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New Orleans Magazine October 2021

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From The Editor

This fall has truly been a roller coaster ride. From new COVID-19 Delta cases to back-to-school adventures to the unexpected (and very unwelcome) arrival of Ida, it feels like we all are reeling. First and foremost, our thoughts remain with our neighbors that have been hardest hit. For those of us who endured the aftermath […]

Spirit Guide

The quaint village of Abingdon, Virginia, one of the oldest English-speaking settlements west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, dates to the American Revolution. Its entire 20-block historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Naturally, we were going to hear about ghosts. There are plenty of great ghost tales in Abingdon, and […]

Reaching Out

Hurricane Ida slammed south Louisiana with near-Category 5 force winds on August 29. Areas across south Louisiana were devastated. Here are a few ways we can reach out to our neighbors to lend a helping hand, as they work to rebuild. Volunteer World Central Kitchen Chef Jose Andres formed World Central Kitchen in 2010 when […]

Trick And Treat

Nobody does Halloween like New Orleans. It’s a fact. We love to slip on a fresh persona, add a dash of glitter, and PARTY – and then do it in a mysterious setting. Think voodoo, vampires, above-ground cemeteries and giant homes with a gory past.  The potential for a tantalizing evening is boundless. But there […]


Child labor in America was a major issue among Progressives in the early decades of the 20th century. In 1906, the National Child Labor Committee, or NCLC, a leader among reform efforts, hired the Wisconsin-born photographer Lewis Hine to travel the nation to document all the abuses he could find.  In the spring of 1911 […]

Bumps in the Night

Dear Julia, Each year around Halloween time I hear mention of Grunch Road and Mona Lisa Drive. Where are they located and what is supposed to have happened there? Nothing good, I imagine. Best to Poydras, Janetta Bourgeois (Prairieville, La.) Isn’t that the way? I do all the work and Poydras gets all the best […]

Brunch, Please!

For the first time in its 24-year history, Red Fish Grill is now offering a seafood-forward weekend brunch (offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Expect two hours of bottomless brunch cocktails for $25, specialty brunch cocktails, menu items by executive chef Chris Vazquez (like flash-fried BBQ oysters, Croque Madame, and […]

Fall into Comfort

Bundle up in this gorgeous deep green quilted Usha coat in Pine (also in black). Handmade in India, Usha’s oversized fit makes it an easy ‘throw on the go’ staple, with a matching quilted ribbon belt for a more streamlined fit when desired. Available through Lekha, shoplekha.com. Shimmy up to your home bar and warm […]

Zach Tyson

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “You may delay, but time will not.” Many a homeowner, who has put off home maintenance, knows this well.  “The biggest mistake is deferring home maintenance and kicking the can down the road — whether it’s a small issue or a larger one, most of the time, it’s only going to […]

News + Notes

  TRY THIS Stone Temple Pilots & Bush Fans of 90s grunge rock can flock to Champions Square on October 5 for an outdoor concert featuring Stone Temple Pilots and Bush. Even though Champions Square is an outdoor venue, the website indicates proof of vaccination/negative test will be required. Champions-square.com Chalmette Battlefield The Battle of […]

Shortcut Trouble

My mother-in-law says she don’t know what anybody is talking about no more. I ask if she is having a problem with her hearing aids, but she says no, that that ain’t what she means.  “Nobody talks in words no more, Modine,” Ms. Larda says to me. “They just use initials.” “My own sons say […]

Before They Were Meteorologists

Watching the Hurricane Ida coverage remined me that long before they were called “meteorologists,” the people who forecast the weather on TV were known simply as “weathermen.” In New Orleans the first and best known of the climate watchers was Nash Roberts who started with WDSU TV, Ch. 6, in 1951, back when it was […]

By Design

The Double Dealer, the subterranean cocktail bar located beneath the Orpheum Theater, has been nominated by the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards  2021Shortlist Americas for Visual Identity. The Double Dealer joins only three other nominees in North, Central and South America to win the award and represents New Orleans as the city’s only finalist in […]

