NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE JANUARY 2021
BEST BARS AND DRINKS
NEW YEAR GUIDE
TOPS OF THE TOWN
/ VOLUME 55 / NUMBER 4
Crescent City Cheers Picks on how to drink like a local
BY MISTY MILIOTO
New Year, New You 25 New Habits
BY SUZANNE PFEFFERLE TAFUR
Tops of the Town
FROM THE EDITOR
A Fresh Start
10 JULIA STREET Lakehouse Mystery 12 14
16 BAR TAB Best Bars, Drinks & More 18
Top Things to Do, Read & Try
20 CHRIS ROSE Missing the Music
22 PERSONA John Coyle
News from NOLA Kitchens
24 MODINE Out with the Old
ON THE COVER
Ginger @ Nite Cocktail at Effervescence. Made with Black Pearl Rum, Honey Grappa, Amaretto, Lime, Ginger, Cherry Juice, Topped with sparkling wine, p. 28 Photographed by Marianna Massey
26 VINTAGE 1905
62 NOSH New Year's Tradition
54 TRAVEL Geaux Skiing
64 CHEERS Cheers New Year
56 GROWING PAINS When Worlds Collide
66 DINING GUIDE Listings from Around the City
58 HOME ADVICE Anastasia Cymes
88 STREETCAR When Rex Met Zulu
60 TABLE TALK Market Fresh
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ach year when the clock strikes midnight on December 31, the world seemingly resets. It’s a time to briefly look back at the year that was, and to look ahead to a new year full of new possibilities. This year, the looking ahead may have never been more important, as New Orleans, our country and the world let out a collective sigh of relief that 2020 is finally behind us. We look forward to new beginnings — healing both physically and mentally — and a rebuilding of all of the traditions we treasure. In New Orleans, we treasure hospitality, and especially our drinking establishments and traditions, like no other place. In this issue, we highlight the places, brews, beers and concoctions that set our imbibing culture apart from everyone else. We have all the essential ingredients you need to mix and match, stir and shake, and drink like a local. January is also a great time to make a plan to try to incorporate new habits and new ideas into your usual routine. From learning how to (indoor) surf to learning a new language or volunteering in the community, we have an eclectic mix of ideas to try for your mind, body and spirit. This past year provided an unprecedented array of challenges for our community, from the overwhelming effects of the pandemic to a relentless series of storms putting us in the “cone of uncertainty.” For this reason, we toast the arrival of a new year. And while things may still be on hold for a little while longer, we can see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. May we all have patience and health, and in the meantime, we can practice our dance moves at home, perfect our festival recipes and plan our costumes for safer times ahead. Because y’all know the first festival, first concert, first Carnival celebrations will be bigger and brighter than ever before, and that is truly something we can look forward to.
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W I TH P O Y DR AS THE P A RROT
Lakehouse Mystery DEAR JULIA AND POYDRAS,
About 1960, my friend and I regularly rode our bikes down the Lake Pontchartrain levee from the Green Acres area to the Causeway. Down near the Causeway, we found an abandoned white clapboard building built on pilings out over the lake. Being inquisitive young adolescents, we explored and found an open door or window and went in. Inside was a bar and dancefloor with tables around and several bedrooms complete with beds. Behind the bar, there were scores of green guest receipts and cash books. There were no names anywhere identifying the business. We thought this could a house of ill repute. I saw no parrot feathers. So, I assumed Poydras had not been there at least around 1960. Is it possible there are any historical records of such an establishment? Thank you in advance for your help with this important mystery. – Dr. Thomas Keller (La Mesa, CA.) Thomas, great question! This is one of those quirky things that everyone should know about, but that I fear has been lost to time. Yes, there was a building of unusual activity in the lake near where the Causeway was built. There is no belter source for this sort of thing than Carlton Dufrecheau the General Manger of the Causeway. Here is what he told Poydras who interviewed him by skype: “Yes, please inform Dr. Keller it was real. The piles are still there immediately on the east (New Orleans) side of the Bridge. In fact, I can see a plethora of pelicans sitting on them now. From what I understand, it was a quite a happening For more of Julia, place – like a little casino way back when – slot machines, bar, and check out her maybe ladies of the evening too. The 1956 post card for the opening monthly blog at of the original Causeway show the building in the background and MyNewOrleans. com/Julia-Street it appeared to be operational then. Until the Causeway was built and Causeway Blvd and Veterans paved, this area was the great outback so I would venture to guess this institution had abundance of character and likely many interesting characters visiting. If only the piles could talk – those would be some tales.” Dufrecheau says it well: "The building had an abundance of character and likely many interesting characters.” We agree that there would be many interesting stories if only the piles could talk but then talking piles would be a whole story into itself. Speculation that there might have been ladies of the evening there, to go along with the gambling and boozing, refers no doubt to late night crabbing from the porch. By the way, during your youthful probing, you would not have seen Poydras’ feathers there because in the 1960s he was overseas working undercover for the CIA. He does not say much about that phase in his life other than to mention something about being responsible for taking down a wall in Berlin. That too is another story.
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1 THROW ME SOMETHING, BACCHUS APP
Since parades won't roll for Carnival 2021, you can get your fix by downloading Bacchus’ new app to listen to marching bands, catch digital throws, listen to past celebrity monarchs, see images of passing floats, and create your own avatar.
“THIS IS YOUR TIME”
MARDI GRAS SCAVENGER HUNTS
Two Mardi Gras organizations have announced they will be having scavenger hunts instead of parades in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Funky Uptown Krewe, which traditionally follows the Phunny Phorty Phellows on Twelfth Night along the St. Charles Streetcar line, announced it will create a socially distanced scavenger hunt along the route. Revelers can follow the krewe’s Instagram account (instagram.com/FunkyUptownKrewe) for clues as to where they can pick up the krewe’s signature throw, a handdecorated bedazzled vinyl record. The group said their goal with the hunt was encourage people to still enjoy the night and support local businesses on the route while remaining socially distanced. As of press time, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus hasn’t released as many specifics on their scavenger hunt, but they did announce that their carnival celebration will take the form of a scavenger hunt. Fans will be able to collect one of Chewbacchus’ various marching groups’ handmade works of art paying homage to different sci-fi/fantasy icons and cult favorites. The 2021 event will be titled “Chewbacchus 11: Don’t Panic! The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the ‘New Reality’.” Go to the krewe’s Instagram page (instagram. com/KreweOfChew) for more information.
LISTEN TO THIS “GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PJ: FROM THE SONGBOOK OF PJ MORTON”
New Orleans musician PJ Morton, known for both his solo work and his work as the keyboardist for Maroon 5, recently released a new gospel album. The recording sessions were done virtually with other musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversations with Morton’s father, Bishop Paul Morton, are interspersed throughout the album.
Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges recently made the news with the passing of her mother, Lucille Bridges. The renewed interest in Bridges’ story as the first Black child to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans means it’s a great time to read Bridges’ book, “This Is Your Time.” The book is written as a letter from Bridges to the reader. The story recounts Bridges’ experience of being escorted to class by federal marshals into William Frantz Elementary School. Bridges also talks about her life as an adult activist and speaker. She addresses present-day racial strife, including the 2020 murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. “This Is Your Time” also features photographs from the 1960s and the present day. “This Is Your Time” is suitable for readers grade 5 and above. Booklist’s review called it “a profoundly moving book.”
STUMPY’S HATCHET HOUSE
You may not immediately think of throwing hatchets as a social activity, but Stumpy’s Hatchet House on Poydras Street in the CBD has made it just that. There is generous space in the facility between each throwing pit and each of the ten throwing pits is well over six feet wide, so it makes for easy social distancing. All staff members will wear masks, as will guests in shared spaces. Anyone over 18 can enter and receive instruction and safety training before throwing a hatchet. There are also puzzle games, leather sofas, candles, large screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Customers can inquire about group rates for private parties or team building events. For more information, visit StumpySHH.com/NewOrleansLA.
BY MISTY MIL IO TO
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TAQUERIA MEETS HIGH DESIGN
Tacos, Anyone? Barracuda, the Crescent City’s newest taco stand and margarita garden, is offering expanded menu options and an upgraded outdoor space as part of its continued socially distanced safety measures. The restaurant has permanently added Taco Family Meals and Party Packs to its takeout menu, a DIY - Build Your Own Meal option for larger groups and a Deluxe Nacho Hour. Guests can choose from the Breakfast Taco Kit ($75, feeds 10-12), the Nacho Party Pack ($68, feeds 10-15) or the Taco Party Pack ($125, feeds 12-15). Each option comes with tons of extras. For example, the Taco Party Pack includes 36 flour tortillas; the choice of two proteins or vegetables; toppings, including onion, cilantro, shredded chihuahua cheese, and lime; and dips, including guacamole, queso, creamy salsa verde and roasted red salsa. Meanwhile, the DIY - Build Your Own Meal option is perfect for picnic-in-place needs. The DIY Meals can be purchased online, and guests can choose larger format menu items like dozen tortilla packs and 12-24 ounces of protein, toppings, chips and sides. The Deluxe Nacho Hour has also returned Tuesday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. with taco and nacho specials, beer and margarita deals and a make-your-own michelada kit. The newly upgraded patio features roll-down, transparent curtain barriers and additional covered space akin to an open-air greenhouse. Infrared heaters also have been distributed throughout the margarita garden for the winter months. 3984 Tchoupitoulas St., 266-2961, eatbarracuda.com.
Recently, three best friends—Julio Machado, Danny Cruz and Vilexys Salas—decided to open a new taqueria and mezcaleria in Metairie called Tacos del Cartel. The name came about when Machado had the idea of using signs and billboards around the restaurant to show different taco flavors (in Spanish, a sign is called a cartel). The gorgeous restaurant, designed by JL Studio with inspiration from Day of the Dead celebrations, features Californiastyle, authentic Mexican street food made with fresh and organic ingredients. Some of the most popular items include the carnitas taco topped with pork crackling salsa, the carne asada fries and the shrimp taco. When it comes to cocktails, expect the best with a menu designed by master mezcalier Ismael Martinez. Tacos del Cartel offers seating for 28, a drive through and a Happy Hour from Monday through Thursday with half-priced beers. 2901 David Drive, Metairie, 381-5063, tacosdelcartel.com.
Misa, a new Mediterraneaninspired restaurant from Tal Sharon (the owner of Tal’s Hummus) has opened in a corner spot on Magazine Street previously occupied by Bordeaux. Named after his grandmother from Libya, the restaurant features appetizers like tuna crudo, white fish ceviche, and crispy calamari and onion rings; main dishes like cauliflower curry, a grilled red tuna burger, pappardelle Bolognese and Indian lamb shank stew; and desserts like panna cotta and apple pie with almonds. 4734 Magazine St., 510-2791, misanola.com.
Sunday nights are a great time to bring the family together for a nice meal, while catching up on the week and making future plans. Gianna, the newest restaurant from Chef Donald Link, had this idea in mind with the introduction of Sunday Supper. Every Sunday evening, Gianna offers a three-course meal of rustic Italian antipasti, a main course and dessert—with an option for a wine pairing— available for dine-in, take-out or delivery. The Sunday Supper menu changes weekly, and past menu items have included antipasti misti with focaccia, baked sausage rigatoni and arborio rice pudding. 700 Magazine St., 399-0816, giannarestaurant.com.
B Y MISTY MIL IO TO
SIPPIN’ ON SELTZER
Local Whiskey Seven Three Distilling Co., which came to the rescue during quarantine with its made in-house hand sanitizer, is once again satisfying the needs of locals with the recent release of its Irish Channel Whiskey. While this is the third release of the whiskey, it is the first release since December 2019 thanks to a supply chain delay during the pandemic. The Irish American whiskey blend is aged in French oak cognac barrels, and the distillery has released eight barrels worth of the brown liquor. Grab a bottle at the distillery or at grocery stores. 301 N. Claiborne Ave., 265-8545, seventhreedistilling.com.
Alcoholic seltzers have become all the rage, and one local brewery now has its very own line. Urban South Brewery, known for its suds like Paradise Park American light lager and Holy Roller IPA, has released a line of hard seltzers in a bevy of refreshing flavors. Options include Raspberry Limeade, Pineapple Punch, Lychee Guava, Triple Berry, Strawberry Kiwi and more. All flavors are available in 12-ounce cans, with some flavors available in four packs and other flavors available in six packs. 1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-4852, urbansouthbrewery.com.
Perfect for the New Year, wine-based cocktails are making their way into the limelight. These trendy refreshments are made by mixing wine with artisanal ingredients and high-quality spirits. The lower ABV content traditionally found in these concoctions provides just the right amount of buzz to avoid a headache the next day. While you can find wine cocktails all over the city, be sure to head over to Hot Tin—the rooftop bar at The Pontchartrain Hotel—and ask for the Wolf in Lamb’s Clothing. It’s made with Lambrusco, gin, honey syrup and lemon juice, and it’s sure to put a pep in your step. 2031 St. Charles Ave., 323-1500, hottinbar.com.
FRESH FRUIT DAIQUIRIS
If you’re looking for a refreshing pick-me-up, look no further than Bourrèe’s rotating selection of daiquiris made fresh daily with seasonal ingredients. While flavors are always changing, some of the options in the past have included the Gin and Tonic (gin, cucumbers and kaffir lime leaves), the Apple Jack Daq (Benchmark bourbon, satsuma and apple cider), the Satsunami (rum, satsuma juice, basil and spiced syrup) and the Not Ya Mom & Dem's (rum, strawberries, blackberries, lime and basil). Order one in 12 ounces or 16 ounces to enjoy on the outdoor patio, or grab a few flavors in half-gallon and full-gallon sizes to go. 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 510-4040, bourreenola.com.
BY ANDY MY E R
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Get inspired to get moving in greatlooking activewear that takes you from your workout to lunch. Tasc’s moisture-wicking, bamboo fibers aren’t treated with harsh chemical processes, making them incredibly soft. The classic cuts, offered in a wide range of styles for men and women, are super flattering. Available at Tasc, tascperformance.com.
Flower and Spice London’s organic Tea Tree and Verbena body wash is a true treat. Nourish and protect dry winter skin with this rich combination of vegetable and antiseptic essential oils that act as a barrier against bacteria and treat inflammation, while leaving the lingering scent of a light bouquet. Available at West London Boutique, westlondonboutique.com.
Created by New Orleans natives Sharon Leslie and Julia Schoen, Glacce’s striking crystal water bottles will motivate you to stay hydrated. Super charge your H2O with either black obsidian, known to harness confidence and strength, or rose quartz, the stone of unconditional love, peace, healing and nourishment. Available with additional accessories at Vibrant Market, thevibrantmarket.com.
Wellness for the New Year
Alleviate stress and anxiety with a 15-minute, aromatherapy home spa moment. Patchology’s new Moodpatch eye gels are infused with essential oils and floral aromas to brighten your outlook as well as your skin. Available in Happy Place, Down Time or Perk Up, at Earthsavers, earthsaversonline.com.
Whether you’re taking a break for “Dry January” or have committed to an alcohol-free lifestyle, Kin’s line of soothing, non-alcoholic beverages boasts rave reviews as a cocktail alternative. Rich in botanics, adaptogens and serene nootropics, sooth the soul and palate with this new way to wind down. Available through EveryBody Wellness, everybodywellnessnola.com.
It’s the music I miss most. Live music. In a club or small theater. As for restaurants, bars and friends – well sure, I miss them too. And giving tours and hanging art in public squares and meeting new people. But it’s the damn music begone that leaves a hole that’s hard to fill. When this whole damn thing started, my partner and I amused ourselves by watching – and contributing to – local musicians who had been forced to (anti) socially distance themselves from live shows and went virtual in their own personal venues (living rooms, mostly.) And that was a feel good. For a while. Seeing our friends online performing in intimacy. Donating what we could to help out. Zooming in and out of a virtual Frenchmen Street. But still. My partner and I have fallen into a bit of a nostalgic rut recently, remembering the one thing we always did – more than restaurants, art markets, festivals or any other such public events and places. Locally, we’d go see Micah McKee’s regular gig on Thursdays at the Blue Nile and John Boutte on Mondays at d.b.a. There was Pat McGlaughlin at the Hi-Ho Lounge down on St. Claude, Dustan Louque at the Marigny Opera House. And Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray, Susan Cowsill, Jim McCormick and anybody else who was playing at...at...at. Damn it’s been so long, I can’t even remember its name. What the hell? Chickie Wah Wah! That’s it! Ah, memories. (If only I could remember them.) But we also made at least one monthly venture out to the great theaters in this city. The Saenger, the Orpheum, the Civic, all magnificently restored structures since Katrina’s destruction. Prior to 2020 (ah, what a year to forget) we saw Bryan Ferry, Brian Wilson, Randy
Missing the Music A Zoom stage is never enough
Newman, the Old Crow Medicine Show, Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (killer show; absolutely killer), Joe Jackson, Harry Shearer. We did do one big arena show, a necessary nod to a bucket list item, Paul Simon at the Smoothie King. There were others. A whole bunch of others. These shows basically comprised our entire social life. I guess you could say we were kind of voluntary shut-ins before everybody became involuntary shut-ins. But the live music was our juice. That got us up and dressed and ready. Nobody our age had “parties” anymore. We’d hit up a local bistro from time to time – Adolpho’s, Liuzza’s, the Blind Pelican, Lola’s. And we’d make obligatory trips to Jazz Fest, Voodoo and Bayou Boogaloo. But those live, intimate theater shows were our jam. Our butter. And our bread. Getting our tickets months in advance, clicking in on the
laptop the day they went on sale, doling out stupid amounts of money to get the best seats in the house, but reveling in every moment with no regrets. Well, except for that 20 minutes I fell asleep at the Bryan Ferry show, but hey – I actually had gainful employment back then. So I was a little tired. For more Chris It happens. Plus, Rose check out his blog "Me Again"on he writes incredTuesday mornings at ibly seductively myneworleans.com sleepy music. I don’t think he would have been offended. And before you judge, then tell me you’ve never in your life taken a nap at Jazz Fest. *crickets* OK, point made. The point being: Damn, like everybody else wishing for something else other than what we’ve got, I wish the jam and butter and bread were back. I mean, I can’t stand sax solos, but I’d kill to hear one right now. And yeah, yeah, there’s Zoom. I get that. Been there and done that. It just ain’t the same as putting on big boy pants and shoes – and maybe even a jacket (she: make-up, headband and hippy T-shirt) and fighting like hell for a parking spot downtown and racing to the venue thinking you’re late – but you’re not because, well, musicians – and grabbing a drink at the bar and stumbling around in the dark on steps you can’t see to find your seats and shushing the couple in front of you for talking too much and then talking too much yourself and thriving on the sounds of your favorite bands and performers. I know this all sounds pretty depressing. And that’s because it is. They tell us it will all come back some day. But then again, all those aging performers who have already taken three “retirement” tours – only to tour again – might actually be retired now. And so it goes, 2020 into 2021. Things can only get better, right? Oh, that reminds me, we also saw Howard Jones.
