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MAY 2019 / VOLUME 53 / NUMBER 5 Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde Managing Editor Ashley McLellan Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Contributing Writers Mary Lou Eichhorn, Fritz Esker, Kathy Finn, Dawn Ruth Wilson, Jason Berry, Carolyn Kolb, Chris Rose, Eve Crawford Peyton, Mike Griffith, Liz Scott Monaghan, Lee Cutrone, Dale Curry, Jay Forman, Tim McNally, Robert Peyton Digital Media Editor Kelly Massicot Social Media Assistant Becca Miller Staff Writers Topher Balfer, Kelly Massicot, Melanie Warner Spencer Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan Advertising Sales Manager Kate Henry (504) 830-7216 / Senior Account Executive Claire Cummings Account Executives Meggie Schmidt, Rachel Webber Event Coordinator Abbie Dugruise Digital Media Associate Mallary Matherne For event information call (504) 830-7264 Production Manager Emily Andras Production Designers Rosa Balaguer, Meghan Rooney Special Projects Art Director Molly Tullier Traffic Coordinator Lane Brocato Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President Errol Laborde Distribution Manager John Holzer Administrative Assistant Mallary Matherne Subscriptions Manager Brittanie Bryant For subscription information call (504) 828-1380 WYES DIAL 12 STAFF (504) 486-5511 Executive Editor Aislinn Hinyup Associate Editor Robin Cooper Art Director Jenny Hronek NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE Printed in USA A Publication of Renaissance Publishing 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005

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Contents Local Color Marquee Top Picks for May 22 top female achievers, p. 52

On the Cover: Mothers’ Day at Effervesence Photographed by Marianna Massey

Persona Sports Journalist Jen Hale 24

Education Speaker of His House 26

Chris Rose Ode to Ellen 28

Modine Gunch Things to Remember 30

Joie d’Eve Accepting My Age 32

In Tune May Days 34

Jazz Life Jazz Fest at Fifty 36

Home Artisinal Living 38 100


In Every Issue

Mom’s the Word


Brunch, Shops and Spas for Mom 42

A Woman’s Story 12

Top Female Achievers

Speaking Out

Leading the Way 52

Editorial, plus a Mike Luckovich cartoon 16

Julia Street Questions and Answers About Our City 18

Streetcar The Shrimp Boats of Bucktown 136

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DIAL 12, D1 WYES-TV’s newest documentary, DR. JOHN OCHSNER: KING OF HEARTS, tells the true story of a New Orleans surgeon who pioneered modern open heart surgery and became world famous for his innovations and expertise. The program features interviews with longtime colleagues, past patients of Dr. Ochsner’s and his family members. Produced and narrated by Dennis Woltering. Premieres on WYES-TV/ Channel 12 on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m.

The Menu Table Talk Bright Start to the Day 94

Restaurant Insider News for the Kitchen 96

Food Off the Tray 98

Last Call The Baudelaire 100

Dining Guide Listings by Neighborhood 102


A Woman’s Story

Lindy Boggs liked to tell the

story about when she was growing up in the Pointe Coupee town of New Roads. She was raised primarily by aunts and went to school at a nearby convent. In this, our women’s issue, her story is worth remembering because it was at the convent, she recalled, that she first saw the power of women. The nuns were not just teaching and praying but driving trucks, doing carpentry, painting the walls and all the other daily chores of life. Decades before the media started running stories about women entering traditionally male-dominated careers, Boggs routinely saw women doing things that to her were already common to females. Later in her life she would spend time doing traditional men’s chores around the house, only in this case it was the U.S. House of Representatives where she served with distinction for 18 years. Boggs’ family name was Claiborne, a pedigree shared with Louisiana’s first American governor. She seemed destined for politics, especially when she married an ambitious young lawyer named Hale Boggs who was elected to Congress in 1946. In 1972, on the verge of being elected Speaker of the House, Hale Boggs was killed in a plane crash. Lindy was elected to fill his seat, but this was no mere gratuitous gesture toward a grieving widow. She had already proven herself to be a skilled political technician both handling her husband’s 1 2 MAY 2019

politics and as an activist in the Democratic Party. Boggs brought something extra to the whole woman-doing-aman’s-thing observation. She had the skills of her male colleagues, but also a more genteel nature that was valuable in getting along with people. Everyone liked her. In 1976 she became the first woman to chair a political party’s national convention (Jimmy Carter was nominated.) In 1997 she was selected by Bill Clinton to be the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. (She would joke that she had the toughest job in politics, representing Bill Clinton to the Pope.) During her time in Rome she got to know John Paul II. I would hope that at least once the Pope heard about the inspiration she drew from a special group of women, the nuns of New Roads. MAY 2019 1 3

meet the sales staff

Kate Henry Advertising Sales Manager (504) 830-7216

Claire Cummings Senior Account Executive (504) 830-7250

Rachel Webber Account Executive (504) 830-7249

Meggie Schmidt Account Executive (504) 830-7220

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speaking out

Where The Lions Sleep Tonight We welcome four new residents

to the city this month; Arnold, who arrived from Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon, and three sisters, Nia, Kali and Zuri, who came from the Peoria Zoo in Illinois. What sets the four apart from the rest of the population is that they are all lions, the newest residents, and star attractions, of the Audubon Zoo’s expanded African Savanna area, which is scheduled to open May 18. There was a time when the background sounds of uptown would include not just the clanging of streetcars, but an occasional lion’s roar from the zoo. The latter sound has not been heard since Bubba, the former resident

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lion, died in 2013. Now, thanks to a $5 million contribution by retired ship builder Boysie Bollinger and his wife, Joy, big cats will be returning. In keeping with the style of modern zoos, the four lions will be able to romp in the zoo’s self-made savanna. Visitors will peer face to face with them through the windows of train car replicas. Besides romping and staring back at visitors, more is expected from the group. Through analysis of genetic and behavioral matches, zoo officials have determined that the cats can be compatible with each other in order to produce future lion generations. Though the lions began arriving last February, they have been kept

apart so that they can gradually instinctively killer predators. Then adjust to the new environment there is the possibility of human and bond with each other, so poachers who are toting rifles. that one day they can be a happy While the lions’ space in a zoo is limited, so are the threats to and busy family. There is the question of everyday lion life. would these animals be better We thank the Bollingers for off running free in the wild. The their generosity, which may in answer is probably no. turn inspire generations We humans have a of people to be intertendency to attach our An original ested and protective of animals. values to other animals, ©Mike Luckovich Cartoon for New but in the wild, being free Meanwhile a personal Orleans Magazine can be a dangerous life. message to Valerio, the Males have a tendency zoo’s jaguar who escaped to kill other males who they last year, and before being recapconsider to be rivals, and they tured killed four alpacas, a fox can be equally deadly with cubs and an emu: If you escape again, not of their bloodline. For food you might want to stay away they often need to wrestle with from the lions. They are a lot other animals, all of whom are tougher crowd.

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Detroit Publishing Co. (1906). Visiting the torpedo boats, New Orleans, La. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Dear Julia, I found this 1906 photograph at the Library of Congress. It is identified as “Visiting the Torpedo Boats, New Orleans, La.” yet there is no further explanation. Do you know anything more specific about these warships and why they were visiting the Crescent City? John Jamerson (New Orleans) The torpedo boats USS Porter (TB-6) and USS DuPont (TB-7) were among the military vessels to call at New Orleans for the 1906 Carnival season. Mardi Gras Day fell on February 27th that year. Small, agile and well armed, both Porter-class warships had served in the Spanish-American War. As the accompanying photograph shows, the torpedo boats were popular attractions during their New Orleans stay. The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Rhode Island, a shipbuilder best known in yachting circles, built both the USS Porter (TB-6) and its sibling, the USS DuPont (TB-7). The USS Porter was named in honor of father and son naval officers, Captain David Porter (1780-1843) and Admiral David Dixon Porter (1813-1891). Nimble and swift, the Porter boasted a top speed of 29 knots. Armed with four six-pound guns and three 18-inch torpedo tubes, she had a 32-man crew. Decommissioned in 1912, the vessel was sold the same year to Andrew Olsen of New York. Marginally slower and less heavily armed than the Porter, the DuPont had the same length, width and depth as her sibling. Launched in 1897, the DuPont was named in honor of Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont (1803-1865) and boasted a top speed of 28 knots. Her 24-man crew had at its disposal four one-pound guns and three 18-inch torpedo tubes. Later renamed Coast Torpedo Boat No. 3, the DuPont was decommissioned in 1919 and sold the following year.

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Dear Julia, Do you or Poydras know anything about the Eclipse Bottling Company of New Orleans that apparently made a drink called Whistle? Jayne Redmann(Metairie) I don’t know anything about it, but fortunately Poydras does. He has had a lifelong fascination with bottling plants. The Vess Beverage Company of St. Louis, Missouri, introduced during World War I a sparkling orange-flavored soft drink. Originally named Orange Whistle, the popular nationally marketed soda was later known simply as Whistle. Between 1917 and 1922, the Louisiana CocaCola Bottling Company was Orange Whistle’s New Orleans licensee and distributor. In 1922, Eclipse Bottling Works took control of the local franchise and distributed the popular beverage that had, by that time, shortened its name. The Eclipse Bottling Works was located at 2118-24 St. Claude Avenue. It had been established during World War I and produced its own Grape Eclipse soft drink but temporarily shuttered in 1919 due to a sugar shortage. Local entrepreneur John L. Lenfant, Sr., who would later run the popular Lenfant’s restaurant on Canal Boulevard, headed the Eclipse Bottling Works until its liquidation at auction in 1927. The Menefee Motor Company opened a showroom at 2118 St. Claude Avenue showroom soon after the bottling company’s departure.

Local Color MARQUEE . PERSONA . education . CHRIS ROSE . MODINE GUNCH . JOIE D’EVE . IN TUNE . jazz life

rodrigo Simas photo

dave matthews band will be performing at jazz fest Saturday, May 4


May Our top picks for this month’s events by Fritz Esker

The Henchman: A Shakespeare Story

The New Orleans Museum of Art’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden provides an idyllic setting for local playwright Michael Aaron Santos’ “The Henchman: A Shakespeare Story.” Set 15 years after Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the play tells the story of Jacob, the changeling boy that Oberon and Titania fought over many years earlier. The play runs from May 8-26. Information,

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Bryan Adams

If you’re a fan of 80s and 90s pop music, you will want to stop by Champions Square on May 9 to see Bryan Adams in concert. Adams became internationally famous for his #1 hit songs “Heaven” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”. Information,

Paul McCartney: Freshen Up Tour

As one of the most influential recording artists of all time, Paul McCartney enjoyed groundbreaking success with the Beatles and followed that up with a successful career with Wings and as a solo artist. He is appearing for one night only on May 23 at the Smoothie King Center. Information,

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra: Swing in the Park

Bring your friends and family to scenic Lafreniere Park in Metairie on May 2 for the LPO’s annual Swing in the Park. Bring your own lawn chairs, food, and drinks to the park and enjoy musical favorites from the past and present. Information,

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calendar April 25-May 5

May 11

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fairgrounds. Information,

New Kids on the Block The Mixtape Tour, Smoothie King Center. Information,

April 29-May 1

NOLA Crawfish Festival, Central City BBQ. Information,

May 11

Crawfish Mambo, University of New Orleans. Information,

May 1, 8, 15, & 22

YLC Wednesday at the Square, Lafayette Square. Information,

May 16 & 18

The Rite of Spring, LPO, Orpheum Theater. Information,

May 2

The String Cheese Incident, Orpheum Theater. Information,

May 16

Top Taco Fest, Woldenberg Park. Information,

May 2-5

May 16

Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information,

India.Arie: The WORTHY Tour, Mahalia Jackson Theater. Information,

May 3

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s Special Tribute to the Queen of Soul, Orpheum Theater. Information,

May 17

Lynyrd Skynyrd & Hank Williams, Jr., Smoothie King Center. Information,

May 3-4

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Saenger Theater. Information,

May 17-19

Bayou Boogaloo, Bayou St. John. Information,

May 3

Whitney Zoo-to-Do, Audubon Zoo. Information,

May 23-26

Greek Fest, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Information,

May 4

Gov’t Mule, Orpheum Theater. Information,

May 24-25

Cinderella, Orpheum Theater. Information,

May 4

Jammin’ on Julia, Julia Street. Information,

May 25

Big Easy Rollergirls, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information,

May 7

Evanescence with Special Guest Veridia, Saenger Theater. Information, May 8-26

Flowers for Halie, Southern Rep. Information, May 10

NOCOA Presents Senior Fest, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information,

May 25

Ariana Grande: The Sweetener World Tour, Smoothie King Center. Information, May 28-JunE 2

Come From Away, Saenger Theater. Information, May 31-JunE 2

Symphony Book Fair, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information, may 2019 2 3


push me on the field of competition. He never let me get comfortable or settle. I wanted to go into either sports or political reporting when I graduated, but ironically I couldn’t land an interview for a sports position. When the chance to transition to sports came years later after I’d become a news anchor, it was definitely an old dream come true!

Q: How has your experience been working in a more traditionally male-dominated field of journalism? Definitely interesting – NEVER a dull moment! I’ve grown so much personally and professionally from covering sports. Working in a male-dominated field has taught me/is teaching me: how to stand up for myself, separate emotion from decisions when needed, to rely on emotion when needed and not apologize for it, to trust my instincts and most importantly, to embrace who I am while simultaneously learning about how I can improve myself. Plus, covering the NBA and NFL puts you under a spotlight that is fun, but also harsh. It’s made me a better journalist because, trust me, every flaw is identified.   

Q: What has been your favorite sport to cover from the sidelines? They’re all so different, it’s impossible

Success Along the Sideline Jen Hale By Ashley McLellan

Fox Sports Journalist Jen Hale brings

her upbeat personality, professional tenacity and can-do attitude to all of her endeavors in life, especially reporting from the NFL and NBA sidelines. Most recently, Hale added women’s health advocate to her growing list of challenges, after a life-altering diagnosis of cardomyopathy required her to make some big changes, and face the possibility of a heart transplant. Never shy about facing adversity, Hale has become a true leader 2 4 may 2019

to choose! Even though it keeps me super busy, as in no personal life for months, I treasure getting to cover all three. I love covering the NBA because I’m always with the Pelicans, and it’s an honor and privilege to be assigned to my hometown team. Most NBA reporters move to cover their team assignment. I love the personality, pageantry and spirit of college football. The NFL is the most impressive athletes competing at the highest level of sport. Regardless of which one, there is an unmistakable rush every time the game begins when you get to be on that sideline. Even though I’m not competing, my adrenaline kicks in from the beginning of the game to the end. It really is sort of an addiction, in the very best way.

Q: What advice do you have for women looking to break into sports journalism? 1. Always be overon and off the field, inspiring women of all professions and backgrounds to take control of their dreams and their health.

Q: Professionally, what attracted you to sports journalism? I’ve always been an athlete. My dad was a coach before he became a special agent, and he didn’t know what to do with a little girl other than teach me sports. I grew up watching football games on his lap and having him

prepared and on your A-plus game. You have to be better than the boys to earn your spot. 2. NEVER jeopardize your integrity or credibility for anyone or anything. Always be a pro’s pro. The rules are different for guys versus girls. It’s not fair but neither is life. Men can get away with certain behavior or “mistakes” that women cannot rebound from nearly as cleanly.

Q: In addition to leading the way in sports journalism, you have also recently become a role model and an outspoken advocate for women’s heart health, after

at a glance

Born/raised: Born on the West Bank at West Jeff, Raised in Mobile, AL. Education: undergraduate degree – LSU Honors College; graduate degree – Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University; certification - The Fund for American Studies’ Institute of Political Journalism at Georgetown University. Favorite book: “Gone with the Wind” Favorite restaurant: Impossible to answer - like asking a parent a favorite child. Do you have a favorite NFL player? NBA player? I couldn’t choose one favorite. So many of them are such great guys who are unbelievably down to earth and want to use their fame to give back. It’s inspiring. Guilty pleasure: My collection of high heels. I’m a shoe addict and have a separate walk-in closet just for my shoes and purses.

True confession: I hated it, but my nickname in high school was “Mookie.” I grew up on a farm outside of Mobile, and part of my daily chores included feeding the cows/chickens/donkey before school each day. (My classmates killed me for that.) I was a gymnast as a kid. My dad wanted me to be able to practice at home, so he built me a balance beam right next to the cow pasture. Since the cows were used to me feeding them, they came running whenever they saw me. I spent hours every week out there on my balance beam, practicing in front of my bovine audience.

being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. How did you balance work and health? A lot of prayer and strength from God. When I was initially diagnosed, I had to wrap my head around the worst-case scenario possibility: a five-year life expectancy. It made me treasure every day, even all of the annoying little things. Suddenly if somebody cut me off in the grocery store parking lot, it didn’t annoy me. I didn’t know if I’d be well enough to go to the grocery in three years, so I was going to enjoy being there at that moment. When you realize everything you consider routine could disappear, it gives you an entirely different perspective. Also, my girlfriends and I have a foundation called Sideline Pass to mentor at-risk female athletes and young women in foster care. It’s hard to complain about anything when you see what these kids go through on a daily basis. It definitely keeps you grounded.    

