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Contents DRESS FOR FESTS, P. 58
Local Color On the Cover: Stoltzfus: Scrambled Egg, Corned Beef or Pastrami, with Swiss and Spicy Brown Mustard on a bagel from Stein’s Market and Deli
Marquee Top event picks 24
Persona Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. 26
Biz Thinking Deeper 28
Chris Rose Photograph by Sam Hanna
Feels of Dreams 30
Modine Gunch Holding Up 32
Joie d’Eve Adulting 34
In Tune April Grooves 36
Chronicles The Choctaw Club at Home 38
Home Package Deal 40
In Every Issue
Rise and Shine
Breakfast time in New Orleans 44
In Search of Pain Perdu 14
What to do and where to go 56
Editorial, plus a Mike Luckovich cartoon 18
Dress for Fests Festival gear for all 58
Julia Street Questions and answers about our city 20
Streetcar File Jumbo 112
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DIAL 12, D1 Watch the new seven-part series, MASTERPIECE “World on Fire,” on Sundays, April 5 May 17 at 8:00 p.m. on WYES-TV. Follow the lives of ordinary people coping with the greatest war in human history. Helen Hunt, Sean Bean, Lesley Manville and Jonah Hauer-King head an international cast in the gripping World War II drama.
The Menu Table Talk Big Shot 66
Restaurant Insider News from the Kitchens 68
Food Oh Me Oh My 70
Last Call No Mask of a Woman 72
Dining Guide Listings by Neighborhood 74
In Search of Pain Perdu
“LOST BREAD” WAS A COMMON
home-cooked breakfast when I was a school kid, though I often stumbled at pronouncing it. My parents, who came from French Louisiana, used the native words, “pain perdu” which translates roughly to “lost bread.” Now the bread was not really lost. What it really meant in that context was “stale,” as though the bread had lost its freshness. In preparation, the slices would be swished in an egg wash and then fried, competing in the genre of pancakes and waffles as a dish for deluging with syrup and butter. There was one major difference in the home version of pain perdu compared to what the pros in the restaurants made—the type of bread. The old country’s version called for sliced leftover French bread; mom’s “rendition” always used sliced white bread. Back then, in the era before artisan breads, “sliced white” pretty much dominated the home kitchen. On the side, if we were lucky, were a couple of slices of bacon to be chased by orange juice. Back then, all breakfasts were seen as being healthy, regardless of the toppings, and certainly bacon must have added some sort of protein. Orange juice, I once thought, was the ultimate health food, until a local doctor suggested I check the sugar content. Our cover story looks at Top Breakfasts, for which our reporter selected 32 meals from local restaurants. Breakfasts have become a big business. The menus are more diverse and far more fancy. At least pain perdu, if not always healthy, was French. That should have counted for something.
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where Richard Nixon would address a veterans’ convention was called the Rivergate. The word sounded ironically similar to Watergate. Toward the end of his presidency, Lyndon Johnson, made unpopular by the Vietnam War, mostly limited his appearances to the safe confinement of military bases. After leaving office, his last visit to New Orleans was to attend a memorial service at the St. Louis Cathedral for Congressman Hale Boggs. There’s a whole generation of baby boomers who remember the day John Kennedy came to town. School kids and adults lined St. Charles Avenue to get a glimpse at the glamorous young president. Kennedy, who was in the city to dedicate the new Nashville Wharf, waved at the crowd from the same open-top presidency and New Orleans limousine that would become a tragic episode in American history, an episode triggered by who as a president and earlier and another during the Essence an assassin who had grown up as a barnstorming speaker for Festival) but this city has always in New Orleans. As a young military officer, conservatism, had made many been a plank in the presidential stops in New Orleans through stage, important enough for Dwight Eisenhower spent time the years. all modern and some ancient in central Louisiana overseeing When the histories of the chief executives to have visited, military maneuvers. As president Clinton administrations are sometimes to dedicate new proj- he came to the big city in 1953 to written, it will probably be over- ects, most often to speak before help celebrate the sesquicentenlooked that Clinton’s first visit as prestigious meetings. nial of the Louisiana Purchase. Jimmy Carter also made the president outside of Washington Of all the presidential visiwas to New Orleans. Hopes and occasional presidential visit. After tors, the one who would have ambitions were still high that day his presidency, this city became the biggest impact on the city, when he was whisked in and out part of his life, at least as and the nation, was of town to address a convention. a postmark, because his Franklin Roosevelt. Serving nearly four (Though perhaps not whisked daughter, Amy, lived here An original fast enough. Air Force One’s for a while. terms during a span ©Mike Luckovich departure was delayed while Gerald Ford’s presi- Cartoon for New that included the recovery from the the president got an on-board dency was brief, but at Orleans Magazine haircut. The next day he would Tulane University he delivDepression and World have to explain that he did know ered one of his most important War II, FDR’s influence was that arriving flights could not speeches, assuring the nation enormous. His “Works Progress land as long as a president was and the world that the war in Administration” created jobs to on the ground.) Vietnam was over. help the nation bounce back Barack Obama spent little At a briefing in Washington, the from economic hard times. WPA time in New Orleans (except gathered press laughed when told projects appeared around town, for a campaign stop at Tulane, that the building in New Orleans including many of the stylish
State of the Union The AS THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
system winds down, and heads towards the November federal election date, now seemed like a good time to look at the city and the way that various presidencies have been touched by it. For the Bush family, New Orleans has represented highs and lows in their presidencies. The Dad became his party’s candidate here; the son would be haunted by the after-effects of Katrina. Bush, the elder, is the only president to have received his party’s nomination in New Orleans. And though he would go on to win the presidency, he would be chided for words spoken in the Dome during his acceptance speech: “Read my lips, no new taxes.” Those words would hurt when taxes were raised. Also in attendance at the 1988 Republican convention was President Ronald Reagan, 1 8 APRIL 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM
buildings and bridges seen in City Park. Roosevelt once came to town to be honored at the dedication of Roosevelt Mall in City Park. While he was here, FDR became part of one of the most famous anecdotes in New Orleans political lore. Mayor Robert Maestri, whose rough speech pattern was no match to the eloquent Roosevelt, had been urged to say as little as possible to the president. Yet the mayor could not resist that evening, when over dinner at Antoine’s, he rejoiced over the Oysters Rockefeller and asked the president, “How do ya like dem ersters?” A picture of that dinner, which included a table full of political high rollers, hangs at Antoine’s. Seated to the side of Roosevelt, opposite Maestri, was Louisiana Governor Richard Leche. Roosevelt’s Justice Department would soon be investigating scandals in Louisiana. The investigation would result in Leche going to prison. How did the governor like dem ersters? Donald Trump visited New Orleans to address the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention. At the time, the government was facing a shutdown, but the president assured that “no one can turn the government on like I can.” Trump probably achieved the biggest stage ever for a presidential visit this past January when he and his wife stepped on the Superdome field for the LSU-Clemson National Championship Game. Within a few minutes he reached not only a packed stadium, but a nationwide TV audience. Only a few weeks earlier he was shown singing out the national anthem with the crowd at the LSU-Alabama game. Only Tiger Quarterback Joe Burrow caused more excitement. Though transportation was
more difficult for earlier presidents, many would at least whistle stop through town. For Abraham Lincoln, transit, especially to the South, was impossible during his administration, but he knew New Orleans. As a young man he had floated down river on a raft carrying produce to the city. Though officially from Virginia, Zachary Taylor is the only president to have actually lived in Louisiana spending time on a plantation in the vicinity of Baton Rouge. If there was one presidency that was made because of New Orleans it was Andrew Jackson’s. The general’s victory at the Battle of New Orleans catapulted him to national prominence, just as Eisenhower’s success in Europe would do over a century later. The shift of the American presidency from the east coast elite to back woods populism began on the battlefields at Chalmette. Just as New Orleans made Jackson, Thomas Jefferson made New Orleans. The scholarly third president had the geopolitical insight to write of the city that “there is on the globe one spot, the possessor of which is our natural and habitual enemy.” Jefferson understood that the fledgling country could not grow as long as another nation controlled the port near the mouth of the continent’s most important river. The president allowed for negotiations to buy the city from France and was surprised when the entire Louisiana territory, reaching the Canadian border, was thrown into the package. After Jefferson, New Orleans was no longer just a Creole colony, but an American city. We hope that all future presidents, can learn from Jefferson. New Orleans is not just a good place to visit, but an extra special place to care about.
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JULIA STREET WITH POYDRAS THE PARROT
refers to the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line which, from 1964 to 1988, was the sole surviving local street rail line. Your spoon probably dates from that period. As 1964 began, only two local streetcar lines remained in operation – the St. Charles and the Canal – but the Canal ceased operation at the end of May and was, like streetcars in cities throughout the country, replaced with bus service. Bus manufacturers, fuel suppliers and the rubber trade thought this was a great idea and their lobbyists convinced city planners throughout the nation that streetcars were antiquated. Nearly a decade later, the St. Charles line remained critically endangered. In 1973, its surviving fleet of 35 cars was accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. Designated as movable landmarks – a distinction shared with San Francisco cable cars – the St. Charles cars remained until 1988, when the red streetcars dubbed the “Ladies in Red” entered service on the new Riverfront line, the last and only streetcars in New Orleans.
Dear Julia and Poydras, Growing up I remember the commercial that went “Kirschman’s, 3060 Dauphine Street where the friendly shoppers meet.” But would you or Poydras have any information on the business that previously occupied that location? I understand it was called “John Sporl and Sons” and later “John Sporl’s Sons”? John Sporl was my great great grandfather and I can’t seem to find any information on the business. Al Willumitis Dear Julia, I was recently at an estate sale in Kenner and found a bin of collectible spoons from around the world. I found one that depicts a New Orleans streetcar and says “Last Streetcar New Orleans.” Any idea what this could be referring to? Thanks, Jananne Lankard (Kenner, LA) Your spoon was made for the souvenir and collecting trade and 2 0 APRIL 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM
As early as 1866, Bavarian immigrant John Sporl (1823-1883) ran a dry goods store at the corner of Clouet Street and Dauphine (originally Greatmen) Street. Such stores typically sold ready-made clothing, cloth, thread and notions, but also carried a variety of small household items. As was typical at the time, the Sporls lived on premises. The business, the original address of which was 710 Dauphine, remained in Sporl’s immediate family for almost half a century, shutting
its doors just before WWI. After the city of New Orleans adopted the current street number system in the early 1890s, the dry goods store’s address changed to the more familiar 3060 Dauphine. The 1890s brought other changes to the family business. Sporl’s widow, Marguerite Seiler, and sons John and Louis had kept the dry goods store going after its founder’s death, but Marguerite died in 1891 and son John passed away in 1897. Around that time, son Michael A. Sporl assumed sole control and created a successor firm in his own name. The business survived into the 20th century, but Michael A. Sporl filed for voluntary bankruptcy in March 1913; the dry goods store was liquidated at public auction the following month.
Dear Julia, During this year’s Mardi Gras season, some night parades were canceled due to a threat of high wind. While following Carnival coverage, it surprised me that so many people seem not to remember the horrific wind-related accident that occurred in the early 70s. Do you or Poydras remember when the Carrollton float got blown over, hurling a member off the Jefferson Davis Parkway overpass? Jay McArthur (Natchitoches)
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Yes, I do. On Sunday, February 1, 1970, the Krewe of Carrollton was hit with a sudden gust of tropical storm force winds at approximately 2:30 p.m. just after the King’s float had cleared the Jefferson Davis Overpass. The title float blew into the railing and toppled, injuring a total of 11 people. The most seriously hurt was thrown onto the railroad tracks 35 feet below. He never regained consciousness or recovered; he passed away in July 1972. It is because of the 1970 accident that float riders are tethered.
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Events Our top picks for this month by Fritz Esker
ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL CRESCENT CITY CLASSIC
New Orleans’ preeminent fitness event is back. The Crescent City Classic will take place on April 11. It will start at the MercedesBenz Superdome and finish at City Park, where participants can enjoy RaceFest. Even if you’re not up to running, you can still enjoy the food, live music and family fun zone at RaceFest for $15 (it’s free for runners and children under 10). Information, CCC10K.com.
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FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL
The largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world, and one the Crescent City’s most beloved free festivals is back April 16-19. This year’s French Quarter Fest will feature amazing food and a musical lineup consisting of Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Amanda Shaw, The Dixie Cups, Tank & the Bangas, and much more. Information, FrenchQuarterFest.org
NCAA WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR
Basketball fans can come to the Smoothie King Center on April 3 and April 5 to see the best women’s basketball in the country at the NCAA Women’s Final Four. Information, SmoothieKingCenter.com
NOLA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL
Crawfish season is underway, so why not head to Central City BBQ from April 27-29 for the NOLA Crawfish Festival? Delicious boiled crawfish will be served and visitors will enjoy live music from Anders Osborne, Mike Doussan & Co., Ivan Neville & Friends, and many more. Information, NOLACrawfishFest.com.
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Disney’s Moana, Jr., Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Information, RivertownTheaters.com.
LPO: American Virtuosos, Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA.com
Festa Italiana, Kenner’s Rivertown. Information, ItalianHeritageFestival.com.
Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information, arena.uno.edu.
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Songs That Won the War, BB’s Stage Door Canteen. Information, NationalWW2Museum.org.
LPO: Cyril Neville and Special Guests, Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA.com.
Freret Street Festival, Freret Street. Information, FreretStreetFestival.com.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Mahalia Jackson Theater. Information, MahaliaJacksonTheater. com.
NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival 2020, Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Information, NOMA.org. APRIL 4
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com. APRIL 4
Deanie’s Seafood Pinch-a-Palooza & Crawfish Eating Contest, Deanie’s Seafood. Information, VisitJeffersonParish.com.
Zurich Classic of New Orleans, TPC Louisiana. Information, ZurichGolfClassic.com. APRIL 21
Fidelity’s Concerts in the Park: Swing in the Oaks, City Park. Information, LPOMusic.com. APRIL. 23-26
Disney on Ice: Dream Big, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information, arena. uno.edu.
42nd Street, Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Information, jpas.org.
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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans Fairgrounds. Information, NOJazzFest.com.
No Limit Reunion & The Return of the Three 6 Mafia, Smoothie King Center. Information, SmoothieKingCenter.com.
Umphrey’s McGee, The Fillmore. Information, FillmoreNOLA.com.
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Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Le Petit Theatre. Information, LePetitTheatre.com.
The Comedy Zone, Teatro Wego. Information, jpas.org.
Lettuce-Rage!Fest2020, Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA.com.
Big Easy Rollergirls, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information, arena.uno.edu. APRIL 11
Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic, Champions Square. Information, Champions-Square.com. APRIL 14-19
Anastasia, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue’s Treme Threauxdown 2020, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com. *Events are subject to change or cancellation due to ongoing coronavirus updates. All are advised to check dates and times beforehand. MYNEWORLEANS.COM APRIL 2020 2 5
Q: What was it like growing up surrounded by music and musicians? Coming up, my father, Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr. would have people come by. He was a bricklayer before his music took off, and at night people like B.B. King and Johnny Kale would come by after they played, because they were friends. So, I heard stories about gigs and so forth. My father said it was his dream to get all his sons to play with him. He gave me my stage name Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr.
Q: Did you always want to be a performer? If not, was there another dream you wanted to pursue? Growing up, I really always wanted to be an entertainer. When I was young, though, I also wanted to play basketball. After basketball, I took martial arts for four years. I thought maybe I’d teach martial arts. Then, when I started playing music with my father, it was all I’ve ever wanted to do.
Q: What was it like picking up the rub board for the first time? When my father’s washboard
Loving Life in LA Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. by Ashley McLellan
DAVID RUBIN, A.K.A. ROCKIN’ DOPSIE, JR.,
and his band the Zydeco Twisters have been cooking up music for a local, national and international audience for decades. The master of the washboard, Dopsie loves his fans just as much as they love him, and playing for local audiences is always a highlight for this veteran performer. He and his band will bring 2 6 APRIL 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM
rocking tunes and performances highlighted with his energetic dance moves to this year’s French Quarter Fest’s Jackson Square stage and around the Quarter. New Orleans Magazine asked him to take a look back at his colorful career working with greats such as Paul Simon, John Fogerty, Tina Turner, the Neville Brothers, and Queen Bee herself, Beyonce.
player, cousin Charlie, he went by ‘Shorty,’ got ill, my father told me, ‘I need you to step up.’ I was always a precussion player, so when I picked up the washboard I wanted to make it my own. I have always been interested in being a performer, so I did it my way. I was playing with my father at the Maple Leaf and Bono from U2 was there. He asked me, “Do you play that thing, or does it play you?” He included some photos of us in his bio. He called me ‘the Jimi Hendrix of washboard.’
Q: What were some big break out moments for you? What really opened the door for my father, and for me, was when we played on Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ album. It was on a different level, with a national audience. It made everything take off, and it just kept getting better.
Q: What was it like talking over after your dad died? My first gig was in San Diego. I was honoring some of my father’s commitments. Zachary Richard played before us. ‘Gatemouth’ Brown played after us. Gatemouth came to me, told me lots of words of encouragement. GREG MILES PHOTO
Born/Raised: Lafayette Favorite food: Crawfish, when they are in season, sushi when they are not. Favorite TV show: NCIS, New Orleans Favorite place to listen to live music: Tipitina’s, because of the mix of local, national and international groups Favorite Louisiana festival: It’s a toss-up between French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest
He said ‘No matter what, you are Rockin’ Dopsie now.’ He said, ‘your dad would be proud.’ That meant a lot to me.
Q: What has been your favorite performance memory to date? There are so many. I got a call to play the CMAs. Beyonce called me to play with her and the Dixie Chicks at the 50th anniversary. When she was in New Orleans, she called me up. She likes my looks. There are 10 photos of us on her ‘B’Day’ CD. Simon & Garfunkel invited me up on stage when they played at Jazz Fest. John Fogerty always called me up on stage. I have gotten to play with so many great musicians. I have been blessed.
Q: What are your favorite festivals to play? There’s a festival in Perugia, Italy that I love, love, love to play. I have a huge clientele of Italian fans. French Quarter Fest is the best free local festival there is. And Jazz Fest. There is no better. Every performer playing at Jazz Fest is playing at their top performance of the year.
Q: What is your favorite thing about performing for a live audience? When I get on stage, I call it ‘show off.’ I get up there and dance, do the splits, and everyone has a great time. The crowd really gets into it. There is no place I’d rather be than New Orleans and Louisiana. We got it good on the bayou.
Q: What do you do in your time off? At my house, during the day, I watch ‘The Young and the Restless,’ ‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’ and ‘Judge Judy,’ and I detail my car. Life is great. Q: Who are some of your biggest musical influences? For performances, I like enterTRUE CONFESSION: I have to sit under the hair dryer before each concert. My hair is naturally straight and I have to sit under the hair dryer to get my curls.
tainers, like James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Prince, Michael Jackson. I love to listen to New Orleans artists, like the Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, the Meters, Dr. John, Water ‘Wolfman’ Washinton. I was born in Lafayette, but my music roots are in New Orleans. I moved here in 1999, and musically it’s a better platform for me. I’m like a fish in the sea, swimming with whales and big fish and shit. I get to be on stage with the best. I love New Orleans.