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BY KE L L Y MASSIC O T
lthough 2020 wasn’t the idyllic start to the new decade that we all imagined, it arguably showed some good and sense of community in people as the year came to a close. As many took to our parks and bayous to occupy their time and find some sense of peace during the pandemic, Friends of Lafitte Greenway and NORD noticed a need for a new community space. Along with the Clarity Parks Project, the new Lafitte Greenway Plaza debuted this winter. John Coyle of Urbanscapes Design+Build Collaborative worked to design the new community space along with a team of professionals, and filled the space with public art, the Crescent City Farmers Market, new landscaping and more. This month, we talk to Coyle about the Lafitte Greenway Plaza, the community’s input into the project and the vibrant new rainbow bike path ready for everyone to enjoy. Q: What can visitors expect when visiting the new park? The Greenway Plaza has a little something for everyone. It features colorful, interactive artwork throughout, a beautifully landscaped bioswale with native plants for water management, various types of seating arrangements, and a large stage. We had hundreds of community members respond to a survey that included our schematic designs so people could give feedback and tell us what they wanted. What emerged from this process was that people wanted to
see a vibrant space that was flexible in use, that could be a space to have meetings or events, a place for kids to play, a place people could express themselves, or just hang out. Twice a week, the Crescent City Farmers Market will make the Plaza their new home, and Friends of Lafitte Greenway will continue to program events in the Plaza and on the new stage at its center.
closely since 2012 when I was researching bicycle infrastructure for my master’s thesis. When the Greenway officially opened in 2015, I started volunteering and became a Greenway Ambassador. I bike on the Greenway almost every day. Friends of Lafitte Greenway is the non-profit that works to program, promote, and develop the Greenway as a great public space. They have been doing an incredible job as the Q: Who all was involved? This stewards of the space and listening project was a labor of love by many to community feedback for what groups and individuals. Our contrac- people want to see the space used tors from Mastadonte: Luisa Aballe, for. In June they issued a Request Arien Hall and Chloe for Qualifications for the Marshall worked with Greenway Plaza design FUN FACT me on-site seven days and build challenge There is an egret that we a week to complete the to transform a former named Edgar construction of this parking lot into a public that can usually be found plaza. Urbanscapes was rapid-build project hanging out in selected in July and it before the g r and the bioswale. opening. We worked has been an honor and a with local artist and privilege to work with the architectural designer Brandon community to transform the space Surtain to design and install the into their collective vision. colorful, native plant-inspired mural that weaves through the entire Q: What went into the design plaza. The Greenway Ambassadors, and the construction of the new Sustaining Our Urban Landscape park? The design process was a (SOUL), Procella Design, WorkHaus, collaborative effort between the and other local artists and collabora- Urbanscapes team, Friends of Lafitte tors, Ray Fontaine, Rachel Menard, Greenway, NORD, The Project for and Kayleigh Bruentrup also contrib- Public Spaces, and the Greenway uted to the success of this project. Ambassadors. Friends of Lafitte Greenway has been engaging the Q: How did you and your company community for years, collecting get involved with the Lafitte feedback on how people wanted to Greenway project? I believe that use the space, which is what informed The Greenway is the most important our initial design proposals. We public space in the city of New presented our design schemes to Orleans. I have been following neighborhood associations and the development of the Greenway held a virtual public meeting to
get feedback to make design decisions. The pandemic created a challenge for community engagement, but luckily we were able to utilize contactless technology donated by Qwasi. Using this contactless system, community members were able to scan QR codes posted along the Greenway and take a survey online. They weighed in on space planning, color palettes for the mural, voted on children’s activities, and wrote in comments about the design and how they wanted to use the space. Together all of these people, ideas, and collaboration came together to create the plaza. Q: What’s your favorite part of the park as a whole? Watching people
experiencing the park for the first time has been my favorite thing. As we were building the plaza, I got to meet a ton of people who use the greenway regularly who were curious and excited about what the space was becoming. It brings me joy to see children playing on the stage and other features, people taking photos by the murals, drawing on the chalkboard, and locking their bikes on the new bike racks. Seeing how the park will change and grow as it gets used will be exciting as well.
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Out with the Old Rage cleaning is the best cleaning
Me and my mother-in-law, Ms. Larda, were talking about it. Christmas is over. Now we got to put away our presents, plus the wrapping, plus the decorations we arranged behind our computer to give holiday cheer to Zoom, plus the stuff we ordered from Amazon our own selves. And some of us are still tripping over the porch furniture we drug in and didn’t take out because the hurricanes kept coming. Ms. Larda wakes up one day feeling like everything is closing in on her. She tears through her house, boxing up and throwing out and stomping into smithereens. When she gets to the bathroom, she tackles the medicine cabinet, and finds pills dating back almost to Katrina. She never knew how to get rid of them, because she keeps hearing about teenagers with nothing better to do who experiment with random pills they find - she hopes they choose laxatives; that’ll give them something to do - and also about thrown-out medicine seeping into the groundwater, that will one day poison us or make us feel real good, depending. Then Gloriosa tells her Walgreens got a drop box for used medicine and they supposedly safely dispose of it, God knows how. So she puts it all in a little trash bag. Then she goes to the other side of her house —-she shares a double with her sons Lurch and Leech, with the sides joined in the back by a laundry room, so she can wash their clothes. Once she’s over there, she sweeps the middle
of their floors, but she can’t get to the edges because the boys ain’t so good at picking up stuff. They do have their lady friends over once in a while, so she hopes they at least make an effort then. She opens the medicine cabinet over their bathroom sink, and is instantly sorry, because everything explodes out of it into the sink and over the floor. So she got to pick it up and while she’s doing it, she checks the expiration date on each bottle and puts the expired medicines in her trash bag. Then she goes to Walgreens and gets rid of all the medicine. She feels like she has done her part to save stupid teenagers and the ground water. A couple days later, Leech comes over and asks her exactly which medicines she threw away. She says she don’t remember. Expired stuff. Why? No reason. And he shuffles back to his side of the house. He drops by the Sloth Lounge later to talk to my gentleman friend, Lust. It’s closed, but we are in there cleaning, so Lust pours him a free drink, and I see them talking low, not maintaining social distance. They get quiet when I stroll casually by, but I hear the word “pills.” Uh-oh. As far as I ever knew, Leech’s drug of choice was beer. I don’t like this. The second he leaves, I ask Lust what that was about. Lust says, “Not what you’re thinking.” He lowers his voice. “He lost his blue pills.” Blue pills? “Like
some guys need. Not that I would know anything about it, but I hear they’re pretty expensive.” Ohhh. THOSE blue pills. No wonder he can’t ask Ms. Larda. She’d want to know when the wedding is planned. And he can’t borrow money from his lady friend Trinkette. That would be awkward. I notice he’s pretty grumpy for a while. Then, all of a sudden, like the sun coming out, he turns into his cheerful self, again. Lust gets the story. Turns out Leech dropped his disposable face mask in his toilet, and tried to flush it. That was a mistake. He had to plunge the toilet out quick, before it overflowed, so he grabbed the plunger they keep standing right there for emergencies. And there, underneath the plunger, was his bottle of blue pills. It must have rolled all the way across the floor, and somebody picked up the plunger for some reason and clapped it down on top of it. Who would have done that? Maybe he better start cleaning his own bathroom.
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icture postcards of the French Market have been popular with visitors to New Orleans since the 1890s. This image of five young boys in a mule cart was just one of many taken in the French Market by an unnamed photographer working for the Detroit Publishing Company, founded in the late 1890s as the Detroit Photographic Company. Until about WWI, the company’s primary business was to take black-and-white photographs of “exotic” places around the United States and then publish them as colorized postcards, using its exclusive color process called “Photochrome.” It was only natural that the company’s photographer found great scenes in the French Market, which has lured artists and photographers for over a century. From its early 19th century beginnings to the late 1960s, the market was a lively Caribbean-like outdoor commercial center where farmers, merchants and fishermen of all ethnic and racial groups sold their goods. A
19th century visitor described the vast number of languages spoken in the market as “a ceaseless babble of tongues that is simply bewildering.” The market’s exotic scenes and people so impressed the French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas, who came to New Orleans in 1872 to visit his mother’s family, that he wrote to friends in Paris, stating: “Everything attracts me here. I am accumulating plans which would take ten lifetimes to carry out.” The Detroit Publishing Company had the same idea. The old French Market shown here got a major facelift in the 1930s when the Works Progress Administration added modern facilities and rebuilt the Farmers Market near Barracks Street. The market we see today emerged in the early 1970s when Mayor Moon Landrieu and the French Market Corporation launched renovations that rebuilt the 1830s Red Store and converted vegetable and seafood stalls into modern shops and tourist attractions.
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THE BEST PLACES, SPIRITS, BEER AND GO-CUPS TO DRINK LIKE A LOCAL.
As New Orleans transitions through COVID-19 recovery phases, be sure to check for the latest hours of operation and offerings. Many may require reservations, so be sure to plan ahead. Cheers!
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New Orleans is surely known for its culture, music, food and festivals, but it’s also a drinking town like no other. Maybe it’s our love of revelry—or of simply meeting new friends everywhere we go—but New Orleanians have a knack for making any day one to celebrate. And what better way than with a cocktail in hand (and preferably to-go)? Whether you’re looking for a cozy neighborhood bar to catch up with the regulars, a sports bar to watch the game or a sprawling patio to practice your social distancing, the Crescent City has it all. We also have top-notch wine bars that will satisfy the pickiest oenophiles and affordable Happy Hours that fit the bill after a long day at the office. Craft beer? Yep, we have that, too, thanks to a growing number of local breweries that are turning out some serious suds. Our distilleries? Not only did they come through during the pandemic by producing hand sanitizers, but they also kick things up a notch with their unique spirits. No matter how (and where) you choose to do it, there’s some good, clean fun waiting just around the corner. While this list is in no way exhaustive—there are just too many amazing bars in New Orleans to mention—it definitely provides a well-rounded starting point for some local discovery. Even though your favorite neighborhood bar is always a good choice, it can be fun to spread your wings and find some new local haunts. And while the pandemic has certainly put a damper on how New Orleanians celebrate, it in no way has squelched our thirst for alcohol in all of its mighty forms. It should come as no surprise after all, as New Orleans is often credited as being the birthplace of the cocktail. Maybe it’s in our blood; maybe hurricane parties help us deal with the onslaught to come; and maybe we just like to have fun. Whatever the reason, our drinking culture keeps the pace. And as one of the only places in the world where you can legally take your drink with you on the street, you might as well take advantage. Be sure to pick up some of those batch cocktails to-go the next time you’re planning a day out on the town.
The two-story 1800s Victorian mansion that is home to Cavan on Magazine Street is a go-to spot for enjoying coastal and Southern fare on the front patio. As fancy as the interiors and the menu are, the vibe here is uniquely laid-back. Specialty cocktails are not to be missed, with highlights including the Tea Dye For (made with vodka, lemon, herbal liqueur, chamomile and butterfly pea tea syrup) and the Memory’s Mistress (made with gin, rosemary, lime, sherry and soda). There’s also a large selection of beer and wine. The food menu also delights with small plates likes squid ink gnocchi and large plates like shrimp and grits. 3607 Magazine St., 509-7655, Cavannola.com.
NEIGHBORHOOD BARS BAR TONIQUE This cozy, brick-walled bar on North Rampart Street is revered for its craft cocktails featuring house-made ingredients. Bar Tonique opened in 2008 as the first free-standing craft cocktail bar in New Orleans, with the goal of serving great cocktails, carefully curated wines and craft beers in a friendly, unpretentious, neighborhood setting. The craft cocktail list includes everything from punches and slings to sours and blossoms. Be sure to check out the daily special ($6 every day, except on Fridays when a Tullamore D.E.W shot is $3). A minority-owned business, Bar Tonique tends to have a majority BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ identifying staff. The bar also goes to great lengths to provide generous employee benefit packages, and robust training and professional development. 820 N. Rampart St., 324-6045, Bartonique.com.
MICK’S IRISH PUB Located in Mid-City, Mick’s Irish Pub is a laid-back neighborhood bar with pool, ping pong, darts and video games. It’s pet-friendly, and the regulars here rave about the friendly service and original New Orleans vibe. The bar food also can’t be beat, thanks to Rum and the Lash (a tiny kitchen with food from Chef Michael Gulotta of MoPho) that moved here from Finn McCool’s. The menu includes curry fries, burgers and chicken wings (among other options), and more items also will be added. While you’re at it, pair some of that pub grub with an Irish car bomb. 4801 Bienville Ave., 482-9113.
El Pavo Real This cheerful neighborhood restaurant offers familiar Mexican food and margaritas to-go by the gallon. Options include the house rocks or frozen (Campo Azul Silver, fresh limes, orange and simple syrup); call (Calle 23 Silver or Jose Cuervo Gold and Triple Sec); or the Premium (Herradura Silver or Fortaleza Reposado and Cointreau). 4401 S. Broad Ave., 266-2022, Elpavorealnola.com.
Gris-Gris This award-winning Lower Garden District restaurant is offering a selection of batch cocktails to-go. Choose from Sangria, a frozen drink and a mixed cocktail by the gallon. Drink options are subject to change. 1800 Magazine St., 272-0241, Grisgrisnola.com.
PARASOL’S Located in the Irish Channel, Parasol’s is a longtime local favorite dive bar known for its po’ boys, sports on T.V. and St. Patrick’s Day revelry. The corner location has outside seating, and guests are always mixing and mingling with each other—all while enjoying stiff drinks and tasty eats. In addition to some of the best po’ boys in the city, the menu at Parasol’s includes a Muffulatta, burgers (and veggie burgers), wings, fries, onion rings and more. For something different, try the Irish Sunday (potato salad with roast gravy and spicy mayo). 2533 Constance St., 354-9079, facebook.com/parasolsnola.
LOCAL BREWERIES Port Orleans Brewing Co. Port Orleans Brewing Co. focuses on having the highest standard of quality and creating the finest selection of craft beers with consistent taste. Flagship brews include the Riverfront Lager (a moderately sweet golden lager with a peach nose, a soft malty character and a crisp finish), the Kennerbrau Kolsch (a slightly fruity Germanstyle ale with a light toasted wheat flavor) and the Bucktown Brown Ale (a smooth ale with hints of caramel, chocolate and coffee). The brewery offers seasonal and a rotating selection of beers on tap. 4124 Tchoupitoulas St., 266-2332, Portorleansbrewingco.com. Zony Mash Beer Project Located in the historic Gem Theater—one of only two remaining African American movie theaters still standing in the city— Zony Mash Beer Project is both a brewery and an entertainment space. Named after the title of an album of rare B-side songs by New Orleans funk band The Meters, Zony Mash offers 21 taps in the tasting room and a robust line of brews using ingredients like coffee from local roaster, Congregation; additions include carrot and dragon fruit juices, coriander and butterfly pea. Yearround brews include Tiny Bubbles (a sparkling ale), Pillow Talk (a “fluffy” IPA) and Run for the Rosé (a wine hybrid ale). The newest offering is a line of spiked seltzers, dubbed Zony Pop, now available in cans. 3940 Thalia St., 766-8868, Zonymashbeer. com.
Cure An old firehouse in the Freret Street corridor transformed into a stylish, dimly lit cocktail lounge thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a local favorite spot since 2009. Largely credited with revitalizing the now-bustling neighborhood, Cure won the coveted award for Outstanding Bar Program from the James Beard Foundation in 2018. Expect creative drinks and an eclectic array of dishes. Try the Agave Old Fashioned made with mezcal, tequila, raw agave nectar, a blend of bitters and orange oil. Some of the most popular menu items include the deviled eggs, the pimento cheese, the smoked trout dip, and the cheese and charcuterie. 4905 Freret St., 302-2357, Curenola.com.
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The Tchoup Yard Enter The Tchoup Yard through the spacious parking lot on Second St., and marvel at this lively outdoor cocktail destination. The relaxed vibe is highlighted by colorful furnishings and a rotating schedule of food trucks on site. While it’s always a good idea to call ahead for reservations, that is especially the case on game days when the yard gets packed with fans. Once you have a seat, choose from a drink menu of beer, wine by the glass or bottle and a full roster of spirits. Meanwhile, food options include quesadillas, sandwiches, burgers, fries and more. 405 Third St., Tchoupyard.com.
LOCAL DISTILLERIES Roulaison Distilling Co. Roulaison, the French-Creole term for the sugarcane harvest, is a small distillery that focuses on local ingredients full of robust, funky complexity. Offerings include Traditional Pot Distilled Rum, Overproof Rum, Barrel Aged Reserve Rum and Amer Herbal Rum Liqueur. In the tasting room, exclusive offerings include Cacao Rum Liqueur and Barrel Aged Reserve Rum, Single Barrel #100 (Cask Strength). 2727 S. Broad Ave., Ste. 103, 5174786, Roulaison.com.
NOLA Distillery The Crescent City’s eponymous distillery offers handcrafted spirits including vodka, bourbon, rum, gin and whiskey. The awardwinning, silky-smooth Hierarchy Vodka is made in a mild style with an aroma of cereal with milk and a clean taste of fruit pastry, custard and minerals. Other spirits include NOLA Vodka and Pepper Vodka, Louisiana Tradition Whiskey, Louisiana Tradition Rye Whiskey and a special edition Mardi Gras NOLA Vodka. 3715 Tchoupitoulas St., 598-5610, Nola-distillery.
Cajun Spirits Distillery Offering vodka, gin and rum, Cajun Spirits Distillery bases all of its spirits on the distillation of sugarcane from New Iberia. In addition to Crescent Vodka, the distillery’s other offerings include 3rd Ward Gin, infused with nine botanicals, and Tresillo Rum, a hybrid pot/column-distilled rum that’s aged for an unspecified amount of time, double-charcoal filtered and bottled at 80 proof. 2532 Poydras St., 7088918, Cajunspirits.com.
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Lula Restaurant Distillery This stylish yet rustic micro-distillery produces small-batch, handcrafted vodka made from Louisiana sugar cane. The smooth and clean spirit has the soft finish of a cane vodka. Also available is a molasses- and raw-sugarbased rum that is batch fermented and distilled, and gin steeped with botanicals like juniper, coriander, angelica root and citrus peel. 1532 St. Charles Ave., 267-7624, Lulanola.com.
LOCAL BREWERIES Broad Street Cider Located in the Broadmoor neighborhood, Broad Street Cider produces handcrafted ciders and meads in small batches with no artificial flavors or added sugars. The dry and semi-dry ciders and meads are gluten-free, unfiltered, unpasteurized and have no added sulfites. Head to the taproom for not only the standard offerings but also limited specialty releases available on draft and to-go in jar fills. Better yet, join the Cider Club ($45 per month), and receive four fills, flights or a mix per month; 20 percent off always; quarterly lagniappe; and more. 2723 S. Broad St., 405-1854, Broadstreetcider.com. Parleaux Beer Lab This neighborhood craft microbrewery and taproom in the Bywater produces high-quality, small-batch brews with a funky twist inherent to New Orleans. The rotating tap list changes constantly, and the brewery prides itself on not having a flagship beer. Instead, the 12 taps are a virtual laboratory of experimental brews that push the boundaries of typical beer styles. To-go beer also is available in 16-ounce cans (sold individually or in four-packs). 634 Lesseps St., 702-8433, Parleauxbeerlab.com.
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Second Line Brewing Founded in 2014, Second Line Brewing is a women-, veteranand minority-owned neighborhood brewery in Mid-City with an indoor/outdoor beer garden featuring pop-up food vendors. The family- and dog-friendly beer garden also hosts events and special beer releases. Core brews include the Batture Blonde Ale (brewed with Pilsner malt and Noble hops), the West Coast IPA (brewed with a hop presence of pine and citrus) and the Saison Named Desire (brewed with orange zest and Moro Blood Orange). Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a selection of small-batch series and annual releases. 433 N. Bernadotte St., 248-8979, Secondlinebrewing.com.
