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New Orleans Magazine December 2010

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SUPERDOME’S ‘GOLDEN AGE’

Sometimes Doug Thornton can scarcely believe his own story: In August 2005, the giant stadium he oversees suffers millions of dollars worth of damage from a major hurricane and several days of housing tens of thousands of flood refugees. The professional football team that is the stadium’s primary tenant takes up residence in another state […]

Best of Dining

Best of 2010 Chefs, Restaurants, Front of the House, Behind the Bar, Ethnic and More

Vintage Chic

Combining modern chic designs with a vintage flair

Paws to Reflect

Pet Care Tips

Net Gain

SHOPPING LOCAL

Revel the holidays with Réveillon

Muriel’s Jackson Square is one of several area restaurants offering a special Réveillon dinner this Christmas season. The French term refers to an extended dinner in celebration of Christmas and New Year’s Day (and traditionally held on the night before each holiday). New Orleanians can celebrate Réveillon, however, all month long with customized menus around […]

Creole Cats for Christmas

Chamain O’Mahony, artist and proprietor of The Creole Cat, enjoys reaching out to tourists, cat lovers, locals and people who know what it means to miss New Orleans. O’Mahony says her goal is to “make people laugh, or at least smile,” with her whimsical acrylic paintings that depict her tuxedo cat, Little One, who “sits […]

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NOLA BY THE NUMBERS

Last Call

A visitor from holidays past

The FIRST POST-K Christmas

For most of us, the song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” took on a different meaning five years ago – just three months after the levees broke. At issue was not so much if we would be home for Christmas but whether we would ever be home at all, or at least back to the […]

ELISE BERON

It is those certainties of life, those everyday, you-can-set-your-watch-by-’em occurrences that give our lives focus and keep us balanced and sane in an ever-nuttier world, experts say. For instance: If it’s 3 p.m. in New Orleans, you know that “The Jerry Springer Show” is on somewhere on some television station and that Elise Beron is […]

KRAUSS

Last of the classic department stores

RECOVERY: LEARNING FROM THE PAST

Angry residents demanding that the state return New Orleans schools to local control bring the above truism to mind. Considering the shameful state of the school system before the state took control of it after Hurricane Katrina and the corruption scandal involving the Orleans Parish School Board that soon followed, it’s difficult to understand why […]

SAM DALTON: STORIES TO TELL

Samuel “Sam” Dalton, the 82-year-old dean of civil rights lawyers in Louisiana, leads a Sunday visitor to the kitchen area of his modest law office on Jefferson Highway. In the kitchen, he holds out a small, red plastic basket filled with pastries. “Would you like a brownie?” he asks. “My sister made ’em. They’re sugar-free.” […]

LEARNING FROM 2010

The bad and the good

Health Beat

nThe rate of death from stroke in the United States has fallen 26 percent since 2000, when the rate was 125 deaths per 1,000 stroke patients. The rate for men fell even further, with 29 percent fewer cases of fatal strokes. (The rate for women was not quite as significant with 24 percent.) The same […]

Innovative exchange blooms in New Orleans

Local business leaders often promote New Orleans as a growing hub of entrepreneurism, pointing to the surge of small start-ups now setting up shop here. One of them, the Receivables Exchange, has recently earned a major honor that’s further validating this civic enthusiasm. The Wall Street Journal gave the company its 2010 E-Commerce Technology Innovation […]

Read & Spin

Putumayo World Music, founded by New Orleanian Dan Storper, is now a worldwide effort to embrace all musical stylings and cultures. The organization features artists from throughout the world. Its latest release is World Christmas Party, a compilation of Latin, African, reggae and ska interpretations of Christmas classics. Putumayo has been making waves in New […]

SEASON’S SWING

The John Mahoney Big Band at Christmas

With a little help from Qatar

While Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures left lasting scars on New Orleans, it’s becoming clear that the generosity and good will the community experienced in the wake of the disaster carries its own legacy, which can often be far-reaching. One recent, high-profile example was unveiled this fall with the dedication of Xavier University’s Qatar […]

RESTAURANT INSIDER

Dominique Macquet, right, has returned to professional cooking with Dominique’s on Magazine (4729 Magazine St.) in a converted cottage. Macquet has partnered in the venture with Mauricio Andrade, who worked for many years with Emeril Lagasse. Macquet is a native of the island of Mauritius, which has historically been a crossroads for trade between Africa, […]

RAISING THE BAR

Pub food goes upscale

HOME IS WHERE THE HAM IS

In recent years I’ve baked a ham for Christmas Eve, and my son-in-law has deep-fried two turkeys for Christmas dinner. I have loved relaxing at their house on Christmas day, having shouldered many holidays at mine. I also serve gumbo and other food on Christmas Eve, but the ham is the star of the table. […]

Grassroots oaks on the avenue

Lined with historic homes and traversed by a landmark streetcar route, St. Charles Avenue plays an important role in the identity of New Orleans. Yet Uptown resident Ted Le Clercq was dismayed to find that after Hurricane Katrina one of the avenue’s prime assets wasn’t looking its best. Many of the distinctive live oaks lining […]

VINCE VANCE

His song, “All I Want for Christmas is You” celebrates an anniversary

Marquee

Our top picks of the month’s events

A Modine Christmas

I was a disappointment to Sister Gargantua. She taught English back at Celibacy Academy, and I was always lacking in vocabulary skills. But since I downloaded “Word Genius” onto my iPhone, that’s changing. In this game, you got two minutes to find as many words as you can on a 16-letter grid. I am real […]

JULIA STREET WITH POYDRAS THE PARROT

A MONTHLY PURSUIT OF ANSWERS TO ETERNAL QUESTIONS

Summer Bridal Show – June 14, 5-8 PM