It can be hard to focus on heart health during Mardi Gras and Valentine’s, especially when we’re bombarded with king cakes and chocolates at every turn. But in this midst of your indulging this season, remember to keep up those New Year’s resolutions of incorporating healthier foods, using moderation, and increasing your fitness. Our hearts, […]
Hospitals may not be the most fun place to be, but they can sure offer peace of mind when your health or that of a loved one is in reputably good hands. New Orleans and the surrounding region offer quality healthcare here at home, from routine surgeries to immediate, emergency care, and highly specialized procedures. […]
When the city’s big vacuum trucks took a turn around town after last year’s Mardi Gras, many were surprised by the haul of 46 tons, or 93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads and Carnival debris that were lodged in the drainage systems. And although the city installed a team of “gutter buddies,” mesh drainage […]
Forty years ago this Mardi Gras season, New Orleans and its Carnival faced a crisis together. Both would be enriched by the experience, though there would be plenty of pain and stress along the way. At issue were the New Orleans police who had threatened to go on strike just in time for that season’s […]
In February, the rest of America goes into its long winter’s nap with a one-day break for Presidents’ Day. In New Orleans, we will see you that break, and raise you the other 27 days. The entire second month of this year is involved with Carnival, and we start building towards Mardi Gras itself, this […]
At my first Carnival parade party after moving to New Orleans, I enjoyed a well-seasoned meat and gravy dish served over grits. Upon saying goodbye to the hostess, I heard a guest say, “The grillades were delicious.” So I asked the guest what she meant, and that was my introduction to the wonderful brunch dish […]
Chef D’z Café Chef Donald “Chef D” Smith closed his eponymous restaurant Chef D’z Café on Broad Street last year, but re-opened at the start of Carnival season in a new location. You’ll find the same classic New Orleans comfort food that earned Smith a devoted following, and the new location also has a liquor […]
After Chef Alex Harrell closed his French Quarter restaurant Angeline last June, fans of his creative Southern cuisine were eager to see him back in a kitchen. They got their wish when Harrell was tapped to run The Elysian Bar, the restaurant and café connected to the new Hotel Peter and Paul in Faubourg Marigny. […]
Here is our attempt to identify the best local hospitals, at least from the patients’ perspective. There is only one source for patient evaluation of hospitals, and that’s Medicare. Using the agency’s data, we compiled a list of those hospitals within the region that when more than 100 patients were surveyed received a positive response […]
As she saw it, the year 2004 was going well for Essence Harris Banks. She was enjoying her job in human resources for a corporation headquartered in downtown New Orleans, and she felt invigorated by her part-time work as a personal trainer, which allowed her to share her dedication to fitness and exercise with others. […]
Funny thing about satire, to be at its best it most often has to be taken seriously. Poking fun and being serious can conjure opposite emotions, but satire, when done right, and especially if it is funny, can be hard work, with hours of bouncing ideas, only a few of which stick. But for an […]
If the Society of St. Anne was a river, the Marigny would be the location of Lake Itasca. That’s the source in upstate Minnesota that begins a trek connecting with arteries to become the mighty Mississippi River. This year is the 50th anniversary of the society, which winds over a course stretching through the Marigny […]
Winnie and Mark Brown lived in their current house for a decade before undertaking a major renovation of the property. Winnie had lived in several other houses on the wide Uptown street before marrying Mark. Together the couple raised a blended family of five children in the stucco center hall cottage, which sat atop a […]
Henry Clay Warmoth does not figure largely in our state’s memory, but the past year was the 150th anniversary of his 1868 election as Governor during Reconstruction (1865 to 1877.) That era, when federal troops were still in the state and laws on racial equality were in effect, was followed by decades of Jim Crow […]
This February is truly a month of legendary performers. From the swing era to the present, we highlight four of the biggest shows this month. Things get going on the 2nd with Robyn Hitchcock at Gasa Gasa. This is a big show in a small location. Since his work with The Soft Boys in the […]
Excerpted from Eve Crawford Peyton’s blog, Joie d’Eve, which appears each Friday on MyNewOrleans.com. Most nights, my kids are at least served a healthy meal, even if they don’t always eat it. While Georgia is still in her buttered carbs phase, Ruby and Elliot will happily eat broccoli, greens, sautéed zucchini, sweet potatoes, green beans, […]
A king cake is a thing you buy, not a thing you bake, if you got any sense. But my sister-in-law Larva, God help us all, is baking a king cake. A DIET king cake. Every Friday in Carnival season is king cake day at Larva’s office. Last week, she got the plastic baby in […]
Japan is known as the Land of the Rising Sun. But America is indisputably the Land of the Rising Suns. I discovered this geographical curiosity when my beloved traveling companion invited me to join her on an upcoming business trip to, of all places, Rising Sun, Indiana. How could I pass that up? A place […]
