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contents

68 FEATURES

IN EVERY ISSUE

ON THE COVER

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Cool Jobs

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INSIDE

Eight careers that go beyond the cubicle By Morgan Packard

“The Right Job”

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Top Female Achievers

10 portraits of success By Kimberley Singletary

From producing music for your own record label, to playing calliope on a steam-powered paddlewheel to raising and breeding penguins – or educating the public on the history of and how to craft New Orleans’ famous cocktails, as Daniel Victory is pictured doing here – these people have some of the coolest jobs in New Orleans. Learn more about them, what they do and their advice on finding a cool job of your own, starting on pg. 58.

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JULIA STREET Questions and answers about our city

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“Glimpse Your Future: Visiting psychic Cari Roy”

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“Braking the Tag”

Photographed by Danley C Romero

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THE BEAT

LOCAL COLOR

THE MENU

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MARQUEE

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me again

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table talk

Entertainment calendar

“A Different Bounce”

“Raising the Bar”

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PERSONA

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MODINE’S NEW ORLEANS

84 restaurant insider

WDSU Meterologist Kweliyn Murphy

“Letters and What They Mean”

News From the Kitchens: Bakery Bar, Trinity & Café Henri

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Biz

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Joie d’Eve

“Job Bait: State struggles with its budget”

“Cry Baby: Seizing the season”

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Food

“Grill Talk”

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education

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LAST CALL

“Back to the Board”

The El Burro Catalan

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DINING GUIDE

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health

“Freezing Brain Pain”

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HEALTHBEAT

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IN TUNE

“Singers and Festivals”

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Read & Spin A look at the latest albums and books

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JAZZ LIFE

“Mindfulness”

“Discordant Tunes: Who is Irvin Mayfield?”

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Crime Fighting

“‘Knock On Wood: Tracking the facts”

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HOME

“A Garden District Classic”

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CHRONICLES

“Singing In the City”

DIAL 12 D1 Celebrate our nation’s independence with “A Capitol Fourth” on July 4 at 7 p.m. Then, on Thurs., July 14 at 7 p.m., host Tom Gregory gives viewers a glimpse into the struggles and inspirations from 13 local artists in “Louisiana Artist Spotlight.” For all WYES program details, visit WYES.org. 

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The Right Job

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ur cover story is “Cool Jobs,” a topic that reminds me of a job offer I once had that might not have been cool, but certainly, at intervals, would have been frigid. I had just graduated from college with the intent of going to graduate school. For some reason there would be a six-month interval before classes started, so I had a half year to conquer the world, split the atom, mine for gold or do whatever I wanted to do. A job, I thought, might be nice. Since my employment availability was going to be of short duration I figured I needed some specialty help. There was then a government agency called the Louisiana State Employment Service, which was located near the river end of Canal Street. I sat in the waiting room until my name was called. Then I was escorted into a small office. Behind a desk sat a clerk who took notes as I explained what I was looking for. With all the ideals of a freshly produced college graduate, I told him I would really like something where I could help people. I wanted to get involved, to make life better. He nodded as he took notes. Then he asked me to go back into the waiting room while he checked his files. After about a 20-minute wait I was sent again to the office, where the man handed me a slip. “We have a job for you,” he said. “Call this number.” “What is the job?” I asked. He looked at me straight in the eye and answered, “Washing airplanes.” My quest to service humanity was dashed, except for that niche in the population that would be flying in window seats over the next six months and wanted a clean view. I never followed up on the airplane job. Whatever phobia it is that makes people afraid of being frozen on the top of a wet airplane during winter struck me. Instead one day, out of boredom, I went and sat in on a city council meeting where I saw a man I knew who was running for a city council seat. He offered me a job working in his campaign, which included driving a campaign truck around the district each afternoon. A taped message on a loud speaker, with the theme music from A Man and A Woman in the background, urged folks to vote for him. As an aspiring political science major it was a great practical learning experience. I regret that I didn’t get to improve the planet during that interim. I would like to think, however, that I at least created an opening for someone who would be a legendary plane washer.

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Why the NRA is Dead Wrong About Assault Weapons

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n the day after the shootings in Orlando, The New York Daily News ran a full page front cover that was headed with the announcement: “50 Dead in Orlando Club Massacre.” Alongside a picture of the murderer, Omar Mateen, was this message written in type so big as to practically radiate from the corner newsstands: “THANKS NRA Because of your continued opposition to an assault rifle ban, terrorists, like this lunatic can LEGALLY buy a killing machine and perpetrate the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.” We have one criticism of the Daily News’ cover. We think it was too gentle on the NRA. It is time to recognize that the NRA is a powerful manipulative organization that has nothing to do with protecting the American spirit,

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preserving conservative values or defending America from a left wing overthrow, but rather it guards the interests of weapons manufacturers whose products are not targeted for sporting but rather for mass killings. The murder weapon, which is similar to the AR-15, is a semi-automatic rifle with the capability of carrying 30 rapid fire rounds. To defend it is the moral equivalent of endorsing unrestricted use of hand grenades. In its defense, the NRA presents a contemporary version of the old “if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns” argument. That is a twist of logic which tries to use irony to obscure the fact that no one is urging outlawing all guns, just those that are capable of causing mass destruction within seconds. It is not guns that are the problem, it is the terrorists, the NRA condescendingly explains to us.

The terrorist’s acts would be less lethal, however, if their arsenal was more limited. We believe in the American two-party system and that Democrats and Republicans play an important role in keeping each other in check. They represent the dynamic between need and caution. Out country would be worse off if one party dominated for too long. The Republican Party, however, is wrong in its entrenched support of the NRA and assault weapons. There are times when government does have to take a stand, when it does have to say, “you can’t do that” (just as it did with cigarettes), and among those times is when innocent people are being mowed down by machine guns. NRA defenders will say that opposition is just the moaning of the liberal media and, in the case of The New York Daily News, that could be true. But city magazines, such as this one, are traditionally more middle-of-the-road. The political spectrum can sense when there is too much blood. May the NRA’s propagandists and its politicians be forever haunted by the word “Orlando.” n

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WITH POYDRAS THE PARROT

TH E PUR S UIT TO AN S W E R E T E RNAL Q U E S TION S

it most likely depicts the store at 2600 Danneel St. Unless a vintage exterior photograph surfaces someday, it’s probably impossible to prove whether Daroca’s store was ever formally named the “Workers Friend.”

Dear Julia and Poydras, My great-grandparents Mum (Louisiana) and Pop (Frank) Daroca owned the Workers Friend Grocery and Market in New Orleans in the 1930s. I think the photo (above) is from ’36. My siblings and I would be interested in any information or history Poydras may be able to provide from his travels around the city. Susan LaBella Pei New Orleans Susan, ever since he got his iPad, Poydras doesn’t travel around the city much. The last time he left the house was on Mardi Gras to go see the Rex parade. Only he made the mistake of watching the parade from an oak tree on St. Charles Avenue, where he got barraged by beads. He has recovered from his bruises and now spends much of his times trying the sell the beads on eBay. What a wonderful photo!

While the photo clearly shows the slogan “Workers Friend,” I found no listings for any business by that name. It certainly isn’t unusual for a grocery or bar to appear in official records or city directories only under its proprietor’s name, even if a company name may have appeared on store signs or advertisements. About 1937, Frank J. Daroca Jr. moved out of his father’s home on Mazant Street and opened a grocery store at 2600 Danneel St. at the corner of Third Street. Joining him in the venture was Nicholas R. Torotrich, an in-law who ran a meat market at that location. Daroca soon left Danneel Street and, within three years, opened another grocery across town at 1300 Governor Nicholls St. at the corner of N. Liberty Street. Frank J. Daroca Jr. ran the grocery on Governor Nicholls until his retirement in the late ’40s. He passed away in ’51 at the age of 64. If the photograph is correctly dated,

Dear Julia, I am interested in my mom’s dad, Robert S. Landry. He died when my mom was 9 years old. She was the youngest of his six children. I wasn’t born until she was in her 30s, so he was a distant memory but, from what I did hear, he was clerk of the House of Representatives in Baton Rouge and president of the old French Opera House. Plus, he had a big home in the 1100 block of N. Broad Street. Anything you can dig up would mean a lot. Your magazine is my lifeline to New Orleans in Vegas, and I read your column first every time. Much thanks, Richard Trotter Las Vegas, NV Your grandfather, Robert Samuel Landry (1860-1915), was a popular, well-respected, politically active man. The few details you heard about him are fairly accurate, but he was the French Opera Company’s treasurer, not its president. For more than 20 years, the staunch Democrat served as clerk for the Louisiana House of Representatives. He also served as the bookkeeper and recorder for the Louisiana State Board of Health. Robert Samuel Landry was born in 1860 to Francois A. Landry and Marie Louise Mire. Educated at Jesuit College, he studied law under Henry C. and John H. Castellanos, whose firm was later known as Cullen & Castellanos. On April 18, 1888, at St. Rose de Lima Church, Landry married Marie Elizabeth Cecile

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Degelos (1865-1933), daughter of Ludger “Dick” Degelos (d. 1913), a well-known fireman whose life achievements included an uninterrupted half-century of service with Hook and Ladder No. 4. Years later, Robert and Cecile would celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in grand style with a Japanese-themed party at their 1122 N. Broad St. home. The family home was the scene of a far sadder occasion when Landry took his own life there on the morning of Dec. 2, 1915. A Times-Picayune reporter speculated the following day that the act was likely precipitated by Landry’s distress over his wife’s health crisis. At the time, Landry’s wife of 27 years, Cecile, was critically ill and hospitalized at Touro Infirmary; doctors had told him a risky surgical operation was her only hope of survival. Cecile was not immediately informed of her husband’s suicide but did survive her illness. She spent the next 18 years as a widow, passing away in 1933 at the age of 67. Like Robert before her, Cecile was buried in the family tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 on Esplanade Avenue following a funeral Mass from St. Rose de Lima Church on Bayou Road. The family’s grand raised center-hall home was demolished shortly after Cecile’s death; by ’37 it was gone. Dear Miss Julia, We have been visiting New Orleans regularly for over 30 years and love the city. Our introduction to French Quarter hospitality was during a stopover from Texas to Florida in 1984. I wanted to be able to say that I had been in an establishment on the famous Bourbon Street. However, since our 7 year old daughter accompanied us, we couldn’t enter a place serving liquor unless it also

served food. We enjoyed a drink and appetizers at a restaurant on Bourbon; the waitress was absolutely delightful and especially cordial to said daughter. I believe it was called Houlihan’s. Can you verify that there was such a place? And if so, what business now occupies that space? During many subsequent trips, we’ve never been able to do so. Many thanks, Betty Herzik Schulenburg, TX Yes, you definitely could have visited Houlihan’s during your 1984 stopover. The French Quarter location of a chain restaurant based in Kansas City, Kansas, Houlihan’s Old Place occupied the former Chinese laundry building at 315 Bourbon St. from ’73 until the late ’80s. Kansas City restauranteurs Joe Gilbert and Paul Robinson came up with the chain’s somewhat unusual name when transforming a men’s clothing store into the first location of what would grow to a national restaurant chain that currently boasts 72 locations, most of which are in the Midwest and northeast. Tom Houlihan’s haberdashery had been a longtime Kansas City institution so, even after it no longer occupied the site, people continued to refer to the building as Houlihan’s Old Place. The name stuck and was a good fit for the nostalgia-themed restaurant chain. The surroundings were an interesting mix of stained glass and turn-of-the century nostalgia that was popular at the time. Brunch, lunch and cocktail offerings were geared to mid-American tastes, albeit with a few local dishes and cocktails thrown in for good measure. The “gentlemen’s club” Rick’s Cabaret currently occupies Houlihan’s old Bourbon Street address. n

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the beat MARQUEE / PERSONA / BIZ / EDUCATION / HEALTH / CRIME FIGHTING / CHRONICLES

persona pg. 26

“I’m pretty simple; I think people think there has to be some complexities to me. I think it’s just misconceptions. They see TV and think you’re a certain way. But on a typical day this is me – jeans, workout clothes, hi-top tennis shoes, baseball cap and sunglasses. I’m easy.” – WDSU Meteorologist Kweilyn Murphy

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THE BEAT / MARQUEE

OUR TOP PICKS FOR july EVENTS

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BY LAUREN LABORDE

Oui Oui!

Folk Heroes

High Spirits

Perhaps one of the New Orleans Film Society’s most interesting yearly offerings is the French Film Festival, the summertime event offering a slate of never-before-seenin-New-Orleans selections for Francophiles, cinophiles – really any kind of -phile. Presented by NOFS, the Consulat General de France a la Nouvelle-Orleans and the Prytania Theatre (where the screenings are held), this year’s festival (July 14-16) features new and newish French feature films of several genres; a screening of the 1966 film La Noire de… (Black Girl), a film about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a rich couple; Courts Metrages, a short film showcase; and more. Information, NewOrleansFilmSociety.org

A veritable supergroup for fans of female folk-rock: Neko Case, the alt-country siren; the Canadian poprock singer k.d. lang; and Laura Veirs, the critically beloved Portland singer-songwriter, recently formed the group case/lang/veirs. Purchase a ticket to the show at the Joy Theater (July 31) and a digital download of their album is included. Information, TheJoyTheater.com

This year’s Tales of the Cocktail (July 19-24), New Orleans’ annual cocktail event that’s part industry convention and part constant party, celebrates the Moscow Mule. Visiting bartenders will attempt to reimagine the refreshing cocktail consisting of vodka, lime and ginger beer. This year’s event promises more than 200 seminars, tastings, competitions, networking opportunities and other events. Information, TalesOfTheCocktail.com

CALENDAR July 7-10. Ringing Bros Circus Xtreme, Smoothie King Center. Information, SmoothieKingCenter.com

July 7-10. Tulane Summer Lyric presents Thoroughly Modern Millie, Tulane’s Dixon Hall. Information, SummerLyric.tulane.edu

July 7. Kansas in concert, Civic Theatre. Information, CivicNOLA.com

July 11. Flight of the Conchords, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com

July 8. ”Welcome to Night Vale” live, Civic Theatre. Information, CivicNOLA.com July 8-10. San Fermin en Nueva Orleans, Central Business District/ French Quarter. Information, NolaBulls.com

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July 14-17. Bastille Day Fête, Spanish Plaza. Information, BastilleDayNola.com


to us about how he’s working to infuse youthful energy into the organization. What is it like putting up shows so quickly? I’ve been

doing it for 12-15 years, so it’s kind of all I know how to do now, put a show up in a two or three weeks. I’m so used to working as diligently and as quickly and as organized as I can. You just come in as prepared as possible and if someone throws you a curve, you deal with it.

SPOTLIGHT

Adventure on Stage An interview with Summer Lyric   Director Michael McKelvey

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hen you think of Summer Lyric, Tulane’s 48-year-old musical theater performance organization, “avant-garde theater” doesn’t come to mind. But new director Michael McKelvey, a longtime musical theater educator who was last at Pittsburgh’s Point Park University, is trying to shake things up a little bit while keeping the best parts of the institution, which consistently produces high-quality shows. The season debuted last month with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and continues with Thoroughly Modern Millie (July 7-10) and Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (July 28-31). McKelvey talked

July 14-31. NOLA Project presents “Exterior. Pool-Night,” Aloft Hotel. Information, NOLAProject.com

Are there things you wanted to change about the organization, or did you want to keep things the same because they’ve worked for so long? When I came in,

I think a lot of people associated with Summer Lyric have the attitude of “it’s not broke, so you don’t have to fix anything.” But also there were people telling me that Summer Lyric needs to get younger, we need a younger audience base. I’m a really big educator, so I’m always trying to find ways to broaden the education base of the theater company. I wanted us to get younger in all ways: workshops we do during the summer, the outreach program we’re doing during the year where we’re taking Tulane musical theater students

and having them perform in the community to kids in the 7th and 9th Wards. We have a great responsibility as one of the older theater organizations in the city to represent New Orleans to the best of our ability – and that means all of New Orleans, not just Uptown. Is there a theme for the shows this season? I tried

to find a common thread among the three shows, and that’s adventure. Millie is about a small town girl in New York, Big River is the adventures of Huck Finn, and same thing with Joseph and all the episodic adventures he’s involved in. The whole theme is youth and adventure.

Will the typical Summer Lyric-goer notice anything different? I think from the

outside we’ll look a little different, but when they come to the theater they’re still going to see fantastic sets, a big orchestra – we’re one of the only theater companies that uses a full orchestra for all of the shows. But we’ve done some rebranding, marketing-wise, just so we can reach beyond Uptown and the Garden District. For more information on Tulane Summer Lyric, visit SummerLyric.tulane.edu. n

July 28-30. FestiGals, JW Marriott Hotel. Information, FestiGals.org

July 15. Josh Groban and Sarah McLachlan in concert, Champions Square. Information, Champions-Square.com

July 28-31. Tulane Summer Lyric presents Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tulane’s Dixon Hall. Information, SummerLyric. tulane.edu

July 27. Marissa Nadler in concert, Gasa Gasa. Information, GasaGasa.com

July 30. Beatles Fest, House of Blues. Information, Facebook.com/ NOLABeatlesFest

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which she uses for motivation when she wants to “eat crazy”). But she’s also quick to laugh, played clarinet in college, has a sweet tooth and a strong love for people. On a sunny day at the start of hurricane season, Murphy and I met up for coffee.

Q: How do you like being in New

Orleans? When I was looking for the next job, my prayer was, “Lord, let me go to a place where the lights are always on.” I came from Greenville, North Carolina, which was a college town … there’s East Carolina University and a hospital. Going from there, coming from Pittsburgh, I knew I needed more. That was the prayer, and that’s what happened.

Q: The power goes out a lot here, so

Kweilyn Murphy WDSU Meteorologist BY LAUREN LABORDE

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n TV, Kweilyn Murphy strikes the authoritative tone needed to deliver a weather forecast in a region prone to severe weather, but in real life she’s pure sunshine. The strong-but-sweet persona makes sense:

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that’s not literally true. (laughs) I mean there’s a lot of action. There’s options: In Greenville, if I was leaving work at 9 or 11 o’clock I was going home. Here we have options no matter what day it is, what time it is. If you wanna stay home, you can do that. If you wanna have a small gathering, you can do that. If you wanna paint the town, you can do that.

Q: Were you always more of a night she was raised in a family of Pittsburgh steel workers, and meteorology brought her down south. She’s a fitness lover who has competed in a muscle competition (she showed me a photo on her phone from the competition,

owl or a morning person? I love to stay up, but I’m not one of those people who has a hard time at a certain part of the day. Once I’m up, I’m good, I’m grateful. It’s the little things. I’m pretty simple; I think people think there has to be some

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Occupation: Meteorologist, WDSU Age: 36 Born/ raised: Pittsburgh Resides: Metairie Education: Degree in broadcast journalism with a specialty in children’s television from Ohio State University; meteorology certificate from Mississippi State University Favorite book: 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger, A Different Kind of Fast, by Alicia Britt Chole Movie: Coming to America TV show: Anything on HGTV New Orleans restaurant: La Thai Band/ musician: Luther Vandross Vacation spot: “Anywhere with sun and sand.”

complexities to me. I think it’s just misconceptions. They see TV and think you’re a certain way. But on a typical day this is me – jeans, workout clothes, hi-top tennis shoes, baseball cap and sunglasses. I’m easy.

Q: Why did you want to be a meteorologist? It started when I was young, it started as a fear. When I was 6 years old, my grandmother, every time there was a storm she would make us lay on the bed, turn all the lights out and turn the transistor radio on. We had to listen and sit in the darkness of the storms. I never knew what was happening – it started from there. Why are we doing this? It eventually evolved into journalism. I graduated college with a journalism degree, and my first job out of college was at “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.” He actually was still there when I was working there. To get on an elevator with Fred Rogers was like … everything was

calm. Everything was total peace about him.

Q: It’s hurricane sea-

son. What’s covering that like for you? I come from North Carolina, and we had our share as well. Nothing like New Orleans, but you understand severe weather. I think the bottom line with any severe threat is the safety of people. Always my concern is ensuring that people are getting their proper messaging that’s simple and easy for them to understand. People always think you’re holding something from them as a meteorologist: “OK, you can tell me.” We’re getting the same information; there’s no secret box that’s holding this other bit of information. Everyone’s getting the same information. So it’s really about preparation, staying aware, making sure the messaging is consistent and people are aware and can make the best decisions for their families. Sounds like a canned answer, but it really is it. You just take on a heart for people and want them to be OK.

Q: Have you experienced

that celebrity and instant familiarity New Orleans TV newspeople experience? Since I like to wear baseball caps, people assume that I’m hiding. They’ll see me and say “Hey, weather lady! We see you under that hat!” I’m not hiding, this is who I am. It’s cool – I have a heart for people. People don’t overwhelm me. For the most part I’ve felt embraced here. n

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Job Bait state struggles with its budget By Kathy Finn

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mong the financial challenges that face Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards as he struggles to balance the budget, shaping an appropriate role for the state in future economic development efforts looms large. How much can and should state government do to encourage job growth? The answer has never been simple, and financial excesses of the past administration have made the question more complicated. Under Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana Economic Development Department churned out a steady stream of press releases announcing corporate groundbreakings, company expansions and out-of-state businesses that planned to open satellite operations in Louisiana. The announcements came in handy for Jindal’s PR team as he flitted about the country touting economic successes in his home state to enhance his hoped-for run for the U.S. presidency. Less well publicized than those corporate announcements was their cost to Louisiana. Louisiana is hardly alone in throwing benefits such as tax credits, worker training dollars and outright grants at corporations to encourage them to create new local jobs. Rising competition to lure national and international businesses has steadily upped the ante for any state that hopes to claim a piece of the corporate expansion pie. Their increasing commitments to this economic development rivalry has put some other states in similar situations as Louisiana, which finds itself trying to balance its business bidding against budget pressures that have cut

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deeply into crucial areas such as public education and health care. When a state is flush with cash, its spending on business expansion incentives is less likely to come under questioning. But when budget debates turn into a tug of war among vital government functions, criticism of “corporate welfare” tends to crop up. Recently, for instance, questions arose over commitments the state made in 2013 to get IBM to sink roots in Baton Rouge with construction of a new downtown office building dedicated to software development and training. The corporation’s “client innovation center” would stand near a new 11-story apartment building and parking garage, largely funded by the state, the city and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The $55 million project would bring 800 jobs to the capital city, IBM officials promised. IBM opened the new center in the spring of 2015, but a year later the company began a global contraction that could result in as many as 14,000 job layoffs around the world. The move followed four years of declining revenues at IBM. When a Baton Rouge reporter requested comment from IBM as to whether the cutbacks would affect ongoing hiring by the company in Louisiana, an IBM spokesman had no answers. He did claim that the company is “ahead of schedule” in creating new jobs in Baton Rouge. But if IBM is unable to reverse its revenue decline in coming years, might Louisiana end up struggling to pay down its bond debt while seeking new tenants for a Baton Rouge office building? Similar questions have emerged regarding a business deal the state helped New Orleans land


Job Bait Louisiana Economic Development oversees about two dozen incentive programs aimed at luring private employers. Highlights include: • FastStart work force training assistance customized for eligible companies; • Angel Investor Tax Credit for individuals who invest in start-up businesses; • Payroll incentives that rebate up to 15 percent of a company’s new payroll; • Industrial tax exemption, a 100 percent abatement of property taxes on new investment; • Tax credits for companies in the areas of digital media, software development, music, theater and motion picture production.

a few years ago. In 2014, the Port of New Orleans announced the return of Chiquita Brands International to local docks with the promise that banana imports would provide a boost to container cargo volume at the port. The deal worked, and cargo numbers did, indeed, take an upward leap. But a few months ago word surfaced that Chiquita is considering taking its cargo business out of New Orleans again. This after the state committed $12 million to help the company move operations to Louisiana from Gulfport, Miss. Economists estimate that

a departure by Chiquita from New Orleans, if it comes to pass, could cost 350 local jobs. Clearly, government-funded incentives aimed at luring private-sector employers are akin to a roll of the dice in the name of economic development. The agreements signed by private companies that receive state subsidies carry no absolute guarantees. And even though incentives generally are performancebased – meaning the benefits accrue only if a company meets its stated local hiring or payroll goals – it’s difficult for a state agency to audit, or even monitor, a corporation’s payroll growth. None of which is to suggest the state should cease investing taxpayer dollars into business recruitment. New Orleans, for instance, can point to a number of business success stories that unfolded with help from the state. One is GE Capital’s downtown software development center. Louisiana committed about $15 million to lure the project to New Orleans, and in 2012 the company opened the center and began hiring workers. Recently, company officials said GE Capital’s local hiring likely will exceed its initial 300-job target during the coming year. Still, Louisiana’s quest for job growth likely will become tougher than it was during the breezy-spending years of the Jindal administration. Louisiana’s colleges have suffered through almost a decade of budget cuts, and during that time state services for impoverished citizens also have been squeezed. In years to come, state economic development officials likely will have to resign themselves to having fewer millions available to dangle in front of new business prospects. n

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Back to the Board The return of local control by Dawn Wilson

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he return of the majority of New Orleans’ public schools to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), due to take place in the next two to three years, was inevitable, but it isn’t an action to celebrate just yet. Even though the return, required by the state Legislature in the spring, was backed by some of the very people who pushed for a state takeover of about 100 “failing” schools in 2005, there’s a good deal of uncertainty about the end result. Leslie Jacobs, a former member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and a key player in the takeover, supported the schools’ return to city control, for example. She

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describes the new law that requires the return as “a really good piece of legislation,” because it protects the autonomy of charter operators who have turned the schools around. “But at the end of the day,” Jacobs says, “it’s going to boil down to execution.” At the moment, the OPSB’s smaller system includes 18 charters and six schools managed by the board’s superintendent. It is an A-rated school district, but that ranking is skewed by the fact that the OPSB district contains historically high-performing schools, such as Benjamin Franklin High School and Lusher, selective admission charter schools that serve students mostly from

high income families. The OPSB is required to take control of the state Recovery School District’s 52 charter schools by summer 2018, unless an advisory committee decides that the OPSB needs more time to prepare. Even though the legislation prohibits OPSB from interfering with day-to-day management of the returning schools, Jacobs says, it must assume the RSD’s present peripheral functions, such as enrollment management. The enrollment process is crucial to a successful return. “If they can’t run the enrollment system well, we have problems,” she says. All RSD schools are open enrollment. The district devised an application process that allows parents to make one application. The process assigns the applicant to a school based on available seats, parent preference and other factors. OPSB has participated, but taking over the enrollment of an extra 33,000 students will be challenging. Taking over portfolio management for an additional 52 charter schools is another challenge. The OPSB superintendent must review the performance of each charter, because he or she and the school board are ultimately accountable for the academic performance of all district schools. If a charter school doesn’t perform adequately, the new law gives the superintendent authority to renew, extend or terminate charter management, says brian hubble illustration


Education Now! a website founded by Jacobs that provides education information. The OPSB superintendent, therefore, is a powerful figure in the future of New Orleans schools. Under the new law, only a supermajority of board members could veto the superintendent’s actions, Education Now! says. However, as the elected governing authority, the OPSB appoints the superintendent and can also replace him or her if there’s disagreement. Because of this chain of command, the long term survival of the charter school model is questionable under the supervision of the OPSB. Now the model for all but six New Orleans public schools, it shifts academic and budgetary decisions to the school level and away from distant administrators and elected school board members, some of whom, pre-Katrina, interfered with school decisions for their own self interests. Hostility to the charter model exists among some present board members. The charter model also weakens the power of teachers unions, which by their very nature are more interested in protecting job contracts than protecting academic quality. The allcharter model under the state run RSD district precluded hiring principals and teachers for any reason other than proven ability, because to fail academically meant being closed down. OPSB schools could have operated indefinitely in failing mode, if the state hadn’t seized most of them after Katrina. It is these structural differences that have resulted in the remarkable turnaround of RSD schools. The great majority of New Orleans schools were “failing” by state standards in 2005.

Now only a handful are failing, even though standards have increased. This flip, from failure to average, occurred in less than a decade with the same kind of at-risk students that populated New Orleans schools pre-Katrina. A few brave state officials and many dedicated charter school leaders and teachers proved that economically disadvantaged students can learn when educators and their leaders focus on student performance, not power plays and union contracts. In fact, the state Legislature may regret its decision to transfer RSD schools as early as October. OPSB members face reelection this year, and the board’s razor-thin pro-charter majority could change overnight. Anti-charter activists want schools returned to the direct-run, centralized model of school leadership, the model that created one of the worst school districts in the country. If they succeed in electing boards with similar views, struggling charter schools could be returned to the direct-run model by OPSB superintendents instead of being assigned to better charter operators. Because so much is at stake, the 2016 OPSB elections could take on the drama of the ’15 Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) elections, when business leaders and reformists fought to retain state board members who supported Common Core standards. The New Orleans election will highlight candidates’ attitudes toward charter schools. RSD schools returning to OPSB take their present charters with them, according to state legislation, but those charters aren’t guaranteed for a lifetime. n

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Freezing brain Pain Icing the causes By Brobson Lutz M.D.