Inspired by the Marigny neighborhood in which it resides, The Elysian Bar is a cafe, restaurant and bar located at the Hotel Peter & Paul. Offerings evolve throughout the day, starting with coffee pastries in the morning; a full dining menu for lunch and dinner; Aperitivo Hour; and a full bar for evening drinks. The Elysian Bar, an experience-driven bar from the team behind Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits, features an all-American wine list, craft cocktails and a gorgeous ambiance in which to enjoy it all. 2317 Burgundy St., 356-6769, Theelysianbar.com.
Designed by architect Thomas Sully and built in 1893 as a private residence, The Columns was converted into a boarding house during World War I. A local family turned the mansion into a hotel in 1953, and that’s when the porch bar became popular. Jayson Seidman, a hotelier who developed The Drifter and The Frenchmen, purchased the property in 2019. During the summer, there’s nothing quite like sitting on the porch, sipping a mint julep and watching the St. Charles Streetcar ferry passengers along the avenue. 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308, Thecolumns.com.
The rooftop bar at The Pontchartrain Hotel, dubbed Hot Tin (and so named after the play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams), offers choice cocktails, Champagne and one of the best views in the city. Once a penthouse, the chic bar provides 270 degree views of downtown New Orleans and the Crescent City Connection. The space has been modeled after a 1940s artist’s loft, filled with seating vignettes and curios that serve as interesting conversation pieces. Glass accordion doors open onto the balcony, while a second, more secluded terrace offers a pretty view of St. Charles Avenue. 2031 St. Charles Ave., 323-1500, Hottinbar.com.
LOCAL DISTILLERIES Old New Orleans Rum Located just outside of the French Quarter on Frenchmen Street, Old New Orleans Rum offers a bevy of spirits including the clean and crisp Crystal Rum, the Amber Rum (aged two to four years in American white oak bourbon barrels and finished with cherry and white oak), Cajun Spice Rum (blended with chicory, clove, cayenne, allspice, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon), the purely polished 121 Proof Rum and Gris Gris Cayenne Liqueur. There’s also the limited-edition 1718 Tricentennial Blend and the King Creole: 20th Anniversary Blend. For to-go drinks, try the line of handcrafted, readyto-drink cocktails made with Crystal Rum in three flavors: Gingeroo; Tamaroo; and Strawberoo. 2815 Frenchmen St., 945-9400, Celebrationdistillation.com.
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Atelier Vie Atelier Vie is a craft distillery that produces a hefty lineup of spirits including Euphrosine Gin #9 Bottled in Bond; a standard version of Euphrosine; and a nine-month, barrelaged version called Barrel-Finished Reserve. The Atelier Vie lineup also includes Louisiana Single Malt; Riz, a Louisiana rice whiskey; Calio Rum and Barrel Aged Calio Rum; Orphan Street Brandy and Orphan Street Brandy “El Jefe” Edition; Toulouse Green, a traditional-style absinthe distilled with Louisiana wormwood; and Toulouse Red, an American absinthe colored red with hibiscus. Atelier Vie also bottles Buck 25 Vodka and Orphan Street Bourbon. 1001 S. Broad St., 534-8590, Ateliervie.com.
The newly built Higgins Hotel New Orleans, located by the National WWII Museum in the Warehouse District, has a sprawling rooftop bar and lounge dubbed Rosie’s on the Roof. In addition to sweeping views of the New Orleans skyline, the boîte offers all the beer, wine and cocktails you can imagine (the martinis are especially delicious), plus small plates, shareable plates and desserts. Choose from options like the jerkmarinated chicken taco, duck confit grilled cheese or red fish and chips. For dessert, there’s beignets, warm chocolate cake and bread pudding on the menu. No matter what you choose off the menu, it will be the perfect complement to the views. And, be sure to reserve the rooftop if you want it all to yourself (or a small group). 1000 Magazine St., 528.-941, Higginshotelnola.com.
OUTDOOR SPOTS BAYOU BEER GARDEN Bayou Beer Garden is a quaint cottage-turned-bar with a sprawling outdoor courtyard and bridge that connects to sister bar, Bayou Wine Garden. The beer side features a huge beer list, pub fare, TVs, and a front porch and back patio. The casual atmosphere blends well with the food menu, which includes everything from burgers and sandwiches to flatbreads and salads. With 46 rotating beers on tap, you’re sure to find a few to your liking. But if you’re more in the mood for wine, it’s available just next door. Either way, kick back and enjoy the sunshine. 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 302-9357, Bayoubeergarden.com.
Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits Located in the Ninth Ward, Bacchanal is a go-to spot for locals seeking good food, live jazz and outdoor dining in the courtyard. Bacchanal also has an Old World wine shop featuring vino from smaller producers from all over the globe. 600 Poland Ave., 948-9111, Bacchanalwine.com.
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NOLA Tropical Winery For something different, head to NOLA Tropical Winery where award-winning wines are made with hand-selected berries, citrus and tropical fruits and do not contain tannic acid. (which means no acid reflux, bitter taste or wine hangover.) In addition to fruit wines, the shop also carries a full line of accessories, artwork by local artists, gift baskets and more. 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Ste. 144, 561-6010, Nolatropicalwinery.com.
While temporarily closed during the pandemic, Manning’s Sports Bar and Grill is the quintessential place to watch the game in NOLA. It’s home to more than 30 flat-screen TVs, two 13-foot mega-screens, a sports anchor desk, a recliner dining section and unique memorabilia from Louisiana’s first football family. The pub grub of sandwiches, burgers and wraps takes on a Creole flair, and there are 24 beers on tap (plus plenty of brews in a bottle). The apps are worth a visit with options like catfish tenders, wings, blue crab deviled eggs and MVP loaded fries. 519 Fulton St., 593-8118, Caesars.com.
Martin Wine Cellar A well-known name in New Orleans, Martin Wine Cellar has specialized in wine, spirits, imported beer, gourmet food and gift baskets since 1946. In addition to the Uptown location, Martin Wine Cellar also has locations in Metairie, Mandeville and Baton Rouge. 3827 Baronne St., 899-7411, Martinwine.com.
The epitome of an Irish sports pub, Finn McCool’s brings together Irish whiskey, beer and sports in a way that no other spot in New Orleans does. The bar supports football all across the world, with showings of various leagues, including English Premier League, Scottish Premier League, Champion’s League, Rugby, NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS and many more. Catch all U.S. national team games, as well as the widest selection of international matches. This is also the place to watch major tournaments like The World Cup, Euro Cup, Gold Cup and others. 3701 Banks St., 486-9080, Finnmccools.com.
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Swirl Wine Bar & Market This neighborhood wine shop in Faubourg St. John is a fun and funky spot to pick up wine, beer and cheese. Swirl carefully curates an international selection of wines with an emphasis on Europe (especially Italy), anything with bubbles, and wines that are sustainable, organic, biodynamic and natural. 3143 Ponce De Leon St., 3040635, Swirlnola.com.
NOLA Wine Merchant Formerly known as Hopper’s Carte des Vins, NOLA Wine Merchant has a knowledgeable staff offering personalized service in choosing wine that is just as unique as New Orleans itself. 5601C Magazine St., 227-3888, Nolawinemerchant.com.
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Brady’s Wine Warehouse A local standby for global wines, spirits and beer, Brady’s Wine Warehouse offers a wide selection of libations that can’t be found elsewhere. The knowledgeable staff makes choosing a bottle of wine stress-free. 1029 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, Ste. C, 662-1488, Bradyswinewarehouse.com.
MID-CITY YACHT CLUB This lively local hangout features an outdoor patio and sports on TV, combined with crawfish boils, burgers and beer. The building, which was established as Savaggio’s Grocery store in the mid-1930’s, has gone through a number of iterations as a bar. However, after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Ben Markey and his wife Stefanie bought the bar in 2006 and started on restorations. Today, the bar has15 TVs and five different zones for sound. Saturday college games also take center stage as MCYC has the ability to show almost any game. 440 S. St. Patrick St., 483-2517, Midcityyachtclub.com.
AMERICAN SPORTS SALOON This casual sports bar in the French Quarter pairs pub grub and other hearty fare with draft beer, trivia nights and sports on multiple TVs. The menu features salads, sandwiches and burgers, plus small plates like the "crawfish dip dog." The drinks include everything from beer, cocktails and frozen drinks. The bar also throws watch parties for events such as the Emmys, the Oscars, the Kentucky Derby and the Westminster Dog Show. The patio also gets pretty happening with those eager to people-watch the crowd below. 1200 Decatur St., 300-1782, Theamericansportssaloon.com.
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Cochon Butcher Cochon Butcher, part of the Link Restaurant Group, is offering a famous New Orleans cocktail with a Butcher twist. The Butcher ‘Cane is made with Don Q Cristal Rum, Bacardi 151 and oak-aged spiced rums; fresh passionfruit; Aperol; Angostera bitters; and Luxardo cherries—and it’s available to-go in frozen jugs. 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 5887675, Cochonrestaurant.com.
Compère Lapin The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery is home to Compère Lapin, the restaurant concept from revered local celebrity chef Nina Compton. Her menu draws on the indigenous ingredients and rich culinary heritage of New Orleans, combined with those of her Caribbean roots. Compton also taps into her classical French culinary training and deep experience with Italian cuisine to present a playful and delicious menu. For a fun to-go drink experience, check out the weekly Saturday brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Priced at $12, the libations on offer include Bloody Marys, mimosas, brandy milk punch (bottled) brunch punch and frozen daiquiris. The brunch menu changes weekly and has included a bake sale brunch and a hot fire chicken pop-up. 535 Tchoupitoulas St., 5992119, Comperelapin.com.
BAR MARILOU Located within Maison de la Luz, Bar Marilou has a separate entrance from the hotel and a private speakeasy located within. Situated in the former law library of the old City Hall Annex, the bar pays tribute to its history with an extensive, curated selection of books ranging in genre and edition. It’s the first U.S. venture for venerated French hospitality group Quixotic Projects, which is known for acclaimed Parisian venues such as Candelaria, Le Mary Celeste, Les Grand Verres, Glass and Hero. Expect refined French touches paired with creative cocktails, flavorful small plates and a bit of mischief. 544 Carondelet St., 814-7711, Barmarilou.com.
WINE BARS CLARET WINE & COCKTAIL BAR Occupying space at the Framework building on Magazine Street, Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar features a gorgeous interior and an airy outdoor patio. The extensive wine list includes more than 25 wines by the glass focusing on small producers, and natural and organic wines. The menu also includes more than one dozen craft cocktail selections, nearly 30 local and regional beers, and domestic beers as well. The food menu by executive chef Marcus Woodham spotlights an extensive charcuterie program with house-cured meats, a variety of cheeses and tasty accoutrements. Other ingredient-driven small plates include options like beet hummus, potato gnocchi and tuna tartare. 1320 Magazine St., 766-9425, Claretnola.com.
THE DELACHAISE WINE BAR Located on the St. Charles Streetcar line, this narrow, lounge-like wine bar features an eclectic menu of elevated bar fare, a bevy of wines and a spacious patio. Choose from more than 350 wines (36 of them are less than $36), a full topshelf bar and some of the best bar bites in the city. The award-winning Pommes Frites (French fries fried in goose-fat, served with house-made peanut satay and malt-vinegar aioli) can’t be topped. Other popular menu items include the Thai Moules et Frites, the flank steak bruschetta and the salmon Johnny cakes. You also can’t go wrong with a glass of wine paired with a cheese plate or house-made paté plate. 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858, Thedelachaise.com.
BAYOU WINE GARDEN This wine bar and bistro in Mid-City serves up a large selection of wines, fun cocktails, an approachable Southern food menu and a casual atmosphere. The wine list consists of both Old and New World styles of wine at various price points, with options by the glass, carafe or bottle. There are also 36 rotating wines on tap. Food options include a variety of cheese and house-made charcuterie (ranging from fresh patés to cured meats and sausages), plus varied appetizers, salads, sandwiches, tacos and more. A fun dessert pairing is a glass of wine with house-made macaroons or wine ice cream. Grab a seat in the back of the building by the large windows and French doors, or bring your pup and grab a seat in the sprawling courtyard. 315 N. Rendon St., 826-2925, Bayouwinegarden.com.
HAPPY HOURS LONGWAY TAVERN Enjoy a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, clever cocktails and pub fare with a twist at this French Quarter tavern. The menu adds creative touches to pub mainstays, drawing from local flavors and what’s in season (think fried oysters topped with celery, remoulade and Crystal hot sauce gel). At the bar, you’ll find frozen drinks, craft cocktails, bottles of wine and regional beers. The creative cocktails come with names just as unique, like the Sorry in Advance made with Manzanilla sherry, Cardamaro, Hayman’s sloe gin, crème de cacao and a Malort rinse. Happy Hour, which takes place every day from 4-6 p.m., includes options like a glass of house wine ($5), a Chilton ($6, house vodka, soda, lemon and salt), fries ($5) and two tacos ($6, smoked catfish, drunken salsa and cabbage slaw). 719 Toulouse St., 962-9696, Longwaytavern.com.
PICNIC PROVISIONS & WHISKEY This casual, picnic-inspired spot from the Commander’s Palace group is located on the corner of Magazine and State streets near Audubon Park. The daily You Make Me So Happy Hour takes place Wednesday through Sunday from 3-7 p.m. with all kinds of tasty choices like a smoked fish dip and pimento cheese. House cocktails are $6 and a few beers are only $2. After a Happy Hour snack, grab a to-meal and take it to the park for a full-on picnic. 741 State St., 266-2810, Nolapicnic.com.
COSTERA This Uptown coastal Spanish restaurant and bar from co-owners Chef Brian Burns and restaurateur Reno De Ranieri highlights local produce and Gulf seafood in a casual, communal-dining setting. The menu includes everything from Gulf fish crudo to scallops a la plancha. The daily Happy Hour, which takes place from 4-6 p.m., features all beer and glassed wine at half price and specially priced food items like blistered shishito peppers ($5), citrus and chili marinated crab claws ($7.50) and dry cured Iberico chorizo ($8). A rotating list of light Spanish cocktails includes options like the Spanish Sunset (made with Cava, strawberry, black pepper and mint) for $6. 4938 Prytania St., 302-2332, Costerarestaurant.com.
LOCAL BREWERIES NOLA Brewing Co. This two-story brewery on Tchoupitoulas Street offers more than 20 beers on tap, a roof deck and the newly opened New York-style pizzeria dubbed NOLA Pizza Co. The brewery started when founder Kirk Coco realized that there were no local breweries left standing after Hurricane Katrina. He sought out longtime Dixie brewer Peter Caddoo, and, two years later, they were selling NOLA Blonde and NOLA Brown to New Orleanians thirsty for a local brew. The expanded line now includes yearround beers like Hoppyright Infringement IIPA, Green Wave Beer and Revivalists Pale Ale. The seasonal lineup includes Irish Channel Stout and Tangerine Squeeze, while the series beers include NOLA Funk and Lagniappe. 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 896-9996, Nolabrewing.com.
EFFERVESCENCE BUBBLES & BITES This elegant bar is a must-visit for any fan of Champagne and wine. Located on the edge of the French Quarter, the polished space sets a lovely tone for perusing the curated list of exceptional bubbles at all price pointsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from affordable sparklers to renowned Grande Marque Champagnes. The sparkling wine list spans the globe and includes more than 200 sparkling wines by the bottle, more than 30 sparkling wines by the glass and six unique sparkling flights. Meanwhile, all signature cocktails at Effervescence are topped with a sparkler from the list. Other drink options include still wines, craft spirits, sherries, ciders, liqueurs and beer. Linger on the welcoming courtyard and drink bubbles to your utter delight. While youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at it, pair a drink with a chef-inspired shared plate for a well-rounded and fun night out on the town. 1036 N. Rampart St., 509-7644, Nolabubbles.com.
Urban South Brewery Urban South Brewery on Tchoupitoulas Street combines the heritage of European beer making with the brashness of new American styles. The brewery and taproom opened in 2016, and, last February, the company opened a research and development brewery and taproom in Houston to focus on new beer releases. Popular brews in its lineup include Paradise Park American Lager, Holy Roller Hazy Juicy IPA and Who Dat Golden Ale. Urban South recently released a new line of hard seltzers with flavors like Pineapple Punch, Triple Berry and Lychee Guava. Swing by the taproom to try the year-round and seasonal beers as well as special taproom-only beers. Crowlers, growlers and cans also are available to-go. 1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 2674852, Urbansouthbrewery.com.
you NEW YEAR,
BY SUZANNE PFEFFERLE TAFUR
TOAST 2021 WITH 25 NEW HABITS
t long last, we’ve reached a new year! But rather than make traditional resolutions – like lose weight or clean the attic – embrace a fresh hobby or an exercise regimen that’s actually fun. After surviving 2020, you’ve earned the right to put yourself first and focus on the positive. ¶ Plus, pursuing a new pastime is good for you. According to scientific research referenced in “The New York Times,” folks who take up hobbies experience improved physical health, more sleep, less stress, and even a better work performance. They also broaden their social circle.¶ This article is brimming with suggestions on how to get started. ¶ So what’s stopping you? This is your year. Bring it on, 2021.
Row Your Boat Take advantage of a glorious, sundrenched spring day by rowing on Bayou St. John. Rowing is a low-impact, full body workout that you can enjoy alone, or with others. The New Orleans Rowing Club will teach you everything you need to know about the sport – from technique to water safety. The nonprofit offers workshops for both recreational and competitive rowers, along with classes catered to adults who are learning how to row for the first time. COVID-19 has affected the class schedule, so contact the club for the most up to date information. Neworleans rowingclub.org.
2 DANCE PARTY
Spice up your life with salsa dancing. Even without mastering the proper steps, the vibrant Latin music will make you want to move and groove. But if you’d like to take your salsa skills to the next level, take lessons at a local studio. Dance Quarter offers lessons for both beginners and experienced students. No partner necessary. And if salsa isn’t your thing, try something else. Dance Quarter also offers bachata, swing, ballroom, zydeco, and tango dance classes. Dancequarter.com.
When it’s cold and gloomy outside, imagine that you are on a warm, sunny beach – not just sipping sweet cocktails, but riding waves. City Surf Fitness hosts surfinspired workouts and strength training from within its Magazine Street studio. Classes comprise stability surfboards, dumbbells and resistance bands, among other types of equipment. Instructors will frequently switch up the format, keeping you on your toes and bringing you closer to a sizzling physique. And your surf community, which extends beyond the studio, will keep you motivated and smiling along the way. Online sessions are also available. Citysurffitness.com.
FIT & FAB
Pole dancing is a sultry way to strengthen your core. The exercise delivers a full body workout and a boost of confidence. Nervous about pole dancing for the first time? No problem. Sign up for group classes or coordinate a pole dance party, because it’s more fun with friends anyway. Check out Awakenings Pole & Aerial Fitness or Pole Perfect Fitness for more information. Awakenings also offers aerial fitness classes. Awakeningspolefitness.com; Poleperfectfitness.com.
Sadly, parades are cancelled this year because of coronavirus. But it isn’t too early to think about Mardi Gras 2022 – especially if you’d like to be part of the rolling spectacle. One of the best ways to experience Carnival is by joining a walking group or a dance krewe. You get an excellent view of the action along the parade route, all while Mardi shaking (and burning calories) Gras to the beat. Plus, you are Mambo guaranteed to meet new folks. Such dance troupes as the Disco Amigos, the Pussyfooters, the Muff-a-Lottas and the famous 610 Stompers, begin practicing several months in advance. Search Mardi Gras New Orleans for the one that’s right for you. Mardigrasneworleans.com/ parades/marching-clubs/.
