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New Orleans Magazine April 2019

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  In our own world here at the office, this editorial is historic. This is the first time that the magazine has made an endorsement on an issue that will be placed before the voters. We do so because we know that referendums do not get the same attention as ballots where candidates are elected […]


Bayou Boogaloo has quickly become one of Mid-City’s favorite spring events. Held alongside historic Bayou St. John, festival goers enjoy music, art and food, often while afloat handmade pontoons, rafts, kayaks and inner tubes. Grab your sunscreen and come on out!     New Orleans Greek Fest celebrates all things Greek, with an array of […]


Excerpted from Eve Crawford Peyton’s blog, Joie d’Eve,  which appears each Friday on MyNewOrleans.com   There are many sacrifices we make as parents, and so it was that I found myself planning on taking a vacation day – a gorgeous spring Friday – to go to Ship Island in Mississippi on a field trip with […]

Streetcar: In the Land of Easter Egg Paquing

  About 200 kids stood across from each other in parallel lines on a Saturday before Easter in a park near the Avoyelles Parish town of Effie. Each kid was handed two colored hard boiled eggs and, when given the go-ahead, approached the kid they faced for the custom of egg knocking. One kid would […]

A Drink with History

While other places struggle with definition and innovation, New Orleans revels in identification and rebirth. There is something quite satisfying about being recognized as the first and still the best. That can be applied to any number of culinary and cocktail situations, and recently this city reclaimed a famous creation that had been lost. The […]

Fields of Red

One of those things I wanted to do and never got around to was writing to LSU food scientists asking them to stop making our Louisiana strawberries more like California’s. In other words, large and shippable. Maybe others complained because I seem to notice a slight change for the better in the last couple of […]

News From the Kitchen

NOCHI Café by Gracious The New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) has finally opened, and there’s a café on the ground floor operated by the folks at Gracious Bakery. Full disclosure: they’re friends and Jay Forman writes for this publication. That said, Gracious has done fantastic things and NOCHI is lucky to have them. […]

Texas Czech

The New Orleans food scene continues to diversify, spinning out a widening array of offerings that make eating out here more surprising than ever. Add to this growing list kolaches, a humble Texas pastry with Czechoslovakian roots. They fill a role akin to Louisiana’s boudin and hand pies – a convenient grab-and-go snack found at […]

Field Day

  By Melissa Coleman     Photography by Theresa Cassagne Makeup by Meggan Ory Hair by Monique Munoz Model Amelia Morgan     Jonathan Simkhai Dress at Sosusu: sosusuboutique.com; Earrings at Shop Em’s: @shopems; Clare V Bag at Pied Nu: piednunola.com   Megan Park Dress at Pied Nu: piednunola.com; Earrings at Shop Em’s: @shopems   Linen […]


  Whether there is a temporary Jazz Fest-sized hole in your pocket, or you simply like a good deal, it is easy to dine rather lavishly in any neighborhood in New Orleans for $10 or less per person. Here are some of our favorites for when you’re watching your wallet, but not necessarily your waistline. […]

Out to Dry

  Nineteenth-century New Orleanians shared our need for clean clothes. A note in the Louisiana Advertiser newspaper of December 5, 1826 offered a much-needed service: “To hire: a good Creole washer-woman, cook, etc. speaks French and a little English. Enquire at this office…” Then, as now, you could do the washing, or hire someone to […]

Season of the Fests

  April means that the height of festival season is fully upon us, and that French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest are right around the corner. This year, French Quarter Fest is April 11-14.  FQF remains the preeminent showcase for local talent—everyone drops by for a set. I like the feel of the Quarter during […]

The Trouble with Texts

  My sister-in-law, Gloriosa, is getting a new dishwasher. She says she is being environmentally correct. But it actually is because of s-e-x.   I got to explain. Poor Gloriosa has had a rough time ever since Mardi Gras, what with two of her kids coming down with a stomach bug; her husband, Proteus, getting […]

Change Order

In a city that never changes, it seems anathema – even nonsensical – to point out that things are always changing here. It kind of follows the time-honored (and time-proven) notion of how New Orleans always gets everything wrong – but in all the right ways. But you have to admit, there’s a certain charm […]

Friendly Competition?

  A recent move by lawmakers in the nation’s largest city in defiance of one of the world’s largest corporations drew diverse reactions around the country. New York City drew a line in the sand when, after being selected as a location for one of Amazon’s giant new operations centers, local lawmakers in essence told […]

Deacon John

As one of 13 children born to a classical pianist, Deacon John Moore has been performing for  family, friends and audiences starting from a very young age. The bandleader has captured hearts throughout New Orleans and across the country at weddings, debutante balls, carnival balls and even the White House; and of the 50 years […]


  David Sedaris Regular NPR contributor and comic storyteller David Sedaris (“Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day”) will appear at the Orpheum Theater for one night only on April 12, following the release of his newest bestselling book, “Calypso.” Information, OrpheumNOLA.com.   Kenner’s Italian Heritage Festival In its 20th year, Kenner’s Italian Heritage Festival (Festa […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, I grew up in the Irish Channel and always heard about St. Alphonsus and St. Mary’s Assumption, the Irish and German churches that stand across the street from one another, but the nearby French church is mostly forgotten. I have read conflicting information about what happened to Notre Dame de Bon Secours and […]

The Hot Tamale Man

If you missed reading your newspaper you could get a page with your tamales. Of course, the paper might have tamale stains, but if the page was the classifieds it did not matter that much. Manuel’s Hot Tamales was the definitive place for the snack for over 70 years, dating from when Mexico native Manuel […]

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Stroke Awareness

Not unlike spontaneous thieves in the night—or day—strokes often strike in a quick moment to unsuspecting victims. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can mean life or death when one hits, as receiving quick medical attention is imperative for the best outcomes. New Orleans has a number of hospitals positioned to help patients who […]

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