For me, holiday magic resides largely on Magazine Street, which unfolds over six miles from its foot at Canal Street up to Audubon Park, revealing multiple personalities through boutiques, haberdasheries, galleries, restaurants and cocktail spots along the way. The air is positively electric as people hauling shopping bags stuffed with unique goods – often locally […]
What do you enjoy most about working for RE/MAX? It is a privilege to work among smart, kind, hardworking people. What are your selling specialties? When working with a seller, I love transforming a property by staging it with furniture and art. A “lived-in” property helps a buyer assess spaces. When a buyer is in […]
We could all use a little sparkle in our lives. Celebrate your most cherished relationships with uplifting gifts and tokens of affection that are sure to make spirits bright this holiday season. After all, we’re all appreciating our loved ones now more than ever. Let the tree lights dance over a diamond necklace with […]
“A community is where people live in the same place, or even a common place of relations and fellowship with one another. When I’m involved in the community it makes me feel like I’m making a difference. Every small act can make a spark to change,” says Shayde Harmoni Randolph, a seventh grader at Academy […]
What are your duties at California Closets? I’m the owner of the local California Closets business, but my most important duties are as our Chief Culture Officer, which means setting the course for an exceptional client experience. This includes having the best team members as well as the resources for them to be successful. I […]
Many of us of a – ahem – certain age who grew up in New Orleans fondly remember City Park’s “Celebration in the Oaks” driving tour. A winding path of lights that ended with the entrance to the park’s walking attractions, the driving tour was sadly one of the many things we lost after Hurricane […]
Even in the best of times, philanthropy and volunteering are important to the health of a community. The work of nonprofits and those who dedicate themselves to working with them has now become even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. The six St. Charles Avenue Activists of the Year don’t just sign checks (which is […]
New Orleans native E.A. Farley started his plant nursery in Gentilly in 1911. There were no roads leading to the undeveloped cow pasture at the time, so he used wheelbarrows and later a wagon – once a wagon trail was cut through – to transport plants into the city. Over the following seven decades, E. […]
Frustrated by the lack of glass recycling options in New Orleans, Franziska Trautmann and Max Steitz decided to take action during their senior year at Tulane University. Word spread quickly. “We decided to launch a GoFundMe campaign to the community and see what happened. In the first one or two days of the campaign only […]
Bev’s Note There are some great programs at Le Petit that you don’t want to miss! “NOLA Noel” is December 4-26, featuring the jumpiest holiday songs by Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong, Allen Toussaint and more! On December 3 at 7:30 p.m., they’ll have a digital reading of Rajiv Joseph’s The North Pole. On January 14 […]
CeCe Colhoun, Martine Chaisson, Ayesha Motwani, Tina Dang, Swathi Narra and Juley Le enjoyed a night of gourmet snacks, cocktails and facials at Pilot + Powell ahead of Legacy Donor Foundation’s signature fundraising event, “Soul Revival,” which benefits their mission of saving the lives of those waiting for transplants.
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Boudreaux’s Jewelers 504-831-2602 BoudreauxsJewlers.com Boudreaux’s has the most amazing high-end jewelry collection including this Jewels By Star ring featuring a 3.21 carat emerald and 2.37 carats of diamonds set in Platinum. Available for $39,995. Gem Printing Co. 504-834-9580 GemPrinting.com Flat cards with a handsome embossed border are the proper choice for any personal note or […]
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[caption id="attachment_161194" align="alignnone" width="800"]Photo By Mike Lirette | Trout topped with lump crabmeat and crab and corn beignets from Joey K's[/caption]
For me, holiday magic resides largely on Magazine Street, which unfolds over six miles from its foot at Canal Street up to Audubon Park, revealing multiple personalities through boutiques, haberdasheries, galleries, restaurants and cocktail spots along the way. The air is positively electric as people hauling shopping bags stuffed with unique goods – often locally made – crowd the sidewalks.
This is the anti-mall. Travel between spaces is entirely outdoors and 95 percent of the businesses here are locally owned and operated. This year, more than ever, this is where we should spend our holiday dollars.
Either start or end your day in the Warehouse District at the Higgins Hotel at the lower (eastern) end of the street. Morning coffee and house-made pastries are available for take-away at Provisions just off of the lobby. In the evening, Rosie’s on the Roof affords outdoor seating and panoramic views of the city skyline.
Hopscotch (or Uber/Lyft/bus) your way up the street to the western end, making stops to sip, shop and snack along the way until you reach Saba, Chef Alon Shaya’s culinary tribute to his grandfather. The Israeli menu offers numerous Salatim (small plates) served with fluffy pita bread pulled straight from the wood-burning oven. The hummus here is mind-blowingly creamy with several seasonal versions available each day. The one topped with jumbo lump crab, butter, corn and mint is particularly unforgettable, as are the grilled lamb kebabs.
Cindy and Sam Farnet recently celebrated 31 years of business at Joey K’s. Almost three years ago they hired Commander’s Palace alum Chef Jay Butler, who brought in an “everything from scratch” approach to the popular comfort food restaurant. Known for deftly prepared versions of traditional New Orleans classics – think daily plate lunch specials, red or white beans and rice, crisp cooked-to-order fried chicken and trout topped with lump crabmeat. Butler added ethereal crab and corn beignets and macaroni and cheese studded with crawfish to the menu, as well as the recent addition of Sunday Brunch.
A “Come as You Are” attitude and walls covered in colorful works by neighborhood artist Simon Hardeveld set the backdrop for a leisurely, reasonably priced meal. Brunch starters include crabmeat au gratin and fried green tomatoes served with grilled shrimp and remoulade. Entrées include the Basic Breakfast Plate (two eggs your way, cheese grits, bacon, hash browns and biscuit or toast), build-your-own omelets, waffles, pancakes and a knocked-out version of shrimp and cheese grits made with a creamy macque choux sauce with andouille. Both inside and out are decked for the season, and plenty of sidewalk seating affords an in-the-moment experience within the lively neighborhood.
As sleek, chic and spare as Joey K’s is not, Union Ramen is. Nhat “Chef Nate” Nguyen’s first entrepreneurial venture came together after an inspirational trip to Japan to study the various styles of ramen, and after hosting numerous pop-ups, he carved out his own style. His bright new spot offers four different dishes based around his silky fresh noodles: Original Tori with a poultry-based broth, Miso with a plant-based broth, Slap-Ya-Kimchi Mazeman (brothless with blackened chicken, kimchi and poached egg) and Dirty Mazemen (brothless with ground beef, tasso, roasted sweet pepper and poached egg). Starters include Sweet & Spicy Wings bearing a crunchy rice flour batter and a pepper jelly glaze with a goodly dose of coarse black pepper; crawfish and shrimp lumpia with sweet pepper dipping glaze; and Beggar’s Purse Dumplings, a surely munchie-driven concoction involving pimento cheese, a red wine vinegar reduction, charred green onion aioli, mushroom chips, blueberries and cilantro. Somehow these disparate ingredients work harmoniously together.
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Chef Eric Cook recently reopened Gris Gris, his celebrated restaurant in the triangular building at the corner of Magazine and Felicity streets. The restaurant is now open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The wrap-around upstairs balcony is the perfect place for a cocktails and people-watching.