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june 2018 / VOLUME 52 / NUMBER 7 Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde Managing Editor Ashley McLellan Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Contributing Writers Mary Lou Eichhorn, Fritz Esker, Kathy Finn, Dawn Ruth Wilson, Brobson Lutz, M.D., Jason Berry, Carolyn Kolb, Chris Rose, Eve Crawford Peyton, Mike Griffith, Liz Scott Monaghan, Lee Cutrone, Dale Curry, Jay Forman, Tim McNally, Robert Peyton, Mirella Cameran Digital Media Editor Kelly Massicot Social Media Assistant Becca Miller Staff Writers Topher Balfer, Kelly Massicot, Melanie Warner Spencer Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan Advertising Sales Manager Kate Sanders Henry (504) 830-7216 / Senior Account Executive Claire Cummings Account Executives Kelsey Pollock, Meggie Schmidt, Rachel Webber Director of Marketing and Events Cheryl Lemoine Event Coordinator Whitney Weathers Digital Media Associate Mallary Matherne For event information call (504) 830-7264 Production Manager Jessica DeBold Senior Production Designer Jessica DeBold Production Designers Emily Andras, Kendall Woods Special Projects Art Director Molly Tullier Traffic Manager Topher Balfer Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President Errol Laborde Distribution Manager John Holzer Administrative Assistant Mallary Matherne Subscriptions Manager Brittanie Bryant For subscription information call (504) 828-1380 WYES DIAL 12 STAFF (504) 486-5511 Executive Editor Aislinn Hinyup Associate Editor Robin Cooper Art Director Jenny Hronek NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE Printed in USA A Publication of Renaissance Publishing 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 New Orleans Magazine (ISSN 0897 8174) is published monthly by Renaissance Publishing, LLC., 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005; (504) 828-1380. Subscription rates: one year $19.95; Mexico, South America and Canada $48; Europe, Asia and Australia $75. An associate subscription to New Orleans Magazine is available by a contribution of $40 or more to WYES-TV/Channel 12, $10.00 of which is used to offset the cost of publication. Also available electronically, on CD-ROM and on-line. Periodicals postage paid at Metairie, LA, and additional entry offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New Orleans Magazine, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005. Copyright 2018 New Orleans Magazine. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. The trademark New Orleans and New Orleans Magazine are registered. New Orleans Magazine is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photos and artwork even if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. The opinions expressed in New Orleans Magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the magazine managers or owners.


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Contents f e at u r e s

56 Off the Chain Pet (and people) friendly eats and drinks spots in New Orleans By ashley mclellan

64 Top Female Achievers 2018 Women Making a Difference By kim singletary

74 Top Dentist Our Annual Drill: The Latest List profiles By topher balfer

on the cover Gabrielle Chaisson and Deliliah at Dat Dog on Magazine Street. photo by Gabrielle Geiselman-Milone

Contents d e partm e n ts

Local Color


Chris Rose Highrise Hijinks 40

Modine Gunch Hog Wild 42

Joie d’Eve Dog Days 44

In Tune Chamber Pop 46


Book Review This Month’s Best Reads 48

Jazz Life

The Beat Marquee Entertainment calendar 24

Mythic Space 50

Home Built from Scratch 52

Art Lee Friedlander in New Orleans 26

The Menu


Table Talk

Sheba Turk 28

Gautreau’s 90


Restaurant Insider

Our Dwindling Coast 32

Saba, Luvi, Boil Seafood House 92



Scott Cowen Speaks Out 34

Creole Tomatoes and Basil 94


Last Call

Rhythm and Voice 36

Daiquiri Menta 96

Dining Guide Plus Restaurant Spotlights 98

In Every Issue Inside Pets on the Field 14

Speaking Out 46

Editorial, plus a Mike Luckovich cartoon 18

Julia Street Questions and Answers About Our City 20

Try This Wrap It Up 134

Streetcar The Goats of Canal Street 135

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Pets On The Field


ur cover story this month is about pet friendly places. That brings to mind a certain type of pet that exists because of its uncanny human-like qualities, the mascot. In the early days of the Saints franchise there was actually a real St. Bernard dog on a leash that was in attendance at all the games. He was the original Gumbo who was eventually replaced by a costumed version of the big dog.​ Hugo, of the Hornets, was the most theatric of all the mascots frequently performing skits during time-outs and even joining the line with the Honey Bees dance team when duty calls. Then there was his slimmed down alter ego, Super Hugo, who would run, bounce off a springboard and carry a basketball through a hoop. No mascot was ever as athletic. ​Boudreaux, the mascot for the team formerly known as the Zephyrs, showed a fondness for dancing on dugouts—and a passion for female nutria. One season we watched when he married the lovely Clotilde at the ballpark. (It almost had the majesty of the Prince Harry, Meghan Markle wedding, plus there was baseball after.) Besides the original Gumbo there was, for a couple of seasons, another real dog who worked the Saints games. Known as Fetch Monster he was an Australian shepherd dog whose job it was to run onto the field and retrieve the kicking tees after a kickoff. The fans loved it, especially during 14

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those days when watching a dog snatch a tee was more entertaining than watching the team. Then came the disastrous season of 1999 under Mike Ditka when the Saints finished with a record of 3-13. The day after the season-ended, owner Tom Benson cleaned house, firing not only the entire coaching staff but almost the entire front office too. Even Fetch Monster got caught up in the changes. He was replaced by fetch kids, who were cute, but never generated as many laughs. ​Not all kids are cute, of course. Take the New Orleans Baby Cakes’ mascot who is an angry looking king cake baby capable of scaring people from the ballpark. Fortunately the team management had the wisdom to keep Boudreaux who somehow manages to maintain the peace. ​Baby Cakes would not be the only mascot to scare people. When the Hornets name was changed named to Pelicans they created a creepy looking bird known as Pierre. There were so many complaints that he went through reconstructive surgery to become the lovable creature he is today, proving perhaps that not only should people be pet friendly, but pets should be people friendly too.

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Claire Cummings, Senior Account Executive (504) 830-7250,

Rachel Webber, Account Executive (504) 830-7249,

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and they should run to it rather than run away from it.”

A Mayor’s Parting Words Yesses And Nos


uring his final days in office, Mayor Mitch Landrieu met with several news organizations to discuss his tenure as mayor. Though the interviews covered a broad range of topics, Landrieu, in one interview in particular, as reported by Katherine Sayre for Nola. com/The Times-Picayune, made two statements that stood out to us; one because we strongly disagreed with it, and the other because we strongly agreed. They were: DISAGREE Landrieu suggested the removal of the monuments speaks about what the city New Orleans is and aspires to be, more than the city that was. “You have some people here, in this city, that are doing really, really well, that travel from their nice houses down St. Charles Avenue, never go to any of the neighborhoods, go to Galatoire’s for lunch and have somebody stand in line and wait for them, and they go, ‘Oh my God, don’t change anything because I won’t be able to keep 18

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what I have,’” Landrieu said. “I would argue to you that that is death by a thousand cuts over a long period of time.” WHY WE DISAGREE Elite bashing is a form of stereotyping that is common in populist politics. Stereotyping to renounce prejudice is in itself a form of prejudice. The economic upper middle class is always an easy target, and one is never profiled for courage in defending it, yet these are the people who underwrite charities, provide civic leadership, support events and pay the heaviest tax burdens. Every society needs this class of people; those without it fail. The common image is of white aristocracy, but there is a significant emerging diversity within the upper middle class. None of those who aspire to it should be faulted for relishing a better lifestyle for their families. (As an aside, Landrieu, perhaps without knowing it, borrowed from former Governor Earl Long’s playbook in using the

Galatoire’s analogy. Long, when he wanted to make fun of New Orleanians, used Antoine’s. We should mention that the practice of having stand-ins for Galatoire’s long lines ended several years ago when the restaurant expanded by adding an upstairs.) There are many reasons for opposing the removal of some of the statues, particularly Beauregard and Lee; some having to do with art, some with a better understanding of history. Honest dialogue is not “death by a thousand cuts” but new life for the truth. AGREE He again urged locals not to fear change. “There is no way, there is not one chance in the world, that any human being that comes to this city can change us, before our culture and our richness and the beauty of our soul changes them,” Landrieu said. “So people shouldn’t be afraid. They should invite change. They should invite hope. They should invite the future,

WHY WE AGREE New Orleans has always been a city of newcomers. The river and the surrounding lakes provided pathways for people of all sorts to pass through and settle. (Even the native tribes arrived on the local banks from somewhere else.) Being a port acted like a spigot from which a hybrid culture emerged. A classic example is the emergence of our Mardi Gras celebration. The founders of the early krewes were mostly of Anglo-Saxon heritage from the eastern part of the United States who crafted a celebration here but borrowed from the French culture for a name and some traditions. Jazz germinated from back street neighborhoods shared by black New Orleanians and Italians for whom music was a spirited diversion. Like Brennan’s, a French Restaurant founded by an Irishman, we combine the best best of many worlds to create something new. TO WHICH WE ADD Much of what is charming about the city comes from our having preserved elements of the past. We saved the character and architecture of the French Quarter (at least most of it); we blocked a riverfront expressway; we still have a trolley car system; the elegance of the Garden District remains; we not only preserved jazz, but made a festival out of it. Some of our cuisine traces back to ancient Creole traditions. In many ways Mitch Landrieu was a good mayor, and we thank him for that. The city is in much better condition than what he took over eight years earlier, Yes there are economic and social disparities, but those problems are universal. It is still possible for people to live a life here that, if not always rich, can be joyful. We all share a common history. It should not be hidden, but rather better understood. •


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Dear Julia, A friend and I just discussed her memory of some type of Zephyr type ride at the edge of City Park along City Park Avenue near Ralph’s on the Park. I don’t remember this, but she is quite specific about it from long ago. I’ve written you before with good leads/success. Larry Blanchard (New Orleans)

Dear Julia, On a recent visit to Audubon Park, I happened upon a curved cement bench near the sea lion pool. It dates from the 1930s and is dedicated “In memory of Harry Louis Falk, whose wholehearted devotion to Audubon Park brought beauty and leisure to many.” I have never heard of Mr. Falk and am hoping you may know more about him. Thank you, Pierre Boisfontaine (New Orleans) Harry Louis Falk (1876-1934) was born in Cincinatti, Ohio, and raised in Decatur, Alabama. Falk practiced law in New York before coming to New Orleans during World War I to join the Isidore Newman and Sons investment brokerage. In later years, Falk directed the Maison Blanche Realty Company. A member of the Audubon Park board, Falk resided adjacent to the park and had been involved in various park committees throughout his 17-year residence in New Orleans. He died in 1934, following a brief illness, and was buried in Metairie Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Miriam Danziger.


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Dear Julia and Poydras, My grandmother told me, many years ago, that she thought one of the fountains in Audubon Park was inspired by a famous one in Germany, but she didn’t know any details. Do you know if this is true or what fountain she may have been talking about? I know it wasn’t the Hyams wading pool but I think it was in the back of the park between Magazine and the River by the old aquarium, if that helps. Best regards, Jane Simon (New Orleans) The Odenheimer Fountain which depicits Hygeia, the Greco-Roman goddess of health was a gift of Sigmund Odenheimer (18621945). Located near the sea lion pool, it was dedicated in 1930 and is the work of German sculptor Johannes Hirt (18591917). It is a near copy of a fountain Hirt created in Karlsruhe, Germany, but a major difference is that the Odenheimer Fountain lacks the human figures that adorn the rim of the original. Sigmund Odenheimer, who headed the Lane Cotton Mill and was a major park benefactor, had as a young man studied engineering at the technical school at Karlsruhe.

Your friend is remembering the Scenic Railway, a toboggan-style roller coaster, at Stock’s Scenic Park, which was located at the corner of City Park Avenue and North Alexander Street. Although the park was associated with the Stock family for nearly 30 years, they did not establish Scenic Park or erect its Scenic Railway. Detroit investors and inventors Charles H. Pfunter and Charles B. Cole, of the American Scenic Railway and Amusement Company, established Scenic Park in 1903 and built the roller coaster the same year using their own patented designs. Financially and legally troubled, Scenic Park was seized and sold to George W. Preston at public auction less than a year later. In 1906, Jacob Stock, who had held City Park’s carousel concession, moved his merry-go-round to Scenic Park. When Stock died, in 1908, his family created the Scenic Park Toboggan Company and continued managing what became known as Stock’s Scenic Amusement Park until it closed in the mid-1930s. The Southern Demolishing & Lumber Company tore down the Scenic Railway in November 1935 and sold its long leaf yellow pine frame as scrap wood.

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June Our top picks for this month’s events By fritz esker

New Orleans Oyster Festival

Weezer and Pixies

As summer’s stifling heat fast approaches, festival season is drawing to a close. But fear not, there are still a few good fest options in June, including the New Orleans Oyster Festival at Woldenberg Riverfront Park on June 2-3. Aside from great oysters for attendees to sample, there will be live music and an oyster shucking contest. Information,

New Orleans area alternative rock fans have a reason to rejoice. The pioneering alt-rock band Pixies is performing in concert with mid-90s alt-rock darlings Weezer on June 26 at Champions Square. Information,


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New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane Every year in June and July, the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival puts on plays and workshops associated with the great playwright at Tulane University. In June, there will be performances of “All’s Well That Ends Well” from June 1-17 and a onenight-only musical cabaret titled “The Food of Love” on June 14. Information,

Hall & Oates and Train Two generations of music join forces for a night of unforgettable music at the Smoothie King Center on June 28. Hall & Oates, the band responsible for “Maneater,” “You Make My Dreams” and other 80s hits, will perform with Train of “Drops of Jupiter” fame. Information,

calendar Events, Exhibits & Performances May 24 – June 10

June 12 - 17

Sueno, Unitarian Universalist Church. Information,

Waitress, Saenger Theater. Information, June 13

January 1 - June 30

The Church in the Crescent: 300 Years of Catholicism in New Orleans, Old Ursuline Convent. Information, June 1 - 30

On the Homefront: Louisiana During World War II, National World War II Museum. Information,

The Glitch Mob, Joy Theater. Information, June 14

Maroon 5 with Special Guest Julia Michaels, Smoothie King Center. Information, June 14 - 17

Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat Jr., Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts. Information,

June 1 - 30

NOLA4Women Global Summit on Women and Girls, Various Locations. Information,

June 15 - July 1

Crowns, Le Petit Theatre. Information, June 20

Symphony Book Fair, UNO Lakefront Arena, Information,

An Evening With the Eagles, Smoothie King Center. Information, SmoothieKingCenter. com.

June 5

June 21

Joe Biden: American Promise Tour, Saenger Theater. Information,

Yanni - Acropolis 25 Anniversary, Saenger Theater. Information,

June 7

June 22

The Victory Belles, Stage Door Canteen. Information,

Audubon Zoo’s Dinner and a ZOOvie, Audubon Zoo. Information,

June 1 - 3

June 8 - 10

New Orleans Pride Weekend, French Quarter. Information,

June 22 - July 1

Nunsense, Stage Door Canteen. Information,

June 9

Yacht Rock on the Lake, New Canal Lighthouse. Information,

June 23 - 24

Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, Armstrong Park. Information,

June 9 - 10

Creole Tomato Festival, French Market. Information, FrenchMarket. org. June 10

Shania Twain Now Tour, Smoothie King Center. Information, SmoothieKingCenter. com.

June 24

An Evening with Diana Krall: Turn Up the Quiet Tour, Saenger Theater. Information, June 30

Citizen Twain with Q&A with Val Kilmer, Joy Theater. Information, m y ne w orleans . com

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Lee Friedlander in Louisiana Viewing the region through a different lens By Alexa Renée Harrison


ee Friedlander has been visiting Louisiana longer than most of us have been alive. So while he isn’t native to this land, his perspective is certainly unique. Well known for a style of photography that includes reflections, obstructions and other elements that create visual puzzles, Lee Friedlander in Louisiana — exhibiting at NOMA through August 12 — reveals those elements were equally attuned to tender moments of life as it unfolded on the streets of New Orleans. “Even the more documentarystyle pictures possess elements of his visual style. They demonstrate how he could create pictures that


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provide information about people and places, while still playfully tilting, obstructing, and refracting those subjects,” says exhibit curator Russell Lord. Observing the wide variety of work featured in the exhibit, it’s clear what the artist loves about Louisiana: the music, the people, and the architecture — which all come together to create a visually stimulating and constantly changing social landscape. During the curation process, Lord and Friedlander spent time sorting through older negatives and prints, rediscovering some seemingly forgotten images. “There is a group of photographs, made over a couple of decades,

in which the Plaza Tower appears again and again,” says Lord. “Many of these have never been seen and they will be presented all together in the exhibition.” Together, the images personify the tower as a mobile protagonist, playfully peeking out from behind or ominously looming above other structures throughout the city. Even though Friedlander is stalking the tower, recording it over time and through space, the repetition of its appearance almost seems to animate it, as if it were following the photographer. “I think my favorite period of Lee’s is the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he was interested in mirrors and reflective

shop windows,” Lord says. “A good example is his photograph New Orleans, 1968, in which he created a double self portrait by photographing through a shop window. You see his reflection in the window, and then also in a mirror that was placed at the back of the shop.” Friedlander’s photographs from this period all appear to the viewer quite visually complex, but without feeling dry. These images often have a sense of humor, but require a bit of dedication on the part of the viewer to make sense of the space in the photograph. Once you do figure it out, though, there’s always this wonderful “a-ha” moment. •

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Sheba Turk WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News Anchor by Ashley McLellan


any New Orleanians wouldn’t think of starting each day without a strong cup of coffee and the morning news with WWL-TV and Sheba Turk. Born and raised in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward, Turk forged a path from girl next door to successful career woman, empowering and mentoring others along the way. In her new autobiography “Off Air, My Journey to the Anchor Desk,” Turk gives a special glimpse behind the anchor desk and recounts her journey with inspiring and humorous stories, mentorships with award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien and CNN executive Kim Bondy, and her special connection to her hometown city and beyond.

New Orleans. I was an associate producer, writing for the morning news, but I really wanted to be a reporter. It took me months to get up the courage to make a move to seriously make an effort to get a reporting job. Eventually, I landed a reporting job in Lafayette, but I ended up not taking it because they offered me the traffic reporter position at WWL. Q: What words of encouragement do you have for young people, especially little girls, looking to get into journalism? I have so much to say to young people, especially to young women who want to be in this business, that’s why I wrote a whole book about it! Get an internship and learn all aspects of the business. That will Q: Why did you decide to write your help you figure out which role is new book “Off Air, My Journey to right for you. Don’t be afraid to the Anchor Desk?” I always wanted move to another city to get the to write a book. I just didn’t know position you want. Don’t just sit that it would be this one. Once at the desk answering phones in I got on TV, aspiring New Orleans or New journalists started York. Go to that little town in Louisiana reaching out to me True Confession: asking for advice with and be the reporter I don’t like their own careers. This because soon enough watching TV. Even book is my answer to you’ll have options the sound being for reporting jobs in all of their questions. on annoys me sometimes! I love places you do want I figured that I would to read. write a book reflecting to be. Never compare back on my career yourself to anyone when I retired one day, but I else. Your journey is your own. knew that this book needed to come out now to help all of the Q: Your book has a very meaningful young people coming behind me foreword by journalist and mentor Soledad O’Brien. Who are some as soon as possible. others that have inspired you in Q: What was your biggest career your journey (family, teachers, obstacle and how did you over- etc.) Soledad O’Brien wrote the come it? My biggest career obstacle foreword for my book, paid for was transitioning from behind me to finish college, got me an the scenes to being in front of internship at CNN and is still a the camera. I started at WWL friend and mentor. Yes, she is that in 2011 just a few months after amazing! We met through my graduating from the University of college professor, Kim Bondy, who m y ne w orleans . com

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drew my interest from newspapers to TV news and has changed my life with her advice and guidance. My mom has been the biggest warrior in my journey from day 1 and has sacrificed so much to get me to where I am. My dad has kept me laughing through the highs and lows. There is not enough room to list all of the amazing people who have guided me along in my TV career. Gina Swanson…Mike Hoss… Sally-Ann Roberts (who pushed me to write my book), and my current co-anchor Eric Paulsen. I have been beyond blessed to sit beside some of the greats and pick up so much wisdom and guidance from them. Q: What does it mean to you to be a part of the PowHerful Foundation, empowering young women across the country from low-income families? Soledad O’Brien’s PowHerful Foundation has been very important part of my journey. The foundation paid for me to finish college. After I graduated and got on air at WWL, I became a mentor through the foundation. I have been mentoring a mass communications student at Dillard since her freshmen year. Her name is Tassion and she graduates this May. She actually just snagged a job as a camera operator at WWL. I could not be more proud of her. She is like the little sister I never had. The foundation also holds free, day-long enrichment conferences all around the country to provide young women with educational, professional, and personal development. I travel around the country to emcee those conferences and it is so amazing to be part of Soledad’s mission to empower young women. Q: New Orleans has just elected its first female mayor. Do you see the role of women in leadership positions, especially women of color, in New Orleans changing for the better? I am so excited that


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we have our first female mayor. It is long overdue. I certainly hope that all women are inspired by this historic victory and step up in their own career fields. Women still have a long way to go in the fight for equality: the gender pay gap, parental leave policies, and double standards when it comes to appearance are all major issues. I do believe that things are headed in the right direction. I tell young women do your part: Help other women, fight for equal wages if you know that you are making less than your male counterparts- don’t just accept that they deserve more, and speak up when something is wrong even if it’s something has become normalized in our society. Q: What has been your favorite assignment or interview to date? My favorite interview has been with the co-hosts of the talk show The Real. I love Tamera Mowry from her Sister, Sister days and Adrienne Bailon from the music group 3LW, so it was super exciting to meet them in person. They were really sweet, and we had a very fun interview. Q: Who is one person (not necessarily from New Orleans) you would love to interview? J.K. Rowling! I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Her writing is everything. I have a million questions for her about the series… her life… her writing process. I don’t know her, but I love her.

At a Glance Born: New Orleans, 7th Ward Education: St. Mary’s Dominican High school, NYU, UNO Grad Favorite Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Favorite Movie: The Wizard of OZ Favorite TV Show: The Wendy Williams Show Favorite Food: I love sushi!

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Our Dwindling Coast Race against time pits oil business, environmental advocates By Kathy Finn


sense of inevitability imbues the tensions between one of Louisiana’s largest industries and advocates for some of the state’s most precious resources. In the days when the oil and gas business was starting up, concerns over its impact on marshlands and waterways were not top of mind for most people. But over time, as Louisiana embraced the industry and the economic promise of mining native hydrocarbons became clear, potential harmful side effects of the business also grew more obvious. Questions over the tradeoffs involved in producing oil and gas were bound to arise. Such questions came into sharper focus during the last few decades as Louisiana residents became increasingly aware of what major storms were doing to the state’s coastline. Clusters of barrier islands that had long 32

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shielded the mainland from the brunt of hurricanes were literally washing away, and the shallow marshes that had provided similar protection onshore were rapidly disappearing. As Louisiana searched for long-term solutions to this coastal erosion, the role that the oil and gas industry had played in weakening natural protective barriers could not be ignored. Seismic exploration in shallow waters and the laying of thousands of miles of pipelines beneath soil and water were among the factors that had contributed to weakened storm protection and a shrinking coastline, environmentalists said. Distrust deepened in 2010 when an offshore oil installation owned by BP exploded in the Gulf of Mexico and sent millions of gallons of oil gushing toward the Louisiana coast. Some of the state’s prime

fishing beds are still trying to recover from the damage. Today, wariness has become commonplace between people who make their livelihoods in the oil industry and those who feel strongly that the industry has endangered Louisiana’s future. The adversarial relationship has sometimes landed the two sides in courtrooms, as in one of the latest disputes over a Louisiana oil pipeline dubbed Bayou Bridge, slated for construction through the Atchafalaya Basin. The Sierra Club and other groups sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in January over the corps’ granting of a permit for construction of the project. A judge concluded that the project could cause irreversible environmental damage, and ordered a construction delay. The pipeline builder appealed the decision, and at

press time a ruling by the federal appeals court was still pending. Meanwhile, protestors sought to call attention to potentially harmful impacts of the pipeline by blocking the entrance to an industrial yard containing materials used in building the pipeline. After the pipeline owner complained that some of its equipment in another area had been vandalized, members of the Louisiana Legislature introduced a bill that would criminalize the deliberate damaging of “critical infrastructure,” to include pipelines. Through it all, the industry has sought to embellish its public image via a media campaign touting the economic impact of the oil and gas business. Whatever the outcome of the Bayou Bridge pipeline matter, it is certain that the relationship between the industry and those who believe the industry is harming the state will continue to be difficult. Nearly 58,000 wells have been drilled in 10 coastal parishes during the last century, according to a recent investigative report by The Times-Picayune/ and The New York Times. “After years of laissez-faire regulation, some consequential finger-pointing has begun in the courts, where parish governments and private landowners are for the first time suing energy companies to rebuild their land,” the report stated. But the reporters also noted that Louisiana is in “a race against time” to save its coast. As time runs out and coastal lands dwindle, even if environmentalists should win a legal battle or two, their efforts quite possibly may prove to be too little, too late. •

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cott Cowen turned over Tulane University’s presidency to another four years ago, but he never gave up pondering problems facing leaders of higher education. He launched a second book recently entitled “Winnebagos on Wednesdays: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education,” and he also writes articles about education leadership for a variety of publications. Recognized as one of the country’s outstanding university presidents by Time magazine and one of four winners of a 2009 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award, Cowen uses the printed word to both praise and criticize university leaders, especially on the subject of “bigtime” athletics. He also reminds readers that while in need of a good deal of tweaking in matters of academic focus, America’s universities are the backbone of its global standing and the engine that delivers millions of young people into successful lives. Two recent polls by the Pew Research Center and Gallop show disturbing negativity among the public about higher education, Cowen says, particularly among adults identifying themselves as Republican or independents that lean Republican. A 2017 Pew Research Center’s poll showed that 58 percent of Republicans believe that colleges and universities have a “negative effect on the way things are going in the country.” “That’s unbelievable,” he says. “When we look at the facts, it is just the opposite.”