Comfort Food

Years ago, my friend Jennie Merrill shared a version of this easy, Keto-friendly make-ahead crowd pleaser would be an excellent choice if you dare to entertain for Halloween. It makes for flavorful use of use of the abundant butternut squash and kale that are currently available on the cheap in markets. It freezes well so […]

Bitters Sweet

Most New Orleanians are familiar with Antoine Peychaud’s bitters, a key ingredient in the city’s official cocktail, the Sazerac. Now there is a new Peychaud’s, his namesake bar located in his one-time residence on Toulouse Street. Head bartender Nick Jarrett describes it as “an oasis from the pandemonium of Bourbon Street.” Jarrett is a veteran […]

Escape Hatch

Marla Fowler loves Disney. As in adores the theme parks.  “I’ve been going to Disney World for 30-something years,” the New Orleans-area luxury travel advisor said.  But it’s not always magical when crowds fill the theme parks and wait times stretch to two hours per ride. This year, Disney World celebrates its 50th anniversary, beginning […]

Evacuation Blues

Some things go together well. Chocolate and peanut butter, for instance. Bourbon and ginger ale. Oreos and milk. Lime juice and fresh mango.  But then there are some combinations that are terrible or even dangerous. Toothpaste and orange juice. Ammonia and bleach. Hurricane evacuations and an entire region that doesn’t seem to believe COVID actually […]

Felton Jones, Jr.

  There have been many a day that I wished I had an IV of caffeine. A simple jolt to get me through the rest of my crazy day. Over the past – almost – two years of juggling a pandemic, hurricanes, work from home and more, we’re sure many have had this same thought […]

Steel Magnolias 2021

The Southern woman has earned her fitting nickname: Steel Magnolia. A Southern woman has infamous mystique. She is feminine, but not afraid to speak her mind; gracious, but in no way a pushover; and with the strength and force of hurricane winds whipping across the Gulf Coast. The New Orleans Steel Magnolia special section is […]

Dr. Devan Szczepanski

Board certified physician and founder of DS Family Medical Group, Dr. Devan Szczepanski is on a mission to change the face of medicine now and for generations to come. Dr. Szczepanski is the leading authority on the utilization of Nutrigenomic Testing as a foundational tool in creating treatment plans for her patients. Well-versed in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, […]

Courtney Dorris Jenkins

After attending the University of Mississippi, Courtney Dorris Jenkins began her finance career in 2008. She joined NOLA Lending in 2011 and currently serves as a top-producing Senior Loan Officer and President’s Club qualifier, helping families achieve their financial goals.  “We get back the energy we put into the world, and as a mortgage lender […]

Valerie M. Grubb, CSP

Valerie’s passion is developing employees into leaders that help drive a company’s bottom line. With decades of senior leadership experience within corporate America, she shares her expertise locally through Board work with the NO Film Society, National Speakers Association, Opera Association Women’s Guild and the NO Chamber of Commerce. “Educating and inspiring others to exceed their […]

Sarah Martzolf

Sarah Martzolf is the Principal of The Martzolf Group. With Partners Hayley Bumpas and Kristen Nelson and Associate Molly Wogan, the full service real estate group helps buyers and sellers maximize their enjoyment and investment through smart design. Martzolf builds and renovates homes as well as consults for their clients. “My passion is maximizing a property’s value […]

Annette Dowdle

Annette is passionate about her clients and helping them grow their businesses.  Attraction and retention of good employees is critical to any business. In a constantly evolving workforce it is imperative to find innovative ways to engage employees.  As an expert in Employee Benefits, she supports clients by spotlighting overall workplace heath—physical and mental—to improve […]

Lisa Marquette

A wife, mother, hair stylist, and business owner, Lisa Marquette believes that with hard work and consistency anything is possible. A longtime stylist and creative “people person,” Lisa wanted to help the restoration process of the city and its architecture following Hurricane Katrina and transformed a charming Canal Street house into the relaxed, welcoming Salon […]

Cancer Care

There are more options than ever for patients facing a cancer diagnosis, and from innovative new cancer centers that offer comprehensive services to accomplished researches and specialists spearheading breakthroughs, there’s hope to be had. In addition to advanced surgical treatments and the tried and true methods that continue to improve, there are rehabilitative and support […]

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