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New Orleans Magazine May 2011

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Viva Margarita!

The Winner is PAUL PRUDHOMME

2011 Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award

Health Beat

• While eating right and exercising are some of the most important ways to stay healthy and happy, new research suggests that there’s an easier (and overlooked) way to improve health: self-compassion. The term describes a new area of psychological research that shows the benefits of going easier on yourself. Accepting imperfections and a having […]

MAKING A LEAP

Lafayette Academy’s amazing turnaround

RESTAURANT INSIDER

May is here, and with it the consistently warm weather that some of you have been looking forward to for months. I would never live anywhere else, but the prospect of seven months of high temperatures and humidity is daunting. I hope those of you who complained about the unseasonably cold winter a few months […]

ADVENTURES IN DRINKING

The ART AND SCIENCE OF MIXOLOGY AND THE CRAZY COCKTAILS THAT RESULT

FOUR HOOVES AND A HOLLER

On the trail for riding stables

Council Moms

Mothers and daughters on two councils discuss differences and similarities.

Shopping on the Corner

Sicilian groceries were part of local neighborhoods.

JULIA STREET WITH POYDRAS THE PARROT

A MONTHLY PURSUIT OF ANSWERS TO ETERNAL QUESTIONS

ALAN LOMAX

The man who saved the music

WHAT THE STUDIES SAID

Thumbing through the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigative report of the New Orleans Police Department, one wonders why the feds didn’t publicly urge the city to cancel Mardi Gras. The 10-month federal review of NOPD’s operations would be released March 17, almost two weeks after Fat Tuesday, but the grim results of the study were […]

Marquee

Our top picks of the month’s events

Poultry FOR THE Platter

Being a seafood town, we may not eat as much chicken as they do in Dayton, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minn.; or Santa Fe, N.M., but we hold our own as the home of Popeyes, not to mention our knack for French and Italian translations. Our French heritage makes us no stranger to chicken bonne femme and […]

Charter schools making the grade

The charter schools that have so thoroughly transformed the landscape of public education in New Orleans were recently issued a report card of sorts, and it’s one that boosters of the local charter movement can be proud to display on the fridge. This report was an assessment of test scores conducted by Stanford University and […]

COMING TO TERMS WITH THE CIVIL WAR

Maybe it’s just the people we talk to, but we detect yawning (sometimes internalized, sometimes not) when the subject is that this year is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. Except for active historians and reenactment buffs, the war is a distant event for which old times there are easily […]

ANGEL INVESTORS

Startup help that’s heaven-sent

New Orleans – the brand

Brands are vital in business, so it was no surprise to hear Forbes magazine publisher Rich Karlgaard focus on brand and image as he recently addressed the annual meeting of the economic development group Greater New Orleans Inc. “New Orleans has a great brand,” Karlgaard said. “For population it isn’t in the top 20. But […]

Making groceries made easier

New Orleans is famous for its rich food heritage, but lately local advocates and researchers have been pointing out that for many residents, just getting their hands on groceries can be difficult. A recent survey conducted by Tulane University found that nearly 60 percent of low-income residents in the city must travel more than three […]

Glassblown gifts at Judy’s

For almost 30 years, Judy at the Rink has been offering unique New Orleans gifts, such as home accessories and jewelry. Owner Kay Fausset chooses the store’s inventory, and though some pieces are by national artists, most are local – with New Orleans panache. This Mother’s Day the store has several gifts for moms. The shop […]

STORIES FROM SEAT LEVEL

Like the flashing scenery outside, you sit long enough in any form of long-distance transportation and many life moments pass by: After graduating from high school, a buddy of mine and I took a trip to Los Angeles in the back of a Greyhound bus. I will always remember the cowboy who got on in […]

Summer specials at Manale’s

Pascal’s Manale is best known for being the creator of barbecued shrimp. The 98-year-old restaurant has been in the same family for four generations, serving up seafood dishes, Italian specialties and steaks. Co-owner Sandy DeFelice’s favorite dishes are the veal parmesan, the steak and one of their originals: the combination pan roast – which is […]

POP CULTURE

The new world of “pop-ups”

Read & Spin

New York writer Dan Baum penned a post-Hurricane Katrina narrative in 2009 called Nine Lives, a novel that chronicled nine individuals recovering from the hurricane. Composer Paul Sanchez and screenwriter Colman deKay saw potential in the musical themes of the book and were inspired to set the story to music, with Nine Lives: A Musical […]

THAT’S AMORE !

A man and his gondola

HOSTING THE GODDESS

My mother-in-law texts me that she got Azalea’s disease. Now, Ms. Larda never sent a text message in her whole life before. So that’s a surprise. And I guess the phone autocorrected the name of whatever disease she was trying to spell. I call her up. “I am losing it, Modine,” she says to me. […]

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Nola by the Numbers

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