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WHILE ENJOYING THE VIEW OF
bustling commerce on the Mississippi River from various vantage points in New Orleans, it’s easy to conclude that the city has been merely fortunate: Mother Nature put the river there, and for 300 years New Orleans has benefited from the exceptional access to inland and overseas trading routes that the river provides. But to believe that New Orleans simply lucked out with a good location is to oversimplify man’s relationship with one of the great rivers of the world. The fact is, the biggest cargo ships, barges and passenger vessels that ply the lower Mississippi River are able to use the waterway only because of huge investments of time and money that go into maintaining the river in a navigable state. New Orleans recently received a reminder of this when the federal government committed $85 million for dredging the river’s channel. Since the early 1800s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has routinely dredged the main channel of the Mississippi River to clear out layers of silt that continually accumulate on the river bottom. The dredging ensures that deep-draft vessels that traverse the river between its mouth and Baton Rouge will always have access to Louisiana’s major ports. The Corps keeps the channel clear by using a dredge boat that can pump as much as 1,300 cubic yards of silt per hour. Between dredgings, the Corps deploys a fleet of survey vessels that use global positioning and echo sounders to 2 8 APRIL 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM
Thinking Deeper Mighty Mississippi gets man-made help by Kathy Finn
measure the river’s depth. These surveys enable river pilots to guide ships up and downstream, but their primary purpose is to determine when, where and how much dredging is needed. For many years, the goal of the dredging has been to maintain a depth of 45 feet in the river’s main channel. But this year the Corps plans to deepen the channel to 50 feet from Baton Rouge through New Orleans. The deeper channel is necessary to accommodate the large ships known as “New Panamax” vessels, which the Panama Canal was widened to accommodate during the past decade, as well as even larger “Post Panamax” vessels that, among other hurdles, must fit beneath the Crescent City Connection bridge in New Orleans on their way up or down the river. In all, 256 miles of the river will
be deepened. The Corps in 2018 told Congress that the project would benefit the nation’s economy to the tune of $127 million a year. In announcing the Corps’ spending plan, Congressman and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) pointed to its strategic importance. “The Mississippi River Basin has an unprecedented impact on our national economy, global competitiveness and American job creation,” he said. “Modernizing our infrastructure and deepening the river to 50 feet will help strengthen Louisiana’s dominance in domestic and international commerce.” The project will entail significant additional construction costs related to relocating utility lines that run beneath the river and transporting dredged sediment for
use in building up coastal wetlands. Ongoing maintenance of the river from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico will cost a projected $250 million annually. The state must shoulder more than $100 million of the price tag. Brandy Christian, president of the New Orleans port, predicted big benefits across a wide region. “With two integrated container terminals served by one of the strongest rail, barge and road gateways, along with unrestricted air draft and 50-foot water depth, Port NOLA will be able to meet the growth demands for the entire Lower Mississippi River for the next century,” she said. A study of the project’s national impact suggests it will create 17,000 jobs and generate $850 million in increased income for American workers.
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Feels of Dreams A return to the diamond by Chris Rose
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR, springtime in the city, April showers and May flowers, Sunday boils, second line parades, music festivals and church fairs. And baseball. I love baseball. Watching it, reading about it, talking about it, writing about it. (What sport lends itself more to overwrought metaphors and purple prose than baseball, right?) But most of all, I still love playing it. It’s been 20 years since I last 30 APRIL 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM
laced up my cleats, oiled my glove and gagged myself on a wad of chewing tobacco. Two knee surgeries, hand reconstruction, rehab, three kids and one hell of a hurricane have a way of sidelining even the most ardent devotee. I was old then, and I am much older now. But I still love to play the game and am even more foolish enough to think I still can. And this spring, I found a group of like-minded delusional geezers. We are the Diamond Dreams
Baseball League, a recreational league for guys over 40. It sounds all shiny and pretty, but it most definitely is not. This is no league of extraordinary gentlemen, to be sure. It’s just a bunch of random guys from around the area – electricians, accountants, business owners, laborers, bankers, fishermen, fathers, grandfathers, retirees – a gathering of old men standing in the sun waiting for something to happen. Diamond Dreams is for guys who think softball is too, well... soft. Sure, everyone is a little slower, a little fatter and can’t see as well as they used to. We are older, but certainly no wiser, out there every Sunday morning risking our knees and backs – and in some cases, marriages – against the advice of our loved ones who – not without merit – believe baseball is a young man’s game. So this all might sound pretty foolish but consider this: How many guys do you know who play fantasy baseball, spending hours upon hours poring over box scores and tracking ESPN apps to follow “their” players, hoping to come out a winner at the end of the season? That’s us. But instead of wagering on the feats of other players, we are betting on ourselves. Or at least hoping our hearts hold out. There is no sport prone to greater hyperbole than baseball, but it truly is a game of great fellowship, if for no other reason than you’ve got a bunch of guys standing around for hours upon hours with plenty of time to boast, jawbone and prevaricate – with the occasional burst of action to make you feel alive. “Action” being a relative term. My partner has lent her full support to my signing up this year. God knows she’s heard me prattle
on about my youthful triumphs so many times that she’s happy to have me out of the house finally doing it again instead of talking about it all the time. The only thing she takes issue with is the name of the league. Diamond Dreams. She says we sound like a bunch of girls playing Barbie. I brushed that aside until I Googled the league to do further research for this story and along with “Diamond Dreams Baseball,” I got hits for Diamond Dreams Dance Wear, the Diamond Dreams Gala and – not kidding – the Diamond Dreams Tupperware Team. So I guess if this baseball thing doesn’t work out, there’s always that to fall back on. You just burp the lid, like so, to lock in the freshness! Maybe she has a point. But it’s too much fun to quit now. As long as there’s someone slower than me, older than me, more faded and jaded than me, I’m gonna keep playing in that field of dreams in my own head. Hitting, running, catching, sliding, cussing, spitting and falling down a lot more than I used to. Bruised egos and shins be damned. And there have been plenty of both already this season. It sounds cliché and I’m sure I’ve heard this line in a movie somewhere, but once the game is inside of you, it’s hard to stop. That’s the curse – and the blessing – of the game. That sweet bird of youth – with a broken wing now – but with the smell of fresh cut grass and the sun on your (heavily SPF-50’d) face. Feeling young and wild and free. That is, until someone in the dugout begins a story by saying, “I was talking to my great-granddaughter this morning and...” Diamond Dreams, indeed.
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Holding Up Considering modern bras by Modine Gunch
NEVER DID I THINK I WOULD SHOW UP ON
“People of Walmart.” My mother-in-law, Ms. Larda says it is my own fault. I got to explain. I bought a bralette— you know, a little elastic bra with no hooks or nothing. Slips over your head like a t-shirt. They are supposed to be very comfortable. For some reason, I mentioned it to her. Well. The minute I say “bralette,” Ms. Larda’s hair practically stands on end. And then, out of the blue, she goes on a rant. “Bra-LETTE? Bra ain’t good enough? Now it’s bra-LETTE? “Back when I had boobs that meant something, I stuffed them into a brassiere. Brassiere. Not even a bra.” “Brazier?” I say —“the thing in a fireplace?” “I don’t know about fireplaces wearing them, but WE did,” she says. There’s no stopping her. “And we bought them in the Foundations Department at nice stores like Krause’s, not no Vic-tor-i-a’s Secret. Foundations. What goes under and supports everything. Brassieres didn’t let nothing flop around. “And we had girdles made from steel elastic. They flattened your stomach like a board, and made your backside firm as a football fully inflated. No jiggling allowed. Strapped up in one of those things, you could take on anything. Maybe that’s why we had less problems with that ‘me too’ stuff that men try to pull these days. Girdles and good manners. That stopped them. We were women of steel. Now we are women of jiggle and flop. Now they wear — what— Spanx? I don’t like the sound of that.” “‘Flat Gut; Great Butt,’ that’s their motto,” I say. “Just like loading a streetcar,” she says. “Push it to the rear.” “Used to be, you wanted to minimize your rear end. Nowadays, the bigger the butt the better. We weren’t even allowed to SAY butt. We said hiney.
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Then the hippies changed everything. I don’t know if anybody actually burned their girdles back when they burned their bras. I heard some did. It would have have stunk, all that rubber. Anyway, they thought they were free FREE FREE of all them restrictive underthings. Then they looked in the mirror. And now we have Spanx. And bralettes. I don’t know if it works for Spanx, but you could hide $10 bills in a girdle. For emergencies. It was a lot more reliable than putting it in your brassiere. Once that $10 bill was wedged in, it stayed. It was a little sweaty when you finally pulled it out, but you could just wave it around in the fresh air. And I’ll tell you this; before driers, when we put underthings out on the clothesline to dry, we hung them inside a pillowcase for the sake of modesty. And by the way, we never had to shave our private parts.” That gives me something not to think about.
Next day, I wore my new all-elastic bralette to Walmart. I am not particularly endowed boob-wise, so I always slip in contoured boob pads to fill things out. I should have skipped the boob pads that day. What happens is, I got pickles on my shopping list, and they are way up on the top shelf. I stretch up for them, and — thwack!— my bralette slides up above my boobs. I grab it through my clothes to pull it down, but it fights me. It wants to stay right up there under my collarbone. It must look like I got two sets of breasts, one above the other. You can’t wrestle with your bralette too long in a public place. I know I have to get to the restroom, which is a few acres away on the other side of the store. So off I go, clutching my purse up high under my chin, which I hope might hide the top set of boobs. Finally, in a stall, I manage to fix the thing without strangling myself. But somebody already saw me. Next day, my daughter informs me I have gone viral. They say we only get 15 minutes of fame. I am counting on that. I wonder if anybody still sells brassieres.
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Excerpted from Eve Crawford Peyton’s blog, Joie d’Eve, which appears each Friday on MyNewOrleans.com
I H A D T H E W E E K O F F, B U T I T
wasn’t the same When I was in high school, “spring break” was something I watched on MTV but never experienced. Whether it was by design, I still don’t know – the rumor was that they only gave us three days off so we couldn’t get into too much trouble, but I suspect it had more to do with the fact that school used to start after Labor Day and we got three days off for Mardi Gras, too. Now, kids at the high school where I work get a week off for both Mardi Gras and spring break, but school starts in the middle of August. I can’t complain too much, though, because as an employee of my alma mater, I now get the same time off as the students. There were kids at my high school in the ’90s who made the most of their abbreviated spring break, going to Destin and getting drunk and rowdy and sunburned. But I was not one of those kids, and I spent my spring breaks playing Trivial Pursuit at Shoney’s, pouring Sun-In into my hair at the homes of any of my friends who were lucky enough to have pools, and maybe taking a day trip to Bay St. Louis. It wasn’t glamourous, but it was fun. These days, though, my spring break looks a little different. Last
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Adulting Spring Break Edition by Eve Crawford Peyton
year, over my week off, I: • Cleaned all the mail and accumulated debris off of my dining room table. • Folded 15 baskets of laundry, leaving approximately 87 still to go • Went strawberry picking with my younger daughter, set the strawberries aside because they were so fresh and delicious that they demanded a special recipe, and then threw them out after they started to rot and leak all over my kitchen counter • Spent $15 on old ties at Goodwill to use on an Easter egg dyeing method I saw on Pinterest, only to realize they would have turned out better
with a $2.99 Paas kit from Walmart • Grounded my younger daughter from electronics after she hid a dozen Easter eggs all over the living room but could only find nine (we later found the other three, thank God.) • Somehow got a weird sunburn on one arm only. • Backed into a tree while parking my minivan and busted out my taillight. • Went to a wedding that featured a goat wearing a bow tie as the ring bearer. • Clogged and then unclogged my garbage disposal, spraying myself
with potato peels, spinach, and coffee in the process. • Ate an Easter dinner consisting of a glass of V8 and seven mini-Twix bars stolen from my kids’ Easter baskets. • Helped my older daughter study for an algebra test, even though I don’t really remember how to do algebra. • Spilled bacon grease all over my kitchen. • Watched a lot of true crime shows on Netflix. • Baked a loaf of bread. • Wore my monogrammed bathrobe for a solid day. • Spent too much money at Target, mostly on cleaning products and plastic bins. • Scrubbed the bathrooms. • Checked my email a lot. • Volunteered at my kids’ school. • Probably got a speeding ticket because I never drive during afternoon school zone hours on a normal day and the school zone flashers never work here. All in all, it wasn’t a bad week – but I miss the days of streaky hair and Trivial Pursuit at Shoney’s, and this year, I know I’ll actually be just as excited to go back to work as I was to have a week off. (And I’m taking a handful of pilfered mini-Twix with me to the office.)
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MUST-SEE MUSIC APRIL 4
Thundercat jams at the Joy Theater. APRIL 6
Vagabon haunts One Eyed Jacks. APRIL 10
Mersiv moves the Joy Theater. APRIL 12
Of Montreal pops into the Howlin’ Wolf.
APRIL 15 Dillon Francis rocks the Fillmore.
APRIL 18 Wavves rock One Eyed Jacks.
A month of Fests by Mike Griffith
APRIL 24 Sharon Van Etten moves The Civic.
THE MUSIC SCENE IN APRIL IS DOMINATED BY FRENCH more. The second Thursday (30th) features an equally Quarter Fest and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest. strong showing with the return of The Black Crowes, This year French Quarter Fest has shifted to the week Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, the outstanding before Jazz Fest due to the NCAA Women’s Final Four War and Treaty, and the Pfister Sisters Tribute to the Tournament. This change places FQF April 16-19 and Andrews Sisters. The first weekend of Jazz Fest also Jazz Fest April 23-May 3, so get ready for a flat sprint features Lenny Kravitz and Elvis Costello on Friday, along with locals Big Freedia and Charmaine Neville. of music through the end of the month. French Quarter Fest will see the return of local legends On Saturday you can catch The Who and The Avett including: Irma Thomas, Ellis Marsalis, The Dirty Dozen Brothers in headlining spots, with other sets by Shovels Brass Band, Leroy Jones, The Soul Rebels, Sweet Crude, and Rope and Rickie Lee Jones. The Foo Fighters and Alex McMurray, Charmaine Neville and Walter “Wolfman” Erykah Badu close out the first weekend with supporting Washington. You can also catch first time performances performances from Brandi Carlile and Norah Jones. The second weekend boasts performances from Lionel from The Givers, Loose Cattle, Mikayla Braun and the DinosAurchestra. French Quarter Fest has really come Richie and the Wu-Tang Clan featuring The Soul Rebels into its own as a world-renowned festival. The vibe in on Friday. On Saturday, Dead & Company return and Lizzo takes a headlining spot with supporting the Quarter is electric while it is going on. Jazz Fest returns with a combination of sets from Tank and The Bangas and PJ Morton. exciting headliners and great local talent. You won’t want to miss the tribute to Art Neville Playlist of mentioned The festival has kept its eight-day format bands available featuring The Meters, Aaron Neville and The from last year and will run from Thursday at :http://bit.ly/ Neville Brothers. Finally the festival winds down through Sunday both weeks. Each of the two InTune4-20 2020 with Stevie Nicks, The Lumineers, John Thursdays has been designated a locals day Prine and The Radiators. with discounted admission for folks with a valid Louisiana As usual, in April there are a number of excellent night ID. I always find the Thursdays of Jazz Fest to be the shows that round out festival days. Of special note this most enjoyable days as the crowds are a little lighter and year is the reunion of the OG Garage a Trois featuring the frenzy of the weekend is just getting started. This the groups original lineup of Stanton Moore on drums, year the first day of Fest (23rd) has a substantial lineup Charlie Hunter on guitar and Skerik on saxophone. This including The Beach Boys, The Givers, Gal Holiday and show will be Sunday the 26th at Tipitina’s.
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APRIL 24- 25
Umphrey’s McGee jams the Fillmore. APRIL 25
Lettuce jams at the Orpheum. APRIL 28
Caroline Rose pops into Gasa Gasa. APRIL 29
The Radiators radiate at The Civic. APRIL 30
The North Mississippi Allstars with Taj Mahal rock the Joy Theater.
Dates are subject to change; email Mike@ MyNewOrleans.com or contact him through Twitter @
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The Choctaw Club at Home Politics over the centuries by Carolyn Kolb THE CHOCTAW CLUB, A DEMOCRATIC
political organization, began after the end of the Civil War, during Reconstruction. Until 1877, the city of New Orleans was still under federal rule, and Orleanians were anxious to run their city themselves. Local voters (at that time, all men) could join the Republican Party (comprised of Northern supporters and including numerous black members) or they could be Democrats. The 1874 armed conflict (centering on a statue of Henry Clay on Canal Street and later called the Battle of Liberty Place) was symptomatic of the toxic situation. When the Democrats resumed power, Louisiana and other former
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Confederate states ushered in the era of Jim Crow with disenfranchisement of black voters until the Civil Rights period. The Democrats in 1873 created the citywide Crescent Democratic organization, later to be known as the Choctaw Club. In what The Picayune of December 30, 1896, referred to as “a hot pow-wow,” the Choctaw Club was officially founded along the lines of “the famous Tammany” Hall of New York, “even to the length of choosing an Indian name.” The gathering managed to approve the group’s charter, including the requirement that a clubhouse be provided. By April 4, 1897, The Picayune
could report that the Choctaw Club would soon have a home where members “could meet socially as well as politically,” at number 4 Carondelet Street, an address formerly occupied by both the Boston Club and the Pickwick Club. The Choctaw Club would also once occupy the third floor at 1025 Canal St. – a building located close enough to the Hard Rock Hotel site that its demolition has been requested by the owner of that ill-fated project. The Choctaw Club best remembered by Orleanians was on the corner of St. Charles and Poydras, at 518 St. Charles. Gasper Schiro, the last elected New Orleans Register of Conveyances, well remembers that clubhouse, “it was really a nice building – it had gold framed mirrors on the walls, and pictures of former mayors. They had a big portrait of Choctaw Chief Pushamataha behind the main podium where the chairman conducted meetings “I started going there when I was still in high school - I knew Assessor Jim Comiskey who was the head of the Choctaw Club. I knew the 7th ward leader, Joseph Cangiamilla. I lived in the 7th ward and they let me come to meetings.” The Choctaw Club, like Tammany Hall in New York, was organized by wards, with ward leaders consolidating local voters, and with patronage and jobs dispensed from the resulting elected officials with power over employment. All Choctaw Club members were expected to work for the club’s aims. As Schiro explained, “I would help at election time, distribute ballots.” “After I graduated from Loyola Law School in 1959, I became
an active member. In 1974 I ran for the Democratic State Central Committee and won.” Schiro’s path to elected office had an unusual beginning. “When I married Mel (the former Romelia Boyer) on my wedding day in 1969, Assessor Comiskey came up to me and said ‘Anybody who can fill up St. Anthony’s Church on a Wednesday afternoon ought to run for something.’” “I ran against Ernie Hessler, who was Register of Conveyances. (Hessler was an Earl Long supporter – the Choctaw Club wasn’t.) Schiro defeated Hessler in 1977 and then served from 1978 to 2008 – 30 years—until the office was combined under the Clerk of Court’s office. The Choctaw Club’s reign was in effect during Martin Behrman’s time as mayor, from 1904 to 1920, and then from 1925 to 1926, when he died in office. Robert Maestri, mayor from 1936 to 1946 was a Choctaw Club member but was also a supporter of Governor Huey Long (a Choctaw foe.) When Maestri was defeated by deLesseps Morrison in 1946, the Choctaw Club may still have existed, but members eventually went with Morrison’s Crescent City Democratic Association (CCDA) or the Regular Democratic Organization (RDO.) Both of those names had been associated with the Choctaw Club in the past. The Choctaw Club building on St. Charles at Poydras was a victim of the widening of Poydras Street in the 1960s. The Regular Democratic Organization still exists, and supports a ticket for every election. Gasper Schiro is still an active member of the group.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CHARLES L. FRANCK STUDIO COLLECTION AT THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION
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Package Deal A Mid-Century Modern dream house by Lee Cutrone photographed by Greg Miles
FOR YEARS, ATTORNEY BERNIE LEE RECALLS ADMIRING
a Midcentury modern house on the corner of Canal Boulevard and Harrison Avenue. “I always had a thing for houses like this,” she said. “But I never thought I’d actually own one.” That house was torn down, but when an opportunity to buy another classic Mid-Century house at the Lakefront – along with all of its thoughtfully selected furnishings - presented itself two years ago, Lee soon found herself living the dream. “I love the windows, the clean lines, the fireplace, the openness,” said Lee, who actually refers to the house as her “Barbie Dream House.” Luckily, the house, which had two feet of water 4 0 APRIL 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM
following Hurricane Katrina, had been well-renovated by previous owners after the storm. Several walls and doors were removed to open the layout, but the original architectural intent of the house is still very much intact. Designed by the architecture firm of Saputo and Rowe in 1960, it still features the pitched roof, sliding glass doors, galley-style kitchen, clerestory windows, corner windows, carport, terrazzo, steel and brick that together make it part of the midcentury modern vernacular. Also typical of the Mid-Century Modern style, a design movement that lasted from roughly 1945 to 1975, is its division of living zones, with bedrooms on one side of the house and living spaces on the other. The original terrazzo floors were saved where possible
The family room’s fireplace is surfaced with a brick that is smaller than the original brick used elsewhere in the house indicating that it may have been redone during a renovation. Original sliding glass doors overlook a pool.