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y first and worse was when I was about 11. A teammate’s mother made slushies for all of us just after baseball practice. It hit like lightening out of nowhere. It was the worse headache I have ever had,” says Bennett Pourciau, a Keller Williams realtor who migrated to New Orleans from Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina. The snowball headache, aka brain freeze or ice cream headache in the rest of the world, is a yearly

neurologic plague that reaches epidemic proportions each summer in New Orleans. Fortunately, it’s usually a 20 second or less headache with what physicians call no sequelae, meaning no long lasting complications. Pourciau’s description is classic. The inciting stimulus is icy cold and slushy rather than something frozen solid, say an ice cube. The onset is sudden but the discomfort is fleeting. Children quickly learn that prevention is easy. Gulping down a cold slurry of anything icy is the inciting factor. Prevention is simply allowing the cold substance to warm up a bit in front part of the mouth before propelling it towards the throat. “You have to sip, you can’t chug,” says Pourciau, sounding like Nell Nolan instructing youngsters on tea party etiquette, although it’s unlikely Nolan has never uttered the word “chug,” at least in public. “Sometimes I warn the tourists who come in and don’t know about New Orleans snowballs. The locals know all about snowball headaches,” says Michael Southall, the proprietor of Ice Cream 504 Uptown (2511 Jena St.). He notes that the coldinduced headache is an individual thing, as some folks have them and others don’t. Southall holds fort in a sleek and pristine single shotgun serving snowballs all year long to folks visiting the busy Freret Street corridor.

“I would stick them out watching the snowball melt, crushed that I can’t keep inhaling chunks of frozen, flavored sugar with names like Ice Cream, Nectar Cream and Bubblegum. I always vowed never to eat so fast again until the very next time I ravenously and rapidly inhaled another. I eat ’em more slowly these days.” James Cobb, attorney and author of Flood of Lies: The St. Rita’s Nursing Home Tragedy “I’ve certainly had some, but I stay away from those moron flavors – Nectar Cream, Ice Cream, Bubblegum.” Joseph Stahl, retired longshoreman, attorney and Wimbledon radio

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In International Headache Society terminology, we’re talking about a “headache attributed to ingestion or inhalation of a cold stimulus characterized as shortlasting pain, which may be severe, induced in susceptible individuals by the passage of cold material over the palate and/or posterior pharyngeal wall.” It even has its own diagnostic code for medical billing purposes and lists icecream headache and brain-freeze headache as synonyms. Obviously those folks at the international headache headquarters don’t know about New Orleans snowballs, a local and not so hidden reservoir of this malady. For years, scientists who study such matters hypothesized that the etiology of these fleeting headaches boiled down to cold irritated nerve cells. The nerve pathway believers postulated that a sudden temperature drop caused a “cold shock” to a branch of one of the cranial nerves as it passes near the soft palate, that soft spot you can feel with your tongue at the back and top of your mouth. This drop in temperature angers usually silent nerve fibers that respond by firing headache producing pain signals to the brain. In the other etiologic ring, we had the blood vessel school. These scientists theorized it was all a physiological response involving regional blood vessels. Intense cooling of the soft

commentator “My first and worse was when I ate a spearmint snowball at a sweetshop. I ate it too fast. Oh my gosh. Painful, intense across the front of my head lasting about 15 seconds. Never had one with ice cream. I have learned my lesson: I eat slow. Spearmint became my favorite flavor, and I go back to the same place, the green house across the street from Brother Martin on Elysian Fields. It is in a new building now, and no longer green, but we still call it the green house. I can’t remember its real name.” Eleanor Chapital lifelong resident of Gentilly


Ice Pick headaches Ice pick headaches, not to be confused with the snowball or ice cream induced ones, are almost as bad as they sound. This malady of a sharp and stabbing pain in the head around the eyes or temples isn’t related to consumption of cold food or drink. The pick in the name defines the stabbing-like “jabs and jolts” associated with this poorly understood headache diagnosis. Each “stabbing” comes out of the blue, lasting only a few seconds. There may be only one in a day or they can occur multiple times with irregular frequency. Ice pick headaches, officially termed primary stabbing headaches, often occur in persons with a history of migraine headaches. For stabbing pains lasting more than a few seconds, other diagnoses need to be considered, including trigeminal neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, one of the most painful disorders known in humans.

palate causes constriction of nearby blood vessels. This triggers other blood vessels supplying the brain to counter react by dilating to maintain blood supply. More recent blood vessel and nerve research show each are partly right. When there is a sudden temperature drop in the back of the mouth, the blood vessels close to that area constrict decreasing blood flow. This causes the anterior cerebral artery, one of the primary arteries suppling the brain, to dilate, thus maintaining full blood flow to the brain. The brain has no pain sensors, but if the blood vessels swell in the covering of the brain, called the meninges, dilate, the increased pressure causes a headache. The spokesman for the dilating anterior cerebral artery is a branch of the trigeminal nerve. This is the cranial nerve involved with facial and motor functions such as chewing, biting, swallowing and temperature and food texture determinations in the mouth. Bottom-line: the snowball headache is a complex neurovascular event of summer triggered by a sudden temperature drop, reactive blood vessels and a cranial nerve generated pain signal that rapidly dissipates. n

“I don’t remember ever getting a headache from a snowball, but I think I had one from eating ice cream. My mother told me that I should eat cold things slowly in small amounts and not swallow too quickly. I’ve done that ever since.” Sally Knight, medical ethics advocate born in New Orleans, lives Uptown “Brain freezes never stop me or even slow me down. I just wince and keep shoving it in and telling myself it’s not an aneurysm.” Carter Hooper, freelance copywriter, designer and former Mid-City resident now in California.

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Mindfulness

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t did to my mind what going to the gym did to my body – it made it both stronger and more flexible,” said Dr. Hedy Kober, a neuroscientist who studies the effects of mindfulness meditation, during an interview with the Mayo Clinic. Many people are skeptical of meditation and practices that are supposed to make you “one” with your body. However, after a colleague suggested I try meditation to help with my joint pain, I began to do some research and am now fascinated with the process. The art of meditation has been practiced for thousands of years as a way for one to connect with and more deeply understand the meaning of life. Recently, scientists and doctors from all over the world have found that meditation not only connects you to life and your surroundings, but also aids in a plethora of diseases and mental health such as: stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, headaches, cognitive functions, pain management and more. Because you’re focusing your attention on eliminating the jumbled thoughts that are in your head, meditation brings about a sense of calm, peace and balance. This is especially important for those with health issues, because just the thought of “Did I take my medicine today?” or “Is it too soon to take more pain medication?” or the sheer will of getting out of bed each morning can cause the body crushing amounts of stress and other physical difficulties. This month I begin my journey into meditation with New York Times best-selling author and teacher of Buddhist meditation practices Sharon Salzberg. Each year, Salzberg does a guided 28-day meditation challenge she shares with her readers and students. The first week introduces what meditation is and three core skills needed in meditation: concentration, mindfulness and loving-kindness. The second week involves movement, your body and body-based meditation techniques. Week three offers participants help with some obstacles commonly found when practicing meditation and how to conquer these obstacles while moving on with the session. Week four wraps everything up with a loving-kindness meditation and explores the different uses of this meditation when met with challenging times or physical pain. Stay tuned next month for my meditation update and my foray into other meditation practices, like mantra meditation, tai chi and yoga.

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“Knock on Wood” Tracking the facts By Allen Johnson Jr.

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he roll call room of the Second Police District station (4317 Magazine St.) Uptown resembles the galley of a ship. You walk down a few stairs and suddenly you’re in a large room, lined with wood cabinets and dominated by a long table. Instead of sailors swapping sea stories, six or seven blue-uniformed sergeants take turns updating their police brethren on arrests made, suspects sought and data-driven strategies to protect the Second District, a nine square mile area that includes Tulane and Loyola universities, Audubon Park and a section of the bustling Magazine Street Shopping Corridor. A detective steps up to the podium. His presentation includes an update of police “cat-and-mouse” pursuit of known thieves. Among them is a shoplifting suspect who cops were ready to book the week before with eight counts of theft – but didn’t. At the jail, the detective explains, “The Sheriff’s office says they won’t take him because of ‘internal bleeding.’”

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The police groan, angrily. “Internal bleeding?” one sergeant says, incredulous at the jailers’ alleged refusal. “How do they know?” Sheriff’s deputies have the authority to refuse persons arrested by NOPD who require medical attention. The cops suspect the jailers made a bad call. Second District Commander Shaun D. Ferguson Sr. raises his hand. The room falls silent. “Next time,” Cdr. Ferguson announces, “call me if the Sheriff’s deputies don’t take him.” The detective leaves the podium, still fuming over the prolific shoplifter. “Internal bleeding hasn’t slowed him down.” Welcome to the Second District’s weekly Comstat meeting, now underway. Comstat is short for computer-generated statistics and other crime data that are supposed to help cops fight crime more effectively. The weekly forums are open to the public in all of the city’s eight police districts. Though thick with numbing statis-

tics and police jargon, Comstat offers a window (or “porthole”) into how the NOPD fights crime. In April, voters rejected a tax proposal Mayor Mitch Landrieu said would reduce crime by putting more cops on the street. Now that the election is over, the threat of budget cuts loom. “We have to make do with what we have,” Cdr. Ferguson says. A sergeant notes one cop suffered a broken ankle after a traffic stop of a motorbike led to a foot chase and police take-down of a drug suspect with two outstanding warrants. Another sergeant adds: “It seems like with a lot of these traffic stops we’re coming up with guns. So, tell your officers to be cognizant of that.” After the meeting, Cdr. Ferguson says that as of mid-May, crime in the Second is down three percent from the same time last year. The most serious crime in the Second District recently was an armed robbery that went sour at the coroner of Versailles Boulevard and Fontainebleau Drive. A 33-year-old woman was shot by a gunman when she refused to surrender her purse. She suffered a graze wound to the neck area. A suspect was later arrested and charged. “The victim is home. She’s going to be OK,” Cdr. Ferguson says. As of May 14, there were 29 armed robberies reported to Second District police – down 21 percent from the 37 holdups at the same time in 2015. The Second District has “solved” 48 percent of those holdups by physical arrest or issuing a warrant for an identified suspect. “Knock on wood,” he says, rapping a cabinet in the roll call room for good luck. More recently, he says. “Our biggest problem is auto burglaries,” he says. He raps on a cabinet for luck, adding: “Knock on wood.” When Shootouts Don’t Count

The next day, Second District police respond to an armed robbery in Broadmoor, a short drive from NOPD headquarters (715 South Broad St.). According to a “gist” of the crime posted on the police website’s Superintendent’s Major Offense Log, the following took place: At 12:58 p.m. on Wed., May 18, two unidentified victims were sitting on a porch in the 3700 block of Delachaise Street when “an unknown male exited a silver vehicle and approached the victims. The suspect produced a weapon, demanded the victim’s property and money. The suspect fled on foot leaving the vehicle in front of the location.” A person who doesn’t want to be named tells this reporter that police responded “immediateJoseph daniel Fiedler illustration


ly” to calls of multiple gunshots. Police blocked off Delachaise Street for several hours. Cops collected shell casings and advised residents that 10 shots were fired during the holdup. The Superintendent’s Major Offense Log makes no mention of any shooting. Reporters monitoring the online report for the violenceprone city’s most serious crimes apparently don’t press NOPD officials for details. For example, why did the silver car that carried the gunman remain in the street after the hold-up? News stories posted by Nola. com and the New Orleans Advocate parrot the police report, also failing to mention any shooting in the robbery. In response to a series of emails, NOPD Communications Director Tyler Gamble tells this magazine that Second District officers initially responded to a report of an “illegal discharge of a weapon” in the 3500 block of Louisiana Avenue Parkway. “When officers arrived, they located a man in the 3700 block of Delachaise Street. The man told police he was a victim of an attempted armed robbery but that another man he was with had been robbed by an unknown male at gunpoint. During the robbery shots were exchanged, but no one was injured. This incident report is still pending. The investigation is ongoing.” So why wasn’t the shooting mentioned in the Superintendent’s Log? Gamble says the log is a report of the city’s most serious incidents, such as murders, robberies and officer-involved shootings. Incidents are classified under the most serious offense. “The incident is being classified as an armed robbery, which is what was posted in the Chief’s Log.” “When officers respond to a report of shots fired, if no one or nothing is struck, it’s considered a signal 94, or ‘shots fired.’

Those do not make it on the Major Offense Log as they do not classify as a major offense.” If detectives later find that a house or vehicle was struck by the gunfire, the information wouldn’t be posted on a Chief’s Log, according to Gamble. “The only crimes involving a gun that would rise to the level of the Major Offense Log are murder, shooting (human shot), armed robbery, officer-involved shooting.” Later, two Broadmoor area sources said the following took place: Two robbers were in the silver car. One got out and attempted to rob a resident and his young son in the 3500 block of Louisiana Avenue Parkway. The man retreated into his home, armed himself and chased the gunman as they exchanged fire. The gunman ran past the silver car. The driver drew his own gun. The intended robbery victim sprayed the getaway car with bullets. The driver fled, shooting at the intended victim over his shoulder and leaving the getaway car behind. It is scary enough that two people were robbed at gunpoint shortly after noon as they sat on a porch in a residential neighborhood. An armed robbery is a targeted threat. A shootout is more frightening because more people are threatened, regardless of whether detectives later determine the bullets pierced cars or a house nearby. The public should be told immediately of any shootout by the police and the news media. Distrust in both the media and police increases when published reports don’t accurately reflect the true level of danger citizens face and experience. Distrust translates into a lack of confidence and support for police. When that happens, we should all follow Commander Ferguson and “knock on wood.” n

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Singing In the City Tuning up and taking notes BY CAROLYN KOLB

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ith all the music in the air in New Orleans, it isn’t unusual for New Orleanians to burst into song. “With kids, parents notice that they just start singing around the house,” says Cheryl Dupont, the Executive and Artistic Director of the New Orleans Children’s Chorus. She has something to offer those young people. “Why? It’s for self-expression,” she says. “A choir is a group activity that’s fun – I think it’s more fun than singing by yourself.” As Dupont says, “It’s for kids who want to sing. We teach them and we have several choirs.” With undergraduate and graduate degrees in music and after a career as a high school choral director (at Benjamin Franklin and Brother Martin High Schools), Dupont is still singing as a member of the New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale. “I’m a charter member, and we’re a group of music professionals with amateurs who sing at a high level; we perform in four concerts a year.”

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Pastor Andrew Amedee began his own career by singing as a child. “As a little kid, I started singing in the choir. My grandmother saw something in me that nobody else saw – she had someone from Werlein’s come every week, and in six months I was playing the organ and leading the choir.” Amedee went on to get a degree in music at Southern University (with his first two years at Dillard) and, he explains, “not only am I a pastor, I’ve been singing and preaching and praying for a long time.” Now ministering at the Cosmopolitan Evangelistic Baptist Church on Bienville Street in Tremé, “I play and direct the choir, then I get up and preach,” Amedee explains. “If God has blessed you with a talent, don’t be selfish with it. Use it!” Mary Lee Burke, another veteran church singer, was a member of the St. Louis Cathedral Choir. “We were trained by Elise Cambon – she had beautiful taste in music and we loved the music that we sang.” Now, she uses her voice with the Laetare Singers (laetare is Latin for rejoice).

“We sing at the fund raiser at St. Alphonsus every Christmas; we sing Christmas carols and invite the audience to sing with us.” She always looks for recruits: “If you don’t have a wiggle in your voice and you can stay on pitch, we’d love to have you come sing!” Singer Cristina Perez has a new baby, “I haven’t gone back to singing yet, but I hope to do so soon,” she says. Meanwhile, she’s building her repertoire “My go-to is Ella Fitzgerald, but lately I’m listening to Nancy Wilson.” For almost four years she was a Victory Belle at The National World War II Museum, “Just getting to meet all the vets was such a treat – it was really a unique experience.” A New Orleans native, she moved to Florida for high school but came back to study music at Loyola University and married fellow musician Chris Edmunds. She has a new album, “It’s The Sweetest Thing – all original tunes that I wrote last year.” You can see her video at Facebook.com/cristinaperezmusic. Laura Stanfel, a Tulane senior from Denver, Colorado who intends to go to medical school, admits “I have probably been singing since I could talk.” After she enjoyed choir in middle school, her parents gave her classical voice lessons through high school. “As soon as I got to college I knew I wanted to join an a cappella group.” Singers with no band, a cappella groups were celebrated in the Pitch Perfect movies (both shot in Louisiana). TULA (Tulane Ladies A Cappella) sings “some classic rock, plus contemporary stuff. Our main goal is to empower the female voice.” Where do they get their arrangements? “Sometimes we do an arrangement swap with another group, and a couple of girls in the group are good arrangers,” Stanfel says. Tulane has two other a cappella groups, Green Envy and THEM, so there are some joint performances. TULA’s final concert this year had a “music festival theme – we were in 1960s outfits with flowers.” As for Stanfel’s singing opportunities after graduation? “I know a lot of medical schools have a capella groups – it’s one of my favorite extracurricular activities!” n

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LOCAL COLOR ME AGAIN / MODINE GUNCH / JOIE D’EVE / in tune / READ+SPIN / JAZZ LIFE / HOME

Marissa Nadler will be at Gasa Gasa on the 27th. Nadler has a fascinating new record out this year; you can expect her to draw from her deep catalogue at this intimate show.

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LOCAL COLOR / ME AGAIN

A Different Bounce Exploring the Origin of Rap BY CHRIS ROSE

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veryone knows the origin story of jazz, right? The only “true” American musical art form, according to those who presume more than us, simply because they play the trumpet really good. And that it’s from New Orleans. Well I’ve got another origin story for you, one that upends everything you ever thought you knew about modern American music, and it goes like this: Forget what you’ve ever heard about South Central L.A. or the outer boroughs of New York City; New Orleans is also the birthplace of rap. And I’m not talking about bounce and twerking and all the other modern attributes New Orleans has been accorded in recent decades as contributions to the American hip-hop canon. I am talking about rap. The real and original rap, the scariest music white folks ever heard since the Rolling Stones. Crazy? Maybe so, but hear me out. Come back with me 200, even 300 years – centuries years before NWA came straight outta Compton. Consider the existing laws of the time,

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particularly the Code Noir – the Black Code – a set of guidelines for how white folks were to treat black folks. Yeah, we needed laws to do that back then. Due the overwhelming Catholicism of the state legislature, among its tenants of the Code Noir was the prohibition of forcing slaves into the fields of servitude and perdition on any Sunday between noon and sundown. Thank you, Jesus. And everyone knows what happened, right? In a little corner of what’s now Armstrong Park, for those six hours of the Sabbath the slaves of our imperfect union would gather and experience the closest notion of freedom most of them would ever know in their lives. Under tight supervision; make no mistake about that. They would bring their drums and percussive instruments and they would begin to play repetitive, syncopated rhythms, a mesmerizing and sometimes trance-like backbeat. And young angry men would strip to their shirtsleeves and begin to

make a form of music unfamiliar to anything anyone had at that point ever heard on North American soil. It was a call and response. They would take to the center of the crowds and would speak, sing and call out to the heavens and the crowd. In a world that held them down and denied their humanity they would speak, sing and chant of their virility, their sexual prowess, their personal power and their social worth. They would passionately decry the oppressive forces that kept them down, that prevented them from becoming the men in full they deserved to be. And more than anything else, they would claim for themselves what society deprived them of: Dignity, self-value, self-worth and equality of citizenship. Outside the gates of the park, the suspicious white gentry would witness these frenetic gatherings with a mix of confusion and doubt. On one hand they found the music and its performers to be menacing at least, perhaps dangerous at worst. And they didn’t understand a word of it. And so we all know the origin story of jazz and its connection to New Orleans. But does anybody know this? That rap music – the birther of hip-hop and bounce and modern soul – was happening on the streets of New Orleans three centuries before Kanye West would tell us that he made it all up? What is rap music? And where did it come from? It is the angst- and anger-filled street poetry of young black men stripped to their shirtsleeves accompanied by repetitive, syncopated beats; trance-inducing, in which the performers boast of their sexual prowess and virility, decrying the forces of oppression that keep them down and demanding the manifestation of a society that affords them full dignity, value and worth as human beings. Sound familiar? It ought to. They have been playing this song in Congo Square for 300 years. And all these years later the white folks are still sitting on the outside with a mix of confusion and doubt.  They find the music to be menacing at least, dangerous at worst. And they still don’t understand a word of it. But things and people – and music – are so rarely what they seem to be, and more rarely what we believe them to be. So welcome to New Orleans. The birthplace of jazz. And rap. And so much more. Baby, can you dig it? n jason raish illustration


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Letters and What They Mean At least sometimes BY MODINE GUNCH

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y mother-in-law ain’t been the same since she got that WEA. Now, a WEA ain’t a disease. It is an abbreviation for Wireless Emergency Alert. That is when your new cell phone screeches to wake the dead, and you grab it and read a message warning that there’s bad weather around. If this happens in the night, you’re awake for a while.

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Anyway, Ms. Larda got a WEA around 2 a.m. one morning. It also went shrieking to my two brothersin-law’s phones on the other side the house, so they all three shot out of bed. It said to take shelter because tornadoes were in the area. So they all stumbled to the one room in the house with no windows, which is a joint storage closet in the back. She slapped on a bicycle helmet, like Bob Breck always said to do, and they all burrowed into the closet, bumping into each other and saying bad words – especially Ms. Larda, once she realized this closet was filled up with her sons’ dirty clothes. The power went out. After five minutes, so did she, right out of that closet, because she couldn’t hold her breath no more. She was a changed woman after that. Maybe it was the oxygen deprivation. She come out mad as a wet hen. At everything. She called me to tell me about it. I made the mistake of saying that the weather alarm is called a WEA. And she gets mad at that. “Initials, initials, initials – all the time, initials. Why can’t nobody write words no more? This generation is going to die of laziness. LOL! ROFL! Why can’t we just laugh out loud or roll on the floor laughing? OMG! Since she’s in that mood, it’s a good thing she’s getting out of town. She and some lady friends are taking a cruise to escape from July. She says it’s too hot to be outside, but inside, all you’ll hear on TV is people screeching about hurricanes and politicians. They will probably pre-empty her soaps. I hope she calms down on this boat. She won’t be able to call or email from the ship, but she might get in touch if she takes a tour of one of the islands they’ll stop at. She calls from the first island. On day one there was a lifeboat drill, almost as bad as a WEA except they

didn’t try to asphyxiate her in a closet. And they talk in abbreviations worse than at home. They got a PCC (personal cruise consultant), OV (ocean view), SHOREX, (shore excursion) and PITR – for pain in the rear. She is going to drink some tropical rum. Rum, she says, isn’t an abbreviation. I got other things to worry about. I am a tour guide and back when I got started, my gentleman friend come up with the idea of having the Sloth Lounge sponsor my tours, with each tour beginning and ending at the Sloth. I even carry a jazz umbrella Ms. Larda made – she does creative sewing for a living – with a picture of Sippy the Sloth holding a Sloth Lounge go-cup. It works out fine, but now Lust has gone and ordered a hundred Sloth Lounge Urban Tours T-shirts. I can wear one every night, and he’ll sell the others at the Sloth. He loves it when people pay to wear his ads around town. When they come in, I got to admit they’re very classy: cotton-polyester, with Sippy on the back. On the front, in tasteful black letters, just above the pocket, is the abbreviation for Sloth Lounge Urban Tours. “SLUT.” We got a problem. Ms. Larda would know how to fix this. I email her and hope she reads it at her next SHOREX. The next day, I get a reply. “LOL,” it says. At least she’s laughing. I guess the rum worked. Must be. But I have to fix this myself. I call my friend Awlette, who’s the artistic type. She got an idea. “This is why God made Magic Markers, Modine,” she says. And what we do, we take each shirt and with a black marker, make the U into an O, and add a H at the end. Now it says “SLOTH.” Which is not an abbreviation. It is a real word. That should make Ms. Larda happy. Maybe even ROFL. n

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Cry Baby Seizing the season BY EVE CRAWFORD PEYTON

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always want to say, “I don’t get emotional often, but …” But that would be such a lie. I get emotional all the time. All manner of things can set me off. Puppy videos. Friends’ babies. Weddings. Graduations. Pretty much any and all montages. And for some reason, even before I had kids of my own, children performing anything always just got me right in the tear ducts. I remember being maybe 21, working as an AmeriCorps volunteer at an elementary school in Columbia, Missouri; the kids begged me to attend their Thanksgiving program, and somewhere between a song about friendship and another song about corn and sharing I just lost it, started quietly weeping out in the audience among the parents. I was mortified – these weren’t my kids; the parents weren’t crying like I was – but the tears just kept coming. I was able to get a hold of myself before the curtain call, but when I tried to tell them how proud I was of them, I got all choked up again.

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Now that I have two kids of my own and have attended more pageants; talent shows; plays; dance recitals; and fall, winter and spring concerts than I can even count, my heart has hardened somewhat. Georgia singing Christmas carols in her snowflake pajamas? Yes, I bawled. Ruby doing ballet/spinning in circles to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow?” I was a weeping, snotty mess. But I made it through the school play, a tap dance performance and a frenzied rendition of “Uptown Funk” completely dry-eyed. I didn’t cry (much) during the year-end talent show at the girls’ school, even though both of my daughters turned in admirable performances. But then it all fell apart at the parent volunteer appreciation dinner. Some of my tears were bittersweet – Georgia has just “graduated” from the George Cottage (which she is quite certain is named the “Georgia Cottage” in her honor), and no matter how much I psyched myself up for it, I’m truly not 100 percent ready for my baby to be starting pre-K. Most of my tears, though, were of pure gratitude. I have never known anxiety precisely as acute as the anxiety I felt before starting Ruby at a new school for her third-grade year. What if the kids were mean? What if the work was too hard? What if the teachers were strict or the expectations were unreasonable? What if she didn’t make friends or didn’t like the school? But now, with the school

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Excerpted from Eve Crawford Peyton’s blog, Joie d’Eve, which appears each Friday on MyNewOrleans.com.

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Pinegrove

Sister Festivals

Singers and Festivals The essence of June BY mike griffith

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s July starts and summer begins to heat up, we can always look forward to the arrival of The Essence Festival. This year’s installment runs over the holiday weekend, July 1-3, and will feature the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Puff Daddy, Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson and Maxwell. We saw a lot of Prince tributes at Jazz Fest, but I would wager that those will pale in comparison to the tributes at Essence. Prince played both the 10th and 20th installments of Essence (2004 and ’14) to great acclaim and has left a legacy that will continue with the festival for all time. Canadian sythpop songwriter Jessy Lanza will be at Gasa Gasa July 2. Her most recent record Oh No, which came out in May, has a fantastic vibe to it. If you’re looking for something a bit twangier, on the 7th you have a couple of chances for solid country. At Siberia the alternative country group Pine-

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grove will be presenting tracks from their recent debut LP; that same night the legendary Robert Earl Keen will be at Tipitina’s. One of the more exciting bits of music news from the spring was the reformation of New Zealand-based comedy band Flight of the Conchords. The duo will be at the Saenger on July 11. The great thing about the Conchords is that they ably straddle the line between great comedy and great music – neither category suffers at the hands of the other. They make legitimately good music that also happens to be quite funny. If you’re looking for something a little more introspective – perhaps a bit darker – there are a couple of great acts coming toward the end of the month. Dark pop shoegazers Pale Dian will be at Siberia on July 19. Their excellent debut record Narrow Birth came out in June and is well worth your time. Along similar lines, Marissa Nadler will be at

If you’re looking to escape the heat, I recommend a trip up to visit Jazz Fest’s sister festivals: the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals. This year the Jazz Festival will be anchored by the likes of Norah Jones, Gregory Porter and Chick Corea. The Folk Festival has already announced Patti Smith and Her Band, Elvis Costello, The Arcs, Ryan Adams and Father John Misty. Once again, New Orleans Magazine will be covering the Folk Festival with daily updates and photos from the event. Keep an eye on my web column for more information as well as more from my interviews with founder George Wein and organizer Jay Sweet. Gasa Gasa on the 27th. Nadler also has a fascinating new record out this year; you can expect her to draw from her deep catalogue at this intimate show. On July 23 garage rockers A. Sinclair will take the stage at Gasa Gasa. These guys have a great summer vibe complete with lots of strong guitar riffs. And, of course, the month ends with the show that no one believed would happen: The Guns N’ Roses reunion at the Superdome. This show will feature original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, which makes it the first tour since 1993 where all three have performed together. If you’re looking to revisit the ’90s, there’s nowhere else to be on the 31st. If perhaps you’ve had enough of the 1990s and are looking for something a bit mellower to end the month, the supergroup of Neko Case, K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs – case/lang/veirs – will be at the Joy Theater July 31. The trio have recently released a record together and have been putting together some fantastic live performances. n

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HISTORY: In Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans, by Elizabeth M. Williams and Chris McMillian, the authors lead readers through New Orleans’ storied relationship with the bottle, glass, mug and – well, you get the picture. Williams, founder and director of the Southern Food & Beverage Institute, and McMillian, a world-renowned bartender, co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail at SoFab and coowner of Revel in Mid-City with his wife Laura, cover the culture, history, myths and legends of cocktailing in the Crescent City, as well as offering up recipes and recommendations for cocktail bars. With black-and-white illustrations and a glossary of mixology terminology, this boozy little book is bound to become an invaluable reference in your cocktail library.

