New Orleans Magazine - May 2011

Health Beat

• While eating right and exercising are some of the most important ways to stay healthy and happy, new research suggests that there’s an easier (and overlooked) way to improve health: self-compassion. The term describes a new area of psychological…

A Chambers Stove: Turning on the heat

When I last saw my Chambers stove a group of Hispanic workers were, at my invitation, carrying it out of the house. It was not an easy job. The stoves are heavy – very heavy. That weight is also the…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

May is here, and with it the consistently warm weather that some of you have been looking forward to for months. I would never live anywhere else, but the prospect of seven months of high temperatures and humidity is daunting.…

Council Moms

Mothers and daughters on two councils discuss differences and similarities.

WHAT THE STUDIES SAID

Thumbing through the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigative report of the New Orleans Police Department, one wonders why the feds didn’t publicly urge the city to cancel Mardi Gras. The 10-month federal review of NOPD’s operations would be released March…

Marquee

Our top picks of the month’s events

Poultry FOR THE Platter

Being a seafood town, we may not eat as much chicken as they do in Dayton, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minn.; or Santa Fe, N.M., but we hold our own as the home of Popeyes, not to mention our knack for French…

Charter schools making the grade

The charter schools that have so thoroughly transformed the landscape of public education in New Orleans were recently issued a report card of sorts, and it’s one that boosters of the local charter movement can be proud to display on…

COMING TO TERMS WITH THE CIVIL WAR

Maybe it’s just the people we talk to, but we detect yawning (sometimes internalized, sometimes not) when the subject is that this year is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. Except for active historians and…

New Orleans – the brand

Brands are vital in business, so it was no surprise to hear Forbes magazine publisher Rich Karlgaard focus on brand and image as he recently addressed the annual meeting of the economic development group Greater New Orleans Inc. “New Orleans…

Making groceries made easier

New Orleans is famous for its rich food heritage, but lately local advocates and researchers have been pointing out that for many residents, just getting their hands on groceries can be difficult. A recent survey conducted by Tulane University found…

Glassblown gifts at Judy’s

For almost 30 years, Judy at the Rink has been offering unique New Orleans gifts, such as home accessories and jewelry. Owner Kay Fausset chooses the store’s inventory, and though some pieces are by national artists, most are local – with…

STORIES FROM SEAT LEVEL

Like the flashing scenery outside, you sit long enough in any form of long-distance transportation and many life moments pass by:After graduating from high school, a buddy of mine and I took a trip to Los Angeles in the back…

Summer specials at Manale’s

Pascal’s Manale is best known for being the creator of barbecued shrimp. The 98-year-old restaurant has been in the same family for four generations, serving up seafood dishes, Italian specialties and steaks.Co-owner Sandy DeFelice’s favorite dishes are the veal parmesan,…

Letters

The Mardi Gras Runner Re: Julia column. April 2011 issue.Just finished reading Julia’s article in the latest edition of New Orleans Magazine. A gentleman asked about the “Dr. Nut Runner” in front of the parades; Julia responded she wasn’t aware…

Read & Spin

New York writer Dan Baum penned a post-Hurricane Katrina narrative in 2009 called Nine Lives, a novel that chronicled nine individuals recovering from the hurricane. Composer Paul Sanchez and screenwriter Colman deKay saw potential in the musical themes of the…

HOSTING THE GODDESS

My mother-in-law texts me that she got Azalea’s disease.Now, Ms. Larda never sent a text message in her whole life before. So that’s a surprise. And I guess the phone autocorrected the name of whatever disease she was trying to…