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Scott Cowen Speaks Out Former Tulane boss ponders higher ed By Dawn Ruth Wilson

Cowen sites figures that show adults with at least a bachelor’s degree have a 2.5 percent unemployment rate and earn considerably more in salary than those holding community college or high school degrees. Also, he says, there is a correlation between happiness levels reported by university graduates and the civic engagement that university life steers them toward.

The good news is this: “There’s more innovation going on in universities than people realize,” he says. Problems persist, of course. His book explores ten conundrums facing university leaders. One is how to select applicants in a fair manner. Cowen says universities have allowed publications such as the U.S. News and World

Report, which ranks universities according to college entrance scores and rejection rates, to drive decision-making. Even though some college leaders have had the courage to resist chasing such bogus rankings, he says many top schools see no need to change. “We have caused some of the problems for which we are being criticized,” he admits. “But we are not blind to the problems.” Another issue provides the basis of the book’s title. Cowen relates a conversation he had in 1998 with a Tulane football coach who had accepted another coaching offer even though he had been promised a competitive salary to stay at Tulane. The coach said he wanted to lead a team that produced so much buzz people would line up RVs on Wednesday for a Saturday game. At that moment, Cowen realized that universities were in danger of ceding academics to a bigger demand for “entertainment.” This conflict is the subject of a recent article he wrote for Sports Business Journal. In it, Cowen calls college sports “year around insanity.” The article relates recent scandals involving big-name universities that have covered up academic fraud and even sexual abuse to protect athletic programs. “Amid all the finger-pointing,” he writes, “the responsibility for the ongoing madness lies with university presidents and governing boards. It is the responsibility of university leaders to stay true to their primary goal: Students first, period.” •

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THE beat . chronicles

Rhythm and Voice The traditions of African music by Carolyn Kolb


frican music left a lasting imprint on the New Orleans sound, and was certainly heard here in the past. In 1819, Benjamin Latrobe, architect of the United States Capitol and designer of New Orleans’ first waterworks, walked down St. Peter Street on his way to Bayou St. John and found dancers, “five or six hundred persons assembled in an open space or public square. All those who were engaged in the business seemed to be black…they were formed in circular groups.” Latrobe was in Congo Square, just off Rampart Street. In one circle “the music consisted of two drums and a stringed instrument,” pictured as a long-necked banjo or lute. In a larger circle was “something in the form of a cricket bat, but with a long and deep mortice down the center. This thing made a considerable noise, being beaten lustily on the side with a short stick.” Latrobe’s


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drawing seems to include grooves all the neighborhood.” along this instrument’s sides: it The instrument the musician was was another rhythm instrument, playing was a reco-reco – the African a rhythmic scraper that continued predecessor (possibly borrowed in local use. from the Portuguese, in Africa since A reporter for the Picayune the 15th century) of a scraper, a described an encounter with a Brazilian rhythm instrument still street musician on August 17, in use today. (To hear one, catch 1854: “We strolled down Royal a Casa Samba performance or the Street about five o-clock, when Tudo Bem Brazilian music show. our attention was arrested by an WWOZ-FM 90.7, Saturdays 2-4 old negro playing upon…an instru- p.m.) ment formed of two joints of a The idea that a musician might cane, split lengthways and marked have musical jingles around his by a hundred notches, knees should be over which he ran a familiar to those slight stick with such Orleanians who E.W. Kemble’s imaginative depiction force and rapidity of remember “Sweet of dancers in Congo Emma” Barrett, the motion that it could Square accompanied be distinctly heard late Preservation an article by George for several squares. Hall veteran called Washington Cable This, together with the “Bell Gal” for the in Century Illustrated Magazine in the the strange accombell-laden garter she February, 1886 issue. paniment of rattles wore while playing or jingles, formed of jazz piano. small pieces of tin like a fringe Congo Square and its dancers about his knees… soon woke up would get wider notice, even after

the weekly dances had ended, because of New Orleans composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s Caribbean and African influenced music, and two late-19th century writers, Lafcadio Hearn and George Washington Cable, who covered the topic in national magazine pieces. Cable’s 1885 article in Century magazine included an engraving by Edward Windsor Kemble titled “The Bamboula” (a drum, song, or dance), depicting Congo Square dancers in a ring with musicians. A similar scene was depicted in the 1630s by a German, Zacharias Wagner, in Pernambuco, Brazil. Wagner’s drawing even shows a notched scraper. Besides instrumentation, African music influenced New Orleans singers. “Rhythms of Resistance: African Musical Heritage in Brazil” by Peter Fryer, notes that one African singing style was the falsetto: a man singing in a high voice as well as his usual tone. An early New Orleans street vendor nicknamed “Old Corn Meal” was so popular that he sang, with his cart and mule, on the local vaudeville stage. He sang falsetto: the July 18, 1840 Picayune noted “Camp Street was vocal with the voice – the two voices – of Old Corn Meal again yesterday.” There’s a more recent local singer in that style: Clarence “Frog Man” Henry. His signature tune “Ain’t Got No Home” had the words: “I sing like a girl…I sing like a frog,” and he did. Appropriately, he recorded the song in 1956 in Cosimo Matassa’s studio: across Rampart Street from Congo Square. •

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first aid kit performing at Bonnaroo


Highrise Hijinks In Search of Place By Chris Rose


nyone who knows me knows I have an unsettling familiarity with and unbridled enthusiasm for profanity. And lately, I have been letting it fly. I have been dropping G-bombs like there’s no tomorrow. Because, who knows: Maybe there won’t be. I drop the G word into random conversations with strangers. I’ve ruined more than one social occasion by its profligate use. I have fractured relationships and alienated friends. Hell, even my kids have heard me spit it out so suddenly and vehemently as to cause them to cower over their supper dishes. Gentrification. There, I said it. Judge me as you wish. Saying the G word in public in New Orleans is the verbal equivalent of farting in an elevator. No one knows how to respond. People squirm uncomfortably. Eye contact is astutely avoided. It is an incendiary term in a city that clings to the established historical order with maniacal intensity. You know that saying: The past is prologue? In New 40

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Orleans, the past is prolonged. Most debates of this most divisive topic around here seem to center on the French Quarter, the Marigny and the ever evolving regeneration of the Bywater. But a stroll around the CBD makes clear that the final lost battleground is rising before our eyes, brick by brick, crane by crane, condo by condo. At the corner of Canal and Rampart Streets, the new Hard Rock Hotel is reaching into the sky. When it opens in 2019, the hotel’s website promises a structure of “historical reverence and ambitious modernity.” That’s not all! “As an added bonus, guests can indulge VIP services typically reserved for musical legends on the 8th floor Rock and Royalty Level & Lounge.” Let me get this right: A hotel floor that has not yet been built is already noted for its “A List” celeb sightings? Moving across Canal into the heart of the CBD, the new Ace Hotel is where actual A Listers congregate, at least according to

its website. “The hotel is famous for its trendy clientele, so expect to meet a lot of tattooed creative types wearing black jeans.” And the hotel boasts its New Orleans cred, adding that its mini bars are stocked with Zapp’s potato chips. Mother of God. I have no words. Moving along now, to the Uptown end of the CBD, which has now been rebranded as South Market District by developers desperately seeking identity, the fabled and legendary Standard, and the Odeon restaurant, are both nearing completion out near Howard Avenue. At least, they are both fabled and legendary in New York City, where the Standard Hotel is the epitome of moneyed hipster chic, and the Odeon was once so cool that its image was on the cover of the quintessential 1980s novel “Bright Lights, Big City,” which documented the wasted days and nights of Gen-Xers in the way Kerouac did for the Beats or Fitzgerald did for the Lost Generation. Except with a lot more cocaine. Noticeably and notably absent

from this ambitiously modern but historically reverent architectural landscape and reshaping of the New Orleans skyline into a shining new Gotham, is the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Remember that one? In the summer of 2005, the Trump Organization announced the forthcoming groundbreaking of what would become, at 70-stories high, not only the tallest building in New Orleans, but tallest building on the Gulf Coast outside of Houston. That’s right: The hugest. Not only would the Trump International Hotel and Tower be the tallest building in the state of Louisiana, it would be taller than the state itself! After Delaware and Florida, Louisiana has the lowest high point in the United States. At an underwhelming 535 feet above sea level, the peak of diminutive Driskill Mountain – just a stone’s throw away from where Bonnie and Clyde met their ignominious demise on a lonely roadside in Bienville Parish – would have been nearly 300 feet lower than the Trump Tower, if you include the decorative spire atop the building, which Trump did. After repeated construction delays, sketchy financing deals and unfulfilled promises, the Trump Tower project collapsed in 2011 and the property was foreclosed by the city. To think: New Orleans could truly have been America’s proverbial bright shining city on a hill. Except without the hill. Benny Grunch and the Bunch immortalized New Orleans’ lost treasures and beloved institutions with their signature anthem, “Ain’t Dere No More.” Maybe the song merits a sequel. Weren’t Never Dere. • Jason Raish Illustration

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LOCAL COLOR . modine gunch


am buckling my seatbelt on this airplane. I glance up, and I notice the passenger in the aisle seat two rows ahead is a pig. I ain’t trying to be mean. Everybody has a bad day once in a while. But this is an actual pig. I elbow my mother-in-law Ms. Larda and tilt my head in that direction. “It’s probably one of them emotional pigs,” she whispers. Becky, the flight attendant, says, real low, “It’s called an emotional support animal. It’s allowed, until they rewrite the regulations.” “I wonder does he get pretzels and a choice of beverage,” I say, but Ms. Larda don’t listen because she is worrying about Lurch and Leech, my brothers-in-law. They are late; they were out carousing and carrying on last night, even with this plane to catch. And it’s important. Chrystalette, granddaughter of Aunt Chlorine, who has the money in the family, is getting married at a big wedding in Wisconsin. We got to be there. Two seconds before the door shuts, Lurch and Leech stumble in and fall into their assigned seats, directly across from the emotional pig — which, I hate to say, looks better than they do. They are both asleep sitting up before we even take off. A couple of hours in, after everybody awake has had their beverages and Ms. Larda is saying her rosary to keep the plane in the air, I watch the pig for a while.


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Hog Wild Adventures in flying By Modine Gunch

It is a polite pig. It ain’t kicking the seat in front of it or reclining into the lap of the lady behind it. Then I notice Leech, in the window seat, is showing signs of life. He rubs his eyes and looks around, probably hoping for coffee, and then he looks past his brother who is snoozing next to him. I can tell when he sees the pig, because he looks away, real quick. Then he sneaks another look. I bet he’s wondering if whatever he ingested last night is making him see things. Lurch, in the aisle seat, wakes up all of a sudden and rushes to the

bathroom. I take the opportunity to go sit by Leech. “How you feeling?” I say. Leech points his eyes and his chin at the pig, and raises his eyebrows. I say, “What?” And I turn and look at the pig and — God will punish me for this— I whisper “You know that guy?” He whispers, “He looks like a pig.” “Don’t call names,” I say. Then I flounce off to the bathroom. Which is occupied by Lurch. He comes out, mumbles “Hi,” with horrible breath, and squeezes past me to his seat. He glances across

the aisle, sees the pig, shakes his head to clear it, and looks again. He turns to Leech, but Leech is very intensely staring at the pictures in that seat-pocket folder about what to do if we crash. Lurch picks up his folder too. He don’t look up again. I guess they are trying to remember last night — what did they drink? What did they eat? Did they inhale? Does seeing a pig on a plane count as seeing a pig fly? Even after we get to Wisconsin and the pig is gone, the boys stay so quiet, I feel sorry for them. They must be feeling the effects of whatever they did all night, even if they ain’t hallucinating pigs like they think they are. Too bad. Chrystalette’s fiancée owns a creamery, where they make cheese. The expensive kind — not no Velveeta. We will sample a lot of it at the reception. (We will also sample a lot of Ex-Lax, later.) The whole wedding will have a cheesy theme — bridesmaids dressed as milkmaids and all. Leech and Lurch don’t know any of this, because they are passed out in their hotel room. They arrive at the wedding, late again, just in time to see the flower girl walk up the aisle. The flower girl is a goat. They leave. They don’t stay to admire Nanny’s flowered tutu and daisy wreath. They just catch a ride to the airport, and go home. They may never drink again. •


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Dog Days Why I’m on the fence. By Eve Crawford Peyton


’ve always defined myself as a dog person. For most of my life, I’ve had a dog. When a friend asked me, more than 15 years ago, what I’d do if I found myself at age 40 unmarried and childless, I sort of shrugged and said, “Get a dog?” And yet here I am, getting evercloser to 40 – married, divorced, and remarried, with two daughters and a stepson … but no dog. The kids want a dog. My husband is starting to make murmurs about maybe wanting a dog. But me? I don’t want a dog. Partially, this is because I don’t want another thing to take care of. Oh, the kids swear that they will walk a dog and they will feed a dog, but we all know how that story ends. And my kids already wake me up when they have to pee at 2 a.m.; I don’t need another creature doing the same. Partially, 44

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this is because dogs are expensive, and as noted, we already have three kids who account for most of our money. But mainly, if I’m being completely honest, it’s because I’m scared. Before Ruby was born, I had a dog-baby, Loki, and losing him in the divorce was heartbreaking. When he died 18 months ago, I cried all day, even though he was damn near 14 and had lived a charmed life. Loving anything is scary. I chose to get married again even after the devastation of a divorce. I chose to have kids even though there is a possibility (horrifying, nauseating, unfathomable) that they could die before me. I chose to buy a house that I fell in love with at first sight (breakfast nook! huge bathtub! built-in bookshelves!) even though it will absolutely flood if we ever have another

bad hurricane. count. I could’ve made another And yet with a dog, you know entire 100-pound dog out of all you’re only going to get about a of the hair I’ve swept/vacuumed decade – if you’re lucky. How do up. I once came home to find that you make your heart ready to take Loki had picked up a full bag of that kind of a risk? flour from the floor of my kitchen Oh, I know it’s worth it on some pantry, carefully carried it into the level. It’s worth the pain of loss, living room, and then scattered the and it’s worth the scratched-up entire bag all over the entire room floors, and it’s worth finding hair – I was finding flour in crevices in your food, and it’s worth the and corners even months later cost of dog food, and it’s worth after cleaning for hours the day it the loss of sleep. I’m sure I would happened. Most of all, I know the say all of that as soon as I saw a fear of seeing something wrong sweet puppy licking Georgia’s face with your beloved pet when it or snuggling Ruby after can’t talk to tell you a hard day of middle what’s wrong. school or curling up Excerpted from Eve I’m not sure I can do Crawford Peyton’s at Elliot’s feet while all of that again. And blog, Joie d’Eve, he did his homework. yet, as much as I say I which appears I know the pros, don’t want a dog, I still each Friday on believe me. But I also feel a weird emptiness not having one. know the cons. I’ve cleaned up a lot of dog After all, I’ve always defined poop and stepped barefoot into myself as a dog person.• dog puke more times than I can jane sanders illustration

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LOCAL COLOR . in tune

calendar must-see music june 5

Pond psych out Gasa Gasa. june 5

Coathangers punk Santos Bar. june 11

Belle and Sebastian serenade The Civic. june 13 Belle and Sebastian

Chamber Pop… And a Bonnaroo stop By Mike Griffith

Belle and Sebastian

For more than 20 years the Glaswegian chamber pop ensemble Belle and Sebastian have been making enchanting music. Unfortunately for New Orleanians, their visits to our region have been limited. Fortunately, they are bucking that trend with a show at the Civic on the 11th. Belle and Sebastian are one of those groups that not only have an deep catalog of outstanding songs but also have perfectly honed a joyful and seemingly intimate live performance. There is a fair bit of audience participation involved in their shows as well—come prepared to sing and dance along. Earlier this year the band released a series of three EPs titled How To Solve Our Human Problems, which sees them expanding sonically. You won’t want to miss this show. Bonnaroo

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again time to return home to The musical lineup, the organizers of Farm for Bonnaroo. This year, the the festival have put a lot of effort festival is headlined by Eminem, over the last few years into the The Killers and Muse. They will space itself. First upgrading the be joined by Sturgill Simpson, support infrastructure with new Bon Iver (doing two unique bathrooms and barns. Now they sets—including a late night set), are using these new spaces to Paramore and alt-J, among others. create new festival experiences. While the star power of these While the campground has always headliners is undeniable, things been interesting in its own right, really start getting interesting as we now the festival is breaking the move into the smaller print. One barrier between the camps and of the things that makes Centeroo by bringing the trip to Tennessee the artists and activities worth it year after year right out into the camps Playlist of is the concentration of themselves. Everything mentioned bands amazing smaller acts. In including morning available at: http:// one weekend you can cartoons and guided catch the folk duo First meditation to Karaoke Aid Kit, the Afrofuturist with T-Pain. This is the experimentation of Thundercat, formula for keeping a festival fresh. the baroque pop of Moses Sumney, It’s not just the performers that the indie pop of Japanese Breakfast matter, the peripheral experiences or the Psychadelic experimentation keep people coming back year after of Pond. All of these groups have year. Make sure to keep an eye released amazing records in the on the web for our daily updates past year. In addition to the great from The Farm.•

The Glitch Mob move the Joy. june 15

Maps and Atlases rock the Parish. june 16

Bonerama funk up Tipitina’s. june 19

Katie Von Schleicher brings the dark to Gasa Gasa. june 20

Eagles rock the Smoothie King Center. june 22

Guided by Voices represent the lo-fi One Eyed Jacks. june 26

Pixies and Weezer bring noise pop to Champions Square. Dates are subject to change; email Mike@ or contact him through Twitter @Minima.

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LOCAL COLOR . book reviews

Buildings of New Orleans

The Queen’s Embroiderer

by Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas

by Joan DeJean

Running on the Roof of the World

University of Virginia Press

Bloomsbury Publishing

by Jess Butterworth

Algonquin Young Readers

“Building of New Orleans” is a unique, in-depth guidebook that encourages New Orleanians to be a tourist in their own hometown, and beyond. Written by Tulane University Professor Emerita Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, Associate Dean for Research and Development LSU’s College of Art and Design, Buildings of New Orleans explores the historic neighborhoods of the city, from the Vieux Carre to Uptown and the Lakefront. Each neighborhood includes a map with highlighted places of interest, facts and a history of each landmark. Day trips include Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes, as well as the Mississippi River Delta and Upriver to the East and West Banks. Full of facts, information and trivia, this is the kind of book you’ll want to stash in your day tripping bag or glove box for easy reference.

The lure of fast money, the founding of New Orleans, expensively embroidered fabric and global financial crisis: historic non-fiction novel The Queen’s Embroiderer reads like a riveting page turner ripped from today’s headlines. French historian Joan DeJean explores 17 and 18th century Paris and Louisiana, following star-crossed lovers Louise Magoulet and Louis Chevrot, as they fight against family, tradition and country in order to stay together against a backdrop of colonial settlement and the rich excesses of French royalty.

“Running on the Roof of the World” is the perfect summer novel for young middle-grade readers, with a true tale of adventure and courage, halfway around the world. Set against the Himalayan mountain-scape of Tibet and India, young heroine Tash must learn to navigate a world full of harsh rules, religious freedom and government resistance. A story told with hope and compassion, author, and New Orleans resident, Jess Butterworth lends her own experiences of growing up between Great Britain and India and hearing stories passed down from her grandmother, friends and villagers.

By Ashley McLellan, Please send submissions for consideration, attention: Ashley McLellan, 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005

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HH = Sort of ok, but kind of meh

HHH = Enjoyable HHHH = Really, really liked it HHHHH = Loved it; a new favorite!

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LOCAL COLOR . jazz life

Mythic Space Jeroen Dewulf’s new, deep look at Congo Square By Jason Berry


ongo Square occupies mythic space in New Orleans. In the mid-1700s, enslaved Africans gathered on Sundays at a field between outlying plantations and the rampart, or back wall, of the French town facing the Mississippi. Africans danced in large concentric circles to rhythms of percussive music transplanted from Senegambia, and other tribal cultures as time passed. The expanding city made the field smaller; yet the dances grew -- several hundred people moved in rings, some wearing costumes. The place went through a succession of names until becoming Congo Square, after the 1804 Louisiana Purchase. African polyrhythms gave shape to early jazz. The meaning of Congo Square – Africans dramatizing cultural memory in ancestral dances -- had long reach. A wedge of the seminal site, now a corner of Louis Armstrong Park, has music events through the 50

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year. Mardi Gras Indians unspooled the ring dances, taking dancedmemory into a parading culture. The Congo Square stage at Jazz Fest, surrounded by stalls of artists and vendors of masks and crafts, is another enduring link. Eyewitness accounts of the dances reference the range of African peoples in early 19thcentury New Orleans. The architect Benjamin Latrobe drew life-like pictures of people and instruments in his 1818 diary, images that researchers have linked to Kongo. With impressive research on tribal cultures, the novelist George Washington Cable in a famous 1886 Century Magazine piece described dances he had never seen. In 2011, Freddi Williams Evans’s Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, gives textured analysis of the dances and their origins. Now comes Jeroen Dewulf’s “From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square: Kongo Dances

and the Origins of the Mardi Gras Indians” (University of Lafayette Press). In this sweeping work, the Belgian-born linguist and Berkeley professor culls citations in several languages to trace the memory tides from Kongo, a 16th-century Catholic monarchy under Portuguese missionaries, through the Middle Passage as the kingdom eroded and slaves went to Brazil, the Caribbean and Louisiana. Kongo people carried dances rooted in African rites of church and crown. Some, like sangamento, were mock warrior performances. “To the sound of drums, marimbas and ivory horns,” writes Dewulf, “with spectacular dodges, feints, and sudden leaps, these martial exercises not only served as a way to muster courage for battles but also provided young men with an opportunity to impress the community.” Brazil had the heaviest concentration of Kongo slaves; celebra-

tions for kingship, lavish trappings in burial processions; the music and dancing styles for these and other rites surfaced with radiance in New Orleans, gaining momentum over the last century. Dewulf builds cross-cultural comparisons in arguing that Mardi Gras Indians – a late 19th century tradition of black costumers in Native American regalia, the chants celebrating a king-like Big Chief – have a taproot in Kongo. Adapting the Indian persona for the stage of Mardi Gras was “a strategy to find public acceptance in a hostile society for an essentially African tradition.” No doubt. But Masked Indians, the term some Big Chiefs prefer, have a complex past with scant local documents on their origins. Dewulf has delivered a major work, even if he does not resolve the trailing mystery of New Orleans origins. The costume art is a narrative of ever-changing beauty, while more women parade as Queens. •

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The dining table and outdoor furniture on the patio are from Backyard Living, which also installed the pool; the Mediterranean style lanterns are from Pine Grove Electrical Supply in Mandeville.