Hot Wheels Looking for an aerobic exercise that’s gentle on your joints? Consider inline skating. According to NPR, inline skating surged in popularity during the pandemic, partially because the activity pairs well with social distancing. It also improves your balance and coordination, core strength, and your cardiovascular system. All you need is a pair of skates that fit well – try Academy Sports + Outdoors – and a flat surface; then head to the park or Airline Skate Center and start cruising. Airlineskatecenternola. com.
7 BOOK WORM Are you often consumed by a compelling book? You know, one of those tomes you read all night and think about all day? Then you are the perfect candidate for a book club. Share your love for literature with fellow bookworms by joining a group through the library, a bookstore, or sites like meetup.com. Or launch a club with friends. Pour a glass of wine, perhaps, and ponder the motives of the protagonist, solve a mystery, or explore the symbolism imbued in a beloved classic.
There are several reasons to learn a second language. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages claims the endeavor will improve your memory and problem-solving skills, and also give you a deeper appreciation and understanding of different cultures. Plus, depending on the language you learn, it may come in handy when you travel. Purchase a software program such as Rosetta Stone or download the Duolingo app on your smartphone. If you’d prefer in-person classes, you can find them throughout New Orleans. For French, try The Alliance Française de la Nouvelle Orléans For Spanish, check out Casa de España. Af-neworleans.org; Casanola.com.
9 FLOWER POWER
A fragrant bouquet of flowers can brighten someone’s day, serve as a lovely centerpiece during a dinner party, or just add a splash of color to your home. Sure, it’s easy enough to grab a floral arrangement from the grocery. But with a little guidance, you can learn how to assemble a beautiful bouquet of blooms on your own. Fat Cat Flowers offers a bunch of classes – from Mardi Gras wreath-making, to designing a standout, spring-inspired table centerpiece. The studio is spacious, so students can social distance. Fatcatflowers.com.
10. TUNE UP Prepare to play the acoustic guitar version of your favorite song; impress your friends by warbling showtunes while tickling the ivories; or channel your inner Ringo Starr with a drum solo. NOLA School of Music offers adult classes in guitar, piano, drums, banjo, saxophone, and violin, among other instruments. Students can also take voice lessons. Classes are held in the school’s Mid-City studio and online. Since honing your music skills requires concentration and coordination, you will boost your brainpower in the process. Nolaschoolofmusic.com.
11. BACK TO SCHOOL
12. STITCH IN TIME
Audit a class online or in-person at a local university. That way you can study a topic you’ve been curious about, without the burden of acquiring credit towards a degree, or stressing too much over a final grade. Also, if you’re considering a career change, taking one class will nudge you in the right direction by helping you determine whether or not that field is right for you.
Whether your goal is to reattach a button to your favorite blouse, hem a pair of pants, or launch a clothing line from scratch, the ability to sew will come in handy. Some projects may only require a needle and thread, while others call for a sewing machine. But all of them demand a bit of patience and practice. Chateau Sew & Sew hosts both small group and private lessons for adults. Beginner students will learn the basics of sewing and reading patterns, and possibly create one-of-a-kind throw pillows and pajama pants. Chateausew.com.
Baubles and Beads
Flaunt exclusive accessories by learning how to create your own jewelry. The Bead Shop on Magazine Street offers private lessons and sells jewelry kits, which are accompanied by a link to an online tutorial. Lanyard kits are especially popular at the moment. Budding artisans can also design freshwater pearl necklaces, leather wrap bracelets, or an elegant set of earrings. Besides, the act of tinkering alone can be cathartic. Beadshopneworleans.com.
If you are into precious metals, take up metalsmithing and concoct old world-inspired cuff bracelets and collar necklaces, or ultramodern pendants. New Orleans School of Metalsmithing offers sessions for all skill levels. Aside from jewelry, students can also learn how to create metallic home décor items. They can start with a kit comprising copper, brass and the necessary tools that no metalsmith can live without. Nolametalsmithing.com.
From indulging in moments of self-reflection, to swiping colorful acrylics across a blank canvas, the process of painting is therapeutic. According to “Psychology Today,” creating art enhances self-expression and self-knowledge. Plus, you can proudly display the finished project in your living room, or stick it in a place that simply makes you smile. Because art is subjective, you don’t need the talents of Vincent Van Gogh to generate something beautiful. But if you’d like a little guidance, sign up for art classes. New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts offers in-studio painting, drawing, sculpture, calligraphy, ceramics, and photography programs. Artists of all skill levels are welcome to join. Noafa.com.
16 A NEW ROUTINE
As a busy grownup with places to go and people to see, you’ve likely muttered the words: “There are not enough hours in the day.” Well, imagine what you could accomplish by waking up a smidge earlier; meditate; go for a jog while the city streets are still quiet; or tidy up your inbox. If you have kids, savor a cup of coffee before rushing them off to school. Studies suggest that early risers tend to maintain a healthier lifestyle and feel more productive throughout the day. But since starting an unfamiliar morning routine isn’t always easy, consider these tips from “Entrepreneur”: set your alarm 15 minutes earlier each day, so that your body can adjust to the change; make your bed before you’re tempted to climb back in; take a quick cold shower; get moving with music; keep the same schedule on weekends; stay away from the snooze button; and – duh – go to bed earlier.
17 CRAFT WORKS
Decorate your home with Venetian-style glass sculptures, created by you. Or give them as a gift to family and friends. New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio hosts single classes, mini-workshops, and extended programs, focused on the ancient art of glassblowing. Students will learn how to sculpt molten glass by using a blazing blowpipe, and how to color, polish, and cut their sculptures. The studio recently introduced a groundbreaking method for blowing glass while wearing a mask. New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio also offers lessons in metal sculpting, printmaking, screen printing, gyotaku, ceramics, and torchworking. Neworleansglassworks.com.
There’s nothing wrong with sporting the same hairstyle for life. But sometimes a little switcheroo will totally transform your look and your mood. Now, swapping long brown locks for a hot pink Mohawk isn’t necessary (unless you want a hot pink Mohawk; in which case, go for it). Instead, consider a few highlights and a fresh, faceframing cut. At the very least, part your hair in a different direction. Sift through Pinterest for inspiration and consult your hair stylist for a second opinion. You’d be surprised at what you can “pull off.”
19. NEAT AND TIDY If you vow to organize your life at the start of each year, you’re not alone. But 2021 is the year you will actually make it happen. Start by decluttering your home and tossing all the stuff you no longer need – or even know what the heck it’s for. Need help? Sorted can help. The professional organizers will transform a messy playroom into a space worthy of an Instagram post. After addressing your abode, tackle your finances with Minted.com, or improve your time management skills with an app like Productive. Keep it simple. Sortednola.com.
20. HAND WRITING During an era dominated by emails, text messages, and social media posts, there’s something truly special about sending and receiving a handwritten note. Sure, it takes a little time and planning, but your snail mail message is guaranteed to make a loved one smile. Check out Scriptura for a wide range of stationary styles, fancy pens, and even etiquette. Scriptura.com.
22 21. CULINARY CLASS During your next dinner party, wow guests with a gourmet meal you whipped together from scratch. Or, on any given weeknight, impress your brood with a meal that requires more than three ingredients. In other words, take your culinary skills up a notch with cooking lessons. New Orleans is brimming with virtual and physical kitchen classrooms, including Langlois and New Orleans School of Cooking. New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute, also known as NOCHI, hosts sessions in-person and via Zoom. The studio-based classes begin with a glass of bubbly and a cooking demo from a professional chef. Through hands-on instructions, students then concoct a tasty dinner – such as BBQ shrimp and cheese grits, or fish meunière – from start to finish. NOCHI is hoping to offer group classes; check their website for the latest updates and COVID-related safety guidelines. Langloisnola.com; Neworleans schoolofcooking.com; Nochi.org.
While bettering yourself, boost the wellbeing of others by volunteering. You don’t have to quit your job and become Mother Theresa, but consider committing free time to your favorite charity, or even a local festival run by a nonprofit. Organizers rely on volunteers to keep their events running smoothly. You can find a project or cause you are passionate about through websites like volunteermatch.org, or search for opportunities available through individual organizations. From preserving historic homes and protecting the coastline, to helping the elderly and at-risk youth, there is likely a topic that will resonate with you.
Hop to It If you consider yourself a craft beer connoisseur, maybe it’s time to develop your signature brew, or meet locals who are equally as enthusiastic about excellent beer. Crescent City Homebrewers, which meets once a month at the Deutsches Haus, always welcomes new members. About 10 times a year, the group hosts “brew-offs” and makes 50 gallons of beer at a time. The gatherings are meant to be educational and social. Other group events include brewery tours, beer tastings, sausage making, and a yearly extravaganza called Winterfest – all complete with home brew. Brewstock Homebrew Supplies sells the ingredients, books, and equipment that will help you get started. Crescentcityhomebrewers.org; Brewstock.com.
For a complete 180 … consider sobriety. There are so many mental and physical benefits for ditching the booze. Here are a few from Healthline: lower blood pressure, increased energy, better sleep, weight loss, and less anxiety. If quitting alcohol cold turkey seems like too big of an undertaking, embark on a month-long challenge, like Dry January. Enlist support from online communities, sift through enlightening literature about living alcohol-free (“Sober Curious” by Ruby Warrington is a good one), stock your dry bar with zero proof spirits, and learn how to make a few festive mocktails. You can celebrate the new you and wake up without a hangover, ready to take on 2021.
25. Wine List If you love wine, you can likely tell the difference between a cabernet and a merlot. But wine is complex and full of surprises. Develop a more nuanced understanding of wine, and learn which foods to pair it with, through wine classes. Wine Institute of New Orleans (W.I.N.O.) offers an extended program, but wine shops throughout the city also offer tastings and classes. The owners can also answer questions when shopping for a new bottle. Winoschool.org.
IN A YEAR THAT HAS BEEN DOWN IN SO MANY WAYS, WE APPRECIATE MORE THAN EVER THOSE PLACES AND THINGS THAT RISE TO THE TOP. HERE IS OUR LIST OF THE TOPS OF THE TOWN AS SELECTED BY OUR EDITORIAL STAFF. READERS WERE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THEIR SUGGESTIONS WERE WEIGHED INTO THE DISCUSSION. TO US, OUR READERS REMAIN AT THE VERY TOP. NOTE ALL LISTINGS IN EVERY CATEGORY ARE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER.
TOP BURGERS Beachcorner Bar & Grill The Company Burger Port of Call TOP HOT DOGS Dat Dog Lucky Dog Ted’s Frostop TOP PLACE FOR GUMBO Commander’s Palace Dooky Chase Emeril’s TOP PLACE FOR TURTLE SOUP Commander’s Palace GW Fins Mandina’s Restaurant TOP PLACE FOR STEAKS Crescent City Steakhouse Desi Vega’s Steakhouse Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse TOP FRENCH BREAD La Boulangerie Leidenheimer John Gendusa Bakery TOP PLACE FOR CASUAL BREAKFAST Molly’s Rise and Shine Ruby Slipper Café Wakin’ Bakin’ TOP PLACE FOR BRUNCH Breakfast at Brennan’s Commander’s Palace Red Gravy TOP FRIED CHICKEN Krispy Krunchy Chicken Popeye’s Willie Mae’s Scotch House TOP LOCAL GROCERY STORE Dorignac’s Food Center Langenstein’s Rouses
TOP KING CAKES Antoine’s Famous King Cakes Duong Phuong Manny Randazzo’s King Cakes
TOP PLACE FOR RAW OYSTERS Grand Isle Restaurant Peche Seafood Grill Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
TOP LOCAL SANDWICH SHOP Dimartino’s Stein’s Market and Deli St. James Cheese Company
TOP PLACE FOR SEAFOOD GW Fins Mr. Ed’s Seafood House & Oyster Bar Peche Seafood Grill
TOP ONION RINGS Joey K’s Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Oyster House Ye Olde College Inn TOP PIZZA Pizza Domenica Reginelli’s Pizza Sofia TOP POOR BOYS Avery’s on Tulane Domelise’s Parkway Bakery & Tavern TOP SNO-BALLS Hansen’s Sno-Bliz Pandora’s Snowballs Sal’s Sno-Ball Stand TOP SUSHI Poke Loa Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi Tsunami Sushi TOP PLACE FOR TACOS Barracuda El Patron Mexican Grill Juan’s Flying Burrito TOP PLACE FOR BARBECUE SHRIMP Liuzza’s by the Track Mr. B’s Bistro Pascal’s Manale
TOP BAKERY Gracious Bakery La Boulangerie Maple Street Patisserie TOP COFFEE HOUSE The Bean Gallery District Donuts Sliders Brew PJ’s Coffee TOP DESSERT MENU Commander’s Palace Lilette Willa Jean TOP ICE CREAM/GELATO Angelo Brocato Creole Creamery Piccola Gelateria TOP PLACE FOR CAJUN Cochon Mulate’s Toups Meatery TOP PLACE FOR CHINESE Blue Giant Dian Xian Five Happiness TOP PLACE FOR CREOLE Dooky Chase Mandina’s Restaurant New Orleans Creole Cookery TOP PLACE FOR INDIAN Nirvana Saffron NOLA Taj Mahal
TOP PLACE FOR ITALIAN Gianna Red Gravy Sofia TOP PLACE FOR JAPANESE Lotus Bistro Mikimoto Tsunami Sushi TOP PLACE FOR MEXICAN/ SOUTHWEST Casa Borrega El Gato Negro Zocalo TOP PLACE FOR MIDDLE EASTERN 1000 Figs Saba Tal’s Hummus TOP PLACE FOR TAPAS Baru Bistro & Tapas Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar Effervescence TOP PLACE FOR THAI Mama Thai Poseidon Oyster Sushi Bar Sukho Thai TOP PLACE FOR VIETNAMESE Mopho Pho Bang Pho Orchid TOP CRAFT BREWERY NOLA Brewing Port Orleans Urban South TOP CRAFT COCKTAIL BAR 12 Mile Limit Cure Justine TOP DIVE BAR Ms. Mae’s The Club Rusty Nail Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge
TOP HAPPY HOUR Domenica Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar Vessel NOLA TOP HOTEL BAR The Carousel Bar at the Monteleone The Columns Hot Tin TOP PLACE FOR A MARGARITA Barracuda Casa Borrega Superior Grill TOP PLACE TO BUY LIQUOR AND WINE Brady’s Wine Warehouse Dorignac’s Food Center Martin Wine Cellar TOP WINE BAR Bacchanal Bayou Wine Garden Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar TOP SPORTS BAR Finn McCool’s Irish Pub Manning’s Sports Bar and Grill Walk-Ons Sports Bistreaux TOP NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT Joey K’s Katie’s Mandina’s TOP PLACE FOR A POWER LUNCH Commander’s Palace Galatoire's Luke TOP PLACE FOR FINE DINING Antoine’s Commander’s Palace Galatoire’s
TOP DRUG STORE Avita Pharmacy C&S Family Pharmacy Patio Drugs
TOP GARDEN SUPPLY Perino’s Plant Gallery Urban Roots Garden Center
TOP GYM Body Shoppe Ochsner Fitness Center Harahan Orangetheory Fitness
TOP HOME ACCESSORIES Home Malone Modern Market Textures Warehouse
TOP PILATES STUDIO Club Pilates Maple Street Pilates Studio Romney Studios TOP PLACE TO GET A BLOWOUT Bleu, A Blowdry Bar Blo Blow Dry Bar H20 Salon & Spa TOP PLACE TO GET A MANI/PEDI City Nails & Spa EarthSavers Spa + Store Vive Nails Spa TOP SALON H2O Salon & Spa Paris Parker Salon & Spa Salon M TOP SPA The Ritz-Carlton Spa Spa at Windsor Court The Woodhouse Day Spa TOP YOGA STUDIO Freret Street Yoga Swan River Yoga Wild Lotus Yoga TOP ANTIQUES STORE Keil’s Antiques Moss Antiques M.S. Rau TOP FURNITURE STORE Disco Warehouse Tara Shaw Textures Warehouse
TOP DRY CLEANERS Liberto Cleaners Russell’s Cleaning Services Young’s Dry Cleaning TOP FLORIST Fat Cat Florist Harkins, The Florist Villere’s Florist TOP LOCAL RADIO STATION WWL WWNO WWOZ TOP PET DAYCARE Camp Bow Wow Canine Connection Dogtopia of New Orleans TOP CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE Auraluz Little Miss Muffin Pippen Lane TOP JEWELER Diamonds Direct Aucoin Hart Jewelers Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers TOP LOCAL SHOE STORE Feet First Orleans Shoe Co. Shoe Be Do TOP MEN’S CLOTHING STORE Jos. A Bank Perlis Clothing Rubenstein’s TOP PLACE FOR LOCAL GIFTS Hazelnut Home Malone Little Miss Muffin
TOP PLACE TO BUY A WEDDING DRESS Bliss Bridal Linen Jolie Bridal Town & Country TOP PLACE TO BUY EYEWEAR Art & Eyes Krewe Warby Parker TOP PLACE TO BUY SAINTS ACCESSORIES AND APPAREL Black & Gold Sports Shop Dirty Coast Fleurty Girl TOP GOLF COURSE Audubon Golf Club Bayou Oaks at City Park TPC Louisiana TOP MUSEUM National WWII Museum New Orleans Museum of Art Ogden Museum TOP NEW ORLEANS FESTIVAL French Quarter Festival New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest Voodoo Music Festival TOP PLACE TO GAMBLE Harrah’s Casino New Orleans Fairgrounds Scarlet Pearl Casino TOP BED AND BREAKFAST Degas House TOP GULF COAST GETAWAY 30A Henderson Park Inn Scarlet Pearl Casino TOP GULF COAST HOTEL The Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa Henderson Park Inn White House Hotel
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enerous, durable and unflinching in character â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the men of New Orleans who fit this archetype are known as Kingfish. They are the very essence of power and compassion and give more to others than to themselves. Whether sipping a sazarac or a
beer; conducting a meeting or jumping into a secondline; spending time with his family or serving on the board of a favorite charity, a Kingfish does it all with that special brand of savoir faire perfected in New Orleans.
New Orleans Magazine would like to thank Rubensteins for providing the clothing and styling and Royal Sonesta New Orleans for providing the venue for our 2021 Kingfish photo shoot.
