New Orleans Magazine - May 2013

Louisiana Tunes in Library of Congress

Peek into the collection of an avid Louisiana music lover and you may find the country hit and official state song “You Are My Sunshine” sharing space with the Mardi Gras Indian anthem album Wild Tchoupitoulas. Now these two classic,…

Two New Orleans Restaurants Offer New Ideas

An emphasis on smaller plates and the continuing craft cocktail renaissance are two calling cards for a pair of new places around town, with serendipity having played a role in the establishment of them both. Chef and owner Ian Schnoebelen…

Health Beat

Recently, Ochsner Medical Center’s fetal surgery team of 18 physicians and nurses, operated on a 23-week-old fetus that was still in utero and was diagnosed with Myelomeningocele (MMC), one of the most serious forms of spina bifida that affects approximately one…

Restaurant Updates: From the Circle to the Lake

Chef Chris Lynch came to my attention when Meson 923 opened a while back. He was in charge of an ambitious kitchen at the now-closed Warehouse District spot, and I thought it was odd when he turned up at a…

Cocktail Recipe: Cajun-American Meets Creole

Thibodaux is a bustling town comprised mostly of farmers, trappers, fishermen, petrochemical workers and college professors. Its roots are squarely Cajun. Rice and sugarcane are agriculture mainstays, and because this is Louisiana, sooner or later someone had to have the…

Streetcars Heading Downriver

New Orleanians may still be getting used to the idea of a new streetcar line along Loyola Avenue. But the wheels are already turning on the next expansion of the streetcar system, the North Rampart/St. Claude Avenue streetcar line, which…

A Night at the Orleans Parish Prison

Several years ago I was asked by a friend, who was a social worker, to teach a one-evening class in Orleans Parish Prison. I will admit to being apprehensive, but she assured me that everything would be safe, so I…

In Search of Mother Rue

This being the month of Mother’s Day, I was wondering about the word “mother” as used in popular culture. Of all the uses, the restaurant by that name may be the most popular. Mother’s on Poydras Street has been serving…

Rivera and O’Reilly: Outfoxing the Facts

While we cherish the right of all Americans to experience freedom of the press and freedom of speech, we nevertheless wince when nitwits such as Geraldo Rivera are given a national forum to pass judgment on New Orleans. Rivera caused…

The One and Only Leah Chase

For this year's New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, the chef and restaurateur is the winner of the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.

Stiletto Stories

At Celibacy Academy, we were required to wear saddle oxfords. Not just any saddle oxfords, but special extra-clunky saddle oxfords, specifically designed by the nuns to repel the opposite sex. We couldn’t wait to flounce around in sky-high heels as…

Q&A with Elsa Hahne

The art director at OffBeat magazine shares her take on food, music and Swedish.

Dreams and Dresses

When the sonographer first told me I was having a second daughter, I had a brief moment of … not disappointment, exactly, because I was so happy about everything else the baby had – a four-chambered heart! a brain! the…

An Intimate Gallery for a Unique Collection

The French Quarter offers many ways to explore the history and culture of Louisiana, including guided tours and fine meals. Recently however, a new exhibit space has been quietly showcasing that story through a one-of-a-kind art collection. The Laura Simon…