Today’s Best Reads

In Other Words

Day Drinking, 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz by Kat Odell ★★★★★ In a city like New Orleans, where the phrase “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity” takes on new meaning, refreshment is essential. For many, refreshment takes the…

Nell Nolan Talks Debs and Carnival Balls

Nell Nolan is the social columnist for The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans. This podcast is part two of a Dec. 3, 2012 interview. In the first podcast, Nell gave an overview of the debutante season that is such an…

All Kinds of Kind

In years past, my New Year’s resolutions have included: stopping biting my nails (I finally kicked the habit once and for all when I saw Ruby chewing her nails and decided I had to set a good example), losing weight…

The Resolute Resolver, Sort Of

Regrets? Yes, I have a few. Shortcomings? Are you asking me, my wife, my good friends, my not-so-good friends? Or have you already formed an opinion based on these idle ramblings which appear here each week? Just to rub it…

Questions About New Orleans from Yankees

Chris and I spent Christmas week (and my birthday week!) in Missouri at my parents' house, celebrating the holiday season with family and friends. And like any hometown trip, I ran into people from high school, reminisced about yesteryear and found…

The Times-Picayune Fiasco: And Now a Roundtable

Last month, The Times-Picayune announced that its Publisher Ricky Mathews had convened a new group called “The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com Roundtable.”   Fourteen citizens covering the usual range of diversity were selected for the group, including the venerable Norman Francis who last year was…

A Few Thousand Words

Overall, I think it’s fair to say I’m not a slacker. I mean, last week, while also working and parenting, I collected money from the other parents in Ruby’s class and coordinated gifts for all three teachers in her class,…

Today's Top Events, Thursday, Dec. 27

Trey Songz at UNO Lakefront Arena The Trey Songz Chapter V Tour stops in New Orleans at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena (6801 Franklin Avenue, 280-7222). Miquel and Elle Varner will also perform. Tickets…

Wines in Motion

The headline can only be referring to one style of wine, my personal favorites (among many), Champagnes and Sparkling Wines. These wines come from a variety of different places, are made in a variety of ways, use a variety of…

Christmas in the Country

'Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring unless you count my 11-year-old son and 6-month-old daughter, both of whom were stirring quite a bit. I am not aware of any mice.  My…

Elf on the Shelf's New Orleans Adventure

So most of us know about the newish "Christmas tradition" known as the "Elf on the Shelf." For those of you who don't know, he's (and I believe there are girl elves out there too) one of Santa's little helpers…

The Great Christmas Truce of 1914

These days when foppish metro sexuals prance around shopping malls high fiving and wishing one another “Happy holidays!” while others stick to the more conventional “Merry Christmas,” it is perhaps enlightening to look back to the small town of Ypres…

Struggling with Sandy Hook

I’m not going to write about Sandy Hook. I don’t want to write about Sandy Hook. I say this, and I mean it, but I also know full well that I feel unable to do anything else.   A dozen…

Cooking Reconsidered: Cookbooks and Chicken Stock

I am not a fan of Cook's Illustrated. I don't harbor the same sort of passionate dislike I do for certain Food Network personalities, but the tone of many articles in the magazine irks me. Take the premise for a…

The Morning After the Night Before

As a public service, we are pleased to cover this material as we enter the teeth of a season the likes of which even this almost-300-year-old town has not seen too often. Oh sure, I guess the news of the…

An Interview with Melissa Harris-Perry

It's almost Christmas (just six days!!!!), but I decided to take a break from the holiday blogging and share a recent interview with you. I had the opportunity to interview Melissa Harris-Perry, a New Orleans resident and host of the…

Six Steps to a Stylish Season

While most cities go quiet in January, New Orleans traditionally rebounds fast from Christmas and launches itself into Mardi Gras season. This year, we add hosting the Super Bowl, the country’s most televised sporting event, and you’ll be hard pushed…

Daring to Say 'Christmas'

While at a party a few Christmases ago, I was talking to a teacher from a local private school. During the conversation she was asked how they celebrate Christmas at the school. “We don’t,” she answered. “We have many cultures…

Christmas in New Orleans in 1718

John Magill is historian and curator for The Historic New Orleans Collection. In today's podcast, Magill takes us back in time to Christmas in New Orleans in 1718.  According to Magill, the 18th century holiday was quite different from our…

Plan On It

Sometimes I think it’s the ultimate joke that I, the consummate and compulsive planner, ended up having a Christmas baby. When I was a kid, on the rare occasions that I would have a friend over, I would make an…

It's a Season of Cheer, for the Most Part

Hello, my friends. With the holiday season upon us, I hope your preparations are well underway (which my wife tells me is two words, unless it's being used in the naval sense, so I'm using it in the naval sense,…

Nola Newbie’s Holiday Gift Guide

As the only person in my immediate and extended family to be living in New Orleans, I've decided it's my duty to share pieces of the city with them via Christmas gifts. I've been searching for truly New Orleanian presents…