Left: The polished tile floors in the front of the house were added during a post-Katrina renovation. Most of the furnishings in the house were then put in place by previous owner Jack Adams. A George Nelson bubble lamp saucer hangs above the dining table in the rear. The painting in the living room, by Saskia Eubanks, was given to Lee by the artist. Top, right: Attorney Bernie Lee outside her Mid-Century Modern house. Bottom, right: The 1960 house’s pitched rooflines, clerestory windows, clean lines, glass, steel and brick are all hallmarks of Mid-Century Modern architecture. The landscaping and walkways were redone by Lisa Loup of AMK Landscape Services.
and married with polished tile floors where necessary. Likewise, the original sand-colored brick walls were blended with new brick chosen to match the color and texture (the smaller size of the brick used for the fireplace façade and the wall at the entrance of the house indicates that both were redone at some point). The kitchen and baths were fully remodeled to be contemporary and yet blend naturally with the original architecture. The subsequent post-renovation owner, gallery owner and art dealer Jack Adams, then brought in a minimalist mix of vintage and reproduction furnishings and lighting and added a pool to
the back yard. For Lee, who lived in the same block and knew Adams, the pairing of Mid-Century architecture and modernist furnishings ultimately made the house a no-brainer. The two struck a deal over dinner at The Blue Crab, Lee gifted her furniture to friends and family and moved three doors down. “The furniture is half the house,” said Lee, who lost most of the furniture she’d acquired over the years when her own home flooded after Katrina. Limited storage keeps her from accumulating new clutter and has helped her maintain the MYNEWORLEANS.COM APRIL 2020 41
Facing page: Top, left: A wall separating the kitchen and breakfast area was removed during a renovation. The kitchen was also renovated. The terrazzo floors are original. A Saarinen tulip table is paired with blue chairs that pick up the blue of the impressionist painting in the breakfast area. The painting was a gift to Lee from the previous owner. Tractor bar stools by Craig Bassam. Top, right: The dining room’s Mid-Century designs are accented with a pair of bright pink antique chairs that belonged to Lee before she bought the house. The fixture above the dining table is a George Nelson bubble lamp saucer. Bottom, left: The master bath was renovated to blend with the modernist architecture. Bottom, right: The placement of a geometric shelving unit near the front door separates the entry from the living room. The height of the ceiling is unusual for a midcentury house, many of which were built with 8-foot ceilings. This page: The kitchen’s corner windows are original, but the kitchen was opened to flow with the adjoining breakfast area and the next-door family room. Bar stools by Craig Bassam.
spare styling put in place by Adams. Last summer, the house inspired her to host a ‘70s themed costume party where she served martinis and projected videos of songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s on an outdoor screen set up for the event. But she says it’s the lasting quality of the architecture and the peaceful nature of the indoor/outdoor living that mean the most to her. “I grew up in ranch houses with terrazzo floors in Florida,” she said. “Everyone had terrazzo because it’s a cool surface for a hot environment. But those houses were nothing like this.” Lee speculates that the currently white envelope of the house is probably a more recent take on the interior as many Mid-Century Modern houses
featured unfinished, natural woods when originally built. In New Orleans’ warm climate, crisp white pairs well with the outdoor focused living that is an important part of Mid-Century Modern architecture. Among the iconic designs that Adams used in the décor are a vintage George Nelson bubble fixture that hangs over the dining table and a reproduction Saarinen tulip table paired with vibrant blue chairs that pick up the color of an impressionist painting on the wall of the breakfast area. Recently, Lee hired licensed landscape horticulturist/design build contractor Lisa Loup of AMK Landscape Services to redesign the landscaping and front walkway so that the home’s curb appeal lives up to
its perfectly appointed interior. “With a Mid-Century Modern house, it’s about clean, straight lines, mass plantings, pops of color and highlighting distinct features,” said Loup, who like the former renovators of the house itself, wanted to retain the original character of the greenspace. To that end, she updated several existing planters rather than getting rid of them, reused some of the mature greenery and took her cues from the house. “We used things that are typical of that arid California look,” Loup said. “I wanted to play on the architecture and bring it all back to life.” “The landscaping is the final jewel in the crown,” Lee said. “Everything seamlessly flows together.”
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ISTHEMEALOFTHEDAY BY REBECCA FRIEDMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM HANNA
SMOKED SALMON: CREAM CHEESE, CAPERS, CUCUMBER, RED ONION ON RYE FROM WILLA JEAN
In a town where boozy brunches tend to hog the morning spotlight, breakfast often gets short-stacked. That focus is shifting, however, as a growing number of restaurants around town pay closer attention to the first meal of the day. Whether your idea of morning glory is poached eggs on a white tablecloth or hash browns in a vinyl booth, we’ve got you covered. ¶ From buttery biscuits to tasty tacos to veggie-packed vegan scrambles, it’s breakfast time in New Orleans.
STOLTZFUS: SCRAMBLED EGG, CORNED BEEF OR PASTRAMI, WITH SWISS AND SPICY BROWN MUSTARD ON A BAGEL
BEST PLACE FOR A
Stein’s Market and Deli Stein’s is a cult favorite not only for its deli offerings but also for the staff’s gruff-love delivery and decidedly casual ambience. Owner Dan Stein sources his bagels from Davidovich in New York, enabling locals to enjoy an authentically dense and chewy “bagel with a schmear” experience. Customers with serious appetites can add corned beef or pastrami to their bagel sandwich by ordering the “Stoltzfus” or take an exotic turn with Taylor pork roll, a meaty delicacy commonly found in New Jersey and surrounding areas (including Stein’s native Philadelphia). Whether toasted with butter, sandwiched around egg, cheese and breakfast meat or piled with smoked salmon and cream cheese, nothing [in New Orleans] beats Stein’s for a bagel repast. Stein’s also offers an artisanal coffee and espresso bar, currently operated by Whatever Coffee, to wash down those bagel bites in style. 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771, SteinsDeli.com
ALSO CHECK OUT:
Humble Bagel 4716 Freret St., 355-3535, HumbleBagel.com Small Mart 2700 Chartres St., 766-8740
BEST PLACE FOR
EGGS HUSSARDE: HOUSEMADE ENGLISH MUFFINS, COFFEE CURED CANADIAN BACON, HOLLANDAISE, MARCHAND DE VIN SAUCE
The Camellia Grill
Brennan’s When we need our eggs served with fanfare, there is no better destination than Brennan’s. “Breakfast at Brennan’s” has been a thing since the 1950s. The Brennan family developed the signature meal in part as a rebuttal to “Dinner at Antoine’s,” a popular 1948 novel that was big business for the French Quarter competitor. The Brennan family cast its lot with eggs and eye-opener cocktails that made the restaurant a special morning destination. Today, under the hand of talented chef Ryan Hacker, Brennan’s remains a soughtafter spot. A classic menu highlight is Eggs Hussarde, a Brennan’s original that tops house-made English muffins with coffee-cured Canadian bacon, hollandaise and marchand de vin sauce. The kitchen cooks up enticing non-egg options as well, including ricotta pancakes, or crab and avocado toast. There’s also a two-course breakfast menu for $29. At Brennan’s, breakfast cocktailing is not only accepted but encouraged. The brandy milk punch is legendary, and the Irish Coffee transforms a morning standard into something especially festive. 417 Royal St., 525-9711, BrennansNewOrleans.com
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The Grill Room 300 Gravier St., 522-1994, Windsorcourthotel.com/ dining/the-grill-room
In the category of dining with a heaping side of nostalgia, nothing stands out like The Camellia Grill. Nestled in the heart of the Riverbend, the Grill has been through a lot since 1946, notably the drama surrounding its postKatrina closing and 2007 reopening under new ownership. During that hiatus, fans longing for their Camellia Grill fix papered the restaurant’s façade with love notes. Today, Camellia Grill seems no worse for wear, offering a menu that still hits all the best diner breakfast buttons for a steady flow of college students, neighborhood regulars and Mardi Gras bead-dazzled tourists. Weekday mornings are a great time to beat the crowds. It’s worth noting that breakfast here isn’t limited to its traditional time slot but is served from 8 a.m. until closing (midnight Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday). It’s equally appealing at all hours. Omelets are a specialty, from the simplest Tutti’s cheese to a fluffy western stuffed with peppers, ham and onions or the more elaborate chef’s special. Grits are
exactly what they should be, smooth and decadently buttery, but are served only until 11 a.m. The pecan waffle has always been a personal favorite, a generous disc that strikes just the right balance of crisp and chewy, with a rich, nutty flavor. The staff at Camellia Grill treat diners like long lost friends, whether it’s their first or 50th visit. When your server proffers that half-wrapped straw, take it as a sign of good things to come. 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679 ALSO CHECK OUT:
Slim Goodies Diner 3322 Magazine St., 891-3447, SlimGoodiesDiner.com Red Gravy Cafe 125 Camp St., 561-8844
BEST PLACE FOR DINERSTYLE FARE
BESTPLACETOCATCH UPWITHFRIENDS Molly’s Rise and Shine It’s hard not to smile at Molly’s Rise and Shine, a cheerful breakfast spot in the lower Garden District from the revolutionaries behind Turkey and the Wolf. Customers order at the counter from a menu filled with imaginative offerings, such as the deviled egg tostada, a crunchy tortilla base loaded with whipped egg mousse, red beans and pickled peppers. The Grand Slam McMuffin takes the classic breakfast sandwich to another level, adding a house-made English muffin, griddled onions and a crispy hash brown layer to the more standard sausage and cheese components.¶ Shareable dishes include Molly’s take on chilaquiles: crunchy fried tortillas coated with salsa verde, sunflower and sesame seeds and topped with a sunnyside-up egg. A dish of sardines and bagel chips gets interesting with chimichurri cream cheese, hot cherry peppers and other accompaniments.¶ Alcoholic beverages are BYO, but Molly’s promotes self-serve mixology with offerings like the “lunch box cocktail combo,” a selection of house mixers, OJ and Topo Chico.¶ Bonus points for the ever-changing selection of fresh pastries, includes coconut mango morning buns and galettes filled with local strawberries and poppy seeds. Like a sunny table at Molly’s, they’re just right for sharing with friends. 2368 Magazine St., 302-1896, MollysRiseandShine.com
ALSO CHECK OUT:
Surrey’s Café and Juice Bar Multiple locations, SurreysNola.com New Orleans Cake Café & Bakery 2440 Chartres St., 943-0010, NolaCakes.com
BEST PLACE TO RECOVER FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE
Elizabeth’s Restaurant The Bywater and surrounding environs are the source of many a hangover. Fortunately, the neighborhood is also home to one of the city’s best remedies: Elizabeth’s. Though it opened in 1998, the weathered corner eatery feels like it’s been there forever, having achieved neighborhood icon status by delivering on the promise of “real food done real good.” Much of that magic happens over breakfast. On weekends, crowds line up for creative brunch options and hair of the dog action, but weekday mornings offer the same goods with
easier access. Whether you’re craving sweet relief or savory (or both), Elizabeth’s has something odd – and oddly satisfying. The French toast burrito may be the best example of menu medicine in town, enveloping bacon, eggs and sausage in a French-toast-battered tortilla then dousing it all with maple syrup and powdered sugar. “Redneck eggs” adds fried green tomatoes to the classic combination of poached eggs and hollandaise, while “Bayou breakfast” pairs eggs with fried catfish. If your recovery involves ingesting more booze, the all-day cocktail menu includes
a “morning margarita” with a hint of orange. Or just keep the coffee coming. Don’t leave the table without a bite of Elizabeth’s sonnetworthy praline bacon, thick-cut slabs transformed by brown sugar and pecans into something that will enable even the most beleaguered sufferer to face the day. 601 Gallier St., 944-9272, ElizabethsRestaurant Nola.com ALSO CHECK OUT:
Ruby Slipper Multiple locations, TheRubySlipperCafe.net Wakin’ Bakin’ Multiple locations, WakinBakin.com
Seed There was a time, not long ago, when options for vegan breakfast were few and far between in New Orleans. That’s no longer the case. Not only do many places cater to vegan fare, they run the gamut from counter service cafés to full-service restaurants, like Seed. Seed is a revamp of an earlier concept, a restaurant by the same name that originally opened in 2014 and closed in August 2019. Seed reemerged in January with new ownership (the partners behind District Donuts. Sliders.Brew), a new menu and a sleek new look. Seed’s offerings are designed to appeal to a range of eaters, from vegan loyalists to visiting carnivores. On the decadent side, the breakfast menu offers a stack of blueberry buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup and griddled apple quick bread with cane syrup butter. Lighter options include the creative and beautifully presented black rice porridge with avocado, mango, macadamia and fresh garnishes as well as a platter of tacos filled with avocado, onion, cilantro and oat mole. Throw in a bourbon [almond] milk punch or a cappuccino made with your choice of alternative milks, and [vegan] breakfast is served. 1330 Prytania St., 417-7333, SeedNewOrleans.com
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The Daily Beet Multiple locations, TheDailyBeetNola.com Good Karma & South of Eden 2940 Canal St., 401-4698, GoodKarmaNola.com
BEST PLACE FOR
BLUEBERRY BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES
VEGAN RANCHERO: BLACK BEANS, HOUSE SALSA, RANCHERO SAUCE, AVOCADO, CASHEW CREMA, CORN TORTILLA
BESTPLACETO DO BUSINESS OVERBREAKFAST
Willa Jean When Willa Jean burst onto the scene in 2015, it was clear that their breakfast meant business. Chef/Partner Kelly Fields’ menu is crammed with exquisite examples of biscuits, toasts and cornbread, reflecting the restaurant’s bakeryinspired theme (along with whisk-shaped light fixtures). It
also features upscale options like the inspired smoked salmon toast, which piles a slice of house-made rye with delicate smoked fish and a heap of fresh fixings. The menu includes a whole section dedicated to biscuits, keeping things simple with butter and jam or dressing them up with fried chicken and Tabasco honey or sausage, egg and pimento cheese.
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Satsuma Café Multiple locations, SatsumaCafe.com Refuel Café 8124 Hampson St., 872-0187, RefuelCafe.com
It’s hard to believe Bearcat is celebrating its third birthday. When Bearcat Café opened its doors uptown on Jena Street in 2017, its “Good Cat”/ “Bad Cat” menu spoke to customers in a new way, as did its minimalist décor, adorably kawaii logo and homestyle touches like handcrafted ceramic tableware. In December 2019, Bearcat opened a second location, on Carondelet St. in the CBD, that also features a large outdoor patio. By design, Bearcat caters to a range of healthconscious eating practices. Its menu was one of the first in town to mainstream vegan fare, incorporating it into tasty dishes like the vegan ranchero, which layers black beans, salsa, ranchero sauce, avocado, cashew crema and a corn tortilla to lure even avowed meat-eaters across the line. For paleo followers, Bearcat offers the “cave breakfast” featuring a paleo pancake, pork chop and cauliflower mash. Diners seeking a lighter meal can opt for house-made yogurt or chia pudding, both accompanied by granola and fresh fruit, as well as juices made fresh daily. The crisp potatoes that accompany certain entrees are hard to resist, even for good cats, and well worth ordering as a separate side. Manager Edwin Ponce estimates that 70 percent of customers at the Uptown location are regulars and believes people keep coming back for the quality of the food and the flavor behind it. “Our product speaks for itself,” says Ponce. Multiple locations, BearCatCafe.com
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HEALTHY START Those seeking healthful fare could choose the grain bowl with quinoa, farro and white beans, avocado, cashews and poached eggs, while a more indulgent spirit might sample the fine shrimp and grits. Best of all, the restaurant provides full table service and a tranquil atmosphere that, combined with its
O’Keefe Ave. location, makes Willa Jean a perfect spot for morning meetings. The grab-and-go coffee and pastry counter up front also makes it easy to take a box of goodies back to the office for co-workers who weren’t lucky enough to join. 611 O’Keefe Ave., 509-7334, WillaJean.com
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Congregation Coffee Downtown Café, 644 Camp St., 265-0194, CongregationCoffee.com Josephine Estelle 600 Carondelet St., 930-3070, JosephineEstelle.com
BESTPLACE FORTHE KIDINALL OFUS Gracious Bakery & Café It’s easy to blame a hardcore Gracious habit on the children. But really, who can resist that array of just-baked goodness? Flaky chocolate croissants share space with sugar-dusted morning buns and hazelnut “cruffins,” a blessed union of pastry genres.¶ For days when adulting is required, Gracious offers delectable makeyour-own egg sandwiches on a variety of homemade bagels and breads, as well as habit-worthy house-cured salmon.¶ On other mornings, check at least one nutritional box (fruit) by ordering the twice-baked French toast with whipped cream, maple syrup and berry compote or the pecan raisin cinnamon roll.¶ If the inner child develops a grown-up thirst, the Prytania St. and St. Charles Ave. locations offer alcohol. Multiple locations, GraciousBakery.com
Levee Baking Co. Try as the world might to steer us from grain, it remains a steadfast morning ingredient. Behind the glass at Levee Baking Co. lie the building blocks of one of the city’s best breakfasts, built from masterfully crafted carbs. That’s partly because baker/owner Christina Balzebre’s breads and pastries are delicious, but also because they are made with the highest quality ingredients, including a variety of whole grains. “Every pastry we do has whole grain in it, from our cakes to croissants to bread,” says Balzebre. “Being able to showcase different flavors and nuance by using really fresh wheat is something I love tasting in a pastry.” Levee’s flaky croissants calm sweet and savory cravings alike with fillings of locally-made Acalli chocolate
or caramelized onion, cheddar and house-made mustard. Chocolate babka knots offer a new twist – literally – on a classic treat, and generous biscuits make a meal unto themselves. Individual fruit galettes evolve with the seasons – currently cradling local strawberries or citrus and pistachio. When it comes to breakfastbuilding, Balzebre considers what pairs best with the first sip of coffee. For her that’s a deeply caramelized kouign-amann. The rest of us may just have to sample it all to decide. 3138 Magazine St., Ste. D, 354-8708, LeveeBakingCo.com ALSO CHECK OUT:
La Boulangerie 4600 Magazine St., 269-3777, LaBoulangerieNola. com District Donuts. Sliders. Brew Multiple locations, DistrictDonuts.com
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Toast/French Toast Multiple locations, ToastNewOrleans.com IHOP Multiple locations, ihop.com
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El Pavo Real As Latin-influenced breakfast dishes have made their way to restaurant menus across genres, it’s no longer a surprise to see huevos rancheros or breakfast tacos on any diner menu. For a standout experience, visit the Uptown Mexican favorite El Pavo Real. The restaurant is best known for its evening offerings, but don’t sleep on its quietly excellent breakfast. The morning menu at El Pavo Real features egg preparations such as huevos rancheros, which tops fresh tortillas with fried eggs, black beans, salsa ranchera and more, and chilaquiles, a layered dish of tortilla strips, queso chihuahua, crema, poblanos and poached eggs. The breakfast taco is a surefire winner: a house-made corn tortilla enveloping scrambled eggs, savory chorizo-infused pinto beans (which can be replaced with vegetarian black beans upon request), a melty mix of mozzarella and queso Oaxaca and a refreshing salsa pico. Better yet, on weekday mornings (except for Mondays, when the restaurant is closed), one of these hearty breakfast tacos will only set you back $2. That’s makes for an all-around good morning. 4401 South Broad Ave., 266-2022, ElPavoRealNola.com
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Carmo 527 Julia St., 875-4132, CafeCarmo.com Los Catrachos Restaurant Multiple locations
BEST LATIN-INSPIRED BREAKFAST
April 11 Crescent City Classic 10k and Post Race Festival, Downtown and City Park. An Easter weekend tradition for the past 40 years, the Crescent City Classic 10k run takes participants through the French Quarter, along Esplanade and into City Park, where runners, walkers, strollers and family and friends gather to enjoy post-race food and drink. April 18 Crawfest at Tulane University. Enjoy music, art and more than 20,000 pounds of boiled crawfish on the Berger Family Lawn on Tulane’s campus. April 16-19 French Quarter Festival. This year marks the 37th anniversary of New Orleans’ favorite free spring concert experience, the French Quarter Festival. More than 20 stages feature music from folk to gospel, Latin to zydeco, contemporary jazz and more. Food and art exhibits round out the experience, with something for everyone to celebrate and enjoy. April 23-May 3 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. New Orleanians and visitors alike can’t wait to put together their “cubes” each year, aka the fine art of planning who to see on what stage and when. Add to that, the best food booths, local artisans and crafts and a line-up of musical acts that include both local favorites and national and international names, and Jazz Fest is a tourde-force event that is circled on everyone’s calendar.
