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Best Bars: The Toasted of the Town

Intoxicating in every way, the Crescent City has been known to leave us shaken, stirred and, from time to time, even on the rocks. As proven from our proudly stacked geaux cup collections, we New Orleanians appreciate and celebrate our local bar culture on a rather loyal basis. All the ink in Louisiana couldn’t cover the […]

From the Editor

This month is all about continued celebration, not only winding down the holidays and toasting a new year, but that special time between the holidays and right before Carnival really gets ramped up. It’s like we’re in a collective celebratory holding pattern, taking stock of costumes, getting plans in order and making plans with friends. […]

Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award: Susan Spicer

It was just another ordinary day when Susan Spicer was coordinating a photo shoot at Rosedale. She didn’t think much about it, although the photographer seemed to be encountering an unusual number of time-consuming “technical issues.” Then she heard the trumpet. “Hmm, that’s kind of loud for our sound system,” was Spicer’s first thought, when […]

Tops of the Town

As always, New Orleans has so many great things to shout out loud about. Even in a year with so many downs, we appreciate more than ever those places and things that rise to the top. Here is our list of the Tops of the Town as selected by our editorial staff. Readers were encouraged […]

Jennifer Samuels

Each January 6, revelers rejoice as the first day of the Carnival is marked by Twelfth Night celebrations and the first pieces of king cake are shared amongst friends. With the origin of king cakes dating to France and the Middle Ages, companies such as King Cake Hub are doing all they can to shine light […]

Closet Mainstays

Porter Lyon’s timeless Beetle necklace is a chunky, 14k gold panther-style chain studded with Scarab beetles and accented with diamonds to encourage restoration and good fortune. This piece will truly work with any outfit. Available in 16’’ or 18’’ through Porter Lyons, porterlyons.com. Three cheers for the return of our beloved 90’s favorites, including the […]

Throw Me Something

I’m really not a Christmas person. I’m not a total Scrooge or anything – I like baking and family bonding; I’m not a monster – but I’m also not the type to go crazy decorating, and I hate shopping, and I suck at wrapping presents. So I’m always happy on Epiphany, Jan. 6, when we […]

Back from the Dead

Back before Christmas, my mother-in-law Ms. Larda started getting weird text messages. The first one was from her friend Patsy Dematteo. “Who’s dead?” it said.  Ms.. Larda just assumed Patsy’s been going heavy on the eggnog again.  Then she gets a text from Awlette Bruni, “Hugs to you too!”  Hmph. Ms.. Larda never hugged Awlette […]

Creole Classic

Named for Jean de Baptiste-le-Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, who founded New Orleans in 1718, Arnaud’s Oysters Bienville was created by and became popular under the restaurant’s founder, Arnaud Cazanave, in the1920s. Cazenave’s creation was a competitive response to the overwhelming attention Oysters Rockefeller was attracting at nearby Antoine’s Restaurant. Served baked on the half shell […]


Did New Orleans have its own Bastille? No, but some newspaper reporters joked about it in the early 20th century. In 1892, only months after the trial of 10 Italians accused of murdering New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessy and the lynching of almost a dozen Italian prisoners at the old parish prison in Tremé, […]

Beachy Keen

Got the winter blues now that the holidays are over and those cold, rainy days have set in? Emerald blue waters, soft sandy beaches and balmy weather exist a short flight from New Orleans in Cancun, Mexico.  There’s plenty of hotels to choose from along the “Hotel Zone” of the Cancun peninsula, but Grand Fiesta […]

The Year of the Cat

As many of us will be ringing in the January 1st New Year with our resolutions and hoping for auspicious outcomes, Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tết) celebrations will be happening on January 22, 2023, about a month prior to Mardi Gras (February 21). Some years, these events are closer together. How fortunate to have two […]

Family Style

Saba’s Lounge, the newly opened space that connects with Chef Alon Shaya’s Saba restaurant, is hosting a special dinner series January 19 from 6-9 p.m. The specially curated dinner features a five-course, family-style tasting menu paired with wines chosen by California fine-wine broker and distributor Kimberley Jones. 5757 Magazine St., 324-7770, eatwithsaba.com Sumptuous Staycation Now […]

Johnny Altobello III

The start of a new year is a good time to take stock of one’s surroundings. If an update involving stone and tile is in your plans, there are newly emerging ways to beautify your home. Stone and tile expert Johnny Altobello III of The Stone Gallery brings us up to speed. As in other […]

