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New Orleans Magazine February 2022

New Orleans Magazine February 2022

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Toure Folkes

In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic knocked out the entire world, The Data Center released its tourism and hospitality report. In a breakdown of the report, Nola.com noted the finding that of the 207,800 jobs counted in New Orleans, 15,458 of them made up the hospitality and tourism “cluster” in Orleans Parish. Additionally, the report […]

Mardi Gras Time

While most New Orleanians view Carnival as a time of raucous celebration, French Quarter bartenders view it with more complexity. Andrew Guerin, bartender at the Bourbon Orleans Bourbon O bar observes, “It is both wonderful and terrifying.” Most of the drinks he makes at Carnival require speed. However, Andrew has created a Mardi Gras pop-up […]

Mountain Time

It’s Carnival time, and for those who are not too keen on Mardi Gras parades and crowds, there’s a Tennessee ski vacation close at hand. Head to Gatlinburg and take the two-mile aerial tramway to the top of Mount Harrison where there’s truly something for everyone at Ober Gatlinburg. Visitors may choose from hitting the […]

From the Editor

Carnival season is in full swing, and with that comes all the best of the city – food, music, art and people. While we are still experiencing the lingering symptoms of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are relieved to be able to spend the season with friends and family.  Whether you’re on your front […]

For your heart’s sake…

For much of his life, Jackson Ellisor believed he was leading a “pretty healthy” lifestyle. Though he occasionally indulged in an ill-advised food choice – a bacon cheeseburger or pork ribs slathered in barbeque sauce, for instance – he felt he was offsetting the potential harm with regular exercise, such as jogging.  Then, a few […]

Adam Lambert

As “the auction mecca of the south”, New Orleans is a great place for finding deals on antiques and decorative items with a history. And as decorating trends are shifting away from minimal monochromatic interiors to traditional décor inspired by 18th and 19th century design, auction houses are valuable resources for everything from furniture and […]

Carnival Chic

This fabulous look screams “the party’s started.” Shot at the picturesque Virgin Hotel, Corey Lynn Calter’s silk Roses Pants paired with a festive top and accessories will take you from celebratory gatherings to the streets in supreme style. Head to Saint Claude Social Club for more special finds, Saint Claude Social Club, saintclaudesocialclub.com. Ellen Macomber’s […]

Damage Control

When am I going to retire? How much money am I going to need? How long will the money need to last?  These are valid questions to ask, and ask often, but it seems they have grown in importance as the COVID-19 pandemic has raged over the past 21 months. Pre-pandemic, many economists were worried […]

Auld Lang Syne

Carnival season isn’t really my scene even in the best of times. Every year, I have to psych myself up to get out on the parade route, and although I usually have fun once I’m out there, I also would have just as much fun staying home and eating pasta in my sweatpants. I’ve had […]

News + Notes

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live February 19-20, Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live returns to New Orleans with three shows at the Smoothie King Center. Fans of all ages will thrill at the expanded lineup of epic monster trucks brought to life. There will be real-life versions of classic designs like Bone Shaker, Tiger Shark and […]


New Orleans entered the 20th century on a wave of modernism that began in the 1890s and continued by Mayor Martin Behrman, the longest serving mayor in the city’s history. Seen here sitting at his desk in City Hall (then Gallier Hall) is a photograph of Behrman taken by New Orleans “Times-Democrat” photographer John Hypolite […]

It’s Carnival Time

The Carnival season returns, but after a year missing out on parades and floats and neutral ground picnics, many New Orleanians are celebrating more than just a return to the route. The Carnival celebration means catching up with friends and family; cultivating the perfect purple, green and gold look; setting up the family ladder, wagon […]

Purple, Green and Gold

Dear Julia, I know Rex is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Since Rex originally selected purple, green and gold this, would be the anniversary of the colors too. What is the truth behind the colors’ origin? – Fred Jones (River Ridge)    There was a time when Poydras argued that the green was in honor of […]

Lenten Rules

Two rules about king cake:  1. You don’t eat it before King’s Day, which is January 6, or after Mardi Gras. Now, you can eat something that looks like a king cake at other times, but it ain’t king cake. It’s fake cake. Even if it has a plastic baby in it.  2. The baby […]