May 15-17 Bayou Boogaloo, Bayou St. John. Featuring food, art and music along the historic Bayou St. John, this Mid-City fest has grown each year. Slip on your flip flops to browse the food and art booths, or bring your kayak or pontoon and enjoy the sounds and sights from the water.
May 22-24 New Orleans Greek Festival, Bayou St. John. Opa! New Orleans Greek Festival hosts more than 23,000 visitors each spring, with authentic Greek food, drink, music, dancing and more. Put on your toga for free admission on Sunday, as well (and be sure to keep it family friendly!) June 12-14 New Orleans Pride, French Quarter. New Orleans Pride weekend’s highlight event is the annual Pride parade through the French Quarter. This family friendly event is a celebration of love and life, is a must-see and is the largest LGBTQ parade in Louisiana each year. July 1-5 Essence Festival of Culture, CBD, Supderdome and various locations. Founded in 1994 and known as “the party with a purpose” the annual Essence Festival of Culture not only features big name artists such as Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, Patti Labelle and more, but also workshops, seminars and small business opportunities. July 10-12 San Fermin, Running of the Bulls, French Quarter. Celebrating the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, the highlight of the festival is the rowdy sprint through the streets of the French Quarter where Big Easy Rollergirls chase down participants with plastic bats.
ROAD TRIPS Hit the road to celebrate culture, food, music and fun! April 3 Flavor of Louisiana, Natchitoches, LA April 3-5 Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Ponchatoula, LA April 4-5 Kite Fest Louisiane, West Baton Rouge, LA April 4-5 Ebb & Flow Festival, Baton Rouge, LA April 16-19 Sandestin Wine Fest, Sandestin, FL April 18-19 Baton Rouge Blues Festival, Baton Rouge, LA April 22-26 Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette, LA April 23-26 South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Fest, Sandestin, FL May 15-17 Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival, Belle Chasse, LA
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The Menu TABLE TALK . RESTAURANT INSIDER . FOOD . LAST CALL . DINING LISTINGS
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DRY CHILI CHICKEN AT BLUE GIANT, P. 66
MEET THE CHEF CHAR SUI PORK AND CHILI OIL CUCUMBERS
Blue Giant is a partnership between Executive Chef Bill Jones and General Manager Richard Horner. Jones grew up on the Northshore and Richard hails from Baltimore. The pair met while working at Cochon, where, I am quickly told, is not where they learned to cook Chinese. They both reside in the Lower Garden District and felt like a casual ChineseAmerican restaurant was something that the neighborhood needed. “It was something we wanted to share with our friends and neighbors so long as they were willing to take the chance with us,” Horner said. Judging by the wait, this has proven to be the case.
New Chinese-American hot spot with giant flavor in the LGD by Jay Forman
CHINESE-AMERICAN CUISINE STRIKES A RESONANT
chord. Equal parts nostalgia, comfort and flavor, it has a particularly broad appeal. So what happens when you get a couple of guys with
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sourcing, techniques and style. depth of flavor which is hard to Don’t let the phrase “fine- describe but easy to perceive,” dining” put you off – owned by Richard said. Bill Jones and Richard Horner, A standout dish is their “Dry Blue Giant is decidedly casual. As Chili Chicken.” Marinated first for why they decided on Chinese, in a mix of soy and Shaoxing Horner cites both his love of the wine, it is tossed in “chicken cuisine and the challenge it posed. spice” – a mix of salt, sugar and Chef/Owner Bill Jones was particu- various peppers – dredged in a larly influenced by time spent mixture of flour and cornstarch, in Chicago’s Chinatown, which then fried to order with garlic, offered more robust versions of ginger and dried chilis. Garnished the Americanized dishes he’d with cilantro, these fiery nuggets grown up with on the will have you reaching Northshore. for your beverage Blue Giant, 1300 To do their due along with another Magazine St., Lower diligence, the duo set serving. Balance it out Garden District, out on a mission to with “Char Sui Pork.” 582-9060. L, D Wed-Mon. Closed Tues. Cooked in an oven eat a lot of Chinese. bluegiantnola.com Little Chinatown in purpose-built for their Kenner was one place, aforementioned Peking as well as Dian Xin in the Quarter. duck, the pork’s crisp caramelized “Everywhere we went we found exterior yields to mouth-meltingly something we liked,” Horner said. tender inside. There is just one “We’d ask about the dishes and dessert – coconut ice cream from sometimes the owners would share local artisan purveyor Sundae some of their knowledge with us.” Best – perfect for tamping down Chinese food is especially the lingering sizzle from Szechuan technique-driven, so learning that peppercorns. The bar menu is part involved a lot of trial-and- short but sweet, offering a couple error at first. “I think we cooked of throwback cocktails like a Mai a flock of ducks before we got Tai and Suffering Bastard. close,” Horner said. Finding the When visiting, go early or expect right kind of duck was also a a wait – Blue Giant does not take challenge. “We ended up sourcing reservations and fills quickly. If from a place that provides ducks it is full, try and grab a seat at to Chinatown restaurants in New the bar, which also offers a view York.” Their efforts paid off with of the wok stations with their their “Peking duck,” a splurge- roaring blasts of flame. Another worthy dish served with house- option to beat the crowds is to go for lunch. made hoisin sauce. Appetizers include takes on crowd-pleasers like egg rolls and shrimp and pork dumplings. Consider the “Chili Oil Cucumbers,” spicy cubes tempered with a bit of sweetness akin to GOLDEN DRAGON spicy bread and butter chips. Move Over on the Garden District on to one of the two main noodle Side of Magazine Street is Jung’s dishes – the “Dan Dan” are fresh Golden Dragon, which offers a wheat noodles sourced from Sun special Chinese menu featuring a Noodle in Hawaii, while the lighter compelling array of options. “Chow Fun” features a wider rice Recommended dishes include the noodle. Both the noodle dishes (as pan-fried dumplings, cooked well as the fried rice) are tossed together in a distinctive batter and in a searing hot wok whose thin served with a vinegar-based metal sides quickly add texture dipping sauce whose acidity slices and caramelization. “It adds a through the hot oil.
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News From the Kitchen
NOLA CAYE JERK CHICKEN TOPPED WITH BLACK BEANMANGO SALSA AT NOLA CAYE
Nagomi, Sorella5, Nola Caye by Robert Peyton
The best way to experience a sushi restaurant is by sitting at the bar and asking the chef to suggest items to you. It’s called omakase, and while it’s usually an option, at Nagomi, it’s the only way to dine. Chef Kazuyuki “Kaz” Ishikawa’s 12-seat restaurant has two seatings nightly, requires reservations online (resy.com) and the menu – usually 10 to 12 courses – is set. Look for inventive sushi preparations, soups and grilled dishes. 3214 Burgundy St., 259-2676, Wednesday – Saturday for seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; facebook.com/nagominola.
Sorella5 opened in January in the CBD, with a menu of poor boys, home-style Italian dishes, salads and New Orleans fare like red beans and rice and gumbo. It’s a tight-knit operation, owned by five sisters who grew up in Lakeview, with dishes prepared from family recipes. 616 Baronne St., 766-7158, Monday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sorella5.com.
Newly-opened Nola Caye adds a Caribbeaninfluenced restaurant to the dining options near Lee Circle. While the menu reads a bit more Mexican/Central American than Caribbean – there are a half dozen tacos on offer as well as guacamole and jalapenocheese dip – there’s also jerk chicken, and the coconut shrimp are fried in a batter made with Red Stripe beer. 898 Baronne St., 302-1302, Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m; Nolacaye.com.
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Oh Me Oh My
CRAWFISH PIE WITH PUFF PASTRY
Crawfish pie on the menu
1 17.3-ounce frozen puff pastry sheets
by Dale Curry
5 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
JUST AFTER OUR SEAFOOD INDUSTRY was
1 onion, chopped
threatened by the openings of the Mississippi River spillway, we get the good news of a crawfish abundance and lower prices. That’s manna from heaven for the backyard cooks. Backyards are not the only place the mudbug reaches culinary heights. There are many ways to bring them to the white tablecloth in the dining room as well. Crawfish etouffee is a popular choice, and they can replace shrimp in dishes such as jambalaya and stuffed eggplants, peppers or mirlitons. Crawfish are good in salads and dozens of appetizers such as dips, beignets and boulettes, using leftover crawfish from a boil, or purchasing the one-pound bags, fresh or frozen, of peeled and deveined crawfish with fat. Any chef will tell you to buy Louisiana crawfish, not those shipped from Asia, because ours are fresher and packaged with lots of crawfish fat. The fat, found in the heads, gets high marks for seasoning. There is also the famous crawfish pie, known to many people by song if not by taste. Usually, a thickened crawfish filling is placed in pastry for deep-fried turnovers, or crawfish pies can be baked in a regular pie shell. For a fancier pie, at Easter perhaps, an easy frozen puff pastry that sits atop a well-seasoned crawfish mixture might be served as a side dish on a buffet table, or even as an entrée for a smaller group. We owe our crawfish culture to French colonists deported from eastern Canada, who settled in southwest Louisiana more than 250 years ago. They lived off the land to survive and used their French cooking skills to feed their families. Their appreciation of crawfish spread throughout Louisiana, now the major harvester of crawfish in the country. It is no wonder that the Acadians’ love of meat pies came to include a crawfish substitution, the crawfish pie. Many thanks to the lowly mudbug and French food intuition.
1 bunch green onions, chopped, white and green parts separated 2 ribs celery, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 cup seafood or chicken stock 1/3 cup dry white wine Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste ½ teaspoon Creole seasoning ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 pound Louisiana crawfish tails with fat ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Directions 1. Remove one puff pastry sheet from package 40 minutes before baking. Thaw partially at room temperature still folded in paper wrap. Return other sheet to freezer for other use. Using a sheet of paper, cut a pattern for the pastry to fit the top of a 10-to-12-inch baking dish that is several inches deep. With leftover pastry scraps, you can cut small decorations such as pastry crawfish.
A VERSATILE CRUSTACEAN Crawfish are forever making new appearances. They have been sighted in potato salad and deviled eggs. Deliciously so, in fact. We saw them in king cake. What’s next? What about spring rolls and more poor boys?
2. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease or spray a baking sheet. When partially thawed, unfold pastry on a lightly floured surface. If there are any breaks in the pastry, wet your finger and push it back together. Place on baking sheet with any decorations on the side. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. This can be made ahead and reheated for 1 minute just before use. 3. Melt butter in a large skillet, add flour and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, to make a medium-brown roux. Add white onions, celery and green pepper and simmer for 4 minutes. Add garlic and simmer for another minute. Stir in tomato paste. Add stock, wine, seasonings and crawfish and continue simmering, covered, for about 25 minutes. Add parsley and green onion tops. 4. When ready to serve, heat crawfish mixture until hot and place a casserole dish. Heat puff pastry for a few minutes in a hot oven and place on top of crawfish pie filling. Serves 6 to 8.
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Someplace to Hide Discovering the Double Dealer by Tim McNally
AS CREATED AND SERVED AT DOUBLE DEALER, 129 ROOSEVELT WAY, 300-0212, DOUBLEDEALERNOLA.COM.
OTHER VERSIONS FOR THE REASON
of the name may swirl about, but the new Double Dealer bar, located in a basement directly below the Orpheum Theatre (yes, a basement) actually derives its name from a 1920’s era regional literary magazine. The space may have actually served as a “speak easy” bar during Prohibition, which is likely since New Orleans never had the reputation as a town that obeyed the strict elimination of alcohol during those years. It is also likely, but unromantic, that the bar’s area, boasting thick concrete walls, stored large chunks of ice used to cool the theatre during warmer seasons, of which New Orleans has several. Double Dealer is accessed via a stairway within the Orpheum to the right of the main doors. Suffice it to say that the drinks are very good, comprised of both classic cocktails and those created here. The space is fairly large, with plenty of seating areas, a great bar, and some curtained booths, more for effect than discretion. Many evenings, no doubt, will begin here, while others will fittingly be the nightcap highlight.
No Mask of a Woman 1.5 ounces London Dry Gin 0.5 ounce of Green Chartreuse 1 ounce simple syrup 0.5 ounce fresh lemon juice Two sage leaves Build everything over ice, shake, dirty dump and strain. Garnish with sage leaves.
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H Pizza Delicious PIZZA 617 Piety St., 676-8482, PizzaDelicious.com. 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 Breads on Oak BAKERY/BREAKFAST 8640 Oak St., 324-8271, BreadsOnOak.com. 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. 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. $
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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. $$$$$
H La Boca STEAKHOUSE 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-8205, LaBocaSteaks.com. This Argentine steakhouse specializes in cuts of meat along with pastas and wines. Specials include the provoleta appetizer and the Vacio flank steak. $$$
H Lüke WORLD 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840, LukeNewOrleans.com. Germanic specialties and French bistro classics, house-made pâtés and plateaux of cold, fresh seafood. $$$
an ambitious menu that celebrates local and southern cuisine. $$$$ The Grill Room AMERICAN Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-6000, GrillRoomNewOrleans.com. Modern American cuisine with a distinctive New Orleans flair, the adjacent Polo Club Lounge offers live music nightly. Jazz Brunch on Sunday. $$$$$ Tommy’s Cuisine ITALIAN 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, TommysNewOrleans.com. Classic Creole-Italian cuisine is the name of the game at this upscale eatery. Appetizers include the namesake oysters Tommy, baked in the shell with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper. $$$$$
Mother’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, MothersRestaurant.net.Locals and tourists alike endure long lines to enjoy iconic dishes such as the Ferdi poor boy and Jerry’s jambalaya. Come for a late lunch to avoid the rush. $$
CENTRAL CITY Café Reconcile LOUISIANA FARE 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157, CafeReconcile. org. 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. $$
8 Canal St., 533-6111, HarrahsNewOrleans. com. Acclaimed chef John Besh reinterprets the classic steakhouse with his signature contemporary Louisiana flair. $$$$$
Mulate’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 201 Julia St., 5221492, Mulates.com. Live music and dancing add to the fun at this world-famous Cajun destination. $$
H Café Degas FRENCH 3127 Esplanade Ave.,
H Borgne SEAFOOD 601 Loyola Ave.,
Palace Café WORLD 605 Canal St., 5231661, PalaceCafe.com. 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. $$$
H BH Steak STEAKHOUSE Harrah’s Casino,
613-3860, BorgneRestaurant.com. Coastal Louisiana with an emphasis on Isleños cuisine (descendants of Canary Islanders who settled in St. Bernard Parish) is the focus of this high-volume destination adjacent to the Superdome. $$$
H Cochon LOUISIANIAN FARE 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123, CochonRestaurant.com. 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. $$
H Desi Vega’s Steakhouse STEAKHOUSE 628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600, DesiVegaSteaks.com. USDA Prime steaks form the base of this menu, but Italian specialties and a smattering of locally inspired seafood dishes round out the appeal. $$$ Drago’s LOUISIANIAN FARE Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911, DragosRestaurant.com. This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$
H Domenica ITALIAN The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-6020, DomenicaRestaurant.com. Authentic, regional Italian cuisine. The menu of thin, lightly topped pizzas, artisanal salumi and cheese, and a carefully chosen selection of antipasti, pasta and entrées features locally raised products. $$$$ Emeril’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, EmerilsRestaurants.com. The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this landmark attracts pilgrims from all over the world. $$$$$
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H Pêche SEAFOOD 800 Magazine St., 5221744, PecheRestaurant.com. Award-winning southern-inspired seafood destination by Chef Donald Link serves whole roasted Gulf fish from its massive, wood-burning oven, and an excellent raw bar. $$$
HRed Gravy BAKERY/BREAKFAST 125 Camp St., 561-8844, RedGravy.com. 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. $$ H Restaurant August AMERICAN 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777, RestaurantAugust.com. James Beard Awardwinning menu is based on classical techniques of Louisiana cuisine and produce with a splash of European flavor set in an historic carriage warehouse. $$$$$ Rock-N-Sake ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN 823 Fulton St., 581-7253, RockNSake. com. Fresh sushi and contemporary takes on Japanese favorites in an upbeat, casual setting. $$$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House STEAKHOUSE Harrah’s Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099, RuthsChris.com. 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. $$$$$ Sac-A-Lait SEAFOOD 1051 Annunciation St., 324-3658, Sac-A-LaitRestaurant.com. Cody and Sam Carroll’s shrine to Gulf Coast and Louisiana culinary heritage melds seafood, game, artisan produce, and craft libations in
FAUBOURG ST. JOHN 945-5635, CafeDegas.com. Salad Niçoise, Hanger steak and frites are served in a lovely enclosed courtyard at this jewel of a French bistro. $$
H 1000 Figs WORLD 3141 Ponce De Leon St., 301-0848, 1000Figs.com. Vegetarianfriendly offshoot of the Fat Falafel Food Truck offers a healthy farm-to-table alternative to cookie-cutter Middle Eastern places. $$ FRENCH QUARTER Acme Oyster House LOUISIANIAN FARE 724 Iberville St., 522-5973, AcmeOyster. com. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$
H Arnaud’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, ArnaudsRestaurant.com. Waiters in tuxedos prepare Café Brûlot tableside at this storied Creole grande dame; live jazz during Sun. brunch. $$$$$ Arnaud’s Remoulade ITALIAN 309 Bourbon St., 523-0377, Remoulade.com. Home of the eclectic menu of famous shrimp Arnaud, red beans and rice and poor boys as well as specialty burgers, grilled all-beef hot dogs and thin-crust pizza. $$ Antoine’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, Antoines.com. 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. $$$$$ Antoine’s Annex SPECIALTY FOODS 513 Royal St., 525-8045, Antoines.com/Antoines-Annex. Serves French pastries, including individual baked Alaskas, ice cream and gelato, as well as panini, salads and coffee. Delivery available. BB King’s Blues Club BARBECUE 1104 Decatur St., 934-5464, BBKings.com/ new-orleans. New Orleans outpost of music club named for the famed blues musician with a menu loaded with BBQ and southern specialties. Live music and late hours are a big
part of the fun. $$$ Bayou Burger BURGERS 503 Bourbon St., 529-4256, SportsBarNewOrleans.com. Sports bar in the thick of Bourbon Street scene distinguishes its fare with choices like Crawfish Beignets and Gator Bites. $$ Bourbon House SEAFOOD 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, BourbonHouse.com. Local seafood, featured in both classic and contemporary dishes, is the focus of this New Orleans-centric destination. And yes, bourbon is offered as well. $$$ Bayona WORLD 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455, Bayona.com. 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. $$$$$ Brennan’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 417 Royal St., 525-9711, Brennansneworleans.com. Innovative Cerole menu borrows influences from French and Spanish ancestry with modern updates and distinct seasonal offerings. $$$$ Broussard’s FRENCH 819 Conti St., 5813866, Broussards.com. Creole-French institution also offers beautiful courtyard seating. $$$$
H Cane & Table GASTROPUB 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112, CaneAndTableNola.com. Open late, this chef-driven rustic colonial cuisine with rum and “proto-Tiki” cocktails make this a fun place to gather. $$ Chartres House ITALIAN 601 Chartres St., 586-8383, ChartresHouse.com. 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. $$$ Court of Two Sisters LOUISIANIAN FARE 613 Royal St., 522-7261, CourtOfTwoSisters.com. The historic environs make for a memorable outdoor dining experience. The famous daily Jazz Brunch buffet and classic Creole dishes sweeten the deal. $$$$$ Criollo LOUISIANIAN FARE Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 681-4444, CriolloNola.com. Next to the famous Carousel Bar in the historic Monteleone Hotel, Criollo represents an amalgam of the various Louisiana cultures, with a contemporary twist. $$$ Crazy Lobster SEAFOOD 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83, 569-3380, TheCrazyLobster.com. Boiled seafood and festive atmosphere come together at this seafood-centric destination overlooking the Mississippi River. Outdoor seating a plus. $$$ Creole Cookery SEAFOOD 508 Toulouse St., Suite C110, 524-9632, NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com. Crowdpleasing destination in the French Quarter offers an expansive menu of Creole favorites and specialty cocktails served with New Orleans flair. $$$ Deanie’s Seafood SEAFOOD 841 Iberville St., 581-1316, Deanies.com. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering
seafood platters. $$$
H Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House SEAFOOD 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, BourbonHouse.com. Classic Creole dishes, such as redfish on the halfshell, and an Oyster Bar. Its extensive bourbon menu will please aficionados. $$$$ Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse STEAKHOUSE 716 Iberville St., 522-2467, DickieBrennansSteakhouse.com. Nationally recognized steakhouse serves USDA Prime steaks and local seafood. Validated Parking next door. $$$$
H Doris Metropolitan STEAKHOUSE 620 Chartres St., 267-3500, DorisMetropolitan.com. Innovative steakhouse plays with expectations and succeeds with modernist dishes like their Classified Cut and Beetroot Supreme. $$$$ El Gato Negro WORLD 81 French Market Place, 525-9752, ElGatoNegroNola.com. Central Mexican cuisine along with handmuddled mojitos and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. A weekend breakfast menu is an additional plus. $$ Galatoire’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, Galatoires.com. Friday lunches are a New Orleans tradition at this worldfamous French-Creole grand dame. Tradition counts for everything here, and the crabmeat Sardou is delicious. Note: Jackets required for dinner and all day Sun. $$$$$ Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak STEAKHOUSE 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, Galatoires33BarAndSteak.com. Steakhouse
offshoot of the venerable Creole grande dame offers hand-crafted cocktails and classic steakhouse fare and inspired dishes. Reservations accepted. $$$
H GW Fins SEAFOOD 808 Bienville St., 581-FINS (3467), GWFins.com. 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. $$$$$ House of Blues LOUISIANIAN FARE 225 Decatur St., 310-4999, HouseOfBlues.com/ NewOrleans. Good menu complements music in the main room. World-famous Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Patio seating available. $$ Irene’s Cuisine ITALIAN 539 St. Philip St., 529-8881. 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. $$$$ K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen LOUISIANIAN FARE 416 Chartres St., 596-2530, ChefPaul. com/KPaul. Paul Prudhomme’s landmark restaurant helped introduce Cajun food to the nation. Lots of seasoning and bountiful offerings, along with reserved seating, make this a destination for locals and tourists alike. $$$$
H Kingfish SEAFOOD 337 Charters St., 5985005, KingfishNewOrleans.com. Regionally inspired seafood dishes with carefully sourced ingredients and southern influence is the focus at this chef-driven French Quarter
establishment. $$$ Le Bayou SEAFOOD 208 Bourbon St., 5254755, LeBayouRestaurant.com. Blackened redfish and Shrimp Ya-Ya are a just a few of the choices at this seafood-centric destination on Bourbon Street. $$$ Muriel’s Jackson Square ITALIAN 801 Chartres St., 568-1885, Muriels.com. Enjoy local classics while dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumored-to-be-haunted establishment. $$$$ Napoleon House ITALIAN 500 Chartres St., 524-9752, NapoleonHouse.com. Originally built in 1797 as a respite for Napoleon, this family-owned European-style café serves local favorites gumbo, jambalaya and muffulettas. A Sazerac or Pimm’s Cup are perfect accompaniments. $ NOLA LOUISIANIAN FARE 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, EmerilsRestaurants.com/NolaRestaurant. Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedar-plank-roasted redfish; private dining. $$$$$ Oceana Grill SEAFOOD 739 Conti St., 5256002, OceanaGrill.com. Gumbo, poor boys and barbecue shrimp are served at this kidfriendly seafood destination. $$ Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro GASTROPUB 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, OrleansGrapevine.com. 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. $$$
H Patrick’s Bar Vin GASTROPUB 730 Bienville St., 200-3180, PatricksBarVin.com.
