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New Orleans Magazine December 2012

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New Orleans Best of Dining 2012

Top Places, People and Discoveries

Pistol Pete

The Man and his Soul


New Deals and Dishes at Vega Tapas Café 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007, VegaTapasCafe.com Since Vega Tapas Café introduced the idea of ‘little plates’ to New Orleans in 1996, the team has been delighting taste buds with ingenious creations that marry a Mediterranean cuisine with indigenous Louisiana produce and seafood. Chef and owner, Glen Hogh, […]

Innovation Within Tradition

This time of year has always been devoted to ceremony and traditions. As we all know and have experienced, “The Old” – Mr. Bingle, Celebration in the Oaks, Caroling In the Square – must also make room for “The New” – checking emails at midnight Mass, taking family photos on the iPad, turducken. New Orleans […]

Roots Rambles: New places, new faces

We are honoring Maximilian Ortiz in this issue for his work at Root, the restaurant he and chef Phillip Lopez operate in the Warehouse District. The two are set to open a second restaurant early next year, and it promises to be one of the most interesting debuts of 2013. They are calling it Square […]

Uniform Appeal


Radio With a Vision

WRBH-FM Reading Radio’s Jackie Bullock

Paul Soniat and George Winston

Piano players for the holidays

Songs for the Season

Tidings of comfort and joy are abundant this time of year.

Jobs, Meals and Homes on the Riverfront

The hard-working Mississippi riverfront has historically been a source of economic vigor for New Orleans and jobs for its residents. Now, work is underway on the transformation of some long-idled symbols of the riverfront’s past into new tools to help create jobs and economic opportunity for the community today. The local branch of the national […]

Fighting for Fort Pike

Guarding a strategic approach to New Orleans, Fort Pike was built to withstand the worst that an enemy force could throw at it. These days, however, the ravages of time, storms, erosion and neglect are the biggest threats to a site with deep ties to New Orleans history.   “Every day that passes the fort […]

Consent Decree

Some questions and answers


PETS New Orleans resident and author of the bestseller The Dogs Who Found Me has dedicated his latest book to a particular type of dog: the pit bull. In I’m A Good Dog, Ken Foster explores the lives of pit bulls and the people who love them. There are stories sprinkled throughout the book about […]

How to Ruin Christmas

I have said this before, and I’ll say it again. The trouble with Christmas is people. Not regular people – organized people. People who are so organized they start Christmas shopping in August, the minute the Walmart puts out the fake trees alongside of the Halloween witches and the Thanksgiving turkeys. People like my sister-in-law […]

When Metairie Had a Mayor

That, and other memories along “The Ridge”

Home at Christmas

The season is especially important to Sue Ellen and Joseph Canizaro.

Changing of the Chefs

Felder and Butterworth add new flair to New Orleans fare

Re-committing to Rebuilding

As Hurricane Katrina recovery continues on a house-by-house basis in parts of New Orleans, a different sort of initiative, called Project Home Again, has found a way to build back hard-hit Gentilly by leaps and bounds. With more than 100 new homes already completed, Project Home Again has recently re-upped its commitment with a new […]

Kermit Ruffins

If waiting to interview musician Kermit Ruffins means that I had to spend time inhaling the aroma of food wafting from the kitchen of his latest venture, Kermit’s Treme Speakeasy, so be it. On the menu this night is everything from fried catfish to stewed rabbit and a quail dish … so, I may just […]



Media 2012

The year the loving stopped

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot


The Social Significance of the New Morning Call

Life was as simple as powdered sugar over a warm beignet and a hot cup of real coffee blended with steamed milk. Those were the days when Morning Call was located in the French Quarter on Decatur Street. A family drive through the French Quarter would include a stop for café au lait and beignets […]



Buy, Sell or Hold?

Analysts scrutinize local housing and the economy


East Jefferson General Hospital has added Dr. Zhen Jiao, left, to Jefferson Electrophysiology. Jiao, who returned to the city from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is working alongside Dr. James McKinnie, right; the pair hopes to set new standards of care for atrial-fibrillation, otherwise known as an irregular heartbeat. While this illness has often previously […]

Making the Switch

Will up-and-coming charter schools ever return to the Orleans Parish School Board?


FINDING Modine As a fourth-generation New Orleanian, I look forward to receiving New Orleans Magazine every month. I first turn to read “Modine’s New Orleans.” When are we going to see published a collection of her monthly articles? I have a dozen friends around the world whom I would like to educate on our delightful […]

In Praise of Parkway Bakery & Tavern

We are now in our 13th month of what we knew from the beginning would be a difficult battle to win. Though the odds are still very much against us, there has been some good news. It all began with our November 2011 issue when our cover story was given to discovering the best of […]

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