New Orleans Magazine - October 2008

Upscale Burgers and Easy Dogs

Even burgers and dogs, among the most populist of American dishes, can benefit from a little time spent here in the Crescent City. After all, this is the city that placed Lucky Dogs upon a literary pedestal through Paradise Vendors…

Coleen Landry

“Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” –Bill Vaughan, American newspaper columnist and author   Rule No. 1: Never confuse Coleen Perilloux Landry with the common genus, Tree Huggersaurus Americanus. There are live…

Rising Tide

The sailing has been far from smooth for the U.S. economy of late, and New Orleans feels the effects right along with many other cities. But through the fearsome economic storms, at least one local industry appears buoyant. The shipbuilding…

Letters to the Editor

Re: Inside column. August 2008 issue. Thank you so much for your kind words regarding nurses. While I realize you are reflecting on your experience with only a few of our members, it is still gratifying to hear appreciation for…

Art on an unattempted scale

A groundbreaking event beginning this month aims to cast New Orleans as an international destination for contemporary art.  Having opened Nov. 1 and continuing through mid-January, Prospect.1 New Orleans is the latest in a series of biennials, an art world…

Gobbling It Up

My next-door neighbor always said his favorite part of the Thanksgiving turkey was the next day’s gumbo. I doubt their seven children left much turkey meat but when you add some andouille sausage and plump, succulent oysters, you have a…

The Last Night at the Sazerac

This was a happy night. The date was Aug. 25, 2005, and the Fairmont Hotel’s Sazerac bar was packed tighter than a Huey Long ballot box as people gathered to celebrate the former governor’s birthday. Long, whose actual birthday was…

A new try on Truancy

Bunking school has always been costly to students in terms of their education and future prospects. Now in New Orleans, it can also directly impact their families’ wallets.  This fall, public school officials and law enforcement agencies in New Orleans…

Marquee

Playing “Fare” Tony-award winning playwright Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer will be performed at Southern Rep Theatre this month under the direction of Mark Routhier. Starting on Nov. 5, The Seafarer, will take audiences to a coastal town north of Dublin…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, During the late 1940s, my friends and I would play baseball and football on an empty lot on the lakeside of St. Charles Avenue and Philip Street. The Georgian Apartments [building] was eventually built on that site. We…

Topical Depression

If T.S. Eliot were still alive, he would get a lot of argument from people living in South Louisiana about his poetic declaration that “April is the cruelest month.” There are two cruel months in these parts: August and September. …

Learning from the Storms

Struggling with luggage outside the Union Passenger Terminal (UPT), 66-year-old Geraldine Bush recalls the end of her career as a doorman at the Wyndham Canal Place hotel.  “I retired the night of [Hurricane] Katrina,” Bush says. She and members of…

Lee Zurik

Not many people in New Orleans can say that they’ve blocked for a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and tackled important problems facing the city. Local sports geek, now investigative ace, Lee Zurik can claim both honors, as he’s now looking out…

Hospices and Hurricanes

John Fuchs, a hospice patient, left New Orleans in the back of his sister’s SUV during that mandatory evacuation before Hurricane Gustav. His remains returned to New Orleans in an urn.  Fuchs was diagnosed with colon cancer just before his…

Health Beat

nThe New Orleans Saints, Ochsner’s Elmwood Fitness Center and Centerplate have collaborated to revamp the Superdome’s game-day menu. Turkey dogs on whole wheat buns, grilled Portobello mushrooms, chicken kebobs and pan-seared tuna are just a few examples of Ochsner’s new…

Judge Nazik

Ed. Note: Baghdad Dispatch is now written by two female Marines with local connections; Marine Capt. Mary Noyes, an attorney; and Marine Maj. Meredith Brown, an Iraqi Women’s Engagement officer. Their respective columns will appear in alternate months. Noyes moved…

Restaurant Insider

Felipe’s Taqueria has opened a second location in the French Quarter (301 N. Peters St., at the corner of Bienville Street). The spot formerly housed a Hooter’s and should pull in a big nighttime crowd from nearby locations such as…

How to sell a muffuletta

Tulane University senior Matt Oertling has more than muffulettas on his mind these days when he visits Café Freret, a casual eatery near campus. He’s also thinking of how the locally owned business can attract more customers in ways that…

Dealing with Family

Thanksgiving is family time, but the Gunch family has had enough of each other. I know we got a lot to be grateful for, it being the end of hurricane season and not being dead and all, but I been…

The Political Economy of Music

It shouldn’t take many years for some enterprising historian to produce the book on New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina that chronicles the failure of politics behind the limping recovery. Whole swaths of certain areas crawl with dense floribunda, like some tropical…

Frat Boys

Well, it did prepare you for boot camp,” Walter Carroll admits, “although the program was a little different.” Carroll was recalling initiation into his high school fraternity, TKO. By the time he graduated from Isidore Newman School in 1940, Carroll…

Read and Spin

Soulster Mark Broussard’s newest release, Keep Coming Back, is an effort by Broussard and his retinue to capture the zesty lagniappe that uniquely comes with a live performance. His effort produced a solid album, featuring jams by musicians such as…

In Sickness and in Health

   “We’re just regular people,” says Joan Brennan of Gretna. She and her husband Vaughn, a retired lawyer and Air Force Veteran, have been married since 1985. Collectively, they have eight children from previous marriages and nine grandchildren. They attend…

Things Men Can't Live Without

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Louisiana Small Trips Make for Great Memories

Make the time to go! A short trip can do wonders for your outlook, and Louisiana offers lots of budget-friendly ways to play. These short drives lead to a few days of fun, which can make life seem more manageable.…

Trophy Life

Chris Paul didn’t want to take off his gold medal. In fact, he almost wore it in the shower.But before that, the New Orleans Hornets point guard says his medal had to withstand a bath of a different sort after…