This oasis of a wine bar offers terrific selections by the bottle and glass. Small plates are served as well. $$ Pier 424 SEAFOOD 424 Bourbon St., 309-1574, Pier424SeafoodMarket.com. Seafood-centric restaurant offers long menu of traditional New Orleans fare augmented by unusual twists like “Cajun-Boiled” Lobster. $$$ Port of Call BURGERS 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120, PortOfCallNola.com. It is all about the big, meaty burgers and giant baked potatoes in this popular bar/restaurant – unless you’re cocktailing only, then it’s all about the Monsoons. $$
H Restaurant R’evolution ITALIAN 777 Bienville St., 553-2277, RevolutionNola. com. 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-today operations, which include house-made charcuterie, pastries, pastas and more. $$$$$ Red Fish Grill SEAFOOD 115 Bourbon St., 5981200, RedFishGrill.com. This vibrant, seafoodcentric polished-casual landmark delivers innivative twists on casual New Orleans seasfood, including local favorites BBQ oysters and double chocolate bread pudding. $$$ Rib Room AMERICAN Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046, RibRoomNewOrleans.com. Old World elegance, house classic cocktails and Anthony Spizale’s broad menu of prime rib, stunning
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trio) are served in an elegant courtyard. $$
Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant LOUISIANIAN FARE 301 Dauphine St., 5860972, RichardFiskes.com. Just a few steps off of Bourbon Street is this relaxing bar featuring an innovative menu with dishes like Crawfish, Jalapeno-and-Bacon Mac and Cheese garnished with fried oysters. Live music a plus. $$$
The Bombay Club LOUISIANIAN FARE Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 577-2237, TheBombayClub.com. Popular martini 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. $$$$
Royal House LOUISIANIAN FARE 441 Royal St., 528-2601, RoyalHouseRestaurant.com. Sat and Sun. Poor boys, jambalaya and shrimp Creole are some of the favorites served here. Weekend breakfast and an oyster bar add to the crowd-pleasing appeal. $$$ SoBou LOUISIANIAN FARE 310 Chartres St., 552-4095, SoBouNola.com. 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. $$
H Tableau LOUISIANIAN FARE 616 S. Peter St., 934-3463, TableauFrenchQuarter.com. Gulf seafood such as Redfish Bienville and classic Creole brunch dishes like eggs Hussard are the highlights of this Dickie Brennan restaurant that shares space with Le Petite Théâtre. $$$
H The Bistreaux LOUISIANIAN FARE New Orleans Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000, MaisonDupuy.com/dining. html. Dishes ranging from the casual (truffle mac and cheese) to the upscale (tuna tasting
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The Pelican Club AMERICAN 312 Exchange Place, 523-1504, PelicanClub.com. 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. $$$$$
H Tujague’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 823 Decatur St., 525-8676, TujaguesRestaurant.com. For more than 150 years this landmark restaurant has been offering Creole cuisine. Favorites include a nightly six-course table d’hôté menu featuring a unique beef brisket with Creole sauce. $$$$$ GARDEN DISTRICT Commander’s Palace LOUISIANIAN FARE 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, CommandersPalace.com. The grande dame is going strong under the auspices of James Beard Award-winner chef Tory McPhail. Jazz Brunch is a great deal. $$$$ District Donuts Sliders Brew AMERICAN 2209 Magazine Street, 570-6945, DonutsAndSliders.com. Creative sliders (hello, pork belly) and super-creative donuts (think root beer float) are the hallmarks of this nextgeneration café. $ Hoshun Restaurant ASIAN FUSION/PAN
ASIAN 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716, HoshunRestaurant.com. A wide variety of Asian cuisines, primarily dishes culled from China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Private dining rooms available. $$
St., 267-9190. & 4301 Clearview Parkway, 885-4845. CaffeCaffe.com Healthy, refreshing meal options, and gourmet coffee and espresso drinks create a tasteful retreat for Metairie diners at a reasonable price. $
H Mr. John’s Steakhouse STEAKHOUSE
Crabby Jack’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 428 Jefferson Highway, 833-2722, CrabbyJacksNola.com. Outpost of JacquesImo’s. Famous for its fried seafood and poor boys including fried green tomatoes and roasted duck. $
2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697, MrJohnsSteakhouse.com. Wood paneling, white tile and USDA Prime Beef served sizzling in butter are the hallmarks of this classic New Orleans steakhouse. $$$ METAIRIE
H Andrea’s Restaurant ITALIAN 3100 19th St., 834-8583, AndreasRestaurant.com. Osso buco and homemade pastas in a setting that’s both elegant and intimate; off-premise catering. $$$ Acme Oyster House LOUISIANIAN FARE 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056, AcmeOyster. com. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$ Austin’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., 888-5533, AustinsNo.com. Mr. Ed’s upscale bistro serves contemporary Creole fare, including seafood and steaks. $$$ Boulevard American Bistro AMERICAN 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-2301. Classic American cuisine including steaks, chops and more is augmented by regional favorites like Boulevard Oysters at this Metairie bistro. $$$ café B AMERICAN 2700 Metairie Road, 9344700, cafeB.com. Ralph Brennan offers New American bistro fare with a Louisiana twist at this family-friendly neighborhood spot. $$$ Caffe! Caffe! AMERICAN 3547 N. Hullen
Deanie’s Seafood SEAFOOD 1713 Lake Ave., 831-4141, Deanies.com. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried, is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$ Don’s Seafood SEAFOOD 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-1550, DonsSeafoodOnline.com. Metairie outpost of historic local seafood chain that dates from 1934. Features an array of Cajun and seafood classics like their original ‘Jacked Up’ Oysters and seafood platters. Don’t miss their happy hour specials. $$$ Drago’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 3232 N. Arnoult Road, 888-9254, DragosRestaurant.com. This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$ Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant SEAFOOD 1001 Live Oak St., 838-0022, AustinsNo.com. Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches make it a good stop
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oysters both charbroiled and raw. $$$
Ruth’s Chris Steak House STEAKHOUSE 3633 Veterans Blvd., 888-3600, RuthsChris. com. 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. $$$$$
H Liuzza’s ITALIAN 3636 Bienville St., 482-
H Toups’ Meatery LOUISIANIAN FARE 845
9120, Liuzzas.com. Classic neighborhood joint serves favorites like the “Frenchuletta,” stuffed artichokes and andouille gumbo. Kid’s menu offered. $$
N. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999, ToupsMeatery. com. Charcuterie, specialty cocktails and an exhaustive list of excellent à la carte sides make this restaurant a carnivore’s delight. $$$
Reginelli’s Pizzeria PIZZA Reginellis.com. Pizzas, pastas, salads, fat calzones and lofty focaccia sandwiches are at locations all over town. $$
Vincent’s Italian Cuisine ITALIAN 4411 Chastant St., 885-2984, Metairie, VicentsItalianCuisine.com. Snug Italian boîte packs them in, yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$
H Mandina’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 3800 Canal St., 482-9179, MandinasRestaurant.com. Though the ambiance is more upscale, the food and seafood dishes make dining here a New Orleans experience. $$
H Mona’s Café WORLD 3901 Banks St., 482-
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS Café du Monde BAKERY/BREAKFAST CafeDuMonde.com. 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. $
7743. 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. $
CC’s Coffee House BAKERY/BREAKFAST CCsCoffee.com. Coffeehouse specializing in coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. $
H Crescent City Steaks STEAKHOUSE 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271, CrescentCitySteaks.com. One of the classic New Orleans steakhouses. Steaks, sides and drinks are what you get. $$$$ Five Happiness ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, FiveHappiness.com. This longtime Chinese favorite offers up an extensive menu including its beloved mu shu pork and house-baked duck. $$ Gracious Bakery + Café BAKERY/BREAKFAST 1000 S. Jeff Davis Parkway, Suite 100, 301-3709, GraciousBakery.com.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, KatiesInMidCity.com. Creative poor boys, local dishes such as gumbo and Sunday brunch
H MoPho ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, MoPhoNola.com. 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. $$$ Parkway Bakery and Tavern AMERICAN 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047, ParkwayPoorBoys. com. Featured on national TV and having served poor boys to presidents, it stakes a claim to some of the best sandwiches in town. Their french fry version with gravy and cheese is a classic at a great price. $ Ralph’s On The Park LOUISIANAIAN FARE 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, RalphsOnThePark. com. A modern interior and contemporary Creole dishes such as City Park salad, turtle soup, barbecue Gulf shrimp and good
Copeland’s LOUISIANIAN FARE CopelandsofNewOrleans.com. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$ Little Tokyo ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN LittleTokyoNola.com. Multiple locations of this popular Japanese sushi and hibachi chain make sure that there’s always a specialty roll within easy reach. $$ Martin Wine Cellar AMERICAN MartinWineCellar.com. Wine by the glass or bottle to go with daily lunch specials, burgers, soups, salads and deli-style sandwiches. $ Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House SEAFOOD MrEdsRestaurants.com/oyster-bar.A seafood lover’s paradise offers an array of favorites like shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffée, blackened redfish and more. A raw bar featuring gulf
H Ruby Slipper Café BAKERY/BREAKFAST TheRubySlipperCafe.net. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$ Theo’s Pizza TheosPizza.com. The crackercrisp crust pizzas are complemented by a broad assortment of toppings with local ingredients at cheap prices. $$ Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill AMERICAN ZeaRestaurants.com. Drawing from a wide range of worldly influences, this popular spot serves a variety of grilled items, appetizers, salads, side dishes, seafood, pasta and other entrées. Catering services available. $$$ RIVERBEND
H Boucherie LOUISIANIAN FARE 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-5514, Boucherie-Nola. com. Serving contemporary Southern food with an international angle, chef Nathaniel Zimet offers excellent ingredients presented simply. $$ Brigtsen’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 723 Dante St., 861-7610, Brigtsens.com. Chef Frank Brigtsen’s nationally famous Creole cuisine makes this cozy cottage a true foodie destination. $$$$$
HCarrollton Market AMERICAN 8132 Hampson St., 252-9928, CarrolltonMarket.
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com. Modern Southern cuisine manages to be both fun and refined at this tasteful boîte. $$$
inspired menu has been a favorite of locals for years. $$$
UPPER 9TH WARD St. Roch Market LOUISIANIAN FARE 2381 St. Claude Ave., 615-6541, StRochMarket.com. Historic St. Claude Marketplace with open dining space houses a broad collection of independent eateries including craft cocktails and more. $$
H Coquette FRENCH 2800 Magazine St., 265-0421, CoquetteNola.com. The food is French in inspiration and technique, with added imagination from the chefs. $$$
UPTOWN Audubon Clubhouse AMERICAN 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282, AudubonInstitute. org. B, A kid-friendly menu with local tweaks and a casually upscale sandwich and salad menu. $$ Bouligny Tavern GASTROPUB 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810, BoulignyTavern.com. Carefully curated small plates, inventive cocktails and select wines are the focus of this stylish offshoot of John Harris’s nationally acclaimed Lilette. $$ Camellia Grill AMERICAN 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679. A venerable diner whose essential character has remained intact and many of the original waiters have returned. Credit cards are now accepted. $ Casamento’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761, CasamentosRestaurant.com. The familyowned restaurant has shucked oysters and fried seafood since 1919; closed during summer and for all major holidays. $$ Clancy’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111, ClancysNewOrleans.com. Their Creole-
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Dick and Jenny’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880, DickAndJennys. com. A funky cottage serving Louisiana comfort food with flashes of innovation. $$$$
H Gautreau’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397, GautreausRestaurant. com. Upscale destination serves refined interpretations of classics.
H La Crêpe Nanou FRENCH 1410 Robert St., 899-2670, LaCrepeNanou.com. Classic French bistro fare, including terrific moules and decadent dessert crêpes, are served nightly at this neighborhood institution. $$$ La Petite Grocery FRENCH 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377, LaPetiteGrocery.com. Elegant dining in a convivial atmosphere. The menu is heavily French-inspired with an emphasis on technique. $$$ Lilette FRENCH 3637 Magazine St., 8951636, LiletteRestaurant.com. Chef John Harris’ innovative menu draws discerning diners to this highly regarded bistro. Desserts are wonderful as well. $$$$$
H Magasin ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN 4201 Magazine St., 896-7611, MagasinCafe.com. Pho, banh mi and vegetarian options are offered at this attractive and budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Café sua da is available
as well. $ Pascal’s Manale ITALIAN 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, PascalsManale.com. A neighborhood favorite since 1913 and the place to go for the creation of barbecued shrimp. Its oyster bar serves freshly shucked Louisiana oysters and the Italian specialties and steaks are also solid. $$$$
H Patois WORLD 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441, PatoisNola.com. French food, with influences from across the Mediterranean as well as the American South, all filtered through the talent of chef Aaron Burgau. Reservations recommended. $$$ Pizza Domenica PIZZA 4933 Magazine St., 301-4978, PizzaDomenica.com. A pizza centric spinoff of the popular Restaurant Domenica brings Neapolitan-style pies to Uptown. Excellent salads and charcuterie boards are offered as well. $$
H Shaya WORLD 4213 Magazine St., 8914213, ShayaRestaurant.com. James Beard Award-winning menu pays homage to Israel at this contemporary Israeli hotspot. $$$
H The Company Burger BURGERS 4600 Freret St., 267-0320, TheCompanyBurger. com. 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. $ The Delachaise GASTROPUB 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858, TheDelaichaise.com. 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. $$ H Upperline AMERICAN 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822, Upperline.com. Consummate hostess JoAnn Clevenger presents this nationally heralded favorite. The oft-copied fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade originated here. $$$$ H Wayfare AMERICAN 4510 Freret St., 3090069, WayfareNola.com. Creative sandwiches and southern-inspired small plates. $$ Ye Olde College Inn AMERICAN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683, CollegeInn1933. com. Serves up classic fare, albeit with a few upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine ITALIAN 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, VicentsItalianCuisine. com. Snug Italian boîte packs them in yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$ WAREHOUSE DISTRICT Lucy’s WORLD 710 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995, LucysRetiredSurfers.com. Islandthemed oasis with a menu that cherry-picks tempting dishes from across the globe’s tropical latitudes. Popular for lunch, and the after-work crowds stay into the wee hours. $
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njoying April is all about welcoming the weather and the entertainment that follows. Spring is a busy time of year, not just for budding flowers, but also for budding artists and entertainers and the throngs of people who enjoy their work. Spring brings countless events to the New Orleans area and surrounding region, and whether you’re looking to unwind to live music or to merely the sound of waves crashing by your beach chair, you can easily find fun at this time of year here in the Gulf South. From opera to jazz, folk to classical, music abounds in concert halls, on festival grounds, in grand theaters, and beyond. If you want to enjoy the outdoors, beach escapes, swim lessons, Earth Day festivities, and educational opportunities are also possible outlets for escaping the routine. The following events, activities, restaurants, stores, and vacation destinations offer a wide variety of ways to make April 2020 one to remember.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES “Stunning, beautiful and mesmerizing” are just a few of the adjectives audience members used to describe the New Orleans Opera Association’s recent production of Joan of Arc. “We can’t wait for the next opera!” was also a shared sentiment, and the next opera is indeed upon us. Charlie Parker’s Yardbird is on stage at the New Orleans Jazz Market
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on April 3, 4, and 5 and features New Orleans native Joshua Stewart singing the role Charlie Parker. Prior to each opera performance, patrons are invited to a pre-opera show featuring Clarence Johnson and the music of Charlie Parker beginning an hour before each opera performance. The 2019-2020 season closes at the Mahalia Jackson Theater with a popular fairy-tale for the entire family: Mozart’s The Magic Flute on May 1 and 3. New Orleans Opera Association is proud to continue the legacy of producing opera in America’s First City of Opera. For more information on the association and upcoming performances, call 504529-3000 or visit NewOrleansOpera.org. 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. At Love Swimming, students of all ages are taught how to 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. Offering year-round classes that are never rained out, the Love Swimming facility uses heated pools to create an ideal learning
SPONSORED 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 LoveSwimming.com. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, voted “Favorite Casino Resort to Vacation At” on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, offers lavish, awardwinning hotel rooms with breathtaking views, superior service, and bathrooms that feel more like a spa. On Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m., Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort brings you more ways to be entertained with The Jersey Shore Medium, Linda Shields. Linda Shields uses her medium and psychic abilities to help others find peace, understanding, and, often times, closure. Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased from Scarlet’s Treasures Gift Shop, via ScarletPearlCasino.com or by phone at 888-752-9772. Try your luck on Saturday, April 4 at 10 p.m. for your chance to win a 2020 Nissan Rogue. Plus, one winner every 15 minutes receives $150 Free Slot Play from 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Earn entries now, and earn 25x entries every Monday. Book your next ultimate getaway at ScarletPearlCasino.com or call 888-BOOK-SPC. The Louisiana Children’s Museum, located in New Orleans City Park, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this month. From April 21-25, connect with nature and value everyone’s role in taking care of the environment. Activities include a guest reading of Shel Silverstein by Erin Genrich, Outreach Manager at the Green Project on April 21, followed by Sedimentation Table Demonstrations, Coastal Restoration Activities
and Birding Activities all on April 22. On April 23, a special Earth Day book will be read by Meg Adams, Director of Stewardship at City Park. April 24 is Arbor Day, which brings tree headdress making in the Edible Garden followed by a Tree Parade around the gardens and the amazing live oaks. Finally, April 25 brings more Sedimentation Table Demonstrations, a poetry workshop with Margaret Simon, author of Bayou Song, and Earth Yoga sessions with Kim Walsh. All activities are free with admission. For details, visit LCM.org or call 504-523-1357. Be sure to catch the 6th annual Pirate Day in the Bay, a weekend celebration in Old Town Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, set for May 16-17. Organized by the Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse, the event starts Friday, when Pirate Central opens and adult pirates gather for a light-hearted invasion of Old Town, followed by a pub crawl and treasure hunt in local eateries and bars. Saturday is family-friendly and features a pirate costume contest for all ages, a walking parade for young pirates, a kids play zone, vendors, and live music. Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast, organizers expect a huge crowd this year, with shops and restaurants joining in the revelry with pirate-themed items for sale. Most event activities are free and Saturday wraps up with fireworks over the harbor, sponsored by Silver Slipper Hotel & Casino. More information and full schedule can be found at MKOTSH.com. Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor and his All-Star Band with special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne and his band are coming to Smoothie King Center on Friday, May 15, for one intimate and memorable night. This is the first date of James Taylor’s summer tour, which coincides with the 2020 releases of his new album, American Standard, and his audio-only memoir, Break Shot.