Built From Scratch Gina and Dr. Sammy Khatib build new in Old Metairie By Lee Cutrone


ina Khatib, originally from Fort Lauderdale, first lived in New Orleans while attending Loyola University. After graduation, she also taught


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in local schools before leaving to pursue her masters in early childhood education. Sammy Khatib, a native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, relocated to

Washington, D.C. for his medical residency. After meeting in Washington, the couple chose New Orleans, which Gina already knew and loved and where a

cardiology fellowship awaited Sammy, to begin their married life. Several houses in Metairie followed, but the Khatibs couldn’t find exactly what they had in mind – until their real estate agent connected them with contractor Tommy Gennusa of TAG Homes and suggested they build. “Basically we started from scratch,” said Gina, of the project, which involved buying a corner lot in Old Metairie from Gennusa and bringing on Baton Rouge architect C.M. Oliver. “We both had an idea of what we wanted and the architect brought what we had in our heads to life.” The Khatibs, who have an 11-year old daughter, envisioned a house with Mediterranean and French influences. Architect, builder and homeowners spent months getting it right in the planning stages. They opted for classic materials – wood, wrought iron and stone - and a quiet color palette to stand the test of time, a large kitchen for entertaining, a pool for New Orleans summers and tropical landscaping to compliment the Mediterranean quality of the architecture. “I would do it all again,” said Gina, who found the process smooth, easy and designed to stay within budget. “Tommy works a little differently. He has you do

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everything up front. You pick what you want and you know what you’re going to spend. We had to go back to the drawing board a few times to get what we wanted, but it was a great way to go about it.” Gina also liked the collaborative nature of the project. She worked closely with K&S Custom Woodworks to customize the various storage space in the mudroom so that it was tailored to the family’s needs.

Creating the perfect interior to suit both husband and wife’s tastes, required a bit more finessing. He favors elaborate and traditional, while she prefers clean open spaces with lots of light and touches of gold and French blue. Gina worked with several designers before finding one who perfectly blended the two. Tasked with decorating Sammy’s library first, interior designer Tina Lagasse of Jade won the couple’s confidence.

Top, left: The Khatibs chose a backsplash of Carrara marble with contrasting wood to add interest to the white kitchen; the arabesque pattern of the backsplash is repeated in the lanterns by Aiden Gray; the island is topped with Emperador marble. Top, right: The Khatibs worked with Tommy Gennusa of TAG Home and C.M Oliver of C.M. Oliver Architects to build a new home with Mediterranean influences; landscaping by Mullin Landscape. Bottom: Gina, Dr. Sammy Khatib and Carolina

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Facing page: The living room is symmetrically balanced with pairs of sofas and chairs as well as matching reproduction painted cabinets and antique mirrors on either side of the fireplace; pillows in a vibrant shade of pink drawn from an abstract painting (not shown) by artist Lesley Henderson provide an unexpected pop of color to the otherwise neutral color scheme. Bottom, left: The custom dining table was made by DOP Antiques. Chandelier, by Visual Comfort. Bottom, right: Gina and Lagasse chose all of the décor for the master bedroom, which has a neutral combination of white and gray with touches of French blue; the rug is patterned and muted to appeal to both husband’s and wife’s tastes.

Top, left: The master bath’s freestanding tub is centered in front of an arched window that allows light but affords privacy. Bottom, left: Wrought iron and stone were chosen for their classic Mediterranean character; Dallas-based artist Gina Dunn from ALignstudiosdallas collaborated with the Khatibs’ daughter to create the painting above the console; sconces from Tara Shaw. Right: Designer Tina Lagasse of Jade won the Khatibs’ confidence with the rich, masculine yet restrained design of the Library (for Sammy) and the serene design of the living room (for Gina); abstract painting by Lesley Henderson.

“We clicked with Tina,” said Gina. “She knew what we wanted. We bounced a lot of ideas off each other.” Lagasse, who likewise felt there was a meeting of the minds from the get-go, guided the couple to a mix of antiques and contemporary pieces. By not investing exclusively in antiques, the budget would go further, the house would be finished sooner, and the combination of furnishings would look acquired over time, a particularly important goal when starting with a clean slate. “The design came together easily,” said Lagasse. “Then we implemented it gradually.” While the kitchen is white for her, a backsplash with contrasting brown adds

warmth and interest for him. While the living room is serene in its coloration for her, it also includes a pair of ornate antique mirrors for him. While the master bedroom combines a spare and peaceful mix of French and modern notes for her, the powder room is wallpapered with a classic damask that speaks to his love of traditional. The rugs in the house are muted for her, yet they still have pattern for him. “It’s a good balance,” said Lagasse. “It’s pretty cohesive.” The Khatibs are in complete agreement. “The whole process took about a year and a half,” said Gina, noting that the couple lived in a less-than-ideal apartment while building. “But in the end, it was worth it.”

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Off the Chain Pet (and people) friendly eats and drinks spots in New Orleans New Orleans has long gone to the dogs. We celebrate our four-legged friends with parades, canine Carnival fashion shows, weenie dog races at the Fairgrounds and a very familiar blue canine can be seen in art and sculptures all over town. Here’s our top picks for doggone treats, snacks and to-go-cups that reward people and pets alike.

by ashley mclellan

photographed by Gabrielle Geiselman-Milone

dat dog

House of Blues 225 Decatur Street, The House of Blues’ shady, covered courtyard Voodoo Garden is a perfect retreat from the heat for people and pups. Outdoor dining is available starting each day at 11:30 a.m. Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. Live music is also available Friday though Sunday starting at noon, and crawfish on Fridays starting at 4 p.m.

Dat Dog 5030 Freret Street; 3336 Magazine Street, Dogs are welcomed at Dat Dog’s Freret Street and Magazine Street locations, with plenty of outdoor seating in colorful courtyards adorned with all kinds hot dogs. Happy Hour is from 4-7p.m. Monday through Friday, with half off well drinks, specials on draft beers, and a select menu of $5 hot dogs.

Pet treats: ​Water bowls and Milkbone treats are available for canine friends looking to celebrate Happy Hour as well.

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Booze Hounds

Pet- friendly happy hours (and more) around NOLA Café Adelaide, Swizzle Stick Bar 300 Poydras Street, Café Adelaide hosts “Yappy Hour” in the Swizzle Stick Bar

each first Thursday of the month, an event that coincides with “Neighborhood Night” (held weekly.) Happy Hour: Pricing starts at 3 p.m. and is extended for Yappy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m. with drink specials and upscale finger food, such as shrimp & Tasso

corn dogs and lemon, thyme & Parmesan fries. Pet treats: Flavored water for dogs and special treats are available for all canine besties. Café Adelaide also often partners with local pet organizations, such as Zeus’ Place or the SPCA, to host special Yappy Hour events.

Be prepared. Bring a small water bowl and waste bags, even if you think there may be one available.

The Bulldog 3236 Magazine St., 5135 Canal Blvd., With two locations in New Orleans, Uptown and in Mid-City, the Bulldog brags about having the finest dog-friendly patio in town, and many dog lovers agree. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 2 to 7 p.m. with 50 cents off pints, $1 off pitches, $3.50 house wines and double mixed drinks for the price of a single. Pub grub, such as loaded nachos, wings, sandwiches and

burgers, will have dogs and people alike drooling for more.

Twelve Mile Limit 500 S. Telemachus, twelve.mile.limit This Mid City watering hole has always welcomed friendly furry, four-legged friends along with their human friends. Special events such as charity bingo night, occasional crawfish boils and dance parties are always being added to the schedule, so be sure to check the bar’s social media for updates.

Happy Hour pricing on drinks is available weeknights 5-7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 3-5 p.m. with $1 off all specialty cocktails, well spirits, house wine. Pet treats: The bartenders may have free dogs treats and snacks, but get ‘em while you can because they often run out.

Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine Garden 326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway,; 315 N.

Doggie Etiquette

Tips on taking your dog out for a drink 1 Feed them first. Dogs will naturally be curious about what you are drinking or eating, but less so if they already have a full tummy. 2 Tire them out with a vigorous walk. A wellexercised dog is more likely to settle and stay calm in a social environment. 3 Bring a favorite toy to chew on or something to keep them busy or distracted. 4 Make sure your dog is leashed at all times. 5 Always ask permission before allowing your dog near another dog or person. House of blues

6 Know the rules and stick to areas where dogs are allowed.

The station

Start out during off-peak hours to get your dog used to patios, cafes and pubs.

caffeine and refreshment needs with a wide selection of coffee, tea and juices, as well as small batch baked pastries, breakfast and lunch treats and dessert. Pups are welcome in the outdoor patio with plenty of places to perch while enjoying breakfast or afternoon treat. Don’t miss: Free freshly baked dog treats are on hand, er paw, for the canine crew; also available for purchase in packages of six.

Bearcat Café 2521 Jena Street, Sit and stay a while on Bearcat’s pet friendly porch with water bowls available for canine refreshment. Breakfast, brunch and lunch are the highlights of this Freret Street adjacent café, with options for both clean eating, such as house made yogurt Portobello philly sandwich, and splurging, think brisket hash and hot fried chicken. Rendon, All dogs are welcome to the outside patios of the Beer and Wine Gardens. With a huge selection of beer and wine on tap, this location, near the Lafitte Greenway makes for an excellent stop on a walk. Burgers and bar food on one side, cheese plates and hors d’oevres on the wine side. Specials include $5 glasses of wine all day, every day; happy hour Monday through Friday 11:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Canine-friendly Cafés and Snowballs Ike’s Snowballs 520 City Park Avenue, The best way to beat the heat is with a frozen treat. Ike’s Snowballs features standard ice cold snow-balls and ice cream stuffed creations, as well as savory snacks.

Don’t miss: Special meatflavored snowballs for true hot dogs.

Plum Street Snoballs 1300 Burdette Street, facebook. com/Plum-Street-Snoballs Plum Street patrons are welcome to pop by with their pups for a treat. Pets love to chomp down on soft ice, especially on hot days, and sometimes with a splash of fruit flavor too boot.

The Station 4400 Bienville, The Station will fuel up your

Pet treat: Bearcat is currently working on a gluten-free dog treat, so stay tuned.

Brew Dogs

Dog friendly taprooms and pubs Brieux Carre Brewing 2115 Decatur Street, Pups are always welcome in the beer garden at Brieux Carre

ike’s snowballs

Brieux Carre Brewing

Know your dog and take cues for when she or he is ready to go, feels nervous or needs attention.

Brewing, which has a wide array of special and seasonal brews, from IPAs, wheat beers, blondes, ales and more. There’s a refreshing pint for every palate.

Pet treats: Plastic baggies and fresh water are always available for doggie visitors.

Truck, and on Tuesdays the T2 Vietnamese Street Food and Trivia Night.

Urban South Brewing

Port Orleans Brewing Co.

1645 Tchoupitoulas Street, Dogs are welcome. There aren’t special treats, but have water bowls available. Thursdays feature some of the best crawfish in town, on Fridays has a rotating food vendor, Saturdays features the Afrodisiac food truck, Sundays The Quesadilla

4124 Tchoupitoulas Street, With a cool, dog friendly patio, six signature brews, and gourmet pub food available from the attached sister restaurant Stokehold, this Tchoupitoulas Street is a new favorite happy hour on the New Orleans brewpub scene.

Second Line Brewing 433 N. Bernadotte Street, Family and pet friendly, Second Line Brewing prides itself on pairing with local community non-profits, teams up with local farmers to reuse and recycle the brewery’s spent grain, and features Industry Night every Monday, with $1 off draft pints after 4 p.m., movie nights and more. Now that’s a beer-resume to be doggone proud of.

Go Take a Walk

a breeze along the riverfront.

Dog parks and runs where a go-cup is (almost) always welcome

Highlights: Off-leash, fenced in dog run known for its cleanliness and upkeep .

NOLA City Bark

No! : All dogs must be leashed when outside of the designated dog park fenced area.

30 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park, Located in City Park, NOLA City Bark is a 4.6 acre field of fun for furry friends. Entrance requires a permit for all dogs, with yearly and visitor passes available, and can be obtained through the City Park Administration Building, 1 Palm Drive. Daily, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed until 1 p.m. on Tuesdays for maintenance) Highlights: Open run and separate play areas for big and small dogs; water fountains for dogs and humans; shaded areas; mutt mitts for clean-up; restrooms. No! : Children under the age of 8 are not allowed in the dog park; no food or drinks are allowed inside the park, so be sure to save your go-cups for a walk around the lagoon.

Nearby: Piety Street Art Market (second Saturday of every month at the Old Ironworks); plenty of restaurants and bars that offer refreshment, snacks and to-go cups, which are allowed (please no glass bottles).

Wisner Dog Park 4877 Laurel Street Located Uptown and open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., this neighborhood friendly gathering spot can get full of frolicking fun, as well as a bit muddy at times, but is a great place for dogs and people watching and chatting. No! : Be sure to bring waste bags and clean up after your pup, as bags are not provided. Nearby: Grits Bar, adjacent to Wisner Park, sells go-cups, with many swearing by the happy hour

margaritas; Surrey’s is also nearby and offers breakfast and freshly squeezed juice for early birds on morning walks.

The Levee Dog Park Leake Avenue adjacent to The Fly Located along the levee from The Fly to just beyond Broadway, this well-worn unofficial dog park and path has been a favorite for dog lovers for years. Adventurous explorers can walk down to the river’s edge and watch passing ships, but be sure to use caution and do not enter the water at any time. : Dogs should be supervised at all times; be on the lookout for passing trains, riders on horseback and cyclists . Nearby: Riverbend bars and daiquiri shops can provide take-out refreshment; Audubon Zoo and Park are a stone’s throw away with restrooms and water fountains for humans and dogs.

Nearby: All of City Park for owners and on-leash dogs to roam, play, and more.

Crescent Park Dog Run 3800-3898 Chartres Street A new addition to the Marigny’s Crescent Park is the Crescent Park Dog Run, a place for dogs and dog lovers to run and catch

The Levee Dog Park


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Each year we profile a selection of extraordinary

women from across our community that continue to make a difference. What is most difficult is not

so much finding worth contenders, but narrowing the list. As always, we feel enriched by those who have been selected and encouraged by knowing there are so many others to consider.

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p h oto g r a p h e d by th e re s a cas s agn e

Antonia Keller v i c e p r e s i d e n t, E m e r i l L a ga s s e F o u n d at i o n

Founded in 2002 by famed chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife, Alden, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation has granted over $9.6 million to support culinary, nutrition and arts education mostly in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. “The programs funded provide opportunities for youth to realize their fullest potential,” explained Antonia Keller, director of operations for the foundation, “from teaching young children the importance of where food comes from, to mentoring young adults in employable skills.” The foundation’s funding comes primarily through two signature events held one right after the other: Boudin, Bourbon & Beer (coming up Nov. 9) and Carnivale du Vin (Nov. 10). Approaching its eighth year, Boudin, Bourbon & Beer typically draws around 5,000 people to Champions Square for a night of food, drink and camaraderie among and with New Orleans chefs and national culinary stars. Carnivale du Vin will celebrate 14 years this fall. “It’s a magical night that brings together the best talent in the hospitality industry – chefs and winemakers love coming to New Orleans to celebrate for a good cause,” said Keller. At both events, students or interns help setup and work at the stations with the visiting chefs. “They get to interact and be mentored by successful leaders in the industry, realizing what’s possible with hard work and dedication,” said Keller. “It’s a great reminder of why we do what we do.”

What motivates you to do what you do? “Each day I am motivated not only by the needs of the youth in the programs we support, but also by the staff working in nonprofits who mentor, serve as role models, and adapt day after day. We work to provide great guest experiences at our fundraising events, so our donors will continue to return and allow our charitable impact to grow. The generosity so far has been incredible.”

Fern Tsien, Ph.D. A s s o c i a t e p r o f e s s o r o f g e n e t i c s , LSU H e a lt h S c i e n c e s C e n t e r

Her research, which has been presented to local, national and international conferences to the clinical and scientific community, may ultimately lead to unlocking new diagnostic tests or therapies for deafness caused by genetic mutations. In addition to her own work, Tsien works to further a love in science in Louisianans of all ages via extensive community outreach work. Tsien serves as the co-director of the Science Youth Initiative (SYI) program at LSU Health Sciences Center, which works to engage local elementary and high school students in the sciences. Enlisting the help of medical students and public health graduate students, SYI works with schools to reinforce lessons through hands-on experiments. “The teachers will teach a lesson to a fourth grade class, and we’ll come in with a fun experiment the next day,” explained Tsien, who said SYI creates a wider exposure to science while raising standardized test scores in science. “For middle and high school students, we offer a chance to spend the day at LSU doing STEM experiments with academics.” The goal of SYI’s work is to create a pipeline for the third part of the program — paid, eight-week internships for high school students, many of whom advance to college and science or health-related careers.

In the United States, approximately 1 out of every 1,000 children are born with complete sensorineural hearing loss. Of those, 50 to 80 percent are due to genetic mutations. Dr. Fern Tsien is determined to study and find answers to this problem in the Louisiana Acadian (Cajun) and Mexican Mayan populations.

Advice to young women. “Don’t give up. Soon after I received my doctorate, I lost my husband. Suddenly I was a single mom with two very young children. It definitely took me longer to accomplish my goals, but I did it.”

What advice would you give to young women? “You are capable beyond measure. Society often tells us that we have to be perfect, that we have to have every ounce of our future planned and programmed. Let that go! Try new things. Lean into your fears. You don’t have to have it all figured out today and you don’t have to follow any pre-determined pathways for life. Lean into your power and give yourself the freedom to try, evolve, pivot, succeed and try again.”

This year was a big one for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW)— the annual entrepreneur festival celebrated its 10th year from March 19-23 with the launch of “NOEW in Your Neighborhood,” which spread events for the first three days of the festival over various locations around the city. “To mark this milestone we thought this was a good way of honoring the roots of how the festival got started,” said Victoria Adams Phipps, a Miami native who fell in love with New Orleans while attending Loyola University and has served as the executive producer of NOEW for the past seven years. “We’re always looking at ways to increase accessibility and innovate, while highlighting the fact that entrepreneurship doesn’t just happen Downtown.” This year’s NOEW included 60 events across eight neighborhoods and awarded $330,000 to entrepreneurs in funds and services.

In Phipps’ time overseeing NOEW, attendance for the free public event has increased by approximately 1,200 percent. “It’s just gotten bigger and better,” said

Phipps. “We’ve come to be known for our great keynote speakers, which is something I’m really proud of.”

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What motivates you to do what you do? “New Orleans itself. It’s like another member of my family. Plus I just love creating something from nothing. That’s very motivating to me.”

Ti Martin is typically a very busy woman — Martin is the co-owner of her family’s restaurant business, which includes Commander’s Palace, Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar, and SoBou — but this year takes hectic to a whole new level. After five years in the works, this past January Martin finally celebrated the groundbreaking of the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI), alongside co-founders Dickie Brennan, her cousin and fellow restaurateur, and developer George Brower. “It’s mind boggling that New Orleans doesn’t have a culinary school,” she said. “In order to keep us on the leading edge of the food and hospitality world we can’t afford to stand still.” When completed in early 2019, the 93,000-square-foot, $30 million, five-story building at 725 Howard Avenue will serve as a top tier culinary school that also incorporates hospitality training, along with office and classroom spaces for Tulane University and multiple sites for event rentals. But before that big day, Commander’s Palace will be celebrating its 125th year in business this fall with a symposium Martin described as “similar to what my family did on what they thought was the 100th year,” as well as a “big dinner.” There’s also the book she wrote with and about her mother, Ella Brennan, entitled “Miss Ella of Commander’s Palace,” that is also a documentary but is now being scripted as a live action film. And if that’s not enough, Martin’s opening a new business this summer, with details yet to be announced. “It’s with Chef Tory McPhail (executive chef at Commander’s) and Darryl Reginelli,” she said. “I can’t talk about it yet, but it’s very exciting.”

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Ingrid Rinck Owner, Sensible Meals

New Orleans native Ingrid Rinck was a single mom with three kids working as a personal trainer when her family received some very difficult news. “My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes,” she said. “Only about 5 percent of diabetics are type 1.” Often diagnosed in children or young adults, type 1 (or juvenile) diabetes occurs when a person does not make enough insulin, which results in dangerously high blood sugar levels. There is no known way to prevent it, but it can be managed with help from a very careful diet and exercise. “I literally had to start portioning out his food or he could die,” said Rinck. “So I started cooking differently and I realized that I was losing weight eating this way. Soon, other people started asking me to cook for them too. That’s where the idea for the business came from.” Rinck formed Sensible Portions Meals in 2014 near her home on the north shore. In just four years, the company has become the largest of its type in the country, employing over 1,200 people, 90 percent of whom are women. “I like to give other women, including other moms, opportunities,” she said. “We’re also big on giving back to organizations like the American Heart Association and those associated with juvenile diabetes.”

Advice to young women. “You don’t have to be stuck where you are, but you have to be the one to make the change. And once you do make that change, it’s important to put your hand out and help someone else. There is always someone you can help.”

Operating out of giant kitchens in Hammond and Mandeville, as well as 11 free pickup locations around Louisiana, Sensible Meals also ships meals nationwide. “It feels good to know that we’re changing people’s lives,” said Rinck, by giving them something affordable, something sustainable, that’s helping them live healthier lives.”

J a c ly n M c Ca b e Owner, Jaci Blue

What motivates you in your work? “The one-on-one time I have with my clients where we’re talking about our experiences, our bodies, is really wonderful. I’m working on ways to bring that kind of experience to a community level.”

Jaclyn McCabe always knew a few things to be true: she has always been what people call “plus-size,” and shopping for clothes was never fun. “I just got to this point in my life where

I was so frustrated and tired of not being able to find the clothes I wanted or get good customer service,” she said. “I really longed to feel like my thinner friends felt when they went shopping. I was tired of

crying in dressing rooms.” So, back in 2006 while she was in her mid 20s, McCabe opened her own clothing store in the French Quarter called The Voluptuous Vixen. For eight years she dedicated herself to providing exactly the kind of shopping experience she always wanted to other plussize women. The problem, however, was that McCabe secretly hated her own body and didn’t believe any of the body positivity messages she was telling her clients. In 2014 McCabe closed The Voluptuous Vixen and took some time to really work on what she calls “radical self love.” In April 2016, she opened her new store, Jaci Blue, at 2111 Magazine Street. The 2.0 version of The Voluptuous Vixen, McCabe said she feels her new sense of self-esteem shines through to her clients, encouraging them to feel good about who they are too. “I get a lot of gratitude,” she said, “even people who don’t end up buying anything just tell me how exciting it is to be in a store where they could try everything on if they wanted to.”

What motivates you to do what you do? “I love working with children and adolescents because there’s always elements of fun throughout the day. The work I do also has a lot to do with prevention and education both physically and developmentally so that means dealing with the whole person, which I also really enjoy.”

L’Issa Gates came into this world at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, and eventually returned to become its first-ever Black partner. The pediatric and preventive physician excels not only in treating children, but in advocating for young people and the sciences on every front, including serving as a member of the Delgado Community College Care and Development of Young Children Board of Advisors, where she has lectured on early development and care. Gates also volunteers with Junior Achievement, educating young people about making healthy choices, and is involved with multiple programs that encourage students to look at STEM careers. “I work with an Ochsner program that reaches out to high school students interested in science and medicine and I talk to them about my path to pediatrics and my daily schedule,” said Gates. She does a similar thing for the American Medical Association’s Doctors Back to School program. Her work has received no shortage of recognition, including commendations from the Jefferson Parish president, New Orleans mayor and city council, as well as the state house and senate. Just a few other recent awards include the 2016 National Role Model by Minority Access, Inc. and being included among the Young Leadership Council’s class of role models for 2017.

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C h e f L e a h Sa r r i s D i r e c to r o f t h e Go l d r i n g C e n t e r f o r C u l i n a r y M e d i c i n e

Chef Leah Sarris has been the force behind Tulane’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine — the world’s premier culinary medicine program — since it was first conceived in 2012. The Ohio native is both a chef and registered dietitian who once dreamed of being a doctor but now teaches them — and others — about the power of using food as medicine. She daily dispels myths about eating healthy from the center’s headquarters adjacent to the Whole Foods at 300 N. Broad Street. “I’m a chef first and a dietitian second,” she says. “Our job is to show people that eating healthy can be affordable and delicious.” In a city known for food, just not the healthy kind, Sarris has created a program already adopted by 20 percent of medical schools in the country, as well as a successful annual culinary medicine conference. Physicians aren’t the only ones learning at the Goldring Center, however. There’s currently a waiting list for the center’s free community classes and programming has recently been extended to include chefs. “We want to help change the future of healthcare,” says Sarris. “We want to do more than just tell people to eat more vegetables, we want to show them how to do it in a way that they’re going to love.”