Q: What advice do you have for women and heart health? Women are caretakers and often put everyone else first. It’s so important to respect your symptoms and trust what your body is telling you. Believe me, I’m all about being tough, but you also need to be smart. I stupidly excused my symptoms for so long that my heart had deteriorated to 16 percent function when I was finally diagnosed. Also, everyone should write down their family medical history, whether it’s heart disease, cancer etc. Who was diagnosed with what, at what age and what the symptoms were leading up to diagnosis. My cardiology team had my mom go back through family medical records…turns out my dad, uncle and grandfather all died at age 50 or younger from heart failure caused by cardiomyopathy. Exact same symptoms as me, from what we can tell. I always thought they died from heart attacks. Two very different things that I mistakenly lumped together. I wasn’t aware of what symptoms I should be cognizant of because I didn’t understand what our family history truly involved. Despite classic heart-failure symptoms, I never considered that I might be having heart trouble since I was a non-smoking female in my 30s who exercised and didn’t even eat red meat. I thought I just needed to suck it up and stop being a wimp. Turns out, genes are powerful little suckers that you’d better respect.

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The white board in Adam

Kohler’s 10th grade classroom at KIPP Booker T. Washington charter school popped in colors of blue and red, with words such as “leftwing” and “right-wing” scrawled across it. Donkeys and elephants, liberals and conservatives, and even Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s name made an appearance. The political science unit fit into one of Kohler’s own passionate interests, but its value, he knew, would stretch all the way into 2020, when many of his students would be eligible to vote for the first time. Getting them interested in the lesson required maneuvering. “It has to mean something,” he said. “They needed to see themselves in the spectrum.” Creating engaging “connections” is one of Kohler’s specialties. That knack and commitment to the profession earned him a New Schools for New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award last year. “It meant a ton,” Kohler said. “Words can’t describe being celebrated for something you love to do. It’s something special.” Nowadays, teaching American politics is about as close as the Lake Charles native is likely to get to his 2 6 may 2019

Speaker of His House The science of teaching politics by Dawn Wilson

original life plan. After graduating with a degree in political science at Loyola University, he wanted a career connected to politics. He interned with a Congressman in Washington D.C. at one point, and he wanted “a path back.” A law degree seemed a given for such a goal, but he took a break from his own schooling. Instead, he interviewed for a position with Teach for America, a non-profit organization that recruits recent college graduates to teach in hardto-staff schools across the country. When the acceptance email came, he clicked the “accept” button

instantly. “It felt right,” Kohler told his mother when questioned about the quick decision. Like many TFA teachers, he didn’t intend to stay beyond the initial contract. Even though teaching had long appealed to him, low pay didn’t, so he taught in a small Louisiana town for three years and then bailed to go to law school. That plan didn’t last long. “I didn’t feel good about it,” he said, remembering the day he decided to not return to law school. He wanted something more

meaningful to do, something like teaching, in fact. “That’s why I wanted to come back, and now it’s a career,” he said. After teaching a few years in a New Orleans middle school, Kohler moved on to teaching advanced placement world history at KIPP Booker T. Washington. He also is dean of instruction and the soccer coach. Kohler fell into coaching by happy circumstance. When a former principal discovered he once played on a school team, he immediately became the soccer coach. Last year, he developed a team at Booker T., and the addition, to his delight, proved an academic asset. “It has given the Latino kids a home. Their attendance is up and their grades picked up,” he said. Keeping students engaged requires strategic thinking and authenticity. His own method is to share his life with students, including wearing “his heart on his sleeve.” That heartful sharing included his dog Rufus. When Rufus died last year, his students grieved as much as he did. That’s a strategy that Kohler shares with new teachers. “Show personality,” he tells them. “If you are a nerd, own it. They respect that.”


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chris rose

Ode to Ellen A sister’s story by Chris Rose

The theme for this issue of the magazine is

women. As I was wrestling with how to approach this topic, my significant other induced some clarity by asking me a simple question: What woman had the most impact on your life? Right. I got this, I realized. So I’d like to introduce you to my sister Ellen. In our family of five kids, she was the best of us. The smartest, by far. The clearest, sanest, most thoughtful, most forgiving and kindest. And the most brave. While the rest of us have veered off into louche, self-absorbed or self-pitying life choices from time to time, she kept to a steady course of abstention, volleyball, reading, teaching and writing. And so naturally, as fate loves to play dirty tricks, the other four of us are still alive and she is not. She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. That’s an honor reserved for those who served our country honorably under the imprimatur of the Armed Forces. Commanders, admirals, generals and JFK are buried there. And my sister. How cool is that? Particularly because she never signed up, never wore the uniform. Instead, she 2 8 may 2019

served in a capacity that she and I passionately shared. She wrote. Ellen was the speech writer for the Secretary of the Air Force. She worked at the Pentagon. She once took me to lunch at the private dining room at the State Department, where all the other guests spoke incomprehensible languages and looked distinctly foreign and important in their harsh, crisp dark uniforms and ostentatious medals and epaulets and all those weird Asian and African hats and wraps. Fezzes. That’s a fun word to say. She was silly, like that, like me. And God, it pissed me off how much she spoiled my kids. Any parent understands that, right? There’s always that person in your life who your kids love more than you, admire more than you, respect more than you and want to be with more than you. But there is a payoff to that: They want to be more like them than you. She never had any kids of her own. But how I pray mine will be like her. Ellen was my guardian angel. My editor. My trust fund. My confidante, therapist and backbone. She made me feel good about being me, which

is no easy task. Back in my early newspaper days, I used to fret over every assignment, every byline, every story. So I used to call her on deadline and read her my stories aloud to see what she thought of the words, the rhythm, the ideas, the meaning of it all, if it had any meaning at all. She always told me straight. She showed me, in words and choices. In confidence and faith. In life and love. After surviving the rigors and terror of breast cancer, she was diagnosed with a particularly malicious strain of leukemia. And Fate compounded that cruel joke by marking me as her only match for a bone marrow transplant. The great news was that I was going to finally be able to pay her back for all the kindness and guidance she had invested in me. The bad news was that I was deeply addicted to painkillers. And so I went to rehab. And in my usual self-absorbed manner, I anticipated the day I could call her up from the newsroom and read to her the story of how I saved my sister’s life. But the final chapter never got wrote. She never got strong enough for the transplant. The last time I saw her was in the summer of 2007, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where I spent a weekend visiting with her, holding her hand, sitting by her bed reading short stories by Barry Hannah and Larry Brown to her until she fell asleep. God, how she loved good writing. Finally clean and lean and fit and clear-eyed, all natty in my new jeans and tight Tees and black boots, I felt more confidence and purpose in life than I ever had before. So with a few weeks still to go until the transplant, I came back to New Orleans to wait for the call. As I walked out of her hospital room for the last time, she turned and smiled and said to me: “You look like a rock star.” “I am a rock star,” I told her. They were the last words we shared. They seem oddly perfect.


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Things to Remember If You Don’t Forget by Modine Gunch

Actual conversation between

me and my sister-in-law Larva: Me: “I saw that TV star — you know the guy? He practically lives here? —shopping? on Royal Street.” Larva: “Which guy?” Me: “You know! With that New Orleans show.” Larva: “Oh, whatshisname?” Me: “Right, him. He used to be in that other show.” I jump up and down. “With the leaping.” Larva: “I loved that show.” Lately, I am having a lot of conversations like that. Maybe I should be worried. I feel like

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I got a sloth in my head, who verrrry slowly shuffles through all the facts piled up in there, and at some point —maybe days later— he finds the right word, and I shout it out in the middle of dinner. I always told my kids that as you get older, your head get so full of facts, some just leak out through your ears. Like your own kids’ names, which is why you yell one name after the other, including the dog’s and the gerbil’s, before you get to the one you want. They never believed me, but now I have proof. I read it in a

magazine or somewhere. Maybe online. It says, “Being forgetful is a sign of high intelligence, according to scientists.” So, ha! It explains that your brain, which got to fit inside your head, only has room for the main stuff, like breathing and eating and walking to the refrigerator, and not for details like what you are supposed to get your mother-inlaw for Mother’s Day. Which is a problem. Every year Ms. Larda’s kids and me (standing in for my departed husband Lout, poor heart, may he rest in peace and quiet) chip in to surprise her with something she really wants. Maybe she don’t know she wants it yet, like when we got her the Chihuahua, but usually it’s something she mentioned. Actually, ever since the Chihuahua, she has mentioned it pretty loud. Back in March, she mentioned something and I made a mental note, and collected $20 from everybody. Then I forgot what it was. So did the rest of the family. But my brother-in-law Lurch, who lives in the same house with her, noticed a Post-It note on her fridge. He says it looks like “St. Francis Assisi feeder” and it must mean she wants a St. Francis of Assisi bird feeder. Which is on sale at Garden of Ralph Nursery. Which is owned by his poker buddy, Ralph. St. Francis don’t ring a bell for me. But I can’t think of anything else. So I borrow my gentleman

friend Lust’s pickup truck and go to Garden of Ralph and get a discount on St. Francis holding a dish for birdseed. Ralph even loads him in the truck, ties him down, throws a bag over him, and reminds me about his no-return policy on discounted saints. I drive straight to Ms. Larda’s, because Lurch promised to unload St. Francis and stash him in their shed until Mother’s Day. He told his mama I was bringing some sawhorses he is borrowing from Lust. While he is unloading the statue, I go inside to distract her. Also to check out that note on the fridge. Which ain’t so easy. She got a couple hundred school pictures of grandkids, a slew of recipes from out the newspaper, a holy card of St. Expedite... And there, just above the freezer handle, a Post-It not with something scribbled on it— “fan” and “food” and a word with a lot of sss’s. I stare at it awhile. And it comes to me. FANCY FOOD PROCESSOR. Nothing to do with St. Francis. But maybe we got to give him credit. Lurch wins enough at that week’s poker game to buy the food processor. Ms. Larda will get two presents. Me and Larva take the money and drive to pick out this food processor at Target. We are at a stop light, and out of the blue, she blurts out, “Scott Bakula. Quantum Leap.” “NCIS: New Orleans,” I say. We both feel better.




It goes so fast. Everyone says it, typically folded in with some “cherish every moment” drivel that I never feel like listening to because “every moment” includes the times I’m chiseling dried puke out of the crevasses of the car seat or carrying my kicking, howling child out of Target, but it really does go so fast. “The days are long,” they say wistfully, “but the years are short.” And damned if that’s not true. The days are long; the hours are longer. Two weeks ago, when one and then the other of my girls had the flu, the hours were impossibly long. I slept fitfully next to them, waking up every hour to take their temperature, check their breathing, coax them awake to swallow some Tylenol. The nights when Ruby and I fight over her math homework seem endless; the days of thick dread spent waiting for a doctor’s appointment seem eternal. And yet, somehow, my girls are not babies anymore and it seems to have happened in the proverbial blink of an eye. Ruby is almost a teenager, two-thirds of the way to a legal adult. Georgia is 6 – almost 7 – and even though I still call her “my baby” and can’t bring myself to part with her hooded towels, she can read and write and play soccer in PE class. Not only does it seem like their growing up is going too quickly but also like mine went too quickly. Ruby had a sleepover last 32 may 2019

discussed whether we’d stop at Sbarro for pizza before or after we went to Claire’s the next day at Lakeside Mall. While I was putting some clothes away in Ruby’s room (and eavesdropping), I also had a brief illusion that I was a “cool mom” and that maybe they’d invite me to stay and listen to the gossip for a bit, but then one of them said, “Oh, yeah, I totally ship them,” and I said, “What does ‘ship’ mean?” and they both looked at me and Ruby rolled her eyes and the bubble burst. I was just a middle-aged mom again, wearing glasses and sweatpants emblazoned with the name of my college and trying too hard to fit in. I put the rest of the shirts away If my kids are getting older, I must be, too. and hurried out of her room to go By Eve Crawford Peyton drown my sorrows in cheap white wine and a mystery novel on my Kindle, like all the cool people do on Saturday night. weekend, and as I heard them that candy, PLEASE do not go But if the bad news is that I’m giggling in her room over boys, it to bed without brushing your getting old, the good news is that was hard for me to wrap my brain teeth!” and “I am going to bed, I’m not doing it alone. Morgan and around the fact that I couldn’t just ladies, so please don’t stay up too Kelly are both boring old moms plop down on her bed with a bowl late!” – but I just also too now, although of chips and join in the fun and felt like my own tween their kids are younger Excerpted from Eve demand that they French-braid sleepover experiences Crawford Peyton’s and not quite to the my hair. were not so far behind blog, Joie d’Eve, which sleepover stage, and “How did I become the mom in me, as though they were appears each Friday on I sent them Facebook this scenario?” I wondered, even just beyond the veil messages that night. though I know logically that I am and somewhere, in an alternate “Get ready,” I told them. “When 38-and-a-half years old and my reality, I was still whispering a your kids start having sleepovers, sleepover days are far behind me. ghost story to my BFF Morgan you’re going to feel so old and I heard myself saying mom while my other BFF Kelly paged lame. And I know your kids are things – “clean up your mess through a “Tiger Beat” with Luke still little … but just be ready … out here, girls!” and “after all Perry (RIP) on the cover and we because it goes so fast!”

Accepting My Age


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in tune

must-see music

The Radiators jam at The Civic. may 1

Shakey Graves rocks The Joy.

John Prine

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The Claypool Lennon Delirium jams at The Civic. may 3

Big Freedia and Boyfriend move Republic. may 3

George Porter Jr. and Skerik jam at One Eyed Jacks. may 3

The Cult rocks The Fillmore.

May Days

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Jim James jams at The Joy.

An Incredible Month for Music by Mike Griffith

May is always an outstanding strong connection to New Orleans and month for music in New Orleans. it’s excellent that they are returning This year it opens with the quite epic to celebrate the Fillmore’s opening second weekend of Jazz Fest and months. closes with local appearances from Don’t wear yourself out too much some unbelievable performers—with at the Fillmore, as the next night stops along the way for the Bayou Lynyrd Skynrd are at the Smoothie Booglaoo and Hangout Fest just down King Center with Hank Williams Jr. the shore. The Arena remains the place to be There are some legitimate musical with back to back appearances from legends in town this month. At Jazz Paul McCartney (23rd) and Ariana Fest alone you can see Tom Jones Grande (25th) to close out the month. (5/2), Diana Ross (5/4) and John This is truly an astounding run of Prine (5/4) all in the second weekend. performances. No matter who you That weekend also features appear- are, you’re probably going to want to ances from festival stalwarts such catch at least one of these enduring as Dave Matthews legends this time through. Band, Jimmy Buffett, With all the excitement Galactic and Kamasi Playlist of mentioned over the big names heading bands available Washington. to town, don’t forget about at: The legends continue InTune5-19 the local legends that make with a two-night stand events like Bayou Boogaloo by the Foo Fighters at the Fillmore on sing. This year, the festival returns the 15th and 16th. The Foos have a to its home on Bayou St. John on 34 may 2019

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the weekend of the 17th. Over the course of the three-day event you’ll be able to catch a ton of great local music including: Tab Benoit, Amanda Shaw, Raw Oyster Cult, Morning 40 Federation and so many more. I love this festival. Not only does it have a great vibe, despite its growth in popularity over the years, it still feels like a neighborhood gathering. If you are anxious to get out of town for a bit, don’t forget that Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores on the weekend of the 17th. This year they have brought Travis Scott, Vampire Weekend, The 1975, Cardi B, Hozier and GRiZ among many more to the beach. This is one of the highlights of the regional festival season. The proximity of Gulf Shores makes this a safe bet for a quick vacation on the beach. Plus, unlike many festivals, Hangout comes with a ton of great restaurants and attractions close at hand.


Mr. Twin Sister dreams at Gasa Gasa. may 9

Lucy Dacus and Mothers weave tales at One Eyed Jacks. may 10

Garbage rocks The Fillmore. may 15

Deer Tick rocks One Eyed Jacks.