The newly appointed Rex Captain remains busy preparing for Carnival year-round, with a flurry of activities and costume adjustments ramping up as the big day quickly approaches. Known outside the Rex organization as Sir Bathurst, the Rex captain’s true identity remains a mystery to Carnival commoners, while inside the School of Design, the leader plays […]
Family Gras Metairie’s premier Mardi Gras celebration returns this year at a new location at Clearview Center. There will be music, food, beverages, and, of course, parades from Feb. 22-24. John Oates, Michael McDonald and Brett Eldredge are among the headliners this year. Information, VisitJeffersonParish.com. The Wizard of Oz Have you ever wished you […]
Dear Julia, After a round of golf at Audubon, we ate at Cooter Brown’s where South Carrollton meets the river. When leaving, we noticed two concrete structures in the neutral ground, which we had never noticed or could identify. The one closest to St Charles Avenue looked like a mini Arc de Triomph. Can you […]
To judge a parading krewe by the quantity of its throws is, to us, like judging the quality of a wine by the size of its bottle. The true quality is in the creation not in the numbers. Environmental friendliness should also be an issue. There was a time when if a person came home […]
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It can be hard to focus on heart health during Mardi Gras and Valentine’s, especially when we’re bombarded with king cakes and chocolates at every turn. But in this midst of your indulging this season, remember to keep up those New Year’s resolutions of incorporating healthier foods, using moderation, and increasing your fitness. Our hearts, and the blood that pumps through them, give us life—this month, takes steps to improve its functioning. There are plenty of resources across the area for helping get your body into shape, from gyms and studios to personal trainers and nutritionists. And while you’re at, have a little heart as well—consider giving blood and helping someone in need. Check out the following area resources for improving your health and enjoy a festive season with a strong ticker that’ll keep you moving and grooving to that “Mardi Gras Mambo” beat.
Start the New Year off right with Club Pilates. Pure to Joseph Pilates’ original Reformer-based Contrology Method, but modernized with group practice and expanded state-of-the-art equipment, Club Pilates offers high-quality, life-changing training at a surprisingly affordable price.
More than just Reformers, Club Pilates teaches classes using TRX, Barre, Exo-Chair, Bosu ball, mats, rollers and more. The studio’s certified instructors perform hundreds of hours of training to meet teacher standards and maximize your workout.
Dynamic class sessions are available at a variety of levels and at convenient class times. The Club Pilates team believes that Pilates is the path to a fuller, more satisfying physical existence and that being in control of your body helps you to be in control of your life. And best of all, you can start anytime. No matter your level of fitness, there’s a Pilates class for you.
Book your own stress-free intro class for free at clubpilates.com/oldmetairie, or call 504-484-9650 for more information.
Nola Pilates & Yoga/ Xtend Barre is one of Lakeview’s premier fitness studios. The studio’s extensive schedule features over 65 group classes per week, including Pilates Reformer, Tower, Mat, Yoga, MELT Method, TRX Suspension and Xtend Barre. One-on-one sessions are available in the private equipment studio seven days per week. Classes range in focus and intensity from open-level Pilates Mat and Yoga classes to muscle-sculpting, calorie-torching classes like TRX and Xtend Barre.
November 2018 marked the studio’s 11-year anniversary, and owner Kim Munoz fondly recalls opening its doors back in 2007, as small business owners worked tirelessly to revive their city following Hurricane Katrina.
“In our first years, we were grateful for the opportunity to offer the local community a positive outlet following such devastation,” explained Munoz. “Over a decade later, we look forward to continuing to serve the New Orleans community and helping you meet your goals, restore your mind, body, and spirit.”
Visit the studio online at NolaPilates.com to schedule your first session. For more information, visit the website or call 504-483-8880.
A non-profit community service organization, The Blood Center has a long-standing tradition of providing quality blood products to over 30 regional facilities. Additionally, The Blood Center has partnered with Acadian Air Med, a division of Acadian Ambulance, to provide helicopters with two O positive and two O negative units of red blood cells. Acadian Air Med is the first and only air ambulance with blood supplies to serve the oil and gas industry and the many platforms and workers located in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Those patients will now have improved chances of survival, despite being in ultra-remote locations,” says Acadian Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charles Burnell.
“When extra time means the difference between life and death, a blood transfusion can be a lifesaving treatment,” says Mark Morris RN, clinical care coordinator for Acadian Air Med. “Having blood onboard can increase the window of time to transport the patient to a dedicated trauma center,” he adds.
Visit TheBloodCenter.org for more information or to find a blood drive or donor center in your area.