Springtime arrives and thoughts of emerald waters and sugar white beaches come to mind. Heading east from New Orleans, heaven exists in our neighboring Gulf states, and the beachside destinations run the gamut from quaint bed-and-breakfasts and inns, to full-service resorts with all the amenities. Here are 10 to choose from, from the Mississippi […]
MEMOIR As America’s favorite political odd couple, James Carville and Mary Matalin share a candid look into their lives in Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home. The book alternates between Carville and Matalin’s first-person, candid accounts of living their life of politics while dealing with family and marriage. […]
Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House is Open and Ready to Expand Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar and Fish House, 3117 21st St., Metairie, 833-6310, MrEdsOysterBar.com Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House is open and renovations are complete. The restaurant, which had been the site of Bozo’s since 1979, is the newest addition to […]
Being invited to have dinner with Tennessee Williams’ brother would ordinarily be considered to be a great honor – and it was. Only, anyone who knew Dakin Williams knew that with him things could be different. Dakin was an annual visitor to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. He wasn’t a shy man. The semi-retired St. Louis lawyer often wore a gold […]
Happy March, kids! For those of you playing at home, this marks my 45th year on the planet. If you’re a scientist and working to perfect “putting one’s consciousness into a perfect, cloned body,” it’d be great if you could pull that off some time in the next few years. Not that I need a […]
I research everything: Developmental milestones; worst-case scenarios; organic versus nonorganic foods; charter schools versus public schools; types of charter schools; vaccinations, with and without thimerosal. When Ruby was freakishly good at puzzles at age 2: Signs of giftedness. When she was a bit slow to learn to read at age 5: Signs of dyslexia. Any […]
If architecture was theater, this magazine’s choice for the “best of the new” would win a Tony Award. As it is, the architecture shares space with a theater that it has enriched. Appropriately named “Tableau,” restaurateur Dickie Brennan’s conversion of part of the building that houses Le Petit Théâtre in the French Quarter is a masterpiece. […]
The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center opened in March 1980 but has been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina. More than eight years after the storm, and 34 years since its opening day, the center is finally beginning the renovation project that will revitalize it as a place of education about Louisiana’s natural attractions. Located in eastern New […]
More people in Louisiana are signing up for health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (found on aspe.hhs.gov) released Feb. 12 says, as of Feb. 1, 32,800 Louisiana residents were signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace – which is […]
Supporters of the Intact Animal Permit Law are calling for enforcement of the city law that requires a permit number when advertising animals for adoption, hoping to cut down on the number of neglected animals in the community. Currently, hundreds of ads for adoptable pets are run every day without displaying permit numbers. Supporters of […]
It isn’t often that non-New Orleanians appear on the pages of “Persona,” but consider Diane Ladd an honorary native daughter. While she was born in Mississippi and would eventually live in many other places, Ladd attended a New Orleans finishing school, was Empress of a Metairie Carnival krewe and it was her role in a […]
Some thoughts on the conviction of former Mayor Ray Nagin: • In 2002, when Nagin was first elected, part of his appeal was that he sold himself as a businessman. That attracted conservative voters who argued that more sound business practices should be incorporated into government. Overlooked though was that Nagin, who at the time was CEO of the local Cox Cable operation, might […]
Friends Becker Hall and Rene Louapre just wanted to have a Southern-style pork roast to raise money for a friend; five years later, the two are sitting high on the hog in local festival royalty. The first Hogs for the Cause was in 2009, intended to be a traditional Southern pork roast on the Fly in Audubon Park. After meeting 4-year-old Ben Sarrat Jr., who was suffering from a brain tumor, they decided to dedicate funds from the event to Sarrat’s family (the boy died in 2010). Since then the festival has grown in scope – the event is now a cook-off at City Park’s festival grounds drawing competitors from all across the culinary spectrum – but it still maintains its laid-back sensibility and fundraising aspect (the event now benefits a Hogs for the Cause fund at Children’s Hospital, which supports families of children with cancer). Besides the cook-off March 29, there’s a gala dinner March 28 with live music and seafood dishes by Southern chefs. The cook-off Saturday includes the usual barrage of pork creations from 90 competitors, who include both well-known New Orleans chefs and amateurs. In the past they’ve cooked up traditional barbecue plates, pulled pork beignets, cracklin’ topped with nacho cheese, bacon-infused Champagne and everything in between. Also notable is this year’s music line-up, which includes country star Pat Green, the much buzzed-about New Orleans folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff and The Hold Steady, a Brooklyn pop-rock band with a sizable cult following. Hall, an investment banker, and Louapre, lawyer and prolific tweeter, talk about this year’s fest.
When you first started this event, could you ever have imagined that the music line-up would be just as big a draw as the food? Louapre: At the first event we plugged in an iPod and had music playing from that. Now we have great local, regional and national acts playing … it makes people want to come outside, eat barbecue and listen to music.
How much do you dislike vegans and vegetarians? L: I don’t dislike vegetarians. My favorite animal is one. Hall: I guess we give them a hard time, but we have them covered, too – we serve beer. A lot of it. I guess that opens me up to the Celiacs, though. The only thing we vehemently dislike is cancer.
What advice would you give to attendees to avoid pork fatigue? H: It’s an epidemic at Hogs, really. Stay hydrated by your preferred means, and if that doesn’t work channel your inner Hall & Oates. That method has proven seminal and faultless for us. L: Drink a beer in between each sample of pork. I read that works on the Internet and they can’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true.
At what point does creativity with pork cross the line? Bacon sno-balls? L: A lot of people figured Columbus would fall off the face of the Earth when he set out for India, but instead he discovered the Americas. So there’s a giant pork idea out there. And one of our teams will find it. H: There are no boundaries with something as versatile as pork. A very sagacious man once said, “nobody puts Baby in a corner.” That was an obvious reference to pork. Bacon sno-balls actually fared quite well in the past.