Dates are subject to change; email Mike@ or contact him through Twitter @ Minima. may 2019 3 5

jazz life

David Andrews

Jazz Fest at Fifty Sounds From the Grass Roots by Jason Berry

Mick Jagger’s illness that

forestalled the Rolling Stones’ tour, and thus their big gig at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, came as a letdown for fans, notably baby-boomers, holding $175 tickets. But, in the scheme of time, the loss will fade like a yellowed husk at the edges of the cornucopia of music in the festival’s 50th year. At least the Stones’ punt furnishes a greater potential spotlight on grass roots talent slated that day. Like Glen David Andrews, the swaggering trombonist and high-octane vocalist of gospel plus more, a showstopper to his toes. For many acts like Glen David’s, which draws people to Frenchmen Street and Tremé venues, the festival holds the chance for expanding the fan base. So it did

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in the 1980s when the Neville Brothers (who once fronted for the Stones under a full moon in a Barcelona bull ring) rolled out the fire as the final act, playing that slot for years thereafter. Trombone Shorty picked up that torch with Big Freedia angling in the wings. On the same no-Stones day, Mavis Staples the gospel-pop diva, carrying the legacy of her departed siblings who sang under the late Pops Staples, is an American treasure. With her glorious pipes she spurned the matrimonial offer of a young Bob Dylan, decades before the Nobel committee gave him the literature prize in a cultural gulp moment, on the heels of which its judges reeled from a Scandnavian sex scandal. Mavis, we love you forever and a day. Aaron Neville, the singer with

that honey sweet falsetto that soared in the Grammy-winning duets with Linda Rondstadt, whose performing days are done, plays the fest on May 4. Aaron is 78, and as witness to his festival acts over the last decade, I marvel at his vocal agility and how a dude with the fullback’s heft has managed to age so gracefully. Of the rhythm-and-blues artists who provided the soundtrack to a post-war generation, Aaron, Irma Thomas and the ageless Deacon John stand out equal parts charm and resilience. We offer a bow to Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Frogman Henry, Wandra Rouzan, and the Dixie Cups who are slated to perform the May weekend too. Jazz Fest has been a careerboosting venue to countless acts since the first gathering at Congo

Square a mere four years after the Voting Rights Act assured African Americans of suffrage. As it grew from a roots event into an economic engine, purists bemoaned that Jazz Fest had gone short on jazz to cash in on pop culture sprawl. A sliver of truth there; but culture is business, and the festival kept a core identity with New Orleans Style. The idiom pioneered by Armstrong, Jelly, Bechet among others has vaulted into new expressions through musicians like Dr. Michael White, Gregg Stafford, Tom McDermott and Aurora Nealand, advancing new songs in the old idiom. And so it goes at the Fair Grounds stages, sounds from a cultural mosaic rich and diverse.


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Ashley Porter’s Artisanal Living West Coast Meets the Big Easy by Lee Cutrone photographed by Greg Miles

Ashley Porter has a love for

both design and for New Orleans. It’s only natural that the two come together in her work and her home. The former, her eponymous jewelry line, Porter Lyons, (the family name Lyons is Porter’s middle name), with each collection draws on some element of the city. The latter, her newly renovated 1906 raised shotgun-style house, is a place where rustic, West Coast and historic New Orleans meet with effortless ease. Porter, a California native, attended Tulane and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles and has degrees in finance and design. After

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working for Ralph Lauren and Balanciaga, she returned to New Orleans, launched her business (which has two brick and mortar locations as well as a website), married fellow designer Martin Holly and now has a baby on the way. In between, she somehow found time to renovate a house. The condition of the house required that it be taken down to the studs, yet Porter was determined to preserve its indigenous character and materials. At her father’s suggestion, she opened the ceiling above the main living area and kitchen and exposed the existing beams. She also kept the original heart pine floors, matching them

where necessary and stripped the doors down to their natural state. “I’m trained as a designer and artist,” she said. “The process of designing a piece of jewelry is the same in structure as the process of designing a house. I’m inspired by the materials first. Let them speak to you and tell you what they want to do and do best and then bring in the design concept and application.” At the same time, Porter brought a more modern feel to the house by opening the floorplan, making the kitchen integral to the living space and contrasting the organic quality of the woods with fresh, minimalist white. Countertops of

Though raised, the house has the front-to-back floorplan of a typical shotgun; Porter opened the spaces so that kitchen and living areas flow together; the metal and crystal spherical chandelier was found at a flea market in Round Top, Texas.

white marble veined with sage and brown were the spring board for the selection of paint colors and are kept clutter-free so that the beauty of the stone speaks for itself. “I’m trying not to be a knickknack person,” Porter said. “I like clean surfaces.” As an artist and a merchant,

Porter used materials and artisans found locally wherever possible. The custom cabinetry is by Jeremy Gresham and the crescent moon stained glass window inside the pediment above the columned front porch was a collaboration between Porter and artist Kyle Hubbs. As the project evolved, Porter’s California roots and love of Native American culture also came through. Navajo reds, feathers and dream catchers (which Porter both collects and makes),

a vintage orchard ladder found in Texas and fabrics from Ethiopia are sewn into the relaxed design scape with a finesse that’s part cool California boho (bohemian and hippie style) girl, part Ralph Lauren Americana and part seasoned designer. A veteran flea market shopper, Porter has mixed in finds acquired along the way: an artist’s cabinet for storing prints, a church mirror found at the Round Top antiques fair in Texas, and an antique

Top, left: The dining room’s trestle table is paired with a rustic wooden bench; chandelier is from Round Top, Texas. Top, right: The exterior of the raised Mid-City house is highlighted with turquoise blue; Porter designed the crescent moon stained glass window inside the pediment above the porch with local artist Kyle Hubbs. Bottom: Holly and Porter at home with their French bulldog, Gaston, and their chicken, Duff. may 2019 3 9

Unpainted, heart pine lower cabinets, natural stone and original exposed beams lend warmth to the kitchen; pendant fixtures from Restoration Hardware.

Facing page: Top, left: A collection of scissors and tools on the wall near Porter’s desk are an homage to her handdesigned jewelry brand, Porter Lyons. Top, right: The mirror in the master bedroom was made from an old church window found at Round Top, Texas; Porter stripped the original doors and left them in their natural state with a slight wax. Bottom, left: The raised window seat in the hall leading from the living room/ kitchen to the bedrooms was conceived as a meditation space. Bottom, right: The weathered, neutral finish of a vintage artist’s cabinet is juxtaposed with a colorful abstract painting; the Native American runner is one of Porter’s trademark Western touches; the crystal specimen is from Porter Lyons.

door from Indonesia, used as the focal point for the garden wall, for example. The art, a colorful presence in the house, is mostly collected from her travels. Crystal specimens, sourced and carried by Porter Lyons, are found throughout. The newest space, the nursery,

is decorated with birch and pine woods, a calming combination of beige and sage, and a spiritually grounding stable of Buddhist statues. Like the rest of the house, which is already home to a backyard of chickens and a lovable French bulldog named Gaston, it

is welcoming and down to earth. “Home is for gathering community and friends and is a place of love,” Porter said. “I designed my home around the idea of bringing good people together to create a warm atmosphere of natural beauty.” may 2019 41

Mom-approved gifts for her special day

Mo m’ s the W ord

By Suz anne Pfefferle Taf ur

photog r aphy by ma r i a n na ma ss e y


It’s often said that being a mother is the most difficult job in the world. Moms power through the day after a sleepless night, and act as a disciplinarian – but also a friend. Even after her child becomes an adult, a mom continues to worry, console her offspring, and – whether you like it or not – offer advice. She still endures an occasional sleepless night, wondering if you’re safe and happy, questioning her parenting decisions, and simply missing you. Mother’s Day provides the perfect opportunity for us say thanks and let the moms in our lives know just how much we love them. New Orleans is filled with fun and delicious ways to do that. Here are our best places to dine, shop, relax, enjoy nature, and ultimately create fond family memories that will last a lifetime. Check them out. Because let’s face it; moms deserve a day off.

Atchafalaya Restaurant

Take a Cooking Class

Restaurants with Menu Specials

Galatoire’s Restaurant

Copper Vine

A New Orleans classic, Galatoire’s Restaurant promises a memorable dining experience any day of the year. Mother’s Day is no exception. On May 12, guests can create a customizable four-course meal, based on a set menu. Options include chilled cantaloupe and mint buttermilk soup with vermouth gelee; smoked salmon and caviar; “grandmother’s chicken” with smoked smashed potatoes, cauliflower puree, pickled peppers and petite basil; and Louisiana strawberry tartelette with pistachio gelato and coriander crema. Prices range from $40 to $60. 209 Bourbon St., 5252021,

Copper Vine in the CBD features both a beautiful indoor dining area and a courtyard lined by lush foliage. On Mother’s Day, the restaurant will serve specials and dishes from their a la carte menu, including chef Mike Brewer’s shrimp and grits with wild white shrimp, stone ground grits, rosemary, and mushroom demi. All moms will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly. The wine pub offers a vast selection of whites, reds, and rosés. 1001 Poydras St., 208-9535,

Share mom’s love for cooking by signing up for a class at Simplee Gourmet. The company’s chef instructors provide menus created with Mother’s Day in mind, along with the ingredients, and they walk participants through each step of the cooking process. The classes last a little longer than two hours and typically welcome groups of up to 14 people, but they can accommodate larger groups for special events. After class, budding chefs can peruse the Simplee Gourmet retail shop, which is stocked with state-of-the-art cookware, cutlery, bar essentials and unique cooking tools. 1000 Girod St., 962-9162,

Atchafalaya Restaurant is famous for brunch, thanks to the restaurant’s live music and their scrumptious dishes, such as alligator sausage taquitos; strawberry and sweet potato salad; and Eggs Atchafalaya, which comes with poached eggs, fried green tomatoes, hollandaise, and either buttered blue crab or crawfish tails, among other savory tidbits. The Criollo Breakfast Plate contains Caribbean red beans, popcorn rice, fried cheese, eggs, avocado, tomato, and toast with guava jelly. On Mother’s Day, moms will be given flowers, along with Atchafalaya spice mix bags and recipes. 901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626, Popular Brunch Spots Willa Jean

Situated in one of the swankiest areas of the city, Willa Jean offers southerninspired fare, such as griddled banana bread with whipped butter, a variety of gourmet biscuits and toasts, and breakfast plates. The Louisiana Crawfish Benedict comprising two poached eggs, a biscuit, and Creole hollandaise is a crowd favorite. The front bakery counter sells fresh, house-made treats and coffee. 611 O’Keefe Ave., 509-7334, Patois

Patois, a restaurant in a quiet Uptown neighborhood, is the place to go for a sumptuous feast in an elegant setting. The impressive menu includes the Smoked Pork Benedict biscuit with poached eggs, smoked tomato hollandaise, and bacon braised greens; the Pontchatoula Strawberry Pancake


Whiskey Smoked Chicken Salad and Crawfish Boil HOT Fried Chicken

have a picnic Since opening last fall, Picnic Provisions & Whiskey has delighted patrons with its one-ofa-kind menu concept. The cheerful State Street restaurant offers picnic-inspired fare, created by chef Tory McPhail, including the “ooey gooey” grilled cheese, and campfire cookie dough s’mores comprising half-baked chocolate cookie dough, crisp graham crackers, salted caramel, and table-torched marshmallows. Customers can also order their meal to-go and picnic in nearby Audubon Park. The carryout menu includes whiskey smoked chicken salad; the crawfish boil hot fried chicken basket; cornbread cake biscuits; and zesty salads. The restaurant sells picnic linens and baskets. 741 State St., 266-2810,

topped with seasonal jam; and the Breakfast Burrito – a mouthwatering blend of scrambled eggs, black beans, hash browns, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, and spicy sauces. 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441,

hosts a museum, and stroll through the picturesque gardens. The gift shop will offer a 20-percent discount on your purchase. 7 Bamboo Rd., 488-5488, Krewe of Turtles parade

Events Around Town LongUE Vue House and Gardens

Longue Vue House and Gardens will host two Mother’s Day Tea events on Saturday, May 11 (10 a.m. to noon; and 1 to 3 p.m.). Each event costs $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Children aged 2 and under receive free admission. After snacking on finger sandwiches and dulcet treats, families can tour the historic estate, which

On Saturday, May 11, Brennan’s will host the 5th annual Krewe of Turtles parade, where 10 turtles – Béchamel, Espagnole, Hollandaise, Tomate, Velouté, Remoulade, Ravigote, Bordelaise, Mignonette, & Cocktail – are pulled on handmade wagon floats through the French Quarter. Led by the KinFolk brass band, the parade kicks off at 11 a.m. at 550 Bienville Street and journeys to the St. Louis Cathedral, before stopping at Brennan’s on

sip while savoring

Magazine Street At Belladonna Spa + Retail Therapy, moms can relax in fluffy robes while sipping tea or wine, and then partake in a hot stone massage, a seaweed body wrap, a coffee scrub, or a detoxifying still bath infused with essential oils. Belladonna also offers clinical treatments, such as facials, waxing services, manicures and pedicures. The retail shop sells health and beauty products, along with accessories meant for pampering. 2900 Magazine St., 891-4393, They can also pop inside one of the surrounding boutiques, such as Perch and PHINA, or take their time exploring the Garden District Marketplace. Nearby brunch spots include Ruby Slipper, Another Broken Egg Café, and Coquette.

417 Royal Street. The sweet celebration is followed by a complimentary courtyard reception, but revelers are welcome to dine at the restaurant, afterwards. They can also stop by on Mother’s Day and feast on potato zeppole with an orange-bourbon glaze and powdered sugar; or eggs hussarde,with house-made English muffins, coffee-cured Canadian bacon, hollandaise, and marchand de vin sauce. Top-notch wines, bubbles and bubbly cocktails are always on hand. 417 Royal St., 525-9711, An Afternoon in Uptown The Audubon Zoo

The Audubon Zoo will host their annual Mother’s Day concert at 2 p.m., featuring Grammy® Awardwinner Irma Thomas and the Professionals. Guests can dine at one of the many cafés spread throughout the picturesque grounds, explore the animal exhibitions, or frolic in the Cool Zoo. Admission is free for moms. Spend a Day in City Park Art in the Park

Café NOMA by Ralph Brennan is set in the New Orleans Museum of Art and overlooks City Park’s mysti-

cal lagoons and the lake lined by a bustling jogging path. The restaurant’s menu offers items the whole family will appreciate: flatbread pizza, chicken salad sandwiches, and turkey bacon paninis. Since admission into the museum is free for moms on Mother’s Day, the guest of honor can wander through the art exhibits with her kids and stop by the gift shop, which sells jewelry, colorful summer scarves, books, and accessories made by local and regional artisans. Guests can also order a Café NOMA meal to-go and eat it outside, beneath lush live oaks, swathed in Spanish moss. 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, 482-1264,

Effervescence - A place whose name even sounds festive – specializes in bubbly beverages, including: vintage Champagnes, sparkling rosés, Prosecco and Cava, along with “bubbles + troubles” sparkling cocktails. Sip while savoring shareable brunch plates and decadent appetizers, like caviar served with crème fraîche and pepper mash potato chips; avocado lettuce cups with almond dressing; and slow-poached eggs with labneh hollandaise. A pianist, and jazz singer Meryl Zimmerman, will perform on Mother’s Day. 1036 North Rampart St., 509-7644,

Something for everyone

City Park hosts a slew of activities during Mother’s Day weekend. On Saturday, May 11, a plant sale will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in Pelican Greenhouse at 2 Celebration Drive. The Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, Storyland, and City Putt are open throughout the weekend. The New Orleans Botanical Garden will host free tours. Café du Monde will serve beignets and coffee near the Casino Building.


Gulf Seafood Plateau. It which includes: gulf seafood plateau, west indies crab salad, snapper ceviche, royal red shrimp, murder point oysters, bowfin Cajun Caviar.

* Pickled Shrimp and Arugula with shaved fennel, herbs, blood orange vinaigrette; Jumbo Lump Crab, leche de tigre -spicy coconut milk, tomatoes, trout roe

enjoy plates crafted by the chef Toups South will offer a customizable three-course meal ($65), complete with decadent plates crafted by chef and owner Isaac Toups. A crawfish and corn fritter, followed by fried Oysters Rockefeller Benedict with biscuits, ham, poached eggs, and creamed spinach; and a strawberry granita is one possible combination. Diners can also add a wine pairing to their feast. Toups South is located inside of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 304-2147,

Gift Ideas Jaci Blue drop earrings, $48, 2111 Magazine St., 603-2929, Azby’s cuff bracelet, $175, 5531 Magazine St., 895-1311, GAIA purse, $155, from The New Orleans Museum of Art; These purses are created by refugee women rebuilding their lives in Dallas, Texas, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, 658-4100, Taylor Camellia 24k sunglasses, $215, from KREWE, 1818 Magazine St., 3422462 Pontchartrain Beach decoupage tray, $160, from Hazelnut New Orleans, 5525 Magazine St., 891-2424, hazelnutneworleans. com Pajamas, $105, from Basics Underneath, 5513 Magazine St., 894-1000, Tote bag, $42, from Lucy Rose, various locations; Porter Lyons “Virgo” necklace, from the Zodiac Collection, $675, 631 Toulouse St., 518-4945,

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Indulge at The Roosevelt

Busy moms will relish the chance to relax in the opulent Waldorf Astoria Spa. Spa packages include The Royal Recovery, with an organic white tea hydration wrap, a facial, and a 50-minute reflexology session; and The Crescent City Retreat with a facial, a sugar scrub, and a pedicure and manicure. Clients can elevate their experience with Champagne and rich chocolate truffles.