V-Day Dinner

Commons Club at the new Virgin Hotels New Orleans is offering a decadent three-course prix-fixe dinner just in time for Valentine’s Day created by executive chef Alex Harrell. Also be sure to try the special raspberry truffle martini, made with Godiva white chocolate liqueur, Skyy raspberry vodka, Chambord and blackberry syrup served in a cocoa […]

Rex at 150

Carnival has many rituals, but only one that makes the sky explode. That happens on the night before Mardi Gras, now more familiarly known as Lundi Gras, and the setting is the stage at Spanish Plaza right alongside Riverwalk. Since 1987, Rex has arrived there, originally on a Coast Guard cutter, to greet the crowd. […]

Dressed Up

Few purchases offer more comfort than a shrimp poor boy. A warm hug wrapped in butcher paper, they suspend time with a gentle reassurance that things are going to be ok. And while there is no shortage of places to get one, vendors who provide essential components like French bread are a vanishing breed and […]

Champagne Brunch

Criollo Restaurant, the contemporary New Orleans-inspired restaurant located in the historic Hotel Monteleone, is offering a new Taittinger Champagne Brunch. Offered only on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the brunch includes Taittinger Champagne for $39 per bottle. Meanwhile, the Creole-inspired brunch menu features dishes like blue crab and corn beignets; turtle soup; eggs […]

Mardi Gras Mambo

My friend Kit Wohl featured a version of this over-the-top, unconventional gumbo in her book “New Orleans Classic Celebrations.” She said Chef Gary Darling of the Taste Buds dreamed up the recipe to compete in a Tennessee Williams Festival throw down.  As gumbo is our “cold” weather mothers’ milk and fried chicken, especially Popeyes, is […]

Regatta Research & Money Management, LLC

New Orleans-based Regatta Research & Money Management, LLC is a boutique, fee-only wealth management firm focused on the needs of wealthy individuals, corporations, and trusts.  Now with three offices in Louisiana and Florida, the firm started with humble beginnings. After graduating from LSU Law School and working as an institutional research analyst on Wall Street, […]

HUB International Gulf South

Beyond their salary, today’s employees are searching for companies with innovative approaches to benefits. To address this and other issues, Annette has assembled a group of dedicated consultants and employee advocates that act as an extension of a company’s HR Team. This “A-Team” has the experience to build a customized benefit package that meets each […]

Eustis Mortgage

If time measures the value of a company, then Eustis Family of Companies has set the bar. Founded and headquartered in New Orleans, Eustis Mortgage is proudly stronger than ever as it celebrates its 65th anniversary. With a diverse and passionate team, the company was voted one of the best places to work by readers […]

Argent Trust Company

You, First. That simple phrase says everything you need to know about how Argent Trust Company approaches client relationships. Approachable, accessible, and highly responsive, Argent’s fiduciary wealth managers understand that each client’s situation and challenges are unique, and they strive to serve each with excellence and in accordance with their very best interest.  Furthermore, the […]

Heart Health

February is a time to celebrate many things—romance and sweets, Carnival season, Black history and much more. February is also American Heart Month and National Wise Health Care Consumer Month, and when improving heart health, it behooves us all to also be wise health care consumers. Research goes a long way to getting you top […]

Gift Guide

Sazerac House Museum SazeracHouse.com 101 Magazine St, New Orleans 504-910-0100 Cheers to you! Set of 2 cognac glasses designed by Mignon Faget with satin frost and 22k gold details, $52. Home Malone HomeMaloneNola.com 629 N Carrollton Ave, Mid-City 504-324-8352 4610 Magazine St, Uptown 504-766-6148 Carnival season also means King Cake season! This purple, green and […]

Dining & Entertainment

Briquette Briquette-Nola.com 701 South Peters St, New Orleans 504-302-7496 Briquette is proud to showcase contemporary and coastal dishes like Snapper Pontchartrain, Louisiana Redfish on the Half Shell, and Prime 14oz. Ribeye. Happy Hour Daily from 3-6pm.  New Orleans Creole Cookery NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com 508 Toulouse St, New Orleans 504-524-9632 Enjoy Oyster Happy Hour Daily from 3-6pm in […]

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