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New Orleans Magazine June 2019

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  Ask Leah Chase what soul food is and she’ll say, “It’s food that soothes you when you eat it. It fills you up. It tastes good. Anybody in the South has been eating it all his life.” She should know. She’s been called the Queen of Soul Food and the Queen of Creole Cuisine. […]

Gutter Punks

I’m conflicted. I find myself re-examining a matter upon which I was quite certain my mind was made up with no chance of equivocation. At issue here are the gutter punks, that vast, unbeloved subculture run roughshod over the French Quarter. For those unfamiliar with the term, I’ll defer to Wikipedia to describe this millenial […]

Café Navarre

New Orleans is a city of distinct neighborhoods each with its own personality, flavor and favorite haunts. Yet even food writers can slip into a rut of covering the same beats – Warehouse District, Magazine Street and the Quarter – so much so that they miss what else is happening around town. Therefore, I was […]

Festing and Feasting

As the summer really gets going in earnest, there are a couple of excellent smaller festivals to look out for and of course our sister festival—Bonnaroo just up the road in Tennessee. Things kickoff with The Oyster Festival at Woldenberg Park on the 1st and 2nd. In addition to the annual P&J Shucking Contest on […]

The Importance of Cornbread

On college football nights in Louisiana there is a cheer for the home team that must boggle out-of-state fans: “Hot boudin, cold cush, cush; come on (name team) push, push, push.” (Both “cush” and “push” are pronounced to rhyme as in “swoosh.”) Boudin, a country sausage generally made with pork, has become well known enough […]

A Civil Discussion

We support an idea about what to do with the empty space on the monument where the statue of Robert E. Lee once stood. The suggestion? Do nothing, leave the space empty, at least for a while. This idea is not original to us. It was first mentioned by historian Walter Isaacson in an opinion […]

The Orleanianan at the Automat

New Orleanians take pride in their city’s food: home-cooked, created by Creole chefs, beloved by gourmets worldwide. Yet, New Orleans has also contributed to some decidedly American eating habits. In fact, the earliest American fast food innovation had an Orleanian as partner in the enterprise: the Horn & Hardart Automat. Secret of that success? A […]

News From the Kitchen

Gianna Gianna, an Italian restaurant from the Link Restaurant Group, opened in late April in the CBD. Executive chef Rebecca Wilcomb, most recently of Herbsaint, heads the kitchen. Wilcomb’s menu will feature daily antipasti, house-cured meats, locally farmed produce, Gulf seafood and house-made pastas, inspired by her travels across Italy. Gianna, 700 Magazine St., 399-0816, Mon-Thurs. 11 […]

Memory Lane

I recently headed out to Pensacola, anticipating a pleasant mini-vacation with the girls – we’d have a cozy night in the hotel before dropping Ruby at her roller derby clinic, and then Georgia and I would explore until she was done at which point we’d all hit the beach for some sand and sun. And […]

“Claws” and Effect

Television actress Jenn Lyon calls New Orleans, specifically the French Quarter, home for half of the year (the other half, she spends at home in Brooklyn, New York.) Her locally filmed comedy-drama “Claws” on TNT follows the lives of five manicurists at the fictional Nail Artisan salon in central Florida, a role that Lyon embraces […]

Learning What’s Important

First we had the “Marie Kondo Magic of Tidying Up” to feel guilty about. Now we are hearing about the “Swedish Death Cleaning” (pretty much the same thing, but morbid.) In New Orleans, we got “In-Case-of-Hurricane-Cleaning.” We don’t ask, “Does it spark joy?” We ask, “Is it waterproof?” If you do hurricane cleaning, then every […]


The old expression about the best meals served in our internationally respected restaurant town being served in people’s homes is absolutely correct. Every chef within shouting distance will credit their mothers and fathers for setting them on a winning path. Rebecca Wilcomb, James Beard Award winning chef at Herbsaint, will tell you that her nonni, […]


New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane – “Much Ado About Nothing” From June 14 – 30, visit Tulane University’s Lupin Theatre to see Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” as part of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. The sparring Benedick and Beatrice are two of the Bard’s most memorable creations. Information, […]

Julia Street with Poydras The Parrot

Dear Julia, Poydras, and All God’s Other Little Children, I was just reading your March issue about water meter covers, which reminded me of a recently discovered piece of trivia that shocked my system. Suspect you knew this, but mentioning just in case. Those water meter covers and their “iconic” crescent have nothing to do […]

In Living Color

Leigh Anne Peters became experienced at home remodeling while doing design work for local builder Mike Bertel of Bertel Construction. During her years in New Orleans, the Mississippi native also befriended contractor Will Erikson of Yazoo Restoration whose work she admired. When she bought the house she now shares with her husband Thomas, 9-month old […]

Lafitte Greenway

In a city where land available for commercial development is scarce, it is refreshing to see a strip of green space not only preserved, but transformed into a magnet for new activity, which is what is happening along the corridor that stretches from New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood through Mid-City. The former railroad right-of-way now known […]

Streetcar: D-Day Through Time

Some kids were playing on Omaha Beach, building sand castles. Nearby an adult couple walked along the sand at shore’s edge, presumably looking for shells, the nautical kind rather than those fired from cannons. The shards of war have long been taken from this historic beach, now it stands as it should—a quiet passive place […]

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Orthopaedic injuries can affect everyone, not just the athlete. Repetitive motions within our bodies cause wear and tear over time, and whether it’s in your shoulder, knees, or spine, an injury or ailment can negatively impact your quality of life. Living with pain not only causes stress, it can also put a person at risk […]

Hearing Care

Many people take their senses for granted, assuming as long as they can see, hear, or smell enough, they’ll be able to navigate life okay. Any loss of the senses can have a bigger, more damaging effect on life, however. When a person loses their hearing, they often lose much more, including comprehension and connections […]

Achieving Wellness

Improving wellness is a growing focus in medicine. Rather than treating the body ailment by ailment, improving overall health and wellness takes a more comprehensive approach to achieving a better functioning body while often serving a preventative role as well. From prioritizing physical fitness to trying physical or massage therapy and dialing in nutrition, there […]

Memory Lane

St. Martinville — spry as ever at 200

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