After unwinding, guests can swing by The Roosevelt’s buffet ($79, $34 for children from 3 through 10 years old), which is lined with an assortment of salads and antipasti; heavenly, made-to-order Belgian waffles with whipped cream, house made berry compote, warm maple syrup; and fresh fruit. They can also create an own omelet, or order a meal from the menu. 130 Roosevelt Way, 648-1200,

Top Female Achievers Each year New Orleans Magazine profiles a selection of extraordinary women from across our community continuing to make a difference. This year, our group highlights artists, businesswomen, an educator, leaders in women’s health care, and an Oscar-award winner. What is most difficult is not so much finding worthy contenders, but narrowing the list. We feel enriched by those who have been selected and encouraged by knowing there are so many others to consider. by k i m s i n g l e ta ry p h oto g r a p h y by t h e r e s a c a s s a g n e

Ashley Longshore Artist


self-taught ar tist from Montgomery, Alabama, Ashley Longshore is just as colorful and largerthan-life as her creations, which include a painting of Jesus hovering over an Oompah Loompah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg backed by an array of hands giving the finger, and a wide variety of whimsical and glamorous iterations of Audrey Hepburn in profile. “I just love painting female icons,” she said. “And I love making them large because it feels like I have my goddesses around me.” Working out of her studio on Magazine Street, Longshore — who has been compared to a young, feminist, Andy Warhol — has garnered a long list of Hollywood celebrity collectors, as well as partnerships with high-end brands like Bentley, Veuve Clicquot and Rolex. Her most recent venture has been with famed fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, for whom she created 37 portraits of influential women that were on display in Von Furstenberg’s flagship store in New York City through May 1 in celebration of International Women’s Day. “All I can say is that Diane and I will be continuing to work together in London this summer and Shanghai in the fall,” said Longshore. “And huge announcements will be made in September.”

I first came to New Orleans on a family trip for my 13th birthday. My parents walked me down Bourbon Street and I saw the drag strip clubs and it was just the greatest thing I had ever seen in my life. I knew right then that I had found my people.”

Dana Keren Co-founder, Birthmark Doula Collective

Data has shown that women who use doulas tend to have shorter labors and feel more empowered postpartum. We provide support for all types of births — medical and non-medical — as well as support not just the mom, but the entire family.”


alf of the two-woman team that created Birthmark Doulas in New Orleans in 2011, Dana Keren moved to New Orleans from Wisconsin in 2010 as part of a Jewish service corps called Avodah to work at a community-based health clinic, when she met another young woman named Latona Giwa who had also come to the city from the Midwest at the same time to help post-Katrina. Both were also doulas, trained

professionals that provides physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and after childbirth. Both were dedicated to improving birth outcomes in their new home state — a state with one of the highest C-section and lowest breastfeeding rates in the country. Birthmark Doulas has since grown to become Birthmark Doula Collective, an organization owned and operated by 12 doulas that also provides a wide array of pre- and post-natal services. In addition to her work at Birthmark, Keren is the senior administrator for Tulane University School of Medicine’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, where she manages all financial, clinical, HR and operational issues for the OB/GYN Department, including managing the practices of the physicians, residency program and student clerkship program. She is also the director of the Tulane Pharmacy.

As a member of the Maternal Child Health Coalition we are advocating for a Maternal Child Health department in Louisiana. Frankly, for a city of this size, and with maternal outcomes this poor, it is outrageous that we don’t have one.”


Minneapolis native who came to New Orleans in 2010 for a community organizer fellowship in Central City, Latona Giwa ended up organizing her own fellowship of doulas — Birthmark Doula Collective — with fellow Midwestern transplant, Dana Keren. In addition to helping to run the collective, which also advocates for things like trying to get Medicaid to cover the cost of doula services and creating more hospital support for doulas, last year Giwa helped open the New Orleans Breastfeeding Center — the first freestanding center of its kind in the state and the only place where women can receive assistance that is covered by insurance and Medicaid. “We have all three tiers of breastfeeding support professionals,” said Giwa. “It’s a place where women can come and prepare for breastfeeding or get help with any problems.” Just like at Birthmark Doula Collective, which has always provided services on a sliding scale, providing support to low-income women is a focus at the New Orleans Breastfeeding Center. “Black families tend to have less access to support for breastfeeding,” she said. “I’m very proud that our support group for women of color now has three locations and serves hundreds of area families.”

Latona Giwa Co-founder, Birthmark Doula Collective

I knew McGehee could benefit from my experience and I could also learn here. I’m definitely a lifelong learner. My husband likes to point out that I’ve been in college every decade of my life except for the first.”


Dr. Kimberly Field-Marvin H e a d m i s t r e s s, Lo u i s e S. Mc G e h e e Sc h o o l

n July 1, 2018, Dr. Kimberly FieldMarvin became the 12th headmistress in the history of the all-girls Louise S. McGehee School. Founded in 1912, the school currently serves 460 students from kindergarten through grade 12, along with 150 in McGehee’s early childhood education program. A native of New York, Field-Marvin holds two master’s degrees in English and education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. “I did my dissertation on how to shape learning environments in order to help girls best develop agency,” she said, “which includes expressing their opinions, making decisions, organizing themselves and maybe motivating others.” Field-Marvin believes strongly in the value of an all-girls educational environment like McGehee. Speaking of the benefits of all-girls schools she said, “Girls play every roll of leadership in this school. “From senior class president, to editing the yearbook to captain of a team. When out of the gaze of boys, especially in adolescence, girls tend to speak their minds more. They’re not afraid to be smart.”

Judge Monique Morial P r e s i d e n t, A l l s tat e S u g a r B o w l


his past February, Judge Monique Morial became president of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the first woman to do so since the organization was founded in New Orleans in 1934. A native New Orleanian, Morial is quick to credit her father with both her love of sports and the organization she will now lead. Elected as New Orleans’ first black mayor when she was 7 years old, Ernest Nathan Morial, known as “Dutch,” was also a part of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. “I went to so many games growing up,” she said. “It was just a part of my life. I went from fan to playing sports myself in high school.” Outside of the 86th Sugar Bowl Football Classic, set to take place Jan. 1, 2020, the nonprofit hosts more than 60 events every year, including a wide range of amateur sporting events far beyond football, like sailing regattas and lacrosse. This year the Allstate Sugar Bowl will also play a big part of the host committee for the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship, which comes to New Orleans January 13. “It’s so inspiring to be around young athletes,” said Morial. “And I’m grateful that our members donate 3,000 hours of volunteer time every year making these events happen.”

From a personal experience having played sports, I think it was integral in my development — in learning how to work as part of a team toward a common goal. Learning conflict resolution and how to lose and win with grace. Those are things that stick with you.”

Christine Vinson P r e s i d e n t - E l e c t, J u n i o r L e a g u e o f N e w O r l e a n s P r e s i d e n t, V i n s o n G u a r d S e r v i c e

I’m so proud of everything we do at Junior League, which includes our Diaper Bank, giving out roughly $50,000 in grants throughout the city every year and $15,000 in scholarships for non-traditional female students. Our members do so much for women and children year-round and I’m proud to be a part of it.”


ince 2015, Christine Vinson has served as president of Vinson Guard, the third generation of her family to run the company which is one of the largest privately-held, American-owned security providers in the nation. On June 1 she’ll also take on another presidency — leading the Junior League of New Orleans’ 2,200 members for a year.

Vinson joined the organization in 2009 in an attempt to give back to her home city following Hurricane Katrina. She said she was drawn by the variety of opportunities available to members, all with a common goal: to advocate for the wellbeing of women and children throughout New Orleans. In her new role, Vinson said she plans to work to further refine the organization’s already strong programs. “I want to take a deeper dive into the impact we are having in communities and look at how we can maybe go even bigger and better,” she said. “I’m also excited about adding a new offering, our Women’s Leadership Summit, in the winter of 2020.”


ew Orleans, ya heard me?” These were the first words Hannah Beachler spoke, on Feb. 24 of this year, when she stepped on to the stage of the Academy Awards and made history as the first black person to be nominated, and to win, for production design in recognition of her work on the highest grossing movie of 2018, “Black Panther.” An Ohio native, Beachler has been a New Orleans resident since 2004. She said she soon fell so hard for New Orleans that she now considers it her hometown. “It was important to me to shout out New Orleans first thing,” she says, “because I want people to recognize the film industry here and how incredible it is.” Other highlights of Beachler’s career have been her work on the 2013 film “Fruitvale Station” with director Ryan Coogler (who also directed “Black Panther,”) on the 2016 film “Moonlight” and on Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade,” which heavily features New Orleans. “New Orleans is my home. I’m never going to leave,” she said. “My next step is actually buying a house. I’ll go when and where I have to for work, but I’m always coming home.”

My agent called me and just said, ‘Hannah, you did it.’ I screamed as loud as I could and cried — a lot. I had thought about the whole thing a million different ways, but when I actually won, it was just unreal.”

Hannah Beachler Production Designer


n 1987, Dottie Belletto started a company with the simple goal of taking care of visitors to New Orleans and giving them the best possible experiences of the city. Thirty-two years later, NOCCI — which remains a small company of between 12 and 15 full-time employees — has played an integral part in a vast majority of the city’s most popular festivals and unique events over the past three decades. Jazz Fest, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, the Tricentennial, multiple Super Bowls, the Bayou Classic, the grand re-opening of the Saenger Theatre — NOCCI has helped bring them all to fruition, while also creating festivals like Jeff Fest and All American Eats. The event marketing and logistics company was behind the longest Mardi Gras parade to happen in the Superdome and has welcomed dignitaries including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop of Canterbury and King and Queen of Spain. This fall, NOCCI is helping the Urban League of New Orleans and Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus come together for the first time to create a convention that will include panel discussions from national presidential hopefuls. “We like to do what’s never been done,” said Belletto. “New Orleans is such a great product and we love selling it.”

Dottie Belletto P r e s i d e n t/ C EO, NO C C I

Event planning is a science. You have to start with the right venue and then work in the ‘wows.’ You always have to have that third ‘wow.’ The goal with every event is to create an environment that people want to be in and enjoy each other.”

Our historical architecture is a finite thing and part of the reason people come to New Orleans. The food, the music, that all occurs within a setting that is uniquely us and if New Orleans stops looking like New Orleans, people will stop coming.”


eating out almost 250 applicants, this past February Danielle Del Sol became the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans’ fourth executive director since its founding in 1974. A Miami, Florida native, Del Sol came to New Orleans chasing a master’s in historic preservation and landed at PRCNO as the assistant editor, and then editor, of its magazine, “Preservation in Print.” Now, taking on a roll previously filled for 37 years by Patricia Gay, Del Sol said the organization is maybe more needed now than ever. “We don’t have the mass demolitions like we had in the late ’60s and early ’70s to rally the troops,” she said, “but the fear now is that we’ll start to take things for granted.” PRCNO just completed and approved a new strategic plan this past December which, among many other things, includes an effort to develop a micro grants program to pay for required repairs on homes owned by low-income residents. “The idea is to alleviate that financial burden by paying for the work that needs to be done to stay up to code in their district and hopefully get the city to forgive any fines,” she said. “It could be a real game-changer.”

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Fried Chicken & Waffles With Maple Syrup and Cayenne Butter at french toast

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meet the chef Aebelskivers with an assortment of sauces

Bright Start to the Day

Owners Cara and Evan Benson met while they were both culinary students in New York. They moved to New Orleans in 2004, where Cara worked as Muriel’s Pastry Chef before leaving to open Tartine, her first restaurant, in 2010. Evan worked at Joel’s Catering and helped to grow the fledgling business. After the first Toast opened Uptown in 2014, the company swiftly grew and now they both work full-time together on their clutch of restaurants which span the city. Tartine maintains a stand-alone, French bakery identity whereas the three Toast locations are geared toward breakfast and brunch fare.

French Toast by Jay Forman

Choosing a restaurant in the French

Quarter can be tricky – there are all too many places geared to the tourist trade that overcharge and underdeliver. Give thanks, therefore, for French Toast – the latest outpost in a mini-chain of

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breakfast eateries across the city offering creative and compelling compositions at reasonable prices. Owner Cara Benson fell in love with the space, located in the Hotel Provincial, following a walkthrough with the broker. At the time it was an

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underutilized conference room. She a keystone signifier that sets her recognized its possibilities however, menus apart from the pack. Baked despite the long curtains and carpet, in a dimpled pan using a batter then brought designer and wood- lightened with egg whites, these worker Matthew Holdren (who delicate puffs come served with a also designed Benson’s Gentilly choice of sauce including Nutella location) down to get his eyes on and a house-made lemon curd. the project. “Matthew thought They make for a satisfying standit could be really cool,” Benson alone breakfast or – better – as said. “He wanted to an option to share with redo it with old French your friends. Feeling French Toast, Quarter charm kind of French? There is also 1035 Decatur St., feel.” The end result is a hanger steak entrée French Quarter, a light-filled, contempooption with Lyonnaise 300-5518. B, L Daily, rary diner warmed by potatoes and a Croque custom millwork and Madam with a light anchored with a full-color mural. salad alongside. And, as this is The menu fits on one page but the French Quarter, diners can is packed with an impressive core enjoy a full bar to accompany of breakfast and brunch staples. their brunch. Think Irish coffee, There is an array of elevated Toast Bloody Marys and pomegranate selections which come loaded with mimosas. various options, such as prosciutto, French Toast is open from 8 honey and ricotta. There is a French a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. If the menu Toast dish that echoes King Cake, above sounds tempting but you featuring cinnamon cream cheese don’t want to tackle the Quarter, and Mardi Gras-colored sprinkles there are two other locations of as well as that southern darling Toast around town – one in Gentilly chicken and waffles, which comes near the Fair Grounds and another served with maple syrup and on Laurel Street Uptown. Any of cayenne butter. these three choices will nail that Like crepes? You’ll find both breakfast-craving soft-spot that savory and sweet. A simple choice lurks inside us all. of gruyere and herbs is recommended, as is an omelet featuring the same. “The menu is similar to our other locations but each one has a few twists to make it unique,” Benson said. Dishes here that set French Toast apart include an entrée of catfish and grits, served with eggs and tarragon aioli. Also a Toast option loaded with fried oysters, corn maque choux, avocado, eggs and Sriracha aioli. “The oyster dish and the King Cake French toast are the top movers at the French Breakfast Break Quarter location,” Benson said. Surrey’s Café and Juice Bar has Benson’s background is in pastry, two locations – one Uptown and the and an aspect that underpins all other in the Lower Garden District. her restaurants are her wonderful Both are on Magazine Street and breads and baked products. At any both offer creative fresh-squeezed one time diners can find multigrain, juice menus to accompany their brioche, sourdough and biscuits breakfast and brunch staples. The on the menu, as well as breakfast menu takes a Latin turn with dishes pastries and more. More includes like Huevos Rancheros and Cuban Aebelskivers, a Danish variant Sandwiches, helping to set it apart. on pancakes that has served as

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restaurant insider

News From the Kitchen Costera Restaurant and Bar, Otra Vez, The Kolache Kitchen by Robert Peyton

Octopus a La Plancha with Heirloom Bean and Herb Salads

Costera Restaurant and Bar

Otra Vez

The Kolache Kitchen

Costera Restaurant and Bar has opened in the space that for many years was occupied by La Thai. Chef Brian Burns’ menu is “coastal Spanish,” and it’s extensive. Both Burns and Reno De Ranieri, who oversees the operation, are alumni of the Link Restaurant Group, which is an indication they know what they’re doing. Costera Restaurant and Bar, 4938 Prytania St.,302-2332, Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 to 10, until 11 FridaySunday,

There’s a new entry in the category of “Mexican Restaurants opened by nationally-known chefs.” Otra Vez, a restaurant by chef Akhtar Nawab, joins Johnny Sanchez, which chef Aaron Sanchez opened with John Besh a few years ago. Otra Vez is something of an offshoot of Nawab’s Brooklyn restaurant Alta Calidad, and will include influences from his Indian heritage. Otra Vez, 1001 Julia St. Phone and hours to be announced.

