Weekly Blogs

Signs of a Slowing Pandemic?

  Just ask the wastewater. That was my dad’s recent suggestion. More or less. How’s life? How’s work? How’s the pandemic? I get my daily update on all things Omicron through Jeff Asher’s Twitter feed (@Crimeanalytics: where national crime data…

The Best of The Bower and The Bower Bar

In early October my sister and I had dinner at The Bower, The Latter Restaurant Group’s new-ish (opened days before the start of you-know-what) chic, contemporary restaurant on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District. We shared a collection of…

Recovery Foods

Most of us start off the new year with the best intentions for our health. But this is New Orleans and once the King Cakes start popping up, resisting that sticky cinnamon goodness is just too much to bear. It’s…

The Ubiquity of King Cake

It’s a frequent lament in this city that king cake season, starting on Jan. 6, is pure sabotage for anyone trying to start the new year off with a resolution to eat healthier. I get it. I don’t even particularly…

On Assignment

  Welcome to “On Assignment.” Each week, I’ll let you in on all of the “who, what, where, and why’s” that I am diving into. While this is the first issue, it may look a bit different than those to…

Holistically Healthy

  Remember when GNC was the only place that came to mind when you thought of vitamins and supplements? That or a dusty old aisle in the drugstore your grandmother might take you to. Not anymore. The vitamin and supplement…

To Sanitize or Not To Sanitize?

  We originally published this article in December of 2020, before vaccines and booster shots were readily available. Though preventative measures are widely distributed, the coronavirus pandemic is still relevant and new surges and variants continue to pop up not…

The Season of Serendipity

  “Once upon a time, in the land of Serendip…” This opening from a sixteenth century Italian folktale, Peregrinaggio di tre giovani figliuoli del re di Serendippo, has provided a uniquely English word: serendipity. There’s no Latin origin, no Greek…

On with the Bridal Show

  The holiday season – specifically the few months between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day according to WeddingWire.com – is the most popular time for wedding engagements. Just in time for those couples who said, “yes,” New Orleans Bride magazine is…

Burrito, Chicken Nuggets

  I cook a lot, and I take it seriously. I give Alice Waters a lot of grief because she insists on eating only the freshest, seasonal ingredients, but she’s not wrong, and it’s how I try to cook. I…

Working On Our Wellness

  People don’t often associate New Orleans with wellness. It’s our hedonistic culture that keeps the tourists wantonly coming back for more each year. But take a closer look and you’ll see a handful of local, passionate entrepreneurs are setting…

Keep On Schedule

  The coronavirus pandemic is responsible for many cancelled plans, as well as creative pivots for couples saying, “I Do,” and those helping them in their nuptial endeavors. But one thing the virus could not change completely is the checklist…

Making Peace

I had my first actual COVID-19 exposure this week. Up till now, I’ve had sort of fleeting scares but nothing that actually left me feeling at risk. I’m fully vaccinated and boosted, I mask everywhere I go, and I see…

A Website of Interest

  Like most of you, I performed an internet search for “Cambodian bean thread noodle salad” recently. Thus, you may already be familiar with the 7th result on the first page: Cambodian Recipes. It is not a high-end production. There…

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