New + Notes

“Jesus Christ Superstar” The legendary musical from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The story of the final weeks of Jesus’ life will come to the Saenger Theatre January 10-15. SaengerNOLA.com Phunny Phorty Phellows The sadness of Christmas season ending is always balanced out by the joy of Carnival season […]

A Day in January

Never has a simple, innocent date developed such diverse meanings. That date is January 6. For 2,000 years or so it has been known as Twelfth Night, or the Feast of the Epiphany. The date is generally acknowledged as the last day of the Christmas season, the 12th day. In some cultures, January 6 is […]

Manhattan State of Mind

In the last few years, Barrel Proof managing partner Liam Deegan has watched Manhattan variations named for different New York neighborhoods emerge. He wanted to create one for his bar, and thus was born the “Lower Garden.” Liam appreciates that Barrel Proof is both “a whiskey destination for whiskey nerds” and “a neighborhood bar with […]

Love Letter

A hillock of crabmeat and black-eyed peas presents an island within ruddy sauce piquant. Fragrant rice and veg are tumbled with peppery seasonings and protein components that shift between land and sea. One might think they were dining at a Creole stalwart. But this is Dakar NOLA, Chef Serigne Mbaye’s love letter to the foods that […]

Java Jolt

Addis NOLA has opened the Coffee Ceremony Stage, a dedicated larger space that serves as the backdrop for the traditional Ethiopian ritual of roasting coffee beans from the Yirgachafe Region. In the spirit of this tradition, cocktail guru Touré Folkes of Turning Tables has created the Kahltini—a cocktail made with hand-roasted Ethiopian coffee, Kahlua cream […]

2023 Kingfish

Celebrating New Orleans' most accomplished businessmen.

Bivian “Sonny” Lee, III

While Sonny Lee navigated growing up following the death of his father, it wasn’t until he reached adulthood that he recognized the resources he had access to that most fatherless boys do not. Witnessing this issue and its outcomes consistently ignored, Sonny founded 501c3 nonprofit Son of a Saint in 2011 to provide fatherless boys […]

Christian S. Galvin

Attending open houses every weekend as a child, what was Christian Galvin’s budding interest in real estate has since matured into Christian Shane International. The four-division company, or “ecosystem” as it’s referred to, consists of Properties, Developments, Hospitality and Lifestyle branches that comprehensively tackle buying/selling properties, building/renovating, home staging, retail, and managing event spaces and […]

Specialty Medicine

New Orleans' top specialty medicine clinics.

Senior Care

Explore these senior care resources to enter 2023 confidently. 


Browse this list of schools and universities to unlock the path to a bright future. 

Jatavian L. Williams, Esq.

A millennial attorney already partner at a premier law firm, Jatavian’s “why” is rooted in family. Following his mother’s death at age four, a lawyer aided his grandmother in building a legal case – the proceeds from which served as seed money for Jatavian to attend Dillard University. Knowing first-hand the impact of personal injury […]

Michael G. Ferguson, DDS, MD

Serving the country as an army medic for over a decade equipped Dr. Michael Ferguson with the experienced-backed know-how and tenacity to earn both his DDS and MD. Now partner and surgeon at Oral Surgery Services, Dr. Ferguson strives every day to embody the empathy and generosity his mother and grandfather instilled in him.  “It’s […]

Tommy J. Badeaux, Esq.

Deciding on a career in law from a young age, Tommy’s own catastrophic car wreck years ago would lead him to establish a leading personal injury practice. Crediting his success to a strong work ethic and the family who taught it to him, he has now provided guidance, hope and delivered proven results to clients […]

Deacon Martin O. Gutierrez

Martin Gutierrez had been putting his faith into action working with the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO) long before he was ordained a deacon in 2018. Now the CCANO’s Vice President of Mission and Community Engagement, Deacon Gutierrez believes in the unique role we can play in serving our community.   “Each one […]

Ryan D. Mayer

His construction career spurred by a desire to meaningfully contribute to his hometown, Ryan Mayer founded Mayer Building Company in 2009 to do just that. A builder and general contractor, Ryan has completed commercial renovation projects for medical, educational, food service and business clients. French Truck Coffee, Loyola, and Alon Medical have improved multiple spaces […]

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