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Clothing from Rubensteins (from left to right): Paul Smith, Eton, Dolcepunta; Jack Victor, Eton, Dolcepunta, Italo Ferretti, Magnanni shoes; Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, Dolcepunta; Rubensteins, Eton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Robert Jensen; Paul Smith, Eton, Ravazzolo, Stenstroms
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Chris Ferris President and CEO Fidelity Bank and NOLA Lending As Fidelity Bank President and CEO, Ferris leads the 112-year-old institution with a proactive approach to the client experience. Ferris promotes a consultative approach to identify client needs. Ferris recently spearheaded the Bank’s multi-million dollar redevelopment of a historic mid-century design building located at 353 Carondelet, which now serves as the Fidelity Bank corporate headquarters and the newest branch. In addition, he managed the Bank’s Paycheck Protection Program initiatives and estimates the Bank’s PPP efforts saved over 25,000 jobs this year. Ferris serves as a Board Member for the Louisiana Bankers Association, Greater New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, and the Financial Institution Service Corporation. CLOTHING FROM RUBENSTEINS: CANALI, AG JEANS, STENSTROMS, ROBERT JENSEN
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David Garretson President of Crescent City Home Mortgage In 2016, Dave Garretson took his nearly 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry and opened Crescent City Home Mortgage, a mortgage company with a philosophy of treating every client as family. Dave built a team of people that take a personal interest in every client. “I answer my phone seven days a week and have a team that takes it upon themselves to be available at all times, too,” says Dave. “We try to help everyone who wants to achieve home ownership with a plan to do so,” he says. A New Orleans native who graduated from Jesuit High School and UNO, Dave is a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather living in Covington. CLOTHING FROM RUBENSTEINS: JOHNNIE-O AND BRAX
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Dr. Eric Lonseth Founder, Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers It’s with compassion and devotion that New Orleans’ preeminent pain management specialist helps people overcome acute and chronic pain and improve their quality of life. Dr. Eric Lonseth has been recognized time and again for his dedication to his patients and for the cutting-edge, non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments offered at Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers. Dr. Lonseth fully embraces the city of New Orleans—you can often find him in the park playing soccer or practicing Tai Chi—while his global interests inspired him to become fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and now study Mandarin. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Lonseth serves as clinical faculty at Tulane Neurosciences, inspiring future doctors in the care of people suffering acute and chronic pain. CLOTHING FROM RUBENSTEINS: JACK VICTOR, ETON, SMN, STENSTROMS
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Ben Brown Founder & Trial Attorney, Ben Brown Law Group A proud New Orleans native, Ben Brown grew up in the Bywater and attended Lusher, Ben Franklin High School, and Tulane Law School. He credits his formative years and a passion for helping the disadvantaged for both his success as an attorney and his appreciation for all things New Orleans. Â After working at a large firm, Ben opened the Ben Brown Law Group in 2010 to offer a more personal, hands-on approach to clients and provide innocent victims with access to justice. Through mostly word-of-mouth referrals, Ben has succeeded in a competitive field, helping socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals and families recoup millions of dollars. Â A father and husband, Ben also offers support through donation and volunteerism to organizations such as Bricolage Academy, where his children attend school. CLOTHING FROM RUBENSTEINS: JACK VICTOR, J BRAND, STENSTROMS, A.S.W.O.L., W. KLEINBERG
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Take in the numerous winter activities in the North Carolina mountains, such as skiing, snow tubing, hiking and ziplining. If you first need to learn, visit the experts at French Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Mountain or take in a group lesson at Beech for only $25. Hawksnest Snow Tubing in Seven Devils offers more than 30 tube lanes with moving carpets that bring you back to the top — no climbing to roll back down! It’s the largest tubing park on the East Coast, plus the attraction features the longest zipline in the eastern U.S. Beech Mountain Resort, offers skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and tubing, and much more for all ages.
The High Country offers a wide variety of accommodations. There’s only private cabin and house rentals and two hotels in Beech Mountain. Chalets rent as low as $250 plus fees for a two-night stay. A few corporate hotel chains exist by Sugar Mountain, but rentals are available there as well. Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock resort offers cozy dining in Timberlack’s, once an elaborate mansion that’s now named for Bob Timberlack, one of North Carolina’s most famous artists. The full-service spa and indoor pool add to the relaxation experience. Blowing Rock with its quaint shops is a short walk and there’s still plenty of outdoors fun nearby.
Head to the mountains this Mardi Gras Travelers this time of year are usually looking to escape Carnival. While there’s not much to escape from this year, there’s still the invigorating slopes for those looking to getaway. Many New Orleanians head west to the Rockies, but great skiing and other winter attractions exist to the east in North Carolina — and many times it’s more affordable. Three major ski resorts lie within 50 miles of each other in North Carolina’s High Country, about a five-hour drive from Atlanta, and all offer different experiences. In fact, North Carolina owns the highest ski areas and the largest snow tubing on the East Coast. Visitors may learn from some of the best at the French Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mountain, where more than 1 million people have learned to ski since 1969. For those who look to raise their blood pressure, there’s the challenging ski runs of Boulder Dash and Whoopdedoo at Sugar Mountain, not to mention ice skating and snowshoeing. Beech Mountain Resort and its surrounding town of Beech Mountain lies at 5,506 feet, the highest town and ski area on the East Coast. At Beach Mountain, it’s not uncommon for visitors to see snow almost year-round. “I’ve actually seen snow on this mountain every month but August,” said Kate Gavenus, director of Beech Mountain’s Tourism and Economic Development. North Carolina ski resorts receive adequate snow during their season from late November through March, but manmade snow is added when necessary. And because skiing’s an outdoors sport, and resorts such as Beech Mountain regulate admission through their website for social distancing, skiing’s a safe winter activity. To check ski conditions and obtain information on winter sports, visit the North Carolina Ski Areas Association at GoSkiNC.com.
After a day of winter sports, relax and take in the expansive view at Skybar at the top of Beech Mountain. Another place to restore energy is Beech Mountain Brewing Company, one of the only American breweries owned and operated by a ski resort. If the process of brewing interests, the brewing company offers tours. A cozy spot to enjoy dishes such as trout pecan or sesame pork chops is the Alpen restaurant and Bar in Beech Mountain, part of the Beech Alpen Inn. For something more casual, try the Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria, which doubles as an arcade with mini-golf and outdoor fire pits.
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And now my two worlds are about to collide, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it – Ruby took the Franklin test in November, and we just learned that she made it in and will be a part of the Class of 2025. Her testing experience was very different than mine. I took the test with a massive group of kids in the auditorium, and I sat next to a boy who: A. Brought his “lucky squirrel scrotum” to take the test and rested it on his desk the entire time. (It probably wasn’t genuine, but I believed it at the time.) B. Chewed old gum stuck under the auditorium seats on a dare. (He got in, too.) Ruby, on the other hand, took the test in a pandemic-mandated small group, masked-up, and it was completely computer-based. Absolutely no one attempted to chew old gum either, for reasons that are The older one, Ruby, rolled her always obvious but are somehow eyes and said, “Mom, how can you even more obvious in the middle of be so bad at that? Do you know a pandemic, even to gross middle they taught sea lions to do it at Sea school boys. Although if her testing experience World? It’s not hard!” My younger one, Georgia, was even was different, I know enough about harsher: “Stop dancing right now! the current state of the school to You’re embarrassing yourself, and you know that her educational experience look like an off-brand Teletubby!” will be much the same: great teachers, But those moments are balanced incredible peers, overwhelmingly by watching my kids eat beignets intense workload. and end up dusted in powdered The only difference? My mom sugar. By chaperoning them on the didn’t work there, didn’t send daily same field trips I took in third grade. emails to my friends and mess up By riding the City Park the names of bands train or the carousel with For more Eve and dance worse than them or laughing as they check out her blog a trained sea lion. She “Joie d’Eve” on roll down Monkey Hill. Tuesday mornings at definitely didn’t know By showing them “New myneworleans.com the hiding spots around Orleans sledding” aka the school. sliding down the levee on a piece I like to think that working at a of cardboard. By listening to my high school keeps me young. But eighth grade algebra teacher teach I suspect that my working there Ruby algebra during virtual school. is going to age Ruby dramatically.
When Worlds Collide My alma mater meets my workplace.
Working at my former high school, Ben Franklin, provides numerous opportunities for what is, essentially, time travel. I’ll be working busily on some boring spreadsheet when suddenly I hear a snatch of an Alanis Morissette or Tori Amos or Counting Crows song float by my office door – current students playing “retro” music, obviously, but it still transports me right back to the days when I could pull all-nighters and eat cheeseburgers as a snack. (These days, I’m in bed by 10, I pulled a neck muscle sneezing, and I gain weight if I even think about a cheeseburger for too long.) Or I’ll walk down the hallway and see kids sneaking a kiss over in this little alcove by the English classrooms … a spot I know well and remember fondly because I sneaked a few kisses there myself
back in the ’90s. Sometimes the students play new music for me – I thought I was pretty hip because, you know, I do listen to B97 after all, but I hadn’t heard a single thing they shared with me, and I later lost any music cred I had by referring to Cage the Elephant as “Put the Elephant in a Cage.” Still, though, it brings me back to my own teen days when my friend Josh was forever coming up behind me and putting massive headphones over my ears and playing me a new song on his Discman that I just had to listen to immediately: Blind Melon, Weezer, Fiona Apple, Smashing Pumpkins, Beck. Likewise, being a mom also provides many chances to both relive my own childhood and be extremely humbled. A few weeks ago, I attempted to do a TikTok dance to impress my two daughters.
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ABOUT THE DESIGNER Michigan native Anastasia Cymes was a resident of Seattle for 13 years before heading to New Orleans sight unseen in search of warmer weather. A former nanny, a renovator of two historic Mid-City houses, and a seasoned organizer, she has helped locals clear their clutter since 2011. Color consults and furniture placement are also among her services.
ANASTASIA CYMES Getting organized for a new year
etting organized at home is a perennially popular New Year’s resolution and this year there is the added motivation of spending more time at home due to COVID-19. But even the best of intentions can fall by the wayside when a task seems daunting. That is where the professionals come in. You don’t have to be a dedicated follower of the minimalist and perfectionistic ways of internationally acclaimed organizer Marie Kondo to benefit from the advice of a pro. With two decades of experience, local organizing expert Anastasia “Stasia” Cymes of Clear The Clutter says January is the number one season for organizing. Cymes, who thinks of herself as a personal trainer for the home, specializes in “compassionate downsizing,” a process of editing and organizing that
includes the client every step of the way. “The goal is to improve quality of life at home,” she said. After a complimentary phone consult, she sets up an initial 90-minute session and promises visible progress at the end of the appointment. The key to her approach is identifying goals (why do you want to get organized?), prioritizing problem areas (clothing closets, kitchens, junk rooms and kids’ spaces are top contenders) and then tackling one area at a time. Taking things in small increments, says Cymes, allows clients to experience satisfaction as they go. Next, Cymes recommends clearing the slate by editing. This is the work of determining what to keep and what to get rid of. In an effort to keep things out of landfills, she points out that downsizing includes donating to favorite charitable organiza-
1 Utilize what you have. For example, shoe boxes work as dividers for your sock and underwear drawer.
2 Keep things close to where you use them.
3 Keep a donation station (bag, box or pile) in your home and when it’s full, make a donation drop or have it picked up.
tions (hers is Bridge House) and freecycling, which means offering items for free – usually curbside. She found one of her most-loved pieces of furniture on the side of the road and repurposed it with paint. When trying to decide whether to keep an item or not, she suggests asking yourself Marie Kondo’s famous question, “does it spark joy?” as well as whether you would buy it today. “One of the most important things a client can do is to make decisions quickly and be prepared to let go of something that has already served its purpose,” said Cymes. Once things are edited, finding a place for everything is a must. Clutter, according to Cymes, accumulates when you don’t know where to put things. “We are all spending more time at home, so there is no better time than now to create a welcoming, warm, functional environment,” she said.
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Market Fresh Uptown Thai Debut
pening a new restaurant is never easy. Opening during a pandemic, well… Yet, throughout this crisis we’ve seen several startups take root across the pockmarked landscape of the New Orleans culinary scene. Among these is Cho Thai, a Thai restaurant that was well in the works before anyone had even heard about COVID-19. A partnership between chef Jimmy Cho (owner of Banana Blossom on the Westbank) and BRG Hospitality, Cho Thai provides a new platform for chef Cho to plate up and expand upon favorites from this native Thailand. The menu at Cho Thai shares a lot of DNA with Banana Blossom. Alongside dishes like his “Lamb Panang” and spicy “Thai BBQ Crab Claws,” diners here will find individualistic choices like Roti bread served alongside a spicy red curry dipping sauce, which makes for a particularly comforting pairing. “Roti is popular in the south of Thailand which is close to Malaysia,” Chef Cho said. “So it shares a lot of Malaysian influence.” Roti is versatile as well. A sweet version with Nutella appears on the dessert menu. Cho Thai’s menu is set apart from Banana Blossom with a unique emphasis on street foods found in the festive Night Markets of his native Sakon Nakhon in northeast Thailand. A good way to start here is with the Cho Thai sampler. Featuring an array of crunchy papaya salad, spicy fried chicken and chewy sticky rice, along with the aforementioned roti, this combo will present an array of unique flavors and textures. “The Night Market stuff is what I ate growing up,” Chef Cho said. “Papaya salad is one of the Thailand’s iconic dishes.” Cho’s take features a dressing made with fish sauce and crab paste and includes green beans, Thai chili and peanuts along with fresh herbs. The addictive fried chicken is
NIGHT MARKET SAMPLER AND CHANG MAI NOODLE.
boneless and topped with crispy shallots, cilantro and a sour/spicy tamarind-chili sauce. For main courses, popular options include the “Chang Mai Noodle,” a rich dish of braised beef short rib and egg noodles smothered in a yellow curry sauce with pickled mustard and fresh cilantro. The “Ka Pao Gai” features ground chicken with Thai chili, green bean and a spicy, garlicy fish sauce topped with a fried egg. “The pao gia is a classic Thai dish,” Cho said. “I want to say it is kind of like hamburger as people there like it so much; it is everyday comfort food for Thai people.” Expectant and crowd-pleasing options like “Shrimp Pad Thai” and “Drunken Noodles” are found here as well. The preparation and ingredients are a step up from what you might find elsewhere. Pops of sliced chili and sprigs of fresh basil and cilantro accentuate many dishes, shaping a complex flavor profile that leans on well-sourced ingredients and local produce. Food from Cho Thai – the noodle dishes in particular -- travels well for those seeking takeout. The spacious dining room at press time was comfortably configured for socially distanced dining. When the world returns to normal, Cho Thai will benefit from its compelling menu and excellent location along Magazine Street. Thai food has been somewhat underrepresented in New Orleans. Now we have a new option from a veteran chef. Cho Thai, 3218 Magazine St., Uptown, 381-4264, Chothairestaurant.com.
ABOUT THE CHEF Chef and Owner Jimmy Cho came to New Orleans over 20 years ago. His Westbank restaurant Banana Blossom has long been a favorite of Thai aficionados over the years. For Cho Thai, Chef Cho partnered with BRG Hospitality to bring the flavors of his native Sakon Nakhon to Uptown. While the surroundings are upscale, the dining is casual and the food is close to his heart, leaning heavily on the street food he grew up with overseas.
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New Year’s Tradition Good luck, good food I have memories scattered all over my childhood connected to New Year’s Day and blackeyed peas. They are all delicious and fond memories - both of my parents (both born and raised Uptown) working to clean the greens, prep the black-eyed peas, and my Daddy frying cornbread patties to keep the rest of the meal company. All over the south, southerners are starting off the year with this absolutely delicious combination, with all parts having a special meaning. Collard greens symbolize money and a prosperous new year. With its origins stemming from Africa, the tradition for black-eyed peas is to bring luck and prosperity. Pork is added because the pig nudges it’s nose forward, and you want to move forward this year. So much more than a tasty meal, it’s symbolic for the year to come. Setting intentions from the plate to the belly! Speaking of the belly, I have come up with an elevated version of that meal, this one giving comfort, flavor, and a lighter feeling after eating it. The buttery and smoky feel of the fried black eyed peas; flavor-packed and lightly crisp collards; smooth, light and salty coppa; hot honey cornbread with a sweet fresh tomato side (I added because of red being a lucky color in the Chinese culture), all of these sets it to a high standard.
Instead of traditional cornbread, use a griddle and make cornbread pancakes to serve on the side.
Taste collards as you go; you want to have some crunch.
3 When drizzling the vinaigrette over the whole meal, keep in mind that you can’t remove seasoning, but you can always add more at the end. Add a little at a time.
FRIED BLACK EYED PEAS WITH SAUTÉED COLLARDS AND SWEET TOMATO VINAIGRETTE
cup of EVOO
teaspoon of all in one seasoning (add more if needed)
hearty tablespoon of dill paste
tablespoon of white vinegar
hearty tablespoon of mayo (if you don’t want a creamy vinaigrette leave this out)
6-12 oz. container of cherry tomatoes (depending on how much you like tomatoes)
1. Combine all ingredients well, adjust taste to personal liking by adding more or less seasoning. Set aside. Collard Greens
tablespoons of butter
bag of triple washed collard greens
16 oz. Creole seasoning mix (such as Guidry’s, chopped celery, onion and bell pepper)
tablespoons of lime juice (optional)
oz. of prosciutto or coppa slices
Chef Toya’s All-In-One seasoning blend or any other all-purpose seasoning blend 1. In a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter along with Creole seasoning mix, and saute until tender. 2. Add 2 more tablespoons of butter and collard greens and sauté until they begin to wilt slightly. 3. Season to taste, add lime (if desired) and remove from heat. Top with prosciutto or coppa slices. Black-eyed Peas
cans of black-eyed peas
tablespoons of butter
bundle of green onion chopped
teaspoons of garlic paste or chopped garlic
1-2 tablespoons smoked paprika Chef Toya’s All-In-One seasoning blend or any other all-purpose seasoning blend 1. Drain and rinse black-eyed peas in a colander 2. In a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter; add chopped onions, green onions, garlic and 1 teaspoon of all-in-one seasoning. Sauté until caramelized.
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3. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and black-eyed peas; season to taste with all-in-one and add 1-2 tablespoons of smoked paprika, to your taste level. Set aside. 4. Serve with collard greens, tomato vinaigrette and the cornbread of your choice.
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2 oz. Punt y Mes Vermouth ¾ oz. pineapple syrup ¾ oz. lime juice 2 ½ oz. club soda 6-8 leaves mint plus sprig for garnish Collins Glass
1. Place pineapple syrup and mint in glass and muddle gently, add lime juice, vermouth and club soda.
2. Stir thoroughly with a
bar spoon to incorporate mint leaves throughout the glass.
3. Top with ice and
Cheers New Year Lighten the mix
garnish with mint sprig.
1 Try not to tear mint leaves. Tiny pieces of mint can end up in your teeth.
2 You can substitute another vermouth, but make sure it has some bitterness to balance the sweetness of the syrups.
Need to dial back your alcohol consumption post holidays? Try the Abruzzo, a refreshing low proof cocktail, featuring Punt y Mes vermouth, created by Bar Tonique General Manager Mark Schettler. Mark is a fan of sipping vermouth when he doesn’t want to be too intoxicated. Bar Tonique features an entire page of non-alcoholic drinks, but Mark can also mix up delicious, low proof options for patrons who don’t want to give up alcohol entirely. As Mark notes, “What kind of bartender am I if the only way I can make an enjoyable drink is to use something 80 proof or more?” Mark kept busy last year, representing the bartending community on coronavirus-focused committees with the City of New Orleans and working with Tulane Medical School to create a business pledge for COVID-19 safety. He’s doing his part to keep New Orleanians safe and happy on both sides of the bar.