SOUL/BLUES: The Royal Southern Brotherhood released its The Royal Gospel in June. Recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice, the Ruf Records release is the supergroup’s fourth album.

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JAZZ: The first volume of a six-part set, Davell Crawford’s, Piano In The Vaults, Vol. 1, was released in June. This vibrant 13-track album pays homage to piano greats, such as James Booker in “Song for James” and “Booker Days,” as well as Jelly Roll Morton, Percy Walker and the pianist and singer’s own grandfather, James “Sugarboy” Crawford. Steeped in New Orleans’ tradition of piano music, Crawford’s own compositions mingle deftly with the covers. The entire set includes music recorded between 1998 and 2013 and is released by Basin Street Records.

ARCHITECTURE: In many ways, residents and fans of the Warehouse District have Pres Kabacoff and Edward B. Boettner to thank. The two men are the visionary leaders of HRI Properties, which has been integral in the New Urbanism movement and revitalizing abandoned historic neighborhoods. Revitalizing Cities: The HRI Vision, a new release by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, explores the history and philosophy of this innovative real estate company. Color photos add to the inside view of these passionate visionaries.

by Melanie Warner Spencer Please send submissions for consideration, attention: Melanie Spencer, 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005.


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Discordant Tones Who is Irvin Mayfield? BY JASON BERRY

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andleader Irvin Mayfield, like The Great Gatsby, trumpeted an “extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness.” Founder of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) and owner of Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta, he catalyzed the $10 million People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market that opened last year in Central City.  Mayor Nagin launched Mayfield as a cultural ambassador with six-figure grants to NOJO. Mayfield joined boards, including the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. His image took a hit with a WWL-TV investigation by David Hammer on how Mayfield and NOJO president Ron Markham, who was also president of the Library Foundation, changed its bylaws. After Mayfield helped land major grants for the Foundation, he and Markham steered $1.03 million to help build the Jazz Market. The 1991 Foundation bylaws called for the board to use donations “judiciously for the purpose of purchasing books and other informational materials and sponsoring library-related programs.” The 2014 revision called for promoting literacy and

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“projects for the benefit of the local community” – an opaque definition – giving top officers permission to call meetings on 24hour notice. As president, Markham had “sole discretion to give full effect to the intentions” of the resolution. Meaning, elasticity, to define “benefit of the community.” David Hammer, a stellar journalist, probed the public documents; Mayfield refused his interview requests; Markham oncamera showed a library hub with terminals in the Jazz Market lobby for Central City youth. Was it worth a $1 million? Could the Jazz Market have been built without that gift from the library foundation? Mayfield and Markham resigned from the Foundation. I have known Mayfield for years, attended parties at his home and written several pieces about him. At the first interview, in 2007, he scanned my bookcase and said: “Give me a reading list.” I did, plus a couple of books. He had the ego of a heat-seeking missile, but impressive energy and intellect. As a restless University of New Orleans undergrad in the jazz program under Ellis Marsalis, he dropped out, went to New York City and lived for a stretch with Wynton Marsalis, who became his role model. Jazz at Lincoln Center, which Wynton Marsalis founded, became the model for an urban space housing NOJO. Last spring, he released a lavish coffee table book with seven CDs in sleeves, celebrating his career with NOJO. I gave the book and the Jazz Market good coverage in a piece for The Daily Beast. Then Hammer’s reporting began. Egg-cheeked, I advised Daily Beast editors in New York City. They ordered a follow-up. I obliged, citing Hammer’s coverage, a not-favorable piece. Mayor Mitch Landrieu told NOJO to return the funds. NOJO board chair Ron Forman said they would. Hammer reported that federal authorities were investigating. In February, I got a strange call from a mutual friend of Mayfield’s saying that Mayfield understood why I had to do The Daily Beast follow-up, but NOJO’s books were in order and he wanted to explain things for me. I was tempted, but declined. It would have taken a huge time investment to assess all available documents. I was incredulous. Mayfield avoids Hammer and turns to me for image polish? I would’ve gone to him armed for bear. In March, the state legislative auditor released a NOJO audit citing “material weaknesses and significant deficiencies” in bookkeeping. Mayfield, as artistic director, and his production company earned $210,000 with “no written management agreement.” Dan Forman, Ron’s son, was on the Foundation Board that approved the bylaw changes. When Hammer asked Ron about this, Ron Forman said, “You’re going into an area where I’m questioning your values and ethics. ... There’s no conflict.” Forman questions the reporter’s ethics! And that $1 million from the Foundation Board went to help build a jazz club? NOJO has backed off a full repayment pledge, offering $436,000 on a timetable, the rest to come from – NOJO fundraisers! Mayfield never apologized, perhaps by his lawyer’s whisper. The Jazz Market is both his liability and defense. If he takes a legal hit, will it thrive? Meanwhile, the merry narcissist prances like Gatsby, blind to ethics, with an eye for the next deep pocket. n cheryl gerber photograph


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A Garden District Classic With stories to tell BY BONNIE WARREN PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHERYL GERBER

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oward Moses finds his Garden District center hall cottage, fashioned in the classic Greek Revival style, a comfortable home that retains the grandeur of the past while embracing the very latest in energy efficiency and a state-of-the art kitchen and media room. “Dating from 1849, this is one of the oldest homes in the Garden District,” he says. The floor plan features a large classic center hall that’s a versatile space including a grand piano where his daughters, Grace and Daphne, have performed for family and friends and where he once staged a disco-themed birthday party and a dinner for 30 guests. A further personal expression of the use of the spaces in the home is the game room with a billiard table where the formal living room probably originally existed. The room features a 19th century stained glass sign that was in the Moses Photography Studio in the French Quarter, one of the first photography and daguerreotype studios in New Orleans. The front room across the hall accommodates a formal dining room that showcases the table designed in the 1950s by James F. Eppenstein, Howard’s great uncle and a well-known Chicago architect, for Helen-Amiee and Harris Hyman Jr., Howard’s grandparents. The white acrylic sculpture on the buffet is by Lillian Florsheim, his great aunt, the Florsheim shoe heiress and noted Chicago

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Top: Considered one of the oldest homes in the Garden District, the classic Greek Revival center hall cottage dates back to 1849.

sculptor who was born in New Orleans. Today the 5,400 square foot home features a large new kitchen that opens onto the newly added covered deck for easy outdoor entertaining. “It is part of the latest remodeling and now it’s the heart of the home, where everybody likes to gather when I entertain,” he says. Since Howard is a skilled engineer with Moses Engineers, he was able to manage the project that includes an island made of cypress and custom solid wood cabinets handcrafted by master cabinetmaker Miguel Montoya of Juan Pablo Montoya Renova-


Top, left: An alcove in the kitchen features to a pair of damask-covered chairs under the large windows. Top right: Howard Moses sits between his daughters Daphne 17, a senior at Newman High School and Grace, 15, a sophomore at McGehee School, and their pet long-haired dachshunds, Coco and Jackson. Bottom: The classic center hall is a versatile space that includes a grand piano where Grace and Daphne have performed for family and friends, and he has staged a disco-themed birthday party and a dinner for 30 guests; it also serves as a gallery for his extensive collection of local, national and international art.


Top: A nine-foot screen is featured in the media room that offers comfortable leather seating. Bottom: A game room with a billiard table exists where the formal living room probably originally existed. Facing page: Top, left: The dining room table was designed in the 1950s by James F. Eppenstein, great uncle of Howard and a well known Chicago architect, for HelenAmiee and Harris Hyman Jr., his grandparents; the art is by Richard Johnson and the white acrylic sculpture on the buffet is by Lillian Florsheim, Howard’s great aunt, shoe heiress and noted Chicago sculptor who was born in New Orleans. Top, right: The master bedroom features antiques and a view of the formal side garden. Bottom: Moses consulted with Tammany Baumgarten of BaumGardens Landscape & Design on the design of the formal side gardens.


tions; granite countertops from Triton Stone; and an opaque glass tile backsplash from Stafford Tile & Stone. Other notable features are the Greek key doorframes and a large pantry with a built-in ladder. A unique alcove provides space for two comfortable damask-covered chairs. Grace Kaynor of Grace W. Kaynor Interiors and Sotre on Magazine Street is credited with offering Howard design advice on the kitchen as well as the rest of the house. “I like to say we curated each room together to seamlessly blend my collection of family heirlooms and eclectic art,” he says. The fourth room adjoining the center hall is a den. Down a few steps from the den is the media room with its nine-foot screen. “It’s a great place to watch the Saints football games,” Howard says. Also off the den is the master bedroom and bathroom. “I like the location

because it’s completely away from all of the other rooms and it has a beautiful view of the side formal garden. Upstairs are the bedrooms for Grace, 15, a sophomore at McGehee School, and Daphne, 17, a senior at Newman High School, their bathroom, a guest suite and a den. In the almost 20 years he has lived in the home, there has always been a work in progress or plans for future work. Howard is currently talking about doing a major master bathroom renovation and building a swimming pool in the backyard. “Like a fine antique, it simply gets better with age,” he replies. His favorite space is the front porch, because he enjoys, “relaxing and watching the world go by.” And there’s always something going, on since his home is in the next block toward the Mississippi River around kitty-corner from Commander’s Palace. n myneworleans.com / JULY 2016

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While many of us sit at desks day after day, there are some who have jobs that take them to exciting places creating and performing while pursuing their dreams. Imagine writing and producing music for your own record label, playing calliope on a steam-powered paddlewheel or raising and breeding penguins. These tasks are all in a day’s work for these “cool jobs” holders. Read on to learn more about these eight New Orleanians who are never at a loss of words when asked, “What do you do for a living?” N ot e : I nt e r v i e w s w e r e e d it e d f or b r e v it y


Founder, Ariya Apothecary

LinseYLamba Age: 30 How would you describe what you do? Ariya Apothecary is a small-batch natural skincare company. My mission is to make skincare simple, effective and affordable. What makes your job “cool?” To be able to devote myself to something I’ve created simply because I love it, and to own all the creative and business decisions. I originally created these products in an attempt to solve my own skincare issues. I soon realized some of my closest friends were struggling with similar issues with their skin. I started making products that I wanted to use, and when I shared them, my friends saw their skin problems improve, too! What is the most fun part of your job? The most fun part of my job is reading positive messages from my customers! What makes it less cool? Working with bulk orders is fantastic, because it helps get my product to many customers at once. However, it can be stressful to fulfill mass or-

ders under tight deadlines. What are you most excited about? I recently partnered with a subscription box in Australia; I’m really excited to see Ariya Apothecary go international! I’m also excited about making Ariya Apothecary products available through partnerships with New Orleans businesses (it’s currently online only). What do most people not know about your job? Ariya Apothecary’s mission isn’t just about skincare, it’s about cultivating a simple lifestyle. My goal is to share information on how you can unclutter your life, so you can focus your time and money on the things that really matter to you and bring you joy. What advice would you give someone who wants to do what you do? Whenever you’re thinking about starting a company, think about what problem you’re solving and for whom you’re solving it. It doesn’t matter what it is, starting a business is hard, and starting a business alone is even harder. Outsource where you can; don’t try to do it all.


Founder, Old New Orleans Rum; Inventor of Gingeroo; Artist; Rum Maker; Fun Maker; Entrepreneur

James Michalopoulos Age: 65 How would you describe what you do? I create beautiful and desirable things. What makes your job “cool?” It’s really cool that there’s a great deal of unknown in my work. I let life direct me. As a rum maker I’m passionate about the fermentation and distillation process, and I’ve set out to make an incredible rum. The drive is great and the hard work is fruitful. Old New Orleans Rum’s 20th anniversary King Creole has just been named the highest rated rum in America and equal to the best in the world according to the American Beverage Tasting Institute. What is the most fun part of your job? It’s a wonderful thing to make something that’s beautiful or poignant. It’s a great feeling to release something that will give others continual pleasure. What makes it less cool? Time pressures to stay up and complete a work, and the pressures to expand the business aspects. What are you most

excited about? The creation of wonder. Taking a challenge and crafting a solution I also spend my summers at my home in Burgundy, France and I’ve just received word that there will be an exhibition of my work in the south of France. This is on the heels of opening an art exhibition at Linare/Brecht in Maui, Hawaii, and I’m in the middle of finalizing details on an upcoming show in Laguna, California. What do most people not know about your job? That being an artist requires a lot of focused work. There is a discipline and persistence required to succeed. What advice would you give someone who wants to do what you do? Go into nursing, and if you insist on being an artist, listen to your heart, if it is what you love – then share it.  Be prepared for anything because it will surely happen. Get up, celebrate your life and the opportunity to create and give.


“NOLA-ssistant;” Assistant Booking Manager, Lagniappe Brass Band; Member, Sugar Bowl Committee

Jenny Tripkovich Age: 55 How would you describe what you do? I do a little of everything, from taking the artist to their favorite New Orleans restaurant to zipping them up. I’m a runner, tour guide, bodyguard, helper and personal assistant. I make sure the artist has anything they may need to perform, including those little quirky things they enjoy. What makes your job “cool?” I’m blessed to be around talented people every day. My assignments have included assisting college football teams, women’s basketball teams, a very special NFL Head Coach and his wife, numerous musicians, magicians, illusionists, television reporters, professional dancers and even a medium. It’s a hoot walking the French Quarter with Anderson Cooper, or eating beignets with David Crosby, or watching street magicians with Raymond Teller. And it was way cool walking through The National World War II Museum with Eddie Izzard in his Christian Louboutin heels. What is the most fun part of your

job? I enjoy quiet time with the artist. And rehearsal and sound check, especially when and artists like Diana Krall or Sarah McLachlan tickle the ivories and play a little New Orleans tune. What makes it less cool? It’s usually just a one-night performance; a 16- to 20-hour period. What are you most excited about? I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to interact and, in some cases, become longtime friends with some of the artists. Also, this summer I’m involved in an upcoming project with a nationally syndicated show that will be filming in our city. What do most people not know about your job? Most people have no idea what I’m doing these days. Discretion and privacy for the artist is the utmost importance to me. What advice would you give someone who wants to do what you do? Never give up on your dream; you never know when an opportunity will arise. It’s never too late to have the life you dreamed about.


Illustrator, Lettering Artist; Owner, Smallchalk

Ashlee ArceneauX Jones Age: 32 How would you describe what you do? I’m a visual artist specializing in illustration and stylized lettering; I also do editorial work and custom wedding stationary and signage. I got my start (and my business name) by creating chalkboard menus and murals. What makes your job “cool?” I think it’s cool to take a client’s message and bring it to life; even more so when my work becomes an important element of their identity or branding. What is the most fun part of your job? I really enjoy the creative process that I must go through for any project that I take on – specifically, the brainstorming phase. What makes it less cool? Being your own boss means you have to “wear all the hats.” It requires a great deal of self-discipline to stay on top of your game when you don’t punch a clock. What are you most excited about? It’s exciting to always be chasing bigger

clients and bigger gigs. Expanding the range of creative services I can provide my clients has been key to keeping things exciting. What do most people not know about your job? Something that I often hear (which is mostly well-intentioned) is, “You’re so lucky, you just get to draw all day.” While to a certain extent that’s true, research, conceptualization, editing and actual execution of the work are each a separate and laborious part of my process. I have only reached a point where I can work quickly and efficiently by years of practice and training. What advice would you give someone who wants to do what you do? Stay focused on your goals, stay confident, do your research and learn as much as you can about your craft. Be disciplined and intentional with your work. Most importantly, be yourself and find your own identity so that you stand out in the crowd.


Calliope Player, Steamboat Natchez

Debbie Fagnano Age: 61 Occupation: Calliope player on the Steamboat Natchez. How would you describe what you do? This "job" is more or less one-ofa-kind in New Orleans; we’re one of only a very few fully steam-powered paddlewheel boats operating in the U.S. Playing this steam calliope is like being part of steamboat and New Orleans history. What makes your job “cool?” It’s the only steam calliope played three times a day, most every day, in the Port of New Orleans. What is the most fun part of your job? Watching passengers from all over the world thoroughly enjoy what they’re experiencing. I see them on the dock dancing, bouncing, waving, sometimes even singing along. The concerts last for 15 minutes or so. (Sometimes the crowd will shout for an encore and I'm most happy to oblidge.) Most days I pass the time between concerts by reading the

newspaper, crocheting or planning the liturgical music programs for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Belle Chase where I serve as Music Director. What are you most excited about? Being part of the Tricentennial Celebration, for sure. What makes it less cool? It gets awfully hot up on that roof deck in the summertime. What do most people not know about your job? When folks hear the calliope they’re often surprised to find out it’s a real instrument being played by a real person! It’s played on a keyboard, much the same as playing a church organ, except the sound comes from pressurized steam, not air. (Think of a whistling tea-pot.) What advice would you give someone who wants to do what you do? Be dedicated, love the river and try not to play the wrong notes – the calliope is very loud and the boo-boos will be heard far and near!


Entrepreneurowner, Victory & New Orleans Drink Lab; Bartender

Daniel Victory Age: 38 How would you describe what you do? There’s never a dull moment, and it’s full of creativity and making people happy. What makes your job “cool?” I get to meet people from all over the world; you never know who’s going to walk through the door. I get to “wow” people with what we do and offer them a cocktail experience they may not have otherwise had. What is the most fun part of your job? What I enjoy most is educating people on what they’re drinking, how it’s made and the history behind it. It makes me proud when I can teach someone something they may not be aware of; my hope is that they pass it on. What makes it less cool? The unexpected hiccups that happen on a day-today basis; for example, there could be an equipment failure, then you know it’s time to grab the wrenches. What are you most excited about? We just launched the latest series of Masterclasses at the

Drink Lab that allow groups of friends to come in and learn about classic New Orleans cocktails; then they get behind the bar and make them. They shake, rattle and roll, and it’s exciting to give people information and skills they can use forever. What do most people not know about your job? You never stop learning; the business is always changing. There is always the challenge of “raising the bar” on how to do business, especially in a city with so many venues. Also, there’s a lot more education and creativity and behind what we do than most people think. What advice would you give someone who wants to do what you do? If you have four solutions for every opportunity that arises, then your overall outcome can be far better than what you expected. Be ready for challenges, because they’ll come when you least expect it. There’s no typical day for me and that’s what makes it so cool.


Aviculturist, Audubon Aquarium’s Husbandry Department

Darwin Long Age: 47 How would you describe what you do? I am responsible for all aspects of our penguin breeding program and coordinating it with other zoos and aquariums; developing and running our Backstage Penguin Pass premium experience program; and managing care for our penguin collection as well as all other birds at the aquarium, such as our raptors (hawks and owls), psittacines (macaws, Amazons, cockatoos and parakeets) and our free-flying Amazonian bird collection. What makes your job “cool?” Being able to share with and excite kids and adults about penguins and other birds, while educating them about penguin biology and their natural environment. What is the most fun part of your job? Sharing penguins with participants of our Backstage Penguin Pass and if, we’re raising penguin chicks, providing care. What makes it less cool? The drive to work – I commute from Boothville. What are you most excited about? Our ambitions for our breed-

ing program with new pairs (fresh genetics) and to become a key player in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan breeding programs for both the African Blackfooted and Southern Rockhopper Penguin. We are also working on plans to significantly upgrade our current penguin exhibit and behind-the-scenes facilities to really advance as a state-of-the-art AZA penguin program for the first time in a quarter century. What do most people not know about your job? Fifteen of the world’s species of penguin live in temperate ice-free climates. Hopefully our new exhibit will be a tad chillier to accommodate Rockhopper Penguins, but no parka will be necessary! What advice would you give someone who wants to do what you do? I usually advise them to keep studying science and math; read research articles about birds you’re interested in; and most importantly, experience working with birds yourself. Be persistent.


Owner, That’s My Worldwide LLC; Site Director, Community Works of New Orleans; Singer; Songwriter; Composer; Band Leader; Voice/ Songwriting Teacher; Documentary Producer/ Interviewer, WWOZ Film

ColeAntionette Williams Age: 28 How would you describe what you do? My father encouraged me to become an entrepreneur and I ran with it. I compose/write my music, am band leader to Cole Williams Band, book shows, create media campaigns, solicit new opportunities and design artwork. I believe that if it’s in my power, I’m going to execute to the fullest extent. What makes your job “cool?” When you own your own business and write and produce your own music, you call all the shots. I’ve travelled to different countries and have had many life enhancing experiences. What is the most fun part of your job? There is so much work and planning that happens behind the scenes to make a show look effortless, or to have a successful release. When I’m on stage and the band plays together with love and precision, I’m able to express myself fully and make magic. What makes it less cool? I’ve been a professional for well over a decade, and sometimes I still have to “fight” for my rights as an indus-

try professional and an innovator. Misogyny is real is this business, and I don’t feed the beast, as difficult as it is to work with and work around. What are you most excited about? I just released my fourth studio album, Sin City the Mixtape, on June 3, and I’m incredibly proud of it. It’s been my focus for the last four years – I composed, wrote, produced, performed, played, programmed, mixed and mastered the entire album myself. The music, the lyrics, the stories outline my life experiences as I grew into the woman I am now. What do most people not know about your job? I don’t think people realize how much work is involved, and how much focus, energy and faith it takes to be successful in the music industry. There is no such thing as an overnight success. What advice would you give someone who wants to do what you do? Have laser focus and work with diligence and discernment. Know who you are, what you want and your value, and demand nothing less.


Honoring Top Female Achievers is one of our more established traditions. It is also a practice that’s both easy and complex. The easy part is finding worthy candidates, for the list is long. The complex part is narrowing then down. The best we can do is provide samplings and to learn what we can. Each honoree has a story to tell, but we went a step further and asked them about the influences in their lives – yet another story quite often involving other women. The stories continue, as does the achieving. by kimberley singletary

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Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics; Section Chair of Child Neurology, Louisiana State Health Science Center

Early this year, a technology invented by Dr. Ann Tilton, along with Drs. Dana Suskind and Mary Claire at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, was purchased by Allergan – the largest pharmaceutical company in the world – as part of a $90 million deal. “The patent is for the use of Botulinum toxin, or as many people know it, Botox, for the treatment of acne,” explains Tilton, who says she has been working with the substance for approximately 20 years. Tilton was an innovator in the use of the drug to treat children and adults with spasticity. “[The work] shaped my practice, research and leadership nationally and internationally,” she says. Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and Section Chair of Child Neurology at LSU Science Center, Tilton also serves as the director of the Rehabilitation Center at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. A leader not just locally, but nationally, she just finished her term early this year as Chair of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and will begin serving a two-year term as presidentelect of the Child Neurology Foundation in 2017. “There are a lot more therapeutics on the horizon,” she says, noting her excitement about the future of her field. “Things that we haven’t believed to be treatable up until this point, like degenerative diseases, are becoming treatable. It’s really an exciting time.”

Mentor: My mother was an incredible advocate and model at a time when women were not encouraged to pursue professions like medicine. Her support was critical. Defining moment: While attending a child neurology clinic in Dallas, I discovered that behind each door was a child with a disorder I hadn’t seen before. This area of medicine presented incredible diagnostic challenges and an opportunity for the use of new medications and innovative techniques. Advice for young women: Eloquently stated by Maya Angelou, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.” I try to encourage young women to believe

in their capabilities and know that they can always learn from success and failure. Goals: I’m excited to turn more of my attention to mentoring doctors earlier in their careers, especially doctors from diverse backgrounds. I also plan to keep serving the community at Children’s Hospital, to continue my research collaborations and to help shape national medical policy. Favorite thing about what I do: I enjoy collaborating with and learning from a team of health care professionals who care for children on both the local and national level. At the end of day, I’m inspired by the strength and trust of my patients and their families.


Director of Programs, Preservation Hall As a trombone player and singer who has performed with artists such as Allen Toussaint and Aretha Franklin, Ashley Shabankareh knows the magic of good music first hand. As the director of programs at New Orleans’ venerable Preservation Hall, her job is to spread that magic far and wide. Both the intimate French Quarter music location, Preservation Hall, and its Preservation Hall Jazz Band are deservedly well-known, but the work of the Preservation Hall Foundation is less so. “We do so much really,” says Shabankareh. “We bring teaching artists into schools, help provide instruments, private lessons and mentorships, even provide free online sheet music. We work to empower our wonderful local musicians to pass on this city’s incredible musical legacy to the next generation.” In addition to running and developing all of the foundation’s various programs, which include outreach through band tours and an extensive jazz archive, Shabankareh helps lead music classes in juvenile detention centers, is a frequent guest speaker at Loyola University, and is currently spearheading the creation of a comprehensive curriculum to provide schools nationwide with an interdisciplinary approach to teaching New Orleans music and culture. “I adore working with musicians of every level,” she says. “It’s just so incredible to see that light bulb moment in a young musician when something they’re learning suddenly clicks.”

Mentor: I would say that at the

top of my list is my mom, who has been incredibly supportive of me being involved in the music industry and following my passion. Professionally, I’ve been fortunate to have incredible mentors like Debbie Guidry, Ron Rona, Jessica Murphy and Tom Kupferer. Defining moment: During the 50th Anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall. We were able to fly out a small group of our Junior Jazz Band students to perform with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It was a really special occasion, primarily because I was able to experience the concert with our students, many of whom had never been outside of New Orleans before! Advice for young women: First and foremost, do what you love. Stop making your professional

career a competition, and focus on how you personally can do it best. Always be willing to keep learning – it’ll only help you as you continue to grow professionally. Goals: At the top of my list is to read more and to continue to fine-tune my skills in the education field. I’m also looking toward taking more classes on working with students with special needs, and how the Preservation Hall Foundation can help foster more opportunities for these students in our programs. Favorite thing about what I do:

Not only do I get to make a difference with the local youth community, but I also get to work closely with New Orleans culture bearers, whose stories really guide me in both how I approach performing and passing on the traditions that make New Orleans so unique.


Author; Associate Professor of English, Tulane Universit y

“A sensitive, lyrical narrator of difficult stories from the land of Faulkner and Welty.” That’s how the New York Times describes local award-winning author Jesmyn Ward. A native of DeLisle, Mississippi, Ward is a highly acclaimed writer who has made a name for herself in the literary world through her vivid portrayals of young black men and women in the South. Her first book, Where the Line Bleeds, the coming of age story of a young black man in a small Mississippi town, was an Essence magazine Book Club Selection and received multiple honors including one from the Black Caucus of the National Book Award. Ward’s second novel, Salvage the Bones, a story told in the wake of Katrina, won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award. For her third book, Men We Reaped, Ward crafted a memoir that details a five-year period in her life during which she lost five young men she knew well, including her own brother, each of whom died young. It was named among the Best Books of 2013 by Time, New York, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, NPR, Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. Currently taking a break from her work as an instructor at Tulane University thanks to being awarded $200,000 for the 2016 Strauss Living Award, presented by the Academy of Arts & Letters for literary excellence, Ward is at work on her next novel, which she says again focuses on the theme of family. “It’s about a family traveling from the Gulf Coast to northern Mississippi to pick up their father in prison,” she says. “I started thinking of it like As I Lay Dying, but it has somehow morphed into a bit of a ghost story.” The novel is due out next September. In the meantime, look for The Fire This Time, an anthology of essays centered around race in America Ward has compiled that will be out this August.

Mentor: I’ve had several mentors. My high school teachers, several of whom were women, were really important to fostering my love of reading and learning. I’ve also worked with some fantastic writers who taught me so much about craft and how to navigate the world as a professional writer: Thomas Lynch, Nicholas Delbanco, Peter Ho Davies and Elizabeth Tallent. Defining moment: Winning the National Book Award was definitely a defining moment of my career. I didn’t think that I

would win, so when I did it was an utter surprise. Winning opened up so many doors for me in the publishing industry, and it introduced my work to so many readers. Advice for young women: Fight for what you love. Goals: I want to write as many good books as I can. I want to become a better writer as I age. I want to continually develop as a writer. Favorite thing about what I do: I like immersing myself in fictional worlds with fictional characters that I’ve come to love.


Senior Counsel for Wildlife and Regulatory Affairs, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Sitting on a FedEx plane next to a half-Grizzly, half-Black bear, Carney Anne Nasser was in the middle of one of the most memorable moments of her career. Nasser had just fought, and won, the right to transfer Ben the bear from a 12-foot-by-22-foot concrete chainlink dog run in North Carolina, where he had lived his entire life, to an animal sanctuary in California.“I was there when his paws touched dirt for the first time in his life,” she says. “I will never forget that moment.” An animal advocate for more than two decades, Nasser has spent the last six years working in animal protection law – rescuing bears from concrete pits in Georgia, working to impose a ban on Sea World San Diego’s captive orca breeding program. She has dedicated her life to fighting for the welfare of exotic and endangered animals wherever they are being abused in the name of entertainment. An internationally recognized expert on captive wildlife, Nasser will represent the Animal Legal Defense Fund at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa this September. “The CITES treaty underpins our Endangered Species Act and there are definitely issues that need to be addressed,” she says. “Commercial usage of endangered species isn’t supposed to happen, but it still does. “The exotic animal trade is a $20 billion black market industry right now with high rewards and low risk. We really need to start cracking down,” she says, adding, “There’s definitely evidence of a correlation between the black market trade of an animal and the decimation of the species.”