What advice would you give young women? “Don’t limit yourself and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. I haven’t had a traditional career path — for four years I was working three part-time jobs because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. What that did, though, was broaden my skill set, which made me more valuable to employers.”

What advice would you give young women? “Never underestimate your potential and dream big. Think of life as a journey for which you prepare for academically, but never forget kindness, solidarity, tolerance and to give back along the way. Surround yourself with women you admire; seek advice and learn to listen. You will find that successful and accomplished women thrive on lifting other women.”

2017 was a big year for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL) — it was not only named “Chamber of the Year” by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, but “Partner Organization of the Year” by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council. The awards represent just a few of many signs that chamber president and CEO Mayra Pineda says indicates the chamber is “on the right track” in terms of delivering on its mission to foster the economic development of Hispanic businesses in the state. After serving as a board member at the HCCL’s inception in 1999 and chairing the board for three years, Pineda says by 2013 it was clear the chamber was not producing the value it could to its members. “I had all these ideas and opinions, so the idea was sort of, ‘Why don’t you do it?’” she laughed. Since Pineda took the reins in 2014, the HCCL has formed collaborations with organizations like Goldman Sachs, JEDCO and SBA; created its own workforce training center in Kenner; started a young

professionals chapter; and launched an array of successful events, including its annual Women’s Business Symposium and Day of Empowerment.

“Our membership has tripled,” said Pineda, “and our sponsorships have really grown as well. Instead of calling people, they’re calling us now, which is pretty incredible.”

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TOP DENTISTS our annual drill: the LATEST LIST

This list is excerpted from the 2018 topDentists™ list, a database, which includes listings for more than 190 dentists and specialists in the New Orleans area. The Louisiana list is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available For more information call 706-364-0853; write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; email or visit

SELECTION PROCESS This explanation has been provided by topDentists™: “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?” This is the question we’ve asked thousands of dentists nationwide to help us determine who the topDentists should be. Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and of course physical results. The nomination pool of dentists consists of all dentists listed online with the American Dental Association, as well as all dentists listed online with their local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists that they feel

should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer’s work when evaluating the other nominees. Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot whose work they are familiar with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given a careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a dentist has received, status in various dental academies (Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, etc.) can play a factor in our decision.

Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists. Of course there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in Louisiana. A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful list of dentists available anywhere.

Endodontics Covington Allen N. Sawyer Sawyer Endodontics 216 West 21st Avenue (985) 327-7354 Kenner David J. Toca 2301 Williams Boulevard, Suite B 466-3353 Mandeville Rodney J. Isolani Isolani Endodontics 102 Fontainbleau Drive, Suite E-2 (985) 893-0715 Metairie Dominick J. Alongi Northlake Endodontics & Microsurgery 3621 Ridgelake Drive, Suite 301 832-2433 Bryan P. Bohning Bohning Endodontics 4051 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 312 888-4034 Garrett B. Morris Endodontic Specialists 4520 Clearview Parkway 885-0177 Lauren S. Vedros Northlake Endodontics & Microsurgery 3621 Ridgelake Drive, Suite 301 832-2433 New Orleans George H. Arch, Jr. Uptown Endodontics and Implantology 2633 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 701 895-1100 Lisa P. Germain Uptown Endodontics and Implantology 2633 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 701 895-1100 Kent A. Sabey Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue 941-8395 Slidell Scott E. Bonson Endodontic Associates 190 Cross Gates Boulevard (985) 649-4881

Arthur W. Dickerson II Endodontic Associates 190 Cross Gates Boulevard (985) 649-4881 J. Jared Harmon Lakeshore Endodontics 102 Village Street, Suite B (985) 643-4600 General Dentistry Belle Chasse Stuart J. Guey, Jr. 8951 Highway 23 394-6200 Charles A. Haydel 8635 Highway 23 394-7456 Covington Mary A. Beilman 426 South Tyler Street (985) 893-5138 Joel E. Burvant Burvant Family Dentistry 601 West 18th Avenue (985) 892-2403 Shannon Doyle More Smiles Dental Spa 7007 Highway 190 (985) 809-7645 Kathleen G. Engel 522 East Rutland Street (985) 893-2270 *cosmetic services offered James A. Moreau, Jr. More Smiles Dental Spa 7007 Highway 190 (985) 809-7645 R. Glen Spell Family Dental Center 79132 Highway 40 (985) 893-3900

J. Michael Rooney 307 Gretna Boulevard, Suite C 362-7130

Larry A. Wise 909 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 101 464-0202

Michael Tufton Tufton Family Dentistry 654 Terry Parkway 362-5270

Madisonville Charles B. Foy, Jr. 400 Pine Street (985) 845-8042 *cosmetic services offered

Peter M. Tufton Tufton Family Dentistry 654 Terry Parkway 362-5270 Hammond Eugene R. Graff, Jr. Louisiana Dental Center Hammond 800 C M Fagan Drive, Suite A (985) 345-5888 Sue C. LeBlanc Hammond Family Dentistry 1007 West Thomas Street, Suite E (985) 345-8602 Jill Truxillo Beautiful Smiles 20204 United States Highway 190 East (985) 662-5550 Harahan Dennis L. Henry 6367 Jefferson Highway 737-5294 Harvey Barton C. Barre Barre Dental Care 2645 Manhattan Blvd 367-0355 Wendy M. Maes New Orleans Dental Center 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Suite F-201 347-6000 *cosmetic services offered

Gretna Kenneth E. Alfortish 517 Whitney Avenue, Suite A 368-2792

Jefferson Charles M. Jouandot Jefferson Dental Care 3809 Jefferson Highway 833-2211

Brian D. Connell Connell Family Dentistry 137 Bellemeade Boulevard 273-4077 *cosmetic services offered

Kenner Jacob C. McInnis Exceptional Dental 1305 West Esplanade Avenue 469-6333

Damon J. DiMarco DiMarco Dental 309 Gretna Boulevard 366-5611 *cosmetic services offered

James D. Roethele Roethele Dental Esthetics 283 West Esplanade Avenue 461-0500 *cosmetic services offered

Melissa H. Pellegrini Miles of Smiles 198 Highway 21 (985) 845-2992 Mandeville Jason Alvarez Beau Sourire Family Dentistry 2881 Highway 190 Street, Suite D-4 (985) 626-8980 Martha A. Carr 280 Dalwill Drive (985) 727-0047 Glen J. Corcoran 3701 Highway 59, Suite E (985) 871-9733 Gabriel F. Daroca III 2140 9th Street (985) 624-8268 Joseph F. Fitzpatrick 812 Park Avenue (985) 626-9791 Toby B. Moffatt 1510 West Causeway Approach, Suite A (985) 727-4848 Louis Passauer, Jr. 231 Saint Ann Drive, Suite 1 (985) 727-0024 Dennis R. Preau 2140 9th Street (985) 624-8268 Marrero Darrell P. Bourg, Jr. Exceptional Dental 2521 Ames Boulevard, Suite C 340-9696 Maria R. Burmaster Barataria Dental 2272 Barataria Boulevard 341-3120 Metairie Debra C. Arnold 2732 Athania Parkway 837-4992 Terry J. Billings Billings Family Dentistry 3101 7th Street

832-2222 Bridget A. Brahney 3508 Veterans Memorial Boulevard 888-6860 Joseph M. Campo 4141 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 205 888-1617 George P. Cerniglia 3320 Hessmer Avenue 454-5880 *cosmetic services offered Hunter L. Charvet, Sr. Charvet Dental Center 2300 Veterans Memorial Boulevard 834-6504 *cosmetic services offered Myrna L. Collado-Torres 3330 Kingman Street, Suite 6 888-2092 Joseph J. Collura, Jr. 3223 8th Street, Suite 202 837-9800 *cosmetic services offered George T. Comeaux, Jr. 2620 Metairie Road 834-2180 Stan P. Cowley, Jr. Cowley Dental Care 3237 Metairie Road 831-4895 Stan P. Cowley, III Cowley Dental Care 3237 Metairie Road 831-4895 Tre J. DeFelice DeFelice Dental 1900 North Causeway Boulevard 833-4300 Duane P. Delaune Delaune Dental 3801 North Causeway Boulevard, Suite 305 885-8869 *cosmetic services offered Terry F. Fugetta 4508 Clearview Parkway, Suite 1-A 454-7008 Michael W. Gallagher Gallagher Family Dentistry 4440 Chastant Street, Suite A 887-0181

Nicole H. Hunn 3108 West Esplanade Avenue 838-8118 Eva L. Jessup Clearview Dental Care 2221 Clearview Parkway, Suite 202 455-1667 Wynn Kapit 3024 Kingman Street 455-2984 Nanette LoCoco 4325 Loveland Street, Suite B 335-2992 Thomas F. McCoy III 4432 Conlin Street, Suite B 889-1209 Kirk E. Melton 4224 Houma Boulevard, Suite 320 456-5103 James Nelson Nelson Dental Care 3939 Houma Boulevard, Suite 11 226-6478 Troy L. Patterson Oak Family Dental 1001 North Causeway Boulevard 834-6410 Stephanie A. Picou Picou Family Dentistry 3414 Hessmer Avenue, Suite 201 454-0067 Jene’ C. Ponder 2620 Metairie Road 834-2180 Greer C. Reisig Schwartz Dental Group 337 Metairie Road, Suite 302 832-2043 Garry S. Salvaggio Salvaggio Dental Care 3223 8th Street, Suite 202 455-7717 *cosmetic services offered Kevin J. Schellhaas 4741 Trenton Street 887-1272 John C. Schwartz Schwartz Dental Group 337 Metairie Road, Suite 302 832-2043 *cosmetic services offered Joseph P. Simone II 4420 Conlin Street, Suite 204


6251 General Diaz Street 486-2876

Ryan M. Thibodaux Storyville Dentistry 815 North Causeway Boulevard 831-4009

Jay C. Dumas Dumas Family Dentistry 3004 Gentilly Boulevard 435-1800

Gerard R. Tully, Jr. 701 Metairie Road, Suite 2A-212 831-4837

Dov Glazer 3525 Prytania Street, Suite 312 895-1137

Corky Willhite The Smile Design Center 111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 777 831-1131 *cosmetic services offered Lisa Wyatt Metairie Village Dentistry 701 Metairie Road, Suite 2A-110 613-5499 Donald D. Yuratich 2708 David Drive 888-8110 New Orleans Mark D. Anderson Mid-City Smiles Family Dentistry 3625 Canal Street 485-6575 *cosmetic services offered Donald P. Bennett 1010 Common Street, Suite 810 523-4882 Stephen C. Brisco, Sr. Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue, Suite 127 619-8721 Robert A. Camenzuli Camenzuli Dental Excellence 1319 Amelia Street 895-3400 James A. Campo Campo Dentistry 2215 South Carrollton Avenue 866-0681 Mark S. Chaney 1407 South Carrollton Avenue 861-2523 Timothy J. Delcambre 3426 Coliseum Street 895-6657 *cosmetic services offered Roy J. Delatte, Jr. 8384 Jefferson Highway, Suite 3 738-7056 Denice L. Derbes

Leslie P. Gottsegen 2633 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 610 891-5000 Henry A. Gremillion Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue 619-8500 Tony Hammack Audubon Dental Group 6120 Magazine Street 891-7471 Van T. Himel Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue, Box 135 941-8395 Erin L. Katz 2801 Napoleon Avenue, Suite A 891-2826 William E. Kramer III 2801 Napoleon Avenue, Suite A 891-2826 Deborah E. Lesem 100 Robert E. Lee Boulevard 608-0594 Susan S. Lebon 2633 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 605 899-5400 Edward E. Levy III 7037 Canal Boulevard, Suite 206 283-5549 Nazafarine Mahroo 2021 Perdido Street 903-3000 Frank G. Martello 1502 Amelia Street 891-9119 John H. Moffatt, Jr. Moffatt & Walsh 5809 Citrus Boulevard, Suite 100 733-8551 Jonah R. Moore 1534 Aline Street 899-2333

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Dr. Jason Alvarez my toughest case

Finishing What Another Dentist Started In the life of a dentist, there are two kinds of people: those who

appreciate and even enjoy a trip to their oral hygienist, and those who have inducted dentists into the terrifying ranks of ghouls, goblins and the boogeyman himself. “It’s tough when you encounter a patient who is just terrified,” said Dr. Jason Alvarez, DDS. “Not only do you have to do work on them in a timely,

efficient and comfortable manner, you have to develop a relationship with them before they even trust you enough to do the work.” On top of that, Dr. Alvarez said there is a rare third kind of patient: the ones who already trust another dentist, but don’t necessarily trust any other dentist. “Sometimes, a patient is so used to seeing someone else. A lot of them feel the same way about their dentist as they do about their hairdresser. It’s hard for them to switch!” Dr. Alvarez said. “They don’t want to see someone new, and that can be difficult for them.” Dr. Alvarez said that one particular challenge came about when he inherited a patient who was already halfway through a difficult procedure. This forced him to not only overcome any traditional hesitations a patient might have, but to also fill the shoes of a doctor he knew nothing about. “This patient had moved to our area, and she already had temporaries in her mouth and really wanted to have the case finished to her liking,” he said. “She was scared and nervous — I was going to be the new dentist, and I didn’t know how that would sit with her.” In the face of such situations, Dr. Alvarez said he tries to offer his patients some comfort — and inspire trust — by having a friendly, personal conversation with them before discussing treatment plans or even beginning the exam. “I talk to them about their families, favorite TV shows, music and other interests. That way I develop a true rapport with that patient, which allows them to have confidence in me,” he said. “It’s not necessarily something you’re taught in dental school, but it’s something you develop through experience.” Using this same strategy, Dr. Alvarez was able to help his patient overcome her fear, and she allowed him to step in and finish the job. “Once I got to know her face to face and spent that quality time developing a personal relationship, she trusted me enough to give me a chance. And by the time her case was finished, she was smiling and hugging me and telling me how she was so happy to have had me do the procedure on her,” Dr. Alvarez said. “And that was very, very rewarding.” - Topher Balfer

Beau Sourire Family Dentistry 2881 Highway 190, Suite D4, Mandeville 985-626-8980, 6 years in practice; DDS from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry; Native of Mandeville

Kendall P. Parker Parker Dental Center 5121 North Claiborne Avenue 949-4547 Paul C. Perez Avenue Family Dentistry 3600 Saint Charles Avenue, Suite 202 304-4761 Kristopher P. Rappold Audubon Dental Group 6120 Magazine Street 891-7471 Gizelle P. Richard 4460 General DeGaulle Drive 394-5330 *cosmetic services offered Elizabeth E. Riggs 3442 Magazine Street 891-1115 *cosmetic services offered J. Kent Roby 2633 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 700 899-3497 Wallace G. Serpas III CBD Dental Care 316 Baronne Street 525-9990 Jessica Tingstrom Mid-City Smiles Family Dentistry 3625 Canal Street 485-6575 Kim M. Tolar Tolar Family Dentistry 2502 Napoleon Avenue 891-1880 *cosmetic services offered Sammy Tom Uptown Dental 8131 Saint Charles Avenue 304-6800 William R. Yeadon Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue 619-8721 River Ridge W. Keith DeJong DeJong-Plaisance Family Dentistry 10154 Jefferson Highway 264-6566 Warren J. Palmisano III 2020 Dickory Avenue, Suite 104 733-0871 Kerry T. Plaisance, Jr. De Jong-Plaisance Family Dentistry 10154 Jefferson Highway 738-5171 Slidell J. Kevin Curley 2800 Gause Boulevard East, Suite D (985) 649-7510 John J. Killeen, Jr. Slidell Smiles 110 Village Square (985) 643-7516 *cosmetic services offered Kristie L. Reine Lakeshore Family Dentistry 435 Robert Boulevard (985) 643-1852 Edmund M. Ring Lakeshore Family Dentistry 435 Robert Boulevard (985) 643-1852 Stephen J. Tomaszewski Camellia City Family Dentistry 1275 7th Street (985) 641-4444 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Covington Ben A. Almerico Almerico Oral & Maxillofacial 195 Greenbriar Boulevard, Suite 100 (985) 892-9993 Marrero Anthony A. Indovina 5132 Lapalco Boulevard 340-2401 Metairie Michael S. Block The Center for Dental Reconstruction 110 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 112 833-3368 Edward J. Boos Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Associates 3100 Galleria Drive, Suite 202 456-5033 Michael G. Ferguson Oral Surgery Services 4420 Conlin Street, Suite 203 455-9960 Daniel B Harris Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Associates

3100 Galleria Drive, Suite 202 456-5033 Walter C. Jackson Jackson Oral Surgery 4051 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 200 455-7161 Robert E. Lane Southern Oral Surgery 4224 Houma Boulevard, Suite 230 454-4515 Charles P. Silvia, Jr. Southern Oral Surgery 3525 Prytania Street, Suite 216 899-8173 Demarcus D. Smith IV Oral Surgery Services 4420 Conlin Street, Suite 203 455-9960 New Orleans Hugo Saint Hilaire New Orleans Craniofacial 3700 Street Charles Avenue 444-1551 Slidell Nathan R. Brown Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery 1271 7th Street (985) 643-1010 C. Bradley Dickerson Pontchartrain Oral Surgery 2334 Gause Boulevard East (985) 641-2030 Oral Pathology New Orleans Kitrina G. Cordell Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue 941-8449 Molly S. Rosebush Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue, Room 2108 619-8721 Orthodontics Covington Laurie L. Fricke 2301 North Highway 190, Suite 7 (985) 892-2081 Amy S. Sawyer Sawyer Orthodontics 226 West 21st Avenue (985) 327-7181

Gretna Joshua J. Jones Jones Orthodontics 305 Gretna Boulevard, Suite A 368-8152 Philip J. Puneky Puneky Orthodontics 250 Meadowcrest Street, Suite 202 392-8484 Harvey Jack P. Devereux, Jr. Devereux & Nguyen Orthodontics 2800 Manhattan Boulevard, Suite D 368-7513 Kenner David V. Scaffidi Scaffidi Orthodontics 527 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 101 468-6200 Mandeville William R. Ledoux 260 Dalwill Drive (985) 674-1500 Darren Miller Miller Orthodontics 1566 Highway 59 (985) 626-0991 Metairie John O. Clotworthy Clotworthy Orthodontics 1014 Veterans Memorial Boulevard 833-4361 Russell J. Cresson 3333 Kingman Street, Suite 200 885-8863 Hector R. Maldonado 4432 Conlin Street, Suite 2-B 455-5581 Brian J. Olivier Olivier Orthodontics 4408 Trenton Street, Suite C 218-7300 Shannon K. Simons 3020 Kingman Street, Suite A 887-8480 Carol A. Stuckey Old Metairie Orthodontics 701 Metairie Road, Suite 1A-204 835-1349 New Orleans Paul C. Armbruster Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue, Suite 230 619-8721

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Dr. Myrna Sollado my toughest case

Teaching Through the Fear For Dr. Myrna Collado, DDS, choosing dentistry as a profession simply made sense: she has always been good with her hands, and her “do no harm” philosophy motivates her to make compassion her first priority in every facet of her life. “I couldn’t have done anything better than go into a profession that

allowed me to care for people — and I still get to be handy!” Dr. Collado said. “I love my patients, and my patients love me. It’s really wonderful.” However, Dr. Collado noted that her years of experience have shown that her most difficult tasks can’t always be solved with nimble fingers and a smile. “In reality, there’s no such a thing as one toughest case,” she said. “For me, there are many challenges that I face every day with patients who are afraid of dentistry. Sometimes, they come with a lot of baggage from negative experiences in their pasts. Some of them have even neglected their mouths because of this terrible dental phobia.” Dr. Collado said the best way to overcome such fear is to help the patient understand every part of the process by demonstrating, communicating and teaching. Luckily for her, this comes naturally. “You have to be kind and gentle and have patience with everyone,” she said. “And mostly, you have to teach them. I love to teach. I know things that are practical and that can help people, and I have to show them that I’m not there to hurt them, but to help them.” Whether explaining how a dental procedure will be done or showing someone how to properly brush their tongue (rinse your mouth and toothbrush and say “Ahhh”), Dr. Collado is able to slowly gain a patient’s trust. In time, she said that preliminary fear can completely disappear, to the point where they even fall asleep in her chair. “The patients that make me proudest are the ones who start with a lifetime of neglect, but when they have the opportunity to learn about taking care of their mouths, they take full advantage and finish with a healthy, beautiful smile,” Dr. Collado said. “Some of them come to me with fear and finish sleeping like a baby. They snore, and I love it! It’s the best compliment they can give me. And I’m lucky to have such a great team that helps them trust in our abilities.” - Topher Balfer

Dr. Myrna L. Collado, DDS 3330 Kingman Street, Suite 6, Metairie 504-888-2092, 27 years in practice; DDS from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry; Native of Puerto Rico

Leeann S. Evans Evans Orthodontics 5700 Citrus Boulevard, Suite C 301-3413 G. Bradley Gottsegen Gottsegen Orthodontics 3424 Coliseum Street 895-4841 Sarita N. Hithe Hithe Orthodontics 3322 Canal Street 309-1401 Donald R. Toso Toso Orthodontics 1502 Calhoun Street 899-8383 Jamie L. Toso Toso Orthodontics 1502 Calhoun Street 899-8383 River Ridge Daniel P. Bordes 9537 Jefferson Highway 737-7324 Slidell Kay D. Daniel Explore Orthodontics 2960 East Gause Boulevard (985) 641-2472 Michael J. Guevara Guevara Orthodontics 1251 7th Street (985) 641-3587 Pediatric Dentistry Alexandria Jill M. Donaldson Kids Dental Zone 616 MacArthur Drive, Suite A (318) 473-9544 Covington Todd S. Brasuell 189 Greenbriar Boulevard, Suite A (985) 892-5942 Destrehan Elizabeth A. Thorson Thorson Dentistry for Kids 159 Longview Drive, Suite A (985) 307-0072 Hammond Richard D. Olinde 1008 West Thomas Street (985) 542-6855 *cosmetic services offered

Madisonville Katherine E. Vo The Children’s Dental Cottage 704 Main Street (985) 845-3211 Mandeville Michael J. Von Gruben Pediatric Dentistry 1305 West Causeway Approach (985) 778-2272 Metairie Pamela R. Shaw Dentisitry for Children 701 Metairie Road 838-8200 New Orleans Kellie S. Axelrad New Orleans Childrens Dental Center 6264 Canal Boulevard, Suite 1 833-5528 Nicole R. Boxberger Bippos Place for Smiles 4061 Behrman Highway 368-1990 Claudia A. Cavallino New Orleans Childrens Dental Center 6264 Canal Boulevard, Suite 1 833-5528 Suzanne E. Fournier Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 200 Henry Clay Avenue 352-8038 default.htm Stephen C. Holmes Uptown Pediatric Dentistry 3715 Prytania Street, Suite 380 896-7435 Janice A. Townsend Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue 941-8250 Slidell Tessa M. Smith Bippo’s Place for Smiles 2960 East Gause Boulevard (985) 641-3988 Periodontics Covington Caesar Sweidan Saint Tammany Periodontics & Implants 7020 Highway 190 Service Road, Suite B (985) 778-0241 Gretna Charles T. McCabe 250 Ochsner Boulevard, Suite 204 392-4734 Metairie Aymee Costales-Spindler Periodontal Health Specialists 2540 Severn Avenue, Suite 402 887-8205 Hisham F. Nasr The Perio Clinic 337 Metairie Road, Suite 301 831-0800 A. Margarita Saenz The Perio Clinic 337 Metairie Road, Suite 301 831-0800 David Wilson Periodontal Health Specialists 2540 Severn Avenue, Suite 402 887-8205 New Orleans Gerald H. Evans Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue 941-8277 default.htm Kristi M. Soileau 3634 Coliseum Street 899-2255 Slidell Thomas W. Mabry 1241 7th Street, Suite A (985) 646-1421 Prosthodontics Covington Israel Finger More Smiles Dental Spa 7007 Highway 190 (985) 888-0668 Gretna Michael B. Smith 250 Meadowcrest Street, Suite 100 392-6057 Metairie Roger A. Vitter 4228 Houma Boulevard, Suite 210 883-3737 New Orleans Jonathan X. Esquivel Louisiana State University School of Dentistry

1100 Florida Avenue, Box 222 941-8283 Luis E. Infante Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue, Room 2108 619-8721 Laurie F. Moeller Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue, Suite 2108 941-8289 Alika K. F. Yu Louisiana State University School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Avenue 619-8721 Slidell Robert J. Rooney II Slidell Dental Implants 100 Smart Place (985) 641-6607 This list is excerpted from the 2018 topDentists™ list, which includes listings for more than 190 dentists and specialists in the New Orleans area. For more information call 706-364-0853; or write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; by email (info@ or at www. topDentists has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2010-2018 by Top Dentists, LLC, Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of topDentists. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission.