Pineapple syrup is available online. Or you can infuse the vermouth with fresh pineapple for 3-4 days. Another use for pineapple syrup is in a Pisco Punch or to replace simple syrup in a classic daiquiri
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DINING GUIDE The Dining Guide is comprised of restaurants recently reviewed and visited by New Orleans Magazine. The list will change regularly to provide information on others that are also worth noting and acknowledging. Please check restaurant websites for up-to-date hours and locations. If you feel that a restaurant has been misplaced, please email Editor Ashley McLellan at Ashley@MyNewOrleans.com. $ = AVERAGE ENTRÉE PRICE
Acorn City Park, $ AcornNola.com Audubon Clubhouse Uptown, $$ AudubonInstitute.org Boulevard American Bistro Multiple Locations, $$$ BoulevardBistro.com
$ = $5-10
$$ = $11-15
Upperline Uptown, $$$$ Upperline.com Ye Olde College Inn Carrollton, $$$ CollegeInn1933.com Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill Multiple Locations, $$$ ZeaRestaurants.com ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN
$$$ = $16-20
$$$$ = $21-25
Bayou Burger French Quarter, $$ 5SportsBarNewOrleans.com
The Company Burger Uptown, $ TheCompanyBurger.com
Arnaud’s Remoulade French Quarter, $$ Remoulade.com
Chartres House French Quarter, $$$ ChartresHouse.com
Café NOMA City Park, $ CafeNoma.com
Little Tokyo Multiple Locations, $$ LittleTokyoNola.com
Camellia Grill Riverbend, $ 309-2679
Magasin Uptown, $ MagasinCafe.com
Carrollton Market Riverbend, $$$ CarrolltonMarket.com
MoPho Mid-City, $$$ MoPhoNola.com
District Donuts Sliders Brew Multiple Locations, $ DonutsAndSliders.com
Rock-N-Sake Multiple Locations, $$$ RockNSake.com
Five Happiness Mid-City, $$ FiveHappiness.com
Union Ramen Bar Lower Garden District, $$ UnionRamen.com
Martin Wine Cellar Multiple Locations, $ MartinWineCellar.com
La Petite Grocery Uptown, $$$ LaPetiteGrocery.com
Breads on Oak Carrollton, $ BreadsOnOak.com.
Lilette Uptown, $$$$$ LiletteRestaurant.com
Café du Monde Multiple Locations, $ CafeDuMonde.com
Restaurant August CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ RestaurantAugust.com Rib Room French Quarter, $$$ RibRoomNewOrleans.com The Grill Room CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ GrillRoomNewOrleans.com The Pelican Club French Quarter, $$$$$ PelicanClub.com
CC’s Coffee House Multiple Locations, $ CCsCoffee.com Gracious Bakery + Café Multiple Locations, $ GraciousBakery.com Ruby Slipper Café Multiple Locations, $$ TheRubySlipperCafe.net BARBECUE
BB King’s Blues Club French Quarter, $$$ BBKings.com/new-orleans
Andrea’s Restaurant Metairie, $$$ AndreasRestaurant.com
Hoshun Restaurant Uptown, $$ HoshunRestaurant.com
Parkway Bakery and Tavern Mid-City, $ ParkwayPoorBoys.com
The Delachaise Uptown, $$ TheDelaichaise.com
Port of Call French Quarter, $$ PortOfCallNola.com
Caffe! Caffe! Metairie, $ CaffeCaffe.com
New Orleans Social House CBD/Warehouse District, $$ NOSocialHouse.com
$$$$$ = $25 & UP
Broussard’s French Quarter, $$$$ Broussards.com Café Degas Faubourg St. John, $$ CafeDegas.com Coquette Uptown, $$$ 2CoquetteNola.com Justine French Quarter, $$$ JustineNola.com La Crêpe Nanou Uptown, $$$ LaCrepeNanou.com
Bouligny Tavern Uptown, $$ BoulignyTavern.com Cane & Table French Quarter, $$ CaneAndTableNola.com Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro French Quarter, $$$ OrleansGrapevine.com Patrick’s Bar Vin French Quarter, $$ PatricksBarVin.com Sylvain French Quarter, $$$ SylvainNOLA.com
Domenica CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$ DomenicaRestaurant.com Gianna Restaurant CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$ GiannaRestaurant.com
Gautreau’s, one of Uptown’s most acclaimed destinations has officially reopened. Enjoy favorites like seared divers scallops in a citrus emulsion flanked by trumpet mushrooms and haricots verts. More than a restaurant, over the years Gautereau’s has spun out multiple chefs gracing the cover of “Food and Wine” and its tucked-away residential location on Soniat Street makes it feel like a private club. 1728 Soniat St., Uptown. Gautreausrestaurant.com.
Irene’s Cuisine French Quarter, $$$$ IrenesNola.com Josephine Estelle CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ JosephineEstelle.com Liuzza’s Mid-City, $$ Liuzzas.com Muriel’s Jackson Square French Quarter, $$$$ Muriels.com Napoleon House French Quarter, $ NapoleonHouse.com Pascal’s Manale Uptown, $$$$ PascalsManale.com Red Gravy Uptown, $$ RedGravy.com Restaurant R’evolution French Quarter, $$$$$ RevolutionNola.com Tommy’s Cuisine CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ TommysNewOrleans.com
Few restaurants are as iconic as Brennan’s, the establishment that elevated breakfast to an art form and helped to set the tone for contemporary Creole dining. Thanks to its spacious dining rooms and generous al fresco seating, diners can continue to enjoy favorites like turtle soup, “Eggs Hussarde” and the original Banana’s Foster prepared tableside. Rediscover why breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 417 Royal St., French Quarter, 525-9711, Brennansneworleans.com.
DINING GUIDE Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Multiple Locations, $$$ VicentsItalianCuisine.com
Drago’s Multiple Locations, $$$$ DragosRestaurant.com
SoBou French Quarter, $$ SoBouNola.com
GW Fins French Quarter, $$$$$ GWFins.com
Emeril’s CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ EmerilsRestaurants.com
Tableau French Quarter, $$$ TableauFrenchQuarter.com
Kingfish French Quarter, $$$ KingfishNewOrleans.com
The Bistreaux French Quarter, $$ MaisonDupuy.com/dining
Le Bayou French Quarter, $$$ LeBayouRestaurant.com
The Bombay Club French Quarter, $$$$ TheBombayClub.com
Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant Metairie, $$ AustinsNo.com
Acme Oyster House Multiple Locations, $$ AcmeOyster.com Antoine’s French Quarter, $$$$$ Antoines.com Arnaud’s French Quarter, $$$$$ ArnaudsRestaurant.com Austin’s Metairie, $$$ AustinsNo.com Boucherie Carrollton, $$ Boucherie-Nola.com Brennan’s French Quarter, $$$$ Brennansneworleans.com Brigtsen’s Riverbend, $$$$$ Brigtsens.com Café Reconcile Central City, $$ CafeReconcile.org Casamento’s Uptown, $$ CasamentosRestaurant.com Clancy’s Uptown, $$$ ClancysNewOrleans.com Cochon CBD/Warehouse District, $$ CochonRestaurant.com Copeland’s Multiple Locations, $$ CopelandsofNewOrleans. com Commander’s Palace Garden District, $$$$ CommandersPalace.com Court of Two Sisters French Quarter, $$$$$ CourtOfTwoSisters.com Crabby Jack’s Metairie, $ CrabbyJacksNola.com Criollo French Quarter, $$$ CriolloNola.com Dooky Chase Restaurant Treme, $$ DookyChaseRestaurant.com
Galatoire’s French Quarter, $$$$$ Galatoires.com Gautreau’s Uptown, $$$$$ GautreausRestaurant.com Herbsaint CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ Herbsaint.com House of Blues French Quarter, $$ HouseOfBlues.com/ NewOrleans Jack Rose Garden District, $$$$ JackRoseRestaurant.com Katie’s Restaurant and Bar Mid-City, $$ KatiesInMidCity.com Mandina’s Mid-City, $$ MandinasRestaurant.com Mother’s CBD/Warehouse District, $$ MothersRestaurant.net Mulate’s CBD/Warehouse District, $$ Mulates.com NOLA French Quarter, $$$$$ EmerilsRestaurants.com/ Nola-Restaurant Palace Café CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ PalaceCafe.com Ralph’s On The Park Mid-City, $$$ RalphsOnThePark.com Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant French Quarter, $$$ RichardFiskes.com Royal House French Quarter, $$$ RoyalHouseRestaurant.com St. Roch Market Upper 9th Ward, $$ StRochMarket.com
Toups’ Meatery Mid-City, $$$ ToupsMeatery.com Tujague’s French Quarter, $$$$$ TujaguesRestaurant.com PIZZA
Pizza Delicious Bywater, $ PizzaDelicious.com Reginelli’s Pizzeria Multiple Locations, $$ Reginellis.com Theo’s Pizza Multiple Locations, $$ TheosPizza.com Pizza Domenica Multiple Locations, $$ PizzaDomenica.com SEAFOOD
Borgne CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ BorgneRestaurant.com Briquette CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$ Briquette-Nola.com Deanie’s Seafood Multiple Locations,$$$ Deanies.com Desi Vega’s Seafood and Steaks Metairie, $$$$ DesiVegaSeafood.com
Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House Multiple Locations, $$$ MrEdsRestaurants.com/ oyster-bar New Orleans Creole Cookery French Quarter, $$$ NewOrleansCreoleCookery. com
La Boca CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ LaBocaSteaks.com Mr. John’s Steakhouse Uptown, $$$ MrJohnsSteakhouse.com Ruth’s Chris Steak House Multiple Locations, $$$$$ RuthsChris.com The Steakhouse at Harrah’s CBD/WarehouseDistrict, $$$$$ HarrahsNewOrleans.com WORLD
1000 Figs Faubourg St. John, $$ 1000Figs.com
Oceana Grill French Quarter, $$ OceanaGrill.com
Bayona French Quarter, $$$$$ Bayona.com
Pêche CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ PecheRestaurant.com.
Compére Lapin CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$$ CompereLapin.com
Pier 424 French Quarter, $$$ Pier424SeafoodMarket.com Red Fish Grill French Quarter, $$$ RedFishGrill.com Sac-A-Lait CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$ Sac-A-LaitRestaurant.com SPECIALTY FOODS
Antoine’s Annex French Quarter, $$$ Antoines.com/AntoinesAnnex STEAKHOUSE
Crescent City Steaks Mid-City, $$$$ CrescentCitySteaks.com
Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House French Quarter, $$$$ BourbonHouse.com
Desi Vega’s Steakhouse CBD/Warehouse District, $$$ DesiVegaSteaks.com
Don’s Seafood Metairie, $$$ DonsSeafoodOnline.com
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse French Quarter, $$$$ DickieBrennansSteakhouse. com
Grand Isle Restaurant CBD/Warehouse District, $$$$ GrandIsleRestaurant.com
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grade. The student/teacher ratio is 7 to 1, allowing each student personalized attention. Jewish Community Day School 3747 West Esplanade Avenue North, Metairie, 504-887-4091 jcdsnola.org Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) offers a challenging academic and Jewish Studies program for children in Preschool through 6th Grade. At JCDS, each child is seen and each child is valued. With the benefit of small classes and differentiated instruction, kids find themselves meeting challenges that they never before thought themselves capable of tackling. By learning about Jewish identity and history, by learning about each person’s duty to make the world a better place (Tikkun Olam), and by participating in a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, JCDS graduates become better critical thinkers, better advocates for themselves, and better advocates for others. For a virtual or in-person tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
he lessons we learn as children shape us into the adults we eventually become. While some lessons come in the form of our interactions with peers, friends, and family, others are directly linked to experiences in school. From developing math skills and learning to read and write to building self-confidence and character, education plays a significant role in readying us for the challenges we endure and successes we enjoy. When choosing a school for your child, you’ll see a variety of approaches to curricula, extracurricular activities, and community values. Greater New Orleans is home to numerous schools recognized for their approaches to academics, arts, and religion, as well as the unique learning environments they offer. Open the door to your child’s future by identifying the school best suited to your family’s needs.
EARLY EDUCATION Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans 812 General Pershing Street, New Orleans, 504-896-4500 ebnola.net Ecole Bilingue is the only private French school in New Orleans accredited by the French Ministry of Education and the state of Louisiana. The mission is to provide a strong and distinctive education by combining the best of French and American academics. Ecole Bilingue offers rich English language arts, American mathematics, and social studies programs to balance out and complement the strength of the French curriculum. The campus, located off Magazine Street, hosts students and teachers from the U.S. and around the world and accepts students 18 months – 8th 70
Kehoe-France Southshore 720 Elise Avenue, Metairie, 504-733-0472 kehoe-france.com Kehoe-France is a school known for offering transformative and meaningful academic experiences that instill a lifelong love of learning, leadership, and service. A nurturing and engaging environment for children as young as eight weeks through 7th grade, Kehoe-France sets children on a path to discovery while developing the skills they need to be productive citizens of a global community. Each student experiences a rigorous and balanced curriculum focused on developing the whole child and preparing them to succeed and make lasting relationships in an increasingly connected and innovative world. As part of the International Schools Partnership, Kehoe-France is one of a growing group of private schools committed to improving schools and learning opportunities for students across the world. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School 8012 Oak Street, New Orleans, 504-866-6553 standrewsepiscopalschool.org St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 63 years of experience educating the mind, body, and spirit of young children. St. Andrew’s enrolls boys and girls 12 months through Grade 8, offering ten+ years of nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on “Cherishing Childhood, Developing Character and Cultivating Leaders.” St. Andrew’s small classes promote a challenging learning environment where students grow spiritually, socially, and intellectually. A strong academic program, enhanced by state-of-the-art technology, includes Spanish, music, chapel, fine arts, athletics, and information literacy skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports, and community service round out St. Andrew’s program. Virtual and in-person tours are available by appointment only. Stuart Hall School for Boys 2032 S. Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, 504-861-5384 stuarthall.org Stuart Hall School for Boys’ mission is to live the words of Catholic educator, Janet Erskine Stuart, RSJC: “Education is formation, not just information.” Faculty and staff work with parents to help each child build a foundation for a life centered on a love for learning, a desire to help others, and a commitment to Gospel values. Stuart Hall School is the only Catholic, independent, school in Greater New Orleans educating boys in a traditional, elementary school configuration (PK3-7th). Through faith, honor, leadership, and scholarship, Stuart Hall builds future community leaders who have an unselfish commitment to serving others. It truly is a school “Where Good Boys Become Great Men.”
University Montessori School (UMS) 7508 Burthe Street, New Orleans, 504-865-1659 umsnola.org University Montessori School is dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and method of education, devoting itself to the total child— his or her emotional, social, intellectual, and physical well-being. There are two classrooms: a 20-month to 3-year-old class and a 3- to 6-year-old class. In combining age groups, the children develop a sense of community. Younger children teach older children patience, empathy and competency, while older children practice leadership by helping younger children. The child has the opportunity to progress at his or her own rate and reach the full potential carried within. UMS is also a nature-inspired school—the children enjoy time connecting with the earth in the school’s green and lush outdoors. Trinity Episcopal School 1315 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, 504-525-8661 trinitynola.org Trinity Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students 15 months through eighth grade. Trinity’s mission is to build confident, resilient upstanders on a foundation of academic excellence, moral responsibility, and faith who are prepared to make a positive difference in the world. The school seeks to enroll qualified students without regard to gender, race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, ethnic, or national origin. During these unprecedented times, Trinity strives to strike a balance between the safety of isolation and the benefits of in-person interaction. Email email@example.com for more information and to schedule your virtual or in-person tour.
K – 12 / CONTINUOUS EDUCATION Ursuline Academy of New Orleans 2635 State Street, New Orleans, 504-861-9150 go.uanola.org Founded in 1727, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans serves Toddler 1 through 12th grade girls and enjoys the distinction of being the first all-girls’ Catholic school in the United States. As girls progress through the academy, a highly interactive approach exposes them to increasingly complex concepts in STEM and the arts that go beyond learning the material. Ursuline girls learn to think creatively, articulate their ideas confidently and compassionately, and solve problems collaboratively. The Academy’s nurturing community is diverse by design and fuels every girl’s success. At Ursuline, students blaze their own trails—it’s the school’s legacy. Make it yours, too.
HIGH SCHOOL De La Salle High School 5300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, 504-895-5717 delasallenola.com De La Salle High School is a private, Catholic
co-educational high school for grades 8-12. The school is rooted in the 350-year old Lasallian heritage and the tradition of the Christian Brothers. Utilizing innovative technology and curriculum development and its excellent standards of quality teaching and extracurricular activities, the school has built a tradition helping students achieve their potential both in and out of the classroom. De La Salle exceeds the Louisiana TOPS requirements and offers numerous AP and Dual Enrollment classes, and Cavaliers have consistently achieved the top national scores. Extracurricular clubs and teams and the school’s numerous athletic teams have also won district and state titles as well as national awards.
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES University of Holy Cross 4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, 504-398-2175 uhcno.edu The University of Holy Cross (UHC) provides an atmosphere of learning and growth that not only expands the mind but also nourishes the heart. A fully accredited Catholic university in New Orleans, the University of Holy Cross (formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College) offers more than 65 majors and programs to more than 1,000 students. With 154 faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience. Some of the university’s most distinctive programs are in Business, Education, Healthcare, Counseling, and Nursing. Located on the West Bank, minutes from downtown New Orleans, UHC offers an affordable, liberal arts education within a small, private university setting. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette 104 E University Ave, Lafayette, LA, 337-482-1000 louisiana.edu
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has nearly 19,200 students and awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in disciplines ranging from the humanities to informatics, from business to exercise science. UL Lafayette fosters student success and emphasizes career development and is committed to providing students with learning opportunities beyond the classroom that will benefit them throughout their lifetimes. That’s why the University is proud to be an Official Higher Education Partner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. These collaborations give UL Lafayette students and recent graduates access to internships, practical career experiences, and professional development and networking opportunities. The Saints and Pelicans also fund two annual scholarships for qualified students.
RESOURCES IN EDUCATION New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) 1555 Poydras Street, Suite 78, New Orleans, 504- 274-3645 newschoolsforneworleans.org NSNO’s mission is to deliver on the promise of excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans. This is accomplished by focusing on five priorities: • Talent - NSNO coordinates a citywide strategy to strengthen the teaching profession in New Orleans. • Curriculum - NSNO funds experts to help schools transition to higher standards. • Policy - NSNO advocates for policies to maintain an environment that supports positive outcomes for students. • Portfolio - NSNO invests in schools and partners with NOLA-PS to improve the quality of school choices for families. • Communications - NSNO shares data and stories about public education in New Orleans. •
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family, or a partner, the following travel destinations, resources and restaurants may deliver just what the doctor ordered. From steaming bowls of gumbo to homemade spaghetti and meatballs, foodies can support local festivals and eateries by warming their bellies with delicious regional cuisine. Meanwhile, travel agencies can help plan a future excursion to celebrate big milestones or achieve some peace and quiet. Cure your cabin fever this winter and spring by hatching your getaway today.
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hile winter may have inspired the phrase “cabin fever,” the year 2020 certainly inspired the feeling in people across the country. There’s light at the end of the tunnel for those looking to get out and explore, and late winter and spring bring an array of activities, events, and reasons to safely find an escape in and around New Orleans. Whether you’re planning now for travel later or looking for a way to safely unwind outside of the home with friends,
Big Bay Lake 600 Big Bay Blvd., Lumberton, MS, 877-424-4229 bigbaylake.com Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on one of Mississippi’s largest private recreational lakes. Located only 90 minutes from New Orleans, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Waterfront homesites are available for building custom homes or retreats, and resale homes are usually available for immediate purchase. 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 and enjoying laid back “Lake Life” to the fullest. Come experience sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life…“Big!” 32nd Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival 9100 Baytowne Blvd., Miramar Beach, FL, 850-267-8110 sandestingumbofestival.com Warm up this February with the Emerald Coast’s hottest winter food event, the Sandestin Gumbo Festival held at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. On Friday, February 19, 2021, the fest kicks off with
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a seafood boil at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille. On Saturday, the main event will bring gumbo fans from all across the region together to taste and judge their favorite iterations of gumbo—light roux versus dark, seafood versus chicken and sausage, and gumbos with unique twists and influences while live music, children’s activities, and a Best Bloody Marys at The Beach competition add to the fun. An accommodations package available at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort includes a ticket to Saturday’s main event.
