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New Orleans Magazine February 2019

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Heart Health

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, […]

Hospital Buzz

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. […]

Throw Me Something Green!

  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 […]

Streetcar: A Mardi Gras Strike

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 […]

King Cake

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 […]

A Royal Dish

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 […]

News From the Kitchen

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 […]

The Elysian Bar

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. […]

Top Hospitals

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 […]

Taking to Heart

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. […]

Le Krewe

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 […]

Revel Rousers

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 […]

Clean and Crisp

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

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 […]

Something for Everyone

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 […]

Carnival Cuisine

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, […]

King Cake Lite

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 […]

Hunt for the Rising Sun

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 […]

Rex’s New Captain

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 […]

February

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 […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

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 […]

Making Carnival Environmentally Friendly

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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