Mentor: I recently heard Dr. Kathy Fields speak. She co-created both the Proactiv and Rodan + Fields skincare lines. What she said about character, grit and having a growth mindset really stuck with me. I think about those things all the time now as I’m constantly trying to push myself out of my comfort zone. Defining moment: I’d say that was becoming a single mom of two [Jackson, age 6 and Henry, age 2] through divorce about two years ago. I’m about 2,000 miles from family, so I really had to learn how to make things work on my own. I could

either focus or fold, and I chose to focus. Advice for young women: Recognize that there’s an unlimited amount of success in the world and it’s up to you to go after it. Goals: To end the use of exotic and endangered animals in entertainment and end the use of private ownership of tigers, which is actually a huge problem in this country. Favorite thing about what I do: I feel fortunate to have a career in which I look forward to Monday morning. Everything I do is creative. Every day is interesting, stimulating and challenging and definitely keeps me on my toes.


Chief Operating Officer and Future President/CEO, Port of New Orleans

In April 2017, Brandy Christian will become the president/CEO of the Port of New Orleans, following the retirement of current CEO Gary LaGrange. “When I accepted the position as chief operating officer in January of last year, I knew that this kind of promotion was a possibility, but it was still a gamble,” says Christian, who made the move to New Orleans after 15 years at the Port of San Diego, where she last served as vice president of strategy and business development. “My job there was to focus on the long term planning for the agency and secure new crews and cargo,” she says. Christian’s big coup came when she secured the arrival of Disney Cruise Lines to San Diego in 2012. “We were suffering with perceptions of violence in Mexico, the main destination of cruises out of San Diego, and a lot of cruise lines had pulled out,” she says. “The arrival of Disney really helped show everyone what a quality destination we were and put us back on the map.” Recently named the “fastest growing import and export port” in the United States by the Journal of Commerce, the Port of New Orleans continues to experience record-setting growth. “My goal as the CEO of the Port of New Orleans is basically going to be to build upon the success and growth we’re already seeing,” she says. “I also want to continue to build an organization where every employee is excited to come to work each morning.”

Mentor: My biggest mentor has been my mother. She really taught me to be courageous and believe in myself. My father died when I was 3 and she raised my sister and I while balancing the demands of a career through sheer courage and self will. She has always been an example of strength to me. Defining moment: After 15 years as VP at the Port of San Diego I was ready to make a change – ready for more of a work/life balance. While at lunch with my (10 year old) daughter one day she just looked at me and said, “Mom, why don’t you just get a job that makes you happy?” It was so simple. So I took her advice and took a

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gamble and came here. It’s been the biggest payoff. New Orleans completely feels like home. Advice for young women: Go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t. With focus and confidence, you can create anything. Goals: I think there’s a lot of opportunity to expand across all our jurisdictions, especially Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. Favorite thing about what I do: The variety. No two days are alike. I really enjoy the politics and marketing on the business side. I spend a lot of my time doing personnel management, lease negotiations, working with new business deals and resolving operational issues. It’s all really exciting.


Director of Strategy, Gambel Communications

If you’re a nonprofit looking to raise money or a company wanting to give back in a way that makes the most sense, Amy Boyle Collins is your woman. A superstar in the fields of cause marketing and sponsorship marketing in New Orleans, Collins is serving this year as president of the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Following years as an independent consultant for nonprofits, Collins ran the Young Leadership Council for six years in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Under her direction the YLC took over the Wednesdays at the Square outdoor concert series and took it from zero profit to a half-million-dollar operation. Collins says her passion for nonprofits developed in part through serving on various boards and committees, including the Super Bowl host committee in 1996, 2002 and 2013, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Committee for a Better New Orleans, Dress for Success and the Catholic Youth Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Currently, she serves as director of strategy for public relations firm Gambel Communications, which she says has almost doubled in size in the past two years. “I take great pride in the roll I’ve played in making that happen,” she says, noting her work with recent clients including Banner Automotive, Baptist Community Ministries, Fogo de Chao, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Ruby Slipper Restaurant. “I’m a real extrovert so this work fits me like a glove,” she says. “I get so much joy out of putting people and ideas together.”

Mentor: Definitely both of my

parents, but my dad specifically taught me my work ethic and not to be intimidated by anyone. I’ve also had a lot of great bosses, including now, Betsy Gambel. She has such an incredible ability to create relationships. Defining moment: I think it was right after Katrina, when I was serving as VP of development on the volunteer board of the YLC. As chair of the Role Model Gala I helped interview the 25 Role Models we were honoring. We laughed and cried together as I asked them about their lives. Some of them are still

personal friends of mine. They’ve definitely continued to drive me to achieve and stay involved. Advice for young women: There’s nothing more simple to getting ahead in life than doing great work. Don’t just work hard, work smart. Goals: I’m always looking to do awardwinning best practices work for clients. Their success is what drives me. I also want to be a great mom to be boys [Liam, age 6 and Wesley, age 5] and a great wife to my husband, Sherwood. Favorite thing about what I do: I love helping nonprofits succeed by leveraging corporate money for good. myneworleans.com / JULY 2015

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Owner and Principal Designer, Design Lab

In the mid-1990s, Jennifer Kelly was a designer working in Los Angeles when she was called upon to help celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck launch his new line of cafes. “At that time Wolfgang Puck was known as a high-end chef, but he wanted to do this different, more casual café concept,” she says. “For three years solid I helped launch cafes in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Las Vegas … all over. It was then that I really fell in love with restaurant design.” A native of Destin, Florida, Kelly incorporated her own firm, Design Lab, in New Orleans nine years ago. She says her first big break was landing the job of designing Tableau for restaurateur Dickie Brennan. The restaurant opened on Jackson Square in 2013. “I wanted that job so bad. I needed it, she says. “I was dedicated to doing whatever it took to get it – to going above and beyond expectations. The night before it was due, I hand-delivered my proposal. I wasn’t leaving anything to chance.” Kelly won the project, along with many more notable clients. Her work can be seen at the corporate offices of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, Crescent City Brewhouse, Bayou Burgers on Bourbon Street, The Maritime (New Orleans’ first skyscraper) and the Rice Mill Lofts. “I have a very high attention to detail,” she says. “I love to create thorough design concepts from the front to back end.”

Mentor: Definitely my mother, who taught me persistence and tenacity. I’d also say Barbara Lazaroff, wife of Wolfgang Puck. She could get anything done. She has such business savvy and really showed me that if you can think it, it can be done. Defining moment: I’d say there’s been at least two: when Wolfgang [Puck] hired me, and getting the job at Tableau. That really helped build my reputation here. Advice for young women: Don’t be afraid to pick up the telephone and go for it. Don’t be intimidated by anyone. Like my mom

always told me, they put their jeans on one leg at a time just like we do. Goals: I’d really love to design a boutique hotel. I’d also love to have my own furniture and fabric line one day. I don’t want to be the biggest design company or designer out there, just the best! Favorite thing about what I do:

The best thing is having happy and appreciative clients. I love that I can go in and change an environment for someone in a way that surpasses their expectations. It’s hard work, but it’s so worthwhile when it all comes together.


Owner, Webre Consulting; Real Estate Developer; Zoning and Permitting Consultant

In only three years, Nicole Webre has gone from public servant in City Hall to zoning consultant (Webre Consulting) to selftaught developer of Bakery Village, an urban-infill residential project currently underway in the historic Irish Channel. Last year Webre purchased the 70,000-square-foot Turnbull Bakery site (bounded by Soraparu, First and St. Thomas streets). From 1946 to 2012, the family-run bakery had operated from the middle of a residential area. “I saw an opportunity to return the property back to residential,” she says, “to do something in line with the development already going on in the Irish Channel.” Webre then went about using the zoning and permitting skills she’d always used to help others on her first large scale venture. “I’ve been learning construction, financing, residential marketing on my own,” she says. Five of Bakery Village’s 15 lots – ranging from 3,600 to 7,000 square feet – are near completion or soon to be under construction. Buyers are free to use one of Webre’s six historic house plans already approved by the local historic district, or develop their own. “Since the city requires off-street parking, a big selling point is that I’ve incorporated an alleyway in the rear of the properties so there’s no need to waste space on a driveway,” she says. The leap has been an ambitious one for the young professional, but she says she was ready and the project was a perfect fit in many ways. “I love New Orleans,” she says. “I was born and raised here and I’ve never been able to leave for more than a week – even to Baton Rouge for school – without getting horribly homesick. This project presented a great way to enhance one of our wonderful historic neighborhoods, plus I think it’s kind of cool that the Turnbull Bakery property has gone from one female entrepreneur to another.”

Mentor: I’ve had many, but definitely my parents. They taught me that education is paramount and to always be independent and rely on myself. There were never any excuses why you couldn’t do something. Defining moment: Deciding to become an entrepreneur, and then having that affirmation from my first clients. Advice for young women: I’ve read a lot of articles about how women tend to lack the confidence to pursue their dreams. I’d

say don’t be afraid of failure. Don’t let anyone or anything distract you from achieving your goals. Goals: To continue to promote cultural commerce in this city. Happily, I have 20 projects sitting in front of me right now. Favorite thing about what I do: I really love the consulting work. I love being able to help other entrepreneurs and owners realize their dreams, grow their revenue and save money as well. It’s so rewarding to help others succeed.


Fire Education Officer, New Orleans Fire Department

On March 21, 2010, Katherine Jahncke and Linda Pailet became the first-ever female captains on the New Orleans Fire Department. “I felt an obligation to the women who came after us to pave the way for them,” she says, “so they could see that they too can be officers.” After 13 years on the job, however, about three years ago Jahncke’s sister developed a very aggressive form of breast cancer and Jahncke found out she, too, had the gene. Following extensive preventative surgery, she was unable to return to the field. “It was hard, it still is. I definitely miss being out there,” she says. “But I’m grateful to still play an important role.” Jahncke is now the fire education officer for the NOFD. Among her duties is recruitment. “Of the currently more than 600 firefighters on the department, only five are women,” she says.“But as of last October’s recruitment efforts, of the 277 candidates in the testing process we have 15 women. “Seeing their excitement and passion, it brings me back,” she says.“Women in the fire service have come a long way in the last 20 years and will continue to grow. I hope to be a part of that growth.”

Mentor: The second woman

ever hired onto the New Orleans Fire Department, Kelly Fay, paved the way for the rest of us by coming onto the job physically and mentally strong. Also my previous captain, now a chief, Wesley Thibodeaux, taught me how to fight fire and work together as a team. He also made our engine company feel like a family. We are still family and I still bombard him with questions! Defining moment: One has to be the day Linda Pailet and I were promoted to captain. Of the five women on the job right now, two of us are captains and two are on the list to be promoted to captain soon. Advice for young women: Don’t ever let anyone take away your

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passion for what you do, or want to do in the future because they feel threatened. The spark inside you that drives you should not be allowed to burn out! Goals: My goal is to continue to help people. I want my contribution to this department to be that I made a positive impact on the firefighters already on the job and the firefighters I recruit in the future, and that I continue to hopefully pave the way for the women who come after me. Favorite thing about what I do: Now that I’m involved in recruiting, it would have to be the feeling I get when I meet someone who’s interested in the job and I’m able to be a part of their excitement and passion for becoming a firefighter.


Founder, New Orleans Fashion Week

Tracee Dundas still remembers the first garment she ever made. “I was taking a sewing class in high school through 4-H and we had to make something and model it,” she says. “So I chose to make a bikini. I’ll never forget the hideous green I used. It turned out well, but looking back I realize it wasn’t my go-to color.” A native of St. Martinville, Louisiana, Dundas fell in love with fashion during a modeling class her mother signed her up for at the age of 14. After studying apparel design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, she dreamed of joining the New York fashion scene, but didn’t have the funds. Instead, Dundas worked as an account executive at Phillip Morris until the day her boss saw her in a fashion magazine.“They didn’t like that I was moonlighting and decided to release me,” she says. “It was actually a gift. My heart was never there.” Freed from the corporate world, Dundas went on to create her own successful model and talent management company, About Faces, and worked as a stylist, dressing clients including Michael Jordan and Drew Brees. Dundas is now known, however, as the founder of New Orleans Fashion Week. Inspired by Fashion Week New York, the five-day event each spring showcases southern-based talent through over 50 runway shows and provides ample opportunities for young designers to get their start. Attendance has continued to grow since the first event in 2011, with this past March’s audiences reaching over 500 guests per night. “We are growing and changing, and each year I’m adding something new,” she says. “For this last event our top design winner, Brik Allen, will also be featured in the upcoming (TV) season of ‘Project Runway.’ That just speaks to the quality of talent in this city.”

Mentor: My parents have been wonderful mentors. They really taught me the importance of going for it. Especially my dad, who always told me, “‘Can’t’ is not a word. It’s not in your vocabulary.” Defining moment: I think it was being let go from that Fortune 500 company for moonlighting in fashion. It was the push I needed. Advice for young women: Nothing happens overnight and you’ve got to be prepared to do anything. Whatever career you choose is what you’re going to be doing for the largest

part of your day – and your life – so make sure you do something you enjoy. Goals: I’m always looking to do more with my life. Sometimes I just don’t know what that is yet. But I definitely want to create an apparel market based in New Orleans to help support our local designers. Favorite thing about what I do: Can I say all of it? I love the cra-

zy, organized chaos. I love how you go from zero to 60 on a moment’s notice. And I love when I see designers succeed. Their success solidifies what I’m doing.

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Mid-City’s Revel Cafe & Bar, helmed by cocktail icon Chris McMillian and his wife Laura, has the drink angle covered. But while the lauded libations bring many through the door – both a solid neighborhood crowd and the ‘cocktail pilgrims’ who seek out McMillian – those with a heartier appetite are rewarded with food that far exceeds the pub grub standard.

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Where food and drink are evenly matched By Rebecca Friedman

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restaurant with a bar, or a bar with a restaurant? Too often, the quest for a tasty meal and a well-made cocktail involves a bit of sacrifice on one side or the other. But a growing number of local establishments acknowledge that many diners – and drinkers – are indeed looking to have it all. So, they’re responding with food and beverage offerings, as well as versatile spaces, that satisfy those desires. Mid-City’s Revel Cafe & Bar, helmed by cocktail icon Chris McMillian and his wife Laura, has the drink angle covered. But while the lauded libations bring many

through the door – both a solid neighborhood crowd and the ‘cocktail pilgrims’ who seek out McMillian – those with a heartier appetite are rewarded with food that far exceeds the pub grub standard. Revel’s kitchen is run by Jose Ayala, formerly of La Boulangerie (where he was head baker), Sucré, Emeril’s and several other well-known establishments. Ayala is also the McMillians’ son-in-law. Joining him in the kitchen is the McMillians’ son Sam (the fourth of their six children), making Revel truly a family affair. “Here, we get to do our own thing together,” says Chris McMillian. “For me, this is

Drink & Eat Revel Cafe & Bar 133 N. Carrollton Ave. 309-6122 Lunch and dinner Tuesdays-Saturdays

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Cavan 3607 Magazine St. 509-7655 CavanNola.com Dinner daily

Bakery Bar 1179 Annunciation St. 265-8884 Open Tuesdays-Sunday

a genuine act of finding a place you can be yourself … pursuing and sharing the things that interest me.” For McMillian, those things are impeccably crafted cocktails, and the offerings at Revel reflect his storied career as a bartender and historian – Imbibe magazine named him one of the 25 most influential cocktail personalities of the last century. The extensive cocktail menu is divided into four sections: vintage cocktails, highlights of the current global cocktail renaissance, New Orleans classics and ‘Maison,’ which are McMillian’s own creations. What you won’t find at Revel are cocktails made with a laundry list of ingredients. “When you paint with all the colors, you end up with mud,” says McMillian, who favors simpler combinations, perfectly executed. It is hard to take one’s eyes off McMillian’s hands as he muddles fresh basil leaves for a gin smash or juices a basket of lemons, all the while keeping up a steady narrative about the evolution of the Ramos Gin Fizz, the monument controversy or the emergence of hotels in antebellum New Orleans. His knowledge is wide and deep, and he jumps between topics as effortlessly as he whips up a batch of simple syrup or threads a toothpick with Luxsara essex bradley PHOTOGRAPH


Have Your Cake and Drink It, too At Bakery Bar, treats from Debbie Does Doberge tempt the sweet tooth (cakes by the slice and as “Dobites,” in dozens of rotating flavors including Key Lime, I-Usedto-Be-Thin Mint and Heavenly Hash). Cocktails from Coquette/Twelve Mile Limit alum Jeff Schwartz cover both classic and newfangled creations. And savories ranging from charcuterie and cheese to a Gulf shrimp tartine (a play on the banh mi) round out the picture.

ardo cherries. The food menu at Revel is centered on ‘simple’ sandwiches and small plates. What makes these shine, however, are Ayala’s breads: the sublime brioche bun that envelops the chicken sandwich (a crispy, zesty masterpiece) or slices of olive-studded focaccia served alongside white bean hummus. Ayala also puts out a daily dessert that’s anything but an afterthought, given his background. A lemon tart with a perfectly crumbly shortbread crust and café au lait crème brulée with beignets are among the short list of rotating desserts that Ayala plans to expand in the coming months. “Whatever we do, it has to be good,” says McMillian. “That is the mantra. It doesn’t matter how simple it is. If it’s good, people will come for it.” Further Uptown, on a cozy stretch of Magazine Street, is Cavan (pronounced CA-ven), the latest in a string of hits from LeBlanc+Smith (of Sylvain, Barrel Proof and Meauxbar fame). Cavan’s home is the stunningly restored Cockerton House, built in 1881. And it’s

the kind of place that whispers, “Let’s see where the night takes us.” The roomy patio facing Magazine Street is a convivial spot for happy hour, or drinks and a bite after an afternoon of gallery hopping in the neighborhood. The airy downstairs dining room (once a ballroom where debutantes danced) invites guests to settle into a banquette for an unhurried meal, while the upstairs bar is a seductive hideaway for sipping cocktails among streetlight-bathed treetops. The bar program at Cavan is overseen by Isaiah Estell, formerly of Sylvain, and reflects the differences between the two establishments. According to owner Robért LeBlanc, “It’s a lighter cocktail menu, not as whiskey heavy as at Sylvain. … The cocktails at Cavan are a little bit more reflective of what it’s like to have drinks in a front yard or on a porch in the summertime in a New Orleans residential neighborhood.” Cavan’s dinner menu, which LeBlanc calls “classic coastal American,” reflects that lighthearted sensibility. Chef Ben Thibodeaux has taken the reins in the kitchen after the departure of Kristen Essig and serves up a range of dishes that complement the different ways people enjoy the restaurant and bar – from finger foods like Old Bay-spiced fries, to toasts designed for sharing, the fried oyster with kimchee and ginger remoulade is a favorite – to more substantial options like the butter-baked Gulf shrimp and a hearty porterhouse. For dessert, the piña colada ice cream sandwich is a refreshing standout. Sunset drinks on the patio, a leisurely dinner downstairs and a nightcap at the bar – sounds like the perfect itinerary for a sultry summer night in New Orleans. Who says you can’t have it all? n

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News From the Kitchens Bakery Bar, Trinity & Café Henri BY ROBERT PEYTON

Bakery Bar Bakery Bar opened in April at the space that housed Eleven 79. The renovated space has a much more open feeling, with natural light coming in from windows that were either formerly shuttered or altogether new. The restaurant is part bar, part restaurant and part cake-shop. The small savory menu was designed by chef Mason Hereford, the former chef de cuisine at Coquette, though one suspects chef Jordan Brown will be putting his own spin on things going forward. The cakes are by Charlotte McGehee and Charles Mary IV of Debbie Does Doberge, which heretofore lacked this kind of retail outlet. You can buy a whole cake (eight layers of cake and seven of pudding with poured fondant icing), but they also offer “Do-bites,” little pyramid-shaped, fourlayer cakes for $3 that give customers a chance to sample a variety of flavors that go beyond the traditional, such as key lime or butterscotch. Jeff Schwartz’s small, focused drinks menu offers some classic cocktails; the absinthe frappe or the Roffignac – cognac, raspberry shrub and soda. More modern choices include the Scenic Route – scotch, ginger liquer, lemon and chamomile soda. Bakery Bar is located at 1179 Annunciation St., and is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.midnight. Call 265-8884 to order a cake or get more information. 84

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Trinity Trinity opened in May in the space formerly held by Maximo’s after negotiating a long renovation and permitting process. Maximo’s served rustic Tuscan cuisine, and the décor fit that template; Trinity is going for a more modern approach and the interior design matches. There is a long, marble dining bar facing an open kitchen. Shades of grey and blue dominate the interior. Chef Michael Isolani, formerly of Bouglingy Tavern, is in charge of the kitchen. The menu is divided into sections titled “oysters,” “fingers,” “forks” and “knives.” The first two are what you’d ordinarily find on an appetizer menu: oysters served raw, broiled and in an herbsaint soup on the first; duck fat hush puppies, crawfish and fontina beignets and beef tartare with white bean crackers on offer in the second. “Forks” are smaller plates that could be sides (pommes gratin with brie) or components of the entrée course of a small plates meal (blackened lamb chops with cauliflower and mustard, or duck confit with potato salad and chicory). “Knives” are what you’d expect from the main course section, with choices like seared snapper with avocado-citrus salad and toasted pecans, grilled strip loin steak with chanterelle mushrooms and Béarnaise sauce. Trinity is located at 1173 Decatur St., and you can call 325-5789 to make a reservation for dinner Sundays-Thursdays, 6-10 p.m., and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Café Henri Café Henri replaced Booty’s Street Food at 800 Louisa St. in May, and while the casual atmosphere is the same, the food is more traditional. Owners Neal Bodenheimer, Kirk Estopinal and Nick Dietrich (See also: Cure and Cane & Table) didn’t change much, but they’ve gone with a color palette of grey and black, complementing the silver tin ceiling. There is a small cocktail menu of mostly “old-school” drinks like martinis, rum and coke, Tom Collins and a frozen Negroni, the recipe for which Estopinal got from his friend Charlie Schott of Parson’s Chicken & Fish in Chicago; a few local and craft beers; and house pours by the glass of red, white and sparkling wines. The food menu is similarly abbreviated and offers choices such as an iceberg wedge salad with Russian dressing, which also shows up on the Henri burger, along with house-made pickles, lettuce and for $1 blue, American or cheddar cheeses. Soba noodles are paired with Louisiana crabmeat, green onions and a Champagne-butter sauce that works beautifully despite the seemingly disparate ingredients. Café Henri is open seven days a week, 1111. As of this writing, there’s no phone number specific to Café Henri, but Bodenheimer told me that they’re working on a unified number for Cure, Cane & Table and Café Henri, and that should be available online by the time you read this. SARA ESSEX BRADLEY photographs


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Grill Talk

Quick and easy for hot days by Dale Curry

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M Grilled Salmon 1 side fresh salmon, about 2 ½ to 3 pounds

Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Fresh rosemary leaves, about 2 Tablespoons chopped, and some whole rosemary stems for garnish Juice of 1 lemon 4 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Lemon slices for garnish Salmon can be grilled on either a charcoal grill or gas grill over medium heat. Grill should be scraped and oiled. Place grill about 5 inches over the heat source. Prepare the salmon by sprinkling salt and pepper over both sides, pressing the seasonings into the flesh. Combine 2 Tablespoons rosemary, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl for basting fish. About half an hour before you want to serve, brush one side of fish with olive oil mixture and place that side over a medium-hot grill. Baste the upper side. Cook for 5 minutes. Turn, baste again and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes, depending on size. Check center of the thickest part with a knife and remove from heat while the inside is pink and shiny. Place on a platter and garnish with rosemary stems and lemon slices. Serves 6

y problem with Fourth of July cooking is the heat. We once had a Fourth of July party before upgrading our central air conditioning, and I remember guests who would not put on bathing suits walking around red-cheeked and sweating profusely, even in the house. That is what a crowd will do in a New Orleans summer when the air conditioning becomes stressed. Lord help us if it went out altogether. My poor husband was barbecuing chicken, pork, hamburgers and hot dogs until he was nearly barbecued himself. That may have been our last big Fourth of July party. Better to go watch fireworks somewhere in the evening breezes and save the big parties for cooler months. We do often barbecue on the Fourth, however, but like to make it short and easy. Preferred recipes are beer can chicken or grilled salmon. The chicken takes little over an hour with no attention, and the salmon is put on the grill minutes before chow time. Not heating up the kitchen is important, too, so we also use the grill for roasted vegetables, a delicious and easy side for any barbecued meat. The beer can chicken, also called drunken chicken, requires the same cooking time no

matter how many chickens you smoke. If you have a big grill, just line ’em up side-by-side, and they’ll be ready in an hour and 20 minutes. The only change is additional charcoal and wet hickory to cover the grill base. This, of course, requires a large grill with a cover for several chickens, but a single chicken or two can be done on a small Weber-style covered grill. Salmon is wonderful with a smoky taste, and the key is to not overcook it. It must be barely done to taste “juicy,” as a waiter once described it on a cruise ship. I don’t know of a better way to describe it, and I don’t even like salmon if it’s not “juicy.” Far too many people overcook salmon, even in some restaurants, and I have to have a major conversation with the waiter before I’ll ever order salmon when dining out. I don’t have many quirks in restaurants, but that’s definitely one. (I do understand that some people prefer it dry. On second thought, I don’t understand it.) I have picked my favorite roasting veggies for the recipe attached, but there are many others just as good. Try broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, sweet potatoes or carrots. Do not overcook these little gems either. The full “juicy” taste of the vegetable is important, and a little crunch doesn’t hurt either.

Beer Can Chicken Hickory chips and charcoal

Grill-Roasted Vegetables

2 chickens

1 pound asparagus

Salt, freshly ground black pepper, Creole seasoning, garlic powder

1 pound Brussels sprouts

6 ounces beer, divided

1 or 2 red bell peppers

2 teaspoons crab boil, divided

Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 teaspoons liquid smoke, divided Soak two handfuls of hickory chips in water for 30 minutes. Light a charcoal grill with a cover using enough charcoal to spread evenly under both chickens. Heat until the coals are white hot. Meanwhile, rinse and clean chickens and pat dry. Sprinkle heavily with seasonings inside and out. Using 2 empty beer cans and a funnel, pour into each can 3-ounces beer, 1 teaspoon crab boil and 1 teaspoon liquid smoke. Back at the grill, spread hot coals directly under the area where the chickens will be placed. Position the grill about 5 inches above the coals, and place beer cans on the grill over the coals. Put the chickens on top of the cans so that the cans are inserted under and into the large cavities of the chickens, legs down and towards the front. Chickens should be sitting straight up. Close grill and don’t open for 1 hour and 20 minutes. When done, remove from grill, let chickens set for 10 minutes. Cut into pieces, slice breasts and serve on a platter. Serves 6 to 8 Note: There are tools you can buy to hold the beer cans and brace the chickens into position. They make it easier but are not necessary. Make sure the chickens are stable before closing the lid.

3 cobs corn

Extra-virgin olive oil, about 1/3 cup Rinse all vegetables. Snap off hard ends of asparagus and cut stems into 3-inch pieces. Cut Brussels sprouts into halves and snap corn into halves. Remove stem, seeds and white parts of pepper, and cut into strips. Place vegetables in a bowl and sprinkle with seasonings and olive oil, tossing until all are covered. Place vegetables in a grill basket or two, and roast over a medium-hot grill, charcoal or gas, turning occasionally, until vegetables are done but still crisp and browning slightly, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately or reheat to serve hot. Serves 8 myneworleans.com / JULY 2016

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Tales and the Mule

The cocktail world’s beating heart BY tim mcnally

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t has been true since America’s first licensed pharmacist, Louis J. Dufilho Jr., picked up mortar and pestle on Chartres Street in the 1820s – and even before – that New Orleans has played a key role in the world history of cocktails. One of the essential ingredients in cocktails, bitters, was created by medicinedispensing professionals to make the cure-towhat-ails-you go down just a bit easier. And so in a proper bit of full-circle logic, come July the cocktail world descends on New Orleans to revel, discover and share knowledge. Tales of the Cocktail has become the mustattend event for every member of the mixology industry from all points on the globe. Each year, TOTC designates a popular style of cocktail, then throws out the challenge to improve the drink while still staying within the generally accepted descriptor of the traditional iteration. This year, the revered Moscow Mule serves as the guinea pig, thus mixing animal references for adult beverages. The entries were simply amazing, not to mention over-the-top creative. The winner, Angel Teta, a mixologist representing Ataula restaurant and bar in Portland, Oregon, will be here during TOTC to personally prepare and serve the winning recipe.

El Burro Catalan 1 3/4 ounces Absolut Elyx 3/4 ounce Cigarrera Manzanilla Sherry 1/4 ounce Starvation Alley Fresh Pressed Cranberry 1/4 ounce Natural Cane 1:1 1/4 ounce lemon juice 2 dashes Angostura 1 3/4 ounces Fever Tree Ginger Beer For Garnish: Expressed and manicured lemon peel wrapped around four dried cranberries, skewered. Shake all ingredients together except Fever Tree. Double strain into a copper mug. Add ginger beer and top with pebble ice. Add two shorty straws and garnish. Created by Angel Teta from Ataula in Portland, Oregon

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THE MENU / DINING GUIDE H= New Orleans Magazine award winner / $ = Average entrée price. $ = $5-10 / $$ = $11-15 / $$$ = $16-20 / $$$$ = $21-25 / $$$$$ = $25 and up.

American Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill Multiple Locations, ZeaRestaurants.com. L, D daily. Drawing from a wide range of worldly influences, this popular restaurant serves a variety of grilled items as well as appetizers, salads, side dishes, seafood, pasta and other entrées. Also offers catering services. $$$

Bywater Elizabeth’s 601 Gallier St., 944-9272, ElizabethsRestaurantNola.com. B, L MonFri, D Mon-Sat, Br Sat-Sun. This eclectic local restaurant draws rave reviews for its praline bacon and distinctive Southern-inspired brunch specials. $$$

H Maurepas 3200 Burgundy St., 2670072, MaurepasFoods.com. D Thu-Tue, Br Sat-Sun. Pioneering farm-to-table restaurant with an ingredient-driven menu that changes daily. Clever cocktails a plus as well. $$ Satsuma Café 3218 Dauphine St., 3045962, SatsumaCafe.com. B, L daily (until 5 p.m.). Offers healthy, inspired breakfast and lunch fare, along with freshly squeezed juices. $

carrollton Bourré 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 5104040. L, D Tue-Sun. “Elevated” street food along with quality daiquiris and reconsidered wings are the draw at this newcomer from the team behind Boucherie. $$

CITY PARK Café NOMA 1 Collins Diboll Circle, NO Museum of Art, City Park, 482-1264, CafeNoma.com. L, (snacks) Tue-Sun. Sleek bar and café in the ground floor of museum offers a thoughtful array of snacks, sandwiches and small plates that are sure to enchant, with a kids’ menu to boot. $$

CBD/Warehouse District The Grill Room Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-1992, GrillRoomNewOrleans.com. B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Featuring modern American cuisine with a distinctive New Orleans flair, the adja-

cent Polo Club Lounge offers live music nightly. Jazz Brunch on Sunday. $$$$$ Manning’s 519 Fulton St., 593-8118. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Born of a partnership between New Orleans’ First Family of Football and Harrah’s Casino, Manning’s offers sports bar fans a step up in terms of comfort and quality. With a menu that draws on both New Orleans and the Deep South, traditional dishes get punched up with inspired but accessible twists in surroundings accented by both memorabilia and local art. $$$ Pete’s Pub Intercontinental Hotel, 444 St. Charles Ave., 585-5401, IcNewOrleans.com/dining/petes_pub. D Mon-Fri. Casual fare and adult beverages are served in this pub on the ground floor. $$ Q&C Hotel/Bar 344 Camp St., (866) 247-7936, QandC.com. B, D daily. Newly renovated boutique hotel offering a small plates menu with tempting choices such as a Short Rib Poor Boy and Lobster Mac and Cheese to complement their sophisticated craft cocktails. $$

H Root 200 Julia St., 252-9480, RootNola.com. L Mon-Fri, D daily. Chef Philip Lopez opened Root in November 2011 and has garnered a loyal following for his modernist, eclectic cuisine. Try the country fried chicken wings and the Cohiba-smoked scallops crusted with chorizo. $$$$

H Restaurant August 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777, RestaurantAugust.com. L Fri, D daily. James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh’s menu is based on classical techniques of Louisiana cuisine and produce with a splash of European flavor set in an historic carriage warehouse. $$$$$ Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar 1009 Poydras St., 309-6530, Walk-Ons.com. L, D, daily. Burger, sandwiches, wraps and more made distinctive with a Louisiana twist are served at this sports bar near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. $$ Warehouse Grille, 869 Magazine St.,

322-2188, WarehouseGrille.com. L, D daily, Br Fri-Sun. Creative fare served in an art-filled environment. Try the duck crêpes or the lamb spring rolls. $$ Wolfe’s in the Warehouse 859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882. B, L, D daily. Chef Tom Wolfe brings his refined cuisine to the booming Fulton Street corridor. His Smoked Kobe Short Ribs are a good choice. $$$

Downtown The Grill 540 Chartres St., 522-1800. B, L, D daily. A diner with local character staffed by local characters. $

Faubourg Marigny Langlois 1710 Pauger St., 934-1010, LangloisNola.com. L Fri-Sat, D Wed-Sun. *Reservations only Supper club and boutique cooking school in the Marigny serves up culturally informed, farmto-table fare with the added bonus of instruction. Dishes include Spiced Quail and Lemongrass Meatballs with Smoked broth. Open kitchen and convivial atmosphere add up to a good time. $$$ The Marigny Brasserie 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472, MarignyBrasserie.com. L, D daily. Chic neighborhood bistro with traditional dishes like the Wedge of Lettuce salad and innovative cocktails such as the cucumber Cosmo. $$$ Snug Harbor 626 Frenchman St., 949-0696, SnugJazz.com. D daily. This jazz club serves cocktails and a dining menu loaded with steaks, seafood and meaty burgers served with loaded baked potatoes. $$$$

French Quarter Angeline 1032 Chartres St., 308-3106, AngelineNola.com. B Mon-Fri, Brunch Sat & Sun, D nightly. Modern southern with a fine dining focus is the hallmark of this bistro tucked away in a quiet end of the French Quarter. Southern Fried Quail and Braised Lamb Necks with ricotta agnolotti represent the style. $$$ Continental Provisions 110 N Peters St., Stall 23, 407-3437. Open daily.

Artisan purveyors including Bellegarde Bakery and Cleaver & Company team up to reclaim a foothold for quality food in the tourist Ground Zero of the French Market. Sandwiches, breads, cheeses and more. $$ Hard Rock Café 125 Bourbon St., 5295617, HardRock.com. L, D daily. Local outpost of this global brand serves burgers, café fare and drinks in their rock memorabilia-themed environs. $$ The Pelican Club 312 Exchange Place, 523-1504, PelicanClub.com. D daily. Serves an eclectic mix of hip food, from the seafood “martini” to clay-pot barbecued shrimp and a trio of duck. Three dining rooms available. $$$$$ Rib Room Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046, RibRoomNewOrleans.com. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Old World elegance and high ceilings, house classic cocktails and Anthony Spizale’s broad menu of prime rib, stunning seafood and on weekends a champagne brunch. $$$

GARDEN DISTRICT Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s, 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955, CopelandsCheesecakeBistro.com. L, D daily. Shiny, contemporary bistro serves Cajun-fusion fare along with its signature decadent desserts. Good lunch value to boot. $$ District Donuts Sliders Brew, 2209 Magazine Street, 570-6945, DonutsAndSliders.com. B, L, D daily. Creative sliders (hello, pork belly) and super-creative donuts (think root beer float) are the hallmarks of this next-generation café. $

Metairie Boulevard American Bistro 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-2301. L, D daily. Classic American cuisine including steaks, chops and more is augmented by regional favorites like Boulevard Oysters at this Metairie bistro. $$$ café B 2700 Metairie Road, 934-4700, cafeB.com. D daily, L Mon-Sat. Br Sun. Ralph Brennan offers New American

Mr. Ed’s Opens New Location on St. Charles Avenue Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House, 1327 St. Charles Ave., 267-0169, MrEdsRestaurants.com Local restaurateur, “Mr. Ed” McIntyre has opened another location: Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House on St. Charles Avenue, two blocks from Lee Circle. Housed in the Maison St. Charles Hotel, the restaurant will also provide room service for the hotel and catering for the banquet hall. The new location will serve chargrilled, fried and raw oysters as well as perennial favorites oysters Rockefeller and Bienville. McIntyre and his family also run Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant of Metairie and Kenner plus a location on Bienville Street in the French Quarter plus Austin’s Seafood & Steakhouse of Metairie. Another facility, Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House will open in Mid-City in the near future. – Mirella Cameran.

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bistro fare with a Louisiana twist at this family-friendly neighborhood spot. $$$ Caffe! Caffe! 3547 N. Hullen St., 2679190. B, L Mon-Sat. & 4301 Clearview Parkway, 885-4845. B, L daily; D MonSat. CaffeCaffe.com Healthy, refreshing meal options combine with gourmet coffee and espresso drinks to create a tasteful retreat for Metairie diners at a reasonable price. Try the egg white spinach wrap. $ Heritage Grill 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 934-4900, HeritageGrillMetairie. com. L Mon-Fri. This lunch-only destination caters to the office crowd and offers a freshly squeezed juice menu to go along with its regular menu and express two-course lunch. $$ Martin Wine Cellar 714 Elmeer Ave., 896-7300, MartinWine.com. Wine by the glass or bottle to go with daily lunch specials, towering burgers, hearty soups and salads and giant, deli-style sandwiches. $ Vega Tapas Café 2051 Metairie Road, 836-2007, VegaTapasCafe.com. D Mon-Sat. Innovative establishment offers fresh seafood, grilled meats and vegetarian dishes in a chic environment. Daily chef specials showcase unique ingredients and make this place a popular destination for dates as well as groups of friends. $$

Mid-City Parkway Bakery and Tavern 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047, ParkwayPoorBoys.com. L, D Wed-Mon. Featured on national TV and having served poor boys to presidents, it stakes a claim to some of the best sandwiches in town. Their french fry version with gravy and cheese is a classic at a great price. $

NORTHSHORE Dakota 629 N. Highway 190, (985) 892-3712, TheDakotaRestaurant.com. L Tue-Fri, D Mon-Sat. A sophisticated dining experience with generous portions. $$$$$

Riverbend Carrollton Market 8132 Hampson St., 252-9928, CarrolltonMarket.com. D TueSat. Modern Southern cuisine manages to be both fun and refined at this tasteful boîte. $$$

Uptown Audubon Clubhouse 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282, AudubonInstitute.org. B, L Tue-Sat, Br Sun. A kid-friendly menu with local tweaks and a casually upscale sandwich and salad menu. $$ Camellia Grill 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679. B, L, D daily. A venerable diner whose essential character has remained intact and many of the original waiters have returned. Credit cards are now accepted. $ GG’s Dine-O-Rama 3100 Magazine St.,

373-6579, GGsNewOrleans.com. B Sat, L, Tue-Sun, D Tue-Fri, Br Sun. Upscalecasual restaurant serves a variety of specialty sandwiches, salads and wraps, like the Chicago-style hot dog and the St. Paddy’s Day Massacre, chef Gotter’s take on the Rueben. $$ Martin Wine Cellar 3827 Baronne St., 899-7411, MartinWine.com. Wine by the glass or bottle with cheeses and snacks to-go. $ Slim Goodies 3322 Magazine St., 891 EGGS (3447), SlimGoodiesDiner.com. B, L daily. This diner offers an exhaustive menu heavily influenced by local cuisine. Try the Creole Slammer, a breakfast platter rounded out by crawfish étouffée. The laid-back vibe is best enjoyed on the patio out back. $ Stein’s Market and Deli 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771, SteinsDeli.net. B, L, D TueSun. New York City meets New Orleans. The Reuben and Rachel sandwiches are the real deal and the half-sours and pickled tomatoes complete the deli experience. $ Surrey’s Café and Juice Bar 1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., 895-5757, SurreysCafeAndJuiceBar.com. B, L daily. Laid-back café focuses on breakfast and brunch dishes to accompany freshly squeezed juice offerings. Health-food lovers will like it here, along with fans of favorites such as peanut butter and banana pancakes. $$

Tracey’s Irish Restaurant & Bar 2604 Magazine St., 897-5413, TraceysNola. com. L, D daily. A neighborhood bar with one of the best messy roast beef poor boys in town. The gumbo, cheeseburger poor boy and other sandwiches are also winners. Grab a local Abita beer to wash it all down. Also a great location to watch the game. $

H Upperline 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822, Upperline.com. D Wed-Sun. Consummate hostess JoAnn Clevenger and talented chef Dave Bridges make for a winning combination at this nationally heralded favorite. The oft-copied fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade originated here. $$$$

H Wayfare 4510 Freret St., 309-0069, WayfareNola.com. L, D daily. Creative sandwiches and southern-inspired small plates. $$ Ye Olde College Inn 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683, CollegeInn1933.com. D Tue-Sat. Serves up classic fare, albeit with a few upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$$

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

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DINING GUIDE Bywater Red’s Chinese 3048 St. Claude Ave., 304-6030, RedsChinese.com. D Wed-Mon. Assertive, in-your-face Chinese fare by chef Tobias Womack, an alum of Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese. The Kung Pao Pastrami and Delta Broccoli are good options. $$

CBD/Warehouse District Rock-N-Sake 823 Fulton St., 581-7253, RockNSake.com. L Fri, D Tue-Sun, late night. Fresh sushi and contemporary takes on Japanese favorites in an upbeat, casual setting. $$$

Faubourg Marigny Bao and Noodle 2700 Charters St., 272-0004, BaoAndNoodle.com. L, D daily. Housemade noodles and a more authentic take on Chinese fare sets this neighborhood startup apart. Try the soup dumplings if available $$

French Quarter V Sushi 821 Iberville St., 609-2291, VSushiMartini.com. D daily, late-night. Creative rolls and a huge list of fusion dishes keep party-lovers going late into the night at this combination sushi and martini bar. $$$

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cuisines, primarily dishes culled from China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Five-pepper calamari is a tasty way to begin the meal, and their creative sushi rolls are good. Private dining rooms available. $$

H Tan Dinh 1705 Lafayette St., 3618008. B, L, D daily. Roasted quail and the beef pho rule at this Vietnamese outpost. $$

Kenner Little Chinatown 3800 Williams Blvd., 305-0580, LittleChinatown.net. L, D daily. One of the city’s best Chinese restaurants is secreted away on William’s Boulevard in Kenner. Try the roast duck or roast pork, either one is terrific, as well as their short menu of authentic dishes that (for the most part) avoid Americanized Chinese fare. $$

Lakeview Lakeview Pearl 6300 Canal St., 3095711, LakeviewPearl.com. L, D Mon-Sat. A long list of specialty rolls rounds out the offerings of this Asian-Fusion restaurant. $$

Metairie CoNola Grill & Sushi 619 Pink St., 8370055, CoNolaGrillSushi.com. L, D TueSun. Eclectic cafe with DNA from both Sun Ray Grill and Aloha Sushi Bar puts out southern-inspired fare backed by an

Americanized sushi menu, a kids menu and more. Along with a Sunday brunch, there’s something for everyone at this independent restaurant. $$$

pho and an interesting poor boy menu rounds out the appeal. $$$

H Royal China 600 Veterans Blvd.,

5628. L, D Mon-Sat. The kitchen plays fast and loose with Vietnamese fare at this eclectic outpost on Maple Street. Try the caramelized pork “Baco”. $

831-9633. L daily, D Tue-Sun. Popular and family-friendly Chinese restaurant is one of the few places around that serves dim sum. $$

MARRERO Daiwa, 5033 Lapalco Blvd., 875-4203, DaiwaSushi.com. L, D daily. Japanese destination on the Westbank serves an impressive and far-ranging array of creative fusion fare. $$$

Mid-City H Café Minh 4139 Canal St., 482-6266, CafeMinh.com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Chef Minh Bui and Cynthia Vutran bring a fusion touch to Vietnamese cuisine with French accents and a contemporary flair. $$ Five Happiness 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, FiveHappiness.com. L, D daily. This longtime Chinese favorite offers up an extensive menu including its beloved mu shu pork and house-baked duck. $$

H MoPho 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, MoPhoMidCity.com. L, D Wed-Mon. Vietnamese cuisine meets southern Louisiana in this upscale casual hybrid by chef Michael Gulotta. Mix-and-match

Riverbend H Ba Chi Canteen 7900 Maple St., 373-

H Chill Out Café 729 Burdette St., 8729628. B, L daily, D Mon-Sat. Thai food and breakfast favorites like waffles and pancakes can both be had at this affordable college-friendly hangout. $

Uptown Chiba 8312 Oak St., 826-9119, Chiba-Nola.com. L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Contemporary restaurant features fresh, exotic fish from all over the world and fusion fare to go along with typical Japanese options. Extensive sake list and late night happy hours are a plus. $$$

H Jung’s Golden Dragon 3009 Magazine St., 891-8280, JungsChinese.com. L, D daily. This Chinese destination is a real find. Along with the usual, you’ll find spicy cold noodle dishes and dumplings. One of the few local Chinese places that breaks the Americanized mold. $

H Magasin 4201 Magazine St., 8967611, MagasinCafe.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Pho, banh mi and vegetarian options are offered at this attractive and budget-


friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Café sua da is available as well. $ Kyoto 4920 Prytania St., 891-3644, KyotoNola.com. L, D Mon-Sat. A neighborhood sushi restaurant where the regulars order off-the-menu rolls. $$

WEST BANK Nine Roses 1100 Stephen St., 366-7665, NineRosesResturant.com. L, D Sun-Tue, Thu-Sat. The extensive Vietnamese menu specializes in hot pots, noodles and dishes big enough for everyone to share. $$

Bakery/Breakfast Café du Monde Multiple Locations, CafeDuMonde.com. This New Orleans institution has been serving fresh café au lait, rich hot chocolate and positively addictive beignets since 1862 in the French Market 24/7. $ CC’s Coffee House Multiple locations in New Orleans, Metairie and Northshore, CCsCoffee.com. Coffeehouse specializing in coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. $

BROADMOOR Gracious to Go 7220 Earhart Blvd., 301-3709, GraciousBakery.com. B MonFri. Quick-service outpost of Gracious Bakery + Café serves artisan pastries, locally roasted coffee and grab-and-go sandwiches to meet the needs of commuters. Onsite parking a plus. $

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H Merchant 800 Common St., 571-9580, MerchantNewOrleans.com. B, L daily. Illy coffee and creative crêpes, sandwiches and more are served at this sleek and contemporary café on the ground floor of the Merchant Building. $ Red Gravy 4125 Camp St., 561-8844, RedGravy.com. B, Br, L, Wed-Mon. Farm-to-table Italian restaurant offers a creative array of breakfast items such as Cannoli Pancakes as well as delectable sandwiches and more for lunch. Homemade pastas and authentic Tuscan specialties like Cacciucco round out the menu. $$

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

CARROLLTON Breads on Oak, 8640 Oak St., 324-8271, BreadsOnOak.com. B, L Wed-Sun. Artisan bakeshop tucked away near the levee on Oak Street serves breads, sandwiches, gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. $

City Park Morning Call 56 Dreyfous Drive, City Park, 885-4068, NewOrleansCityPark. com/in-the-park/morning-call. 24 hours a day; cash-only. Chicory coffee and beig-

nets coated with powdered sugar make this the quintessential New Orleans coffee shop. $

Faubourg Marigny H Ruby Slipper Café 2001 Burgundy St., 525-9355, TheRubySlipperCafe.net. B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$

Mid-City Gracious Bakery + Café 1000 S. Jeff Davis Parkway, Suite 100, 301-3709, GraciousBakery.com. B, L daily. Boutique bakery on the ground floor of the Woodward Building offers small-batch coffee, baked goods, individual desserts and sandwiches on breads made in-house. Catering options available. $

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

Barbecue Bywater The Joint 701 Mazant St., 949-3232, AlwaysSmokin.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Some of the city’s best barbecue can be had at this locally owned and operated favorite. $

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

Lower Garden District Voodoo BBQ 1501 St. Charles Ave., 5224647, VoodooBBQAndGrill.com. L, D daily. Diners are never too far from this homegrown barbecue chain that features an array of specialty sauces to accompany its smoked meats and seafood. $$

Metairie Voodoo BBQ 2740 Severn Ave., 3534227, VoodooBBQAndGrill.com. L, D daily. Diners are never too far from this homegrown barbecue chain that features an array of specialty sauces to accompany its smoked meats and seafood. $$

Burgers French Quarter Bayou Burger, 503 Bourbon St., 5294256, SportsBarNewOrleans.com. L, D daily. Sports bar in the thick of Bourbon Street scene distinguishes its fare with choices like Crawfish Beignets and Zydeco Bites. $$ Port of Call 838 Esplanade Ave., 5230120, PortOfCallNola.com. L, D daily. It is all about the big, meaty burgers and

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DINING GUIDE giant baked potatoes in this popular bar/ restaurant – unless you’re cocktailing only, then it’s all about the Monsoons. $$

Lakeview Lakeview Harbor 911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887, NewOrleansBestBurger.com. L, D daily. Burgers are the name of the game at this restaurant. Daily specials, pizza and steaks are offered as well. $

METAIRIE Cheeseburger Eddie’s, 4517 W. Esplanade Ave., 455-5511, AustinsNo. com/Cheeseburger-Eddie-s.html. L, D Mon-Sat. Hickory-grilled burgers are the main draw at this casual spot but tacos, tamales, poor boys and more are also served. $

Riverbend H Cowbell 8801 Oak St., 298-8689, Cowbell-Nola.com. L, D Tue-Sat. Burgers and homemade sauces on potato rolls are the specialty here, along with other favorites like skirt steak. $$

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

French CBD/Warehouse District Chateau du Lac 857 Fulton St., 3010235, ChateauduLacWarehouse.com. L Tue-Fri, D Mon-Sat. This casual French bistro, run by chef-owner Jacques Saleun, offers up classic dishes such as escargot, coq au vin and blanquette de veau. $$$$ Le Foret 129 Camp St., 553-6738, LeForetNewOrleans.com. D Mon-Sat. Sophisticated fine dining melds southern cuisine and classic French with modernist influences in an elegant setting. $$$$

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

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borhood institution. $$$

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

H Marti’s 1041 Dumaine St., 522-5478, MartisNola.com. D daily. Classic French cuisine, small plates and chilled seafood platters like Grand Plateau Fruits De Mer are the calling cards for this restaurant with an elegant “Old World” feel. $$$

Lacombe H La Provence 25020 Highway 190, (985) 626-7662, LaProvenceRestaurant. com. D Wed-Sun, Br Sun. Chef John Besh upholds time-honored Provençal cuisine and rewards his guests with a true farm-life experience, from housemade preserves, charcuterie, herbs, kitchen gardens and eggs cultivated on the property. $$$$$

La Petite Grocery 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377, LaPetiteGrocery.com. L TueSat, D daily, Br Sun. Elegant dining in a convivial atmosphere. The menu is heavily French-inspired with an emphasis on technique. $$$ Lilette 3637 Magazine St., 895-1636, LiletteRestaurant.com. L Tue-Sat, D MonSat. Chef John Harris’ innovative menu draws discerning diners to this highly regarded bistro. Desserts are wonderful as well. $$$$$

Gastropub Abita Springs Abita Brew Pub 72011 Holly St., (985) 892-5837, AbitaBrewPub.com. L, D TueSun. Better-than-expected pub food in its namesake eatery. “Tasteful” tours available for visitors. $$

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Metairie Chateau du Lac 2037 Metairie Road, 831-3773, ChateauduLacBistro.com. L Tue-Fri, D Mon-Sat. This casual French bistro, run by chef-owner Jacques Saleun, offers up classic dishes such as escargot, coq au vin and blanquette de veau. $$$$

Uptown Bistro Daisy 5831 Magazine St., 8996987, BistroDaisy.com. D Tue-Sat. Chef Anton Schulte and his wife Diane’s bistro serves creative and contemporary bistro fare in a romantic setting. The signature Daisy Salad is a favorite. $$$$

H Coquette 2800 Magazine St., 2650421, CoquetteNola.com. L Wed-Sat, D Wed-Mon, Br Sun. The food is French in inspiration and technique, with added imagination from chef Michael and his partner Lillian Hubbard. $$$ Flaming Torch 737 Octavia St., 8950900, FlamingTorchNola.com. L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. French classics including a tasty onion soup and often a sought-after coq-au-vin. $$

H La Crêpe Nanou 1410 Robert St., 899-2670, LaCrepeNanou.com. D daily, Br Sun. Classic French bistro fare, including terrific moules and decadent dessert crêpes, are served nightly at this neigh-

Gordon Biersch 200 Poydras St., 5522739, GordonBiersch.com. L, D daily. Local outpost of this popular chain serves specialty brews made on-site and crowdpleasing lunch and dinner fare. $$ Victory 339 Baronne St., 522-8664, VictoryNola.com. D Tue-Sat. Craft cocktails served by owner and acclaimed bartender Daniel Victory, as well as refined small plates and gourmet pizza. $$

French Quarter H Cane & Table 1113 Decatur St., 5811112, CaneAndTableNola.com. L Sat-Sun, D daily. Open late, this chef-driven rustic colonial cuisine and rum and “protoTiki” cocktails make this a fun place to gather. $$ Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, OrleansGrapevine.com. D daily. Wine is the muse at this beautifully renovated bistro, which offers vino by the flight, glass and bottle. A classic menu with an emphasis on local cuisine. $$$

H Patrick’s Bar Vin 730 Bienville St., 200-3180, PatricksBarVin.com. D daily. This oasis of a wine bar offers terrific selections by the bottle and glass. Small plates are served as well. $$

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The Tasting Room 1926 Magazine St., 581-3880, TTRNewOrleans.com. D WedSun. Flights of wine and sophisticated small plates are the calling cards for this wine bar near Coliseum Square. $$

Mid-City Trèo 3835 Tulane Ave., 304-4878, TreoNola.com. L Wed-Sat, D Tue-Sat. Craft cocktail bar also serves a short but excellent small plates menu to accompany its artfully composed libations. $$

Uptown The Avenue Pub 1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243, TheAvenuePub.com. Kitchen open 24/7. With more than 43 rotating draft beers, this pub also offers food, including a cheese plate from St. James Cheese Co. and the “Pub Burger.” Counter service only. $ Bouligny Tavern 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810, BoulignyTavern.com. D MonSat. Carefully curated small plates, inventive cocktails and select wines are the focus of this stylish offshoot of John Harris’s nationally acclaimed Lilette. $$ The Delachaise 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858, TheDelaichaise.com. L SatSun, D daily. Cuisine elevated to the standards of the libations is the draw at this lively wine bar and gastropub. Food is grounded in French bistro fare with eclectic twists. $$

Italian Avondale H Mosca’s 4137 Highway 90 West, 4638950, MoscasRestaurant.com. D Tue-Sat. Italian institution dishes out massive portions of great food, family-style. Good bets are the shrimp Mosca and chicken à la grande. Cash only. $$$

Bywater H Mariza 2900 Charters St., 598-5700, MarizaNewOrleans.com. D Tue-Sat. An Italian-inspired restaurant by chef Ian Schnoebelen features a terrific raw bar, house-cured charcuterie and an array of refined adult beverages served in the industrial/contemporary setting on the ground floor of the Rice Mills lofts. $$$

CBD/Warehouse District H Domenica The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-6020, DomenicaRes-

Summer Specials at Ralph Brennan’s Restaurants NewOrleans-food.com The artistry of the chefs of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group will be on exhibit at the Café NOMA within the New Orleans Museum of Art with the summer cooking series, “Artful Palate.” The series is free and open to the public and will take place every Friday night from July 15-Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Chef demonstrations will show how to create dishes inspired by art, and there will be samples for tasting. In addition, at Ralph’s on the Park, there’s a summer special on now through August. Choose three of Chef Chip Flanagan’s appetizers and enjoy them with a glass of wine for $33. – M.C.

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taurant.com. L, D daily. Chef Alon Shaya serves authentic, regional Italian cuisine. The menu of thin, lightly topped pizzas, artisanal salumi and cheese, and a carefully chosen selection of antipasti, pasta and entrées features locally raised products, some from chef John Besh’s Northshore farm. $$$$ Tommy’s Cuisine 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, TommysNewOrleans.com. D daily. Classic Creole-Italian cuisine is the name of the game at this upscale eatery. Appetizers include the namesake oysters Tommy, baked in the shell with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper. $$$$$

French Quarter Café Giovanni 117 Decatur St., 529-2154, CafeGiovanni.com. D daily. Live opera singers three nights a week. A selection of Italian specialties tweaked with a Creole influence and their Belli Baci happy hour adds to the atmosphere. $$$$ Chartres House, 601 Chartres St., 5868383, ChartresHouse.com. L, D daily. This iconic French Quarter bar serves terrific Mint Juleps and Gin Fizzes in its picturesque courtyard and balcony settings. Also famous for its fried green tomatoes and other local favorite dishes. $$$ Irene’s Cuisine 539 St. Philip St., 529881. D Mon-Sat. Long waits at the lively piano bar are part of the appeal of this Creole-Italian favorite beloved by locals.