VISIT SOUTH WALTON South Walton Visitor Center 25777 US Highway 331 South, Santa Rosa Beach, FL VisitSouthWalton.com With 26 miles of stunning sugar-white sand beaches and 16 unique beach neighborhoods, South Walton offers endless opportunities for visitors to find their perfect beach. Tucked away on the Northwest Florida Panhandle along the Gulf of Mexico, South Walton is easily accessible but set apart by its unmatched natural beauty. Vast nature preserves create a relaxed respite not often found in similar destinations, offering adventure-seekers more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails, four state parks, a 15,000-acre state forest and 15 rare coastal dune lakes. Unique landscapes, eclectic shops, luxury accommodations and award-winning restaurants help form South Walton, Florida’s distinctive character.
NEW ORLEANS ESCAPES Red Gravy 4206 Magazine St., New Orleans, 504-561-8844 RedGravyCafe.com Settle in—or out—at Red Gravy’s new Uptown location, which features heated outdoor dining in its 24-seat courtyard with eight additional outdoor seats along Magazine Street. The restaurant is adhering to all safety mandates as it continues offering its top-ranked weekend brunch and new dinner service, Wednesday-Saturday. The dinner menu features some of the best of Owner Roseann Melisi Rostoker’s handed-down Italian recipes: handmade pasta and gnocchi, homemade ravioli, and flavor-rich favorites like lasagna and spaghetti and meatball. Roseann’s signature brunch dishes like Cannoli Pancakes and Breakfast Spaghetti pair perfectly on Saturdays and Sundays with eye openers like mimosas and the restaurant’s popular Witch’s Brew coffee cocktail. Royal Sonesta New Orleans 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, 504-553-2205 Sonesta.com The Royal Sonesta New Orleans believes in “Happily Ever After.” It offers inspired, classic elegance for your wedding celebration— from dazzling venues like its authentic French Quarter courtyard and iconic wrought-iron balconies, to one-of-a-kind cuisine and contemporary cocktails, to private rooms for bridal showers, brunches and teas, Royal Sonesta New Orleans has everything you need to create your unique wedding experience. When 74
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social distancing requires a new way to plan your special day, the hotel is ready to host your intimate event with micro wedding and “minimony” promotions. For all your wedding needs, Royal Sonesta New Orleans stands out as the perfect spot for New Orleans destination weddings.
TRAVEL PLANNING & RESOURCES AAA 24/7 Roadside Assistance 844-330-2173 AAA.com/SaveOffer Now is the perfect time to dream about your road trip escape! When the time is right to jump in the car, make sure your road trip stays on track with the peace of mind that accompanies AAA 24/7 Roadside Assistance. AAA covers you in any car, SUV, or pick-up truck even if you’re not the driver, and provides members with free towing, free tire change, free lock-out assistance, free minor mechanical first aid, free jump start, and free delivery of emergency fuel. For a limited time, readers can join AAA for only $52 and get two household members free (promo code 175685). Current AAA members can add two new household members free (promo code 175687). Clandestine Events + Experiences 3436 Magazine Street, New Orleans, 504-766-3033 Clandestine-events.com Details matter—Clandestine’s Experience Planning Team takes care of all your travel and concierge details, even those that are unexpected. As a boutique destination management business, Clandestine’s services cover local New Orleans hosted experiences as well as those outside of Louisiana with deep-rooted contacts across the US. The company specializes in private milestone celebrations such as destination weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and family reunions. Examples have included a family reunion in Discovery Bay, Jamaica, a destination wedding in Wine Country, a milestone birthday Mardi Gras celebration, and VIP experiences at the Indy500 and Kentucky Derby. If you have an upcoming celebration and want it to be the experience of a lifetime, call Clandestine today. Cupcake Castles Travel Company Kenner • Metairie • New Orleans, 504-298-1197 cupcakecastlestravel.com Cupcake Castles Travel Company is a Boutique Travel Agency that helps busy families and couples dream up their next travel destination by guiding them with expertise, passion for service, and a knack for matching them with a perfect destination and itinerary. The agency consults with clients and carefully crafts itineraries that allow for fun, spontaneous adventures and helps them create memories that are everlasting. From fun-filled theme park family vacations, to relaxing, secluded couple’s getaways in the Caribbean, Cupcake Castles Travel Company can provide a solution for enjoying time together as safely and easily as possible. Clients have enjoyed utilizing the agency’s complimentary concierge services to travel to locations across the globe. •
Health & Fitness
t’s January—a time to look back on the previous year’s health goals and assess your progress. The new year brings an opportunity to start again at tackling last year’s unfinished business or newly targeting additional aspects of your health. From finally treating that lingering joint pain to scheduling a recommended screening or quitting smoking, now’s the time to cast off last year’s reluctance and take your health by the reins. The pandemic may have kept you from seeing your primary care physician for an annual wellness exam— don’t let your health suffer any longer form inattention. Emerging vaccines may offer the perfect excuse you needed to give your physician a call. The following healthcare resources, treatments, and trials could benefit you or someone you love in 2021. Take a look and take on the challenge of a healthier, more fit you.
TREATING PAIN Southern Pain & Neurological 3348 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite A, Metairie, 504-887-7207 southernpainclinic.com At Southern Pain & Neurological, Doctors Paul Hubbell and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain creates a prison for patients. Low back pain is one of the most common sources of pain, and 15-25 percent of people with low back pain actually have SI joint dysfunction. The minimally invasive PsiF System allows your doctor to stabilize your SI joint. The procedure is done through a small incision and typically takes less than thirty minutes. Patient testimonials have demonstrated that this treatment improved pain, patient function, and quality of life. Schedule a consultation today if you are experiencing low back pain, sciatic-like pain, hip/pelvis/ groin pain, stiffness, leg instability, disturbed sitting and sleeping, and pain when active or lying on one side. Aesculap Biologics 844-395-4590 AesculapBiologics.com If you are experiencing continued knee issues following a previous cartilage injury, you may be a good candidate for Aesculap Biologics’ Phase 3 clinical trial for NOVOCART® 3D, a tissue engineered cellbased product designed to repair articular cartilage defects of the
knee. Exciting advances in cellular research focus on regenerative medicine, which encourages the body to repair damaged or diseased tissue by recreating and integrating new tissue in the place of old. Using a combination of cells and smart biomaterial devices, Aesculap Biologics’ products may stimulate and support the synthesis of new tissue and enhance the body’s own regenerative power. To learn more and potentially join the NOVOCART® 3D clinical trial, visit aesculapbiologics.com/en/patients.html. WELLNESS VISITS Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana 5525 Reitz Ave. Baton Rouge, LA, 1-800-495-2583 bcbsla.com Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is devoted to its mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay on top of your healthcare, especially if you’re over 60 or have a long-term condition like diabetes or high blood pressure. Getting your annual wellness visit is a great opportunity to talk to your primary care provider about any health concerns you have. If you’ve been putting off needed care because of COVID-19, call your primary care provider today to make an appointment. For more on keeping up with care, visit bcbsla.com/keepupwithcare.
SMOKING CESSATION Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) 2633 Napoleon Avenue Ste. 500, New Orleans • 504-897-9686 1901 Manhattan Blvd, Bldg A, Ste. 200, Harvey • 504-354-5252 cardio.com Smoking is the largest preventable risk factor of cardiovascular disease. Eliminating the use of tobacco dramatically reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and lung disease. Commit To Quit at CIS combines medical evaluations, medications (both prescription and nicotine replacement) and supportive counseling sessions (both individually and as a group). Some of these services may be available to Louisiana residents free of charge through benefits of the Louisiana Smoking Cessation Trust. CIS works with each patient individually on a personalized quit plan. To learn more about the program, call 1-877-288-0011 or visit cardio.com/tobacco-free. • MYNEWORLEANS.COM
the only nationally accredited caregiver registry in the region. They help families find the right caregiver for everything from total care to basic supervision and help with daily activities. The company offers a vetted pool of nearly 100 experienced caregivers. Hospice Associates 3941 Houma Blvd #1A, Metairie, 504-457-2200 hospiceassociates.com Founded in 2004, Hospice Associates is a local CMS-certified and ACHC-accredited provider founded on the belief that when a cure is no longer possible, individuals with life-limiting illness deserve an end-of-life care plan built on knowledge, compassion, and access to services designed to fit their specific needs. The interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, counselors, and other medical professionals are uniquely trained to provide physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support to patients and their families and strive to meet the needs of patients for comfort and dignity with 100 percent satisfaction rates. Four programs meet patients’ needs in a variety of circumstances: the Pre-Hospice Program, Home Based Program, Intravenous Therapy Program, and Inpatient Hospice Program. Home Instead Senior Care 3330 West Esplanade Ave., Ste. 200, Metairie, 504-455-4911 HomeInstead.com/339 Now more than ever, aging adults see home as the safest place to be. Fortunately, Home Instead offers peace of mind for families with a dedicated staff of CAREGiversSM, essential workers equipped with PPE who are fully trained to provide the care and companionship your loved one deserves. A local franchise owned by New Orleans native Lisa Rabito, Home Instead offers the added benefit of staff who understand New Orleans’ culture and hospitality. CAREGivers provide support from 12 hours per week to 24-hour care in nonmedical services like meal preparation, transportation, personal care, medication reminders, and more, while working in tandem when needed with healthcare providers, home health, and hospice.
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s we turn the corner into 2021, the New Year offers time to reflect on the challenges faced and changes that took place over the last year. The year 2020 required flexibility, patience and tenacity, testing individuals and families at every turn. These tests of will and strength show us a lot about ourselves and what aspects of our lives deserve more attention or a new approach. For older adults and their families, the challenging times may have uncovered a need for additional help or support in the home. Seniors deserve extra love after such a difficult year, and now’s a good time to consider improving their living situation with help around the home, memory support, or companionship. The following resources in senior care already help thousands of families around Greater New Orleans and may be able to offer your loved one the support they deserve as well. IN-HOME & HOSPICE CARE Dependable In-Home Care 702 N. Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, 504-486-5044 dependablecare.net Aging in the home has always been the preferred choice for the elderly—now it is also one of the safest. “Exposure to fewer people today is paramount,” says Joni Friedmann-Lagasse, Owner of Dependable In-Home Care. “An experienced, professional caregiver understands and uses universal precautions such as wearing a mask and washing hands. Even families should be observing these simple precautions,” she says. With over 100,000 successful referrals over 50 years, Dependable In-Home Care holds high standards and is 76
Home Care Solutions 3421 N Causeway Blvd #502, Metairie, LA, 504-828-0900 homecareneworleans.com Home Care Solutions is a locally owned and operated company specializing in compassionate in-home sitting services, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Care as well as Aging Life Care Management™ services. They help clients age in place gracefully while nurturing independence. Because of Covid-19, families have been under additional pressure to care for aging loved ones while juggling changes to their own lives. Home Care Solutions can step in and provide extra support with less exposure than a retirement community while allowing for continued connection with family. Caregivers are matched to meet your loved one’s needs while Care Managers’ familiarity with local resources can save you time and often money, relieving you of unnecessary distress. PLANNING & ARRANGEMENTS Jacob Schoen & Son 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, 504-267-2924 schoenfh.com Whether you are looking for pre-planning or funeral services, the Schoen family and staff are passionate about making your time with them as memorable and uplifting as possible. They have been providing personalized funeral, cremation and memorial services to families in the Greater New Orleans area for over 146 years. They bring together decades of experience caring for families of all cultural backgrounds and pledge to treat you and your loved ones just like family. Their value and guarantee is to offer affordable services that meet your specifications while exceeding all your expectations. Compare and see the difference—tour their landmark space, discuss available options, and learn how they can help fulfill your wishes. •
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PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS MASTERPIECE “All Creatures Great and Small” Sundays, January 10 - February 21 at 8:00 p.m. James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930s Yorkshire get a glorious new adaptation in the new seven-part series based on his beloved books. Exciting newcomer Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring humor, compassion and love of life. LIVING IN THE NEW NORMAL: VACCINE TIMELINE Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.; repeats Sunday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m.; Tuesday, January 19 at 10:00 p.m.
The new year begins with limited doses available for Louisiana residents of vaccine to protect against the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. In the first episode of year 2021, the recurring WYES series LIVING IN THE NEW NORMAL explores how the state plans to distribute the vaccine, who will be receiving the first inoculations and when can most residents expect to be vaccinated. WYES Community Projects Producer and Informed Sources host, Marcia Kavanaugh, will moderate the discussion.
MASTERPIECE “Miss Scarlet & The Duke” Sundays January 17 - February 21 at 7:00 p.m. Kate Phillips and Stuart Martin star in a new Victorian mystery series on MASTERPIECE. Before Marple and Tennison, there was Scarlet—Miss Eliza Scarlet, private detective. Kate Phillips (“Wolf Hall”) stars as London’s brilliant, beautiful, and first-ever female sleuth, with Stuart Martin (“Jamestown”) as her friend and associate, Detective Inspector William “The Duke” Wellington.
STEPPIN’ OUT “It’s Carnival Time” Monday, January 25 at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; repeats Sunday, Jan 31 at 10:00 a.m. Host Peggy Scott Laborde, along with Carnival historians Arthur Hardy and Errol Laborde, give their annual overview of the upcoming Mardi Gras season. This year’s topics focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Mardi Gras and how some local carnival organizations are coming up with safe alternate season-related presentations.
MASTERPIECE “The Long Song” Sunday, January 31 at 9:00 p.m. This three-part miniseries based on Andrea Levy’s awardwinning novel about the end of slavery in Jamaica follows July (Tamara Lawrance, “King Charles III”), an indomitable, young slave who works on a sugarcane plantation with her detestable mistress, Caroline Mortimer (Hayley Atwell, “The Avengers”). Their lives change with the arrival of the charming new overseer, Robert Goodwin (Jack Lowden, “Dunkirk”) who sets out to improve the plantation for both the slaves and the mistress.
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WYES invites you to a series of virtual dinner parties via Zoom with notable New Orleans chefs! Participants can expect a delicious multi-course takeout menu, a bottle of wine and can join the chefs via Zoom with questions and comments as you savor and watch. Susan Spicer of Rosedale & Eason Barksdale of Bayona (1/26) Amarys Herndon & Jordan Herndon of Palm&Pine (TBA) Melissa M. Martin of Mosquito Supper Club (2/1) Rebecca Wilcomb of Gianna (TBA) Cynthia VuTran of Café Minh (TBA) WYES’ Kevin Belton (TBA) WYES SEASON OF PERSONAL CHEFS FEATURING SUSAN SPICER OF ROSEDALE & EASON BARKSDALE OF BAYONA Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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8am LONDON’S NEW YEAR’S DAY CELEBRATION
mysteries as she declines ever deeper into dementia.
10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT
10pm PROFESSOR T “Three Oak Campus” Not everyone in the Antwerp Homicide division is pleased to receive the expert advice of Jasper Teerlinck, a professor of criminology whose curious methods ruffle a few feathers.
9:30am MEMORY RESCUE WITH DANIEL AMEN, M.D.
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
11:30am 3 STEPS TO PAIN FREE LIVING
1:30pm DR. FURHMAN’S FOOD AS MEDICINE 3:30pm AGING BACKWARDS 3 WITH MIRANDA ESMONDE-WHITE The former ballerina uses groundbreaking science to develop a practical six-point plan anyone can use to keep their minds sharp and their bodies active using gentle daily movement. 4:30pm LIFE’S THIRD AGE WITH KEN DYCHTWALD As the Boomer generation reaches retirement age, it is clear there has been a change. In this new Third Age, seniors are finding a new sense of purpose -- a new freedom -- and the inspiration fo personal reinvention. 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm INFORMED SOURCES 7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK
8:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2021” Ring in 2021 with host Hugh Bonneville joined by guest conductor Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic performing a festive selection of Strauss Family waltzes.
10pm BEYOND THE CANVAS
6pm LAWRENCE WELK: TRANSPORTATION 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Secrets and Lies” 8pm AMERICAN MASTERS “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” examines the performer’s vast career and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress. 10pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “The First Six Years”
11pm PROFESSOR T “A Fatal Mistake”
4 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “American Stories” The new season celebrates the collective history of our country through personal accounts behind standout treasures like a Navajo belt, bracelet & basket, a WWI peach can label letter, and James McNeill Whistler artwork.
11pm THE KATE “Sheila E”
8pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Harrisburg” (Hour 2 of 3)
9pm BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: A MEANINGFUL VICTORY
6pm VICTORIA & ALBERT: THE WEDDING (Part 2 of 2) Royal historian Lucy Worsley oversees an authentic reimagining of the grand wedding that set the standard for modern nuptials. 7pm PRINCE ALBERT: VICTORIAN HERO REVEALED Discover the little-known yet profound role Prince Albert played in shaping Victorian Britain. Professor Saul David examines Albert’s influence and innovative ideas, which transformed the nation’s fortunes and created a legacy that lives on today.
8pm MASTERPIECE “Elizabeth Is Missing” Two-time Academy Award®–winner Glenda Jackson (“A Touch of Class,” “Women in Love”) stars as a woman desperately trying to solve two
10pm INDEPENDENT LENS “A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem” Three brave cheerleaders take on the NFL, battling for recognition — and a raise. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
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7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Breaking the Silences” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the family secrets of journalist Gayle King, director Jordan Peele and comedian Issa Rae, introducing them to ancestors who are both black and white, raising profound questions about their family trees.
8pm PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT “I Dream” (Part 1 of 4) Self-shot stories explore the meaning and state of the American dream. From the desire for homeownership to ambitions for higher education or career success, they show the hard work, opportunities and barriers that come with pursuing this ideal today.
10pm THE LONG SHADOW Filmmaker Frances Causey investigates the roots of racism and the shameful legacy of slavery.
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
8 FRIDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm INFORMED SOURCES
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
9pm WHEN DISASTER STRIKES “A Perfect Storm: Mozambique” (Part 1 of 3) Go inside an epic battle for survival and preservation as another drought strikes Somalia. 10pm NATURE “A Squirrel’s Guide to Success” 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
7 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm THIS OLD HOUSE 7:30pm THIS OLD HOUSE 8pm MASTERPIECE “Poldark, Season 1” (Part 1 of 7) 9pm MASTERPIECE “Poldark, Season 1” (Part 2 of 7)
10pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Foo Fighters Rock Austin City Limits”
8pm NOVA “Prediction by the Numbers” From sports to the morning commute, predictions underlie nearly every aspect of daily life, but not all predictions come true.
9:30pm ONE NIGHT IN MARCH tells the story of a historic college basketball game that captured the national imagination, influenced a state and helped redefine a sport.
11pm THE KATE ”Owen and Moley Ó Súilleabháin”
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
7pm NATURE “A Squirrel’s Guide to Success”
and development of jazz music from its beginnings to the present. In this episode, see how Jazz was born in the musical and social cauldron of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century.
