish dance stepping up

Interest in traditional Irish stepdance simmered for many years in New Orleans before the runaway hit show Riverdance in 1994 propelled its stature to new heights. As with so much else however, the displacement and upheaval of Hurricane Katrina derailed…

Health beat

In an effort to provide more expedient Emergency Room care, Ochsner Health System is posting “real time” Emergency Room wait times at their facilities as well as online at www.ochsner.org/emergency. This service is intended to allow patients to choose the…

Richard Rowley's three loves

 “Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.” – Cecile B. DeMilleThe book of 300 or so songs written by Richard Rowley that sits on the table in his living room is thick as the New York City Yellow Pages. Between…

Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and daughters, daughters and mothers – the bond between them is special. Like elastic, it may stretch and strain during the growing-up years, as young girls seek to become their own persons. But inevitably it bounces back, an enduring…

Featured Dining

Fine dining for less at Austin’s Owned by Ed McIntyre, Austin’s opened in 2003 as an extension of Mr. Ed’s Restaurants, and is named after McIntyre’s son. Specializing in steaks, the restaurant offers diners a casual upscale atmosphere. “It’s a…

Etc.

Accurate Auto Glass: fitting and installingAccurate Auto Glass’ services are simple: they fit and install auto, commercial and residential glass.Marie Landry, who co-owns the business with Kurt Hemelt, has been in the glass business for over 33 years, and she…

NOLA by the Numbers

7New Orleans was founded on this day in May 1718.55“Retired” hurricane names (Fema.gov).1.5 million : 1Ratio of insects to humans on Earth (Auduboninstitute.org).1967Year Gonzales’ Jambalaya Festival Association was chartered (Festival dates for 2009: May 21-24).20,000Estimated attendees at last year’s Bayou…