Try the oysters Irene and crabmeat gratin appetizers. $$$$

H Italian Barrel 430 Barracks St., 569-0198, ItalianBarrel.com. L, D daily. Northern Italian dishes like Braciola di Maiale as well as an exhaustive pasta menu tempt here at this local favorite that also offers al fresco seating. $$$ Muriel’s Jackson Square 801 Chartres St., 568-1885, Muriels.com. L, D daily, Br Sun. Enjoy pecan-crusted drum and other local classics while dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumored-to-be-haunted establishment. $$$$ Napoleon House 500 Chartres St., 524522-4152, NapoleonHouse.com. L Mon-Sat, D Tue-Sat. Originally built in 1797 as a respite for Napoleon, this family-owned European-style café serves local favorites gumbo, jambalaya and muffulettas, and for sipping, a Sazerac or lemony Pimm’s Cup are perfect accompaniments. $$

Granite-topped tables and an antique mahogany bar are home to the eclectic menu of famous shrimp Arnaud, red beans and rice and poor boys as well as specialty burgers, grilled all-beef hot dogs and thin-crust pizza. $$

H R’evolution 777 Bienville St., 5532277, RevolutionNola.com. L Wed-Fri, D daily, Br Sun. An opulent place that combines the local flavors of chef John Folse with the more cosmopolitan influence of chef Rick Tramonto. Chef de cuisine Chris Lusk and executive sous chef Erik Veney are in charge of day-to-day operations, which include house-made charcuterie, pastries, pastas and more. $$$$$

harahan Oak Oven 6625 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, 305-4039, OakOvenRestaurant. com. L, D Mon-Sat. Wood-fired pizza and seasonal Italian cuisine with a locavore philosophy brings respite to the burbs. Family friendly with patio seating to boot. $$

834-8583, AndreasRestaurant.com. L Mon-Sat, D daily, Br Sun. Osso buco and homemade pastas in a setting that’s both elegant and intimate; off-premise catering. $$$ Semolina 4436 Veterans Blvd., Suite 37, 454-7930, Semolina.com. L, D daily. This casual, contemporary pasta restaurant takes a bold approach to cooking Italian food, emphasizing flavors, texture and color. Many of the dishes feature a signature Louisiana twist, such as the muffuletta pasta and pasta jambalaya. $$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine 4411 Chastant St., 885-2984, Metairie, VicentsItalianCuisine.com. L Tue-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Snug Italian boîte packs them in, yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$

Mid-City H Liuzza’s 3636 Bienville St., 482-9120, Liuzzas.com. L, D daily. Classic neighborhood joint serves favorites like the “Frenchuletta,” stuffed artichokes and andouille gumbo. Kid’s menu offered. $$

Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, RedFishGrill.com. L, D daily. Chef Austin Kirzner cooks up a broad menu peppered with local favorites such as barbecue oysters, blackened redfish and double-chocolate bread pudding. $$$$$

Lakeview H Tony Angello’s 6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888, TonyAngellos.com. D Tue-Sat. Creole-Italian favorite serves up fare. Ask Tony to “Feed Me” if you want a real multi-course dining experience. $$$$

Ralph’s On The Park 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, RalphsOnThePark.com. Br Sun, L Tue-Fri, D daily. A modern interior and contemporary Creole dishes such as City Park salad, turtle soup, barbecue Gulf shrimp and good cocktails. $$$$

Arnaud’s Remoulade 309 Bourbon St., 523-0377, Remoulade.com. L, D daily.

Metairie H Andrea’s Restaurant 3100 19th St.,

NORTHSHORE H Del Porto Ristorante 501 E. Boston

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DINING GUIDE St., (985) 875-1006, DelPortoRistorante. com. L, D Tue-Sat. One of the Northshore’s premier fine dining destinations serving Italian food that makes use of locally sourced meats and produce. $$$

com. D Mon-Sat. Chef Steven Manning brings a refined sensibility to this refined Warehouse District oasis along with his famous fried oysters with melted brie. $$$

cuisine at this hot spot. Boudin and other pork dishes reign supreme here, along with Louisiana seafood and real moonshine from the bar. Reservations strongly recommended. $$

Uptown

Balise 640 Carondelet St., 459-4449, BaliseNola.com. L Mon-Fri, D nightly. Chef Justin Devillier turns back the clock at this turn-of-the-century inspired bistro in the CBD. Decidedly masculine fare – think venison tartare with horseradish and pumpernickel – is carefully crafted and fits well alongside the excellent cocktail and beer list. $$$

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

Amici 3218 Magazine St., 300-1250, AmiciNola.com. L, D daily. Coal-fired pizza is the calling card for this destination, but the menu offers an impressive list of authentic and Creole Italian specialties as well. $$ Pascal’s Manale 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, PascalsManale.com. L MonFri, D Mon-Sat. Vintage neighborhood restaurant since 1913 and the place to go for the creation of barbecued shrimp. Its oyster bar serves icy cold, freshly shucked Louisiana oysters and the Italian specialties and steaks are also solid. $$$$

Bon Ton Cafe 401 Magazine St., 5243386, TheBonTonCafe.com. L, D Mon-Fri. A local favorite for the old-school business lunch crowd specializing in local seafood and Cajun dishes. $$$$

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, VicentsItalianCuisine.com. L Tue-Fri, D Tue-Sun. Snug Italian boîte packs them in yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$

Café Adelaide Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., 595-3305, CafeAdelaide.com. B, D daily, L Mon-Fri. This offering from the Commander’s Palace family of restaurants has become a power-lunch favorite for business-people and politicos. Also features the Swizzle Stick Bar. $$$$

Louisianian Fare

H Cochon 930 Tchoupitoulas St.,

CBD/Warehouse District H Annunciation 1016 Annunciation

588-2123, CochonRestaurant.com. L, D, Mon-Sat. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski showcase Cajun and Southern

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Emeril’s 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 5289393, EmerilsRestaurants.com. L MonFri, D daily. The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this landmark attracts pilgrims from all over the world. $$$$$

H Herbsaint 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114, Herbsaint.com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail before sampling chef Donald Link’s menu that melds contemporary bistro fare with classic Louisiana cuisine. The banana brown butter tart is a favorite dessert. $$$$$ Mother’s 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, MothersRestaurant.net. B, L, D daily. Locals and tourists alike endure long queues and a confounding ordering system to enjoy iconic dishes such as the Ferdi poor boy and Jerry’s jambalaya.

Come for a late lunch to avoid the rush. $$ Mulate’s 201 Julia St., 522-1492, Mulates.com. L, D daily. Live music and dancing add to the fun at this worldfamous Cajun destination. $$ Palette 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350, B, L, D daily. Creole, Cajun and French flavors all come together at this restaurant in the Renaissance Hotel near the Convention Center. $$

Central City Café Reconcile 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157, CafeReconcile.org. L Mon-Fri. Good food for a great cause, this nonprofit on the burgeoning OCH corridor helps train at-risk youth for careers in the food service industry. $$

Darrow Café Burnside Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Highway 942, (225) 473-9380, HoumasHouse.com. L daily, Br Sun. Historic plantation’s casual dining option features dishes such as seafood pasta, fried catfish, crawfish and shrimp, gumbo and red beans and rice. $$ Latil’s Landing Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Highway 942, (225) 473-9380, HoumasHouse.com. D Wed-Sun. Nouvelle Louisiane, plantation-style cooking


served in an opulent setting features dishes like rack of lamb and plume de veau. $$$$$

Faubourg Marigny Feelings Cafe 2600 Chartres St., 9452222, FeelingsCafe.com. D Wed-Sun, Br Sun. Romantic ambiance and skillfully created dishes, such as veal d’aunoy, make dining here on the patio a memorable experience. A piano bar on Fridays adds to the atmosphere. Vegan menu offered. $$$$ Horn’s 1940 Dauphine St., Marigny, 459-4676, HornsNola.com. B, L daily, D Thu-Mon. This casual, eclectic watering hole offers offbeat twists on classics (the Jewish Coonass features latkes to go with the crawfish etouffée) as well as the usual breakfast and lunch diner fare. $ Praline Connection 542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934, PralineConnection.com. L, D daily. Down-home dishes of smothered pork chops, greens, beans and cornbread are on the menu at this Creole soul restaurant. $$

French Quarter Acme Oyster House 724 Iberville St., 522-5973, AcmeOyster.com. L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

H Arnaud’s 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, ArnaudsRestaurant.com. D daily, Br Sun. Waiters in tuxedos prepare Café Brûlot tableside at this storied Creole grande

dame; live jazz during Sun. brunch. $$$$$

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

Criollo Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 681-4444, CriolloNola.com. B, L, D daily. Next to the famous Carousel Bar in the historic Monteleone Hotel, Criollo represents an amalgam of the various cultures reflected in Louisiana cooking and cuisine, often with a slight contemporary twist. $$$

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen 416 Chartres St., 596-2530, ChefPaul.com/KPaul. L Thu-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Paul Prudhomme’s landmark restaurant helped introduce Cajun food to a grateful nation. Lots of seasoning and bountiful offerings, along with reserved seating, make this a destination for locals and tourists alike. $$$$

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H MiLa 817 Common St., 412-2580,

Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 5868000, MaisonDupuy.com/dining.html. L, D daily. Dishes ranging from the casual (truffle mac and cheese) to the upscale (tuna tasting trio) are served in an elegant courtyard. $$

Bourbon St., 522-0111, BourbonHouse. com. B, L, D daily. Classic Creole dishes such as redfish on the halfshell and baked oysters served. Its extensive bourbon menu will please aficionados. $$$$

MiLaNewOrleans.com. L Mon-Fri, D MonSat. Focuses on the fusion of the cuisines of Miss. and La. $$$$

The Bombay Club Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 586-0972, TheBombayClub. com. D daily. Popular martini bar with plush British décor features live music during the week and late dinner and drinks on weekends. Nouveau Creole menu includes items such as Bombay drum. $$$$ Café Maspero 601 Decatur St., 523-6250, CafeMaspero.com. L, D daily. Tourists line up for their generous portions of seafood and large deli sandwiches. $ Court of Two Sisters 613 Royal St., 522-7261, CourtOfTwoSisters.com. Br, D daily. The historic environs make for a memorable outdoor dining experience. The famous daily Jazz Brunch buffet and classic Creole dishes sweeten the deal.

Galatoire’s 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, Galatoires.com. L, D Tue-Sun. Friday lunches are a New Orleans tradition at this world-famous French-Creole grand dame. Tradition counts for everything here, and the crabmeat Sardou is delicious. Note: Jackets required for dinner and all day Sun. $$$$$ House of Blues 225 Decatur St., 3104999, HouseOfBlues.com/NewOrleans. L, D daily. Surprisingly good menu complements music in the main room. Worldfamous Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Patio seating available. $$ Killer Poboys 811 Conti St., 252-6745, KillerPoboys.blogspot.com. L, D WedMon. This quasi-popup operating out of the Erin Rose Bar serves some of the city’s best poor boys, including one

NOLA 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, Emerils.com. L Thu-Mon, D daily. Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedarplank-roasted redfish; private dining. $$$$$ Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant, 301 Dauphine St., 586-0972, RichardFiskes.com. D nightly. Just a few steps off of Bourbon Street you can find this relaxing bar featuring an innovative menu with dishes like Crawfish, Jalapeno-and-Bacon Mac and Cheese garnished with fried oysters. Live music a plus. $$$ Royal House, 441 Royal St., 528-2601, RoyalHouseRestaurant.com. L, D daily. B Sat and Sun. Poor boys, jambalaya and shrimp Creole are some of the favorites served here. Weekend breakfast and an oyster bar add to the crowd-pleasing appeal. $$$

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DINING GUIDE SoBou 310 Chartres St., 552-4095, SoBouNola.com. B, L, D daily. There is something for everyone at this “Modern Creole Saloon.” Decidedly unstuffy with an emphasis on craft cocktails and wines by the glass. Everything from $1 pork cracklins to an extravagant foie gras burger on accomplished yet eclectic menus. $$

includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$

H Tableau 616 S. Peter St., 934-3463,

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

TableauFrenchQuarter.com. L, D daily, Br Sun. Gulf seafood such as trout amandine and classic Creole brunch dishes like eggs Sardou are the highlights of this Dickie Brennan restaurant that shares space with Le Petite Théâtre on the corner of Jackson Square. $$$

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

Kenner Copeland’s 1319 W. Esplanade Ave., 6179146, CopelandsofNewOrleans.com. L, D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$

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

Metairie/Jefferson Acme Oyster House 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056, AcmeOyster.com. L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$ Austin’s 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., 8885533, AustinsNo.com. D Mon-Sat. Mr. Ed’s upscale bistro serves contemporary Creole fare, including seafood and steaks. $$$ Copeland’s 1001 S. Clearview Parkway, 620-7800; 701 Veterans Blvd., 831-3437, CopelandsofNewOrleans.com. L, D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain

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

Mid-City H Katie’s Restaurant and Bar 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582, KatiesInMidCity. com. L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Creative poor boys, local dishes such as gumbo and Sunday brunch make this a neighborhood favorite. $$ Lil’ Dizzy’s Café 1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997, LilDizzysCafe.com. B, L daily, Br Sun. Spot local and national politicos dining at this favored Creole soul restaurant known for homey classics like fried chicken and trout Baquet. $

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

H Redemption 3835 Iberville St., 3093570, Redemption-Nola.com. L Wed-Fri & Sun, D Wed-Sun. Chef-driven “Revival” Creole fare served in an inspiring former church. $$$

H Toups’ Meatery 845 N. Carrollton

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NORTHSHORE Acme Oyster House 1202 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155, AcmeOyster.com. L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$ Gallagher’s Grill 509 S. Tyler St., (985) 892-9992, GallaghersGrill.com. L, D TueFri, D Sat. Chef Pat Gallagher’s destination restaurant offers al fresco seating to accompany classically inspired New Orleans fare. Event catering offered. $$$

Riverbend H Boucherie 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-5514, Boucherie-Nola.com. L, D Tue-Sat. Serving contemporary Southern food with an international angle, chef Nathaniel Zimet offers excellent ingredients presented simply. $$ Brigtsen’s 723 Dante St., 861-7610, Brigtsens.com. D Tue-Sat. Chef Frank Brigtsen’s nationally famous Creole cuisine makes this cozy cottage a true foodie destination. $$$$$

Uptown H Apolline 4729 Magazine St., 894-8881, ApollineRestaurant.com. D Tue-Sun, Br Sat-Sun. Cozy gem serves a refined menu of French and Creole classics peppered with Southern influences such as buttermilk fried quail with corn waffle. $$$ Casamento’s 4330 Magazine St., 8959761, CasamentosRestaurant.com. L Tue-Sat, D Thu-Sat. The family-owned restaurant has shucked oysters and fried seafood since 1919; closed during summer and for all major holidays. $$

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

Clancy’s 6100 Annunciation St., 8951111, ClancysNewOrleans.com. L Thu-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Their Creole-inspired menu has been a favorite of locals for years. $$$

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Commander’s Palace 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, CommandersPalace. com. L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. The grande dame is going strong under the auspices of James Beard Award-winner chef Tory McPhail. Jazz Brunch is a great deal. $$$$

St. Roch Market 2381 St. Claude Ave., 615-6541, StRochMarket.com. B, L, D daily. Beautiful restoration of historic St. Claude Marketplace with open dining space houses a broad collection of independent eateries including craft cocktails

Dick and Jenny’s 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880, DickAndJennys.com. L Thu-Fri, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. A funky cottage serving Louisiana comfort food with flashes of innovation. $$$$ Domilise’s 5240 Annunciation St., 899-912. L, D Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat. Local institution and rite-of-passage for those wanting an initiation to the real New Orleans. Wonderful poor boys and a unique atmosphere make this a one-of-a-kind place. $

H Gautreau’s 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397, GautreausRestaurant.com. D Mon-Sat. Upscale destination serves refined interpretations of classics along with contemporary creations. $$$$$ Jacques-Imo’s Cafe 8324 Oak St., 8610886, Jacques-Imos.com. D Mon-Sat. Reinvented New Orleans cuisine served in a party atmosphere. The deep-fried roast beef poor boy is delicious. The lively bar scene offsets the long wait on weekends. $$$$ Joey K’s 3001 Magazine St., 891-0997, JoeyKsRestaurant.com. L, D Mon-Sat. A true neighborhood restaurant with daily lunch plates; red beans and rice are classic. $ Mahony’s 3454 Magazine St., 899-3374, MahonysPoBoys.com. L, D daily. Along with the usual poor boys, this sandwich shop serves up a grilled shrimp and fried green tomato version dressed with remoulade sauce. Sandwich offerings are augmented by a full bar. $ Mat & Naddie’s 937 Leonidas St., 8619600, MatAndNaddies.com. D Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat. Cozy converted house serves up creative and eclectic regionally inspired fare. Shrimp and crawfish croquettes make for a good appetizer and when the weather is right the romantic patio is the place to sit. $$$$

WEST BANK Copeland’s 2333 Manhattan Blvd., 3641575, CopelandsofNewOrleans.com. L, D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$

Kingfish Debuts New Cocktail Menu Kingfish, 337 Chartres St., 598-5005, KingfishNewOrleans.com Who doesn’t think sipping ruby-red vodka, grapefruit and lemon is a great way to cool off in the heat? Head bartender, Justin Gerhmann of Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktail certainly does, as its one of the temptations on his new :Sip List.” “I love creating a libation based on the palate of the customer.,” Gerhmann says. “I have the opportunity to craft something with that flavor profile.” The new cocktails join locally brewed draft and bottled beers and an extensive wine list, all of which complement the Louisiana-centric menu of Executive Chef Nathan Richard. – M.C.

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Pizza Reginelli’s Pizzeria Multiple Locations, Reginellis.com. L, D daily. Pizzas, pastas, salads, fat calzones and lofty focaccia sandwiches are at locations all over town. $$ Theo’s Pizza Multiple Locations, TheosPizza.com. L, D daily. The crackercrisp crust pizzas are complemented by a broad assortment of toppings with a lot of local ingredients at cheap prices. $$

Bywater H Pizza Delicious 617 Piety St., 6768282, PizzaDelicious.com. Authentic New York-style thin crust pizza is the reason to come to this affordable restaurant that began as a pop-up, but they also offer excellent salads sourced from small farms and homemade pasta dishes as well. Outdoor seating a plus. $

Uptown H Ancora 4508 Freret St., 324-1636, AncoraPizza.com. D Mon-Sat. Authentic Neapolitan-style pizza fired in an oven imported from Naples. The housemade charcuterie makes it a double-winner. $$ Pizza Domenica 4933 Magazine St., 301-4978, PizzaDomenica.com. L Fri-Sun, D nightly. James Beard Award Winning Chef Alon Shaya’s pizza centric spinoff of his popular Restaurant Domenica brings Neapolitan-style pies to Uptown. Excellent salads and charcuterie boards are offered as well. $$

Slice 1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-PIES (7437); 5538 Magazine St., 897-4800; SlicePizzeria.com. L, D daily. Order up slices or whole pizza pies done in several styles (thin- and thick-crust) as well as pastas, seafood, panini and salads. $

Seafood

shrine to Gulf Coast and Louisiana culinary heritage melds seafood, game, artisan produce, and craft libations in an ambitious menu that celebrates local and southern cuisine. The striking buildout in the Cotton Mill lofts adds to the appeal. $$$$

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French Quarter

Middendorf’s Interstate 55, Exit 15, 30160 Highway 51 South, (985) 3866666, MiddendorfsRestaurant.com. L, D Wed-Sun. Historic seafood destination along the shores of Lake Maurepas is world-famous for its thin-fried catfish fillets. Open since 1934, it’s more than a restaurant, it’s a Sun. drive tradition. $$

Bourbon House 144 Bourbon St., 5220111, BourbonHouse.com. B, L, D daily. Local seafood, featured in both classic and contemporary dishes, is the focus of this New Orleans-centric destination. And yes, bourbon is offered as well. $$$

CBD/Warehouse District H Borgne 601 Loyola Ave., 613-3860, BorgneRestaurant.com. L, D daily. Coastal Louisiana seafood with an emphasis on Isleños cuisine (descendants of Canary Islanders who settled in St. Bernard Parish) is the focus of this high-volume destination adjacent to the Superdome. $$$

H Pêche 800 Magazine St., 522-1744, PecheRestaurant.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Award-winning southern-inspired seafood destination by chef Donald Link serves whole roasted Gulf fish from its massive, wood-burning oven. An excellent raw bar is offered as well. $$$ Sac-A-Lait 1051 Annunciation St., 324-3658, Sac-A-LaitRestaurant.com. D Tues-Sat, L Fri. Cody and Sam Carroll’s

Crazy Lobster 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83. L, D daily. Boiled seafood and festive atmosphere come together at this seafood-centric destination overlooking the Mississippi River. Outdoor seating a plus. $$$ Creole Cookery 508 Toulouse St., Suite C110, 524-9632, NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com. L, D daily. Crowd-pleasing destination in the French Quarter offers an expansive menu of Creole favorites and specialty cocktails served with New Orleans flair. $$$ Deanie’s Seafood 841 Iberville St., 5811316, Deanies.com. L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$

H GW Fins 808 Bienville St., 581-FINS

(3467), GWFins.com. D daily. Owners Gary Wollerman and twice chef of the year Tenney Flynn provide dishes at their seasonal peak. On a quest for unique variety, menu is printed daily. $$$$$

H Kingfish 337 Charters St., 598-5005, CocktailBarNewOrleans.com. L, D daily. Regionally inspired seafood dishes with carefully sourced ingredients and southern influence is the focus at this chef-driven French Quarter establishment. $$$ Landry’s Seafood 400 N. Peters St., 5580038, LandrysSeafood.com. Kid-friendly and popular seafood spot serves of heaping platters of fried shrimp, Gulf oysters, catfish and more. $$ Le Bayou, 208 Bourbon St., 525-4755, LeBayouRestaurant.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Blackened redfish and Shrimp Ya-Ya are a just a few of the choices at this seafood-centric destination on Bourbon Street. Fried alligator is available for the more daring diner. $$$ Oceana Grill 739 Conti St., 525-6002, OceanaGrill.com. B, L, D daily. Gumbo, poor boys and barbecue shrimp are served at this kid-friendly seafood destination. $$ Pier 424, 424 Bourbon St., 309-1574, Pier424SeafoodMarket.com. L, D daily. Seafood-centric restaurant offers long menu of traditional New Orleans fare augmented by unusual twists

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DINING GUIDE like “Cajun-Boiled” Lobster prepared crawfish-style in spicy crab boil. $$$

Kenner Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant 910 W. Esplanade Ave., Ste. A, 463-3030, AustinsNo.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches make it a good stop for lunch. $$

Metairie Austin’s Restaurant, 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., 888-5533, AustinsNo.com. D MonSat. Signature steak, seafood and Italian specialties reign at this dinner-only destination. Catering offered as well. $$$ Deanie’s Seafood 1713 Lake Ave., 8314141, Deanies.com. L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried, is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$ Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant 1001 Live Oak St., 838-0022, AustinsNo.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches make it a good stop for lunch. $$

Uptown Frankie & Johnny’s 321 Arabella St., 243-1234, FrankieAndJohnnys.net. L, D daily. Serves fried and boiled seafood along with poor boys and daily lunch specials. Kid-friendly with a game room to boot. $$

West End Landry’s Seafood 8000 Lakeshore Drive, West End, 283-1010, LandrysSeafood. com. Kid-friendly and popular seafood spot serves of heaping platters of fried shrimp, Gulf oysters, catfish and more. $$

Steakhouse CBD/Warehouse District H Besh Steak Harrah’s Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6111, HarrahsNewOrleans. com. D daily. Acclaimed chef John Besh reinterprets the classic steakhouse with his signature contemporary Louisiana flair. $$$$$ Chophouse New Orleans 322 Magazine St., 522-7902, ChophouseNola.com. D daily. In addition to USDA prime grade aged steaks prepared under a broiler that reaches 1,700 degrees, Chophouse offers lobster, redfish and classic steakhouse sides. $$$

H Desi Vega’s Steakhouse 628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600, DesiVegaSteaks. com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. USDA Prime steaks form the base of this Mr. John’s offshoot overlooking Lafayette Square, but Italian specialties and a smattering of locally inspired seafood dishes round out the appeal. $$$

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H La Boca 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-

Uptown

8205, LaBocaSteaks.com. D Mon-Sat. This Argentine steakhouse specializes in cuts of meat along with pastas and wines. Specials include the provoleta appetizer and the Vacio flank steak. $$$

Charlie’s Steak House 4510 Dryades St., 895-9323, CharliesSteakHouseNola. com. D Tues-Sat. This quintessential New Orleans neighborhood steak house serves up carnivorous delights including its 32-ounce T-Bone in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. An upstairs dining room accommodates larger parties with ease. $$$

Morton’s The Steakhouse 365 Canal St., One Canal Place, 566-0221, Mortons. com/NewOrleans. D daily. Private elevator leads to the plush, wood-paneled environs of this local outpost of the famed Chicago steakhouse popular with politicians and celebrities. $$$$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Harrah’s Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099, RuthsChris. com. D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this area steak institution, but there are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$

Garden District H Mr. John’s Steakhouse 2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697, MrJohnsSteakhouse.com. D Tue-Sat, L Friday. Wood paneling, white tile and USDA Prime Beef served sizzling in butter are the hallmarks of this classic New Orleans steakhouse. $$$

French Quarter Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse 716 Iberville St., 522-2467, DickieBrennansSteakhouse.com. L Fri, D daily. Nationally recognized steakhouse serves USDA Prime steaks and local seafood. $$$$$

H Doris Metropolitan 620 Chartres St., 267-3500, DorisMetropolitan.com. L SatSun, D daily. Innovative, genre-busting steakhouse plays with expectations and succeeds with modernist dishes like their Classified Cut and Beetroot Supreme. $$$$ Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, Galatoires33BarAndSteak. com. L Fri, D Sun-Thu. Steakhouse offshoot of the venerable Creole grande dame offers hand-crafted cocktails to accompany classic steakhouse fare as well as inspired dishes like the Gouté 33: horseradish-crusted bone marrow and deviled eggs with crab ravigote and smoked trout. Reservations accepted. $$$

Metairie Ruth’s Chris Steak House 3633 Veterans Blvd., 888-3600, RuthsChris.com. L Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this area steak institution, but there are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$

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

Vegan/Vegetarian Lower Garden District H The Green Fork 1400 Prytania St., 267-7672, GreenForkNola.com. B, L Mon-Sat. Fresh juices, smoothies and vegetarian-friendly fare make The Green Fork a favorite for lovers of healthy food. Catering is offered as well. $$

World Byblos Multiple Locations, ByblosRestaurants.com. L, D daily. Upscale Middle Eastern cuisine featuring traditional seafood, lamb and vegetarian options. $$

Bywater The Green Goddess 307 Exchange Place, 301-3347, GreenGoddessRestaurant.com. L, D Wed-Sun. One of the most imaginative local restaurants. The menu is constantly changing, and chef Paul Artigues always has ample vegetarian options. Combine all of that with a fantastic selection of drinks, wine and beer, and it’s the total (albeit small) package. $$

CBD/Warehouse District Johnny Sanchez 930 Poydras St., 304-6615, JohnnySanchezRestaurant. com. L, D daily. Contemporary Mexican mecca offering celebrity chef cachet to go along with the locally sourced produce accompanying the Bistec a la Parilla. Popular happy hour and downtown locale next to South Market District add to the appeal. $$$

H Lüke 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840, LukeNewOrleans.com. B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Chef John Besh and executive chef Matt Regan serve Germanic specialties and French bistro classics, housemade patés and abundant plateaux of cold, fresh seafood. $$$ Palace Café 605 Canal St., 523-1661, PalaceCafe.com. L Mon-Sat, D daily, Br Sun. Dickie Brennan-owned brasserie with French-style sidewalk seating and house-created specialties of chef Darrin Nesbit. Favorites here include crabmeat cheesecake, turtle soup, the Werlein salad with fried Louisiana oysters and pork “debris” studded Palace potato pie. $$$$$

Faubourg Marigny H Mona’s Café 504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, tender-tangy beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros, stuffed into pillowy pita bread or on platters. The lentil soup with crunchy pita chips and desserts, such as sticky

sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

Faubourg St. John H 1000 Figs 3141 Ponce De Leon St., 301-0848, 1000Figs.com. L, D Tue-Sat. Vegetarian-friendly offshoot of the Fat Falafel Food Truck offers a healthy farm-to-table alternative to cookie-cutter Middle Eastern places. $$

French Quarter Bayona 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455, Bayona.com. L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef Susan Spicer’s nationally acclaimed cuisine is served in this 200-year-old cottage. Ask for a seat on the romantic patio, weather permitting. $$$$$ El Gato Negro 81 French Market Place, 525-9752, ElGatoNegroNola.com. Central Mexican cuisine along with handmuddled mojitos and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. A weekend breakfast menu is an additional plus. $$

Kenner H Fiesta Latina 1924 Airline Drive, 4682384, FiestaLatinaRestaurant.com. B, L, D daily. A big-screen TV normally shows a soccer match or MTV Latino at this home for authentic Central American food. Tacos include a charred carne asada. $$

Lakewood H Mizado 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., 885-5555, MizadoCocina.com. L daily, D Mon-Sat. Sleek restaurant offers modern Mexican cuisine featuring pan-Latin flavors and influences. Small batch tequila and a ceviche bar make it a party. $$

Lakeview H Mondo 900 Harrison Ave., 224-2633, MondoNewOrleans.com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Chef Susan Spicer’s take on world cuisine. Make sure to call ahead because the place has a deserved reputation for good food and good times. $$$

METAIRIE Vega Tapas Café 2051 Metairie Road, 836-2007, VegaTapasCafe.com. D MonSat. Fun, eclectic small plates destination offers creative fare keeps guests coming back with frequent regionally inspired specialty menus served with humor and whimsy. $$

Mid-City Juan’s Flying Burrito 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950, JuansFlyingBurrito. com. L, D daily. Hard-core tacos and massive burritos are served in an edgy atmosphere. $ Lola’s 3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946, LolasNewOrleans.com. D daily. Garlicky Spanish dishes and great paella make this artsy boîte a hipster destination. $$$

H Mona’s Café 3901 Banks St., 4827743. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, tender-tangy beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros, stuffed into pillowy pita bread


or on platters. The lentil soup with crunchy pita chips and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

serving Mediterranean and Tunisian cuisine. The Grilled Merguez is a Jazz Fest favorite and vegetarian options are offered. $$

H Taqueria Guerrero 208 N. Car-

Juan’s Flying Burrito 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000, JuansFlyingBurrito. com. L, D daily. Hard-core tacos and massive burritos are served in an edgy atmosphere. $

rollton Ave., 484-6959. B, L, D, Tue-Sat. Friendly staff and authentic Mexican cuisine make this affordable neighborhood restaurant a neighborhood favorite. $

Upper 9th Ward Kebab , 2315 Saint Claude Ave., 3834328, KebabNola.com. L, D Fri-Mon. The menu is short and tasty at this kebab outpost along the revitalized St. Claude Avenue corridor. $

Uptown H Café Abyssinia 3511 Magazine St., 894-6238. L, D daily. One of a just few authentic Ethiopian restaurants in the city, excellent injera and spicy vegetarian fare make this a local favorite. $$

H Irish House 1432 St. Charles Ave., 595-6755, TheIrishHouseNewOrleans. com. L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Irish pub dishes such as shepherd’s pie and fish and chips are featured here, as well as creative cocktails like Irish iced coffee. Check the schedule of events for live music. $$ Jamila’s Mediterranean Tunisian Cuisine 7808 Maple St., 866-4366. D Tue-Sun. Intimate and exotic bistro

H Mona’s Café 4126 Magazine St., 894-9800; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8174. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, tendertangy beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros, stuffed into pillowy pita bread or on platters. The lentil soup with crunchy pita chips and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

H Panchita’s 1434 S. Carrollton Ave., 281-4127. L, D daily. Authentic, budgetfriendly Mexican restaurant serves tamales, mole and offers free chips and salsa as well as sangria. $ H Patois 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441, PatoisNola.com. L Fri, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. The food is French in technique, with influences from across the Mediterranean as well as the American South, all filtered through the talent of chef Aaron Burgau. Reservations recommended. $$$

H Shaya 4213 Magazine St., 891-4213,

ShayaRestaurant.com. L, D daily. James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya pays homage to his native Israel with this contemporary Israeli hotspot. Fattoush Salad and Matzo Ball Soup made with slow-cooked duck are dishes to try. $$$

Specialty Foods CBD/Warehouse District Calcasieu 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 5882188, CalcasieuRooms.com. For gatherings both large and small, the catering menus feature modern Louisiana cooking and the Cajun cuisine for which chef Donald Link is justifiably famous.

