Summer is officially here and there’s so much to celebrate this month. For many, June means hitting the pool. Every summer my kids (now teenagers who are over it all) would be gifted a brand-new pair of swim trunks for Easter and look forward to the day when the school year would end. Summer days […]
Do you have a child whose adorable smile hides a few concerns from her dentist? Are you a middle-aged professional who has the means and motivation to fix some longtime dental shortcomings? Is your college student eager to fix his minor teeth issues with the latest clear aligners? Here’s a look at some options for […]
In 1995, a call was made across the country for people to meet at Christian Unity Baptist Church located at 1700 Conti St. in New Orleans. The voice was from Minister John Mosley. He believed it was time for the history and meaning of Juneteenth to be reestablished within the national consciousness. Mosley’s call […]
Here we are again. Summer in New Orleans. Depending on your point of view, we’ll be blessed/cursed with a stretch of sizzling days that send many of us in search of aquatic relief. If you’ve got a backyard pool, great! (And what time should we be there?) If not, we’ve compiled a list of the […]
Also see our list of featured local dentists in New Orleans > This list is excerpted from the 2023 topDentists™ list, which includes listings for 200 dentists and specialists in the New Orleans area. For more information call 706-364-0853; or write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; by email (email@example.com) or at www.usatopdentists.com. topDentists has […]
There comes a time in every woman’s life when she looks at what’s coming in style that year and says, “To hell with it.” Which means she has reached a certain age. She leaves her hemlines wherever they already are, puts on stretch pants tight or baggy, just so they feel good. And she wears […]
Fringe + Co.’s Rainbow Stripe Duster has a flowy fit and satin lining that make it perfect for layering over your favorite outfit. Throw on this sparkly number and you’re sure to shine as the life of the party. Available at Fringe + Co., fringe-co.com. Bad hair day? No sweat. This Guatemalan handwoven headband […]
Dear Julia, I was told there was a female De La Ronde who built the first hotel in the French Quarter who was also active in the theatre, perhaps? Are you familiar with this story? Betty Calzada, New Orleans Hi Betty, Ranking something as “first” can be historically tricky. It could have been that someone […]
When chefs Amarys and Jordan Herndon relocated to New Orleans from their home in Texas not long after Hurricane Katrina, their mission was simple. “When we first moved here, we were like, ‘We’re gonna learn how to cook all the New Orleans stuff and then move back home,’” said Jordan. “We thought we’d be here […]
During those uncertain months after Katrina, when we are all hoping for a quick recovery, one of the most anticipated signs was the reopening of restaurants. Other businesses were just as important, but a restaurant was a communal happy space that provided sustenance or, at the very least, an Old Fashioned over which to conclude […]
Enslaved people had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation two years before word reached Galveston on a summer day in 1865. It was on June 19 of that year that U.S. Gen. Gordon Granger spread the word to Galveston, freeing one of the last groups of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Today, that […]
The Frenchmen Hotel has reopened its onsite bar under a new name, Tiki Tock, with a refreshed midcentury modern tropical look and a refreshing cocktail lineup. Tropical-inspired cocktails created by Beverage Director Patrick Williams include the Parakeet (Rumhaven Coconut Rum, Velvet Falernum, Le Verger Liqueur, lime, tiki spice syrup, egg white and Peychaud’s Bitters); the […]
The rum-filled menu and lush tropical atmosphere of Cane & Table give bar manager Omar Jacks a taste of his Jamaican childhood. His drink the “Smooth Operator” is inspired by memories of his grandmother serving him “delicious homemade banana bread” accompanied by freshly made pineapple-cucumber-ginger juice. Although she has passed away, Omar says, “I love […]
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience Celebrating its 31st year, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience returns June 7-11 at various locations to celebrate the city’s wines and chefs. There will also be classes on things like cocktails and hand-rolled pasta making. NOWFE.com French Market Creole Tomato Festival The 37th annual French Market Creole […]
All the worlds a stage… and sometimes the stage for Kitten N’ Lou is a porch on Burgundy in the Bywater. As COVID shut down the world in 2020, these performers, like many, had a lot of time on their hands. By way of an ice machine, and the want to bring a little love […]
Southern Pacific Railroad transfer boat carrier, New Orleans, La., Detroit Publishing Co. Library of Congress Back in the day before the Huey P. Long Bridge, crossing the Mississippi River was difficult, especially for trains. During the 18th and early 19th centuries, the only way to move people and goods back and forth across the river […]
June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season and that means having storm preparation plans in place. For those interested in the protections provided by a back-up generator, we turned to Jeremiah Johnson, owner of Ready Power, for advice. Johnson recommends that everyone consider backup power in order to maintain a sense of normalcy and […]
Gnocchi, those toothsome, pillowy puffs that hold a sauce so beautifully, were named for nocchio, the Italian word for knots of wood, proof that inspiration and reality are entirely subjective. No matter. As with so many foods with a vaguely luxurious quality that transcends their humble ingredients, we have the Romans to thank for the […]
One day, I won’t be packing so many lunches. Am I happy about this or sad? So much of my life revolves around the school calendar. This is true professionally – and has been for about the past decade, as I work for a high school now and worked for a university before that – […]
The Windsor Court has welcomed Chef Alexander Kuzin as the new chef de cuisine. In addition to complementing and evolving the direction of The Grill Room with a new dinner menu, Kuzin is guiding the culinary teams at The Polo Club, Le Salon, The Pool Bar and Café Anglais. The new menu at The Grill […]
It’s undeniable—New Orleans offers the best eats and drinks in the South with hospitality that can’t be beat. In the summer, long days bring leisure and escape through dinner and drinks with friends, weekend stays at top-rated hotels, and unforgettable entertainment. Plan your summer stay and schedule some rest and relaxation with help from the […]
Summer is officially here and there’s so much to celebrate this month.
For many, June means hitting the pool. Every summer my kids (now teenagers who are over it all) would be gifted a brand-new pair of swim trunks for Easter and look forward to the day when the school year would end. Summer days were all about hitting the family pool, practicing new somersaults from the diving board, and usually ended with them turning blue from the coldness of the water and suddenly starving for a poolside sandwich and some well-earned Chee Wees. In our main feature, we map out the top pools not only for kids and families, but for grown-ups that might want to revisit their own salad days. From chic pool clubs and bars to water park fun, there are lots of ways to stay cool and enjoy the first taste of summer.
This month also marks the second anniversary of the Juneteenth Day Proclamation making June 19 a national holiday. The date marks the time when the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas were finally informed, later than most, that President Lincoln had signed and enacted the Emancipation Proclamation. Locally, New Orleans now celebrates the occasion with an official Juneteenth Festival held in Congo Square, although, as our feature writer explains, the traditions and observations of the date have a long and historic significance to the city.It is a celebration of culture and community, with (this being New Orleans, of course) plenty of culinary importance.
Plus, we celebrate Pride Month by highlighting the work of fabulous drag/cabaret/burlesque/what-can-they-not do performers and owners of the always amazing Chance in Hell Snoballs in the Bywater, Kitten N’ Lou, in this month’s Persona. The two take us through their on- and off-stage adventures, with the promise of even bigger and better things to come.
Finally, each June, we highlight dental professionals across the area providing top-notch care. And we get the inside information on anything and everything you might want to know about getting braces or aligners, with plenty of tips and tricks for the best care.
And, of course, we have all the best things to do, places to eat and drink, recipes and more for the month ahead.
June celebrations are a great way to connect with family and friends. For New Orleanians, it’s a great time to enjoy summer before the dog days descend, to embrace our history and to share in the community that brings us all together.
Here’s to summer!
Ashley McLellan, Editor