New Orleans Magazine - May 2009

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…

Mother's Day

Someone told me that Alzheimer’s is the worst disease because you lose a person twice. I know when the second time was because of a call from the nursing home that came at 3:15 on a Sunday morning.I will always…

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…

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…

Eyecare Medical Guide

One of the highest priorities for any family or individual is protecting the health of themselves and their loved ones. This includes eye health. Whether it’s a routine checkup for a glasses prescription, a new correction procedure or a screening…

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…

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…

Summer Travel Guide

Louisiana    St. Martin and Iberia parishes are part of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area: Bayou Teche Corridor. The area is the essence of the cultural heart of Louisiana’s Cajun Country, just two hours west of New Orleans and four hours east…

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…

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…

Crohn's and Colitis Survivor Story

She had a fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and a collapse of energy. Her color drained from her face and her stool was bloody. Doctors quickly learned that Mia Davis’ entire digestive system had ground to a halt, and she was…

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…

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…

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…

Marquee

Our top picks of the month’s events

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…