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New Orleans Magazine February 2023

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Editor’s Note

February in New Orleans is, generally, all about Carnival. Which parades to attend, which foods to bring, where to park, what costumes are you going to wear? For me, it means getting ready to parade with my krewes, the Dames de Perlage and, most recently, the Krewe of Dolly. This means the culmination of months […]

Think Outside the King Cake Box

This city reveres its traditions, especially those surrounding Carnival. But even in New Orleans, people will push the envelope if there is fun – or glitter – involved. We rounded up some festive twists on standard practices around the four points of the Mardi Gras compass: eating, drinking, parading, and costuming. Make this the year […]

Good Practice

Meditation is a great way to relieve stress, relax, and get much needed “me time” in our busy lives. But did you know that meditation can also help improve your overall health? Over the past few decades, studies have shown that meditation benefits your heart in many ways. These include helping lower your blood pressure, […]

Financial Freedom

The financial costs of a life lived are almost incalculable; the struggles, joys, and challenges that come from the signposts of life. Signposts – like marriage, college, having children, or retiring – are both emotionally enriching and monetarily draining. With the finite amount of money that most Americans make each year, tackling these life goals requires […]

News + Notes

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical Take a trip through the song catalog of rock goddess Tina Turner in this musical journey through her life story, February 7-12 at the Saenger. SaengerNOLA.com “Sistas The Musical” This musical tells the story of five women cleaning out their matriarch’s home and reflecting on their shared past. The […]

Carnival Cocktails

For something a bit unexpected, this Mardi Gras season, Virgin Hotels New Orleans is featuring specialty Mardi Gras cocktails with house-made ice-cube babies. virginhotels.com/new-orleans    Cocktails to-go Tujague’s, the birthplace of the Grasshopper cocktail, is showcasing a Mardi Gras satellite bar in front of the three-story indoor-outdoor French Quarter restaurant. Belly up to the bar, […]

Carnival Brunch

It’s a given that at some point during a Carnival brunch your neck will be adorned with beads, boas, or something else tossed your way. So, better make it a Mardi party for your ears. Ella Bartlow’s Swarovski crystal earrings in a range of colorful styles are the perfect festive touch to add to your […]

Alyssa Fletchinger Higgins

Carnival season is upon us. The beads have been bought, the floats are in line, and the throws are ready to be thrown. As kids of all ages line the streets of Uptown and all over Greater New Orleans, we wait and wonder as to what throws are going to be this year‘s hot ticket […]

Heart of the City

When the crush of the Carnival season becomes a bit much, a homey meal in a peaceful setting can reset the soul. And if the chef behind it is Susan Spicer – well it doesn’t get much better than that. So if you get caught up in the madness, take a time out to consider […]

Mardi Gras Gift Guide

Catching beads and be-dazzled stilettos are back in season. If you will be porch watching the parade at your in-laws house or catching a drink at your friend’s house party, before a Mardi Gras ball, don’t go empty hand! Here is a guide to festive, unique gifts to give your loved ones, this Fat Tuesday. […]

Sparta Goes Global

On the evening of Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, a young girl named Sophia witnessed her first Carnival parade. She was only about 7-months old and already had lived a lifetime of activity. On the day before, she had arrived in New Orleans from her birth country of Kazakhstan. Newly adopted by Jeremy and Karen Zollinger, […]

King Cakes

Through Feb. 21, Maggie Scales, executive pastry chef of the Link Restaurant Group, is offering several flavors and sizes of king cakes at Cochon Butcher and La Boulangerie. The popular Elvis option consists of a soft brioche filled with peanut butter and roasted banana, and topped with house-cured bacon, toasted marshmallow and Mardi Gras sprinkles. […]

Too Many “Bon Temps”

“There is no better time and place to be alive,” a high school friend reminisced a few weeks ago, “than as a teenager in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.” “Yes,” I agreed, warily. “I remember, and that’s the whole problem.” There is so much joy in raising my kids where I myself grew up. Watching […]