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DR. JAMES CAMPO my toughest case

The Man Who Lost All His Teeth When Dr. James Campo thinks of a patient’s “worst case scenario,” he envisions a very specific situation — and unfortunately, it’s one he’s encountered more than once. “It’s never easy telling someone they’re going to lose all their teeth,” he said. “In the past 17 years, it’s not something I see every day, but it has happened.”

After graduating from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry with a doctorate in dental surgery, Campo completed a residency at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, where he frequently treated cardiac transplant patients. “Often, the first thing you’d have to do is pull all the patient’s teeth so that you don’t risk the new heart getting infected,” Campo said. However, the toughest incident came after his residency, when he moved back home to New Orleans. He recalled a visit from a patient who was in his mid-40s and had never before been to a dentist. “He said he just wanted to get his teeth cleaned, but he had multiple health issues like heart trouble and diabetes,” Campo said. “The guy was small. He didn’t look like he should have a lot of those problems.” Then the patient opened his mouth, and Campo said he realized that the only thing holding the teeth in place was plaque buildup. “It probably started off as gum disease and just got to the point where every tooth was infected. It was difficult because I had to tell him, on the first time he walked into a dental office, that he was going to lose all his teeth,” Campo said. “And I told him, ‘Believe it or not, a lot of your health issues are probably coming from this, and you’ll feel a million times better once we do it.’” Despite some initial hesitation, the patient agreed to have the teeth removed and replaced with dentures. After several months and two rounds of antibiotics, Campo said the patient looked “like a new man.” “When he came by six months later, he told me his blood pressure went down, his diabetes was under control and he was getting married,” Campo said. “He stopped by to thank me!” Campo said that although those kinds of situations are tough at first, the feeling of helping a patient through a difficult time is what he loves most about his job. “We see a lot of different things and do a lot of different things,” he said, “but the best part is just getting to take care of different kinds of people.” - Topher Balfer

Campo Dentistry 2215 S. Carrollton Ave, 866-0681, 17 years in practice; DDS from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry; Native of New Orleans


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colored fillings, dental sleep medicine, cleanings, and numerous other procedures. A membership package is offered to patients without insurance which includes preventative and emergency visits as well as discounts on all procedures. For more information and to see patient testimonials, visit or call 504-834-6410. Owned and headed by Dr. Jason Alvarez, Beau Sourire Family Dentistry in Mandeville takes a unique approach to dentistry. “Traditionally, visiting the dentist focused on getting a cleaning and receiving an exam for periodontal disease and cavities,” says Dr. Alvarez. “But we focus on the bigger picture.” The practice takes a whole-health, holistic, and personalized approach to dental medicine. Since diseases in the oral cavity have been shown to cause inflammation in other parts of the body, Dr. Alvarez and his team emphasize prevention and educate their patients on how to reduce the pathogens that contribute to systemic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and even cancer. Hygienists at Beau Sourire use AIR-FLOW® technology to remove the slimy biofilm and stains from teeth. This therapy is less damaging to the gum tissues, providing for less bleeding and a more comfortable experience. Beau Sourire Family Dentistry offers early morning appointments to accommodate busy schedules. “We want what is best for our patients and want to give back to our patients what they give us—a reason to smile,” says Dr. Alvarez. Schedule an appointment by calling 985-6268980, or visit my n e w or l e a n s . com

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Dr. Jason Parker is a pediatric dentist specializing in comprehensive children’s dental needs from age 1 to teens. Dr. Parker received the Louisiana Dental Association’s New Dentist Award in 2008 for his outstanding contribution of time and talent for the betterment of mankind. He has served the LDA and NODA in many capacities including serving as a delegate at the House of Delegates Annual Legislative Session, on the NODA Conference Committee, on the LDA Council on Communications, and on the LDA Council on Governmental Affairs. He was appointed to the NODA Board of Governors and served as the second Vice President of NODA. Parker was bestowed the honor of 2004 New Dentist Award of Excellence by NODA. In the community, Dr. Parker has volunteered, organized, or helped raise money for events citywide for children’s dental health. He also helped produce a post-Katrina documentary involving dentistry in New Orleans that he presented with Barbara Walters at the ADA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Parker offers three locations to serve you in Metairie, Covington, and Slidell. For booking and information, visit DeFelice Dental is committed to a conservative approach in patient care—focusing on preventative measures and maintenance as well as on patient education. They provide top quality care in a relaxed atmosphere. For patients who may require more complex treatment, the DeFelice Dental team provides comprehensive care with a gentle, caring touch. Services provided at the practice include gentle cleanings, tooth-colored fillings, nonsurgical gum care, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, natural looking crowns, and implants. In


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addition to visual cancer screenings completed during appointments, Velscope oral cancer early detection technology is available for patients needing or requesting more advanced screening. Prior to leading his team at DeFelice Dental, Dr. Tre DeFelice worked as the Clinical Director of a unique specialty practice in New Orleans, where he planned, delivered, and coordinated patient treatment along with a team of dental specialists, gaining tremendous experience and knowledge along the way. Dr. DeFelice spends many hours in continuing education to advance in areas of comprehensive patient care, esthetics, and dental implants. DeFelice Dental is conveniently located on at 1900 N. Causeway Blvd. near I-10. For more information, visit or call 504-833-4300. All that is good begins with a smile. At Dr. Bridget Brahney Family Dentistry, your smile is a top priority. Dr. Brahney and her team are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain long-term dental health and a beautiful smile, whether it be through routine cleanings and checkups or through finding a solution to a more complex dental concern. When you visit Dr. Bridget Brahney Family Dentistry, you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including the latest advancements that reduce discomfort and expedite care. Dr. Brahney offers a comprehensive list of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of the whole family, from Velscope oral cancer screening to fillings, crowns, and tooth whitening. Not only are Dr. Brahney and her team focused on the beauty of your smile, but they’re also concerned about your health. To that end, they focus on thorough exams and routine cleanings. For more


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ADVERTISING SECTION information about Dr. Bridget Brahney and her practice, or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 504-888-6860. Your smile is one of your most important features; it’s unique to you. Everyone’s oral health, overall health, and financial position is different, so at DiMarco Dental, Drs. Damon DiMarco and Joanne Hoppe provide individualized care and solutions that fit your specific needs. From routine cleanings, custom snore guards, and whitening, to implants and Invisalign, DiMarco Dental provides a variety of oral health services that will keep you both healthy and happy. It’s never too early to visit DiMarco Dental. Patients start as early as two years old, as developing good habits early can lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles. Young patients often require sealants and other preventative measures to combat the temptations of the modern diet, especially sugar found in foods and beverages. To schedule an appointment or for more information on DiMarco Dental and the practice’s holistic approach to dentistry, call 504-3665611 or visit New patients are welcome at their Gretna-based office at 309 Gretna Blvd. Dr. Mark Anderson, Dr. Jessica Tingstrom, and Dr. Julio Marin pride themselves in their top-quality, patient-first approach to family dentistry. Conveniently located on the Canal streetcar line in Mid-City, Mid-City Smiles Family Dentistry offers complete dental care for all ages—everything from routine cleanings and cosmetic procedures to advanced implant dentistry and comprehensive orthodontics for the whole family. Orthodontic care includes braces and Invisalign, and Dr. Anderson is recognized as a leading area Invisalign provider. A new, state-of-the-art office allows them to offer the


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most advanced technology and techniques in creating and restoring beautiful, healthy smiles. All New Orleans natives and graduates of LSU School of Dentistry, Dr. Anderson graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School and LSU; Dr. Tingstrom graduated from Mount Carmel Academy and UNO; and Dr. Marin is a graduate of Brother Martin and LSU. Along with their caring staff, they provide a friendly relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful office space. Mid-City Smiles is uniquely positioned to serve both the Englishand Spanish-speaking communities of New Orleans. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 504-485-6575. A family and a team of New Orleans natives, Dr. Peter Tufton works side-by-side with his wife, a dental hygienist, and his son, Dr. Michael Tufton. The Tufton Family Dentistry office is a comfortable and inviting space for patients of all ages. Tufton Family Dentistry has been open since the 1960’s, and so Dr. Peter Tufton has decades worth of experience. Attuned to the needs of their patients, the team is equipped with advanced technology to provide outstanding care. They use the Trios 3D scanner for digital impressions, intraoral cameras, and digital x-rays for more accurate diagnoses. They also use DentalVibe for pain-free injections. Each treatment room is equipped with a touch-screen computer, displaying images of the patient’s teeth on the screen, with the team of doctors explaining the process of diagnosis and treatment the entire way. The wide range of services include implants, veneers, and botox. Tufton Family Dentistry offers affordable care and several financing options. Visit for more information. •

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Hominy and Huitlacoche Cake with Grilled Spring Onion Vinaigrette at Gautreau’s


meet the chef Roasted Duck Breast with Mole Reduction

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Gautreau’s Close to the classics By Jay Forman


ne of the finest restaurants in New Orleans is also one of the most discrete. A spot-zoned jewel hidden in a residential neighborhood steps from Newman School, since 1983


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Gautreau’s has spun out a roster of Food & Wine Magazine and James Beard-award winning chefs. Gautreau’s identity is closely associated with its proprietor Patrick Singley, a one-man

Baruch Rabasa was born in Mexico but has traveled the globe, thanks in part to his father’s distinguished academic career. Rabasa was on a law school track when a friend invited him out to San Francisco to work at a restaurant there. “The first thing I felt was this amazing sense of camaraderie – like a cross between being on a pirate ship and a sports team,” he recalled. “The minute I felt it I knew that was what I wanted to do.” He spent five intense months cooking at a Michelinstarred restaurant in the South of France before attending the CIA. Prior to Gautreau’s he helmed Café Atchafalaya as well as The Franklin.

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operations center who can be to pick and choose how I word charming the dining room one things with care, otherwise it can minute while managing the gritty put people off.” For example, reality of a running a restaurant servers describe the aji sauce the next. Singley is without doubt that accompanies his Marinated the reason for Gautreau’s uninter- Yellowtail as a green hot sauce, rupted success through the years; rather than a Portuguese concoca steady hand that maintains the tion of tomatillo, jalapeno and delicate balance between expecta- cilantro. “If the server says it is a tion and innovation. Yet there are hot sauce, locals know hot sauce. plenty of ways for chefs to put Guests tend to engage better with their imprinter on the menu. And that and the dish is one of our for the past two year it has been most popular.” Chef Baruch Rabasa who has The beauty of the core menu is been doing exactly that. also that many dishes present an Gautreau’s will always hew opportunity for a chef to modify closely to the classics, and foun- the accompaniments while leaving dationally Rabasa follows this the primary components intact. line. “At the end While the filet of the day I’m a with demi-glace big believer in will always be French technique,” there, summer Gautreau’s, 1728 Soniat he said. What sets sees it accomSt., Uptown, 899-7397. D Mon-Sat, Closed Sun. his cooking apart panied by beech is the perspective mushrooms and he brings from a haricot verts with lifetime of travel. “My stepmother a personalized stamp of bacon is French. My stepfather is from marmalade. “And our Duck Confit Cajun Country. My father is has been on forever – for the duck Mexican. So there are a lot of it always the same cure, the same layers and stories behind the cooking application, the same food I do.” pickup,” Rabasa explained. “But To this end, you’ll often see again the accoutrements change, classic dishes elevated by person- which keeps things fresh for the alized riffs. Take for example cooks as well.” Rabasa has a soft the Seared Scallops with Purple spot for Mediterranean and North Potatoes and Heart of Palm, bound African cuisine, so flavor profiles together with Leche de Tigre, a that include coriander, lemon citrusy Peruvian ceviche mari- verbena and other ingredients nade. The potatoes and the sauce with spicy and floral notes often are both nods to his Latin roots. help accent his cooking. The seared Foie Gras Torchon Gautreau’s is dinner-only and picks up Madagascan notes with reservations are highly recomits vanilla-roasted pineapple and mended. • macadamia nut croquant. But perhaps no dish better illustrates this point more than his entrée of Duck Breast with Corn Truffle And Little Korea BBQ and a Molé Reduction. “For that Gautreau’s is such a singular dish I use huitlacoche, also called destination it can be hard to Mexican truffle, which is a mushcome up with an analog, but room that grows on corn.” Rabasa Lilette on Magazine comes to said. Rounding it out is a fava mind. Chef and Owner John bean risotto, a nod to his love Harris’ menu is foundationally of Mediterranean fare. French but borrows from Italian For Rabasa, the biggest hurdle and Mediterranean influences can be introducing novel ingredias well. Harris also cooked at ents and preparations into a menu Gautreau’s for a time. rooted in conservatism. “I have my ne w orleans . co m

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News From the Kitchen Saba, Luvi, Boil Seafood House By Robert Peyton

Blue Crab snap peas, lemon butter and mint Hummus



Boil Seafood House

Chef Alon Shaya’s first restaurant under his Pomegranate Hospitality company, Saba, has opened in the space most recently occupied by Kenton’s. The menu at Saba will be familiar to anyone who dined at the chef’s former restaurant, Shaya, but look for a more casual brunch and a more family friendly atmosphere overall. Saba, 5757 Magazine St., Suite A, 324-7770, Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 2:30; Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday open until 10, and until 11 on Friday and Saturday.

Luvi is an interesting new restaurant that bridges the gap between Chinese and Japanese food. The menu reflects both chef and owner Hao Gong’s birthplace in Shanghai and experience in local sushi restaurants. Fortunately, Gong pulls both cuisines off with aplomb. The intimate dining room is dominated by a long, curving sushi-style bar, and the décor is vibrant. Luvi, 5236 Tchoupitoulas St., 605-3440, Tuesday through Thursday from 11 to 2:30 for lunch, 5 to 9 for dinner – until 10 on Friday and Saturday.

Viet-Cajun style crawfish – in which the crawfish are slathered in a butterheavy and usually spicy sauce after being cooked – have made it to New Orleans. One of the first examples is Boil Seafood House, which in addition to crawfish serves crab, shrimp, lobster, mussels and clams as well as raw and char-grilled oysters. Boil Seafood House, 3440 Magazine St., 309-4532, Monday through Thursday from 3 to 10, Friday and Saturday from 11 to 10, and Sunday from 11 to 9.


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Creole Tomatoes and Sweet Basil Summer is the season

RECIPE Crawfish Bread

BY Dale Curry



f you like fresh fruits and vegetables, June is your month. You name it, it’s in season. At our house, we’ve gone to containers for both flowers and vegetables so, needless to say, our vegetable-growing days are waning. But, at their peak right now are four tomato plants and two giant basil plants. Put these two together, and you’ve got my favorite dish. I think it was “The Silver Palate Cookbook” (1979) that turned me on to fresh tomato pasta dishes; the recipe in particular, its linguine with tomatoes and basil. But, for quick meals, I don’t even need the warm brie melting over the hot pasta. I’m fully satisfied with chopped Creole tomatoes, sweet basil, a quality Parmesan and good extra-virgin olive oil to create my masterpiece. So many vegetables are at their best in our sunny climate. Farmers markets throughout the area are loaded with tomatoes, corn, eggplant, green beans, okra, sweet peppers, spinach and summer squash. Plus watermelons and blueberries with peaches soon to come. Blackberries are growing wild on the other side of the levee, and I’m thinking - ooh, cobblers! The only markets I like better than ours are the ones in Alabama. Coming home from the beach, we pass several that have peas and butterbeans in the shell, something I can never find here. I inherited the love of shelling these wonderful Southern jewels from my mother, whose hands were never idle. She watched an

3 large, fresh red-ripe Creole tomatoes occasional television program but not without shelling peas, working on a cross-stitch or hulling pecans from our big tree. For many of our seasonal vegetables, roasting is the way to go. Corn, eggplant, peppers and even okra are quick, easy and delicious when roasted in the oven. Place them on a baking sheet, sprinkle with extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder and roast at 400 degrees, turning occasionally, until they are slightly browned and tender. Tastier yet, If you have the time, place veggies on a metal grilling basket and roast them over the coals. Serve as a side, or mix them with pasta for an entrée. Or, add them to a bowl of brown rice, quinoa or couscous, sprinkle with chopped nuts, and you have dinner-in-a-bowl. And, just for the record, a Creole tomato is any tomato grown in our river-kissed New Orleans-area soil.

1 cup, packed, fresh sweet basil leaves, roughly chopped, plus 8 whole leaves for garnish 3 large cloves garlic, minced ½ good-quality cup extra-virgin olive oil Coarse salt and freshly grated black pepper to taste Pinch crushed red pepper flakes 1 pound angel hair or other pasta 1 cup freshly grated, high-quality Parmesan cheese Directions 1. Chop tomatoes into ½-inch wide cubes and place in medium bowl. Add chopped basil, garlic and seasonings and toss. 2. Cook pasta in lightly salted boiling water until just done. For angel hair, this takes a few minutes; for larger pasta, a little longer. Always pull out a piece and taste it for doneness. Drain and place in large serving bowl. 3. Add tomato mixture to pasta and toss. Sprinkle with Parmesan and toss.

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Field peas and butterbeans are prized in Deep-South cooking but not so much in citified Creole cuisine. For best results in cooking these summer favorites, simmer them with chunks of lean ham and onions. Most importantly, they should be served with cornbread. Who knows? They could become as fashionable as the old country favorite collard greens.

Adjust seasonings, and sprinkle top with extra Parmesan, if desired. Garnish with whole basil leaves. Serves 4 to 6. Note: To add a special taste, replace the Parmesan with ½ pound of brie cheese, rind removed and torn into pieces. Add to hot pasta before adding tomatoes. You can still garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan.

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Tropical Dreams Daiquiri Menta By Tim McNally


ummertime, and thoughts of sybaritic pleasures turn to tropical islands, replete with refreshing beverages constructed from exotic ingredients. But since those journeys are not available to all, nor can one head to the Caribbean with any frequency, how fortunate for us that we have such destinations within arm’s reach. The entire fabric of New Orleans is based on availability and authenticity. As a case in point, the new Cuban-centric bar, Manolito, on Dumaine Street in the French Quarter is open and ready to serve. Helmed by Chris Hannah and Nick Dietrich, two award-winning mixologists who know their way around a cocktail tin as well as anyone anywhere. They named the bar in honor of a mentor, Manuel Carbojo Arguiar, a Cuban bartending legend, who passed away recently. Arguiar made a big impression on Hannah and Dietrich when they traveled to Cuba. He was the bartender at the legendary El Floridita, a regular watering hole for Ernest Hemingway. Arguiar perfected the “trick” of throwing a cocktail, which is mixing the ingredients together by tossing them into the air and catching them in the shaker. Fittingly, Manolito is located in the former home of El Libre, now located Uptown on Calhoun and still one of the most authentic Cuban cafes anywhere outside of Cuba.

RECIPE Daiquiri Menta

A traditional Cuban mint daiquiri 2 oz. Bacardi Superior ¾ oz. fresh lime 2 tsp. sugar ¼ oz. Crème de Menthe 4-5 mint leaves 10 oz. crushed ice Combine all ingredients, except rum, in a blender on low setting. Slowly add rum until daiquiri moves in a smooth, conical motion. Pour into a frosty Martini glass or a go-cup. Enjoy. Manolito, 508 Dumaine Street, 603-2740, 96

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Abita Springs Abita Brew Pub Gastropub 72011 Holly St., (985) 892-5837, L, D Tue-Sun. Better-than-expected pub food in its namesake eatery.“Tasteful” tours available for visitors. $$ Akers Middendorf’s Seafood Interstate 55, Exit 15, 30160 Hwy. 51 S., (985) 386-6666, L, D Wed-Sun. Historic seafood destination along the shores of Lake Maurepas is world-famous for its thin-fried catfish fillets. Open since 1934, it’s a Sun. drive tradition. $$ Avondale

H Mosca’s Italian 4137 Hwy. 90 W., 4368950, D Tue-Sat. Italian institution dishes out massive portions of great food, family-style. Good bets are the shrimp Mosca and chicken à la grande. Cash only. $$$ Bywater H Pizza Delicious pizza 617 Piety St., 676-8482, L, D Tue-Sun. Authentic New York-style thin crust pizza is the reason to come to this affordable restaurant , that also offers excellent salads sourced from small farms and homemade pasta dishes. Outdoor seating a plus. $ Carrollton Bourré AMERICAN 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 510-4040. L, D Tue-Sun.“Elevated” street food along with quality daiquiris and wings are the draw at this newcomer from the team behind Boucherie. $$ Breads on Oak Bakery/Breakfast 8640 Oak St., 324-8271, B, L WedSun. Artisan bakeshop tucked away near the levee on Oak St. serves breads, sandwiches, gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. $ City Park Café NOMA AMERICAN 1 Collins Diboll Cir., NO Museum of Art, 482-1264, CafeNoma. com. L, (snacks) Tue-Sun. Sleek bar and café in the ground floor of museum offers a thoughtful array of snacks, sandwiches and small plates that are sure to enchant, with a kids’ menu to boot. $$ Morning Call Bakery/Breakfast 56 Dreyfous Dr., City Park, 885-4068, morning-call. 24 hours a day; cash-only. Chicory coffee and beignets make this the quintessential New Orleans coffee shop. $ CBD/Warehouse District H Annunciation Louisianian Fare 1016 Annunciation St., 568-0245, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Chef Steven Manning brings a refined sensibility to this refined Warehouse District oasis along with his famous fried oysters with melted brie. $$$ Balise Louisianian Fare 640 Carondelet St., 459-4449, L Tue-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Chef Justin Devillier turns back the clock at this turn-of-the-century inspired bistro in the CBD. Carefully crafted fare fits 98

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well alongside the excellent cocktail and beer list. $$$

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

H Borgne Seafood 601 Loyola Ave., 613-3860, L, D daily. Coastal Louisiana with an emphasis on Isleños cuisine (descendants of Canary Islanders who settled in St. Bernard Parish) is the focus of this high-volume destination adjacent to the Superdome. $$$ Café Adelaide Louisianian Fare Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., 595-3305, B, L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. This offering from the Commander’s Palace family of restaurants has become a power-lunch favorite for business-people and politicos. Also features the Swizzle Stick Bar. $$$$ Calcasieu Specialty Foods 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2188, For large and small gatherings, the catering menus feature modern Louisiana cooking and the Cajun cuisine for which chef Donald Link is justifiably famous. Chophouse New Orleans Steakhouse 322 Magazine St., 522-7902, D daily. In addition to USDA prime grade aged steaks, Chophouse offers lobster, redfish and classic steakhouse sides. $$$

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Mon-Fri, D daily. The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this landmark attracts pilgrims from all over the world. $$$$$ Gordon Biersch Gastropub 200 Poydras St., 552-2739, L, D daily. Local outpost of this popular chain serves specialty brews made on-site and crowdpleasing lunch and dinner fare. $$

H Herbsaint Louisianian Fare 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail before sampling chef Donald Link’s menu that melds contemporary bistro fare with classic Louisiana cuisine. The banana brown butter tart is a favorite dessert. $$$$$ Johnny Sanchez World 930 Poydras St., 304-6615, JohnnySanchezRestaurant. com. L, D daily. Contemporary Mexican mecca offering locally sourced produce accompanying the Bistec a la Parilla. Popular happy hour and downtown locale next to South Market District add to the appeal. $$$

H La Boca Steakhouse 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-8205, D Mon-Sat. This Argentine steakhouse specializes in cuts of meat along with pastas and wines. Specials include the provoleta appetizer and the Vacio flank steak. $$$

H Lüke World 333 St. Charles Ave., 3782840, B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Germanic specialties and French bistro classics, house-made pâtés and plateaux of cold, fresh seafood. $$$

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

Manning’s AMERICAN 519 Fulton St., 5938118. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. A partnership between New Orleans’ First Family of Football and Harrah’s Casino, Manning’s offers sports bar fans a step up, with a menu that draws on both New Orleans and the Deep South. $$$

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St., 571-9580, B, L daily. Coffee, creative crêpes, sandwiches and more are served at this sleek and contemporary café on the ground floor of the Merchant Building. $

628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600, L Mon-Fri, D Tue-Sat. USDA Prime steaks form the base of this menu, but Italian specialties and a smattering of locally inspired seafood dishes round out the appeal. $$$ Drago’s Louisianian Fare Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911, L, D daily. This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$

H Domenica Italian The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-6020, L, D daily. Authentic, regional Italian cuisine. The menu of thin, lightly topped pizzas, artisanal salumi and cheese, and a carefully chosen selection of antipasti, pasta and entrées features locally raised products. $$$$ Emeril’s Louisianian Fare 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, L

H Merchant Bakery/Breakfast 800 Common

Morton’s The Steakhouse Steakhouse 365 Canal St., One Canal Place, 566-0221, D daily. Private elevator leads to the plush, wood-paneled environs of this local outpost of the famed Chicago steakhouse popular with politicians and celebrities. $$$$ Mother’s Louisianian Fare 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, B, L, D daily. Locals and tourists alike endure long lines to enjoy iconic dishes such as the Ferdi poor boy and Jerry’s jambalaya. Come for a late lunch to avoid the rush. $$ Mulate’s Louisianian Fare 201 Julia St., 5221492, L, D daily. Live music and dancing add to the fun at this world-famous

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Cajun destination. $$ Palace Café World 605 Canal St., 523-1661, B, L, D daily. Cassic New Orleans restaurant, the Dickie Brennan and Palace Cafe team evolve traditional Creol dishes. Enjoy specialty cocktails and small plates at the Black Duck Bar. $$$

H Pêche Seafood 800 Magazine St., 5221744, L, D Mon-Sat. Award-winning southern-inspired seafood destination by Chef Donald Link serves whole roasted Gulf fish from its massive, wood-burning oven, and an excellent raw bar. $$$ Q&C Hotel/Bar AMERICAN 344 Camp St., 587-9700, B, D daily, L Fri-Sun. Boutique hotel bar offering a small plates menu with tempting choices such as a Short Rib Poor Boy and Lobster Mac and Cheese to complement their sophisticated craft cocktails. $$

HRed Gravy Bakery/Breakfast 4125 Camp St., 561-8844, B, Br, L, Wed-Mon. Farm-to-table brunch restaurant offers a creative array of items such as Cannoli Pancakes and Skillet Cakes, as well as delectable sandwiches and more. Homemade pastas and authentic Tuscan specialties round out the menu. $$ H Restaurant August AMERICAN 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777, L Fri, D daily. James Beard Award-winning menu is based on classical techniques of Louisiana cuisine and produce with a splash of European flavor set in an historic carriage warehouse. $$$$$ Rock-N-Sake Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 823 Fulton St., 581-7253, L Fri, D Tue-Sun, late night Fri-Sat. Fresh sushi and contemporary takes on Japanese favorites in an upbeat, casual setting. $$$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse Harrah’s Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this steak institution. There are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$ Sac-A-Lait Seafood 1051 Annunciation St., 324-3658, D Tue-Sat, L Fri. Cody and Sam Carroll’s shrine to Gulf Coast and Louisiana culinary heritage melds seafood, game, artisan produce, and craft libations in an ambitious menu that celebrates local and southern cuisine. $$$$ The Grill AMERICAN 540 Chartres St., 522-1800. B, L, D daily. A diner with local character staffed by local characters. $ The Grill Room AMERICAN Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-6000, B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Modern American cuisine with a distinctive New Orleans flair, the adjacent Polo Club Lounge offers live music nightly.

