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New Orleans Magazine August 2018

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Seventh Heaven

Marian and Larry Gibbs know the fine points of renovation. Larry owns Gibbs construction, a 42-year-old commercial construction business now run by his daughter and son-in-law. He also built the family’s River Ridge house, and together, as their family grew and changed, the Gibbses have renovated their house seven times. (A previous incarnation was featured […]

Best Doctors

There is no responsibility that we take more seriously than publishing our annual list of best doctors. We totally want to be right about this and we want you to understand our methodology. How are the selections made? We partner with Best Doctors, Inc.®, a global benefits provider and medical information services company that connects […]

Dr. Chi Dola, M.D, MPH,

  An Unborn Child with a Chromosome Condition As an OB-GYN, Dr. Chi Dola considers it a privilege to be responsible for the care of her patients and their unborn children. She has undoubtedly dealt with many difficult cases over the course of her 21-year career, but one in particular sticks out to her. The […]

Dr. Pedro Cazabon, M.D.,

  An Intermittent Kinking of an Artery   Dr. Pedro Cazabon believes a team effort is important when it comes to medicine, and he encourages patients to pursue multidisciplinary approaches when it comes to rare or confusing symptoms. Years back, he recalled, he was following a patient with rheumatoid arthritis, which included some pulmonary nodules […]

Dr. Angela M. McLean, M.D., FACP

  It Wasn’t Asthma; So What Was It? A New Orleans native, Dr. Angela McLean, M.D., F.A.C.P, practices internal medicine and serves as an associate professor of medicine at LSU School of Medicine. She said that one of her toughest cases happened when she consulted on the case of a patient who had arrived in […]

Dr. Misty Suri, M.D., M.S.

  Complex Revision Shoulder Surgery   As the former New Orleans Saints team physician and current director of medical services and head team physician for the New Orleans Pelicans, Dr. Misty Suri, a New Orleans native, has cured a number of high-profile athletes over the course of his career. He also is head team physician […]

From K&B, Rite Aid and Onward

When I first saw the signs on the Rite Aid drug stores showing the switch to Walgreens, it reminded me of the day in 1997 when I was driving on Canal Boulevard and saw a work crew taking down a store’s big purple K&B sign to be replaced with the Rite Aid logo. No offense […]


Discover Portofino Just a few hours away from New Orleans are a host of resorts to enjoy. Portofino Island Resort is situated on 26 beautiful acres in Pensacola Beach, Florida. Located between the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the gentle shores of Santa Rosa Sound, it combines everything you could want in […]

Keep Rollin, Rollin, Rollin

It is safe to say that I could eat some form of sushi, from rolls to sashimi, every day of my life – much to my co-workers dismay. There’s nothing better than fresh salmon or tuna (my favorite) with avocado, rice and endless amounts of toppings. As the path this column typically takes, I bring […]

Kickin’ the Heat!

A “man bites dog” kind of story: August, and no one has to be told or convinced it’s hot. The Founding Fathers of this nation were not talking about New Orleans weather in summer, but they could have been, when they wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident….” The challenge to stay cool is […]

Freshly Picked

The only redeeming grace for August in New Orleans is that it falls at the peak of peak season for blue crabs, the dead-on center of the May to November season. We used to go out crabbing with the kids until I decided that nothing could be enough fun to withstand the heat and humidity. […]

News From the Kitchen

  Piece of Meat The folks behind Bayou Wine Garden and Bayou Beer Garden have a new spot around the corner from both. Piece of Meat is a place to grab a sandwich, fresh sausage or a whole chicken. Leighann Smith and David Jackson, who run the place, are butchers at heart but skilled cooks […]

Ya Ya’s Comfort Food

Harahan just upped its breakfast game with Ya Ya’s, a new restaurant from first-time owner and chef Conner Mullins. This is not your average spot for ham and eggs. For starters, Mullins spent the last six years honing his chops under the tutelage of chef Frank Brigtsen. Then there is the fact that he opened […]

Recovery’s Long Road

My story begins like most. An injury. A visit to the doctor. A medical procedure. Painkillers. That was the late 1990s. There were pleasantries in the beginning, of course. A warm fuzzy feeling that is unmistakably benign. No pain. No worries. Nothing at all, really. I could lock and load and write for hours. I […]

Eat. Play. Self-Love.