7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT WYES’ weekly local restaurant, arts and entertainment discussion program is now in its 34th season. Host and producer Peggy Scott Laborde welcomes regular guests Poppy Tooker, Alan Smason, plus new roundtable visitors every week. Missed an episode? Watch it on YouTube at wyesondemand and at wyes.org.
6:30pm MASTERPIECE “50 Fabulous Years” Celebrate the iconic series that introduced generations of PBS viewers to the delights of British drama. From “Upstairs Downstairs” to “I, Claudius” to “The Jewel in the Crown” and “Downton Abbey,” MASTERPIECE has stood the test of time.
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10pm JAMESTOWN, SEASON 2 (Part 1 of 8)
8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm FRONTLINE “A Thousand Cuts” Journalist Maria Ressa risks her life and freedom as an outspoken critic of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. 10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
9 SATURDAY 6pm LAWRENCE WELK: THE COLORFUL WORLD 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Breaking the Silences” 8pm JAZZ “Gumbo (Beginnings to 1917)” (Part 1 of 10) Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of jazz — the quintessential American art form. The 10-part series follows the growth
HIGHLIGHT 8pm MASTERPIECE “All Creatures Great and Small” (Part 1 of 7) James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930’s Yorkshire get a glorious new adaptation in a seven-part series based on his beloved stories. Exciting newcomer Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring humor, compassion and love of life. The 1970s adaptation, which aired on public broadcasting, was a favorite of millions of viewers. 9pm MASTERPIECE “Unseen Alistair Cooke” Enjoy a revealing portrait of longtime “Masterpiece Theatre” host Alistair Cooke, one of the most celebrated broadcasters of the 20th century.
10pm JAMESTOWN, SEASON 2 (Part 1 of 8)
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11pm PROFESSOR T “The Inspection” (Part 3 of 13)
11 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Vintage Baltimore” (Hour 1 of 3)
9:30am & 12:30pm ELINOR WONDERS WHY Elinor will introduce kids ages 3-5 to science, nature and community through adventures with her friends.
5:00am READY JET GO!
NOON SESAME STREET
12:30PM ELINOR WONDERS WHY
6am MOLLY OF DENALI 6:30AM WILD KRATTS 7:00AM HERO ELEMENTARY 7:30AM XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM 8AM CURIOUS GEORGE 8:30AM DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD 9:00AM DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD 9:30AM ELINOR WONDERS WHY 10:00AM SESAME STREET 10:30AM PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC 11:00AM DINOSAUR TRAIN 11:30AM CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG
1:00PM HERO ELEMENTARY 1:30PM LET’S GO LUNA! 2:00PM NATURE CAT 2:30PM WILD KRATTS 3:00PM MOLLY OF DENALI 3:30PM XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM 4:00PM ODD SQUAD 4:30PM ARTHUR 5PM CAT IN THE HAT KNOW A LOT ABOUT THAT! 5:30PM PEG + CAT 6:00PM PBS NEWSHOUR
8pm AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Codebreaker” reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government would send infamous gangsters to prison in the 1920s and bring down a massive, near-invisible Nazi spy ring in WWII. 9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “A Day in the Life of America” ‘American Nomads’ On July 4, 2017, more than 90 film crews across the country capture one day in the life of America. 10:30pm CHEF PAUL PRUDHOMME: LOUISIANA LEGEND 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
12 TUESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Coming to America” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, news anchor Norah O’Donnell and fashion designer Zac Posen explore their immigrant roots, retracing the journeys of their ancestors who arrived in the U.S. with little more than a dream. 8pm PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT “I Work” (Part 2 of 4) What’s a day’s work for you? Explore stories told by people across America about their day’s work. 9pm FRONTLINE
10pm DREAM LAND: LITTLE ROCK’S WEST 9TH STREET details the history of this district, the black community in Little Rock and race relations in the city. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
13 WEDNESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm NATURE “The Alps” ‘The High Life’ (Part 1 of 2) Enjoy the Alps in spring and summertime as newborn animals grow up to face the coming brutal winter. 8pm NOVA “Secrets in our DNA” Some 30 million Americans have sent their DNA to be analyzed by companies like 23andMe and AncestryDNA, hoping to obtain clues to family origins and forecasts of their future health. What happens once the sample is in the hands of testing companies? What are they looking at and how accurate are their results? NOVA explores the power of this information and the unintended consequences that can arise from sharing our data with these rapidly growing online databases. 9pm WHEN DISASTER STRIKES “The Silent Killer: Somalia” (Part 2 of 3) 10pm NATURE “The Alps” ‘The High Life’ (Part 1 of 2) 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
14 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
7pm LIVING IN THE NEW NORMAL: VACCINE TIMELINE The new year begins with limited doses available for Louisiana residents of vaccine to protect against the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. In the first episode of year 2021, the recurring WYES
series LIVING IN THE NEW NORMAL explores how the state plans to distribute the vaccine, who will be receiving the first inoculations and when can most residents expect to be vaccinated. WYES Community Projects Producer and Informed Sources host, Marcia Kavanaugh, will moderate the discussion.
8pm MASTERPIECE “Poldark, Season 1” (Part 3 of 7) 9pm MASTERPIECE “Poldark, Season 1” (Part 4 of 7) 10pm JAMESTOWN, SEASON 2 (Part 2 of 8) 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
15 FRIDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm INFORMED SOURCES 7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK
10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
sleuth, as she solves crimes – and sometimes flirts – with her partner and childhood friend, Detective Inspector William “The Duke” Wellington. 8pm MASTERPIECE “All Creatures Great and Small” (Part 2 of 7) Fresh from veterinary college, Siegfried’s fun-loving brother, Tristan, arrives to help out. Mrs. Pumphrey throws a swanky party.
6pm LAWRENCE WELK: INDIANA 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Coming to America” 8pm JAZZ “The Gift (1917-1924)” (Part 2 of 10) 10pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “The War and Treaty/Ruthie Foster”
11pm THE KATE “Marc Cohn with Blind Boys of Alabama” Grammy Award-winning folk-rock singer-songwriter Marc Cohn performs with Blind Boys of Alabama; songs include “Ghost Train,” “Amazing Grace” and “Walking in Memphis.”
9pm INSIDE THE MIND OF AGATHA CHRISTIE Discover what made the world’s most successful crime writer tick. Clues from Christie’s personal archive and interviews with family and scholars provide new insights into the author who continues to delight readers across the globe.
10pm JAMESTOWN, SEASON 2 (Part 2 of 8)
4pm DREAM LAND: LITTLE ROCK’S WEST 9TH STREET
11pm PROFESSOR T “Double Life” (Part 4 of 13)
5pm THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION CONCERT WITH THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA Hosted by actor James Pickens, Jr., the concert honors the life and legacy of the civil rights icon. 6pm MASTERPIECE “All Creatures Great and Small” (Part 1 of 7) James Herriot’s first day as a Yorkshire veterinarian is full of surprises.
8:30pm IN CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL “Musicals and the Movies” The six episodes feature the “best of” live performances from the past 10 years at the Bowl. In this episode, listen to Kristin Chenoweth sing “Over the Rainbow” with Kevin Stites, Audra McDonald performs “Moon River” with Bramwell Tovey while Sutton Foster sings Bernstein’s “On the Town” with Brian Stokes Mitchell along with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil. Photo Credit: Mathew Imaging
9:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Magic of Callas” Explore the legacy of superstar Maria Callas in this documentary detailing her 1964 comeback at London’s Royal Opera House in “Tosca,”
7pm MASTERPIECE “Miss Scarlet & The Duke” ‘Inheritance’ (Part 1 of 6) Go on the case with private eye Eliza Scarlet, Victorian England’s first-ever female
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7:30pm THIS OLD HOUSE
featuring insights from fans including Rufus Wainwright and opera stars Thomas Hampson and Kristine Opolais.
18 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Vintage Baltimore” (Hour 2 of 3)
8pm AMERICAN MASTERS “How it Feels to be Free” Explore the lives and trailblazing careers of six iconic African American entertainers—Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier—
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9pm CHRISTMAS IN NEW ORLEANS 10pm CARNIVAL MEMORIES 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
9:30AM KEVIN BELTON’S NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATIONS Enjoy a smorgasbord of delicious creations inspired by the vibrant festivals of New Orleans and the surrounding region.
5:00AM MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD 5:30AM ARTHUR 6:00AM MOLLY OF DENALI 6:30AM WILD KRATTS 7:00AM GROWING A GREENER WORLD 7:30AM WOODSMITH SHOP 8:00AM AMERICAN WOODSHOP 8:30AM THIS OLD HOUSE
11:00AM LIDIA’S KITCHEN 11:30AM AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED NOON COOK’S COUNTRY 12:30PM CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL’S MILK STREET 1:00PM MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING 1:30PM PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE
9:00AM ASK THIS OLD HOUSE
2:00PM SARA’S WEEKNIGHT MEALS
9:30AM KEVIN BELTON’S NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATIONS
2:30PM MY GREEK TABLE WITH DIANE KOCHILAS
10AM KITCHEN QUEENS: NEW ORLEANS
10:30AM CHEF PAUL PRUDHOMME’S ALWAYS COOKING
who changed American culture through their films, fashion, music and politics. Pictured: Portrait of Academy Award winning American actress Cicely Tyson smiling and raising her arms in the air during a visit to London, February 19th 1973. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dennis Oulds/Hulton Archive via Getty Images
4:00PM NATURE 5:00PM ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
19 TUESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “To the Manor Born” 8pm PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT “I Keep” (Part 3 of 4) From struggling to protect culture to eliminating toxic legacies, it’s an intimate look at the practices we’ve inherited and the ones we’ll pass on. 9pm FRONTLINE LIVING IN THE NEW NORMAL: VACCINE TIMELINE the recurring WYES series explores how the state plans to distribute the vaccine, who will be receiving the first inoculations and when can most residents expect to be vaccinated.
9pm WHEN DISASTER STRIKES “The Silent Killer: Bahamas” (Part 3 of 3) 10pm NATURE “The Alps” ‘Winter’s Fortress” (Part 2 of 2) 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
21 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm THIS OLD HOUSE 7:30pm ASK THIS OLD HOUSE 8pm MASTERPIECE “Poldark, Season 1” (Part 5 of 7) 9pm MASTERPIECE “Poldark, Season 1” (Part 6 of 7) 10pm JAMESTOWN, SEASON 2 (Part 3 of 8) 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
22 FRIDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
10:30pm WHILE WE DANCED: THE MUSIC OF MARDI GRAS 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
20 WEDNESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm NATURE “The Alps” ‘Winter’s Fortress” (Part 2 of 2) 8pm NOVA “Decoding Da Vinci”
7pm INFORMED SOURCES Now in its 36th year, the weekly news analysis program INFORMED SOURCES continues to offer viewers an in depth look into the important news of metro New Orleans and Louisiana. Repeats Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Missed an episode? Watch it on the WYES On Demand channel at YouTube.com and at wyes.org. Pictured: Host Marcia Kavanaugh and Producer Errol Laborde
7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT
9pm POV “The Mole Agent” When a family grows concerned for their mother’s well-being in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires Sergio to become a new resident and a mole inside the home.
8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm IN CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL “Hecho En Mexico”
10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
23 SATURDAY 6pm LAWRENCE WELK: MUSICAL MASTERPIECES 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS 8pm JAZZ “Our Language (1924-1928)” (Part 3 of 10) 10pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Sarah Jarosz/ Ray Wylie Hubbard”
HIGHLIGHT 9pm AGATHA CHRISTIE’S ENGLAND Retrace the Queen of Crime’s footsteps to see the real places that inspired her literary universe. Learn how Christie drew on her surroundings throughout her life, immortalizing the people and locations she encountered in her beloved mysteries. 10pm JAMESTOWN, SEASON 2 (Part 3 of 8) 11pm PROFESSOR T “The Hotel Murder” (Part 5 of 13)
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8pm MASTERPIECE “All Creatures Great and Small” (Part 3 of 7) James is put to the test with an ailing racehorse. Tristan faces a familiar temptation.
6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Against All Odds” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. introduces media personality Andy Cohen and radio journalist Nina Totenberg to ancestors who were determined to survive. 8pm PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT “I Rise” (Part 4 of 4) Go inside the lives of people working to create an antiracist American future. 9pm FRONTLINE 10pm MY SURVIVOR
8pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Recut”
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
27 WEDNESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR
7pm MASTERPIECE “Miss Scarlet & The Duke” ‘The Woman in Red’ (Part 2 of 6) Eliza is hired to prove the innocence of a man caught with a bloodied knife at a murder scene.
7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Vintage Tucson” (Hour 1 of 3)
11pm THE KATE “Desmond Child”
6pm MASTERPIECE “All Creatures Great and Small” (Part 2 of 7)
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
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9:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Magic of Horowitz” delves into the story behind Horowitz’ virtuoso 1986 Moscow concert. The concerts marked the first time in years that one of the world’s leading romantic pianists performed live on stage.
10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT “It’s Carnival Time”
7pm NATURE “Octopus: Making Contact”
8pm NOVA “Forgotten Genius”
8:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT “It’s Carnival Time” Host Peggy Scott Laborde, along with Carnival historians Arthur Hardy and Errol Laborde, give their annual overview of the upcoming Mardi Gras season. Hardy is the publisher of Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide, now in its 45th year. Errol Laborde is the author of many Carnival-related books, including Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival. This year’s topics focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Mardi Gras and how some local carnival organizations are coming up with safe alternate season-related presentations.
10pm NATURE “Octopus: Making Contact” 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
28 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm THIS OLD HOUSE 7:30pm ASK THIS OLD HOUSE
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10pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “The Best of Spoon”
10pm JAMESTOWN, SEASON 2 (Part 4 of 8)
11pm THE KATE “Gina Chavez”
11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
29 FRIDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm INFORMED SOURCES 7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm IN CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL “Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl” (Part 3 of 6)
5:30AM ARTHUR 6AM MOLLY OF DENALI 6:30AM WILD KRATTS 7AM HERO ELEMENTARY 7:30AM XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM 8AM CURIOUS GEORGE
9:30AM INFORMED SOURCES 10:00AM MOVIE/VARIOUS PROGRAMMING 11:00AM KEVIN BELTON’S NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATIONS 11:30AM KITCHEN QUEENS: NEW ORLEANS
12:30PM LIDIA'S TABLE
9:00AM FIRING LINE WITH MARGARET HOOVER
2:00 - 5:00PM VARIOUS PROGRAMAMING
5pm AGATHA CHRISTIE’S ENGLAND Retrace the Queen of Crime’s footsteps to see the real places that inspired her literary universe. Learn how Christie drew on her surroundings throughout her life, immortalizing the people and locations she encountered in her beloved mysteries.
7pm MASTERPIECE “Miss Scarlet & The Duke” ‘Deeds not Words’ (Part 3 of 6) When the Duke hires Eliza to spy on suffragettes, she goes beyond her instructions. 8pm MASTERPIECE “All Creatures Great and Small” (Part 4 of 7) While Tristan gives Tricki-Woo the spa treatment, James deals with Helen’s champion bull.
10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY
8:30AM WASHINGTON WEEK
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9:30pm LIDIA CELEBRATES AMERICA: A SALUTE TO FIRST RESPONDERS From coast to coast, Lidia follows dedicated police officers, firefighters, paramedics, military and medical workers—looking to find out how they were trained, what motivates them, and capture the true spirit of what it means “to serve.” Photo Credit: Armando Rafael
12:00PM PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE
1:30PM FLY BROTHER WITH ERNEST WHITE II
4pm INSIDE THE MIND OF AGATHA CHRISTIE Discover what made the world’s most successful crime writer tick. Clues from Christie’s personal archive and interviews with family and scholars provide new insights into the author who continues to delight readers across the globe.
6pm MASTERPIECE “All Creatures Great and Small” (Part 3 of 7)
11:30AM KITCHEN QUEENS: NEW ORLEANS The series shares recipes and stories from chefs with roots in Creole New Orleans, Louisiana Cajun country, Italy, Vietnam and Latin America.
5:00AM MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD
8pm MASTERPIECE “Poldark, Season 1” (Part 7 of 7)
6pm LAWRENCE WELK: THE SOUTHERN SHOW 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS 8pm JAZZ “The True Welcome (1929-1935)” (Part 4 of 10)
9pm MASTERPIECE “The Long Song” (Part 1 of 3) In early 1800s Jamaica, Caroline adopts the child slave July as her maid. July grows up to witness the Christmas Rebellion and the radical transformation of her world. 10pm JAMESTOWN, SEASON 2 (Part 4 of 8) 11pm PROFESSOR T “Tamara” (Part 6 of 13)
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When Rex Met Zulu A Lundi Gras evening
undi Gras 1999 had extra excitement to it, at least for those gathered at Riverwalk near the stage at Spanish Plaza where Rex, King of Carnival, and his entourage would soon be arriving. What was different that year was the coming of special visitors, the Zulu King and his followers, who were on the way to greet Rex. This moment oozed with significance, not just racially but symbolically. There were more news media than usual with cameras readied A reporter from a Los Angeles TV station even put a microphone if front of me to comment on the significance of the event. (Full disclosure, having been involved with the founding of the Lundi Gras ceremony, I have served as emcee. My presence has been conspicuous by my purple, green and gold “Cat in the Hat” type chapeau.) Myron Moorhead, a physician, had been elected Zulu that year and he played the role to the fullest, even creating events, including a party for other kings and staging a boat arrival that morning at Rivertown in Kenner. That would be his first of two water rides that day; the second would be downtown when he and his followers docked at Zulu’s Lundi Gras party near the aquarium. His biggest idea, however, would become one of Carnival’s celebrated moments. It was he who suggested that on Lundi Gras Zulu should greet Rex. Rex officials huddled. The idea was accepted. Rex, having stepped off a Coast Guard cutter, arrived at Riverwalk’s stage at six o’clock. First there were proclamations and gift exchanges, and then came the moment. The crowd was excited. Though everyone knew what was about to happen, we teased the crowd saying that a special visitor would be arriving soon. Moments later we provided more news: the mysterious guest was approaching. The crowd
played along. There were chills down my spine when I finally announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, the visitor has arrived, please welcome King Zulu.” The crowd, and it is relevant to the story to say that it was mostly white, went wild. Zulu added to the moment by being dressed in African motif. His followers wore the traditional gold blazers. The sight on stage was bejeweled with Rex (Louis Freeman) wearing the costume of a seafaring King and Zulu in feathery glory. This is the type of moment that mayors crave. Carnival had delivered a love-in that City Hall never can. If it would have been proper, the two kings and mayor Marc Morial would have boogied on stage. Instead, they did a lot of hand shaking and back slapping. From that moment the tradition would evolve: The reigning Rex, Zulu and mayor standing at the center of the stage and, after the crowd counted for from ten to one, pushing down a plunger which ignited a fireworks show over the river, which is, incredibly, the only pyrotechnics display in Carnival. If Mardi Gras has a high, holy moment that was it. The “Louisiana Weekly,” a black owned newspaper, would one day recall the evening in a feature on Zulu history: “Zulu helped create a significant milestone in New Orleans race relations in 1999, when the respective kings of the traditionally Black Zulu krewe and the traditionally white Rex krewe exchanged official greetings for the first time in history.” “This is history making,” then-City Councilman and long-standing Zulu member Roy Glapion, Jr. was quoted in reports as saying. “This has never taken place.” History is made in many different ways. Sometimes it is even accompanied by a sparkle in the sky.
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