Mardi Gras Mambo

You know what gnomes are – hairy little men with big pointy hats that come down to their noses, and beards to their feet. People stick gnomes in their flower gardens and, lately, everywhere else for decoration. I don’t see the point, myself. You could just as well set my brothers-in-law around. But some people […]

Rebecca Hays

February in New Orleans can range from icy cold to warm and spring-like. On cold, wet or dreary days, home improvement projects are a productive way to pass the time indoors. Designer Rebecca Hays of House of Hays provides useful advice, Houseofhaysla.com Declutter. Getting rid of clutter helps you see the important things in a […]


For generations, American soldiers and sailors dressed and posed in their finest have sent photographs of themselves back home to their mothers, wives or girlfriends. These two Union soldiers were no different. Seen in this 1864 image, taken by Leeson’s Photographic Gallery at 167 Poydras St. in New Orleans, are Sergeant Major William. L. Henderson […]

Carnival Time

Hey Julia, Is it true that LSU’s colors, purple and gold, were adapted from the New Orleans Carnival’s colors, purple, green and gold? – Bob Golden, Bay St. Louis, Ms.   Yes, Bob that’s true. There are variations in the story of how the university selected purple and gold as its colors, but the common […]

Fit for a King

If you are like most New Orleanians your new year’s health and fitness resolutions checked out the morning after Twelfth Night when the first king cake of the season hit the office conference table. As your teeth sunk into that achingly sweet bite—crackly on the outside with colored sugar, soft on the inside with brioche […]

Alaskan Adventure

John Hall fell in love with Alaska in his youth, when his father hauled a truckload of eggs from their home in Minnesota to eager buyers in Fairbanks. The two-week journey took father and son along the Alaska Highway, dodging potholes and witnessing moose and other unique wildlife. In 1982, Hall started his business sharing […]

Carnival Classic

Even though Ryan Wilkins has been the bar manager at Bar Marilou for more than three years, he affirms, “I’m still struck by how gorgeous the room is…with an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ quality.” His king cake themed drink is equally pleasing and unexpected. Many guests hear “milk punch” and think of something creamy, but clarified […]

Financial Professionals

From wealth management to home mortgage to personal insurance, these financial professionals are ready to help you plan for the future and help make your dreams a reality.  


Whether you’re fighting a typical case of the sniffles or preparing for a life-changing surgery that will require a brief hospital stay, you want to feel confident in your healthcare providers and options as you journey towards wellness. The local healthcare industry is vast and wide, with general practitioners and specialists, large hospital systems and […]

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

In addition to roses, this Valentine’s Day, give your special someone a gift that goes beyond February, such as a warm, cozy sweater for the colder months or a stylish pair of reading glass. Look to these New Orleans boutiques and businesses for a gift to give your daughter, partner, wife, or loved-one.   Checkered […]

M R Professional Resources

M R Professional Resources, LLC is a local accounting and business advisory services firm assisting businesses across Greater New Orleans with financial resources, management tools, and strategic planning. With an extensive background in finance/accounting across numerous industries, Melissa R. Johnson has amassed an experienced team proficient in accounting and in creating and implementing systems aligned […]

Besselman Wealth Planners

Besselman Wealth Planners celebrates 50 years of serving individuals, families, and business owners, building a financial foundation that clients can trust. Founder James Besselman established the culture for the full-service financial planning firm by emphasizing the importance of relationships built on respect, confidence, and communication. Now led by his daughter, Patricia Besselman-Main, CFP®, the company […]

The Pastor Financial Group

Over 30 years in the industry, Wealth Manager Renée Pastor has helped hundreds of clients plan for and transition into successful retirement. Her desire to help individuals manage their 401(k)s while they are still working led her to found The Pastor Financial Group, part of the RIA & Custody Services division of Raymond James. Investment […]

The Longo Group

The Longo Group is an independent wealth management firm whose only allegiance is to you and your needs. With a history of almost four decades providing objective advice and a goals-based approach, The Longo Group is recognized for its client service. Personal relationships, proactive outreach, and in-person communication are constant priorities. Their accomplished team can […]

New Orleans Dining Guide

As Winter flavors come to the forefront of menus around the city, consider these restaurants as top contenders.

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