The Freret Street restaurant boom continues with the opening of The Kolache Kitchen, a mini-chain that got its start in Baton Rouge. Kolaches are an eastern European pastry stuffed with savory fillings such as sausage, ham, boudin, or sweet stuffings like or cheese. Empanadas and breakfast tacos are also options. The Kolache Kitchen, 4701 Freret St., 218-5341, Monday-Friday 6-4, Saturday and Sunday 7 to 3,

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Off the Tray Searching for appetizers by Dale Curry


Sometimes I think appetizers are the hardest


recipes to come up with. We attach ourselves to a few winners, but soon enough they become overdone and boring. It took the seven-layer dip about 20 years to move off the popularity charts if, in fact, it ever did, and who knows when the hot dogs in barbecue sauce will ever die? I do hope guacamole never bites the dust, and hummus is as permanent I think, as Middle Eastern cuisine. The cheese board has become a main stay for every kind of party, and thanks to many vendors of fine cheeses, it’s easy to put a good one together. Are there rules for designing a cheese board? I asked Sean Cassera, a cheese expert at Whole Foods Market at Arabella Station, and he said to choose cheeses that you love. For him, that means a soft brie, an earthy goat, a salty hard cheese, a nutty Alpine and a French blue. (See sidebar for examples.) Accompaniments: nuts, fresh berries or grapes, dried fruit, olives and sprigs of fresh herbs such as thyme or basil. For crackers, Cassera recommends something neutral as well as sliced baguette. The board itself should be dark so the cheeses and colorful companions pop. For the board, he prefers black slate or dark wood such as cherry or antique to contrast with cheeses. We are lucky to live in seafood heaven where delectable shellfish don’t break the budget. Many dips enhance simple boiled shrimp. My favorite is remoulade, but shrimp match well with flavors such as dill or basil and creamy cheeses or horseradish. Lump crabmeat can be turned quickly into a spread or hot dip, and oysters and shrimp are divine wrapped in bacon and grilled. Sliders are popular for a cocktail party. The recipe here is a shortcut on the hamburger with an Italian flair. Handy well-seasoned meatballs sliced in half are quick to serve with jarred marinara and provolone. May is a month of parties - showers, graduations, weddings - and there are many other reasons for quick-to-make appetizers - a visit from out-of-towners, a sports event on TV or just a romantic evening. Then you can put your time and effort into having a good time outside the kitchen, a lesson I am still working on.

Ingredients 1 dozen prepared meatballs such as Carando Sicilian 1 dozen slider buns 1 small jar marinara sauce 1 1-pound (12 slices) package provolone cheese


2 pounds large shrimp 1 bag crab and shrimp boil seasoning 2 tablespoons salt Juice of ½ lemon plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions 1. Cook meatballs in a large skillet until browned on all sides and done in the middle. Remove from skillet and, when cool, slice in half horizontally. 2. Over a medium cookie sheet, spread heavy-duty tin foil with about 6 inches extra foil on each side. Place bottom halves of buns on the foil. 3. Place two halves of meatballs, flat sides down on each bun. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce over meatballs on each slider. Cut cheese slices in half, and top sliders with two pieces each. Cover with top bun. Place another piece of foil on top of the sliders, and fold the bottom foil over them to keep sliders in place. Set aside until ready to serve.

Cheese Board Picks from Sean Cassera, Whole Foods: St. Angel French triple-cream brie Bucherondin French goat cheese Manchego Spanish hard cheese Le Marechal Swiss Alpine cheese Saint Agur French blue cheese

4. Before serving time, heat oven to 350 degrees. When hot, place sliders in oven and heat until hot, about 20 minutes. Place sliders on a platter and serve. Serves 6. Note: You will have marinara sauce left over. Use for another purpose or double the recipe.

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar ¼ cup Creole mustard 3 tablespoons horseradish 1/3 cup ketchup 3 tablespoons minced green onions 2 tablespoons minced celery 1 teaspoon Tabasco Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions 1. Bring a 3-quart pot of water to a boil. Add seasoning bag and simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt and juice of ½ lemon. Add shrimp and bring back to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and when cool enough to handle, peel and devein. Set aside or refrigerate until an hour before serving. 2. Place olive oil in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in vinegar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice, whisking until well-combined. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Cover and allow flavors to combine for at least an hour before serving. Serve in a small bowl surrounded by shrimp. Serves 8.

last call

Drinking Smart The Baudelaire by Tim McNally

Usually, drinking adult beverages does not equate

with being intellectual, unless one immerses the mind in the literary tradition of New Orleans’ French Quarter. It is in this neighborhood that Williams, Rice, Twain, Toole, Faulkner, Hemingway, Welty, Keyes, Cable, Millay, and Maugham, among many others, were either in residence or were touched by the steady vibe of a unique place.

No time of year is more conducive to inspiration than May, which makes the title of this month’s featured cocktail especially pertinent. Reopening now is a long-standing address for gourmet satisfaction, the Old Absinthe House has dusted off and updated an historic space adjacent to the vaunted bar and renamed the destination, Belle Epoque. The featured cocktails are usually absinthe-centric and the most literary of the group is the Baudelaire, an homage to an infamous French poet and writing critic from the 19th century, just about the same time the Quarter was in full cultural bloom. The namesake drink has been created by Belle Époque’s resident mixologist par excellence, Laura Bellucci. The local aspect of the beverage is further expressed with the use of spirits distilled and/or marketed mainly in New Orleans.


1.5 oz Three Roll Cachaça (Louisiana Rum) 0.75oz Lucid Absinthe 0.75 oz. lime 0.75 oz. cardamom & cinnamon spiced simple syrup lime zest 2 dashes Marie Laveau Bitter Queens Tobacco Bitters spiced sugar rim Add all ingredients, with ice, together to shaker, shake aggressively and double strain into coupe, garnish with spiced sugar rim and lime ribbon. Belle Epoque, 240 Bourbon Street, Inside Old Absinthe House, 618-5150, 1 0 0 may 2019

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H Pizza Delicious pizza 617 Piety St., 676-8482, L, D Tue-Sun. Authentic New York-style thin crust pizza is the reason to come to this affordable restaurant , that also offers excellent salads sourced from small farms and homemade pasta dishes. Outdoor seating a plus. $ Carrollton Bourré AMERICAN 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 510-4040. L, D Tue-Sun. “Elevated” street food along with quality daiquiris and wings are the draw at this newcomer from the team behind Boucherie. $$ Breads on Oak Bakery/Breakfast 8640 Oak St., 324-8271, B, L, seven days a week. Artisan bakeshop tucked away near the levee on Oak St. serves breads, breakfast, sandwiches, 100 percent vegan. $ City Park Café NOMA AMERICAN 1 Collins Diboll Cir., NO Museum of Art, 482-1264, CafeNoma. com. L, (snacks) Tue-Sun. Sleek bar and café in the ground floor of museum offers a thoughtful array of snacks, sandwiches and small plates that are sure to enchant, with a kids’ menu to boot. $$ CBD/Warehouse District Balise Louisianian Fare 640 Carondelet St., 459-4449, L Tue-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Chef Justin Devillier turns back the clock at this turn-of-the-century inspired bistro in the CBD. Carefully crafted fare fits well alongside the excellent cocktail and beer list. $$$

H BH Steak Steakhouse Harrah’s Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6111, HarrahsNewOrleans. com. D daily. Acclaimed chef John Besh reinterprets the classic steakhouse with his signature contemporary Louisiana flair. $$$$$

H Borgne Seafood 601 Loyola Ave.,

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burning oven, and an excellent raw bar. $$$

Drago’s Louisianian Fare Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911, L, D daily. This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$

Q&C Hotel/Bar AMERICAN 344 Camp St., 587-9700, B, D daily, L Fri-Sun. Boutique hotel bar offering a small plates menu with tempting choices such as a Short Rib Poor Boy and Lobster Mac and Cheese to complement their sophisticated craft cocktails. $$

H Domenica Italian The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-6020, L, D daily. Authentic, regional Italian cuisine. The menu of thin, lightly topped pizzas, artisanal salumi and cheese, and a carefully chosen selection of antipasti, pasta and entrées features locally raised products. $$$$ Emeril’s Louisianian Fare 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, L Mon-Fri, D daily. The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this landmark attracts pilgrims from all over the world. $$$$$

H Herbsaint Louisianian Fare 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail before sampling chef Donald Link’s menu that melds contemporary bistro fare with classic Louisiana cuisine. The banana brown butter tart is a favorite dessert. $$$$$ H La Boca Steakhouse 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-8205, D Mon-Sat. This Argentine steakhouse specializes in cuts of meat along with pastas and wines. Specials include the provoleta appetizer and the Vacio flank steak. $$$

H Lüke World 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840, B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Germanic specialties and French bistro classics, house-made pâtés and plateaux of cold, fresh seafood. $$$

613-3860, L, D daily. Coastal Louisiana with an emphasis on Isleños cuisine (descendants of Canary Islanders who settled in St. Bernard Parish) is the focus of this high-volume destination adjacent to the Superdome. $$$

Morton’s The Steakhouse Steakhouse 365 Canal St., One Canal Place, 566-0221, D daily. Private elevator leads to the plush, wood-paneled environs of this local outpost of the famed Chicago steakhouse popular with politicians and celebrities. $$$$

Calcasieu Specialty Foods 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2188, For large and small gatherings, the catering menus feature modern Louisiana cooking and the Cajun cuisine for which chef Donald Link is justifiably famous.

Mother’s Louisianian Fare 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, B, L, D daily. Locals and tourists alike endure long lines to enjoy iconic dishes such as the Ferdi poor boy and Jerry’s jambalaya. Come for a late lunch to avoid the rush. $$

H Cochon Louisianian Fare 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123, L, D, Mon-Sat. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski feature Cajun and Southern cuisine. Boudin and other pork dishes reign supreme, along with Louisiana seafood and real moonshine Reservations recommended. $$

H Desi Vega’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600, L Mon-Fri, D Tue-Sat. USDA Prime steaks form the base of this menu, but Italian specialties and a smattering of locally inspired seafood dishes round out the

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Mulate’s Louisianian Fare 201 Julia St., 5221492, L, D daily. Live music and dancing add to the fun at this world-famous Cajun destination. $$ Palace Café World 605 Canal St., 523-1661, B, L, D daily. Cassic New Orleans restaurant, the Dickie Brennan and Palace Cafe team evolve traditional Creol dishes. Enjoy specialty cocktails and small plates at the Black Duck Bar. $$$

H Pêche Seafood 800 Magazine St., 5221744, L, D Mon-Sat. Award-winning southern-inspired seafood destination by Chef Donald Link serves whole roasted Gulf fish from its massive, wood-

HRed Gravy Bakery/Breakfast 4125 Camp St., 561-8844, B, Br, L, Wed-Mon. Farm-to-table brunch restaurant offers a creative array of items such as Cannoli Pancakes and Skillet Cakes, as well as delectable sandwiches and more. Homemade pastas and authentic Tuscan specialties round out the menu. $$ H Restaurant August AMERICAN 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777, L Fri, D daily. James Beard Award-winning menu is based on classical techniques of Louisiana cuisine and produce with a splash of European flavor set in an historic carriage warehouse. $$$$$ Rock-N-Sake Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 823 Fulton St., 581-7253, L Fri, D Tue-Sun, late night Fri-Sat. Fresh sushi and contemporary takes on Japanese favorites in an upbeat, casual setting. $$$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse Harrah’s Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this steak institution. There are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$ Sac-A-Lait Seafood 1051 Annunciation St., 324-3658, D TueSat, L Fri. Cody and Sam Carroll’s shrine to Gulf Coast and Louisiana culinary heritage melds seafood, game, artisan produce, and craft libations in an ambitious menu that celebrates local and southern cuisine. $$$$ The Grill Room AMERICAN Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-6000, B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Modern American cuisine with a distinctive New Orleans flair, the adjacent Polo Club Lounge offers live music nightly. Jazz Brunch on Sunday. $$$$$ Tommy’s Cuisine Italian 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, D daily. Classic Creole-Italian cuisine is the name of the game at this upscale eatery. Appetizers include the namesake oysters Tommy, baked in the shell with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper. $$$$$ Central City Café Reconcile Louisiana fare 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157, CafeReconcile. org. L Mon-Fri. Good food for a great cause, this nonprofit on the burgeoning OCH corridor helps train at-risk youth for careers in the food service industry. $$ Covington Don’s Seafood seafood 126 Lake Dr., (985) 327-7111, L, D Daily. Popular neighborhood seafood joint offers an array of crowd-pleasing south

Louisiana dishes, including char-broiled oysters and Zydeco shrimp. Kid’s Menu makes it a good choice for families. $$$ Faubourg Marigny The Marigny Brasserie AMERICAN 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472, MarignyBrasserie. com. L, D daily. Chic neighborhood bistro with traditional dishes like fried green tomatoes and innovative cocktails such as the cucumber Collins. $$$ Faubourg St. John

H Café Degas French 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, L, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. Salad Niçoise, Hanger steak and frites are served in a lovely enclosed courtyard at this jewel of a French bistro. $$

H 1000 Figs World 3141 Ponce De Leon St., 301-0848, L, D Tue-Sat. Vegetarian-friendly offshoot of the Fat Falafel Food Truck offers a healthy farm-to-table alternative to cookie-cutter Middle Eastern places. $$ French Quarter Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 724 Iberville St., 522-5973, L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

H Arnaud’s Louisianian Fare 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, D daily, Br Sun. Waiters in tuxedos prepare Café Brûlot tableside at this storied Creole grande dame; live jazz during Sun. brunch. $$$$$ Arnaud’s Remoulade Italian 309 Bourbon St., 523-0377, L, D daily. Home of the eclectic menu of famous shrimp Arnaud, red beans and rice and poor boys as well as specialty burgers, grilled all-beef hot dogs and thin-crust pizza. $$ Antoine’s Louisianian Fare 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. This pinnacle of haute cuisine and birthplace of oysters Rockefeller is New Orleans’ oldest restaurant. (Every item is à la carte, with an $11 minimum.) Private dining rooms available. $$$$$ Antoine’s Annex Specialty Foods 513 Royal St., 525-8045, Open daily. Serves French pastries, including individual baked Alaskas, ice cream and gelato, as well as panini, salads and coffee. Delivery available. BB King’s Blues Club Barbecue 1104 Decatur St., 934-5464, new-orleans. L, D daily. New Orleans outpost of music club named for the famed blues musician with a menu loaded with BBQ and southern specialties. Live music and late hours are a big part of the fun. $$$ Bayou Burger Burgers 503 Bourbon St., 529-4256, L, D daily. Sports bar in the thick of Bourbon Street scene distinguishes its fare with choices like Crawfish Beignets and Gator Bites. $$ Bourbon House Seafood 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Local seafood, featured in both classic and contemporary dishes, is the focus of this New Orleans-centric destination. And yes,

bourbon is offered as well. $$$ Bayona World 430 Dauphine St., 5254455, L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef Susan Spicer’s nationally acclaimed cuisine is served in this 200-year-old cottage. Ask for a seat on the romantic patio, weather permitting. $$$$$ Broussard’s French 819 Conti St., 5813866, D daily, Br Sun. Creole-French institution also offers beautiful courtyard seating. $$$$

H Cane & Table Gastropub 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112, L Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Open late, this chefdriven rustic colonial cuisine with rum and “proto-Tiki” cocktails make this a fun place to gather. $$ Chartres House Italian 601 Chartres St., 586-8383, L, D daily. This iconic French Quarter bar serves terrific Mint Juleps and Gin Fizzes in its picturesque courtyard and balcony settings. Also famous for its fried green tomatoes and other local favorite dishes. $$$ Court of Two Sisters Louisianian Fare 613 Royal St., 522-7261, Br, D daily. The historic environs make for a memorable outdoor dining experience. The famous daily Jazz Brunch buffet and classic Creole dishes sweeten the deal. $$$$$ Criollo Louisianian Fare Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 681-4444, B, L, D daily. Next to the famous Carousel Bar in the historic Monteleone Hotel, Criollo represents an amalgam of the various

Louisiana cultures, with a contemporary twist. $$$ Crazy Lobster Seafood 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83, 569-3380, L, D daily. Boiled seafood and festive atmosphere come together at this seafood-centric destination overlooking the Mississippi River. Outdoor seating a plus. $$$ Creole Cookery Seafood 508 Toulouse St., Suite C110, 524-9632, L, D daily. Crowd-pleasing destination in the French Quarter offers an expansive menu of Creole favorites and specialty cocktails served with New Orleans flair. $$$ Deanie’s Seafood Seafood 841 Iberville St., 581-1316, L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$

H Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House Seafood 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Classic Creole dishes, such as redfish on the halfshell, and an Oyster Bar. Its extensive bourbon menu will please aficionados. $$$$ Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 716 Iberville St., 522-2467, L Fri, D daily. Nationally recognized steakhouse serves USDA Prime steaks and local seafood. Validated Parking next door. $$$$

H Doris Metropolitan Steakhouse 620 Chartres St., 267-3500, L Fri-Sun, D daily. Innovative steakhouse plays with expectations and succeeds with modernist dishes like their Classified Cut and Beetroot Supreme. $$$$ El Gato Negro World 81 French Market Place, 525-9752, L, D daily. Central Mexican cuisine along with hand-muddled mojitos and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. A weekend breakfast menu is an additional plus. $$ Galatoire’s Louisianian Fare 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, L, D Tue-Sun. Friday lunches are a New Orleans tradition at this world-famous French-Creole grand dame. Tradition counts for everything here, and the crabmeat Sardou is delicious. Note: Jackets required for dinner and all day Sun. $$$$$ Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak Steakhouse 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, L Fri, D SunThu. Steakhouse offshoot of the venerable Creole grande dame offers hand-crafted cocktails and classic steakhouse fare and inspired dishes. Reservations accepted. $$$