  Eat. Sip. When most people think of New Orleans cuisine, they probably don’t immediately conjure up mental images of green smoothies or acai bowls. Over the past 300 years we’ve cultivated a reputation for being a place that serves dishes featuring lots of butter – and batter. And in the midst of all the […]

Big Charity: The Revival

There are lots of possibilities for the building that once housed Charity Hospital, but one thing it will never be—a hospital. That is not just an opinion, but a fact. Part of the condition of the federal funding to build the new University Hospital complex was that the old hospital had to have a different […]

Swamp Pop Romp

The adage that people remain loyal to the music of their youth well suits Yvette Landry. Her fourth CD, Louisiana Lovin’ celebrates the dancehall music from her formative years in Breaux Bridge. Landry had a teaching career when she began playing music. Her 2010 debut, Should Have Known, won Offbeat’s “Best Country/Folk Album.” Ranging across the terrain of Cajun and […]

Book Reviews

The 5 O’Clock Band   by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Bill Taylor, illustrated by Bryan Collier Abrams “Where y’at, Shorty?” When young Troy, “Trombone Shorty” Andrews runs late to rehearse with his friends in the 5 O’Clock Band, he takes a walk through the city to try and find them. Along the way, he […]

Live and Reliable

In the late summer, I always like to take advantage of the smaller crowds to check in with some of our veteran brass bands and troubadours whose weekly gigs are institutional around the city. The Hot 8 Brass Band is one of the hardest working groups in the city (and their cover of Marvin Gaye’s […]

The Dating Game

I don’t want to say Ruby has gotten increasingly private as she’s gotten older as that is not strictly true. She has, in fact, started to develop her own social media presence, albeit in a very limited, locked-down way, as I’ve allowed her to get an Instagram account and join the online Google groups and […]

Bubble Trouble

A shred of pink paper on my sister-in-law’s kitchen counter reads: “Do not hold between your knees.”   What am I not supposed to hold between my knees? Why would I want to do that, anyway? The reason I am standing and staring at this shred of paper, is because I am afraid to move. […]

Child Prodigies

In the 1840s it wasn’t unusual for New Orleans musicians to perform in benefit concerts for themselves. What was odd about the April 20, 1841 event at the St. Louis Ballroom was that the pianist was all of 11: and had been performing in public since he was 10. The young pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk […]

Lawn Mower Safety

“You need to get the word out about lawn mower injuries. Summer is on the way,” said Dr. Katherine Faust as I was fishing for health topics a few months ago. “Children end up with mangled fingers, hands, and feet. I saw my first lawn mower injury when I was in medical school at LSU. […]

Orleans Public Schools

A new survey shows that the public-at-large and more parents believe the quality of New Orleans schools has improved, even though a downturn in student achievement looms on the horizon.   The public’s increasing optimism is based on a decade of improved student test scores, college entrance test scores and graduation rates, but public mood […]

Up and Coming

A decade or so ago, when New Orleans began garnering attention in the business press as an up-and-comer in technology and entrepreneurial innovation, it was fair to wonder whether the praise marked the start of a lasting change or merely a short-term ripple generated by the city’s post-Hurricane Katrina recovery. Today, the answer is becoming […]

Tania Tetlow

On May 2, Loyola University broke with tradition by selecting Tania Tetlow as the school’s first female and lay-person president. A graduate of Tulane University and Harvard law school, Tetlow has worked in New Orleans in a variety of non-profit, civic and community organizations, engaging in work targeting sexual assault cases and post-Katrina rebuilding of […]

Making A Statement

Toni Point and Alysia Fields met while studying Architecture at Mississippi State University. It was that love of  architecture and culture that brought the pair to New Orleans years later. After graduating from MSU, Fields pursued a second degree in sociology, and then went on the earn her MBA, which she put to good use […]

August Calendar

Satchmo Summerfest On August 3-5, Satchmo Summerfest returns to Jackson Square to celebrate the life and music of New Orleans’ beloved Louis Armstrong. There will be live music featuring some of Armstrong’s classics as well as seminars and culinary delicacies. Children ages 12 and younger get in free. Information, Fqfi.org. MJ Live: Michael Jackson Tribute […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Poydras and Julia, My grandmother used to talk about an excursion boat that ran in Audubon Park before WWII. I had heard of the swan boat, but Grandmother insisted there was once a pelican boat. Do you know if there was?  Thank you. Jane Jones (Westwego) In 1923, Audubon Park introduced the pelican boat, […]

Public Education

We recall the spectacles as being the “Monday Night Fights.” We watched them during the 10 p.m. news whenever the Orleans school board would meet. The board was an ugly thing to watch, with people screaming back and forth at each other, and that was just the parents in the audience. While there were always […]

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