New Orleans Magazine - September 2009

On tossing a first pitch

Barack Obama and I have something in common, other than that we’re southpaws. This past summer we both threw the first pitch at a professional baseball game. Obama’s toss came at a trivial affair, the Major League All-Star game. Mine…

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NOLA by the Numbers

Lavishly Layered

It’s true: You can never have too many cookbooks, but no matter how much I organize them, sometimes I can’t find one.Alas, I found Let’s Bake with Beulah Ledner hidden between two large books. No longer in print, it has…

Missions from New Orleans

Even before Hurricane Katrina resulted in an outpouring of support for New Orleans from “faith-based” organizations, our city has long been involved in religious missionary work.  In the earliest years, Louisiana was a fertile field for missions. The three canonized…

Bucktown Neighborhood

A lot has changed in Bucktown since the storm. While this short stretch of Lakefront remains a favorite destination for casual seafood, much of its charm has been obliterated by the massive gate and pumping station at the mouth of…

Restaurant Insider

Bee Sweet Cupcakes (5706 Magazine St.) has opened a second boutique bakery at 800 Metairie Road, Suite Q. The new location serves the same decadent cupcakes as the original, including the “Drew Bees,” which is a chocolate cupcake with vanilla…

A new lighthouse: brick by brick

Plans for a resurrected New Basin Canal Lighthouse call for high elevation, steel framing and other design features to help the new structure withstand future hurricanes. But getting the lakefront landmark built again will take a special type of brick,…

Techno Fallout and Sweet Sorrow

As the Internet tightens its chokehold on music commerce, more labels go down, more musicians scramble to get promotion, and stores that carry CDs in good volume achieve, by their rarity, a certain beauty. The federal bailout for automotive producers…

The growth of New Orleans

Greater New Orleans, because of its low-lying location, developed as a tight urban area. The original town clung at first to its limited high ridges such as those along the Mississippi River as well as the Esplanade, Metairie and Gentilly…

Read & Spin

New Orleans Jazz Hall of Fame member Leroy Jones has released Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze, a collection of slightly heartbreaking romantic ballads. The album features three original compositions (“Katrina,” “Life Is Not Always Fair” and the title track) by…

Tulane’s disaster degree

Communities all over the world heard Hurricane Katrina as a clarion call for better emergency preparedness. But another overarching lesson was the role of high-level leadership in managing the response to a catastrophe, and the consequences when such leadership is…

Dining

5 Fifty 5 Restaurant 555 Canal St., 553-5638, French Quarter. B, L, D daily. This restaurant in the Marriott Hotel offers innovative American fare such as Lobster Macaroni and Cheese and Seasonal Gulf fish with crab and Mache Salad with…

Health Beat

Advanced practice registered nurse Nancy Buccola recently led a Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center research team conducting a study linking schizophrenia to a specific area of DNA. The area of DNA linked to the disease is on chromosome 6,…

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