H GW Fins Seafood 808 Bienville St., 581FINS (3467), D daily. Owners Gary Wollerman and twice chef of the year Tenney Flynn provide dishes at their seasonal peak. On a quest for unique variety, menu is printed daily. $$$$$ Hard Rock Café AMERICAN 125 Bourbon St., 529-5617, L, D daily, Br SatSun. Local outpost of this global brand serves burgers, café fare and drinks in their rock

memorabilia-themed environs. $$ House of Blues Louisianian Fare 225 Decatur St., 310-4999, HouseOfBlues. com/NewOrleans. L, D daily. Good menu complements music in the main room. Worldfamous Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Patio seating available. $$ Irene’s Cuisine Italian 539 St. Philip St., 529-8881. D Mon-Sat. Long waits at the lively piano bar are part of the appeal of this Creole-Italian favorite beloved by locals. Try the oysters Irene and crabmeat gratin appetizers. $$$$ K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen Louisianian Fare 416 Chartres St., 596-2530, ChefPaul. com/KPaul. L Thu-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Paul Prudhomme’s landmark restaurant helped introduce Cajun food to the nation. Lots of seasoning and bountiful offerings, along with reserved seating, make this a destination for locals and tourists alike. $$$$

H Kingfish Seafood 337 Charters St., 598-5005, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Regionally inspired seafood dishes with carefully sourced ingredients and southern influence is the focus at this chefdriven French Quarter establishment. $$$ Le Bayou Seafood 208 Bourbon St., 5254755, L, D daily. Blackened redfish and Shrimp Ya-Ya are a just a few of the choices at this seafood-centric destination on Bourbon Street. $$$ Muriel’s Jackson Square Italian 801 Chartres St., 568-1885, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Enjoy local classics while may 2019 1 0 3

dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumored-to-be-haunted establishment. $$$$ Napoleon House Italian 500 Chartres St., 524-9752, L Mon-Sat, D Tue-Sat. Originally built in 1797 as a respite for Napoleon, this family-owned European-style café serves local favorites gumbo, jambalaya and muffulettas. A Sazerac or Pimm’s Cup are perfect accompaniments. $$ NOLA Louisianian Fare 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, L Thu-Mon, D daily. Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedar-plankroasted redfish; private dining. $$$$$ Oceana Grill Seafood 739 Conti St., 5256002, B, L, D daily. Gumbo, poor boys and barbecue shrimp are served at this kid-friendly seafood destination. $$ Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro Gastropub 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, D daily. Wine is the muse at this bistro, which offers vino by the flight, glass and bottle. A classic menu with an emphasis on local cuisine. $$$

H Patrick’s Bar Vin Gastropub 730 Bienville St., 200-3180, D daily. This oasis of a wine bar offers terrific selections by the bottle and glass. Small plates are served as well. $$ Pier 424 Seafood 424 Bourbon St., 3091574, L, D daily. Seafood-centric restaurant offers long menu of traditional New Orleans fare augmented by

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unusual twists like “Cajun-Boiled” Lobster. $$$ Port of Call Burgers 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120, L, D daily. It is all about the big, meaty burgers and giant baked potatoes in this popular bar/restaurant – unless you’re cocktailing only, then it’s all about the Monsoons. $$

H Restaurant R’evolution Italian 777 Bienville St., 553-2277, RevolutionNola. com. L Fri, D daily, Br Sun. An opulent place that combines the local flavors of chef John Folse with the cosmopolitan influence of chef Rick Tramonto. Chef de cuisine Jana Billiot and executive sous chef Gabriel Beard are in charge of day-to-day operations, which include house-made charcuterie, pastries, pastas and more. $$$$$ Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill Italian 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, L, D daily. Chef Austin Kirzner cooks up a broad menu peppered with local favorites such as barbecue oysters, blackened redfish and double-chocolate bread pudding. $$$$$ Rib Room AMERICAN Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046, B, D daily, L MonSat, Br Sun. Old World elegance, house classic cocktails and Anthony Spizale’s broad menu of prime rib, stunning seafood and on Sundays a jazz brunch. $$$ Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant Louisianian Fare 301 Dauphine St., 5860972, B, Bar Lunch daily. Just a few steps off of Bourbon Street is this relaxing bar featuring an innovative menu with

dishes like Crawfish, Jalapeno-and-Bacon Mac and Cheese garnished with fried oysters. Live music a plus. $$$ Royal House Louisianian Fare 441 Royal St., 528-2601, L, D daily. B Sat and Sun. Poor boys, jambalaya and shrimp Creole are some of the favorites served here. Weekend breakfast and an oyster bar add to the crowd-pleasing appeal. $$$ SoBou Louisianian Fare 310 Chartres St., 552-4095, B, L, D daily. There is something for everyone at this “Modern Creole Saloon.” Decidedly unstuffy with an emphasis on craft cocktails and wines by the glass. Everything from $1 pork cracklins to an extravagant foie gras burger on an accomplished yet eclectic menus. $$

bar with plush British décor features live music during the week and late dinner and drinks on weekends. Nouveau Creole menu includes items such as Bombay drum. $$$$ The Pelican Club AMERICAN 312 Exchange Place, 523-1504, D daily. Serves an eclectic mix of hip food, from the seafood “martini” to clay-pot barbecued shrimp and a trio of duck. Three dining rooms available. $$$$$

H Tujague’s Louisianian Fare 823 Decatur St., 525-8676, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. For more than 150 years this landmark restaurant has been offering Creole cuisine. Favorites include a nightly six-course table d’hôté menu featuring a unique beef brisket with Creole sauce. $$$$$

H Tableau Louisianian Fare 616 S. Peter St., 934-3463, B Mon-Fri, L Mon-Sat, D daily, Brunch Sat-Sun. Gulf seafood such as Redfish Bienville and classic Creole brunch dishes like eggs Hussard are the highlights of this Dickie Brennan restaurant that shares space with Le Petite Théâtre. $$$

Garden District Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s AMERICAN 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955, L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sun. Shiny, contemporary bistro serves Cajun-fusion fare along with its signature decadent desserts. Good lunch value to boot. $$

H The Bistreaux Louisianian Fare New Orleans Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000, html. B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Dishes ranging from the casual (truffle mac and cheese) to the upscale (tuna tasting trio) are served in an elegant courtyard. $$

District Donuts Sliders Brew AMERICAN 2209 Magazine Street, 570-6945, B, L, D daily. Creative sliders (hello, pork belly) and super-creative donuts (think root beer float) are the hallmarks of this next-generation café. $

The Bombay Club Louisianian Fare Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 577-2237, D daily. Popular martini

Hoshun Restaurant Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716, L, D daily. A wide variety of Asian cuisines, primarily dishes

culled from China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Private dining rooms available. $$

L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

H Mr. John’s Steakhouse Steakhouse

Austin’s Louisianian Fare 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., 888-5533, D Mon-Sat. Mr. Ed’s upscale bistro serves contemporary Creole fare, including seafood and steaks. $$$

2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697, D Tue-Sat, L Fri-Sat. Wood paneling, white tile and USDA Prime Beef served sizzling in butter are the hallmarks of this classic New Orleans steakhouse. $$$ Lakeview

H Cava Louisianian Fare 789 Harrison Ave., 304-9034. D daily. Fine dining (and excellent wine list) at this high-end Cajun and Creole restaurant that makes customer service a big part of the experience. $$$

H Mondo World 900 Harrison Ave., 2242633, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Chef Susan Spicer’s take on world cuisine. This place has a deserved reputation for good food and good times. $$$ Lower Garden District The Tasting Room Gastropub 1906 Magazine St., 581-3880, TTRNewOrleans. com. D Tue-Sun. Flights of wine and sophisticated small plates are the calling cards for this wine bar. $$ Metairie H Andrea’s Restaurant Italian 3100 19th St., 834-8583, L Mon-Sat, D daily, Br Sun. Osso buco and homemade pastas in a setting that’s both elegant and intimate; off-premise catering. $$$ Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056,

Boulevard American Bistro AMERICAN 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-2301. L, D daily. Classic American cuisine including steaks, chops and more is augmented by regional favorites like Boulevard Oysters at this Metairie bistro. $$$ café B AMERICAN 2700 Metairie Road, 9344700, D daily, L Mon-Fri. Br Sun. Ralph Brennan offers New American bistro fare with a Louisiana twist at this familyfriendly neighborhood spot. $$$ Caffe! Caffe! AMERICAN 3547 N. Hullen St., 267-9190. B, L Mon-Sat. & 4301 Clearview Parkway, 885-4845. B, L daily; D Mon-Sat. Healthy, refreshing meal options, and gourmet coffee and espresso drinks create a tasteful retreat for Metairie diners at a reasonable price. $ Crabby Jack’s Louisianian Fare 428 Jefferson Highway, 833-2722, L Mon-Sat. Lunch outpost of Jacques-Imo’s. Famous for its fried seafood and poor boys including fried green tomatoes and roasted duck. $ Deanie’s Seafood Seafood 1713 Lake Ave., 831-4141, L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried, is the name of the game. Try the barbecue

shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$


Don’s Seafood seafood 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-1550, L, D Daily. Metairie outpost of historic local seafood chain that dates from 1934. Features an array of Cajun and seafood classics like their original ‘Jacked Up’ Oysters and seafood platters. Don’t miss their happy hour specials. $$$

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Italian 4411 Chastant St., 885-2984, Metairie, L Tue-Fri, D MonSat. Snug Italian boîte packs them in, yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$

Drago’s Louisianian Fare 3232 N. Arnoult Road, 888-9254, L, D Mon-Sat. This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$

1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271, L Tue-Fri & Sun, D Tue-Sun. One of the classic New Orleans steakhouses. Steaks, sides and drinks are what you get. $$$$

Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant Seafood 1001 Live Oak St., 838-0022, L, D Mon-Sat. Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches make it a good stop for lunch. $$

Five Happiness Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, L, D daily. This longtime Chinese favorite offers up an extensive menu including its beloved mu shu pork and housebaked duck. $$

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse 3633 Veterans Blvd., 888-3600, RuthsChris. com. L Fri, D daily. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this steak institution, and great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$ Sucré Specialty Foods 3301 Veterans Blvd., 834-2277, Desserts daily. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering


H Crescent City Steaks Steakhouse

Gracious Bakery + Café Bakery/Breakfast 1000 S. Jeff Davis Parkway, Suite 100, 301-3709, B, L daily. Boutique bakery offers small-batch coffee, baked goods, individual desserts and sandwiches on breads made in-house. Catering options available. $

H Katie’s Restaurant and Bar Louisianian Fare 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582, L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Creative poor boys, local dishes such as gumbo and Sunday brunch make this a neighborhood favorite. $$

H Liuzza’s Italian 3636 Bienville St., 482-9120, L, D daily. Classic may 2019 1 0 5

neighborhood joint serves favorites like the “Frenchuletta,” stuffed artichokes and andouille gumbo. Kid’s menu offered. $$

H Mandina’s Louisianian Fare 3800 Canal St., 482-9179, L, D daily. Though the ambiance is more upscale, the food and seafood dishes make dining here a New Orleans experience. $$

H Mona’s Café World 3901 Banks St., 4827743. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros. The lentil soup and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

H MoPho Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, L, D Wed-Mon. Vietnamese cuisine meets southern Louisiana in this upscale casual hybrid by chef Michael Gulotta. Mix-and-match pho and an interesting poor boy menu rounds out the appeal. $$$ Parkway Bakery and Tavern AMERICAN 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047, ParkwayPoorBoys. com. L, D Wed-Mon. Featured on national TV and having served poor boys to presidents, it stakes a claim to some of the best sandwiches in town. Their french fry version with gravy and cheese is a classic at a great price. $ Ralph’s On The Park Italian 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, Br Sun, L Tue-Fri, D daily. A modern interior and contemporary Creole dishes such as City Park salad, turtle soup, barbecue Gulf shrimp and good cocktails. $$$$

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N. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999, ToupsMeatery. com. L, D Tue-Sat. Charcuterie, specialty cocktails and an exhaustive list of excellent à la carte sides make this restaurant a carnivore’s delight. $$$ Multiple Locations Café du Monde Bakery/Breakfast This New Orleans institution has been serving fresh café au lait, rich hot chocolate and positively addictive beignets since 1862 in the French Market 24/7. $ CC’s Coffee House Bakery/Breakfast Coffeehouse specializing in coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. $ Copeland’s Louisianian Fare L, D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$ Little Tokyo Asian Fusion/Pan Asian L, D daily. Multiple locations of this popular Japanese sushi and hibachi chain make sure that there’s always a specialty roll within easy reach. $$ Martin Wine Cellar AMERICAN Wine by the glass or bottle to go with daily lunch specials, burgers, soups, salads and deli-style sandwiches. $ Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House Seafood L, D daily. A seafood lover’s paradise offers an array of favorites like shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffée, blackened redfish and more. A raw bar featuring gulf oysters both charbroiled

and raw. $$$

destination. $$$$$

Reginelli’s Pizzeria pizza L, D daily. Pizzas, pastas, salads, fat calzones and lofty focaccia sandwiches are at locations all over town. $$

HCarrollton Market AMERICAN 8132

H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/Breakfast B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$ Theo’s Pizza L, D daily. The cracker-crisp crust pizzas are complemented by a broad assortment of toppings with local ingredients at cheap prices. $$ Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill AMERICAN L, D daily. Drawing from a wide range of worldly influences, this popular spot serves a variety of grilled items, appetizers, salads, side dishes, seafood, pasta and other entrées. Catering services available. $$$

Hampson St., 252-9928, CarrolltonMarket. com. L Sat-Sun, D Tue-Sat. Modern Southern cuisine manages to be both fun and refined at this tasteful boîte. $$$ Upper 9th Ward St. Roch Market Louisianian Fare 2381 St. Claude Ave., 615-6541, B, L, D daily. Historic St. Claude Marketplace with open dining space houses a broad collection of independent eateries including craft cocktails and more. $$ Uptown Audubon Clubhouse AMERICAN 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282, AudubonInstitute. org. B, L Tue-Sat, Br Sun. A kid-friendly menu with local tweaks and a casually upscale sandwich and salad menu. $$

H Boucherie Louisianian Fare 1506

Bouligny Tavern Gastropub 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810, D MonSat. Carefully curated small plates, inventive cocktails and select wines are the focus of this stylish offshoot of John Harris’s nationally acclaimed Lilette. $$

S. Carrollton Ave., 862-5514, L Tue-Sat, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Serving contemporary Southern food with an international angle, chef Nathaniel Zimet offers excellent ingredients presented simply. $$

Camellia Grill AMERICAN 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679. B, L, D daily. A venerable diner whose essential character has remained intact and many of the original waiters have returned. Credit cards are now accepted. $

Brigtsen’s Louisianian Fare 723 Dante St., 861-7610, D Tue-Sat. Chef Frank Brigtsen’s nationally famous Creole cuisine makes this cozy cottage a true foodie

Casamento’s Louisianian Fare 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761, L Thu-Sat, D ThuSun. The family-owned restaurant has shucked oysters and fried seafood since 1919; closed


during summer and for all major holidays. $$ Clancy’s Louisianian Fare 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111, L ThuFri, D Mon-Sat. Their Creole-inspired menu has been a favorite of locals for years. $$$ Commander’s Palace Louisianian Fare 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. The grande dame is going strong under the auspices of James Beard Awardwinner chef Tory McPhail. Jazz Brunch is a great deal. $$$$

H Coquette French 2800 Magazine St., 265-0421, L Fri, D daily, Br Sun. The food is French in inspiration and technique, with added imagination from the chefs. $$$ Dick and Jenny’s Louisianian Fare 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880, DickAndJennys. com. D Mon-Sat. A funky cottage serving Louisiana comfort food with flashes of innovation. $$$$

H Gautreau’s Louisianian Fare 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397, D Mon-Sat. Upscale destination serves refined interpretations of classics along

H La Crêpe Nanou French 1410 Robert St., 899-2670, D daily, Br Sun. Classic French bistro fare, including terrific moules and decadent dessert crêpes, are served nightly at this neighborhood institution. $$$ La Petite Grocery French 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377, L Tue-Sat,

D daily, Br Sun. Elegant dining in a convivial atmosphere. The menu is heavily Frenchinspired with an emphasis on technique. $$$ Lilette French 3637 Magazine St., 8951636, L Tue-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef John Harris’ innovative menu draws discerning diners to this highly regarded bistro. Desserts are wonderful as well. $$$$$

H Magasin Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 4201 Magazine St., 896-7611, L, D Mon-Sat. Pho, banh mi and vegetarian options are offered at this attractive and budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Café sua da is available as well. $ Pascal’s Manale Italian 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, L MonFri, D Mon-Sat. A neighborhood favorite since 1913 and the place to go for the creation of barbecued shrimp. Its oyster bar serves freshly shucked Louisiana oysters and the Italian specialties and steaks are also solid. $$$$

H Patois World 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441, L Fri, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. French food, with influences from across the Mediterranean as well as the American South, all filtered through the talent of chef Aaron Burgau. Reservations recommended. $$$ Pizza Domenica pizza 4933 Magazine St., 301-4978, L Fri-Sun, D daily. A pizza centric spinoff of the popular Restaurant Domenica brings Neapolitanstyle pies to Uptown. Excellent salads and

charcuterie boards are offered as well. $$

small plates. $$

H Shaya World 4213 Magazine St., 891-

Ye Olde College Inn AMERICAN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683, CollegeInn1933. com. D Tue-Sat. Serves up classic fare, albeit with a few upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$$

4213, L, D daily. James Beard Award-winning menu pays homage to Israel at this contemporary Israeli hotspot. $$$ Sucré Specialty Foods 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311, Desserts daily & nightly. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering available.

