New Orleans Magazine - November 2013

Grouper Brings the Buddy System to Dating

Online dating has become ubiquitous, but even so, I’m not completely sold on it. Online dating does make sense for people like me who are busy and want to meet people beyond their social circles, but meeting up with virtual…

Barbecue: A revelation from Kermit Ruffins

One evening I posed this question to Kermit Ruffins, who in addition to being a great jazz musician is also a renowned barbecuer. “Kermit,” I asked, “do you like your barbecue with the sauce or without it?” He didn’t hesitate.…

Letters

SPELLING  “POOR BOY” I have been somewhat caught by surprise recently to have noticed the menus of a couple of restaurants with which I am familiar calling their sandwiches “poor boys” as opposed to “po-boys” or “po boys.” It has…

A Bright Future for the New Orleans Pelicans?

If hard times build enough character to win championships, then the New Orleans Pelicans should start dusting off a spot to place a National Basketball Association trophy. By the time the former Charlotte Hornets relocated here in 2002, the franchise…

Julia Street Answers Your New Orleans Questions

Dear Julia, When I was a young child, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was located near where Xavier University is today and part of it was dedicated to a lady whose name was on the…

24 Things To Do in New Orleans This November

DIVA DAYS Earlier this year Seth Rudetsky, the chatty host of SiriusXM Radio’s “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway,” hosted the “Broadway at NOCCA” series that brought such divas as Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster, Megan Mullally, Audra McDonald and Megan Hilty to…

‘‘Make Groceries’’ Locally for a Unique Thanksgiving

Cleaver & Co. is a locally sourced butcher shop that relies on farmers who provide the livestock with natural diets – not antibiotics – and room to roam. The store will offer “heritage turkeys” from Kansas this holiday, though it is working…

Help for Veterans in New Orleans

Veterans Day provides an opportunity not only for the New Orleans community to thank service men and women for their contributions but also to take inventory of some of the resources in place to assist these heroes, since homelessness and…

School Vouchers –  The Debate Continues

The U.S. Justice Department’s argument against the legality of Louisiana’s school voucher program reaches back to 1954, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. The Board of Education that racially segregated schools violate the U.S. Constitution. The August…

Alzheimer’s : The disease we dare not forget

What do you mean get off the sidewalk? I don’t have to show you my papers. Who are you to question me?” escalated an exchange between one of our city’s preeminent artists and a New Orleans policewoman. The 80-year-old or…

The Latest Health News

A new method for studying the cellular functions of fruit flies was perfected by the LSU Health Sciences Center research team that was led by Charles D. Nichols, Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Pharmacology. Researchers can now remotely control the…

Tiffany & Co. Makes a Statement in New Orleans

Tiffany & Co. will open at The Shops at Canal Place the week of Thanksgiving. The timing of the move to New Orleans seems particularly appropriate as the retailer recently launched a new collection of jewelry it calls “Jazz Age…

In Search of a Shoo-Shoo

Remember Karen, the tropical system that flirted with us early last month? While it never amounted to much, it certainly stirred up one minor tempest. It all began the Friday night of the weekend that the depression was going to…

Fair Grounds Kicks Off Its 142nd Season

And they’re off! For generations of New Orleans horse racing fans, November is the time to get their wagers ready. The city’s track, now called Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, traditionally kicks off its season on Thanksgiving Day. This…

James Booker in the Here and Now

Everyone in New Orleans who followed the music in James Booker’s glory years has a Booker story. His gigs from the late 1970s into the early ’80s at the Maple Leaf are mythic now. Back then the brilliant, unpredictable keyboard…

4 Mini Book and Album Reviews

MARDI GRAS In his new book, Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival, Mardi Gras expert Errol Laborde – who is also the editor-in-chief of the magazine you’re reading right now – shares an in-depth look at the history…

Lee Barker’s Enchanting Life

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss.: Two pre-teen kids who, except for their mega-bucks Nikes, look like they’ve just stepped out of a Norman Rockwell painting, are eyeballing the holy grail itself: The Heisman Trophy. College football’s highest award was donated to…

Adventures In Dog Sitting

What I’m thankful for: The levees didn’t break. I don’t have to paint my toenails again until hot weather. Same thing with shaving my legs. There is still a month to buy Christmas presents. My mother-in-law says she’ll cook Thanksgiving dinner,…

Life as a Bogged Down Mom

I have been struggling with gratitude lately. I don’t really know why, except maybe that it was my birthday on Monday, and I still kind of act like a spoiled brat on my birthday. Also, Georgia has been sick with…

Comforting and Cozy Restaurants

In fall, comforting meals served in cozy environments just seem to fit the season. Scattered around Uptown are several places that satisfy this urge, among them Dick & Jenny’s and Martinique Bistro. Both are owned by business partners Kelly Barker…

November Restaurant Updates

Restaurant August is chef John Besh’s flagship restaurant and one of the best restaurants in New Orleans. It is a place where inventive, delicious food is served in an elegant setting. Until recently the brain behind most of that food…

Cocktail Recipe: Colors of the Bandera

For just about as long as anyone has been keeping score, the margarita has been America’s favorite cocktail. Despite a lot of variations in ingredients and quantities, in its essence the margarita is a pretty simple mixture of tequila, citrus…

DINING GUIDE

        One Night Only Oyster Dinner at RioMar RioMar, 800 South Peters St., 525-3474, RioMarSeafood.com On Fri., Nov. 1, RioMar, a Warehouse District Latin seafood restaurant, will be kicking off oyster season with a one-night-only oyster dinner.…

Jewelry as a Force of Nature

                      Nature’s unpredictability can often create a sense of beauty all around, leaving her mark in precious gems, metals, stones and jewels. Rainbow Inspired 18 karat white gold, semi-precious, multi-color…