Jazz Brunch on Sunday. $$$$$ Tommy’s Cuisine Italian 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, D daily. Classic Creole-Italian cuisine is the name of the game at this upscale eatery. Appetizers include the namesake oysters Tommy, baked in the shell with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper. $$$$$ Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar AMERICAN 1009 Poydras St., 309-6530, Walk-Ons. com. L, D, daily. Burger, sandwiches, wraps and more with a Louisiana twist are served at this sports bar near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. $$ Warehouse Grille AMERICAN 869 Magazine St., 322-2188, L, D daily, Br Fri-Sat. Creative fare served in an art-filled environment. Try the lamb spring rolls. $$ Victory Gastropub 339 Baronne St., 522-8664, D daily. Craft cocktails served by owner and acclaimed bartender Daniel Victory, as well as refined small plates and gourmet pizza. $$ Central City Café Reconcile Louisiana fare 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157, CafeReconcile. org. L Mon-Fri. Good food for a great cause, this nonprofit on the burgeoning OCH corridor helps train at-risk youth for careers in the food service industry. $$ Covington

Don’s Seafood seafood 126 Lake Dr., (985) 327-7111, L, D Daily. Popular neighborhood seafood joint offers an array of crowd-pleasing south Louisiana dishes, including char-broiled oysters and Zydeco shrimp. Kid’s Menu makes it a good choice for families. $$$ Darrow Café Burnside Louisianian Fare Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Hwy. 942, (225) 473-9380, L daily, Br Sun. Historic plantation’s casual dining option features dishes such as seafood pasta, fried catfish, crawfish and shrimp, gumbo and red beans and rice. $$ Latil’s Landing Louisianian Fare Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Hwy. 942, (225) 473-9380, D Wed-Sun. Nouvelle Louisiane cooking served in an opulent setting features dishes like rack of lamb and plume de veau. $$$$$ Faubourg Marigny Feelings Cafe, Bar and Courtyard Lounge Louisianian Fare 535 Franklin Ave, 446-0040, D Tue-Sat, L Fri. The All New Feelings Marigny is a complete relaunch of the much beloved “Feelings Cafe”. Executive Chef Scott Maki has transformed the menu with an emphasis on contemporary Creole-Louisiana fare.$$$$ Langlois AMERICAN 1710 Pauger St., 934-1010, L Fri-Sat, D Wed-Sun. *Reservations only Supper club and boutique cooking school in the Marigny

serves up culturally informed, farm-to-table fare with the added bonus of instruction. Open kitchen and convivial atmosphere add up to a good time. $$$

H Mona’s Café World 504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros.The lentil soup and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/ Breakfast 2001 Burgundy St., 525-9355, B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$ The Marigny Brasserie AMERICAN 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472, MarignyBrasserie. com. L, D daily. Chic neighborhood bistro with traditional dishes like fried green tomatoes and innovative cocktails such as the cucumber Collins. $$$ Faubourg St. John H Café Degas French 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, L, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. Salad Niçoise, Hanger steak and frites are served in a lovely enclosed courtyard at this jewel of a French bistro. $$

Eastern places. $$ French Quarter Angeline AMERICAN 1032 Chartres St., 308-3106, B Mon-Thu, D daily, Br Sat-Sun,. Modern southern with a fine dining focus is this bistro’s hallmark. Southern Fried Quail and Duck Confit Ravoli represent the style. $$$ Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 724 Iberville St., 522-5973, L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

H Arnaud’s Louisianian Fare 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, D daily, Br Sun. Waiters in tuxedos prepare Café Brûlot tableside at this storied Creole grande dame; live jazz during Sun. brunch. $$$$$ Arnaud’s Remoulade Italian 309 Bourbon St., 523-0377, L, D daily. Home of the eclectic menu of famous shrimp Arnaud, red beans and rice and poor boys as well as specialty burgers, grilled allbeef hot dogs and thin-crust pizza. $$

H 1000 Figs World 3141 Ponce De Leon

Antoine’s Louisianian Fare 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. This pinnacle of haute cuisine and birthplace of oysters Rockefeller is New Orleans’ oldest restaurant. (Every item is à la carte, with an $11 minimum.) Private dining rooms available. $$$$$

St., 301-0848, L, D Tue-Sat. Vegetarian-friendly offshoot of the Fat Falafel Food Truck offers a healthy farm-totable alternative to cookie-cutter Middle

Antoine’s Annex Specialty Foods 513 Royal St., 525-8045, Open daily. Serves French pastries,

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French Quarter offers an expansive menu of Creole favorites and specialty cocktails served with New Orleans flair. $$$

BB King’s Blues Club Barbecue 1104 Decatur St., 934-5464, L, D daily. New Orleans outpost of music club named for the famed blues musician with a menu loaded with BBQ and southern specialties. Live music and late hours are a big part of the fun. $$$

Deanie’s Seafood Seafood 841 Iberville St., 581-1316, L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$

Bayou Burger Burgers 503 Bourbon St., 529-4256, L, D daily. Sports bar in the thick of Bourbon Street scene distinguishes its fare with choices like Crawfish Beignets and Gator Bites. $$

Bayona World 430 Dauphine St., 5254455, L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef Susan Spicer’s nationally acclaimed cuisine is served in this 200-year-old cottage. Ask for a seat on the romantic patio, weather permitting. $$$$$

620 Chartres St., 267-3500, L Fri-Sun, D daily. Innovative steakhouse plays with expectations and succeeds with modernist dishes like their Classified Cut and Beetroot Supreme. $$$$

Broussard’s French 819 Conti St., 581-3866, D daily, Br Sun. Creole-French institution also offers beautiful courtyard seating. $$$$

El Gato Negro World 81 French Market Place, 525-9752, L, D daily. Central Mexican cuisine along with hand-muddled mojitos and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. A weekend breakfast menu is an additional plus. $$

Court of Two Sisters Louisianian Fare 613 Royal St., 522-7261, CourtOfTwoSisters. com. Br, D daily. The historic environs make for a memorable outdoor dining experience. The famous daily Jazz Brunch buffet and classic Creole dishes sweeten the deal. $$$$$ Criollo Louisianian Fare Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 681-4444, CriolloNola. com. B, L, D daily. Next to the famous Carousel Bar in the historic Monteleone Hotel, Criollo represents an amalgam of the various Louisiana cultures, with a contemporary twist. $$$ Crazy Lobster Seafood 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83, 569-3380, L, D daily. Boiled seafood and festive atmosphere come together at this seafood-centric destination overlooking the Mississippi River. Outdoor seating a plus. $$$ Creole Cookery Seafood 508 Toulouse St., Suite C110, 524-9632, L, D daily. Crowd-pleasing destination in the 100

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

Chartres House Italian 601 Chartres St., 586-8383, L, D daily. This iconic French Quarter bar serves terrific Mint Juleps and Gin Fizzes in its picturesque courtyard and balcony settings. Also famous for its fried green tomatoes and other local favorite dishes. $$$

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H Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House Seafood 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111,

Bourbon House Seafood 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Local seafood, featured in both classic and contemporary dishes, is the focus of this New Orleans-centric destination. And yes, bourbon is offered as well. $$$

H Cane & Table Gastropub 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112, L Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Open late, this chefdriven rustic colonial cuisine with rum and “proto-Tiki” cocktails make this a fun place to gather. $$

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H Doris Metropolitan Steakhouse

Galatoire’s Louisianian Fare 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, L, D Tue-Sun. Friday lunches are a New Orleans tradition at this world-famous French-Creole grand dame. Tradition counts for everything here, and the crabmeat Sardou is delicious. Note: Jackets required for dinner and all day Sun. $$$$$

H GW Fins Seafood 808 Bienville St., 581-FINS (3467), D daily. Owners Gary Wollerman and twice chef of the year Tenney Flynn provide dishes at their seasonal peak. On a quest for unique variety, menu is printed daily. $$$$$ Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak Steakhouse 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, L Fri, D Sun-Thu. Steakhouse offshoot of the venerable Creole grande dame offers hand-crafted cocktails and classic steakhouse fare and inspired dishes. Reservations accepted. $$$ Hard Rock Café AMERICAN 125 Bourbon St., 529-5617, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Local outpost of this global brand serves burgers, café fare and drinks in their rock memorabilia-themed environs. $$ House of Blues Louisianian Fare 225 Decatur St., 310-4999, HouseOfBlues. com/NewOrleans. L, D daily. Good menu complements music in the main room. World-famous Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Patio seating available. $$

Scot and Stephanie Craig, owners of popular mid-city, Creole-Italian restaurant Katie’s, are opening a new deli in Lakeview. Located in the old Koz’s poor boy shop on Harrison Avenue, the upscale shop will be called Francesca’s (Stephanie’s middle name), and is the couple’s first joint venture. It will combine Italian and local flavors in a menu of Italian sandwiches, fried seafood, poor boys, Italian subs, pizza and salads. Stephanie hails from St. Louis and brought her hometown’s love of Provel cheese into Katie’s kitchen, as well as Francesca’s. Customers will be able to dine in or order take-out. Francesca, 515 Harrison Avenue.

Irene’s Cuisine Italian 539 St. Philip St., 529-8881. D Mon-Sat. Long waits at the lively piano bar are part of the appeal of cheryl gerber photo

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H Italian Barrel Italian 430 Barracks St., 569-0198, L, D daily. Northern Italian dishes like Braciola di Maiale as well as an exhaustive pasta menu tempt at this local favorite that also offers al fresco seating. $$$ Killer Poboys Louisianian Fare 811 Conti St., 252-6745, L, D Wed-Mon. This quasi-popup operating out of the Erin Rose Bar serves some of the city’s best poor boys. $ K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen Louisianian Fare 416 Chartres St., 596-2530, ChefPaul. com/KPaul. L Thu-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Paul Prudhomme’s landmark restaurant helped introduce Cajun food to the nation. Lots of seasoning and bountiful offerings, along with reserved seating, make this a destination for locals and tourists alike. $$$$

H Kingfish Seafood 337 Charters St., 5985005, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Regionally inspired seafood dishes with carefully sourced ingredients and southern influence is the focus at this chefdriven French Quarter establishment. $$$ Le Bayou Seafood 208 Bourbon St., 5254755, L, D daily. Blackened redfish and Shrimp Ya-Ya are a just a few of the choices at this seafoodcentric destination on Bourbon Street. $$$

H Marti’s French 1041 Dumaine St., 5225478, L Fri, D daily. Classic French cuisine, small plates and chilled seafood platters like Grand Plateau Fruits De Mer are the calling cards for this restaurant with elegant “Old World” feel. $$$ Muriel’s Jackson Square Italian 801 Chartres St., 568-1885, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Enjoy local classics while dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumored-to-behaunted establishment. $$$$ Napoleon House Italian 500 Chartres St., 524-9752, L Mon-Sat, D Tue-Sat. Originally built in 1797 as a respite for Napoleon, this family-owned Europeanstyle café serves local favorites gumbo, jambalaya and muffulettas. A Sazerac or Pimm’s Cup are perfect accompaniments. $$ NOLA Louisianian Fare 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, L Thu-Mon, D daily. Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedar-plankroasted redfish; private dining. $$$$$ Oceana Grill Seafood 739 Conti St., 5256002, B, L, D daily. Gumbo, poor boys and barbecue shrimp are served at this kid-friendly seafood destination. $$ Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro Gastropub 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, D daily. Wine is the muse at this bistro, which offers vino by the flight, glass and bottle. A classic menu with an emphasis on local cuisine. $$$

H Patrick’s Bar Vin Gastropub 730 Bienville St., 200-3180, D daily. This oasis of a wine bar offers terrific selections by the bottle and glass. Small

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Pier 424 Seafood 424 Bourbon St., 309-1574, L, D daily. Seafood-centric restaurant offers long menu of traditional New Orleans fare augmented by unusual twists like “Cajun-Boiled” Lobster. $$$

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

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

H Restaurant R’evolution Italian 777 Bienville St., 553-2277, L Fri, D daily, Br Sun. An opulent place that combines the local flavors of chef John Folse with the cosmopolitan influence of chef Rick Tramonto. Chef de cuisine Jana Billiot and executive sous chef Gabriel Beard are in charge of day-to-day operations, which include house-made charcuterie, pastries, pastas and more. $$$$$ Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill Italian 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, L, D daily. Chef Austin Kirzner cooks up a broad menu peppered with local favorites such as barbecue oysters, blackened redfish and double-chocolate bread pudding. $$$$$ Rib Room AMERICAN Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046, B, D daily, L Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Old World elegance, house classic cocktails and Anthony Spizale’s broad menu of prime rib, stunning seafood and on Sundays a jazz brunch. $$$ Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant Louisianian Fare 301 Dauphine St., 586-0972, B, Bar Lunch daily. Just a few steps off of Bourbon Street is this relaxing bar featuring an innovative menu with dishes like Crawfish, Jalapeno-andBacon Mac and Cheese garnished with fried oysters. Live music a plus. $$$ Royal House Louisianian Fare 441 Royal St., 528-2601, L, D daily. B Sat and Sun. Poor boys, jambalaya and shrimp Creole are some of the favorites served here. Weekend breakfast and an oyster bar add to the crowd-pleasing appeal. $$$ SoBou Louisianian Fare 310 Chartres St., 552-4095, B, L, D daily. There is something for everyone at this “Modern Creole Saloon.” Decidedly unstuffy with an emphasis on craft cocktails and wines by the glass. Everything from $1 pork cracklins to an extravagant foie gras burger on an accomplished yet eclectic menus. $$

H Tableau Louisianian Fare 616 S. Peter St., 934-3463, B Mon-Fri, L Mon-Sat, D daily, Brunch Sat-Sun. Gulf seafood such as Redfish Bienville and classic Creole brunch dishes like eggs Hussard are the highlights of this Dickie Brennan restaurant that shares space with Le Petite Théâtre. $$$ H The Bistreaux Louisianian Fare New Orleans Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000, dining.html. B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Dishes ranging from the casual (truffle mac and cheese) to the upscale (tuna tasting trio) are

The Pelican Club AMERICAN 312 Exchange Place, 523-1504, D daily. Serves an eclectic mix of hip food, from the seafood “martini” to clay-pot barbecued shrimp and a trio of duck. Three dining rooms available. $$$$$

H Tujague’s Louisianian Fare 823 Decatur

D Wed-Sun, Br Sun. Time-honored Provençal cuisine rewards guests with a true farm-life experience, from house-made preserves, charcuterie, herbs, kitchen gardens and eggs cultivated on the property. $$$$$ Lakeview H Cava Louisianian Fare 789 Harrison Ave., 304-9034. D daily. Fine dining (and excellent wine list) at this high-end Cajun and Creole restaurant that makes customer service a big part of the experience. $$$ Lakeview Harbor Burgers 911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887. L, D daily. Burgers are the name of the game at this restaurant. Daily specials, pizza and steaks are offered as well. $

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

Lakeview Pearl Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 6300 Canal St., 309-5711, LakeviewPearl. com. L, D Mon-Sat. A long list of specialty rolls rounds out the offerings of this AsianFusion restaurant. $$

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

2633, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Chef Susan Spicer’s take on world cuisine. This place has a deserved reputation for good food and good times. $$$

District Donuts Sliders Brew AMERICAN 2209 Magazine Street, 570-6945, B, L, D daily. Creative sliders (hello, pork belly) and super-creative donuts (think root beer float) are the hallmarks of this next-generation café. $ Hoshun Restaurant Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716, L, D daily. A wide variety of Asian cuisines, primarily dishes culled from China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Private dining rooms available. $$

H Mr. John’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697, D Tue-Sat, L Fri-Sat. Wood paneling, white tile and USDA Prime Beef served sizzling in butter are the hallmarks of this classic New Orleans steakhouse. $$$ Gretna H Tan Dinh Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1705 Lafayette St., 361-8008. B, L, D daily. Roasted quail and the beef pho rule at this Vietnamese outpost. $$

H Mondo World 900 Harrison Ave., 224-

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H The Green Fork Vegan/Vegetarian 1400 Prytania St., 267-7672, B, L Mon-Sat. Fresh juices, smoothies and vegetarian-friendly fare make The Green Fork a favorite for lovers of healthy food. Catering is offered as well. $$ The Tasting Room Gastropub 1906 Magazine St., 581-3880, TTRNewOrleans. com. D Tue-Sun. Flights of wine and sophisticated small plates are the calling cards for this wine bar. $$ Voodoo BBQ Barbecue 1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647, L, D daily. Diners are never too far from this homegrown barbecue chain that features an array of specialty sauces to accompany its smoked meats and seafood. $$ Metairie H Andrea’s Restaurant Italian 3100 19th St., 834-8583, L Mon-Sat, D daily, Br Sun. Osso buco and homemade pastas in a setting that’s both elegant and intimate; off-premise catering. $$$

H Oak Oven Italian 6625 Jefferson

Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056, L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

Highway, Harahan, 305-4039, L, D Mon-Sat. Wood-fired pizza and seasonal Italian cuisine with a locavore philosophy brings respite to the burbs. Family friendly with patio seating to boot. $$

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


Kenner H Fiesta Latina World 1924 Airline Drive, 469-5792, B, L, D daily. A big-screen TV normally shows a soccer match or MTV Latino at this home for authentic Central American food. Tacos include a charred carne asada. $$ Lacombe H La Provence French 25020 Highway 190, (985) 626-7662,

Boulevard American Bistro AMERICAN 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-2301. L, D daily. Classic American cuisine including steaks, chops and more is augmented by regional favorites like Boulevard Oysters at this Metairie bistro. $$$ café B AMERICAN 2700 Metairie Road, 9344700, D daily, L Mon-Fri. Br Sun. Ralph Brennan offers New American bistro fare with a Louisiana twist at this familymy ne w orleans . co m

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Caffe! Caffe! AMERICAN 3547 N. Hullen St., 267-9190. B, L Mon-Sat. & 4301 Clearview Parkway, 885-4845. B, L daily; D Mon-Sat. Healthy, refreshing meal options, and gourmet coffee and espresso drinks create a tasteful retreat for Metairie diners at a reasonable price. $

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

Crabby Jack’s Louisianian Fare 428 Jefferson Highway, 833-2722, L Mon-Sat. Lunch outpost of Jacques-Imo’s. Famous for its fried seafood and poor boys including fried green tomatoes and roasted duck. $

Voodoo BBQ Barbecue 2740 Severn Ave., 353-4227, L, D daily. Diners are never too far from this homegrown barbecue chain that features an array of specialty sauces to accompany its smoked meats and seafood. $$

Deanie’s Seafood Seafood 1713 Lake Ave., 831-4141, L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried, is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$ Don’s Seafood seafood 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-1550, L, D Daily. Metairie outpost of historic local seafood chain that dates from 1934. Features an array of Cajun and seafood classics like their original ‘Jacked Up’ Oysters and seafood platters. Don’t miss their happy hour specials. $$$ Drago’s Louisianian Fare 3232 N. Arnoult Road, 888-9254, L, D Mon-Sat. This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$ Heritage Grill AMERICAN 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 934-4900, L Mon-Fri. This lunch-only destination caters to the office crowd offers an express two-course lunch along with its regular menu. $$ Martin Wine Cellar AMERICAN 714 Elmeer Ave., 896-7300, Wine by the glass or bottle to go with daily lunch specials, burgers, soups, salads and deli-style sandwiches. $ Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant Seafood 1001 Live Oak St., 838-0022, L, D Mon-Sat. Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches make it a good stop for lunch. $$

H Royal China Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 600 Veterans Blvd., 831-9633. L daily, D Tue-Sun. Popular and family-friendly Chinese restaurant is one of the few places around that serves dim sum. $$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse 3633 Veterans Blvd., 888-3600, L Fri, D daily. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this steak institution, and great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$ Sucré Specialty Foods 3301 Veterans Blvd., 834-2277, Desserts daily. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts.


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H Blue Dot Donuts Specialty Foods 4301 Canal St., 218-4866, B, L Tue-Sun. The Bacon Maple Long John gets all the press, but returning customers are happy with the classics as well as twists like peanut butter and jelly.

H Café Minh Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 4139 Canal St., 482-6266, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Chef Minh Bui and Cynthia Vutran bring fusion to Vietnamese cuisine with French accents and a contemporary flair. $$

H Crescent City Steaks Steakhouse 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271, L Tue-Fri & Sun, D Tue-Sun. One of the classic New Orleans steakhouses. Steaks, sides and drinks are what you get. $$$$ Five Happiness Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, L, D daily. This longtime Chinese favorite offers up an extensive menu including its beloved mu shu pork and house-baked duck. $$ Gracious Bakery + Café Bakery/Breakfast 1000 S. Jeff Davis Parkway, Suite 100, 301-3709, B, L daily. Boutique bakery offers small-batch coffee, baked goods, individual desserts and sandwiches on breads made in-house. Catering options available. $ Juan’s Flying Burrito World 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950, L, D daily. Hardcore tacos and massive burritos are served in an edgy atmosphere. $

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

H Liuzza’s Italian 3636 Bienville St., 482-9120, L, D daily. Classic neighborhood joint serves favorites like the “Frenchuletta,” stuffed artichokes and andouille gumbo. Kid’s menu offered. $$ H Mandina’s Louisianian Fare 3800 Canal St., 482-9179, L, D daily. Though the ambiance is more upscale, the food and seafood dishes make dining here a New Orleans experience. $$

H Mona’s Café World 3901 Banks St.,

It may not be the wine pairing that immediately springs to mind, but who doesn’t love bacon? Between 4 and 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight, Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro is offering a Bacon Happy Hour. Free bacon will be served with daily changing Happy Hour wines and specialty drinks. This fun event is a great way to discover this gem of a wine bar, which serves 65 wines and champagnes by the glass and 375 bottles of wine. The locally inspired bistro fare ranges from tasty appetizers to Angus steak and Maine lobster tail. With an outdoor courtyard and live music it is an easy place to stop in and stay. 720 Orleans Avenue, 523-1930,

482-7743. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros. The cheryl gerber photo

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H Toups’ Meatery Louisianian Fare 845 N.

