We have all been in those “what do you think?” conversations as we search for answers about our future. When asked, I have lately said something like, “let’s give it to October. There should be some encouraging signs by then.” I really believe that, but to keep myself convinced of my own argument I have […]
Dear Julia, I enjoy your informative articles in New Orleans Magazine. My husband and I have wondered about a rooftop fixture on many shotgun houses around the Uptown area. It is located at the ridgeline of the roof (usually slate roofs). Hubby thinks they resemble a rooster. I see no special shape, as most of […]
Pralines, described simply as “dainty and delightful confections” in the 1901 Picayune Creole Cookbook, are a staple local sweet combining two Louisiana products: Pecans and sugar. The familiar candy appears at the ends of buffet lines at receptions, is still occasionally sold from baskets by vendors, pops up next to the cash register in shops, […]
“… and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin It is said that politics produces strange bedfellows; no more so than in the prisons of the world, where the guards, sooner or later, become the guarded […]
My hair was getting thinner, and my nails were splitting. I was not happy,” says Dell Jordan, a nurse who managed two hospital nursing units and the joint-replacement program at Memorial Medical Center until she retired about a year ago. “For the first time ever, I would wake up at night and be unable to […]
Before pollution, or the knowledge of it, small river shrimp were highly prized and were a main ingredient in smothered corn and other vegetable dishes. Corn and shrimp are common partners today. This shrimp stew can be eaten by itself or over rice, if desired. CORN AND SHRIMP STEW 1 pound shrimp 6 ears fresh […]
June 26 Anderson Cooper book signing at Barnes and Nobel, Metairie. June 26 Chase Bank to host Managing FX and Interest Rate Risk Seminar at the Hotel Intercontinental, 444 St. Charles Avenue from 1:45pm to 5:00pm. For more information call (504) 623-7411 or email Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org. June 27 Borders Books on Veterans Blvd. will host an […]
Catching up with the past Every year in June, several score musicians leave the city for the European concert tour, playing the circuit of festivals from Scandinavia to Nice, France. This diaspora had no great significance in the Old World, pre-Katrina, because the talent pool kept pumping players to bridge the gap for the clubs […]
Every year in June, several score musicians leave the city for the European concert tour, playing the circuit of festivals from Scandinavia to Nice, France. This diaspora had no great significance in the Old World, pre-Katrina, because the talent pool kept pumping players to bridge the gap for the clubs here. Now, as the first […]
My mother-in-law can’t fit in her shower no more, so she decides to go on a diet. Now, I got to explain. It ain’t a normal shower she can’t fit in. It is a FEMA trailer shower, which is understandable. Half the people in Chalmette can’t fit into their FEMA showers. That’s why they got […]
June used to conjure happy images: vacations, snowballs, watermelon, the Gulf Coast, crawfish on the Lakefront, summer bliss. This year, however, the month will be greeted with horror. Now that we are all more sensitive to the arrival of hurricane season and have stories to tell, we will be far more nervous about each tropical […]
In this 10th anniversary of the series, we have a compelling lens through which to view buildings. As in all other aspects of our existence, things divide into pre-Katrina and post-Katrina. Several of this year’s notable projects were completed and occupied before the storm. One, the new Wall Residential College at Tulane, opened August 27, […]
Well I am shocked. Last week two state legislators, one the son, the other the brother of incumbent Orleans parish assessors accused the governor of playing politics. The charge came in response to Governor Blanco supposedly resorting to deal making in exchange for support of creating a constitutional amendment. If passed by voters, the amendment […]
June 19 Clean-Up of the Warehouse/Arts District, CBD and FQ. Volunteers & Members from the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hotel Lodging Association, Restaurant Association, Downtown Development District, French Quarter Business Association and the Lt Governor’s office will roll up their sleeves and get ready for up coming conventions and visitors. If you would […]
Must of us know Arthur Hardy as an authority on New Orleans Mardi Gras and publisher of “Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide”, but Arthur’s love for the city does not stop at Mardi Gras. He is now on the board of the New Orleans charter school, Warren Easton. Hear Arthur explain how the board plans […]
Time off from work means liberation from constricting neckties, overly-hot suits and clunky lace-up shoes. Make the best of weekend wear with jazzy colors and prints, and a hipster hat or completely work-unfriendly watch for charm. FORE COMFORTFacing page: Keep cool and comfortable while brightening up your polo collection with one of these updated colors. […]
Li’l Ray’s had become the center of the universe. Located on South Carrollton Avenue, just past the point where the City Park-bound bright red streetcars made the turn off Canal Street, the diner pulsated with the liveliness of the neighborhood and was even open 24 hours. A year ago this month, Mid-City was the hottest […]
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Recently a good bowl of pho has been hard to find. The aromatic broth full of beef and rice noodles began as Vietnamese street food. As New Orleans’ Vietnamese community grew over the last three decades, pho became as common as turtle soup in the Crescent City. Poor-boys returned quickly, but “Vietnamese poor-boys,” the little […]
In an effort to support dining out, Renaissance Publishing and the Louisiana Restaurant Association are teaming up to help local restaurants. Renaissance Publishing and the Louisiana Restaurant Association are teaming up in a “Subscription for Dining” campaign. Anyone that dines out at at local full service restaurant can receive a free one year subscription to […]
During his inauguration speech Ray Nagin revealed something that had his opponents known from the beginning he might have been spared any opposition. God, it turns out, was on Nagin¹s side. “This is much bigger than all of us,” Nagin said. Of his victory. “I’m not that smart. God had his hand in this.” If […]
In New Orleans, trendy wedding cakes made to look like bridal dress fabric or silk jewelry boxes, and made to taste just as complex, haven’t quite overtaken the traditional white-frosted, almond-flavored ones decorated with roses or fleur-de-lis. But area bakers say cakes that make personal and sometimes totally unconventional statements are becoming more popular. Customers […]