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SPONSORED As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the world-renowned artist has sold more than 100 million albums since he was first signed by The Beatles to their Apple Records label, won multiple Grammy Awards, and has earned multiple gold, platinum, or multi-platinum awards. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com. Transforming lives and communities through music, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is dedicated to maintaining live orchestral music and a full-scale symphonic orchestra that plays an integral role in the region’s culture and education. A full slate of spring programming begins with the 2020 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview on April 2, which is free and open to the public. On April 16 and 17, LPO celebrates “American Virtuosos,” and Benjamin Beilman brings his passionate performance to a Violin Concerto by Higdon, a work awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music and packed with dialogue between the violin and the orchestra. Then, April 18-19, join world-renowned New Orleans musician Cyril Neville, special guest artists, and the LPO for two one-of-a-kind performances. Swing in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park takes place April 21, while Swing in the Park & Symphony Fun Run in Lafreniere Park take place May 7. Both events are free and open to the public. Finally, LPO’s spring season rounds out with “Testimony and Triumph,” featuring Jorge Federico Osorio, May 14 and 16. For tickets and information, call 504-523-6530 (option 2) or visit LPOmusic.com.
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SPONSORED This season, extend your festival-fun indoors with live music and dinner every Friday at Three Keys at Ace Hotel. The “Pass the Peas” dinner and show will run weekly with musical artists changing monthly. “Pass the Peas” begins this month and will feature the high-energy, funk- and jazz-infused Noah Young Band on Fridays in April and GLADNEY, the project of multi-instrumentalist Stephen J. Gladney, on Fridays in May. Doors open at 7 p.m. with shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets run $40 for floor seats and a three-course meal and glass of sparkling wine from Josephine Estelle. For those only interested in the music, upper level tickets run $10 and also include a glass of sparkling wine. Three Keys is an intimate venue located inside the Ace Hotel and dedicated wholly to the magic that happens in New Orleans. For a full calendar of events and to purchase tickets, visit threekeysnola.com. To book your stay at Ace Hotel New Orleans, visit AceHotel.com/neworleans. As a non-profit organization working to sustain one of the largest estuarine systems in the Gulf of Mexico, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) also oversees one of Louisiana’s newest and greatest treasures, the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center. As Louisiana’s only working lighthouse, the New Canal Lighthouse offers the public an all-ages, hands-on lab with programming and displays that focus on the history of the lighthouse, the ecology of the Pontchartrain Basin and the critical coastal issues faced by South Louisiana. Additionally, the New Canal Lighthouse offers the public an unparalleled private event space with gorgeous views of Lake Pontchartrain and enchanting coastal sunsets. Surrounded by water on three sides and located at the entrance of two sailboat harbors, the New Canal Lighthouse is beautifully positioned for unforgettable events, from birthdays, weddings, and corporate events to celebrations of life for
those with maritime connections or a just a simple love of the lake. The facility can accommodate 500+, depending on set up needs. For more information on rentals, call 504-282-2134. For more information on the museum and the LPBF, visit SaveOurLake.org.
DINING OUT For over 100 years, Parkway Bakery and Tavern has been a staple provider of delicious, locally produced foods, and today, Parkway is known as the go-to place for New Orleans’s signature sandwich—the poor boy. Locally owned since 1911, Parkway has survived major floods and economic shifts, including the Great Depression. This festival season, make it a tradition to dine with friends and family at one of New Orleans’s most famous and historical sandwich shops. With over 25 different poor boys, ranging from seafood, sausage, turkey and alligator to their famous slow-cooked roast beef and the original French fry poor boy, there’s a sandwich for any appetite. Situated at the corner of Hagan & Toulouse in Mid-City, right on Bayou St. John, Parkway’s poor boys and ambiance create a dining experience unlike any other. Decorated with memorabilia from Parkway’s early days, the historical neighborhood atmosphere is great for reminiscing with friends and family. Parkway is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and closed on Tuesdays. Call in for quick, easy pick-up at Parkway’s new and convenient call-in window (504-482-3047). For more information, visit ParkwayPoorboys.com. Old Algiers is a New Orleans neighborhood with a charming vibe all its own, and thanks to its location just across the river, it’s full of hidden gems known only to residents and the discerning visitors that venture
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SPONSORED over. One such gem is Tavolino Pizza & Lounge, a modern-rustic, easygoing Italian eatery that offers a laidback dining room and patio for families and an adults-only lounge for relaxing and imbibing in the back. Not your average pizza joint, Tavolino offers a menu chockfull of creative, delicious pizzas, dishes, and cocktails. Their crispy, thin-crust pizzas include the popular Proscuitto Brie, sprinkled with arugula, and the Berhman Hwy., with citrus-brazed pork belly, Vietnamese caramel, nuoc chan marinated carrots and radishes, jalepenos, and herbs. A fine selection of antipasti includes Arancini San Marzano (fried stuffed tomato-basil risotto balls), Nodi di Pasta (dippable dough knots), and a variety of olives, paté, and cheese plates. An extensive wine and beer list is complemented by Tavolino’s imaginative specialty cocktails. Tavolino is located at 141 Delaronde Street. For more information, call 504-605-3365 or visit the restaurant on Facebook at Facebook.com/TavolinoLounge. Located at 5015 Magazine Street, Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco brings exceptional, authentic Peruvian cuisine to Uptown New Orleans. Helmed by Executive Chef and Owner Juan Lock, Tito’s features numerous seafood favorites, including a variety of melt-in-yourmouth, all-natural ceviches, as well as well-spiced beef entrées, duck confi, and lamb shank dishes that will keep you coming back. The restaurant takes pride in freshness, offering only the highest quality ingredients in its dishes and handcrafted cocktails. The bar at Tito’s is famous for its Peruvian wine and pisco selections, signature pisco cocktails, and imported beers. Tito’s offers intimate indoor and atmospheric courtyard seating and is open seven days a week. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday,
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3 p.m. – 6 p.m., and features a variety of drinks and small plates. Dinner runs 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday hours are 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Tito’s new Sunday Brunch is available Sundays from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. For more information, private events, catering and reservations, visit TitosCevichePisco.com, call 504-267-7612, or visit the restaurant on Instagram and Facebook.
SHOPPING Located at 3427 Magazine Street in the heart of New Orleans is SOSUSU Boutique, a fashion boutique dedicated to style, sophistication, and uniqueness. Susu Stall opened her boutique a little over three years ago with the expressed desire to offer clients an enjoyable retail experience. Upon entering SOSUSU, visitors automatically experience an upbeat vibe with music playing, sofa seating for those who want to relax and take their time, and offers of water, champagne, and occasional small bites from the sales team. The colorful, happy setting lifts visitors’ spirits while presenting them with collections from European, Australian, British, and American designers as well as those obscure designers discovered during Susu’s travels to New York and Parisian markets. SOSUSU offers a fabulous representation of clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and other accessories at a variety of price points. The boutique is a safe place to try new things and “step out of your box,” according to Susu. “Whether you’re conservative or edgy, there’s something for you.” From street style to formal wear, shoppers will always find a feminine edge at SOSUSU Boutique. Visit online at Sosusu.MyShopify.com.
A couple’s engagement is said to be the most important milestone before marriage. Whether you’re planning a surprise proposal or shopping for the perfect ring with your future fiancé, let Diamonds Direct diamond experts be your guide. The first step in engagement ring shopping is to know your significant other’s taste in jewelry. Once you have a design and style in mind, determine what fits your budget. Have you decided on a gemstone? Engagement rings often feature a diamond; however, other stones are growing in popularity. Next, choose the right shape for your diamond or gemstone—from pear to classic round to princess, each shape makes a statement. Finally, it’s time to explore the perfect ring setting from a variety of metals, including platinum and yellow gold. Don’t forget ring size—Diamonds Direct diamond experts can help you sneakily determine a size for a surprise proposal. Diamonds Direct will always ensure that the piece you walk away with is the very best ring for your budget. For more tips and information about Diamonds Direct, visit DiamondsDirect.com.
VACATION PROPERTIES & HOTELS A visit to New Orleans combines comfort with adventure, the experience of southern hospitality and a relaxed pace among the magic and entertainment that keeps the city lively all year long. Adjacent to the French Quarter and in close proximity to popular festivals and events such as Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and French Quarter Fest, the JW Marriott New Orleans offers recently refreshed, luxurious hotel rooms and suites with views of bustling Canal Street and the French Quarter.
After exploring the sights, rest easy with JW Marriott’s heated outdoor saltwater pool on the 8th floor as well its lobby lounge and bar. JW Marriott believes that a hotel is more than a place to lay your head—it is a crafted, immersive experience created by staff that love what they do. That’s why each moment of your stay is personally choreographed to delight and inspire your journey so that you may leave richer than when you arrived. Visit JWMarriottNewOrleans.com to view exclusive packages or call 504-525-6500. It’s Spring Break season, and there’s no better beach escape than Pensacola Beach, Florida, and the properties of Premier Island Management Group. Situated just a few hours outside of New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Island National Seashore, this collection of vacation rentals includes beach homes, condos, and the acclaimed skyhomes of the Portofino Island Resort. Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience. Portofino Island offers families the perfect balance of indulgence, natural beauty, and active adventure. Take a kayak or paddleboard adventure and surf the emerald green waters, or fly under the sun as you parasail your day away. Be sure to reserve a spa day and get pampered in the comfort of your private suite or poolside. Enjoy a morning or sunset cruise and watch curious dolphins jump out of the water to say hello. Whether you want to enjoy the beach with family, children, spouse or friends, guests of all ages will enjoy the properties of Premier Island. More than just another Spring Break, this will be the one your family remembers for a lifetime. Discover yours at PremierIsland.com or call 866-935-7741. • MYNEWORLEANS.COM APRIL 2020 8 5
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omes in New Orleans and even more broadly across the South are known for their charm and warmth, whether defined by historic architecture—like a New Orleans shotgun house—or by its interior style and décor. Making a home your own is one of the great joys of home ownership, and there are plenty of ways to start down that path if you’re not an owner already. Resources abound for those interested in regional real estate, from experienced real estate agents and brokers to planned communities and home design experts. Whether you’re looking to sell and relocate or start fresh with your first home-buying adventure, the following professionals may be able to offer some guidance or even show you the winning property that suits your family’s needs and lifestyle. Explore the options below for agents and brokers, available properties, home design experts, and lenders.
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Orleans families find themselves moving to Houston. When moving between these sister cities, Rhett Ross and Ashley Day are the sisters to know. Both New Orleans natives and now Houston residents, Rhett and Ashley are experienced real estate agents with Compass Real Estate who know how to find familiar New Orleans charm within the comforts of Texas. “We call Houston ‘Louisiana West,’” says Rhett. “There are so many Louisiana natives that live here—you’ll see Saints and LSU bumper stickers, and you can always find good crawfish during the season.” “And,” adds Ashley, “we’re even able to find head-on shrimp and delicious French bread—the little things.” Consistently both Top Producers, Ashley and Rhett work in all Houston neighborhoods with primary focus in West University, Houston Heights, Bellaire, Spring Branch, Braes Heights, Montrose, and Memorial. To find your Houston home, call Rhett (832-483-0756) or Ashley (504-237-6535) or visit Compass.com.
In many ways, New Orleans and Houston are sister cities, each with unique neighborhoods rich with southern hospitality and cultural flair. Whether due to job requirements or family needs, many New
Picture the following beautiful home for both relaxing and entertaining. First, walk in to a large foyer with custom-made, impressive steel doors with insulated window panels that can swing
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open on those beautiful, breezy spring days. Enter into the large gourmet kitchen with its six-burner gas stove and extra-large pantry with butcher’s shelf and cabinets. Downstairs, explore the master bedroom and separate bedroom. Upstairs, in addition to two bedrooms with balconies, is a stocked game room complete with pool table, foosball table, and card table. Additionally, an exercise room and large open space is available for your own customization. As if this weren’t enough, the outdoors offers a large oasis with a pool, water fall, natural-gas fire pit, and seating area, along with an outdoor kitchen, patios, and surround sound. For more information or a showing, call an agent who loves what she does, Cecelia S. Buras, Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway. Cecelia loves working with all types of buyers—first time, move up, relocation, and senior downsizing. She lists all types of residential properties. For more information, feel free to call or text at 504-5832902. With a real passion for connecting individuals and families with their future homes, Glennda Bach, Latter & Blum REALTOR®, often hears phrases like, “We can see your love for this property,” when showing her curated list of well-researched, potential properties to clients. “I am driven by my passion and for what I can do for my clients,” says Glennda, who takes a thorough approach to her work on behalf of clients. In the top one percent of realtors in New Orleans, Glennda sold over $18.4M in February of 2020, a record amount for Latter & Blum. As a Diamond Award Winner and Top Producer, she enjoys working with people from all walks of life, from NBA and NFL players to professionals and community members of all kinds.
“Once I meet someone for the first time, I’m usually pretty good at knowing exactly what they are looking for, and I truly believe in fate,” she says. For more information and to begin the search for your next New Orleans home, call Glennda at 504-866-2758. To view Latter & Blum listings, visit Latter-Blum.com. Local realtor and Uptown resident Rae M. Bryan has been helping people find their dream homes and vacation properties for over 16 years in the New Orleans area. Working as a top tier producer with buyers, sellers, and investors, she is well regarded for her success in offering a smooth transaction and unparalleled service to her clients. With a prior career in banking and finance, Rae is qualified to help clients with the full spectrum of their real estate transaction and financial aspects. Rae joined Reve Realtors in 2019 and has created a team with member Breck Robinson to expand marketing proficiency and advancement in the competitive market. Unique historic properties are also one of many things about New Orleans that Rae takes interest in and has become a registered Historic House Specialist to pursue her involvement. Should you need to sell, buy, invest, reach out to Rae for local realty expertise at 504-300-0700 or visit Rae.ReveRealtors. com. Perennial top producer Fred Buras and his executive assistant Christopher Aguglia form Fred Buras Group, a client-focused group of realtors® utilizing decades’ experience to assist in achieving any and all of their clients’ real estate needs—from complex estate sales to
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investment products and finding their dream home. A vast network of vetted resources assures both sellers and buyers are provided all the tools needed to navigate their transaction smoothly. While welcoming clients all over the New Orleans area, Fred Buras Group primarily services the Uptown/Garden District markets with their innate knowledge of the specifics that drive home values. Specializing in the luxury market and historical homes, proof of their dedication to superlative service is illustrated through their 150+ happy clients and $100+ million in transactions in just the past five years. Real estate is their passion; give them a call when you’re ready to experience the service you deserve. For info visit FredBurasGroup.com and/or call directly at 504-427-6292.
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Stacie Carubba is known for getting results. A top-producing real estate agent in neighborhoods such as Lakeview, Gentilly, Mid-City and Old Metairie, Stacie has been Athena Real Estate’s #1 agent three years in row and was recently named in the top 100 agents in the city as well as a Rising Star for New Orleans Real Producers Magazine. Whether she’s working with first-time buyers, luxury listings or larger commercial properties, Carubba goes the extra mile to deliver the best results for her clients. A dynamic agent with a contemporary approach to real estate and real estate marketing, Carubba has cultivated a robust online following and is well versed in the most up-to-date sales and communication strategies. She is an excellent and skilled negotiator motivated by a genuine interest that keeps her in constant pursuit of the latest market trends, statistics, and tactics. “I’m confident in my ability to find the
home of your dreams and promise to be by your side, every step of the way, to make sure that you get it on the right terms,” says Stacie. For more information, call Stacie at 504-434-SOLD or visit StacieCarubba.com.
PROPERTIES The brand new Bella Ridge South Apartments in River Ridge offers another level of luxury with peace-of-mind living, better pricing, larger floor plans, and a free direct-access parking garage. This brand new community is only a 15-minute drive to downtown New Orleans. From uniquely curated one- and two-bedroom apartments to thoughtfully selected amenities, Bella South has it all. Inside the apartments, 10-foot ceilings enlarge gourmet kitchens with customcut granite countertops and many more designer finishes. Combine these luxuries with a soaking tub and separate shower in the master bathroom and expansive closets and you’re all set. Within the community, residents can reserve cabanas at the pool and get poolside food delivery. Additionally, they can enjoy working out in the state-of-the-art Strength & Wellness Center with free bike rentals. From there, residents can take their pups to the Bella Bark and Bath Park, featuring a cabana with phone charging ports, hoops and loops, and a dog wash station. Finally, residents can sprawl out in the outdoor relaxation space perfect for unwinding. To learn even more about Bella Ridge South, call 855-400-5104 or visit 1stLake.com/Apartments/Bella-Ridge-South.
Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on one of Mississippi›s largest private recreational lakes. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, and only 90 minutes from New Orleans, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Waterfront Homesites are available for building custom homes and retreats starting at $70,000 and several resale homes are usually available for immediate purchase. 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 Lake. 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!” Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit BigBayLake.com.
HOME DESIGN RESOURCES Are you considering selling your home in the near future? It’s a littleknown secret but one potential sellers should consider—landscaping increases your property value. According to Beverly Katz, Landscape Designer & Owner of Exterior Designs Inc., among the top things buyers seek in a new home is a well-manicured outdoor design and large, mature plants and trees. “Home buyers typically understand the costs associated with creating a new landscape, and many are willing to pay more for one that’s already established,” says Beverly. Exterior Designs, Inc., a comprehensive landscape design and
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build company, is known locally for helping homeowners increase the value of their homes with landscaping. Beverly Katz creates New Orleans inspired landscapes by blending timeless Spanish and French influences of the city’s architecture with functional solutions for the modern homeowner. She has an exceptional ability to transform even the largest landscapes into intimate spaces perfect for entertaining and relaxing. For a consultation on your property and how Exterior Designs can help increase its value, call 504-866-0276. For design inspiration and additional landscaping tips, visit ExteriorDesignsBev.com. At Nola Rugs, Owner Sharon Schenck and her team strive to bring you the most beautiful rugs in the world with over 2,000 examples in stock, acquired with close attention to both quality and affordability from all international weaving areas. With over 46 years of experience as a direct importer, Schenck’s goal is to provide clients with options ranging from century-old antiques, European-inspired and classic Orientals, to the cutting edge in contemporary and modern rugs. Each is handmade, exhibiting both the skill and magic of the human hand. “At NOLA Rugs, we offer our extensive experience, integrity, and service,” says Schenck. “Finding the correct rug can sometimes be confusing, and our goal is to make your experience as easy and fun as possible. Having a store like ours with such a huge inventory in New Orleans and being able to see our rugs in person is a wonderful advantage,” she says. If you need a rug and wish to learn more, please visit Nola Rugs’ new location at 300 Jefferson Highway, Suite #401 in New Orleans.