French Quarter Antoine’s Annex 513 Royal St., 5258045, Antoines.com/Antoines-Annex. Open daily. Serves French pastries, including individual baked Alaskas, ice cream and gelato, as well as panini, salads and coffee. Delivery available.

Metairie Sucré 3301 Veterans Blvd., 834-2277, ShopSucre.com. Desserts daily. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering available.

Mid-City H Blue Dot Donuts 4301 Canal St., 218-4866, BlueDotDonuts.com. B, L Tue-Sun. The Bacon Maple Long

John gets all the press, but returning customers are happy with the classics as well as twists like peanut butter and jelly.

Uptown Blue Frog Chocolates 5707 Magazine St., 269-5707, BlueFrogChocolates.com. Open daily, closed Sundays in summer. French and Belgian chocolate truffles and Italian candy flowers make this a great place for gifts. St. James Cheese Company 5004 Prytania St., 899-4737, StJamesCheese. com. Open daily. Specialty shop offers a selection of fine cheeses, wines, beers and related accouterments. Look for wine and cheese specials every Friday. Sucré 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311, ShopSucre.com. Desserts daily & nightly. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering available. n

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Women’s Health Women’s health is a broad term that’s far from limited to reproductive health – aspects of a woman’s overall health can vary differently from those of men in every field. From cardiovascular care to orthopedics and weight loss, women’s bodies have their own shape and size as well as their own health risks. If you’re a woman in New Orleans looking for a primary care physician or a specialist in a particular field, you can find helpful resources and a number of physicians familiar with your unique needs. Whether you’re experiencing trouble with spider veins, weight loss, carpal tunnel or issues with your teeth, the following area healthcare providers may have an answer for your concern. Find a path forward for your health today.

OBGYN & Reproductive Health The specialized healthcare team of Tulane Center for Women’s Health meets the unique healthcare needs of women by providing comprehensive care for the challenges faced in every phase of a woman’s life. Specializing in the areas of general obstetrics and gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and fertility, minimally invasive surgery, female pelvic and reconstructive surgery and gynecologic oncology, the center operates on the belief that every woman not only has the right to good obstetric and gynecologic care, but that she is a partner in her care. Continued evaluation and implementation of Obstetrics & Gynecologic best practices promotes the delivery of safe and quality patient care for women throughout the region. With over 100 years of involvement in patient care, research and resident education, you can “Trust Our 102

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Experience.” Call 504-988-8070 today to meet your healthcare needs by scheduling an appointment at the Uptown, Downtown, or Metairie offices. Visit TulaneOBGYN. com for more information. While East Jefferson General Hospital has long been a leader in women’s health, its innovative approach to caring for women has made it easier than ever for women in the region to choose EJGH. E-Doc allows women 24/7/365 access to primary care doctors via your smartphone, tablet or computer. EJGH’s new Extended Hours Clinic offers primary care access on Saturdays and until 8 p.m. MondayFriday. Primary care clinics in Metairie, Destrehan, Lakeview, Old Metairie and River Ridge mean you are never far from great care, and the OBGYN staff of EJGH is one of the largest and most accomplished in the region. The EJGH Women & Newborn Division is among the most awarded and respected


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centers in Louisiana for mothers and newborns to start their journey together in the healthiest, happiest manner possible. Here for every stage of your life – turn to EJGH for excellence in women’s care. Access an EJGH doctor online via E-Doc at EJGH.org/edoc.

the prevention, detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease. To schedule a vein consult, or to learn more, call 1-800-425-2565 or visit Cardio.com.

Dentistry

Weight Loss

With immense respect for the “Power of Smile,” Dr. Greer Cieutat Reisig and the Schwartz Dental Group

Research shows that losing just 10 percent of excess weight improves overall health. Rachel Lynn Moore, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is a weight loss expert and bariatric surgeon offering a wide variety of therapies. Whether you need to lose 20 pounds or 200, Dr. Moore will discuss your goals and your medical history with you to develop a plan for success.  “Helping people become healthier is the most rewarding part,” says Dr. Moore. A board-certified surgeon with 14 years of bariatric surgery experience, Dr. Moore also offers nonsurgical methods of weight loss, such as nutrition counseling, medications and new procedures such as the Orbera intragastric balloon. A leader at the national level, Dr. Moore is a member of the elite Executive Council of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons and also teaches Orbera to other physicians. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit MooreMetabolics.com or call 504-400-0721.

are transforming lives with Esthetic Dentistry. Dr. Cieutat Reisig’s work is truly transformative, as it uses modern aesthetic techniques to make improvements, whether subtle or dramatic. Aesthetic procedures offered include veneers, smile lifts, turbo-power bleaching, Invisalign and implants. Even minor cosmetic dentistry can help improve your smile, making you appear years younger. Conveniently located in Old Metairie (337 Metairie Road, Suite 200), the Schwartz Dental Group provides a sleek, modern and relaxing office for Greater New Orleans patients. The practice is patient-focused and treats patients as family. Dr. Cieutat Reisig is dedicated to building lasting relationships with her patients based on trust and the ability to meet the personal needs of the individual. She takes time with patients and offers consultations for answering questions and listening to patient concerns. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 504-832-2043 or visit DrJohnSchwartz.com.

Cardiovascular Care Do you have varicose or spider veins? Get healthy, beautiful legs again – just in time for summer! These veins may be signs of damaged blood vessels, which can cause stretching or swelling of the veins. Symptoms include swelling or heaviness in the legs, calf pain or cramping, itchiness or eczema, skin discoloration or ulcers. Venous disease can progressively get worse over time, so it is important to be checked if you think you may be at risk.  The Vein Center at Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) in Houma diagnoses and treats venous disease with minimally invasive procedures to relieve pain and offer cosmetic improvement and quicker recoveries for patients. CIS cardiologists have received national recognition for

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Upper Extremity Care The Hand Center of Louisiana is committed to providing patients with the most current technology and services in an environment that is compassionate, caring and comprehensive – a one-stop shop for all medical and surgical services for patients with upper extremity conditions. Patients with Dupuytren’s Contracture have a new innovative treatment option that has proven successful at Hand Surgical Associates and eliminates the need for surgical intervention followed by months of therapy. A new injectable drug allows physicians to treat the condition within 24 hours with patients experiencing immediate relief and a return to normal functioning.


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Additionally, Hand Therapists at the Hand Therapy Center are using advanced techniques for post-operative management of surgical patients. Therapists, in collaboration with hand surgeons and dependent on the surgery, are able to move patients into therapy more quickly, resulting in earlier clinical results and recovery. At the Center for Rheumatology and Neurological Testing, advanced diagnostic tools such as ultrasound imaging, Bone Mineral Density and Nerve Conduction Studies are being used to customize treatments for individual patients. To find out more or to make an appointment, visit HandCenterOfLouisiana.com.

Orthopedics Dr. Alexis Waguespack is a fellowship-trained spine specialist and board-certified orthopedic surgeon providing comprehensive treatment of cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine disorders, including scoliosis, spondylolisthesis and kyphosis (aka adult deformity).  Dr. Waguespack is one of few specialists in the country experienced at treating adult deformity using the latest advancement in minimally invasive surgery for spinal deformity/scoliosis, offering superior results and quicker recoveries. She is one of few Louisiana physicians treating often-misdiagnosed SI joint pain (which accounts for some 25 percent of patients with long-standing lower back pain) with outstanding success rates using a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.

Dr. Waguespack trained at the San Francisco Spine Institute, which included the treatment of professional golfers, basketball players and members of the San Francisco 49ers. She is a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. She can be reached by calling 504-392-7123

Hospital Stays Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, located in Lafourche Parish, received the 2016 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places the medical center within the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for its excellent performance. Thibodaux Regional is the only hospital in southeast Louisiana to achieve the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award three years in a row. “The recipients of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award have not only found ways to reduce patient safety events, but to outperform expectations in prevention of safety incidents,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.” For more information about Thibodaux Regional Medical Center visit Thibodaux.com. •

A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Dr. Greer Cieutat Reisig is a graduate of LSU School of Dentistry, Texas Christian University and Benjamin Franklin Sr. High School. With a sincere passion for creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Cieutat Reisig has nearly 30 years of practice experience treating patients of all ages. She offers a variety of cosmetic services including teeth bleaching, Invisalign, bonding, porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, crowns, and implant restoration. Dr. Cieutat Reisig’s work is truly transformative, as it uses modern aesthetic techniques to make improvements whether subtle or dramatic. The practice is patient-focused with a goal of treating patients as family.

DR. GREER CIEUTAT REISIG 337 Metairie Road 504-832-2043

Dr. Cieutat Reisig offers high quality dentistry in a relaxed atmosphere in a state-of-the-art facility located in Old Metairie. She has immense experience with both children, the elderly, and the medically compromised having spent 10 years affiliated with Children’s Hospital and many years working with Woldenberg Village.

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Looking & Feeling Younger

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hanks to the oft-stifling New Orleans heat, summertime is the season for showing off a little more of our bodies than usual. And with all that exposure, it’s no wonder everyone wants to feel and look and their best. Skin protection and renewal is always a concern in the sun-beaten South, and body contouring and facial/dental cosmetics follow right along. Turn back the hands of time this season and fight signs of aging with a little self-pampering. Both non-surgical and surgical options for bodies of all shapes and sizes abound. From skincare lines and fillers to lasers and liposuction, physicians across New Orleans have a full arsenal of technologies and therapies designed to keep you looking and feeling your best. Additionally, a bright and confident smile can go a long way towards building confidence and maintaining a youthful glow. The following area healthcare providers all aim to help you achieve an aweinspiring look.

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Skin Care & Body Contouring Etre Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center specializes in non- and minimally-invasive cosmetic dermatologic procedures, including facial injectables, laser treatments, body contouring and cellulite reduction. Co-owned by board-certified dermatologists Dr. Lisa Donofrio and Dr. Kyle Coleman, Etre Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center is equipped to make subtle changes or produce dramatic results.  From hydrating and improving skin quality with SilkPeel to CoolSculpting body contouring that reduces fat, procedures with little to no downtime are in high demand. “For subtle improvements, laser procedures such as IPL photofacials and facial injectables can make an immediate impact. For patients desiring a more dramatic transformation, body contouring procedures such as


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minimally invasive liposuction paired with fat transfer procedures can create lasting results,” says Dr. Coleman. Both Drs. Donofrio and Coleman received their medical degrees from Tulane University. They pride themselves in providing cutting-edge personalized treatment with the highest level of service. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit EtreCosmeticDerm.com or call 504-227-3873. Want to look years younger and improve the appearance of your skin? Dr. Will Hudson at Regenesis Medical Spa and Laser Skin Clinic has real solutions. At his Mid-City medical spa, Dr. Hudson uses the latest laser technology to erase years of sun damage, giving his clients a more youthful and revitalized appearance. His IPL Photofacials color-correct skin and remove sun and age spots, providing you a clearer, flawless complexion. Regenesis’ Palomar Fractional laser tightens skin, improves skin texture, stimulates collagen production, minimizes pores and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These non-ablative laser treatments have minimal-to-no downtime, enabling clients to return to normal activities following treatment. Dr. Hudson offers a variety of procedures, including laser hair removal, micro-needling, laser skin resurfacing, scar and stretch mark treatment and blood vessel and pigment corrections, all at a surprisingly affordable price. Indulge yourself in the array of anti-aging skin rejuvenation treatments and signature spa services

performed in a safe, luxurious spa environment. For a free consultation and a full list of treatments and services (including Botox, dermal fillers and more), visit RegenesisSpa.com or call 504-486-4500.

Southern Aesthetics is a private practice focused on comprehensive rejuvenation. Board-certified surgeon Penelope Treece, M.D. offers a vast array of surgical services including abdominoplasty, breast augmentation and reduction, liposuction and facelifts in addition to non-surgical procedures and treatments that include Botox micro-blading and fillers, lasers, CoolSculpting body contouring, radiofrequency and prescription skincare. Celebrating 20 years in the business of making you look better, Southern Aesthetics is located at 3815 Hessmer Ave. in Metairie. For information and scheduling, visit PenelopeTreece.com or call 504-779-7749.

Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Teeth can give away your age faster than any other part of your body. Clean, healthy teeth can make you look much younger than you actually are. That is why having a good dental care routine that includes regular brushing, daily flossing and regular check-ups with a dentist is so important not only for your overall health, but also for your appearance.

What is a Prosthodontist?

Roger A Vitter DDS, M.Ed Prosthodontist

4228 Houma Blvd. Suite 210 | Metairie, LA 70006 504-883-3737 DrVitter.com

Unlike some of the more recognized specialties in dentistry, Prosthodontics is not well known to the public. Recognized as one of the nine dental specialties by the American Dental Association, Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry that focuses on dental prosthetics. “We make whatever prosthesis is necessary to esthetically make the mouth whole again” says Dr Vitter. Whether it is a simple crown, cosmetic veneers, or complex implant dentistry, prosthodontists are experts in restoring missing or worn teeth. Prosthodontists are also experts in the management of bite and jaw problems (TMJ) and esthetically restoring your smile. With emphasis on diagnosis and treatment planning, Dr Vitter believes patients should have as much information as possible in order to make an informed decision regarding their treatment options. One of only 350 Maxillofacial Prosthodontists in the US, Dr Vitter has practiced full time in Metairie for over 30 years. He is an associate professor at LSU, where he has been teaching the areas dentists the basics of his specialty for years. To find out more about the specialty of Prosthodontics, visit drvitter.com or call 504-883-3737. Doesn’t your smile deserve a specialist?

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Dr. Deborah Lesem has been transforming smiles for the last 24 years. A general dentist who sees patients of all ages and performs procedures from dental cleanings and exams to root canals, dentures and crowns, Dr. Lesem has extensive experience and expertise in cosmetic dentistry procedures from bonding and veneers to whitening and implant restoration. Discolored, chipped or worn teeth as well as missing teeth are all signs of an aging smile. Dr. Lesem can evaluate your smile and offer options for procedures that will take years off the look of your smile and face. A healthy, bright smile can make you feel your best and most confident. Call Dr. Lesem at 504-286-3880 if you are ready to take years off of your smile. Your smile isn’t only one of your most important features, it’s also unique to you. Everyone’s cosmetic goals, oral health, overall health and financial position are different, so at DiMarco Dental, Dr. Damon DiMarco provides individualized care and solutions that fit your specific needs. From routine cleanings to custom guards, implants and whitening, DiMarco Dental provides a variety of oral health services that will keep you healthy, happy and with a glistening smile. Developing good habits early can lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles. Some patients may require sealants and other preventative measures to combat the temptations of the modern diet, especially the sugars found in foods and beverages.

JOSEPH COLLURA, DDS GENERAL DENTISTRY

Dr. Collura earned his degree from LSU School of Dentistry after earning his pharmacy degree. He has also taken numerous postgraduate courses in cosmetics, restorative, and implant dentistry. He has extensive training in minimally invasive dentistry, as opposed to traditional crowns and veneers. Our focus is patient comfort. We offer conscious sedation and nitrous oxide. Smile gallery on drcollura.com. 3939 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 104, Metairie, LA 70002 504-837-9800 DrCollura.com

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To schedule an appointment or for more information on DiMarco Dental and the practice’s holistic approach to medicine, call 504-366-5611. New patients are welcome at their Gretna-based office at 309 Gretna Blvd. 

Dr. Joseph J. Collura has worked at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry for more than 30 years, providing high quality care and attractive, bright smiles to patients throughout the New Orleans region. He has extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry, advanced restorative dentistry, single-tooth as well as complete mouth implant reconstruction, root canal therapy, non-surgical gum care and the prevention and treatment of bite-related problems. Dr. Collura is passionate about advancing his skills and education and has been honored with a guest faculty position with the prestigious Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, which provides the latest in programs, seminars and hands-on training. Additionally, Dr. Collura is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry for conscious sedation and nitrous oxide analgesia. When you visit Dr. Joseph Collura, you’ll realize you’re in a caring, calm environment designed for patient comfort with an open, relaxed atmosphere facing Lake Pontchartrain. During your one-on-one discussion following an exam by Dr. Collura, he’ll answer your questions and give you the information you need to make confident choices about your oral health care. For more


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information or to make an appointment, visit DrCollura. com or call 504-837-9800.

Orthodontics

When your cosmetic concerns involve straightening the teeth or achieving a balanced facial profile, it’s time to consult an orthodontist. At Explore Orthodontics, Dr. Kay Daniel and her team help you achieve the smile you deserve – a natural, healthy and beautiful one. Dr. Daniel has been trained to take the whole patient into account: facial shape, profile and the ways in which individuals’ faces age. That is one reason she has chosen The Damon System for braces. With this system, many patients see a noticeable change not just in their teeth but in their entire face. Dramatic results are often seen in the first 10 weeks and include a fuller, wider smile and better facial balance and aesthetics such as smoother cheek contours, fewer dark triangles in the corners of your mouth, straighter teeth and improved profiles. Another option for some adults is Invisalign, which uses clear, removable aligners instead of braces. This system is ideal for easy cleaning and is nearly invisible. For more information on Explore Orthodontics or to schedule an appointment, visit ExploreOrtho.com.

KAY DANIEL, DDS EXPLORE ORTHODONTICS

A native of St. Tammany Parish, Dr. Kay Daniel comes from a family of dedicated dentists. In practice since 1998, she has orthodontic experience resulting in thousands of beautiful smiles. With three convenient locations, Explore Orthodontics offers a variety of effective treatments plans tailored to each patient. 2935 Highway 190 Mandeville, LA 70471 | (985) 727-3010 4061 Behrman Hwy. New Orleans, LA 70114 | (504) 368-0690 2960 E. Gause Blvd. Slidell, LA 70461 | (985) 641-2472

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Prosthodontics

What is a Prosthodontist? Unlike some of the more recognized specialties in dentistry, the specialty of prosthodontics isn’t well known to the public. Dr. Roger Vitter, a Metairie-based practitioner of prosthodontics for over 30 years, would like to change that. “Simply put,” says Dr. Vitter, “a prosthodontist specializes in making whatever prosthesis is necessary to make the mouth whole again. It can be as simple as a crown or veneers or a more complex full-mouth rehabilitation for severely worn out teeth or following cancer surgery.” With emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment planning of complex oral health problems, prosthodontists specialize in cosmetic dentistry, replacement of missing teeth with dental implants, crowns, bridges, partial and complete dentures, as well as treatment of TMJ problems and sleep apnea. Dr. Vitter is one of only 350 maxillofacial prosthodontists in the country and also serves as an associate professor at LSU, where he has taught the area's dentists the basics of his specialty for years. Would you benefit from the expertise of a specialist? To find out more about the specialty of prosthodontics, visit DrVitter.com. •

DAMON DIMARCO, DDS DIMARCO DENTAL

DiMarco Dental has provided quality care for over 50 years in a friendly family environment. Dr. Damon DiMarco offers individualized care and tailored solutions to his patients that are unique to their health and smiles. New patients are welcome at their Gretna office, just minutes from the CBD. 309 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, LA 70053 504-366-5611 DimarcoDental.com

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Young’s Suncoast Vacation Rentals

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magine a morning at a southern bed-and-breakfast, planning your day over homemade buttermilk biscuits and freshly brewed hot coffee. Or, imagine yourself diving into a new novel with your toes in the sand and waves crashing near your feet. How about in a lively game room with aces high and a cocktail in hand? No matter how you like to relax, vacation season isn’t over yet – there’s still time for plantation tours, music festivals, 18 holes, spa retreats, summer shopping and sunset dining on restaurant patios. The Gulf states all offer their own versions of summer fun, from big-city wining and dining to small-town strolls and, of-course, beach, bay or lakeside fun. Cool water and fresh seafood are in no short supply, so take advantage before summer runs out.

Mississippi Find your place in the “City with Soul,” surrounded by a plethora of options for live music action. Jackson is home to the most blues music trail markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail, so stop by, take a tour and search for your soul in Jackson. Blue Monday will take on a whole new meaning when you swing by Hal and Mal’s. Every Monday night, live music pulsates with up-and-coming artists and unsuspecting legends. You just might encounter Jimmy Hendrix’s former drummer or the legendary Dorothy Moore. If you’re visiting for the weekend, kick it off with a bang at F. Jones Corner. 110

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Steeped in the Historic Farish Street District, it carries the torch for authentic blues music that once filtrated that poppin’ street. Keep an eye out for festivals such as the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival with over 30 performances on five stages and featuring T-Pain and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds ((Aug. 19-20). Visit Jackson! Find information online at VisitJackson.com, or call 800-354-7695. When you visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, plan to have plenty of time to visit the large variety of attractions. Lodging along the coast ranges from B&Bs to fancy full-service resorts. Along Mississippi’s 62 miles of beaches, opportunities abound to get in and on the water. Down here, fishing is a way of life. Mississippi’s charter boat captains are internationally recognized for their skills, so they know where the big ones bite! Shopping ranges from unique boutiques to premium outlet malls. Additionally, historic sites greet you around every turn. Art galleries and museums dot the coast as well. Kids will find exciting water parks, a nationally recognized children’s museum, and the new INFINITY Science Center. Whether you stay for a day or a week, you’ll never run out of exciting activities and attractions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. For information, deals and more on Mississippi Gulf Coast Attractions, visit MississippiFun.org.

Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on Mississippi’s largest private recreational lake. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Homesites are available on the

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water starting at $100,000. Both the homes and homesites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway. It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay. Whether you’re a boating or fishing enthusiast, or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life ... “BIG!” Big Bay Lake is only 90 minutes from New Orleans. Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit BigBayLake.com.

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Louisiana Built circa 1830 by Louisiana Creoles of French descent and family owned since 1877, St. Joseph Plantation offers a glimpse into Louisiana’s history – from the sugar, or “white gold,” it produces to the numerous customs and lifestyles that have come and gone. Located 50 miles from New Orleans in Vacherie, Louisiana, St. Joseph Plantation has been lovingly restored by family members, many of whom are tour guides who add their own personal touch to the tours. It is the birthplace of H. H. Richardson, one of America’s important architects who designed buildings in Albany, Boston (Trinity Church), Chicago (Marshall Field’s Wholesale store) and New Orleans (Howard Memorial Library, which is now part of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art). Tulane’s Gibson Hall and Tilton Memorial Hall were built in the Richardson manner. Tours are offered six days a week (closed Wednesdays), and the guided, one-hour mansion tour is followed by a self-guided grounds tour. Photography of the interior is welcomed. The ground floor and gift shop are handicap accessible. For more information on St. Joseph Plantation, tours, and private events, visit StJosephPlantation.com or call 225-265-4078. Named the 2016 Hotel of the Year by the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, the Southern Hotel has revived over 100 years of history in its return as a retreat for visitors and a gathering place for community. Located in quaint Covington, just across the lake from New Orleans, the Southern Hotel is committed to elevating the art of hospitality and providing guests with an experience that is rooted in the past, connected to the community around it, and celebrating all of the elements of a good life: good food and drink, comfort and communion, creativity and culture. From the furniture in the guest rooms to the artwork in the common areas, the hotel honors Covington’s legacy as an artists’ community by showcasing the work of many local artists. The family-owned hotel features 40 luxurious guest rooms with two lavish suites, meeting and event spaces to accommodate executive and social events of all kinds, the 112

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lively Cypress Bar and upscale southern bistro Oxlot 9, a relaxing Day Spa, and a beautiful courtyard and outdoor pool. To book, visit SouthernHotel.com or call 844-866-1907.

The Hyatt French Quarter Hotel is a historic hotel in one of the city’s oldest and most popular neighborhoods: The French Quarter! The property resides in the former D.H. Holmes building and offers 254 guest rooms and more than 10,660 square feet of customizable function space located in one central area of the hotel’s first floor. With 10 meeting rooms, the Hyatt French Quarter can accommodate meetings, events and weddings, up to 300 people. Enjoy their market-inspired eatery, Powdered Sugar, and the artisan lobby bar, Batch, which showcases a collection of quality Bourbons and flask service. The popular and award-winning Red Fish Grill owned and operated by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, is also part of the Hyatt French Quarter, as well as The Hard Rock Café, serving casual cuisine and live music during the week. The Hotel is located at 800 Iberville St., New Orleans. For more information, visit FrenchQuarter.hyatt.com. When living the New Orleans experience, it’s important to envelop yourself in the essence of New Orleans – a feeling captured by each upscale property in the New Orleans Hotel Collection (NOHC). NOHC properties are set apart by distinctive style, personalized service and superb location.  Locally owned and operated, the collection consists of the Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Crowne Plaza (Airport), The Whitney Hotel, Hotel Mazarin and Hotel Le Marais. Hotel Le Marais and Bourbon Orleans were named as two of “New Orleans’ Ten Best Hotels” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. A consistent guest favorite, Whitney Hotel is conveniently close to both the The National World War II Museum and Lafayette Square’s Wednesday summer concert series. NOHC’s “no nickel and dime” approach provides all guests with a free breakfast, a welcome drink, in-room bottled artesian water and coffee, Wi-Fi, newspapers and

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access to a business and fitness center. For a special readers’ discount, visit NewOrleansHotelCollection.com/200.

L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge spans across 575 acres of land in the heart of South Baton Rouge. This truly unique casino entertainment complex captures the feel of a Southern river lodge. Embracing local culture and cuisine, L’Auberge Baton Rouge offers a genuine Louisiana experience and exudes a laissez les bon temps rouler atmosphere of fun. L’Auberge Baton Rouge features an expansive 74,000-square-foot casino with nearly 1,500 slot machines, 50 table games, a 12-story hotel with over 200 rooms and a rooftop pool, as well as three restaurants and a casino bar with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River. L’Auberge also features a multi-purpose event center for concerts, banquets, and other events, and additionally, the complex includes outdoor festival grounds. To find out more about L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, visit MyLAuberge.com or find them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Alabama Southern Living named the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa one of their top hotels in the country and a favorite wedding destination. Louisiana residents have come to Pt. Clear for generations, and late summer and early fall are both “Grand” times for another visit.