June 12- 13 Louisiana Factory Building Systems Symposium, Highlighting the latest technology in home building using automated factory-built housing components Baton Rouge River Center. For registration and more information, please visit www.LouisianaBuildingSystems.com. June 13 Hospitality Industry Appreciation Day at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall E 11:00am – 1:30pm. In preparation of the first […]
This week NewOrleansPodcasting.com’s Craig Kraemer visits with Rene Brunet the owner of the Prytania Theater, the only independently owned single screen theater remaining in New Orleans. Rene recounts the early days of movie theaters including vaudeville. He also shares his thoughts on the New Orleans recovery. Click here to listen
I thought crab cakes were an invention of the modern world until I realized we’d been making them all along. Here in Louisiana, ours were a little different; we just stuffed them into crab shells. About 10 years ago, I attended a food writers conference in Baltimore. To hear those Baltimore people talk, you would […]
Because of the media inflamed hysteria about the opening of hurricane season and the coverage of the mayoral inauguration, a story that might be one of the years’ most important did not get the attention it deserved. I am talking about the plan to redevelop the area in the vicinity of the Superdome into a […]
On Bill Jefferson – The Mother Teresa connection Read article Like you…I believe it. Thanks! Ha-ha! Vince Vance New Orleans Errol, you hit the nail on the head! Funny article. John Castelluccio, Jr. New Orleans Price of New Orleans magazine on news stand: $4 Time taken away from commissioned sales job to read latest issue […]
Enter the grand residence with a treetop view of Lafayette Square and beyond and you may think you are in Paris. A collection of Old Paris porcelains and grand European antiques make the eighth story condominium of Dr. Ralph Lupin seem like it could be in a fashionable part of the French city, rather than […]
Congressman Bill Jefferson cautions us that there are two sides to every story, and he is right. While some of the facts about the ongoing federal investigation into his business dealings admittedly look suspicious, we have been looking for that other side. Through gut hunch and intuition I think I found the real story and […]
Nagin re-takes New Orleans Basking in his runoff victory over the state’s lieutenant governor, C. Ray Nagin made his mayoral comeback official on Thursday. After repeating his oath of office during ceremonies at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the mayor told a crowd of several hundred that it’s time to “get off your duffs” […]
After Hurricane Katrina, the only way you could have missed St. Bernard Parish President Henry “Junior” Rodriguez on television is if you were living in an ashram in India. Though he was known locally for years through his work on the St. Bernard Parish Council, it’s only since the hurricane that the world was introduced […]
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Blanco, Legislature target N.O. assessors Gov. Kathleen Blanco will continue pressing this week to cut the number of property assessors in Orleans Parish from seven to one. With the measure facing opposition from some quarters, Blanco is expected to personally express her support Monday when the House Ways and Means Committee takes up the bill […]
June 5-7 Symphony Book Fair at the Jewish Community Center on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Jefferson will benefit the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. For more information call 861-2004. June 6 The Jefferson Chamber and Cox Communications present: Report Card on Education: Part 2, Excellence in Education with featured speaker Dr. Diane Roussel at […]
This week NewOrleansPodCasting.com Craig Kraemer talks to restaurant owner Russell Civello of Ristorante Civello, Russell’s optimism creates a vision of beauty and culinary excitement post Katrina. This uptown Italian restaurant is a wonderful addition to the revitalization of New Orleans. You can visit them at 5831 Magazine Street for Dinner Tuesday thru Saturday. Click here […]
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We have all been in those "what do you think?" conversations as we search for answers about our future. When asked, I have lately said something like, "let's give it to October. There should be some encouraging signs by then." I really believe that, but to keep myself convinced of my own argument I have written the reasons down in ascending order. October? Here's why:
7. Good month anyway. To me October has always been the unofficial New Years in the annual cycle of life in New Orleans. That¹s when the cultural season starts. The always slow days of summer are over. The weather is better. Even Halloween at the end of the month begins a string of holidays that stretches through Mardi Gras. It is a feel good time of the year.
6. Football. Don't sell football short as an economic and social force. The Saints and Tulane back in the dome will make national news and high school games will mean that the families are back. Though we have never experienced it, I am told by reliable authorities that when a city¹s pro and college teams have continued winning seasons, that¹s good for morale too.
5. Universities will be Open. I never realized how much we miss them. Students spend, and they are also a good source of labor, especially in the service industries.
4. Those locals who are coming back should be back- at least most of them. Families that stayed away so that their kids could go to school elsewhere for the whole year should have returned. Their home might not be fully repaired but at least they are back in the economy.
3. Tourism will be returning. Two cruise ships, the Norwegian Star and the Carnaval Fantasy begin weekly cruises in October; Royal Caribbean returns in December. Cruise passengers tend to stay extra nights in New Orleans either at the beginning or end of their trip. Conventions return too, not at an accelerated pace, but still they're coming back. Meanwhile, hotels have been busy booking smaller meetings.
2. Past the Prime of Hurricane season. I am not sure which would be better for restoring confidence; for us to have a hurricane event and to survive it with the levees holding, or to have no hurricane at all. Either way, if a successfully experienced hurricane season can cool down the media hysteria and lessen the paranoia, that would be a huge step toward rebuilding.
1. Money will be Flowing. By October parts of New Orleans will seem like a boom down. By then the whopping federal appropriation for housing should be in the system, most insurance issues should be resolved. We'll know we are coming back once we can smell the fresh cut lumber and hear the hammers swinging. Katrina will be more than a year removed and we can begin looking forward to the rest of our lives.
And what if October is not as promising as we hoped? There's always November.
Just thinking about New Orleans.
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