H The Company Burger Burgers 4600 Freret St., 267-0320, TheCompanyBurger. com. L, D daily. Custom-baked butter-brushed buns and fresh-ground beef patties make all the difference at this excellent burger hotspot. Draft beer and craft cocktails round out the appeal. $

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Italian 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, VicentsItalianCuisine. com. L Tue-Fri, D Tue-Sun. Snug Italian boîte packs them in yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$ Warehouse District Lucy’s World 710 Tchoupitoulas St., 5238995, L, D daily. Island-themed oasis with a menu that cherrypicks tempting dishes from across the globe’s tropical latitudes. Popular for lunch, and the after-work crowds stay into the wee hours. $

The Delachaise Gastropub 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858, D daily. Cuisine elevated to the standards of the libations is the draw at this lively wine bar and gastropub. Food is grounded in French bistro fare with eclectic twists. $$ H Upperline AMERICAN 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822, D Wed-Sun. Consummate hostess JoAnn Clevenger presents this nationally heralded favorite. The oft-copied fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade originated here. $$$$ H Wayfare AMERICAN 4510 Freret St., 3090069, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Creative sandwiches and southern-inspired

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Dining & Entertainment




Cajun Cookery

640 Carondelet St, New Orleans 504-459-4449

701 South Peters, New Orleans 504–302-7496

719 S. Peters, New Orleans 504-302-7496

Balise is a New Orleans-style tavern by husband-and-wife team Justin and Mia Devillier of La Petite Grocery. Set in a 19th century Creole townhouse, Balise features an approachable menu and world-class beverage program inspired by the traditions of Louisiana and New Orleans as a port city.

Executive Chef, Guy Sockrider will create a coastal contemporary menu and will utilize a large charcoal grill to highlight fresh fish and seafood. There will also be handcrafted cocktails and well curated wine list as well as small plates perfect for sharing.

The newest addition to The Warehouse District, Cajun Cookery is the home of the perfect Cajun and Creole combination. From po-boys to étouffée, Cajun Cookery is the place for New Orleans Cuisine. Check out happy hour from 2-4pm and Weekend Brunch 7am-2pm.

Creole Cookery



510 Toulouse St., New Orleans 504-524-9632

515 Harrison Ave. New Orleans, LA 504-266-2511

215 Bourbon St., New Orleans 504-335-3932

Savor authentic Creole dishes prepared by chef John Trinh, formerly of Eleven 79. Delight in traditional dishes such as gumbo, shrimp Creole and crawfish etouffée, as well as an oyster happy hour Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and signature drinks in the historic French Quarter.

Francesca Deli is the new Italian themed deli and pizzeria located on Harrison in Lakeview. Nestled between West End and Canal, Francesca’s Deli serves up St Louis style food with a New Orleans flair. Now serving breakfast from 9-2 on Sundays.

Whether stopping in for a short visit or a comfortable stay, Galatoire's "33" Bar & Steak offers classic, hand-crafted cocktails and the finest wines and spirits, alongside USDA prime steaks from the dinner menu and lighter fare at Bar "33".

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1601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-302-9171

225 Chartres Street, New Orleans 504.218.8533

3701 Iberville St., New Orleans 504-488-6582

Chinese or Japanese? Can't decide? Hoshun is your answer, offering an extensive menu from classic Chinese dishes to Japanese sushi and everything in between (like Vietnamese pho or pad Thai). Stick with one cuisine, or mix and match. Open daily until 2 a.m.

Justine is a Parisian-style brasserie by husband-and-wife team Justin and Mia Devillier. Combining the sophistication of a brasserie with the playfulness of the French Quarter, Justine honors the technique and simplicity of French classics in a bustling, multi-roomed restaurant with vibrant decor and grand presentation.

Fresh and delicious, “The Legend” features BBQ Shrimp with cochon de lait stuffed into New Orleans French bread. Call to ask about daily special. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and don’t miss the bottomless mimosa Sunday brunch.


Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar and Seafood

Mr. Ed's Seafood and italian

3800 Canal St., New Orleans 504-482-9179

Mid-City, Metairie, French Quarter & St. Charles

Mandina's is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant. "There are some items that have been on the menu for 75 years," says Cindy Mandina. "My grandmother always said, 'Take care of the neighborhood people and locals that come here… cater to their needs and desires’. That's what we're all about." Mandina's is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Now open in Mid-City at the corner of Carrollton and Bienville, Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar serves your choice of chargrilled, fried or raw oysters, as well as long time favorites such as Oyster Rockefeller and Bienville. Offering both a stand up oyster bar and cocktail bar, it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy. Four unique locations; one great menu. 2nd French Quarter location now open.

910 West Esplanade Ave., Kenner 504-463-3030 1001 Live Oak, Metairie 504-838-0022 Mr. Ed's has been a local favorite since 1989, offering home-style cooking, italian cuisine, seafood favorites, and mr. Ed's Famous Fried Chicken. Open mondaySaturday for lunch and dinner. Daily lunch specials and catering are available as well. MAY 2019 1 0 9



Dining & Entertainment


Orleans Grapevine


Pascal's Manale

720 Orleans Ave., New Orleans 504-523-1930

538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans 504-482-3047

1838 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans 504-895-4877

Enjoy true New Orleans atmosphere in a beautiful, tropical courtyard. Orleans Grapevine serves high quality cuisine and one of the largest selections of wine by the bottle or by the glass. Don't miss the popular Bacon Happy Hour, where you'll enjoy free bacon with your cocktails and wine. 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight daily.

Walking distance from the fairgrounds, Parkway will be feeding hungry festers delicious poorboys before and after The Jazz and Heritage Festival! Serving Golden fried Louisiana Oysters on Mondays and Wednesdays!

This famous restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1913. Pascal’s manale is the origin of the well known Original Pascal’s Barbeque Shrimp. the old-time oyster and cocktail bars offer raw oysters on the half shell and all types of cocktails, as well as a great selection of ne wines. Fresh seafood, italian dishes and delicious steaks are featured.

Ralph Brennan

Red Gravy

Tito's Ceviche & Pisco


125 Camp St., New Orleans 504-561-8844

5015 Magazine Street, New Orleans 504.267.7612

Sweet or savory? Breakfast or lunch? Who has time for decisions like that? Carnival Cochon is all things for all people, plus it’s all 4 food groups— pork, dairy, egg and donut. Chef Roseann says we ALL deserve a little carnival in our lives.

Intimate Peruvian restaurant in uptown New Orleans with premier handcrafted cocktails, heart-healthy Peruvian wine, a variety of melt in your mouth ceviches, tiraditos, savory meat and seafood.

Ralph Brennan Catering is known as New Orleans' premier caterer for groups from 100 to 1,200 people. With the ability to match your palate, theme and budget in your home, restaurant, or venue of your choice, they are dedicated to providing a seamless, professional and, above all, memorable experience.

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1. A Renee 824 Chartres St. 504-418-1448 A. Renee Boutique features The Ultimate Festivals Skirts; 100% cotton, reversible, one size, with a pocket under $100. 4 different fabric styles.


2. Aucoin Hart 1525 Metairie Rd., Metairie 504-834-9999 This beautiful emerald ring features an emerald cut center stone surrounded by a halo of round diamonds with cadi diamond sides and a unique concave, open two-row diamond shank. Shop this and more at Aucoin Hart Jewelers on Metairie Road. 3. Aunt Sally's 750 St. Charles, New Orleans 810 Decatur, New Orleans 504-944-6090 Spring Pralinette Gift Basket. Leave it to your Aunt to give the sweetest Mother’s Day gifts! With pralines, gift baskets, books and more, Aunt Sally’s has everything you need to show your mother how sweet she really is. 4. Auraluz 4408 Shores Dr., Metairie 504-888-3313 MY SAINT MY HERO's...mission is to bring faith, hope and purpose into everyday life. Their beautiful selection of wearable blessings make a wonderful Mother's Day gift. 5. Beaver Productions Singer Michael Bublé will perform at Smoothie King Center on July 17. Tickets make a great Mother’s Day gift are on sale now at Ticketmaster and Smoothie King box office. 1 1 2 MAY 2019





6. Cristy Cali 504-407-5041 The intention of the Queen of Hearts Collection is for the wearer to become aware their surroundings, protect your heart against negative energies, to treasure, respect and guard your heart. We are all royalty in our own lives. Remember to be true to yourself and love yourself, because without self love, you cannot love others.


7. Konnie's Gift Depot 859 Brownswitch Road, Slidell In thee Country Club Plaza 985-643-8000 New decorative 18 inch diameter glass bowls are perfect for the kitchen to hold fruit, snacks or just to decorate a table. Featuring molded-in colors, these bowls are made from heavy glass and can also be displayed when not in use using an op-tional decorative easel. Bowls are available in assorted pleasing designs. 8. Perlis 6070 Magazine Street, New Orleans 600 Decatur, French Quarter 1281 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville 8366 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge Experience all-day comfort in the ON Cloud hybrid running/lifestyle shoe with runner-tech performance. Knotted elastic laces offer slip-on convenience with a stay-on fit. Comfort mom in a molded heel and CloudTecÂŽ sole for a smooth ride.



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Orange Lake Resort Orlando

Summer Travel


allelujah! Summer has arrived, and it’s time to bask in the sun and all its glory. Sun is aplenty across the Gulf Coast, and from Texas to Florida, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for summer fun, both on and off the water. From the shimmering rivers and lakes of Texas and Mississippi to the beaches that extend all the way from the Lone Star State to the Sunshine State, your sunkissed vacation awaits. When your toes aren’t in the water, there are plenty of options for indoor fun: thrilling casino gaming, historical tours, decadent restaurants, art exhibits, relaxing hotel rooms, and eclectic shops. There are also a number of festivals that take place this season, replete with delicious food, drinks, and entertainment. Travel resources are also available to help get you where you want to go, whether that’s a simple drive down the highway or to pursue creative endeavors in France. Take a look at the following destinations, and plan your summer travels now.

Louisiana Take a walk through time as you enjoy a glimpse into the lives of fascinating people who have called St. Joseph Plantation home. Learn about the Priestly family and grandson H. H. Richardson, who was born at St. Joseph and became one of America’s most important architects of the 19th century. Explore the story of Valcour Aime, known as “The Louis XIV of Louisiana,” and his two daughters, Felicite and Josephine, to whom he gave St. Joseph Plantation and neighboring Felicity Plantation. Discover the stories of the slaves that lived here and the work they did. In 1877, the story of St. Joseph’s Plantation’s current family began when Joseph Waguespack purchased the plantation. Joseph’s

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descendants, the Waguespack and Simon families, have kept this sugarcane plantation thriving for over 135 years, operating the plantation with over 1,000 acres planted. Visit and learn about the sugarcane industry and its regional significance. Additionally, see where scenes from All The King’s Men, Skeleton Key, 12 Years a Slave, Underground, Queen Sugar, the remake of Roots, and four-time Oscar nominee Mudbound were filmed. Visit, or call 225-265-4078. Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery is excited to announce Three Hundred More, a compelling promotional offer designed by Old No. 77 to continue the enthusiasm generated by the city’s tricentennial celebration while further deepening the property’s connection to the community. Three Hundred More illustrates Old No. 77’s commitment to seeing New Orleans thrive for another three centuries. Speaking to the growing need for meaningful, authentic, and contributive travel shared by many Old No. 77 guests, Three Hundred More will expand Old No. 77’s creative partnerships with organizations such as Where Y’Art, Goods that Matter, and others. In partnership with Where Y’Art, Old No. 77’s latest gallery exhibition, 300 More celebrates South Louisiana’s Coastal Regions with heavy florals, wetlands, and swamps. As part of Three Hundred More, Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery is offering 20 percent off with a five percent donation to a coastal restoration non-profit, Restore the Mississippi Delta. The 167-room hotel is located in the Warehouse Arts District, three blocks from the French Quarter and a short stroll from the Convention Center. Book online at


Royal Frenchmen Hotel & Bar The French Market District in New Orleans spans from the Shops at the Upper Pontalba on Jackson Square to Crescent Park, including the Shops of the Colonnade on Decatur Street and the open-air Farmers and Flea Markets. The District is open daily and offers an eclectic variety of shops, eateries, and events year-round. Looking for farm fresh produce and goods? Don’t miss the Crescent City Farmers Market every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. October through June. Kick off summer at the French Market by celebrating the start of Creole tomato season at the 33rd annual Creole Tomato Festival. This year’s festival, June 8 & 9, will feature two live music stages, Bloody Mary Market showcasing a variety bloody marys by local restaurants, Creole tomatoes for sale by regional growers, and free children’s activities. Visit for more information on the French Market District and events. The TABASCO® Pepper Sauce Visitors Center on Avery Island brings to life the unique world of TABASCO® Sauce. Located in southern Louisiana, Avery Island has been the home of TABASCO® Sauce since it was created more than 150 years ago. The Visitors Center showcases how TABASCO® Sauce is made—from the peppers first budding in the greenhouse, to towering walls of oak barrels where mashed peppers are aged for three years, to a glimpse into the production facility where the sauce is blended, stirred, and then bottled. Finally, visitors can snap and share pictures with life-size bottles of their favorite TABASCO® flavor before sampling treats that are only available at the TABASCO® Country Store. While there, be sure to dine at TABASCO®'s 1868 Restaurant where you can enjoy spicy, authentic Cajun dishes and classic Southern comfort food, all seasoned with TABASCO® Sauce. Build your own bloody mary and try all of the TABASCO® Family of Flavors®. For more information about visiting the home of TABASCO® Sauce on Avery Island, please visit Just in time for summer, Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ annual French Quarter Fling guest package is back offering nightly rates as low as $159 and a Sonesta Savings Pack for discounts on dining, attractions, and tours for budget-friendly, fun-seeking travelers. Guests can upgrade to a newly renovated R Club Level room from $259 per night for an elevated experience including daily breakfast and more. To celebrate 50 years in the heart of the French Quarter, Royal Sonesta New Orleans is offering guests two special anniversary room packages for truly unforgettable experiences, as well as celebratory specials at our on-site dining and entertainment venues: Restaurant R’evolution, Desire Oyster Bar and The Jazz Playhouse. Come experience the culmination of five decades of true Southern hospitality while taking in the sights of world-renowned Bourbon Street just outside our doors. Visit to book your stay using online promo code FQF, or call 504-586-0300 today. The historic Royal Frenchmen Hotel enjoys the distinction of being the sole, luxury boutique hotel in the midst of all of the action and entertainment of Frenchmen Street. But behind its historic walls, the hotel offers much more than its luxury accommodations. The bar at Royal Frenchmen Hotel has recently been named the #3 hotel bar in New Orleans in the Where Y’at Best of the Big Easy Awards behind only the storied French Quarter Carousel and Sazerac bars. The Royal Frenchmen Hotel bar offers live music daily and features a Friday night residence by the Treme Prince, Glen David Andrews. Happy hour brings daily $3 martinis from 4 – 7 p.m., a perfect way to relax in the

afternoon as music begins to fill the streets. The hotel’s beautiful and spacious courtyard can accommodate up to 150 guests for weddings and other special events, placing guests right in the heart of New Orleans’ musical and cultural epicenter. Learn more about the Royal Frenchmen Hotel and book your stay or event by visiting or by calling 504-6199660.

