Holidays

In a Festive Mood

As president of the River Parishes’ Festival of The Bonfires, Rhonda Lee’s passion for the volunteers she directs – and the spectacular show they put on – burns brightly.

Food, Glorious Food

I don’t write about food all that much; I generally leave that to my husband while I stick to writing about what I know best: my kids, social anxiety, general awkwardness, neuroses, my crazy family, New Orleans, and stuff I…

Oh, No, Not This Again Already

Can it really be that we are once again facing the headache-inducing, stress-causing, sweat-provoking situation of choosing wines for the Thanksgiving feast? Can it be that time of year already? Seems like we just went through this. If those are…

What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving just doesn't have the same kind of importance that it it once had for me. There used to be a few days out of the year that were sacred, days that you did nothing. Well, you did things but…

Candy-Coated Controversy

There are some issues I just won’t discuss unless I’m with people I know agree with me. Abortion. Immigration. Gun control. Universal health care. But never did I think trick-or-treating was a hot button issue. Until last week, when trick-or-treating…

You Deserve the Treat

We once had the “terrific” idea to spend Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. Makes sense, yes? Witches. A Scary History. An old Pilgrim Town begging for rules to be broken and boundaries to be pushed, particularly from upstart French Catholics who…

The Scariest Halloween

Three police officers were patrolling the streets of the French Quarter together on the afternoon of Halloween 2005. That in itself was not unusual, what was unusual was that the three officers were all New York State troopers. Each, as though to not…

Summer Perfection

I went out to lunch with some coworkers recently, and I begged to sit outside. “You’re insane,” they said, which is exactly what my husband says when I beg to sit outside in pretty much any month other than October…

Simple Wishes

I am horrible at ever figuring out what I want as a present. This is partially because I am not all that into stuff, partially because I am self-indulgent enough that I usually buy whatever I want for myself as soon…

Putting Mom in the Pink

Pink is girly, lady-like, soft, elegant and oh-so-appropriate for the gentler sex. And pink is also the color of the fastest growing category of wines. Rosé wines are jumping off retailer shelves and restaurateur's wine lists. No one in the wine business…

And They’re Off!

A gentleman’s (and ladies’) guide to doing the Kentucky Derby in New Orleans

Good clean fun in New Orleans

A lot of the time, having visitors means that you'll be spending a lot of time enjoying the NOLA nightlife, bar hopping, listening to tunes and listening to friends talk about how they can't believe they're actually walking down the street…

New Technology and Old Traditions

Growing up it seemed my mother was always taking photos; because of this, there’s a box somewhere in her home containing nothing but pictures of me with my tongue sticking out (Sorry, Mom!). Now I’m the person who always has…

The End of the Bunny Trail

     I suspect that the “virtual” generation was becoming less entertained by the sight of live bunnies quietly snuggling or performing an occasional hop to get a piece of lettuce. Though there was a charm about the bunny village…

The Town That Saved St. Joseph's Altars

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. This Thurs., March 19, being St. Joseph Day, brings to mind some discoveries…

Prepping for St. Pat’s

Carnival has come and gone and we’ve survived, but gird your stomach, catching arms and flasks because St. Patrick’s is upon us. I live in the Irish Channel and my birthday is the day before the official holiday, so the…

Happy Mardi Gras!

Hello, readers! We are taking a little blog break from Lundi Gras until Ash Wednesday, but will be back Thursday with more “Let Them Eat Cake.” If you are new to the blog or if you missed a few posts,…

King Cakes Level The Field

       King Cake is a topic that I usually write about at least once each Carnival season, not because I want to, but because I feel I should. Other than to point out the obvious – there has been a growth in…

A Tale of Two Mardi Gras

If it was luck that had Cavelier de la Salle find the mouth of the Mississippi and take possession of the land drained by the river by naming Louisiana after Louis XIV, the Sun King, and that on Mardi Gras…