New Orleans Magazine - November 2010

Tops of the Town: Readers' Choice Winners!

New Orleans Magazine’s readers have chosen who they think is best in a multitude of categories. A detachable, postage-paid ballot was included in the magazine’s October issue. Readers were also able to vote online at the magazine’s website MyNewOrleans.com. In…

Last of the Big Bucks Burgers

There was no burger like the Big Bucks Burger. In this, our Best Burgers issue, I’m reminded of a classic hamburger that didn’t make it back after Hurricane Katrina. It was the specialty item at Michael’s Mid-City Grill, located at…

Letters

BANANAS, PEANUT BUTTER AND ELVISRe: “Banana Nightlife,” Food column by Dale Curry. September 2010 issue.In the food section “Banana Nightlife,” Dale Curry made a statement: “Elvis Presley invented a banana entrée: banana and peanut butter sandwiches.” I would like to…

Change the Railroad, but Keep the Train

Acontemporary local variation of the expression “don’t throw out the baby with the bath water” might be “don’t throw out the train cars with the railroad board.”Revelations of misspending and abuse of authority at the New Orleans Public Belt railway…

BEING BAD

My daughter Gladiola claims she got detention for asking a question in class. Come to find out, the question was “What shade toenail polish R U wearing 2nite?” And she asked it to her friend Mawlene – by texting.Old people…

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Our top picks of the month’s events

MONTY WILLIAMS

Monty Williams is like a basketball Buddha. It is the New Orleans Hornets open-practice-to-the-public-day and I feel like I’m watching a pick-up game at an inner-city basketball court – players are aggressive, playing with abandon. Williams, the Hornets’ new coach, is…

Lake champion now eyeing oil impact

The scramble for answers to the spewing deep-water oil well in the Gulf this year made clear that both the energy industry and the government were short on experience for handling just such a disaster. But as the situation enters…

SWEET THINGS

Earlier this fall I attended a food writers’ conference in Santa Fe, and some of the old timers were recalling a conference I chaired in New Orleans in 1987. The subject comes up every year. We showed them how to…

EATS ALONG JEFFERSON HIGHWAY

The Harahan and River Ridge communities offer the typical comforts of suburbia: green space, quiet neighborhoods and lots that can accommodate homes larger than a double-shotgun. They also offer other perks, like independently owned and operated restaurants. Diners have several…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

Sylvain (625 Chartres St.), continues the recent trend toward restaurant-bars or “gastropubs.” The brainchild of Sean McCusker, a food and travel writer, Sylvain occupies a beautifully renovated space originally built in 1796 that’s just a few yards from Jackson Square.…

More questions, quicker answers

The promise of technology is often touted as part of the formula to improve public education in New Orleans. But this doesn’t necessarily mean more computer labs and laptops. Recently, officials at McDonogh 35, a public high school in the…

ELDER UTAH SMITH

The hard times and resurrection ministry of Elder Utah Smith is a tale of epic strivings. In times such as these, when organized religion takes a heavy battering from internal scandals and prolific atheists, Smith’s life opens a window on…

Read & Spin

Long gone are the days of 1960s psychedelic rock and the British invasion – or so we thought. New Orleanian AM recently released his debut album Future Sons & Daughters, the Abbey Road Studios-mastered vinyl edition of which was made…

Containers and cruise ships buoy port

Hurricanes, a national recession, the oil disaster in the Gulf – the Port of New Orleans has been through a lot during the last few years. But lately this cornerstone of the local economy has had more good news to…

Health Beat

• According to a recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, seven out of 10 women facing breast cancer aren’t made aware of all of their reconstructive options. Furthermore, according to a study released at the 2010 American…

Missions Accomplished

Darkness was not going to win!” “Chuck” Kelley insists. The President of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Charles “Chuck” S. Kelley Jr., still takes pride in the fact that, shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and caused…

BY PRESCRIPTION

For its photographer and musician owners, this Bywater home has the right ingredients

Big Shot’s Big Anniversary

There was a time when working guys would take their daily lunch break from unloading sacks of coffee beans at the dock, head to the nearest corner grocery and either order a poor boy or grab a prepared Mrs. Drake’s…

Last Call

The spiciest seasonThe holiday season means tables laden with an abundance of visual gustatory pleasures, bringing delight for all invited to gather. Yet, long before we approach the photo-moment, the home is filled with the aromas of meats, fowl, fish,…

Get Ready for Saintsgiving

When reflecting on the year 2010 and remembering what to be thankful for, many New Orleanians will give thanks for family, friends, good health, financial stability – but it wouldn’t be surprising if one of the top (if not the…

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NOLA BY THE NUMBERS

LifeCare at Lambeth House

LifeCare at Lambeth HouseLambeth House is a community for retirees that emphasizes quality of life for varying clientele. It is the area’s only continuing care retirement community with LifeCare, designed to give independent living residents and their families peace of…

Dining Features

Sugar, Spicer and everything niceFoodies are probably familiar with chef Susan Spicer, a James Beard Award-winner, a guest on Bravo’s “Top Chef” in 2009 and even an inspiration for a character on HBO’s “Treme.” She opened Bayona in 1990 in…