Texas Don't wait to make a splash in one of the many beautiful Texas lakes perfect for family memory-making activities such as fishing, boating, tubing, and waterskiing. Holiday Inn Club Vacations® has a number of Texas properties to suit your family’s penchant for fun. Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Villages Resort is located on Lake Palestine and just a short drive from the Tyler Rose Garden and many other attractions. Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Piney Shores Resort sits on the Lake Conroe shore and is only about an hour from Houston. Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Hill Country Resort overlooks Canyon Lake and is about an hour away from both San Antonio and Austin. There are also beachfront resorts—sink your toes in the sands of the Gulf Coast at one of two beautiful Galveston Island resorts. Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Galveston Beach Resort is located directly on the beach and is great for kids and adults alike with numerous activities, while Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Galveston Seaside Resort offers both standard and luxurious Signature Collection villas in a relaxing escape farther down the island. Book your stay today at

Mississippi Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort is “The New Way to Stay & Play” on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Treat yourself to a stay at its luxurious hotel, voted Best Casino Hotel and Loosest Slots by Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Observer. Start your Sunday mornings with a Jazz Brunch featuring live entertainment by Jesse Hill and bottomless Mimosas and Bellinis. Spice it up with a loaded Bloody Mary topped with a fresh lobster tail. Dive into All-You-Can-Eat Dungeness and Snow Crab at Scarlet Pearl’s Waterfront Buffet every weekend. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort showcases over 1,100 video ad reel slot machines, over 35 top-of-the-line table games, and over 65 video poker games. You will find all your old favorites and experience new thrills every time you play. If you are feeling really lucky, take a shot at a hole-in-one at Lava Links Miniature Golf Course featuring a live, erupting volcano. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort—your home away from home. Book your next ultimate getaway at or call 888-BOOK-SPC. MAY 2019 1 1 7


Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

In Vicksburg, Mississippi, you’ll find Southern hospitality in its most authentic form. A city that harbors U.S. history at some of its most poignant turns, Vicksburg features art at its most creative angles, food at its finest flavors, and outdoor adventure at its most thrilling turns. Vicksburg is a place bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment and outdoor adventure. With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. From four world-class casinos and upscale shopping, dining, and spas to some of the most fascinating historic sites, architecture, and antebellum mansions in the nation, Vicksburg offers an authentic Southern experience you don’t want to miss. Just relax—it all runs on river time in Vicksburg! From restaurants and shops to historical sites and museums, you’ll find destinations, events, and lodging for your next adventure at


Take an island adventure this summer that won’t break the bank and is located only about 70 minutes from New Orleans. Mississippi’s finest beaches are located on Ship Island, approximately 11 miles offshore from the Gulf Coast cities of Gulfport and Biloxi. The undeveloped sand island is accessible only by boat. Ship Island Excursions offers daily passenger ferry service from the Gulfport Yacht Harbor and the Margaritaville Hotel Resort in Biloxi. Watch for Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins during an enjoyable 60-minute cruise. Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ship Island offers visitors the first high quality, natural beaches for swimming and shelling east of New Orleans. Travel to a special place where the main attractions are long, quiet beaches, beautiful green water, and clean Gulf air. The nine-mile long barrier island also features historic Fort Massachusetts (circa 1858). Food service is available on the boats and the island. Chair and umbrella rentals are also available. During summer, the National Park Service offers a lifeguarded swim beach and fort tours. Ferry service operates March through October. Visit for info. Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on Mississippi's largest private recreational lake. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Homesites are available on the water starting at $100,000. Both the homes and homesites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway. It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast, or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life… “Big!” Big Bay Lake is only 90 minutes from New Orleans. Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit

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The weather's perfect for catching a wave and relaxing on the sugarwhite sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. It’s never too early to start planning your summer getaway to Alabama's beaches, just a short a drive from New Orleans. Explore 32 miles of beaches warmed by sunshine and unspoiled natural beauty. When your toes aren't in the sand, discover the history, culture, attractions, events, and award-winning restaurants that make this area a truly special summer vacation destination. Southern hospitality is at its finest in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, where there's something for everyone— from amusement and water parks to fantastic shopping, beachside restaurants, concerts, and more. Splash into summer and soak up the sun on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. With lodging options, things to see and do, amazing places to eat, and area maps, the area's 2019 Vacation Guide makes planning your trip a breeze. Visit or call 877-341-2400 for more information and to get your copy. Unlike regular beach hotels cluttered together along the coast, The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel is a unique destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast with nature at its doorstep. Located within the beautiful 6,150-acre Gulf State Park, The Lodge at Gulf State Park provides luxurious accommodations with direct beach access, four dining options, 40,000 square feet of flexible event space, and miles of beach trails with the pristine coastal scenery of this natural wildlife habitat. During your stay, you'll connect with the outdoors on a whole new level. And in doing so, you'll be helping in the hotel’s conservation efforts to restore and maintain the beauty of this truly distinctive property.

The Lodge at gulf state park

Galveston Seaside’s Signature Collection

Each of the 350 non-smoking guest rooms, including 20 suites, weave comfort and sustainability with a contemporary flair. All rooms bring the outdoors in by providing guests views of either The Gulf of Mexico or Lake Shelby/Gulf State Park. At The Lodge at Gulf State Park, doing nothing is really something. Book your summer vacation today by visiting

Florida’s Franklin County is open for the business of fun for you and your furry, four-legged friends. This pristine coastal oasis offers some of the best dog-friendly beaches. Book a beachside cottage and spend your days basking while your dog runs and splashes in the surf. Dogs that enjoy waves will love the safe and gentle surf of the Gulf of Mexico. Franklin County does require your dog to be leashed when you visit the beaches, and the state park beaches on St. George Island and Alligator Point have specific rules on where dogs can visit—please check before you go. Pet-friendly water sports, camping, and accommodations are all available in Franklin County. Several local outfitters offer boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals and can recommend calm water locations to try with your furry friend. In addition to state forest and national forest primitive camping, there are a number of RV campgrounds in the county that welcome pets. Additionally, you can find pet-friendly hotels, motels, inns, cottages, or bed and breakfasts from Alligator Point to Apalachicola. Visit to enter to win a coastal getaway.

Florida Activate your imagination at Art Month South Walton, an initiative of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. Art Month South Walton is a collaboration of visual, performing and literary arts events presented in diverse formats and various venues throughout South Walton, located along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Spanning the month of May, Art Month South Walton includes Under the Sea, a fundraiser for the nation's first Underwater Museum of Art (recently named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Greatest Places), the 31st Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach (recently featured in National Geographic as one of 24 Unconventional Art Destinations Around the World), Longleaf Writers Conference, the Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition, the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival, and more. Discover more details at More than a place to stay, Holiday Inn Club Vacations® at Orange Lake Resort is a place to play. Every corner of the resort has treasures to discover—from River Island, the 12-acre pool complex that includes a 1,200-foot lazy river, restaurants, bars, shops and more, to the Water’s Edge Beach Club with daily activities, arcade, mini golf, and a fantastic view of the 80-acre lake and watersport activities. Additionally, the Splash Lagoon Pool Complex offers a zero-entry pool, waterslide, multi-level pool decks, and lush landscaping, while The Legends Clubhouse and pool overlook one of four signature golf courses. Orange Lake Resort is the perfect alternative to Orlando hotels. As you step into your villa, you will know immediately that you have entered the ideal vacation home. This family-friendly resort is conveniently situated right next door to Walt Disney World® Resort Animal Kingdom and other popular, nearby attractions. Surprise your family with a vacation that they will not soon forget. Book your stay at

Travel All Over There’s nothing like the feeling of jumping in the car and embarking on a long-awaited road trip. If there’s one thing that could ruin your journey, it’s unexpected car trouble. Fortunately, you can make sure your vacation stays on track with the peace of mind that accompanies AAA 24/7 Roadside Assistance. AAA covers you in any car, SUV, or pick-up truck, even if you’re not the driver. AAA provides free towing, free tire change, free lock-out assistance, free minor mechanical first aid, free jump start, and free delivery of emergency fuel. For a limited time, readers of New Orleans Magazine can join AAA for only $50 and get a second household member free (promo code 175486). Current AAA members can add one new household member free (promo code 175488). For more details see the ad in this issue, visit your local AAA branch, call 844-330-2173, or visit Join AAA today. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is celebrating 40 creative years, offering degrees in more than 100 programs, including architecture, animation, fashion, film and television, plus cutting-edge disciplines including immersive reality, motion media, visual effects, UX design, and more. SCAD is a global university, enrolling nearly 15,000 students at campuses in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; Hong Kong; Lacoste, France; and via SCAD eLearning. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. SCAD’s 99 percent alumni employment rate is testament to the creative careers of the more than 40,000 SCAD graduates working at the world's most prestigious companies, including Google, Disney, BMW, Nike, Uber, Amazon and beyond. For more information about SCAD, visit •


Women’s Health


ay is Women’s Health month and the perfect time to celebrate the women in your life—especially mothers on Mother’s Day. As summer kicks off with its slower pace, May is an ideal time to check up on all things health related. Is there a check-up or screening you’ve been putting off? A fitness class or activity you’ve been wanting to start? What about a nagging health issue you’ve been waiting to address? It’s easy to be run ragged by work and family without noticing the wear and tear on the body. Take some time to consider what can help improve your health and wellbeing and have conversations with the women nearest and dearest to you about prioritizing self-care. From weight loss programs and fitness classes to specialized health clinics and spas, there are a variety of professionals and services that could benefit you and the women in your life this summer.

swim by a team of professionals who are passionate about teaching swimming in a way that is both fun and confidence building. Through safe, small classes, Love Swimming strives to provide swimmers with a strong foundation for a lifetime of love and respect for the water. Love Swimming teachers motivate individuals to explore their abilities beyond their fears and expectations. The Love Swimming facility uses heated, salt-water pools to create an ideal learning environment where swimmers are always warm and comfortable. This comfort is key to accelerating the learning process and developing strong safety skills. The organization believes swimming is the best exercise for babies, kids, and adults. Begin your swimming adventures for both fun and exercise by starting lessons now. Call 504-891-4662 or visit

Fitness & Weight Loss Based in the New Orleans area, Sensible Meals is the largest meal prep program in the country. People across the U.S. are signing up for this simple and effective path towards fast weight-loss results, all by consuming flavorful, chef-prepared, fresh foods. Sensible Meals boasts of the numerous health benefits including blood sugar regulation and overall heart health. This diet plan is changing lives. “After five days on the meal plan the appetite shrinks, and when you eat restaurant or home-prepared food, the desire for smaller portions remains,” explains Ingrid Rinck, Owner and Founder of Sensible Meals. Sensible Meals ships nationally to thousands of clients with free local pickup in 10 cities. For videos, client testimonials—including exciting local “before and after” photos and success stories—visit Sensible Meals’ Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages or head over to There’s nothing like splashing or relaxing in cool waters under the spring and summer Louisiana sun, and knowing how to swim is paramount to your family’s safety in the water. Additionally, swimming presents a lifelong option for improving fitness and health. At Love Swimming, students of all ages are taught how to 1 2 0 MAY 2019

Start the summer off right with Club Pilates. Pure to Joseph Pilates’ original Reformer-based Contrology Method, but modernized with group practice and expanded state-of-the-art equipment, Club Pilates offers high-quality, life-changing training at a surprisingly affordable price. More than just Reformers, Club Pilates teaches classes using TRX, Barre, Exo-Chair, Bosu ball, mats, rollers and more. The studio’s certified instructors perform hundreds of hours of training to meet teacher standards and maximize your workout. Dynamic class sessions are available at a variety of levels and at convenient class times. The Club Pilates team believes that Pilates is the path to a fuller, more satisfying physical existence and that being in control of your body helps you to be in control of your life. And best of all, you can start anytime. No matter your level of fitness, there’s a Pilates class for you. Book your own stress-free intro class for free at, or call 504-484-9650 for more information. Nola Pilates & Yoga/ Xtend Barre is one of Lakeview’s premier fitness studios. The studio’s extensive schedule features over 65 group classes per week, including Pilates Reformer, Tower, Mat, Yoga, MELT

ADVERTISING SECTION Method, TRX Suspension and Xtend Barre. One-on-one sessions are available in the private equipment studio seven days per week. Classes range in focus and intensity from open-level Pilates Mat and Yoga classes to muscle-sculpting, calorie-torching classes like TRX and Xtend Barre. November 2018 marked the studio’s 11-year anniversary, and owner Kim Munoz fondly recalls opening its doors back in 2007, as small business owners worked tirelessly to revive their city following Hurricane Katrina. “In our first years, we were grateful for the opportunity to offer the local community a positive outlet following such devastation,” explained Munoz. “Over a decade later, we look forward to continuing to serve the New Orleans community and helping you meet your goals, restore your mind, body, and spirit.” Visit the studio online at to schedule your first session. For more information, visit the website or call 504-483-8880.

Eye Care Eyecare Associates physicians are excited about new cataract surgery technology now available for New Orleans area patients. The Catalys Precision Laser System is designed to make cataract surgery safer and more accurate, while new lens implant options, such as the latest in multifocal and extended focus intraocular lenses, provide patients with the best-corrected vision for both distance and near at the same time. The Ora System, used at the time of surgery, delivers the most accurate calculation for determining the power of the intraocular lens implanted. In addition to the new technology offered for cataract patients, Eyecare is excited to offer a non-dilated thorough retinal examination with the OPTOS ultra-wide retinal imaging system. This system allows physicians to detect diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic

retinopathy, and even cancer much earlier than previous options have allowed. Optometrists at Eyecare Associates offer the latest options in daily wear contact lenses that are known for exceptional comfort and clear vision. Patients have access to comprehensive routine and medical examinations as well as refractive surgery, glaucoma treatment, and retina services and procedures. For more information, call 504-455-9825 or visit

Addiction Recovery Avenues Recovery offers a fresh start for individuals with addictions, helping them redefine their lives as they journey through the process of recovery with the help of a dedicated team, individualized tools, and a supportive community. Their innovative and progressive approach to treatment incorporates modern, inviting surroundings, a highly trained staff of committed professionals, strong family involvement throughout the rehabilitation process, and comprehensive follow-through aftercare. At two convenient locations in Metairie and New Orleans, Avenues Recovery’s contemporary facilities remove the barrier of institutionalized treatment. Avenues Recovery seeks to treat the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. They offer personalized care, mentoring, and coaching in a clean, modern, home-like setting, close to where you live and work. Those ready to start their journey through recovery benefit from Avenues Recovery’s supervised detoxification, 30/60/90-day residential treatment options, a strong-follow-up program including outpatient and alumni services, individual counseling and group therapy, life skills coaching, 12-step practices and more. For information, visit or call 504-603-3060.• MAY 2019 1 2 1

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The Shrimp Boats of Bucktown Life with a view Shrimp boats once docked

in the small canal that lined the area best known as Bucktown. It was a picturesque little neighborhood off Hammond Highway along the border of Orleans and Jefferson parishes. There was a restaurant, Sid-Mar’s, a view of the sunset over the lake, a bridge from which boys in cut-off jeans still jumped, even at an age when they should have known better, and other restaurants on the bridge’s opposite side. At its best, that stretch of Bucktown was the city’s own seaport village, still rustic in many ways. There were no vendors selling replicas of the shrimp boats; no ice cream parlors or t-shirt shops. The business of the street was seafood; gathering it and cooking it. In the neighborhood’s heyday, shrimp were mostly boiled or fried 1 3 6 MAY 2019

or served on a poorboy. (Barbecue shrimp, on the other hand, was an uptown dish, particularly at Pascal’s Manale Restaurant where the recipe was invented, though the shrimp are not really barbecued but baked and served in a seasoned sauce that begs to be dipped into.) To imagine what the oncecharming little road with the canal at its side looks like now, imagine Hoover Dam, a massive wall with various pipes and conduits taking control of nature. The neighborhood sacrificed its life so that the 17th Street Canal will never flood again like it did after Katrina. The new flood control structure has the charm of a rock but we’re a lot safer now. There still are shrimp boats in the neighborhood, though less visibly. Over the levee near the new Coast Guard facility there is

a marina where a small fleet of the boats is parked. It is good to see them, and they are charming in their own way with their net poles locked in the upward position, as though pointing to the crab constellation, but the setting just is not the same. There is no neighboring village, just an empty green space. I realize now that part of the charm of a shrimp boat is in the surroundings. That can also be said of seafood restaurants with a view. There was nothing fancy about Sid-Mar’s but there was something really special, a screened porch that ran along the right side of the building. New Orleans is a town of a thousand quirky pleasures and one of them was being on that porch at sunset and devouring from a tray of boiled seafood chased by a cold beer. In the distance, the western sky

over the lake turned shades of red, purple and orange before conceding to the dark. Hurricane Katrina pummeled the restaurant which had survived mightily during previous storms. After a legal land dispute, the business moved away to a neighborhood site on North Turnbull Street in Metairie. The business tried; the customers wanted to believe, but it wasn’t the same. Missing were the porch, the shrimp boats and the sunset, all a part of Sid-Mar’s image. Back at Bucktown, at least the descending sun will always be there. Each time it rises there will be more nets in the water and more bounty heading for area kitchens. There’s not the charm that there once was, but with the levee being better protected, neither is there the fear.


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Profile for Renaissance Publishing

New Orleans Magazine May 2019  

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