H MoPho Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 514 City

Carrollton Ave., 252-4999, ToupsMeatery. com. L, D Tue-Sat. Charcuterie, specialty cocktails and an exhaustive list of excellent à la carte sides make this restaurant a carnivore’s delight. $$$

Little Tokyo Asian Fusion/Pan Asian Multiple locations, L, D daily. Multiple locations of this popular Japanese sushi and hibachi chain make sure that there’s always a specialty roll within easy reach. $$

Dakota AMERICAN 629 N. Highway 190, (985) 892-3712, L Tue-Fri, D M on-Sat. A sophisticated dining experience with generous portions. $$$$$

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

H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/Breakfast 139 S. Cortez St., 525-9355, TheRubySlipperCafe. net. B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$

H Taqueria Guerrero World 208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959. B, L, D, Tue-Sat. Friendly staff and authentic Mexican cuisine make this affordable neighborhood

Trèo Gastropub 3835 Tulane Ave., 304-4878, L Fri-Sat, D daily. Craft cocktail bar also serves a short but excellent small plates menu to accompany its artfully composed libations. $$ Multiple Locations Byblos World Multiple Locations, L, D daily. Upscale Middle Eastern cuisine featuring traditional seafood, lamb and vegetarian options. $$ Café du Monde Bakery/Breakfast Multiple Locations, This New Orleans institution has been serving fresh café au lait, rich hot chocolate and positively addictive beignets since 1862 in the French Market 24/7. $ CC’s Coffee House Bakery/Breakfast Multiple locations in New Orleans, Metairie and Northshore, Coffeehouse specializing in coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. $ Copeland’s Louisianian Fare Multiple Locations, L, D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp

Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House Seafood Multiple Locations, MrEdsRestaurants. com/oyster-bar. L, D daily. A seafood lover’s paradise offers an array of favorites like shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffée, blackened redfish and more. A raw bar featuring gulf oysters both charbroiled and raw. $$$ Reginelli’s Pizzeria pizza Multiple Locations, L, D daily. Pizzas, pastas, salads, fat calzones and lofty focaccia sandwiches are at locations all over town. $$

H Del Porto Ristorante Italian 501 E. Boston St., (985) 875-1006, L, D Tue-Sat. One of the Northshore’s premier fine dining destinations serving Italian food that makes use of locally sourced meats and produce. $$$ Gallagher’s Grill Louisianian Fare 509 S. Tyler St., (985) 892-9992, GallaghersGrill. com. L, D Tue-Sat. Chef Pat Gallagher’s destination restaurant offers al fresco seating to accompany classically inspired New Orleans fare. Event catering offered. $$$

Theo’s Pizza Multiple Locations, L, D daily. The crackercrisp crust pizzas are complemented by a broad assortment of toppings with local ingredients at cheap prices. $$

Riverbend H Ba Chi Canteen Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 7900 Maple St., 373-5628. L, D Mon-Sat. The kitchen plays fast and loose with Vietnamese fare at this eclectic outpost on Maple Street. Try the caramelized pork “Baco”. $

Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill AMERICAN Multiple Locations, L, D daily. Drawing from a wide range of worldly influences, this popular spot serves a variety of grilled items, appetizers, salads, side dishes, seafood, pasta and other entrées. Catering services available. $$$

H Boucherie Louisianian Fare 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-5514, Boucherie-Nola. com. L Tue-Sat, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Serving contemporary Southern food with an international angle, chef Nathaniel Zimet offers excellent ingredients presented simply. $$

Northshore Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 1202 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155, L, D daily. Known as one of

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

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HCarrollton Market AMERICAN 8132 Hampson St., 252-9928, CarrolltonMarket. com. L Sat-Sun, D Tue-Sat. Modern Southern cuisine manages to be both fun and refined at this tasteful boîte. $$$

H Chill Out Café Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 729 Burdette St., 872-9628. B, L daily, D Mon-Sat. Thai food and breakfast favorites like waffles and pancakes can both be had at this affordable college-friendly hangout. $

H Cowbell Burgers 8801 Oak St., 298-8689, L, D Tue-Sat. Burgers and homemade sauces on potato rolls are the specialty here, along with other favorites. $$ Upper 9th Ward St. Roch Market Louisianian Fare 2381 St. Claude Ave., 615-6541, B, L, D daily. Historic St. Claude Marketplace with open dining space houses a broad collection of independent eateries including craft cocktails and more. $$ Uptown Amici Italian 3218 Magazine St., 300-1250, L, D daily. Coal-fired pizza, with an impressive list of authentic and Creole Italian specialties as well. $$

H Ancora pizza 4508 Freret St., 324-1636, D daily. Authentic Neapolitan-style pizza fired in an oven imported from Naples. The housemade charcuterie makes it a double-winner. $$ H Apolline Louisianian Fare 4729 Magazine St., 894-8881, D Tue-Sun, Br Sat-Sun. Cozy gem serves a refined menu of French and Creole classics peppered with Southern influences. $$$ Audubon Clubhouse AMERICAN 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282, AudubonInstitute. org. B, L Tue-Sat, Br Sun. A kid-friendly menu with local tweaks and a casually upscale sandwich and salad menu. $$ Bouligny Tavern Gastropub 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810, D Mon-Sat. Carefully curated small plates, inventive cocktails and select wines are the focus of this stylish offshoot of John Harris’s nationally acclaimed Lilette. $$

H Café Abyssinia World 3511 Magazine St., 894-6238. L, D daily. One of a just few authentic Ethiopian restaurants in the city, excellent injera and spicy vegetarian fare make this a local favorite. $$ Camellia Grill AMERICAN 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679. B, L, D daily. A venerable diner whose essential character has remained intact and many of the original waiters have returned. Credit cards are now accepted. $ Casamento’s Louisianian Fare 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761, L Thu-Sat, D Thu-Sun. The family-owned restaurant has shucked oysters and fried seafood since 1919; closed during summer and for all major holidays. $$ Chiba Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 8312 Oak St., 826-9119, L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Contemporary restaurant features


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fresh, exotic fish from all over the world and fusion fare to go along with typical Japanese options. Extensive sake list and late night happy hours are a plus. $$$ Clancy’s Louisianian Fare 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111, L ThuFri, D Mon-Sat. Their Creole-inspired menu has been a favorite of locals for years. $$$ Commander’s Palace Louisianian Fare 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. The grande dame is going strong under the auspices of James Beard Awardwinner chef Tory McPhail. Jazz Brunch is a great deal. $$$$

H Coquette French 2800 Magazine St., 265-0421, L Fri, D daily, Br Sun. The food is French in inspiration and technique, with added imagination from the chefs. $$$ Dick and Jenny’s Louisianian Fare 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880, D Mon-Sat. A funky cottage serving Louisiana comfort food with flashes of innovation. $$$$ Domilise’s Louisianian Fare 5240 Annunciation St., 899-912. L, D Mon-Sat. Local institution and rite-of-passage for those wanting an initiation to the real New Orleans. Wonderful poor boys and a unique atmosphere make this a one-of-a-kind place. $ Frankie & Johnny’s Seafood 321 Arabella St., 243-1234, L, D daily. Serves fried and boiled seafood along with poor boys and daily lunch specials. Kid-friendly. $$

H Gautreau’s Louisianian Fare 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397, D Mon-Sat. Upscale destination serves refined interpretations of classics along with contemporary creations. $$$$$ Jacques-Imo’s Cafe Louisianian Fare 8324 Oak St., 861-0886, D MonSat. Reinvented New Orleans cuisine served in a party atmosphere. The deep-fried roast beef poor boy is delicious. The lively bar scene offsets the long wait on weekends. $$$$ Juan’s Flying Burrito 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000, L, D daily. Hard-core tacos and massive burritos are served in an edgy atmosphere. $

H Jung’s Golden Dragon Asian Fusion/ Pan Asian 3009 Magazine St., 891-8280, L, D daily. This Chinese destination is a real find. One of the few local Chinese places that breaks the Americanized mold. $

H La Crêpe Nanou French 1410 Robert St., 899-2670, D daily, Br Sun. Classic French bistro fare, including terrific moules and decadent dessert crêpes, are served nightly at this neighborhood institution. $$$ La Petite Grocery French 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377, L Tue-Sat, D daily, Br Sun. Elegant dining in a convivial atmosphere. The menu is heavily French-inspired with an emphasis on

technique. $$$ Lilette French 3637 Magazine St., 895-1636, L Tue-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef John Harris’ innovative menu draws discerning diners to this highly regarded bistro. Desserts are wonderful as well. $$$$$

H Magasin Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 4201 Magazine St., 896-7611, L, D Mon-Sat. Pho, banh mi and vegetarian options are offered at this attractive and budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Café sua da is available as well. $ Martin Wine Cellar AMERICAN 3827 Baronne St., 899-7411, Wine by the glass or bottle with cheeses, salads, sandwiches and snacks. $

H Panchita’s World 1434 S. Carrollton Ave., 281-4127. L, D daily. Authentic, budgetfriendly Mexican restaurant serves tamales, mole and offers free chips and salsa as well as sangria. $ Pascal’s Manale Italian 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. A neighborhood favorite since 1913 and the place to go for the creation of barbecued shrimp. Its oyster bar serves freshly shucked Louisiana oysters and the Italian specialties and steaks are also solid. $$$$

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

H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/Breakfast 200 Magazine St., 525-9355; 1005 Canal St., 525-9355, B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$

H Shaya World 4213 Magazine St., 891-4213, L, D daily. James Beard Award-winning menu pays homage to Israel at this contemporary Israeli hotspot. $$$ St. James Cheese Company Specialty Foods 5004 Prytania St., 899-4737, Open daily. Specialty shop offers a selection of fine cheeses, wines, beers and related accouterments. Look for wine and cheese specials every Friday. Sucré Specialty Foods 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311, Desserts daily & nightly. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering available. Tracey’s Irish Restaurant & Bar AMERICAN

2604 Magazine St., 897-5413, TraceysNola. com. L, D daily. Neighborhood bar with one of the best roast beef poor boys in town. The gumbo, cheeseburger poor boy and other sandwiches are also winners. Also a great location to watch the game. $

H The Company Burger Burgers 4600 Freret St., 267-0320, TheCompanyBurger. com. L, D daily. Custom-baked butterbrushed 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, D daily. Cuisine elevated to the standards of the libations is the draw at this lively wine bar and gastropub. Food is grounded in French bistro fare with eclectic twists. $$ H Upperline AMERICAN 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822, D Wed-Sun. Consummate hostess JoAnn Clevenger presents this nationally heralded favorite. The oft-copied fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade originated here. $$$$ H Wayfare AMERICAN 4510 Freret St., 309-0069, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Creative sandwiches and southerninspired small plates. $$ Ye Olde College Inn AMERICAN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683, CollegeInn1933. com. D Tue-Sat. Serves up classic fare, albeit with a few upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Italian 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, L Tue-Fri, D Tue-Sun. Snug Italian boîte packs them in yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$ Warehouse District Lucy’s World 710 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995, L, D daily. Island-themed 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. $ West Bank Nine Roses Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1100 Stephen St., 366-7665, NineRosesResturant. com. L, D Sun-Tue, Thu-Sat. The extensive Vietnamese menu specializes in hot pots, noodles and dishes big enough for everyone to share. $$ West End Landry’s Seafood Seafood 8000 Lakeshore Drive, West End, 283-1010, LandrysSeafood. com. L, D daily. Kid-friendly and popular seafood spot serves of heaping platters of fried shrimp, Gulf oysters, catfish and more. $$

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rom a sports injury like a torn ACL or rotator cuff to a fallcaused broken hip or a fluke hamstring strain, injuries to the musculoskeletal system can vary from debilitating to lifealtering to simply frustrating. It can be hard to know when you need surgery versus physical therapy, but fortunately Greater New Orleans is stocked with orthopedics and sports medicine professionals trained in knowing what to look for and how to treat it. From Doctors of Physical Therapy to board certified specialists and surgeons, there are multiple resources for those with an injury or physical malady that requires the eye of a professional. Additionally, retail resources can help through custom orthotics and other products that aid in recovery and pain relief. From private practices to hospital departments and more, the following area resources are here to help you get back to the daily grind, whether it’s typing at the office, taking long walks along the beach, or playing catch with the kids on a summer afternoon. Serving the West Bank and Greater New Orleans region, Westside Orthopaedic Clinic provides superior general orthopaedic treatment with a specialty in spinal care. The clinic has been in operation since 1961, making it one of the longest standing orthopaedic clinics in the city. Dr. Ralph Katz is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic specialist who has performed over 500 minimally invasive procedures with consistently excellent outcomes. For the right patient who has failed conservative treatment (e.g. medication, physical therapy, injections), a minimally invasive microdiscectomy can be done in an outpatient setting with an incision that can be covered by a Band-aid. The procedure typically takes less than an hour. Most patients can return to normal activities within three to six weeks. Additionally,


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Dr. Katz performs cervical and lumbar spinal fusions, utilizing small incisions with minimally invasive systems. He is one of few local surgeons who perform both cervical and lumbar disc replacements. Westside offers full-service, in-house x-rays, EMG/NCS, as well as physical therapy services with access to new rehabilitation equipment. Same day appointments can be accommodated. For more information, visit or call 504-347-0243. For nearly two decades, Crane Rehab Center’s team of therapists and techs have worked with thousands of patients in overcoming challenges, assisting them in achieving and returning to their highest level of function through individualized, innovative care. Offering physical, occupational, and speech therapy, ABA services, and wellness and enrichment programs, Crane Rehab is uniquely positioned to help you and your family eliminate pain and improve overall health. Crane is excited to expand their reach with a new facility located downtown in New Orleans’ CBD. This central, convenient location makes it possible for the city’s working population to access therapy before work, afterward, or even during a lunch break. The Crane team can help identify pain-causing habits in the workspace or at home and provide ergonomic solutions and healthier outcomes. Both the CBD and River Road locations treat lower back and spinal injuries, neurological disorders, arthritis, orthopedic/musculoskeletal injuries, and work-related and sports injuries, Additionally, they offer LSVT BIG Parkinson's Treatment, post-surgical rehabilitation, and dry needling. Physicians referrals are not required. For more information, visit or call 504-828-7696.


New Orleans Shoulder Institute specializes in the management of all problems affecting the shoulder with a particular emphasis on arthroscopic reconstruction, joint replacement, arthritis, and management of failed treatments. Dr. Kindl and his staff take pride in the quality of care they deliver to patients, always taking time to talk through patient concerns, answer all questions, and provide detailed yet understandable information on each patient’s condition and all possible treatments. Board certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Kindl earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Louisiana State University before advancing his training in orthopedic surgery at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and University of Alabama in Birmingham, where he was trained under world-renowned orthopedic physician James Andrews. Following his residency, he completed a year long fellowship specializing in sports medicine at Orthopedic Research of Virginia. Dr. Kindl has tremendous experience in the field of minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques that offer a potentially easier and quicker recovery. For more information or to book an appointment, call 504-867-NOSI (6674) or visit Each year, thousands of Americans make the decision to end chronic joint pain by undergoing joint replacement surgery. The Orthopaedic and Spine Center at Touro Infirmary understands that even elective surgery such as joint replacement of the knee, shoulder, or hip can be very disconcerting. Touro offers a unique approach to patient care, providing education, care, and resources patients need to relieve pain, improve function, and get back to doing the things they love.

Touro Infirmary is the first of its kind in the region, offering the most recent arthroscopic, minimally invasive surgical procedures designed to return you to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. The Center features a unique group recovery method with “hotel-style” rooms and amenities and occupies a separate hospital wing designated specially for joint recovery patients. Touro physicians and staff recognize the importance of both family and group support during the recovery period. To learn more about the Orthopaedic and Spine Center at Touro, visit Children's Hospital Orthopedic Center is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients. Orthopedic residents from several medical centers complete pediatric rotations at Children’s Hospital to train with the largest group of board certified orthopedic surgeons in the area. Established in 1955, it contains the region's largest and most experienced pediatric orthopedic team. In its specialty clinics, last year the hospital recorded more than 24,000 visits, treating the full spectrum of orthopedic conditions—ranging from fractures and sports-related injuries to scoliosis, hip conditions, limb length discrepancies, and cerebral palsy. The center blends cutting-edge treatments and innovative surgical approaches with prompt, family-centered care. A specialized critical care spinal unit is available to all patients who undergo a spine related surgical procedure. The center’s team is committed to providing the best possible care for every patient. For more information about the Orthopedic Center at Children's Hospital, visit

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Orthopedic care at East Jefferson General Hospital is best described as personalized. EJGH orthopedists take the approach that not every patient, knee, hip, shoulder, or injury is the same. The hospital takes great pride in providing the surgical and non-surgical solutions needed to provide each patient the best outcomes possible. Recognized as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Orthopedic Center and recognized as Best in Region by US News and World Report for both Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement, EJGH is the leader in providing minimally invasive solutions that get you back to work, play, and life as quickly and safely as possible. Visit for more information and orthopedic solutions at East Jefferson General Hospital. At Pontchartrain Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, the goal is to achieve 100 percent patient satisfaction from any service provided. Their physicians specialize in the care of the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves and related structures of the body. All orthopedic problems from the neck down to the feet of both adults and children are treated from their full-service, advanced facility. Patient input is given the highest consideration during all courses of treatment, and conservative treatment is always considered before a decision for surgery is made. The comprehensive orthopedic management program at Pontchartrain Orthopedics & Sports Medicine includes procedures such as arthroscopic surgery, total joint replacement, carpal tunnel surgery, and fracture management as well as sports medicine and worker’s compensation cases. Pain management services include


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interventional spine, ultrasound-guided injections, and Botox injections. Pontchartrain Orthopedics maintains offices with in-house physical therapy departments in Metairie and Boutte. For information and appointments, visit or call the office at 504-885-6464. Dale Gedert has focused on foot care for more than 45 years. He brings his expertise to Greater New Orleans with Therapeutic Shoes, a shopping resource for those suffering from a wide variety of conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, flat feet, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, bunions, calluses, edema and leg length discrepancies, as well as knee, hip, and back pain, and more. "We specialize in custom accommodative foot orthotics, stylish extra depth shoes, diabetic shoes, custom shoes, shoe modifications, compression wear, and diabetic socks," says Gedert. "We've got over 500 styles and color of men's and women's shoes." Therapeutic Shoes features an in-house orthotic lab with certified personnel who handle all custom orthotics and shoe modifications. They offer a large selection of compression wear as well as socks shaped to fit the foot for reducing fatigue and preventing circulation problems. They offer UV Total Recovery Shoe Sanitizer for those who’ve been treated for toenail fungus by a podiatrist or medical professional to prevent reinfection. Therapeutic Shoes is located at 5017 River Road in Harahan, Louisiana. For more information and hours, call 504-731-0013. •



1. Aucoin Hart Jewelers 1525 Metairie Rd. 504-834-9999 Stainless steel Tudor Black Bay 41mm with blue dial, a classic style inspired by more than 60 years of Tudor diving watches. Available at Aucoin Hart Jewelers on Metairie Road. $2,950.00.


2. Briquette 701 South Peters, New Orleans 504-302-7496 Treat Dad to a hearty Father’s Day meal with Briquette’s tender Filet Mignon. Located conveniently in the Warehouse district, Briquette offers some of the finest cuisine and hand crafted cocktails. Gift Certificates and Reservations are available now. 3. Orangetheory 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans 504-308-1232 4141 Bienville St. Ste 107, New Orleans 504-408-2602 Get Dad into his OrangeZone! OrangeTheory Fitness is offering Dad a choice of 3 special gifts. Choose from a 3-pack of 60 minutes classes, OT Beat Core Heart Rate Monitor or $25 off any retail. Call your neighborhood location at any time!



4. Queork 838 Chartres St., French Quarter 3005 Magazine St., Garden District 504-481-4910 Show Dad you care with this amazing cork watch! Cork is naturally water and stain resistant so it's ok for sweating in the New Orleans heat and easy to clean with a sponge and water. $69. 5. Perlis Clothing 1281 N Causeway Blvd., Mandeville 985 674-1711 6070 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-895-8661 Surprise your dad with festive swim trunks featuring the iconic Perlis crawfish logo throughout. Split hem, elastic waistband with drawstring, inner mesh liner and comes in Hurricane Red, Navy and Lagoon.


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Summer Weekends


veryone loves the sound of vacation. Toes in the sand, tropical cocktails, family photographs, and the occasional sunburn come to mind as some of the essential summer experiences. “Staycation” has a nice ring to it, too, and local museums and restaurants are ready to serve up summer fun indoors. Now that summer is in full swing, everyone’s itching to find their weekend fun, whether it be up the street, a short drive along the coast, or a cruise ship away. The region offers a variety of getaways to suit every kind of traveler, from the big-city foodie to the beach-going family or the thrillseeking romantic couple. Resorts, plantations, restaurants, and hotels are just a few of the favorite destinations for locals and travelers, and seasonal specials are abundant for those looking for a deal. Fill your summer weekends with adventure ideas from the following diverse destinations both near and far.

