Holidays

Easter At Scheinuk's

    There was a charm about the bunny village on display each year in front of Scheinuk the Florist on St. Charles Avenue. Part of the local Easter week ritual was to stop in front of the florist shop, where…

Two Days of Heritage

Of course, everyone in America and around the world has at least a nodding acquaintance with St. Patrick’s Day. But here in a city positively addicted to celebration, we seem to be alone in the additional acknowledgement of St. Joseph’s…

Sicilians And The Altars: New Discoveries

I found the town I have been looking for and I will reveal it here, but first let me tell you what the search was all about. With this Saturday (March 19) being St. Joseph Day, it brings to mind some…

ST. PATRICK'S DAY

                      Art & Eyes 891-4494 Be eye-catching for St. Patrick's Day in these Anne et Valentin, Francis Klein or Theo glasses. All three collections at Art & Eyes.   Feet…

Living in Ab-stentia: Week Two

What a difference a week makes. After going off the sauce for the NOLA.Com #AlcoholFreeFo40 Challenge two weeks ago, I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever see or feel a difference. Week one and most of this past week (week…

Surviving Visitors

After living in New Orleans for a while, you get used to visitors. At first, I absolutely loved having visitors because I used to get just as excited to go see the sights as they did. Now? I'd rather just point…

Carnival never ends at ARC of Greater New Orleans

Margie Perez is the Recycling Coordinator for ARC of Greater New Orleans. Many people may be familiar with the Mardi Gras bead recycling program that ARC provides. Not only does ARC keep these beads out of landfills, but its recycling…

Valentine’s Day Approaches

Yes, friends, St. Valentine’s day is near, and many of you have no dinner reservations. This may cause you concern, but I assure you, you’re not alone. You’re still going to be in deep trouble with your significant other, I…

Moderate Goals

I was off for two weeks over the holidays, and I had truly modest expectations for what I would accomplish during that time. I mean, my kids were off, too, for one thing, so I knew that the majority of…

Staying In is the New Chic for New Year’s Eve

With long waits for taxis (and Uber serge pricing), unpredictable weather and the inevitable disappointment when that allegedly fabulous event you commit to winds up being a dud, a night in for New Year’s Eve sounds more and more appealing.…

Losing Control

The idea for this diatribe was hatched at a holiday party. Several of them, in fact. Besides the great food, the good feelings and the excellent beverages that are all hallmarks of holiday gatherings, there is also another aspect of those…

Holiday Cocktails from Back in Time

It seems like we humans have to always be in the beginning, the middle, or in the waning days of a fad or two. There are periods of time forever associated with some activity, toy, gadget, lifestyle, music, architecture, invention,…

All I want for Christmas...

The other day my husband gave me a copy of stepkid's Christmas wish list and I smiled, as it was adorable. Apparently there is a whole line of Nerf toys dedicated to training for the zombie apocalypse. There are several guns, crossbows, a…

How Was Your Thanksgiving?

Welcome back to Haute Plates, gentle readers! I hope your Thanksgiving (a.k.a. our annual holiday celebrating the time native Americans saved 60 immigrants from starvation) was good, or at least free of painful injuries? For the fifth year running, I…

A Spin On This Year's Gifts

Somehow it's already December, and I'm not sure how that happened. I blinked and then, bam! There it was, staring me in the face. This month is supposed to be all about family, togetherness and holiday cheer/goodwill towards men – and hopefully women,…