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New Orleans Magazine December 2018

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Giving Through Music

There are always great ways to celebrate the holidays in New Orleans.  This year we have a truly special event as Harry Connick, Jr. will bring his Tricentennial Celebration tour home with an evening at the UNO Arena on December 15. Connick’s shows are generally non-stop high energy affairs and this night will celebrate both […]

Last Call: Sippin’ Santa

If any city knows how to throw a celebration, it’s New Orleans. After all, we have plenty of practice. Especially at the end of the year, during holiday season we don’t mind the extra efforts required to make everyone happy, well-fed and properly served with adult beverages. Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, noted author and proprietor of […]

Christmas Revival

Carols in the Quarter, bonfires on the levee and Celebration in the Oaks set the mood for a New Orleans Christmas along with great food traditions from the past. Predominantly Catholic residents of the 1800s fasted before midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, then brought forth their finest dishes to celebrate until dawn on Christmas at […]

News From the Kitchen

Gris Gris The space that the recently-opened restaurant occupies was once Square Root, and chef Eric Cook has kept the open kitchen on the first floor. The food is quite different – Cook’s menu features sophisticated Southern food rather than molecular gastronomy, but it’s delicious and every bit as interesting to watch Cook and his […]

The Munch Factory

Shrimp remoulade with fried green tomatoes. Buffalo oysters topped with Parmesan. A pasta dish bursting with crawfish, shrimp, sausage and crispy chicken in a cream sauce. If you are a fan of the big, front-loaded flavors of ‘80s Creole cuisine, then the Munch Factory is the place for you. What’s more, the Munch brings in […]

A Julia Street Christmas

  For most of us, the song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” took on a different meaning 13 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 […]

Head Turners

Platinum and diamond necklace featuring 35.65 total carats; 10.04 total carat platinum and princess cut diamond studs; platinum and diamond band ring in 10.28 total carats; platinum and fancy pear shape diamond ring (5.08 total carats). Adler’s, 523-5292, adlersjewelry.com.     Diamond and 18 karat yellow gold necklace by Kaufmann de Suisse; emerald and natural […]

Best of Dining

  New Orleanians think about and enjoy food… a lot. We plan lunch while eating breakfast, think about dinner while enjoying lunch, and constantly compare notes on which new restaurant, tavern, sweet shop and more to check out next. For our December issue, our trio of restaurant writers, plus our editorial staff, gathered to choose […]

Forever Home

  With only one of their five grown daughters still at home, Liz and Al Copeland, Jr. considered downsizing from the Kenner home they built for their family in 1999. But their family-centric lifestyle and the importance of their family legacy changed their course. Instead, they built a larger home on the Lakefront property that […]

Visiting St. Nicholas

  The favorite Saint of the Christmas season is a year-round resident of our city, with two churches, icons and stained glass windows honoring him. “Well, you don’t really see another Saint pictured with a money bag…” Deacon Gregory Haddad, from Houma, spoke with a soft Cajun accent as he explained why a small stained […]

Sweet Potato In The Gumbo

  Life, as we know it, is divided into two groups; those who eat sweet potatoes with their gumbo and those who do not. Granted, though I have no official figures, I suspect that the division is lopsided toward the non-potato people, but that is only because of geography and cultural walls. In the coming […]

Cranky Christmas

Excerpted from Eve Crawford Peyton’s blog, Joie d’Eve,  which appears each Friday on MyNewOrleans.com. I don’t like being a negative person, but while the holidays seem to bring out cheer and joy in some people, they seem to make me crankier than usual. I’m a Grinch. I’m a Scrooge. I’m the exact opposite of people who put […]

Lap Lander

  When my little niece says “no,” she means “NONONONO!” She is NOT going to sit on Santa Claus’s lap. Flambeau is only nine months old, but she makes her point, and she makes it loud. I respect that. But I got a problem. Flambeau’s mama, my sister-in-law Gloriosa, really, REALLY wants this picture. And […]

March of the Bachelorettes

  It’s the holiday season. Time for all manner of celebration and convocation. The season for friends and family. For hearth and home. More than anything else, it’s the season for…bachelorette parties? Actually, it’s always the season for bachelorette parties in New Orleans. It’s our new blooming cottage industry. An economic force. A social media […]

Retailers’ Favorite Season

  As consumers enter the home stretch of their 2018 spending spree, optimism is running high among retailers around the U.S. The National Retail Federation expects this year’s retail sales will top 2017’s total by at least 4.5 percent. And for the holidays? Consulting giant Deloitte predicts seasonal sales of $1.1 trillion, a more-than-5-percent jump […]

PJ Morton

  New Orleans’ own PJ Morton, singer, songwriter, producer, Morton Records founder, and Maroon 5 keyboardist, is following up his Grammy nominated album “Gumbo” and its live version, “Gumbo Live,” with an album fit to unwrap for the holidays. Released on November 9, “Christmas with PJ Morton” puts a decidedly New Orleans, funky spin on […]


  Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour Pop superstar Elton John, whose music has delighted generations of fans, embarks on his final tour. If you’ve never seen Sir Elton live, check him out on December 6 at the Smoothie King Center for what promises to be a memorable night. SmoothieKingCenter.com. Christmas in Lafreniere Park […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

  Dear Julia and Poydras, My late mother-in-law lived on the northshore near Covington and loved to eat out, whether for a garden club luncheon or for dinner. Back in the ‘70s, she often used to talk about going to a floating French restaurant that was well-known at the time. Do you have any idea […]

Negative Politics

  During the early days of this country, two Washington politicians had this to say about each other: One referred to the other as having a “hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.” In response, the supporters of the maligned man […]

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