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New Orleans Magazine December 2009

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Health Beat

There is a long-held belief among both parents and researchers that autism is linked to higher levels of mercury, but a recent study in California is setting out to debunk this idea. The report, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, is part of a continuing study and involves 452 participants – 249 of which are children […]

Best of Dining

Best of the Year: Restaurants, Chefs and More

Into the Wild

This holiday season, shine on through the winter months and stand out from the crowd in over-the-top party dresses, glitzy accessories and bold color choices, perfect for after work cocktails or an evening of all-out glam. PHOTOGRAPHED BYGREG MILES FASHION EDITOR: Lilith Dorko Makeup: Tisa Camet for Bamboo Apothecary, using Laura Mercier Hair and hairpieces: […]

Dashing through the Glow


Five Happiness’ new look

Five Happiness has been open for more than 30 years and recently underwent renovation, making it a sleek and elegant place to dine. Rose Lo, one of the primary owners of Five Happiness, says “The cooking style is called Sichuan and Hunan,. Its emphasis is on lots of spices.” There are also a few favorite […]

Nola by #'s

38 Approximate number of local restaurants that offered Reveillon menus in 2008. 6 Date in December of la fête de Saint Nicolas in France. 25 Anniversary, in 2009, of Celebration in the Oaks. 1 Envelopes of unflavored gelatin needed to turn leftover roast into Daube Glacé. 78 Number of gifts given in the song “The […]

Something Silver for the Holidays

As You Like It Silver Shop is a great place to find complete sets of silverware, individual pieces of popular silverware patterns, baby silver, jewelry and memorable gifts for the bride-to-be, all at reasonable prices, says owner Duncan Cox. Selling mostly antique and estate American and European silver tableware and jewelry, As You Like It […]

Last Call

Portside for the holidays


Harold Myers Jr. loved Carnival in New Orleans and he celebrated it in a way unlike anyone else. He didn’t ride in a krewe and never reigned as a king, but he mastered capturing the spirit and integrity of the season. Myers’ moment was on the evening of Twelfth Night as the Christmas season segued […]


Two great architects in different centuries shaped Louise and Ted Martin’s Garden District home

M.J. Gauthier

Images of a career


New Orleanians have played tennis almost since the game was invented in 1873 by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield in England. In 1874, New Yorker Mary Ewing Outerbridge brought home Wingfield’s rules and equipment and laid out a course on Staten Island in New York. The U.S. Lawn Tennis Association would not be formed until 1881, […]


Something is working.


Steven Glynn’s recovery epicenter


Imported shrimp takes its toll on local fishermen


A study released by the local Metropolitan Crime Commission contained this startling figure: Within the city of New Orleans during the first half of 2009 there were 29,172 arrests. “What!” we exclaimed while re-reading the numbers to make sure we had not misread. But, no, what we saw was correct. Worse yet, the report stated […]

Slight Seeing

Learning from Cuba about obesity

Bikes for hire

New Orleans native Julia Wessman got to know Paris while living in the French capital for three years, and she got to see a lot of it thanks to that city’s bike share program. The system let her rent bicycles from a network of automated stations, pedal around on her errands or explorations, and simply […]

Read and Spin

The must-have Christmas album of 2009 is Kermit Ruffins’ Have A Crazy Cool Christmas! There are 11 classic tunes given some spice by Ruffins, Neal Caine, Matt Lemmler and Herlin Riley, with special guests Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Irvin Mayfield and members of Rebirth Brass Band. Add to those two upbeat Ruffins-penned hits: “Crazy Cool […]


Charles Moore and Allen Toussaint

Faubourg with a plan

City planning gets a lot more attention these days as Hurricane Katrina recovery continues and New Orleans’ first master planning process moves along. Faubourg Marigny is one part of the city where citizen-led planning has long been a priority, and recently the neighborhood was lauded by a professional organization representing city planners nationwide. Earlier this […]


Based on the preview of the menu that Le Foret (129 Camp St.) released a few months ago, I thought that if Chef Jimmy Corwell, right, could pull off what it promised, it would be a remarkable restaurant. It is too early to know whether Corwell’s kitchen can do consistently what I have experienced during […]


Gathered within the Riverbend’s embrace is one of the most diverse collections of restaurants in the city. Backed by the defining green mound of the Mississippi’s levee, this quietly vibrant area attracts a mélange of college students, locals and streetcar-riding tourists. You want Indian? There is Sara’s; Hana for sushi; Jazmine Café for Vietnamese; and […]


“Shugah,” as we say in the South, helped build southern Louisiana into what it is today. In the mid-19th century, more than 1,200 plantations produced the state’s sugar crop, which plummeted during the Civil War but continues today as a thriving industry. Drive along River Road and, for miles on either side, the fields of […]

USS New York: The sequel

Before it had even set forth on its first mission, the New Orleans-built Navy vessel USS New York was already the subject of a History Channel documentary, the inspiration for a song by country star Charlie Daniels and the center of intense public interest. That is because the USS New York’s bow section was forged […]




Our top picks of the month’s events

A Christmas Carol

I hate to say it, but I’m not musical. Now I don’t mean “not musical” like when my kids talk about “Beyonce” and I say “beyond what-se?” Or “not musical” by liking elevator music. I mean I can’t sing – or not in a way that most people would call music. I have known this […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Hi Julia, I must ask this before it drives me crazier for sure. When I was growing up there was a beautiful clock that graced the entrance to City Park on Bayou St. John, which was in the ground. It was there forever, and then it seemed to just disappear. Now I live across the […]

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