New Orleans Magazine - May 2014

May 2014, Into the Future

This month is an important one in chronicling the city’s history, both politically and historically. Mitch Landrieu will have been inaugurated to his second term as mayor of New Orleans as will a city council with three of seven new…

Julia Street with Poydras The Parrot

Dear Julia and Poydras, My late mother grew up in the 1920s and used to talk about a Prohibition-era soft drink called Whistle. Have you ever heard of it? Do you have any idea of its flavor? Sincerely yours, Harold…

One Banh Mi, Extra Gravy Please

My “sloppy roast duck” poor boy was dressed with mayo, pickled vegetables, herbs and spicy pork pâté. This was a long way from the standard roast beef dressed with gravy poor boy, but cultural influences often take international leaps. Technically the sandwich before me…

Beignets in the Register

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFab) announced a new and distinct project this year, the National Culinary Heritage Register, a list of culinary products, processes, inventions, traditions and establishments that are at least 60 years old and have contributed…

Port Invests in the Dream

The idea of traveling for travel’s sake may seem foreign and easy to forget as we buy faster cars and fly in even faster planes. For the cruise ship industry, however, the old adage still holds true: Half the fun…

Health Beat

The consumer healthcare website Nerd Wallet Health analyzed 100 of the most common treatments at 89 of Louisiana’s largest hospitals to determine the most affordable hospitals in the state. Topping the list were the Baton Rouge Medical Center in Baton…

Good Numbers for Airport

For the fourth year in a row, Louis Armstrong International Airport continues to experience an astounding increase in passenger volume. At the end of 2013, airport statistics reported moving over 9.2 million passengers through its terminals, making an 18 percent…

Read & Spin

HISTORY The height of crawfish season is upon us. Celebrate by noshing on a tasty mess of mudbugs while reading about their storied history. In Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean journalist and Louisiana-native Sam Irwin heaps…

LOL

Smartphone adventures

Gaining Control

I am, as an adult, what could best be described as “high-strung” or “tightly wound.” Those less charitable might call it “neurotic” or “borderline OCD” or “really annoying.” I sweat the small stuff, in other words. In some ways, I’ve…

Typecast

New Orleans’ printers have been getting the word out for 250 years.

France Enchants

Antiques dealer Gay Wirth’s home reflects the best of the Old Country

The Sammich, Rio Mar and Waffles on Maple

Another May and already it seems like the relatively cool weather we had to begin the year is a distant memory. In more northerly latitudes there’s a thing called Seasonal Affective Disorder; sufferers feel lethargic and moody as the temperature…

New World New

The European nationalities that settled New Orleans brought with them their love of spirits and wines. Certainly the Spanish, French and Italians embraced not only their new New World home, but they also gave us, alongside the Caribbean and African…

The Road to West End

There is an entrance from Orleans Parish to Jefferson Parish where there is only space for one vehicle at a time, and in this instance it wasn’t my automobile that was gong to be first. I was totally deferent to the Mac truck cab…

The Natchez Isn’t Just for Tourists

As we stroll down St. Peters Street in the French Quarter, the unmistakable sound of calliope music grows louder. “That has to be coming from the boat,” I say to my husband, Mark. We both agree later that catchy Dixieland…

Try This

Waxing the City opens on Magazine Street, and Tivoli & Lee extends its Whiskey dinner series.