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HOME LOANS For over 111 years, families have trusted Home Bank, and with 40 locations across south Louisiana and western Mississippi, there’s a banker right around the corner ready to help. With a full line of mortgage and home loan options, Home Bank is poised to help with your home needs, whether you’re a first-time buyer, future home builder, or fixerupper looking to renovate. Plus, with options like Home Bank’s one-time close construction loan, home owners can stay focused on getting into “home sweet home” and not on stacks of paperwork. Stop by any Home Bank location and meet their experienced bankers or start a loan application or pre-approval online. Loan approval is subject to Home Bank credit and other criteria. Home Bank is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. NMLS #483958. Call Home Bank at 866-401-9440 or visit them online at Home24Bank.com. •
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ith spring arriving, it’s the perfect time of year to work in the garden or hit the links, to enjoy a stroll in the park or a card game with friends out on the patio. Retirees and older adults love the season as much as anyone and deserve the time and freedom to enjoy it how they please. Many area families know the stress of worrying over an older adult’s wellness, and that’s why there’s a number of resources available to give assistance and increase health, wellness, and independence. From in-home care givers who can provide companionship and help with daily tasks to retirement communities that offer safe spaces, comradery, and enjoyable amenities, there are a number of ways adults can access their prefered hobbies and lifestyles in their older years. Additionally, resources in healthcare can help seniors and their families navigate the health changes brought on by age and continue to enjoy their favorite spring past-times year after year.
IN-HOME CARE Last year, Dependable In-Home Care celebrated 50 successful years of providing proven dependability through referrals of quality caregivers at affordable costs. As the only nationally accredited caregiver registry in the region, Dependable In-Home Care holds high standards for caregivers. Accreditation requires caregivers have a minimum of two years of experience, a national background check, drug screen, TB test, and carry professional liability insurance. “No other care providers in the area can match our credentials. We provide access to a vetted pool of nearly 150 experienced professional caregivers, certified nursing assistants, LPNs and RN for assessments” says Joni Friedmann-Lagasse, Owner. With over 100,000 successful referrals, Dependable In-Home Care has helped thousands of families find the high-level companionship, supervision, care and support their loved one needs, from daily activities like meal prep and transportation 9 2 APRIL 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM
to companionship, bathing, dressing, and mobility assistance. After experiencing firsthand the challenges families face when caring for a loved one, Joni’s mother founded Dependable in 1969, and Joni has been at the helm for over 40 years. A founding member of the CRSB accreditation board, Joni served as its Chairmen from 2012-2014. For more information, visit DependableCare.net. Home Care Solutions specializes in compassionate in-home care, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s care, and Aging Life Care Management™ services to help your elderly loved ones extend their independence at home. They are committed to providing the highest quality of care, keeping loved ones safe and comfortable while giving families peace of mind. Caregivers are carefully matched to meet both your loved one’s needs and personality. Home Care Solutions Care Managers navigate the care of your loved ones with expertise and heart and are experienced advocates with creative solutions for complex situations and all care concerns. Care Managers’ familiarity with local resources saves you time and often saves you money while their compassionate understanding of the aging process saves you unnecessary distress. Home Care Solutions, a licensed Personal Care Attendant Agency, is a member of the Home Care Association of America and Aging Life Care Association™. Call 504-828-0900 or visit HomeCareNewOrleans.com. Home Care Solutions would be honored to assist your family in navigating the intricacy of elder care. Home Instead offers peace of mind for families of aging adults who wish to remain in the home. A local franchise owned by a New Orleans native, Home Instead offers the added benefit of staff who understand New Orleans’ culture and hospitality. Home Instead New Orleans has a team of fully trained CAREGiversSM who provide the care and companionship your loved one deserves. CAREGivers provide support
SPONSORED through non-medical services like meal preparation, transportation, personal care, medication reminders, and more, while working in tandem when needed with healthcare providers, home health, and hospice. “Most older adults want to stay home, the place they know and love,” says Owner Lisa Rabito. “Our focus is to build relationships first.” Available from eight hours a week to 24 hours a day, CAREGivers can take your loved one to church, the salon, and their weekly bridge game, or care for bed-bound clients who need full personal care, all while providing safety and companionship. Aging adults no longer in the home can also request Home Instead services at the retirement community or nursing facility where they reside. For more information, visit HomeInstead.com/339 or call 504-455-4911.
RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES Poydras Home is a Continuing Care Retirement Community offering independent living, assisted living, and nursing care, known for its innovative programs that allow residents to enjoy life to the fullest with emphasis on including residents experiencing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Poydras Home partnered with Southern Rep Theatre to launch a “Care For Creatives Drama Club.” This program engages residents living with dementia and their families in improvisational theatre exercises designed to stimulate communication. Poydras Home Director of Memory Support and Day Program Elena Cambre describes the program as transformative, serving to strengthen connections with caregivers. “The techniques offer participants’ care partners new tools for coping with the day-to-day challenges of communication,” says Cambre. “Drama and improv are about honest connections and making something new together. We are just getting started, but I can already see some amazing sparks coming to life within our group members,” she says. For more information, visit PoydrasHome.com or call 504-897-0535. As an award-winning and full-service retirement center and community, Lambeth House offers the best of all worlds— independent living for active adults (ages 62+) plus a full continuum of care, including Assisted Living, Nursing Care, and Memory Care in the event it’s ever needed. With an exceptional approach to living and a focus on active aging, Lambeth House offers a full array of amenities including the fitness center with a stunning indoor, salt-water swimming pool, an art studio, meditation room and garden, fine and casual dining options, and engaging activities and social events. Nonresidents (55+) can access Fitness Center memberships, and Lambeth House’s Wild Azalea Café is open to the public for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday-Saturday. Nestled in the heart of Uptown and overlooking the Mississippi River, Lambeth House offers luxurious accommodations and was awarded the Design for Aging Merit Award by the American Institute of Architecture for the attention to detail in its last expansion. For more information, call 504-865-1960 or visit LambethHouse.com.
PLANNING & ARRANGEMENTS How you are remembered and celebrated is within your control. Savvy seniors are planning ahead, whether to ease the burden on loved ones, protect their assets, or simply have a say in their celebration. Choosing the right funeral home can make all the difference. Jacob Schoen & Son has helped New Orleanians plan memorable celebrations for themselves and their loved ones for over 146 years. Whether your need is immediate or you need a resource, the Schoen family and staff are available to help you navigate the intricate details of beliefs, family, and wishes to create the perfect celebration. Their thoughtful planning brings the ease, comfort, and peace of mind
needed to allow family and friends to remember, grieve, and console. Located at 3827 Canal Street in their iconic mansion, Jacob Schoen & Son invites you to come in and see what’s new, discuss what innovative options are available, and learn more about how they can help you or a loved one guarantee their wishes at an affordable price. Stop by or call 504-605-0347 to set up an appointment.
HEALTH INSURANCE The mission of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. The company was founded in New Orleans in 1934 and continues to serve this market with an office in the Central Business District and a full-service, regional office in Metairie. As a partner in the community, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana supports numerous charitable organizations in the New Orleans region through financial donations and hundreds of volunteer hours donated by employees. As a company that’s Louisiana true, Blue Cross offers a full portfolio of Medicare plans designed to meet the healthcare needs and budget for customers who are eligible for Medicare. To find out more, visit bcbsla.com/medicare. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a nonprofit, fully taxed mutual company, owned by its policyholders–not shareholders. The company has offices in every major Louisiana city to serve its customers.
PRIMARY CARE A Family Medicine physician whose practice is based on a philosophy of comprehensive care is the primary physician for an older person. David Wartenburg, MD, is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who treats his patients when they are ill and works when they are healthy to establish strong health maintenance skills by practicing disease prevention and health education. “I enjoy the relationship I have with my patients–I know their family medical history in detail and work with them to prevent illness and manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension,” says Dr. Wartenburg. “My strong relationships with specialty physicians like cardiologists, oncologists, and neurologists help my patients get the care they need. It’s a collaborative process between me, the patient, and other physicians.” With older patients, adult children can also be a part of that collaboration. “With longer life spans, I know my patients’ children. We work together to give my patient—their parent—the best possible outcome,” he says. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wartenburg or another Tulane Doctors primary care physician, call 504-988-0501.
PHARMACY & MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Patio Drugs has a full-service retail pharmacy including compounding and medical equipment services. Seniors in our community benefit from the services offered in their long-term care pharmacy. In business since 1958, Patio Drugs has a unique awareness of their customers’ needs and gears their services accordingly. Free prescription delivery is offered in certain areas. They offer unit dose medication and multi-dose drug packaging cards to assist patients with remaining adherent and independent with their drug therapies. With their medication synchronization program, they coordinate with patients to have all their prescriptions filled on the same day, avoiding running out of medication or forgetting to call in refills. Patio Drugs pharmacists offer a comprehensive medication review with patients to discuss any questions about medications, diet, and overall health. Their team works collaboratively with your physician to ensure you are receiving the highest quality care and the clearest understanding of your medication therapies. • MYNEWORLEANS.COM APRIL 2020 9 3
rom knowing what to do if someone is having a stroke to knowing where to turn for rehabilitative help, information is key for survival and recovery from stroke. When a stroke occurs, every second saved offers a better outcome for the patient, which is why getting help quickly is of the utmost importance. Area hospitals are outfitted with specially trained doctors and advanced technologies aimed at treating victims of stroke, while primary care physicians help with preventative care by counseling patients to embrace healthier diets, more exercise, and other healthy habits. From the ambulance and emergency room all the way to outpatient rehabilitation services, a stroke victim will encounter a variety of healthcare professionals. Across Greater New Orleans, these professionals offer experience and expertise. The following news and tips from area healthcare providers may help you or a loved one in the instance of stroke. Every second counts, especially when having a stroke. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. Stroke kills almost 130,000 people each year—that’s one out of every 20 deaths—according to the Centers for Disease Control. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of Stroke, and remember the helpful acronym of “BE FAST:”
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Balance: Loss of balance Eyes: Blurred or double vision Face: Numbness or weakness in the face Arm: Numbness or weakness in arm or leg Speech: Difficulty Speaking Time=Brain: If symptoms occur suddenly, and you have severe dizziness or headaches, call 911 If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, call 911. Treatment is most effective when started immediately. Touro is a certified primary stroke center and provides immediate, life-saving care to stroke patients. Visit Touro.com to learn more. Tulane University School of Medicine’s Center for Clinical Neurosciences is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient-centered care by combining cutting-edge technology with personalized attention. The center allows for faster consults between physicians who specialize in different neuroscience disciplines and provides an improved continuity of care for neuro patients. The center, in partnership with the world-class physicians at Tulane University School of Medicine’s Center for Neurosciences, offers the expertise and capabilities to effectively diagnose and treat spine, brain, and neurological conditions. To continue their tradition of excellence and expertise in providing the best quality care, education and research are integrated through the combined resources of Tulane University Hospital and Clinics and the Tulane School of Medicine. The Center for Clinical Neurosciences operates an outpatient clinic located in Tulane Hospital that can be reached at 504-988-5561. Visit online at TulaneNeurosciences.com. •
Hearing & Eye Care
ur five senses define how we experience the world around us, and when any one sense is compromised, it can make daily life challenging and set off a chain reaction of other problems. When issues occur with eyesight or hearing, navigating basic communications can become overwhelming and difficult, leading to frustration and isolation. Advancements in eye care and hearing and balance offer help to those with ocular or inner-ear issues, everything from cataracts and dry eyes to hearing loss and tinnitus. Loss in eyesight or hearing can be signs of more serious problems, so evaluations are an important step in finding solutions and preventing other complications. Resources are available locally from specialists in eye care and hearing—if you are experiencing issues with your senses, consider an appointment with an expert today.
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.
In addition to the new technology offered for cataract patients, Eyecare is excited to offer new treatments for dry eye sufferers. In addition to multiple new dry eye drops and tears now available, Eyecare offers treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction with LipiFlow treatment. Optometrists at Eyecare Associates offer the latest options in daily wear contact lenses that are known for exceptional comfort and clear vision. Patients at Eyecare Associates 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 EyecareNewOrleans.com.
HEARING & BALANCE When you suffer from a persistent hearing and balance disorder, you can become isolated. If you can’t hear, you can’t engage in conversation. If you’re afraid of falling, you tend to stay home. The CNC Hearing and Balance Center, led by Neurotologist Moises Arriaga, can help you get your life back. The CNC medical staff is uniquely qualified to provide a full hearing health evaluation and solutions that can make a real difference. CNC offers a wide array of treatment options from assistive devices to microsurgical hearing restoration, surgically implantable hearing devices, digital hearing device fittings and follow-up service, CochlearTM implants, hearing tests, and tinnitus evaluation and treatment. Hearing loss can be an indication of a more serious condition and can even contribute to dementia and risk of falling. Take care of yourself or someone you love today. The CNC Hearing and Balance Center has offices in Marrero and Uptown New Orleans. Call 504-9348320 for an appointment or visit CNCHearing.com. •
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A Special Section of New Orleans Magazine WYES-TV/CHANNEL 12 PROGRAM & EVENTS GUIDE APRIL 2020
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PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Patty Griffin/The Revivalists” Saturday, April 4 at 8pm
Enjoy a front-row seat to performances from Texas singer/ songwriter Patty Griffin and New Orleans rockers The Revivalists. The New Orleans brass-rockers perform their hit “Wish I Knew You” and an irresistible set filled with get-up-anddance gems from their acclaimed 2018 album Take Good Care. Originally premiered November 2019.
MASTERPIECE “World on Fire” Sundays, April 5 - May 17 at 8pm
The new mini-series is an adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant World War II drama that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in five countries as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives. Set in Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States, the events of the seven-hour series take place during the first year of the war. The cast of World on Fire includes Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End, Little Women, The Little Mermaid), Academy Award winner Helen Hunt (Mad About You, Twister), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Harlots), Brian J. Smith (Sense8), Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners, A Very English Scandal), Zofia Wichlacz (The Romanoffs), Julia Brown (Shetland) and more.
BAPTISTE ON MASTERPIECE Sundays, April 12 - May 17 at 9pm
Tcheky Karyo revives his role as French detective Julien Baptiste in this spinoff of “The Missing.” While visiting his daughter in Amsterdam, Baptiste becomes drawn into a missing persons case that may be connected to a human trafficking gang.
INSIDE THE VATICAN Tuesday, April 28 at 8pm
Filmed over the course of the fifth year of Pope Francis’ pontificate, the film provides rare behind-the-scenes access to one of the most important places in the Christian world. From the Pope himself to the head of security, the nuns who serve the homeless, the choristers of the Sistine Chapel, the papal gardener, the chief of the diplomatic corps and many others, the film offers an inside look into the daily lives of those who live and work in the Vatican. Although the church calendar unfolds much as it has for centuries, it is also a time of dramatic change as the Pope introduces reforms, shakes up the clerical establishment and deals with the fallout of a sex abuse scandal that erupts just as he embarks on a historic visit to Ireland. Photo Credit: Governatorato dello SCV Direzione dei Musei
WYES’ New Cooking Series Spotlights Outstanding Women Chefs in New Orleans The series premieres on WYES-TV on Saturday, May 16 at 10am KITCHEN QUEENS: NEW ORLEANS will feature 26 local female chefs. From James Beard Award-winners to a bumper crop of talented females at the helm of local restaurants, the 26-part part series will share food and stories from chefs with roots in Creole New Orleans, Louisiana Cajun country, Italy, Vietnam and Latin America. The series will be dedicated to the late Leah Chase, with an exploration of the life of the Dooky Chase chef who began cooking in 1946 and received a James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
! Melissa Araujo, Saveur Catering • Cara Benson, Tartine/Toast • Meg Bickford, RLER Commander’s I Palace • Jana Billiot, Restaurant R’evolution • Haley Bittermann, Ralph Brennan G W Restaurant Group • Lenora Chong, Morrow’s • Maribeth Del Castillo, Taceaux Loceaux • Tanya Dubuclet, Neyow’s Creole Cafe • Megan Forman, Gracious Bakery Café • Tia Henry, Café PO
Dauphine • Amarys Herndon, Palm & Pine • Christina do Carmo Honn, Café Cour/Carmo • Ericka Michelle Lassiar, Diva Dawg Food Truck • Nicole Mackie, Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles • Melissa Martin, Mosquito Supper Club • Luot Nguyen, Magasin Café • Christie Plaisance, Bouligny Tavern • Leighann Smith, Piece of Meat • Susan Spicer, Rosedale/ Bayona • Alison Vega-Knoll, Station 6 • Allison Vines-Rushing, NOCHI • Cynthia VuTran, Café Minh • Becky Wasden, Two Girls One Shuck • Rebecca Wilcomb, Gianna • Sue Zemanick, Zasu
Sip, Sample and Celebrate our new Kitchen Queens series on May 14th! Guests will enjoy a taste from participating restaurants and meet members of our kitchen royalty. Plus, be the first for a sneak peek of this groundbreaking new series! Details available at wyes.org/events.
PRESENTED BY The Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020
WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media 916 Navarre Avenue, New Orleans
Tickets wyes.org/eventsÂ WINDSOR CASTLE SPONSOR:
Zemurray Foundation BALMORAL CASTLE SPONSOR: Michele Reynoir & Kevin Clifford OSBORNE HOUSE SPONSOR:
Jenny and John Charpentier Cox Communications
Susan and Jimmy Gundlach Hancock Whitney Sherry and Alan Leventhal
Ochsner Health Claudia and Cleland Powell
KENSINGTON PALACE SPONSOR: Margaret and Ken Beer Bridget and Bobby Bories Bourgeois Bennett LLC Patricia and Vernon Brinson Marie and James Cahn Mary Clare and Danny Conwill Flower/Redd Family Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Will French and Tricia Sarpy INVITATION SPONSOR: Scriptura
Kit and Gus Fritchie Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation Megan and Matthew Guy Russ and Sandra Herman Jackson Lewis P.C. Jones Walker Linda and Gordon Kolb & Holt and Gordon Kolb, Jr. MEDIA SPONSOR: St. Charles Avenue Magazine
Dr. and Mrs. William St. John LaCorte Liskow & Lewis Britta and Everard Marks Darnell and Randy Philipson Erica and James Reiss Mary and Justin Schmidt Linda and Tommy Westfeldt Woodward Design+Build
SPECIAL THANKS: Park View Historic Hotel
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JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTHERN FRANCE June 13-22, 2020 9 Days • 12 Meals Double $5,399pp | Single $6,899pp Refer to booking #974363 Highlights include: Centuries-old Castles, Bordeaux, Grand Cru, Medieval Bastides in Dordogne, Lavender Fields of Saint Rémy, Hunt for Truffles, Village of Carcassonne
CROATIA & ITS ISLANDS SMALL SHIP CRUISING ON THE ADRIATIC COAST October 6 – 17, 2020 12 Days • 19 Meals | Lower Outside Double Rate $4,899pp | Single $5,399pp Refer to booking #962698 Highlights include: Dubrovnik, 7-night Adriatic Cruise, Slano, Mljet National Park, Korcula, Vis, Biševo Blue Cave, Hvar, Bol, Trogir, Split, Diocletian’s Palace, Choice On Tour, Šibenik, Cathedral of St. James, Krka National Park, Zagreb, Stone Gate
FOR DETAILS ON ALL WYES TRIPS, GO TO WYES.ORG/EVENTS OR CALL COLLETTE 800-581-8942. D6
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6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
7pm NATURE “Cuba’s Wild Revolution” Get a glimpse of Cuba’s spectacular wildlife and landscapes, left virtually untouched for 50 years. 8pm NOVA “Cuba’s Cancer Hope” When the U.S. trade embargo left Cuba isolated from medical resources, Cuban doctors were forced to get creative. Now they’ve developed lung cancer vaccines that show so much promise, some Americans are defying the embargo and traveling to Cuba for treatment. In an unprecedented move, Cuban researchers are working with U.S. partners to make the medicines more widely available. 9pm EARTH’S SACRED WONDERS “Closer to the Divine” (Part 2 of 3) Learn how a Muslim in Mali, a Shinto in Japan and an Episcopalian in New York City worship. 10pm HIMALAYA: KINGDOMS OF THE SKY 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
2 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR 8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 6” (Part 6 of 9) 9:30pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 6” (Part 7 of 9) 10pm PRINCE CHARLES AT 70 Enjoy exclusive access to the longest-serving heir to the British throne in his 70th birthday year. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
LOCAL 8pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Patty Griffin/ The Revivalists” Texas singersongwriter Patty Griffin and New Orleans rockers The Revivalists hit the stage. Originally premiered November 2019. 7pm INFORMED SOURCES Now in its 35th season, this weekly, local news special brings together our region’s top print and broadcast journalists to examine the stories behind the headlines. Repeats Sundays at 9:30 a.m. 7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm SOMEWHERE SOUTH “Porridge for the Soul” (Part 2 of 6) 9:30pm DISHING WITH JULIA CHILD “The Whole Fish Story” Jose Andres and Eric Ripert are amazed by Julia Child’s treatment of fish and wealth of information. 10pm DISHING WITH JULIA CHILD “The Good Loaf” Vivian Howard, Marcus Samuelsson, Carla Hall and Sara Moulton follow Julia Child’s bread making recipes for classic pain de mie and a raisin bread, highlighting her role in reorienting people’s perception of food.