Local Summer Fun Just in time for summer, Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ annual French Quarter Fling guest package is back offering nightly rates as low as $159 and a Sonesta Savings Pack for discounts on dining, attractions, and tours for budget-friendly, fun-seeking travelers. Guests can upgrade to a newly renovated R Club Level room from $259 per night for an elevated experience including daily breakfast and more. For New Orleans’ 300th anniversary, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans is celebrating all year long with specially created Tricentennial cocktails, such as the Flight of the Earls and the Tricentennial Sazerac from Restaurant R’evolution or The French 300 from The Jazz Playhouse, as well as daily Tricentennial Happy Hour inside Desire Oyster Bar. Come discover The New York Times’ Number One 110

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Destination on their list of "52 Places to Go in 2018." Visit to book your stay using online promo code FQF, or call 504-586-0300 today. Voted the number 1 restaurant for Brunch and Italian by a New Orleans Magazine readers’ poll, Red Gravy is greeting its 8th year and New Orleans’ 300th with a diverse menu that features a few new dishes by owner Roseann Melisi Rostoker. “I’m always trying to keep the menu exciting,” says Roseann, who mixes Southern traditions, farmer’s market ingredients, and her New Jersey Italian roots to create a unique, Italian-inspired brunch. Biscuit dishes are big in 2018—Froot Loops consists of Red Gravy’s homemade biscuits in a fresh fruit and bourbon skillet topped with homemade cream; Pecan Biscuits features a pecan gravy over two grilled biscuits topped with cream and toffee; and the Pig & Peanut Biscuits transform peanut butter, bacon, and chocolate into a decadent, delicious meal. Fresh Farmer's Market salads are back on the menu for spring, and New York and New Jersey get menu attention through NYC bagel sandwiches and imported Taylor Ham. Also new to the menu is the Breakfast Spaghetti—homemade pasta, hearty sausage sugo, fresh ricotta, and a sunny up yard egg. View the menu and make reservations online at, or call 504-561-8844. New Orleans’ food is legendary. When seeking the best variety of Creole dishes in an authentic atmosphere, locals and first-time travelers alike find themselves at The Court of Two Sisters. Located at historic 613 Rue Royale in the French Quarter, the award-winning


Court of two sisters restaurant stretches from Royal Street to Bourbon Street and features a gorgeous open courtyard decorated with lush foliage, gas lamp lighting and a peaceful central fountain. Brunch isn’t just for Sundays! The Court offers a festive live jazz brunch buffet seven days a week. Indulge in over 60 different items including specialty omelets, eggs Benedict, turtle soup, grits and grillades, iced boiled shrimp, salads, fruits and a variety of desserts. At night, enjoy a seasonal three-course Chef's Menu or select from an extensive à la carte menu featuring dishes such as Trout Meunière, Veal Oscar and Shrimp and Grits. Call 504-522-7261 or visit for reservations. Both locals and visitors know Commander’s Palace as a place to enjoy great food and atmosphere in one of New Orleans’ most beautiful and historical neighborhoods. With its famous weekend jazz brunch and spectacular weekday entrees as low at $16 with 25-cent martinis, Commander’s Palace is perfect for a mid-day meal before exploring the city. Complimentary walking maps of the Garden District include historical houses and destinations complete with informative blurbs on each one. What better way to cap off an unforgettable meal than with a stroll around the picturesque Garden District. This year marks the 125th anniversary of Commander’s Palace and they are celebrating with an exciting event this fall. The American Cuisine and Hospitality Symposium in honor of Commander’s 125th anniversary and New Orleans’ 300th will bring culinary and hospitality luminaries from across the globe to speak at the day long event on September 17th. Learn more at Enjoy summer with a true New Orleans experience with Commander’s Palace. For more information and to make reservations, call 504-899-8221 or visit

Located in the Warehouse Arts District, three blocks from the French Quarter and a short stroll from the Convention Center, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery offers a New Orleans experience unlike any hotel in the city. With a focus on art and artistry, the Old No. 77 features its diverse chandlery (a retail space with New Orleans-made crafts, clothing, candles, jewelry, and more), free Wi-Fi for guests, Provenance Hotels’ signature Pillow and Spiritual menus, and the amenities you’d expect in an exceptional hotel. Award-winning cuisine is available at Compère Lapin, the 2016 Best Restaurant by The Times-Picayune, and Tout La. True urban explorers will want to check out the Old No. 77’s Wayfarer room. Made exclusively for the planet’s nomads, the up-allnighters, the witching hour poets, this room offers no windows but no boundaries—check in and out when you like and enjoy a steal of a rate ($77 now until). Perfect for the traveler solely looking for a luxurious bed after long day and night adventures, the windowless room provides a comfortable respite in the heart of the city. For details and booking, visit This summer, stop by any of the Tropical Isles, home of the Hand Grenade®, New Orleans’ Most Powerful Drink® and the Hand Grenade® Martini. Also, enjoy a Hand Grenade® at Funky Pirate Blues Club or Bayou Club. Experience Trop Rock, Cajun/Zydeco & the Blues with Tropical Isle’s nightly entertainment, the best on Bourbon. Stateof-the-art sound systems plus great live bands will keep you dancing the night away at Tropical Isle Bourbon, Tropical Isle Original, Little Tropical Isle, Funky Pirate and the Bayou Club. While there, ask about the Hand Grenade® Martini! Enjoy big screen TVs at Funky Pirate, Bayou Club, Tropical Isle Bourbon and Top of the Trop. For more on Tropical Isle, visit For a quiet escape with available courtyard dining, visit local favorite The Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro right off of Bourbon at 720 my n e w or l e a n s . com

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Orleans Ave., which has more than 200 varieties of wine by the bottle and plenty of wine by the glass, plus a Bacon Happy Hour. For sample menus and wine lists, visit Since 1872, Fair Grounds Race Course has been a part of the cultural fabric of the wonderful city of New Orleans. With extensive experience, southern hospitality, and unique facilities, the Fair Grounds is able to make your occasion truly memorable. Whether it's a group for "A Day at the Races," a meeting or an evening party, Fair Grounds provides an ideal setting for your next event. A major strength is its flexibility; event settings range from elegant to casual and reception-style to sit-down with your choice of view of the racetrack or downtown New Orleans. With grounds fit for even the most special of occasions, Fair Grounds would consider it a privilege to share in any big day. Host your ceremony or reception in the Paddock and be among the many greats in history that have paraded around this historic site. For groups of 25 or more, request the Fair Grounds Race Course brochure and “Win, Place and Show” your guests an afternoon to remember. Call 504-948-1285 or email Visit online at Celebrate summer in the heart of the French Quarter with family and friends at New Orleans Creole Cookery. Stop in and relax from a day of shopping or exploring with authentic Creole fare and the timehonored tastes of classic favorites such as Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Etouffee, and Snapper Pontchartrain. Looking to cool off? Come in for a cold beverage and fresh oysters at the oyster bar. New Orleans Creole Cookery is everything you love about New Orleans in a setting to fit every occasion. Enjoy casual fine dining at its very best in your choice of the charming Toulouse Lautrec dining room, romantic courtyard, or lively oyster bar. Each offers a Creole112

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inspired menu complemented by tempting, handcrafted cocktails. Located at 510 Toulouse Street in one of New Orleans’ oldest and most storied locations, New Orleans Creole Cookery is just steps from festival excitement. New Orleans Creole Cookery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. for lunch and dinner, and a jazz brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Learn more at Call 504-524-9632 for reservations. Discover the Caribbean influences on New Orleans’ culture and music during World Music Day Celebration: Caribbean Party, Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM). In honor of World Music Day and New Orleans’ Tricentennial, LCM will be partnering with Putamayo World Music to celebrate the contributions of the Caribbean on New Orleans—especially through music. Come dance and let the music of local drummer Andrew Wiseman lift your spirits. Explore the food and artistic traditions of these rhythmic island cultures. Learn about Haitian architectural contributions to New Orleans while creating Shotgun house sculptures in LCM’s Art Trek Studio and much more. The Louisiana Children’s Museum is located at 420 Julia Street in the New Orleans Warehouse District. Admission is $10.00 for adults and children (12 months+). Louisiana Children’s Museum members are admitted free. For more information, visit or call 504-5231357. Whether you’re taking a break from exploring the French Quarter or looking for a place to fuel up with drinks and fresh or fried seafood, find your feast this spring along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River at The Crazy Lobster. Summer is the perfect season for a fresh Steamed Seafood Bucket: a 2-lb. lobster, snow crab, shrimp, crawfish,


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clams, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, and sausage all seasoned to pure perfection. Looking to satisfy a craving for Creole favorites? New Orleans’ favorites like étouffée, jambalaya, gumbo, and red beans, along with the best fried seafood in New Orleans are also highlights of the menu. The heat of summer is perfect for Crazy Lobster’s Poppy’s Voodoo Juice, a refreshing tropical cocktail to help you cool off from the sun. Live music keeps the restaurant hopping nightly with a variety of funky musicians straight from Frenchmen Street. The Crazy Lobster is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information and menu, visit Call 504-569-3380 for reservations. This summer, visit the Warehouse District’s new addition, Briquette, the new restaurant at 701 S. Peters Street by Anna Tusa, owner of New Orleans Creole Cookery. Helmed by Chef Hosie Bourgeois, Briquette puts seafood and contemporary coastal cuisine at the center of the dining experience. As the name indicates, the restaurant features a large charcoal grill to highlight the fresh coastal flavors. The menu emphasizes small plates for sharing the variety of fish and seafood, including whole grilled fish. Other flavorful menu items include aged beef, pastas, and more. The bar at Briquette features a curated wine list to accompany the menu along with specialty, handcrafted cocktails. Start a new tradition this summer with delicious food shared with friends and family together at Briquette. For more information and reservations, visit Briquette online at or on Facebook. Lunch is available Monday through Friday beginning at 11 a.m. The French Market District spans from the Shops at the Upper Pontalba on Jackson Square to Crescent Park, including the Shops of the Colonnade on Decatur Street and the open-air Farmers and Flea Markets. The District is open daily and offers an eclectic variety of shops, eateries, and events year-round. Looking for farm fresh produce and goods? Don’t miss the Crescent City Farmers Market every Wednesday from 1-5 p.m. October through June. Kick-off summer at the French Market by celebrating the start of Creole tomato season at the 32nd annual Creole Tomato Festival. This year’s festival, June 9 and 10, will feature two live music stages, a culinary stage, Bloody Mary Market showcasing a variety bloody marys by local restaurants, Creole tomatoes for sale by regional growers, free children’s activities, and tomato eating contests. Visit for more information on the French Market District and events.

Cheer on your favorite team as you dine riverside at the hottest sports bar downtown! Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar features 18 beers on tap, including loads of local brews. Poppy’s carries all of the DIRECTV sports packages and displays over 20 TVs for fans to keep up with all the excitement around the leagues. Poppy’s menu includes handcrafted, juicy gourmet burgers made using brisket, short rib, and ground chuck. Amazing wings, loaded nachos, and seafood poor boys round out the menu’s top picks for game-winning appetizers and entrees. Bring your entire team to Poppy’s party pavilion to watch all the action. Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar is located in Spanish Plaza across from Harrah’s Casino at 500 Port of New Orleans, Ste. 80. Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and features daily specials. For photos, menus, party reservations and more, visit PoppysTimeOutSportsBar. com or call 504-247-9265 for more information. Hop on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and head to Pascal’s Manale Restaurant, New Orleans’ crown jewel of Creole-Italian fusion cuisine. Home of the original New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, this 105-year-old establishment is today operated today by fourth and fifth generations of the original Manale family. Founded in 1913, Pascal’s Manale serves the classic dishes for which it’s been famous for decades. A fusion of authentic Italian and Creole influence, Pascal’s Manale’s menu includes New Orleans and Italian favorites, steaks and seafood dishes. Start your night with raw oysters from the oyster bar and follow with specialty favorites including the combination pan roast, which is oysters, crabmeat and shrimp chopped in a blend of parsley, green onions and bell peppers baked in a casserole with a topping of breadcrumbs and butter. Monday-Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m., enjoy half-priced raw oysters at the oyster bar as well half-priced beer, wine and selected cocktails. Pascal's Manale is located at 1838 Napoleon Avenue. Call 504-895- 4877 for reservations or visit

Travel Destinations Near & Far This summer, soak in a bit of Louisiana history with a visit to beautiful St. Joseph Plantation, where you can walk through time and enjoy a glimpse into the lives of the fascinating people who have called it home. Thanks to the plantation’s historic allure, scenes from “All The King’s Men,” “Skeleton Key,” “12 Years a Slave,” Underground, Queen Sugar, the remake of Roots, and four-time Oscar nominee “Mudbound” were filmed at St. Joseph Plantation. Additionally, the plantation plays host to a number of weddings and private events throughout the year. Tour the grounds and learn about the Priestly family and grandson H. H. Richardson, who was born at St. Joseph and became one of America’s most important architects of the 19th century. Explore the story of Valcour Aime, known as “The Louis XIV of Louisiana,” and his two daughters, and learn about the slaves that lived and worked here. A thriving sugarcane plantation, St. Joseph also offers insight into the region’s significant sugarcane industry. Visit or call 225-265-4078 for information on tours and private events. my n e w or l e a n s . com

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ADVERTISING SECTION Experiencing Historic Pensacola is a must-do for any summer getaway to America’s first multi-year European settlement! Located within Pensacola’s thriving downtown, voted 2017 Great Places in Florida People's Choice Winner, and minutes away from Pensacola’s world famous sugar-white beaches, Historic Pensacola is nestled within the footprints of the original Spanish and British forts as well as in the heart of today’s waterfront dining, shopping, and entertainment scene. The walkable museum complex shares the stories of Pensacola’s rich culture and heritage through museum exhibits, guided home tours, and engaging, period-dressed living history interpreters. Visit the Pensacola Museum of Art and immerse yourself in the diversity of visual culture through exhibitions, tours, and special events designed to educate and inspire. “One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” ticketing allows access to all museums, tours, and activities for seven days. For hours and ticket information, visit (850595-5990) and (850-432-6247). Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on Mississippi's largest private recreational lake. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Home sites are available on the water starting at $100,000. Both the homes and home sites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway. It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast, or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life… “Big!” Big Bay Lake is only 90 minutes from New Orleans. Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit Northwest Florida may be best known for its beaches, but it’s well known among oyster lovers for its legacy and flavor, both tough to beat. The communities here are seeped in an oystering heritage that brings families and friends together in harmony with the Gulf. Apalachicola Bay is bountiful with the delicious bivalves and supplies many a raw oyster bar across Northwest Florida. Destination restaurants like Indian Pass Raw Bar in Gulf County and Stinky’s in South Walton draw revelers from across the state and country looking for fresh shucked, ice-cold oysters and the best Gulf seafood you can find. Check in at Hunt’s Oyster Bar in Panama City, where U.S. Champion Oyster Shucker Honor Allen skillfully and passionately exemplifies this oystering heritage with pride in each oyster shucked. On Thursday, September 20, at Fish House in Pensacola, Toast of the Coast presents The World is Your Oyster, a hands-on demonstration from Donnie McMahon of Pensacola Bay Oyster Company, with fantastic food and beverage pairings. For more information on these communities and more, go to and plan your trip today. Book your magical voyage today and set sail to exciting destinations across the Caribbean, Alaska, and Europe! Disney Cruises supply a little something magical for every kind of traveler. Cast off to the Bahamas and enjoy Broadway-style shows while soaking up all the sun and fun this vibrant destination has to offer. Tropical ports of call include Nassau, Key West, and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. Alaskan travelers can anticipate pristine vistas and exciting wildlife at “The Last Frontier,” where you can tour historic mining towns, learn about Native American traditions, and brave the world’s longest zip line. Or, set sail from Barcelona and experience an enriching Mediterranean cruise to bucket-list, culture-rich cities in Italy, France, and Spain.


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A team of qualified travel specialists in bringing the wonders of the world into the hands of their customers, Travel Central is part of an elite group of Signature Travel Network Experts with an average of 20 years of experience and continuous monthly supplier training. Call your Disney Authorized Vacation Planner today at Travel Central at 504-834-7000. Enjoy some family fun and dig your toes in the warm, sugar-white sand as you celebrate the 4th of July with your loved ones on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Enjoy the crackles, booms, and bangs of colorful fireworks at the Independence Day Street Party and Fireworks at The Wharf on July 3. Your children will love the bouncy houses, a rock climbing wall, face painting, games, prizes and more. Or, grab your beach chair and enjoy the fireworks reflecting over the Gulf, an experience like no other, at the Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at Gulf State Park’s Fishing and Education Pier. And don’t miss the exciting weigh-in of some of the biggest fish you will ever see at the Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf, July 13-14. Check out the heart pounding adventures and show-stopping events at or call 877-341-2400 to request a free vacation guide. Make the most of the summer travel season with an escape to 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 Portofino Island Resort where families enjoy the perfect balance of indulgence, natural beauty, and adventure. Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience offers plenty to do: explore the Santa Rosa Sound on a kayak or paddleboard, surf the emerald green waters of the Gulf, soar through the sky under a parasail, or board Portofino I and watch curious dolphins play in the water. Whether you want to spend time at the beach with your family, children, spouse or friends, guests of all ages will enjoy the properties of Premier Island. More than just another summer vacation, this will be one to remember for a lifetime. Discover yours at or call 866-966-1420. Experience the top-rated resort on Florida's Gulf Coast this summer. The Florida Panhandle is one of the top coastal destinations in the country. Located in the heart of Florida’s Panhandle is the iconic Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, rated #1 Resort in Destin by U.S. News and World Report and universally recognized as the finest resort on the Emerald Coast. Relax by soaking up the sun and splashing in the clear emerald waters, or get moving with a multitude of exciting activities like YOLO boarding, kayaking, waverunners, parasailing and more. Sandestin offers endless complimentary amenities including daily bicycle rentals, access to tennis courts, fitness center, boogie boards and resort transportation. Plus, enjoy complimentary entertainment all summer long with movie nights, luaus, fireworks, concerts, and more. The days just don’t seem long enough to enjoy all the activities Sandestin has to offer. To start planning your summer vacation and to save 20 percent or more, visit or call 855-850-2202. •


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ure to Joseph Pilates’ original Reformer-based Contrology Method, but modernized with group practice and expanded state-of-the-art equipment, Club Pilates offers high-quality, lifechanging training at a surprisingly affordable price. It’s more than just Reformers. Club Pilates teaches classes using TRX, Barre, Exo-Chair, Bosu ball, mats, rollers and more. Their certified instructors perform hundreds of hours of training to meet teacher standards and maximize your workout. Dynamic class sessions are available at a variety of levels and at convenient class times. The Club Pilates team believes that Pilates is the path to a fuller, more satisfying physical existence and that being in control of your body helps you to be in control of your life. And best of all, you can start anytime. No matter your level of fitness, there’s a Pilates class for you. Book your own stress-free intro class for free at, or call 504-484-9650 for more information. Nola Pilates & Yoga/ Xtend Barre is one of Lakeview’s premier fitness studios. The studio’s extensive schedule features over 65 group classes per week, including Pilates Reformer, Tower, Mat, Yoga, MELT Method, TRX Suspension and Xtend Barre. One-on-one sessions are available in the private equipment studio seven days per week. Classes range in focus and intensity from open-level Pilates Mat and Yoga classes to muscle-sculpting, calorie-torching classes like TRX and Xtend Barre. November 2017 marked the studio’s 10 year anniversary, and owner Kim Munoz fondly recalls opening its doors back in 2007, as small business owners worked tirelessly to revive their city following Hurricane Katrina.

“In our first years, we were grateful for the opportunity to offer the local community a positive outlet following such devastation,” explained Munoz. “Ten years later, we look forward to continuing to serve the New Orleans community and helping you meet your goals, restore your mind, body, and spirit.” Visit the studio online at to schedule your first session. For more information, visit the website or call 504-483-8880. The unique workout experience at Orangetheory Fitness combines the energy of a group workout with the attention and personal care of one-on-one training. Over the course of a 60-minute class, you can expect to burn between 500 and 1,000 calories, but the positive effects don’t stop there — the after burn can continue to burn calories for up to 36 hours post-workout. Orangetheory is just launching their newest app, Connected Fitness, which will provide even more individual data for participants during their workouts. “Currently you have to remember the distances you run and row, but moving forward Connected Fitness will keep track of all of that for you. The data collected on distances, heart rates, calories burned, etc. will appear in the ConnectedFitness app,” said Elle Mahoney, Area Developer and Franchise Owner. “It will deliver more information, more accurately. When you exercise anywhere wearing your OTBeat heart rate monitor, the technology challenges you to set personal records and will feed into your fitness Personal Record.” Orangetheory currently has eight Louisiana studios, including three in New Orleans — Uptown, Mid-City and (soon) in the Downtown Warehouse District. Local residents receive their first, free introductory class by visiting • my n e w or l e a n s . com

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Wrap It Up Sea inspired spa treatments by KELLY MASSICOT


he struggle of every day life can really get to a person. The stress of your job, bills you always have to pay, a spouse or significant other - the list of worries is endless. I don’t have a spouse, but I do have a nag that hangs around me always - my autoimmune disease. I’m constantly looking for ways to help my aches and pains. The spa, I have come to find out, is not only an indulgence I love to enjoy, but it actually helps with those pesky aches and pains of even every day wear and tear. Recently, I had the privilege of trying a spa service I have never had before at Belladonna Day Spa on Magazine Street - a seaweed wrap. If you’re like me, you immediately think of that commercial where the girl is quite literally wrapped in seaweed and she has to break her arm free. So, I was a bit apprehensive, but still excited. 134

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Let’s face it, a spa day is a spa day. Everyone at Belladonna made it such a calming and serene place to be - I almost felt as if my loud, y’at accent demeanor was going to wreck the entire vibe. Once it was time for my treatment to begin, Belladonna introduced a new amenity that I had never experienced before, a 20 minute aromatic “still” herbal bath. You’re led into a room that only has a bathtub and a bench and your massage therapist uses oils to create just the aroma you’re looking for to relax. I will admit, unless I head straight to a massage table, I start to get a little restless. And being in a bathtub, by myself, with no Netflix (per my typical bath experiences), I became very antsy. However, I do see the allure and appeal it offers to those to help the relaxation along. Once the bath was done, my therapist led me to the massage

room, where I was met with even more new spa experiences. Instead of just using some aromatic oils, extra steps are taken on every part of your body to ensure the collagen producing seaweed body wrap does the trick. You even get to take home the gloves used to exfoliate your arms and legs which sounds gross, but I have used mine three times since the treatment. The seaweed itself was nothing like the aforementioned commercial. It’s more like a paste and it is applied to the body with a paintbrush. I kept asking questions and talking, so this experience wasn’t the most relaxing, but I can definitely see how someone could fall asleep while being painted with seaweed. Once your whole body, back and front, are covered, you are then wrapped up like a burrito to seal everything in and left to nap. I kept worrying my wrap was

going to come undone, but once that fear was out of my head I fell right to sleep - drooling and all. You’re asked to use the shower in the room to wipe all the seaweed off before the final phase of the treatment - the actual massage. The massage part was no different than your typical massage, (we all have our different preferences) but I fully believe that I was much more relaxed, my body as a whole, because of each carefully planned step during the entire treatment as a whole. My final thoughts on the treatment as a whole was a solid “A” - though I am a tough customer when it comes to things that are supposed to “relax” me. I would definitely suggest this treatment, as well as the many others Belladonna offers for individuals, couples or even for group events. They’ll definitely “sea” to it that you have a relaxing experience. •


Gulf Shores – an insider’s seaside getaway

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Less than 3.5 hours away from New Orleans are some of the most dazzling white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. There is golf, nature trails, water sports and deep-sea fishing. Florida? No. It’s a bit of a local’s secret that all of this, and more, can be found in Alabama at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Information of where to stay is easy to find on one central website which also shows a full calendar of events including music concerts, fishing competitions, a triathlon and the popular Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event in September.

Beautiful Cabinetry and Experienced Hands If you are planning any renovation that includes new cabinetry, it’s worth giving Lynn and Bobby Shirer a call. Owners of The Cabinet Shoppe, the Shirer’s have been creating custom cabinetry for nearly thirty years. Always looking for ways to maximize a budget, they have started offering a new line of cabinetry from Italy called Studio Abruzzo. It offers European contemporary styling and the highest quality of cabinet at an impressive price point. The Cabinet Shoppe, 1017B Harimaw Court East, Metairie, 400-6802.

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The Goats of Canal Street


heir names are Artie and Miles and they live on Canal Street. Research is limited on this particular topic, but I have a hunch that of all the grand streets in the world, Canal Street is the only one that has a pair of pygmy goats among its residents. Both animals are colored with splashes of black and white and each has a face of one or the other color. Their days are spent in a pen inside the Urban Roads Garden Center located on Canal between North Roman 136

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and North Derbigny. The facility consists of an outdoor space where customers can buy potted trees and other foliage. There is also an inside area converted from an old garage that is filled with garden decorations, as well as sacks of soil and even small bags-of live lady bugs. (Why would anyone want a bag of bugs? As chemical free predators for other garden pests.) The inside is also the home of Fin, a pacifist rabbit who spends his days lying on a glass counter with

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his front part sticking out of a box. There is a handprinted sign on which Fin, or a ghostwriter, introduces himself and assures that while he is friendly and likes to be petted he should not be picked up. Most of his time is spent staring and munching out of his box. There is a plastic pond outside, large enough to provide accommodations for at least five middle-sized turtles. If one would spend his time watching a potted fig tree grow or a turtle moving,

the fig tree would win. The turtles seem to spend their days in contemplation. In another pen there are chickens that seem to get along with the ducks, despite the constant clucking and quacking. A cat slinks around outside the pen that is, at least hopefully, feline proof. At this moment the cat is standing stiff on his hind legs at the base of a potted crepe myrtle. He is eyeing a bird that is resting on a twig only a few inches away from the cat’s reach. After a few minutes the bird flitters away, probably unaware of the danger his life had been in. Within seconds the cat was staring at another tree. Meanwhile Artie and Miles protect their space. The pair are the main attraction, the first sight that visitors see when they pull in to the parking lot. The goats might be playing with the tire that is hanging down from the pen’s top. For whatever they do, the crowd is amused. If you’re a goat it is easy to entertain humans. There is another Urban Roots Garden Center on Tchoupitoulas Street. According to the Canal Street attendant, there are goats there too, plus sheep. But if I were a goat I would prefer the Canal Street spot where there is always a buzz either from ambulances rushing to the University Hospital across the street or the red streetcars speeding by at seven miles per hour. Then, one Saturday a year, Endymion passes by. A strong-armed toss might even guide a doubloon toward their pen. No other goats have such an experience. I hadn’t been to the garden center in about a month. The animals were all fine, although Fin hadn’t really changed his act much. He was still halfway out of the box and letting the sign about petting him do the talking. The cat continued to prowl, Artie and Miles saw new faces outside the pen. The place is rich in discovery. I realized that one day when a neighbor said she had gone to the garden center and how thrilled her three-year old was. “He had never seen a chicken before,” she said. If he had never owned lady bugs either, now was the chance.• ARTHUR NEAD Illustration