11pm BUDDY HOLLY: RAVE ON
5 SUNDAY 6pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 9 (Part 1 of 8) A baby is abandoned in a dustbin. The team battle an unexpected diphtheria outbreak. 7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 9 (Part 2 of 8) Fred and Sister Monica Joan catch a woman stealing the team’s milk. When they learn she’s pregnant, they bring her into the care of the maternity home. Romance blooms between Miss Higgins and Sergeant Woolf.
10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
4 SATURDAY 6pm LAWRENCE WELK: FARM SHOW 7pm FRINDING YOUR ROOTS “Off The Farm"
9pm THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (1978) A chronicle of the rise and brief career of rock ‘n’ roll star Buddy Holly (Gary Busey), who aspires to play music the way he wants it to sound.
SEASON PREMIERE 8pm MASTERPIECE “World on Fire” (Part 1 of 7) Helen Hunt, Sean Bean, Lesley Manville and Jonah Hauer-King head an international cast in a gripping World War II drama hailed as “an epic war saga with a difference” (The Mail on Sunday, London). Following the lives of ordinary
people coping with the greatest war in human history. In the first episode, young translator Harry vows to help his Polish lover Kasia flee Warsaw, but how will he explain this to his sweetheart Lois, waiting for him at home in Manchester?
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
7pm THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR Tommy and Charlie create a cathedral ceiling. Mark breaks through the foundation. Kevin learns about sun tunnels. Richard creates a plan for cooling. And then on ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, Heath grounds an outlet; Mark installs fireplace doors.
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
10:30pm THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (1978)
10pm HOLY NEW ORLEANS Visit inside some of the city’s most beautiful places of worship.
11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
7pm INFORMED SOURCES
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
7pm THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (Part 1 of 2) Powerful personal stories and stunning breakthroughs reveal the historical search for the human genome and the promise of modern research. Based on Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s best-seller on how genes impact heredity, disease and behavior. Part 2 airs next Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. 9pm FRONTLINE “China Undercover”
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 6” (Part 8 of 9) 9:30pm THE MANNERS OF DOWNTON ABBEY: A MASTERPIECE SPECIAL Enter the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to “Downton Abbey.” 10:30pm MORE MANNERS OF DOWNTON ABBEY: A MASTERPIECE SPECIAL navigates the social protocol of aristocrats and servants in the 1920s.
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
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9pm THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, this drama closely follows the extraordinary real-life story of the Windermere children. It is the summer of 1945, and several buses packed with Polish kids have just arrived at their temporary new home near Lake Windermere. They are child survivors of the Holocaust, liberated from the Nazi death camps after having experienced unimaginable horrors, and now they are here in post-war England with just the clothes on their backs. Their families have almost entirely been wiped out. They have nowhere else to go.
7pm NATURE “Remarkable Rabbits”
7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Treasure Fever” examines artifacts and artistry with health and medicine history including a Lakota Sioux doctor's bag, a Civil War medical officer's sword and a Fern Isabel Coppedge oil. Which is $120,000-$180,000? 8pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Spokane” (Hour 2 of 3) 9pm BROKEN PLACES Revisits abused and neglected children profiled decades ago. The program illustrates how early trauma shaped their lives as adults. 10pm THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN: IN THEIR OWN WORDS Hear stories from the Windermere children, in their own words.
8pm NOVA “The Truth About Fat” Through real life stories, explore how fat plays a role in hormone production and can even affect hunger levels and a woman’s ability to get pregnant. 9pm EARTH’S SACRED WONDERS “Visions of the Divine” (Part 3 of 3) Visit Christians in Jerusalem, a Buddhist painter in Nepal and a Yazidi woman in Iraq. 10pm ROCKIES: KINGDOMS OF THE SKY 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
9 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT Peggy Scott Laborde is joined weekly by regular guests Poppy Tooker and Alan Smason, plus art reviews, local theatre productions, live music and more! Missed an episode? Watch it on the WYES On Demand channel at YouTube.com and at wyes.org.
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10:30am & 1pm PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC Aimed at kids 3-5, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC encourages viewers to engage in the creative arts and selfexpression, including music, dance, theater and visual arts. Get creative with Pinkalicious, Peter and all their friends in Pinkville!
5:00am READY JET GO! 5:30am ARTHUR 6:00am CURIOUS GEORGE
Noon SESAME STREET
8:30pm SOMEWHERE SOUTH “Dumpling Dilemma” Accompany Vivian on a trip to the Mississippi Delta and farther south to learn that not all dumplings are the same. But whether filled with minced meat, chopped veggies or nothing at all, they stretch our ingredients and our imaginations. 9:30pm DISHING WITH JULIA CHILD “Your Own French Onion Soup” Rick Bayless marvels over Julia Child’s knife skills and what great training technique she provided, while Jose Andres and Eric Ripert wonder how many tips are in her 200 episodes of “The French Chef.” 10pm DISHING WITH JULIA CHILD “Boeuf Bourguignon” Sara Moulton, Carla Hall, Jose Andres and Eric Ripert discuss how comfortable and magnetic Julia Child was in her first episode.
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
7:00am WILD KRATTS
1:00pm PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC
6pm LAWRENCE WELK: EASTER
7:30am MOLLY OF DENALI
1:30pm LET’S GO LUNA!
8:00am XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM 8:30am LET’S GO LUNA! 9:00am DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD 9:30am DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD 10:00am SESAME STREET 10:30am PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC 11:00am DINOSAUR TRAIN
2:00pm NATURE CAT
3:00pm MOLLY OF DENALI
4:00pm ODD SQUAD 4:30pm ARTHUR
6pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 9 (Part 2 of 8) 7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 9 (Part 3 of 8) Lucille is seconded to St. Cuthbert’s and delivers a baby in an elevator. Nurse Crane goes to a school to give vaccines to new students. Violet, Trixie, Sister Frances and Valerie put on a charity fashion show for the community. 8pm MASTERPIECE “World on Fire” (Part 2 of 7) A month into war and with Warsaw destroyed, Harry is desperate for news, while Kasia joins the Polish resistance.
NEW! 9pm BAPTISTE ON MASTERPIECE (Part 1 of 6) One of the The Missing’s best-loved characters returns in BAPTISTE, a spinoff series with Tchéky Karyo reviving his role as French detective Julien Baptiste. Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) and Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) round out the cast.
13 MONDAY 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Homecomings” Sterling K. Brown, Jon Batiste and Sasheer Zamata learn about the unexpected places their ancestors called home.
5:00pm READY JET GO!
8pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Janelle Monáe”
5:30pm PEG + CAT
9pm MY GIRL (1991)
6:00pm PBS NEWSHOUR
10pm MY GIRL (1991)
2:30pm WILD KRATTS
3:30pm XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM
11pm HOLY NEW ORLEANS
10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT
12:30pm SPLASH AND BUBBLES
6:30am NATURE CAT
11:30am CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT
8pm WASHINGTON WEEK
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Desert Botanical Garden” (Hour 3 of 3) 8pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Spokane” (Hour 3 of 3) 9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Bedlam” Follow a filmmaker to ERs, jails and homeless camps to tell intimate stories behind mental illness. Please
note, this program is flagged for adult content.
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
14 TUESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (Part 2 of 2) Geneticists wrestle with the moral implications of new technologies that offer both promise and peril. 9pm DEFINITION OF INSANITY 10pm CRAZY
10pm PARENTS’ SURVIVAL GUIDE: CHILDHOOD OBESITY addresses the multi-faceted solutions to this growing pediatric health problem, specifically the role parents can play as the “first line of defense” in their children’s nutrition and fitness. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
16 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR 8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 6” (Part 9 of 9)
8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm SOMEWHERE SOUTH “What a Pickle” Vivian lectures on chow chow, a Southern relish, at Asheville’s first ever Chow Chow Festival. 9:30pm DISHING WITH JULIA CHILD “The Potato Show” Rick Bayless comments on Julia Child’s performance preparing potatoes. Collaborator and dear friend Jacques Pepin discusses her love of butter and her gracious approach to meet all of the staff at restaurants where they dined. Photo Credit: Schlesinger Library Radcliffe Institute Harvard University 10pm DISHING WITH JULIA CHILD “To Roast A Chicken” Vivian Howard and Marcus Samuelsson note how she invented cooking on television and discuss her mission to educate viewers about the value of prime ingredients and how to prepare them. 10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
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10:30pm BEFORE STAGE FOUR: CONFRONTING EARLY PSYCHOSIS offers a stark yet hopeful look into a new movement in the mental health community.
8pm BLOOD SUGAR RISING follows the diabetes epidemic in the U.S. Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect over 100 million people in the US, costing more than $325 billion each year.
18 SATURDAY 6pm LAWRENCE WELK: AMERICA AT PLAY
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY examine the global issues, domestic news and trends impacting the world. Christiane Amanpour leads conversations with thought leaders and influencers.
15 WEDNESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm NATURE “Naledi: One Little Elephant” Meet Naledi, a baby elephant orphan who finds her place in the herd with the help of her caretakers.
10pm LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX Enjoy an uplifting comedy-drama about romance and second chances. Childhood sweethearts Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid), both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited after nearly 60 years. *New season coming this fall!
7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “This Land is My Land”
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
17 FRIDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm INFORMED SOURCES 7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT
8pm THE NEVILLE BROTHERS: TELL IT LIKE IT IS features guests Jimmy Buffett, Herbie Hancock and Greg Allman.
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1:00pm JAMIE’S ULTIMATE VEG Host Jamie Oliver cooks up a stunning collection of beautiful, vibrant, hearty and healthy vegetarian dishes that are so delicious and easy to make, you won’t even miss the meat. The series encourages meat-eaters and vegetarians alike to put vegetables at the front and center of their plates, providing simple tips and techniques for turning ordinary “veg” into extraordinary main dishes.
5:00am MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD 5:30am DINOSAUR TRAIN 6:00am SESAME STREET 6:30am DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD 7:00am GROWING A GREENER WORLD
11:00am LIDIA’S KITCHEN 11:30am AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED NOON COOK’S COUNTRY 12:30pm CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL’S MILK STREET
7:30am WOODSMITH SHOP
1:00pm JAMIE’S ULTIMATE VEG
8:00am AMERICAN WOODSHOP
1:30pm JACQUES PÉPIN: HEART AND SOUL
8:30am THIS OLD HOUSE
2:00pm SARA’S WEEKNIGHT MEALS
9:00am ASK THIS OLD HOUSE 9:30am KEVIN BELTON’S NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATIONS 10:00am KEVIN BELTON’S NEW ORLEANS KITCHEN 10:30am CHEF PAUL PRUDHOMME’S ALWAYS COOKING
9:30pm THE NATURAL (1984) follows Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford), a baseball prodigy whose career is sidetracked when he is shot by a woman whose motivation remains mysterious.
2:30pm PATI’S MEXICAN TABLE 3:00pm NOVA 4:00pm NATURE 5:00pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
6pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 9 (Part 3 of 8) Lucille delivers a baby in an elevator. Nurse Crane treats a Sylheti woman.
9pm SATCHMO IN NEW ORLEANS looks at the early years of New Orleans born jazz giant Louis Armstrong. Narrated by Charmaine Neville. 10pm INDEPENDENT LENS “The Hottest August” 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
21 TUESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 9 (Part 4 of 8) Sister Julienne volunteers Nonnatus House to take part in an obstetrics training initiative for four young doctors. Their arrival causes a lot of excitement among the midwives. Fred makes a discovery while on his CDC rounds. 8pm MASTERPIECE “World on Fire” (Part 3 of 7) Tom faces the fight of his life aboard HMS Exeter, while Harry and Lois have a more personal battle to fight. 9pm BAPTISTE ON MASTERPIECE (Part 2 of 6) Julien makes a shocking discovery about the true identity of Edward Stratton. 10pm THE NATURAL (1984)
20 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “McNAY Art Museum” (Hour 1 of 3) 8pm FRONTLINE “Opiods, Inc.”
7pm AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Man Who Tried to Feed the World” Explore the life of 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, who tried to solve world hunger. He rescued India from a severe famine and led the “Green Revolution,” estimated to have saved one billion lives. But his work later faced criticism. 8pm FRONTLINE “Opiods, Inc.” 9pm UNDERSTANDING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC Learn how the nation got into this situation and hear possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis. 10pm DO NO HARM: THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC “Rocky Road to Recovery” According to the CDC over 500,000 lives have been lost due to drug overdose since 2000. Did the pharmaceutical companies, who created and marketed opioids as “safe, non-addictive treatment for pain,” realize they were unleashing a modern plague? Or was it a deliberate marketing effort? DO NO HARM reveals the truth and what we need to do to stop this man-made epidemic. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
22 WEDNESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
8:30pm SOMEWHERE SOUTH “It’s A Green Thing”
7pm CLIMATE CHANGE: THE FACTS
8pm MASTERPIECE “World on Fire” (Part 4 of 7) Harry’s courage is tested at Louvain, while Kasia’s resistance activity in Warsaw intensifies.
9pm NOVA “Killer Floods”
10pm THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (1993)
10pm NEW ORLEANS AND THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
23 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR 8pm GRANTCHESTER, SEASON 3 (Episode 1 of 7) It’s the week before Christmas, 1954. Vicar Sidney Chambers is engrossed with holiday duties, but distracted by an impossible situation — how can a vicar and a woman carrying her estranged husband’s baby ever make it work? *Season 5 coming soon! 9:30pm DESIGN IN MIND: ON LOCATION WITH JAMES IVORY
9:30pm INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY FROM AUSTRALIA This is the one day each year on which jazz is celebrated worldwide, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities in more than 190 countries on all seven continents. 10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
25 SATURDAY 6pm LAWRENCE WELK: BACKSTAGE WITH OUR MUSICAL FAMILY 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Beyond the Pale” explores the Jewish heritages of actor Jeff Goldblum, radio host Terry Gross, and comedian Marc Maron.
10pm LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX
8pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Kacey Musgraves/Lukas Nelson”
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
9pm THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (1993)
24 FRIDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm INFORMED SOURCES Watch WYES’ weekly programs anytime online on WYES’ YouTube channel, on the WYES app and at wyes.org. 7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK
27 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “McNAY Art Museum” (Hour 2 of 3) 8pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Little Rock” (Hour 2 of 3) 9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Jim Allison: Breakthrough” Meet a visionary doctor on a journey to find a cure for cancer. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Jim Allison spent decades waging a lonely but ultimately fruitful quest to discover a way the immune system can stop cancer in its tracks.
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8pm H20: THE MOLECULE THAT MADE US “Flow” (Part 1 of 3)
9pm BAPTISTE ON MASTERPIECE (Part 3 of 6) Edward finally confesses the exact nature of his relationship with Natalie and Constantin.
11:30pm DESIGN IN MIND: ON LOCATION WITH JAMES IVORY
26 SUNDAY 6pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 9 (Part 4 of 8) 7pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 9 (Part 5 of 8) Sister Frances is at a loss when a diabetic and recovering cancer patient’s wife refuses to accept further help. Nurse Crane becomes frustrated when an anxious first-time father insists on being present for his child’s birth.
10:30pm DEFEATING CANCER: PRECISION MEDICINE AND PERSONALIZED CARE Narrated by cancer survivor Sharon Osbourne, the documentary focuses on cutting-edge biomedical and health research efforts, and the many threads that connect cancer patients to doctors, researchers and innovators across the country and around the world.
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7pm SPY IN THE WILD, A NATURE MINISERIES “The Tropics” More than 30 animatronic ‘spy cameras’ disguised as animals secretly record animal behavior in the wild. These Spy Creatures reveal that animals show emotions and behavior similar to humans-a capacity to love, grieve, deceive, cooperate and invent.
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Building Notre Dame” Follow an in-depth investigation into the centuries-long construction of Notre Dame de Paris.
5:00am MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD
NOON MOVIE/VARIOUS PROGRAMMING
5:30am DINOSAUR TRAIN
1:00pm KEVIN BELTON’S NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATIONS
6:30am DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD 7:00am PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC 7:30am MOLLY OF DENALI 8:00am XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM 8:30am WASHINGTON WEEK 9:00am FIRING LINE WITH MARGARET HOOVER 9:30am INFORMED SOURCES 10:00am MOVIE/VARIOUS PROGRAMMING 11:00am MOVIE/VARIOUS PROGRAMMING DIAL 12 | January 2019
1:30pm A MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING 2:00pm SARA’S WEEKNIGHT MEALS 2:30pm MEXICO: ONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS 3:00pm JOANNE WEIR’S PLATES AND PLACES 3:30pm JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE 4:00pm RICK STEVES’ EUROPE 4:30pm SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LIVE 5:00pm THE DURRELLS IN CORFU
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
8pm H20: THE MOLECULE THAT MADE US “Civilizations” (Part 2 of 3) Travel into the past to see how water may have driven our own evolution -- and created civilizations. But can the Earth’s water supplies guarantee our future?
1:00pm KEVIN BELTON’S NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATIONS In Belton’s third series produced by WYES, Chef checks out some of the city’s top festivals including the Oyster Festival, the French Market Creole Tomato Festival, Bastille Day Fete, Satchmo Summer Fest, and many more!
6:00am SESAME STREET
11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
HIGHLIGHT 8pm INSIDE THE VATICAN Filmed over the course of the fifth year of Pope Francis’ pontificate, the film provides rare behindthe-scenes access to one of the most important places in the Christian world. From the Pope himself to the head of security, the nuns who serve the homeless, the choristers of the Sistine Chapel, the papal gardener, the chief of the diplomatic corps and many others, the film offers an inside look into the daily lives of those who live and work in the Vatican. Although the church calendar unfolds much as it has for centuries, it is also a time of dramatic change as the Pope introduces reforms, shakes up the clerical establishment and deals with the fallout of a sex abuse scandal that erupts just as he embarks on a historic visit to Ireland. Photo Credit: Governatorato dello SCV Direzione dei Musei 10pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Building Notre Dame” 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
9pm NOVA “Poisoned Water” The water contamination crisis in Flint has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure. Discover the chemistry, biology and engineering that led to this disaster. 10pm NOVA “Saving the Dead Sea” 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
30 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR 8pm GRANTCHESTER, SEASON 3 (Episode 2 of 7) 9pm GRANTCHESTER, SEASON 3 (Episode 3 of 7) 10pm LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
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Filé Jumbo Uncle Willie’s way
WHEN YOUR GREAT UNCLE WAS
known as “Blind Willie,” and when the tools of his trade, which are still in use, are 116 years old, you have to figure there is a story there. And there is. Baton Rouge resident Lionel Key, Jr. is the heir to that story as once told while showing his craft at the Jazz Fest. He makes a product called Uncle Bill’s Creole Filé which, he is proud to proclaim, has been “hand made since 1904.” Key’s great uncle, William Ricard, a native of Rougon (Pointe Coupee Parish) was born blind, 1 1 2 APRIL 2020
so as a boy he had to scramble for work that he could do with his hands. That included making brooms and mobs. In 1904 an uncle who was a carpenter made a wooden mortar and pestle for Ricard. That allowed him another opportunity—to ground the leaves from a sassafras tree into filé, a seasoning use in many dishes including, most notably gumbo. Through the years, the boy figured out how to make filé better than anyone else. He sensed the right moment to churn the leaves and developed his own secrets.
In 1982, Key learned the business from Ricard who once told him, “a lot of people make filé, but they don’t make it like me.” What secrets there are remain that way, but one part of the business that is totally open for public view is the grinding. Key and kin even travel to festivals carrying the ancient mortar and pestle and demonstrating their ability to pound leaves by hand into powder, Don’t look for Key on the road during September, however. Filémaking is a seasonal business and
the ninth month is the critical time when the leaves are right. Production continues until the workers run out of leaves, or, as the web order form says, “When it is gone it is gone until the next year.” The off-season allows time for demonstration: a relative was working the mortar and pestle while Key took a break at the Jazz Fest. When Key returned, it was like a maestro positioning himself at the piano. As leaves were turned to dust, he was making his own music—a sound with a flavor of its own.
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