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Head East on Interstate 10 and prepare to relax and rejuvenate. Check in and plunge into one of the Grand’s signature pools. Play a round of golf and try the new Grand Golf Experience to improve your game, lower your scores and boost your confidence. Soccer players love to discover FootGolf. Leave any worries behind and head right into the Spa at the Grand for luxurious pampering from head to toe. Lie in a hammock or watch the afternoon cannon salute to the military. Shop in Fairhope and start making plans to come back for the holidays. Visit GrandHotelMarriott.com for package options, or call 251-928-9201. Tucked back in quaint Orange Beach, off the bustling beach boulevard, is Cosmo’s Courtyard, home to Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar as well as Luna’s Eat & Drink and BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets. Luna’s Eat & Drink is a high energy, family friendly eatery featuring a menu of Southern-inspired comfort foods and 32 (craft-focused) beers on tap. Executive Chef Bart Wilson loves taking southern classics and low country food to a broader audience. Highlights include the Cola Braised Pork Belly, BBQ Gulf Shrimp and the PIGmiento Cheese sandwich with house-made pimiento cheese and applewood smoked bacon. View the full menu at LunasEatAndDrink.com. From locally roasted coffee and simple breakfast fare to homemade pastries, ice cream, and baked goods, BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets offers a simply scrumptious menu. Under the helm of chef Kim Asbury, recipient of the John Folse Award of Excellence, BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets features items such as fresh-made waffles, breakfast sandwiches, biscuits, muffins, quiches and desserts. For more information, visit BuzzCatzCoffeeandSweets.com. The contagiously delicious and fresh menu of the The Ruby Slipper Cafe continues to spread flavor across New Orleans

Florida Interested in one of the most unique experiences along the Gulf Coast? Celebrate summer in America’s first multi-year European settlement! Experience history being brought to life in Historic Pensacola, located downtown just minutes from Pensacola’s world famous sugar-white beaches and emerald-green waters. Historic Pensacola, which includes the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum, the Pensacola Children’s Museum, the Museums of Commerce and Industry, Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center and Historic Pensacola Village, will engage you through museum exhibits, guided and self-guided home tours and interaction with period-dressed living history interpreters. Compelling stories, rich heritage – Pensacola’s beaches are just the beginning! “One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” ticketing allows access to all museums, tours and activities for seven days. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, military personnel and dependents and AAA members, and $4 for children ages 3 to 15. For more information, visit HistoricPensacola.org or call 850-595-5985. Come explore! Powdery white sand beaches, emerald-green waters and golden sunsets can be found much closer to home than you think. The beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida is only a short drive or direct flight away from New Orleans. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, rated the No. 1 Resort in Destin by U.S. News and World Report, is the perfect destination for your vacation. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and nearly 1,300 deluxe accommodations. Known for clear, emerald-green waters, Sandestin features over seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, championship golf courses, world-class tennis courts, swimming pools, 113-slip marina, retail stores, fitness center, spa and The Village of Baytowne Wharf. From sunrise to sunset enjoy a full slate of complimentary events and activities that take guests from day to evening and beach to bay in style. Plan your vacation to Sandestin and enjoy 20 percent off. It is easier than ever to visit the beautiful beaches with new direct flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. For reservations and information on Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, visit Sandestin.com/NOM or call 844-310-9789 and use promo code “BEACH.” •

and the Gulf Coast, as the popular breakfast and brunch eatery opened its sixth location in Orange Beach, Alabama, last month. The Ruby Slipper is known for adding New Orleans flair to Southern breakfast standards, brunch classics and fresh lunch specials. Specialty cocktails such as the Ruby Slipper Mimosa and award-winning Bacon Bloody Mary are perfect complements to signature dishes such as Eggs Cochon, Bananas Foster Pain Perdu or BBQ Shrimp & Grits. If your summer plans take you to the white-sand beaches of the Gulf Coast, visit Ruby Slipper in Pensacola, Florida, The Ruby Slipper Cafe, Orange Beach or Orange Beach, Alabama. Visit the Ruby Slipper online at TheRubySlipperCafe.net and find all six locations on Facebook. Dine in Mid-City at 139 S. Cortez, in CBD at 200 Magazine St., in the Marigny at 2001 Burgundy St., in the French Quarter at 1005 Canal St., in Pensacola at 509 South Palafox St. and in Orange Beach at 24151 Perdido Beach Blvd. 

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While friends and co-workers may brag about their upcoming vacation to Blissful, USA, there’s also a lot to be said about spending some quality time exploring the abundant summer offerings right here at home. It is easy to stifle boredom in New Orleans this season as professionals citywide aim to please with a variety of events, attractions, new restaurant menus, shopping sales and home design tips and tricks. If you’re looking for a family excursion to excite the kids, or a new happy hour to try with friends and co-workers, or perhaps some new fashion accessories and designs to accent your summer wardrobe, the following festive ideas for fun will have you thinking you’re on vacation even in the middle of a workweek. Make summer special by being a local in the know.

The Louisiana Children’s Museum will take families on an exciting cultural adventure all summer long with a new traveling exhibit, Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival. Museum-goers will discover the beauty, sights and sounds of Vietnam through its most important celebration of the year, Tet! Explore the Marketplace to select traditional flowers and pretend food items to prepare for the Tet celebration. Dress up in customary Ao Dai and pose for interactive family photos. Children can also try on a giant Lion Dance Mask, play traditional games and learn the customs and values exemplified by the annual Tet celebration.  “Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival" will be on display throughout the summer, Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. To learn more, visit LCM.org or call 504-523-1357. The French Market District is comprised of a scenic six-block stretch along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, from The Shops at the Upper Pontalba to the Farmers and Flea Markets and also includes the newly opened Crescent Park on the River, accessible by foot or bike. Stroll this eclectic “neighborhood within a neighborhood” to experience historic architecture, al fresco dining, live music, boutique retail shopping and plenty of authentic French Quarter ambience inside and out, seven days a week. There are daily walking tours, fitness classes, children’s workshops and a weekly Crescent City Farmers Market each Wednesday 1-5 p.m. This month, celebrate Bastille Day with the Annual Bartender and Waiter’s Race on Sun., July 17 and enjoy a performance by The National World War II Museum’s Victory Belles in the French Market on July 30 and

Aug. 27 (1 p.m.). The French Market also hosts the Abita Springs Opry Concerts on Saturdays in August, 12:00-3 p.m. The Downriver Festival takes over the Old U.S. Mint and French Market on Sat., Sept. 10 and A Taste of the Opera will be presented on Sundays in September at 2 p.m. For details, visit FrenchMarket.org. Join Vicari Auction for a classic and muscle car cruise and auction, July 8-9, 2016. Expect around 200 cars for this one-day auction on July 9 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Among them will be local entertainer Chris Owens’ 1969 Mercedes Benz 280 SL. The fun starts July 8, when Vicari Auction joins L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge to host its car cruise. The cruise rolls from L’Auberge Baton Rouge and stops along the way to New Orleans at the Tabasco Factory, Jungle Gardens and the Wedell-Williams Aviation Museum. The cruise ends at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans with a seafood boil hosted by Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. Cost for entry to the tour is $50 per car (includes driver and one guest, additional guests are $25 per person), which includes lunch, entry to the Tabasco and Jungle Garden Tour and Wedell-Williams Museum and dinner at Mardi Gras World. Enjoy a special room rate at L’Auberge Casino & Resort on Thurs., July 7, 2016 with promo code RVARBM. For more information, visit VicariAuction.com. Vicari Auction

Julie Barreda is known for her love of people, the art of presentation and her exceptional knowledge of food, wine, events and tour operations. As the founder of Destination

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tours and activities and Simply Julie seasoning, spices and condiments, Barreda and her team bring passion and flavor to New Orleans locals and visitors alike. Simply Julie™ spices are all myneworleans.com / JULY 2016

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natural, with no MSG and some are salt free. Featuring a unique, do-things-differently flavor palette, her products include BOIL® Seasoning, Cajun Gurl® and Cajun Gurl® “I’m Hot,” a kicked up, cayenne-spiked version of her original shaker spice. More spices are coming soon! Purchase yours in stores around New Orleans and Florida or online at Simply-Julie.com. MustDoNOLA.com™ tours and activities from Destination Kitchen™ (DK) provide a variety of fun, safe and exciting experiences – culinary and otherwise – from the French Quarter and Garden District to the Lakefront and beyond. Half-day, weekend and multi-day tours are available, as are private event planning and getaways. 

Beat the heat with cool summer specials available at Ralph Brennan restaurants Ralph’s on the Park and Café NOMA.  Chef Chip Flanagan has revived his summer signature “Three Appetizers and a Glass of Wine” special for only $33 at Ralph’s on the Park, making summer more delicious, affordable and easy to share. Now through August, choose three of 17 appetizers offerings, like Marinated Crawfish Salad, Crabmeat Daniel or Smoked Redfish Stuffed Onion. For reservations, call 488-1000 today. Beginning July 15, Café NOMA’s 2016 “The Artful Palate” complimentary summer cooking series will feature nine artfully inspired demos with Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group chefs every Friday at 6:30 p.m. Visit CafeNoma.com for the full schedule and more information. Celebrate the spring season with the oldest family-run restaurant in the country, Antoine’s Restaurant. This charming, festive and acclaimed French-Creole establishment celebrates 176 years of B.B. King's Blues Club French Quarter service this year. Whether you’re looking for a meal or beverage to enjoy with friends during festival season or a special three-course menu on a special occasion, Antoine’s French-Creole menu has the flavors you love. Antoine’s popular three-course lunch menu continues this summer, changing as it does by a penny a year. The $20.16 lunch menu includes three courses with three options each and features items such as Charbroiled Oysters, Seafood Cake over roasted corn rice and Pecan Bread Pudding. A special 25-cent cocktail, which changes daily, will also be available, made fresh from the bartender.

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Enjoy Happy Hour at the famous Hermes Bar seven days a week from 4-7 p.m. with $4 house wines, cocktails and imported beer and $2 domestics. Grab a bite to go with your drinks from the Hermes Bar menu featuring appetizers, oysters and poor boys. For more information and reservations, visit AntoinesRestaurant.com or call 504-581-4422. Located in the Lower Garden District and just blocks from Downtown New Orleans, Hoshun Restaurant delivers a flavorful punch of pan-Asian flavors with their own take on traditional dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and other South-Asian countries. Popular menu items include pho soup and Vietnamese spring rolls, pad Thai, sushi, General Tsao’s Chicken, Hunan steak, Kung Pao shrimp and more. Enjoy family-style dining in an elegant atmosphere while sharing your favorite appetizers, entrees, combination dinners and sushi specials. Open daily until 2 a.m., Hoshun is a favorite late-night spot for locals and visitors alike.  Whether you’re looking for seafood, steak or vegetarian fare, Hoshun’s extensive menu provides options for everyone. Salt & Pepper Shrimp and Ahi Tuna Seared are a couple of Hoshun’s seafood specialties, while Butter Pepper Mignon offers a meatier possibility. For menu and information, visit HoshunRestaurant.com or call 504-302-9716. Located at 1601 St. Charles Ave.,  Hoshun offers a private party room overlooking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line fitting between 25-70 people. Enjoy riverside dining this summer along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River at The Crazy Lobster and feast on the freshest and best. Share a Steamed Seafood Bucket with your nearest and dearest, or satisfy your own appetite by keeping it all to yourself – a 2-pound lobster, snow crab,


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shrimp, crawfish, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes and sausage all seasoned to pure perfection. Crazy Lobster also serves up all the New Orleans’ favorites – étouffée, jambalaya, gumbo and red beans – along with the best fried seafood in New Orleans. Cool off from the summer heat with Crazy Lobster’s Poppy’s Voodoo Juice, a refreshing tropical cocktail. Live music keeps the restaurant hopping nightly with a variety of funky musicians straight from Frenchmen Street. The Crazy Lobster is open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information and menu, visit  TheCrazyLobster.com. Call 504-569-3380 for reservations.  Experience New Orleans’ treasured cooking traditions this summer in the French Quarter at the New Orleans Creole Cookery, 510 Toulouse St. Chef John Trinh, formerly of Eleven79, offers a unique Creole-Italian style of cooking with dishes such as Lobster Fra Diavolo and Creole Braised Pork Shank. His expertise shines in new dishes he added to the menu: Pecan Crusted Redfish, Redfish Almandine and the best Oyster Rockefeller in New Orleans. Through the menu and service, chef Trinh delivers an authentic, Creole New Orleans dining experience. New Orleans Creole Cookery is everything you love about New Orleans in a setting to fit every occasion. Enjoy casual fine dining at its very best in your choice of the charming Toulouse Lautrec dining room, romantic courtyard, or lively oyster bar. Each offers the Creole-inspired menu complemented by tempting handcrafted cocktails from the bar.  New Orleans Creole Cookery is open seven days a week, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Learn more at NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com. Call 504-524-9632 for reservations.

Austin's Restaurant

Named after the late reigning King of the Blues and recording artist for more than a half-century, B.B.

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is a supper-clubstyle restaurant with live music daily and nightly featuring its very own B.B. King’s Blues Club All-Star Band. B.B. King’s Blues Club is located at 1104 Decatur St., across from the French Market. B.B. King’s serves lunch, dinner and Sunday Blues Brunch and offers the South’s most soughtafter comfort foods such as “Our Famous Lip Smackin’ Ribs,” decadent shrimp and grits, seafood poor

boys, pizzas and more. B.B. King’s offers several creative options to meet your event needs. With five full-service bars, balcony dining, mezzanine overlooking the stage, B.B. King’s is the perfect venue to host a variety of parties and events including full venue buyouts. For smokin’ hot live music and delicious, authentic Southern cuisine in New Orleans, you have to be at B.B. King’s Blues Club. For more information, including music calendar and menu, visit BBKings.com/new-orleans. Amazing history, elegant old-world ambiance and delectable Creole cuisine come together at The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter. Located at 613 Royal St., this old-line restaurant is where locals and visitors from around the world come to enjoy traditional Creole cuisine in the largest courtyard in the French Quarter. Dinner is a romantic, memorable occasion. The expansive menu includes choices such as Crawfish Napoleon, Louisiana crawfish tails in a Creole cream reduction with an Andouille grit cake and fried green tomato and Confit of Duck Leg with Andouille butter beans, fried onions and Madeira reduction. A recent remodel of the buffet area and Terrace dining now features murals of City Park and Audubon Park painted by local artist Judy Merrell.  Daily, the Jazz Brunch Buffet provides a lavish display of hot and cold dishes served alongside live Dixieland music. The restaurant is available to host special events in a beautiful setting with freshly prepared food and refreshing drinks all summer long. Reservations recommended. For more information, visit CourtOfTwoSisters.com or call 504-522-7261. This summer, stop by any of the Tropical Isles, home of the Hand Grenade®, New Orleans’ Most Powerful Drink® and the Hand Grenade® Martini. Also, enjoy a Hand Grenade® at Funky Pirate Blues Club or Bayou Club. Experience Trop Rock, Cajun/Zydeco and the Blues with Tropical Isle’s nightly entertainment, the best on Bourbon. State-of-the-art sound systems plus great live bands will keep you dancing the night away at Tropical Isle Bourbon, Tropical Isle Original, Little Tropical Isle, Funky Pirate and the Bayou Club. While there, ask about the Hand Grenade® Martini! Enjoy big screen TVs at Funky Pirate, Bayou Club, Tropical Isle Bourbon and Top of the Trop. For more on Tropical Isle, visit TropicalIsle.com. For a quiet escape, visit local favorite The Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro right off of Bourbon at 720 Orleans Ave., which has more than 200 varieties of wine by the bottle and plenty of wine by the glass, plus a Bacon Happy Hour! For sample menus and wine lists, visit OrleansGrapevine.com.

Boulevard American Bistro, conveniently located on Veterans Memorial Blvd., is proud to announce “Social Hour” in its large, comfortable bar. Drinks and small plate specials will be offered Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. Bartender Jay Teichmann will pour $6 well drinks and $7 featured wines by the glass. Simple, well composed small plate menu items ($8) will include house-made guacamole, No. 1 grade tuna tartare, smoked salmon dip, crispy fried Louisiana oysters, “mini dip” (spinach and artichoke dip) and a petit ribeye steak sandwich. “We are excited to offer a gathering place for locals to come

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and relax and meet up with friends,” says General Manager Robert Hardie. “Boulevard has a great social atmosphere, so what better way to celebrate summer with friends than with a social hour right in their own backyard.” The all-day, à la carte menu is available in the dining room from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday. For more information on Boulevard American Bistro, including full cocktail menu, wine list and lunch and dinner menus, please visit BoulevardBistro.com or call 504-889-2301 to make reservations. Named the No. 1 brunch spot in New Orleans by OpenTable,

Red Gravy continues to make a statement with its richly

flavored, authentic Italian cuisine and farm-to-fork approach. Last month, Red Gravy was featured on the Food Network’s show Buddy’s Family Vacation with Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, who makes ravioli in the Red Gravy kitchen with Owner Roseann Melisi Rostoker. Ravioli will of course be featured as a weekly special throughout the summer. Additionally, Red Gravy is currently offering “Picnic in Tuscany” inspired summer specials that are chockfull of simple, seasonal ingredients minimally prepared. Since the farmer’s market is overflowing with the summer bounty, Roseann has been spending her spare time canning, jamming and preserving strawberry jam, blueberry jam, peach jam, garlic pickles, pickled green tomatoes and blackberry mostarda. Experience New Orleans’ No. 1 brunch with pastas, sandwiches, omelets, egg platters and the best meatballs in New Orleans. Enjoy a truly farm-to-fork meal with everything from gluten-free pizza to handcrafted cocktails. View the menu and make your reservations online at RedGravyCafe.com, or call 504-561-8844.  For over a decade, Austin’s Restaurant has been known as Metairie’s hot spot for steak, seafood and the Creole-Italian creations of restauranteur Ed McIntyre and his esteemed culinary staff. Garnering awards and accolades from critics and readers alike, readers of New Orleans Magazine named Austin’s “Favorite Steak House” and voted founder Ed McIntyre as a “New Orleanian of the Year” in 2010. Austin’s impressive menu includes signature appetizers, soups and salads such as the popular Austin’s Louisiana Creole Crab Salad and Oyster Fitzgerald, as well as the finest aged USDA steaks and savory Creole-Italian entrees of seafood, veal, duck and pork. Austin’s is located at 5101 W. Esplanade Ave. in Metairie. For more information or to make reservations, call 504-888- 5533. Visit Austin’s online at AustinsNO.com. Private party rooms are available for luncheons, banquets and rehearsal dinners. McIntyre also oversees Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant of Metairie and Kenner and Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House with locations in Metairie, the French Quarter and a new location on St. Charles Avenue. Taste the rich history of New Orleans this season by going to Pascal’s Manale, home of the original BBQ Shrimp. Founded in 1913, this New Orleans tradition is now in its third, fourth and fifth generation of family involvement and still serves the classic dishes for which it’s been famous for decades. A blend of Italian and Creole, Pascal’s Manale’s menu includes New Orleans and Italian favorites, steaks and seafood dishes. Start your night with raw oysters from the oyster bar before indulging in the succulent BBQ shrimp. The Veal 120

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Gambero and Fish Pascal specials have flavors all their own while also incorporating the richness of the BBQ Shrimp and its sauce. Other Pascal’s Manale favorites include the Oysters Bienville, baked oysters topped with a mushroom, shrimp and bacon dressing, or the Combination Pan Roast, which consists of shrimp, oysters and crabmeat chopped together with shallots and seasoning. Monday-Friday, from 3-6 p.m., enjoy half-priced raw oysters at the oyster bar as well discounted beer, wine and cocktails. World-famous Pascal’s Manale is located at 1838 Napoleon Ave., off the St. Charles streetcar line. For reservations, call 504-8954877 or visit them at PascalsManale.com.

Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktail is proud to introduce its new summer cocktail menu. Already well known for its daring cuisine, Kingfish has garnered a following to its cocktail bar, featuring piano music nightly. Head bartender Justin Gerhmann, in collaboration with his entire bar staff, has created a new “Sip List” featuring handcrafted libations, along with locally brewed draft and bottled beers. Highlights of Gerhmann’s newest creations include First Word (Aperol, green chartreuse, Del Megay mescal and lime), Johnnie’s Smoked Chocolate (Johnnie Walker Black, Del Megay mescal, Marie Brizzard white crème and vanilla extract) and B Line (Ford’s gin, Averna, lemon, strawberries and sugar). Gerhmann’s new cocktail menu is intended to complement the Louisiana-centric menu of Executive Chef Nathan Richard. Happy Hour runs 3:30-6 p.m. daily and features half off all beer and wines-by-the-glass. Richard’s Small Plates ($5) include fried boudin balls, crispy hushpuppies, Louisiana sportsman’s gumbo, char siu pork belly steamed bun and pork cracklins. For reservations, call 504-598-5005 and visit KingfishNewOrleans.com for menus and more.

It is summer in New Orleans and shopping season has begun! Shoppers looking for style that combines natural beauty with eco-friendliness and superior function will want to visit Queork – a French Quarter and Magazine Street boutique that’s the first of its kind not only in New Orleans, but in the United States. Queork is a local business that specializes in fine handbags, shoes and accessories for fashion, home and office that all prominently feature natural cork, “the new leather.” Cork leather comes from the same raw material as wine corks – the bark of the cork oak tree. Once the bark is removed by hand, which allows the tree to continue growing, it’s processed into a supple, waterproof, scratchproof, stain resistant, hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and durable fabric that Queork transforms into luxurious products. Visit Queork in the French Quarter and on Magazine Street and see the stunning array of colors and designs they offer. From handbags, wallets, belts, bowties, boots, jewelry, aprons, hats, etc. – there’s something for everyone, even fourlegged friends, at Queork. Visit Queork at 838 Chartres St. and 3005 Magazine St., or shop online at Queork.com. A New Orleans native, artist and designer, Cristy Cali has a knack for capturing the spirit of New Orleans with designs in silver and gold. Cristy’s Collection is a line of jewelry


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from brands like Only Hearts and Free People. For more information, visit TrashyDiva.com or call  504-299-3939. 

Chateau Sew & Sew

focused on and inspired by the architecture, rich culture and fascinating history of New Orleans. Cristy’s Collection features necklaces, bracelets, pendants, rings, earrings and more – each piece exhibiting a love of New Orleans and an appreciation of style. From well-known landmarks such as St. Louis Cathedral and the Superdome to popular local indulgences such as snowballs and the Roman Candy Co., Cristy’s Collection highlights not only the city, but also the community. Additionally, Cristy Cali has revolutionized the tradition of wedding cake pulls with Couture charms. Couture Pulls offer an exciting new way to approach the event. Brides have the option of classy pearl bracelets or colored satin ribbon to pull the charms, allowing bridesmaids to immediately wear their new charms. For a list of retailers or to shop online, visit CristyCali.com.

Chateau Sew & Sew, conveniently situated in the Lower Garden District, has all of your fabric and sewing needs covered. Visit the quaint and welcoming shop for fun fabrics, notions, gifts, custom monogramming, or even a community class. From now through September 6, Chateau Sew & Sew is excited to participate in the nationally recognized Row by Row event, which is a great way to interact with fellow “sewists” all over the world by creating a unique quilt that represents your summer travels and fun. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows. Prizes and collectibles add to the experience. This year’s theme is “Home Sweet Home.” Stop by Chateau Sew & Sew, grab up the shop’s free pattern for the quilt block designed by Debbie Schober and start quilting! Visit ChateauSew.com for more info on the shop and Row by Row! Chateau Sew & Sew is located at 1115 St. Mary St.

With a diverse and whimsical product line, locally based Auraluz offers one-of-a-kind gifts and children’s clothing, including its own Auraluz brand available in sizes Preemie to 6X. Auraluz has been creating its signature handembroidered designs for over 48 years with a number of offerings perfect for christenings, first birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. Centrally located in Metairie, just one block from Clearview and West Esplanade, Auraluz occupies a freestanding building with plenty of parking, which makes it a great spot for stress-free shopping.  Auraluz’s now offers easy online ordering at ShopAuraluz. com. In addition to its lines of clothing and gifts, Auraluz also offers monogramming services and baby-bridal-gift registry. The store stocks gifts for both children and adults, including dolls, plush items, books, toys, locally themed items, gifts for every occasion and home and kitchen items. Auraluz is open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. The store is located at 4408 Shores Drive in Metairie. For more information, call 504-8883313 or visit ShopAuraluz.com. Just keeping up with technology is a full time job these days. Even being an incredible artist, designer and craftsman

Trashy Diva

While Trashy Diva is a distinctly New Orleans clothing company with five locations spread across the city, their vintage-inspired designs are known and coveted worldwide. For nearly 20 years, Trashy Diva has provided customers with impeccable designs in classic styles. Original dresses and separates by Candice Gwinn suit a modern sensibility with a focus on creating feminine silhouettes that flatter a variety of body types, from sizes 0-24. Beat the heat this summer in the airy cotton voile of Trashy Diva’s newest print, Mahjong. Mix and match this funky midcentury-inspired collection with their new citron green cotton stretch pieces for a bright and effortless take on warm weather fashion. Complete the look with stylish sandals from their Uptown shoe boutique or French Quarter dress boutique, including brands like Swedish Hasbeens, Miss L Fire and B.A.I.T. Visit their lingerie boutiques to shop a wide array of sexy but comfortable pieces in stretch lace and breathable cotton myneworleans.com / JULY 2016

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doesn’t seem to be enough. Even more than 45 years of experience in the business and creating original works of jewelry art has not stopped Tom Mathis, co-owner and inhouse designer of Symmetry Jewelers and Designers from continuing his education. Tom’s latest addition to his long list of accomplishments is a sculpting program that allows him to complement his current CADCAM model designing with incredible three-dimensional detailing. In the coming months, new designs by Tom Mathis will be on display and available. Symmetry will also be showing the work of new gallery artists Rebecca Hook of Lexington, Kentucky, and Stacy Louise King of Sausalito, California. The gallery will also reintroduce the work of Ed Levin Studio, an artist from Symmetry’s past. Start your jewelry tradition and obtain a work of art at SymmetryJewelers.com or by calling 504-861-9925 or  800-628-3711. Since 1933, the craftsmen of Boudreaux’s Jewelers have taken enormous pride in designing exquisite creations of outstanding quality and enduring value. Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, Boudreaux’s continues to offer distinguished pieces from many of the world’s finest watch and jewelry designers, including Tacori, Verragio, Movado and more. Additionally, Boudreaux’s has comprehensive in-house custom capabilities for creating unique designs and beginning new traditions. Boudreaux’s family’s business has been built on exceptional service. Their clientele refuses to settle for anything less than personalized gift giving – no matter the occasion. Boudreaux’s skilled craftsmen and staff are ready to help you discover that rare and precious gift you and your family will cherish for generations to come. In addition to jewelry customization and sales, Boudreaux’s Jewelers offers jewelry and watch repair, appraisals and engraving. They invite you to visit their

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Metairie, Mandeville and Baton Rouge locations. For more information, visit BoudreauxsJewelers.com or call 504-831-2602. Summer is the season for quality recycled furniture and Canal Furniture Liquidators continuously brings in new merchandise for every kind of furniture shopper: homeowners, renters, businesses and treasure hunters. After purchasing the business in 2013, co-owner Holis Hannan has revamped the showroom and opened the second floor. Once rows and stacks of furniture and household supplies, Canal Furniture Liquidators now features an organized show room with small seating areas and categorically organized items.  Most of Canal Furniture Liquidators’ stock comes from area hotels that redecorate every few years. “Instead of throwing things out, it’s about recycling good furniture. And hotel furniture is some of the best, because it’s meant to last,” says Hannan. A former Delgado art instructor, Hannan is now hosting art classes that show students how to repurpose old furniture using DIY techniques such as chalk painting, mosaic work, etc. To learn more and to view stock, visit CanalFurnitureLiquidators.com or call 504-482-6851. Follow for pictures and promotions on Facebook and Instagram. Store hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.

Au Natural Organics is 100 percent committed to your well-being. Wild-harvested, organic skincare, Au Natural Organics offers a variety of essential oils, waxes, extracts, body scrubs and butters – everything you need to lead a healthier life naturally. Sourcing beautifully fragrant essential oils directly from distillers that share Au Natural Organics’ unique values, the company can transform your skincare regimen one product at a time. There are no


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artificial ingredients here; just good, wholesome products free of preservatives and chemicals. Au Natural Organics operates with each customer’s organic health, wellness and beauty in mind and therefore creates products that are natural, sustainable, organic and totally authentic. Products are packaged in amber and Miron violet glass, which helps protect their contents by blocking out the visible light that accelerates molecular delay. For customers, this means products that stay fresher longer.  The Au Natural Organics collection offers a wealth of benefits that don’t come at the expense of the earth and its inhabitants. For information and to purchase, visit AuNaturalOrganics.com. 

For a custom closet, pantry, home office or garage, superior service is available in your neighborhood. Since 2003, Louisiana Custom Closets has been tailoring rooms, shelves, hampers, hutches and more to fit the needs of residents in South Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. Don Wise, the company’s founder, has been designing closets for more than 20 years. Wise has an unparalleled commitment to customer service, sometimes spending hours listening to the unique wants and needs a client has for the space in his or her home. Louisiana Custom Closets uses leading technology and software for design, providing clients with computergenerated images. They use highest quality materials and custom-build each closet in their warehouse – from the slanted shelves for shoes and the various rods and valets for hanging clothes to the spacious hutch drawers and cubicles Canal Furniture Liquidators

for purses, sweaters and more. With competitive pricing, Louisiana Custom Closets will find an affordable solution to your home needs. Visit LouisianaCustomClosets.com or call for a free estimate: 985-871-0810 or 504-885-3188. Find news and promotions by following Louisiana Custom Closets on Facebook. There is nothing more coveted in the New Orleans outdoors as a breezy spot in the shade, and a custom metal or canvas awning can improve your residential or commercial property by expanding the comfort of its outdoor space and enhancing curb appeal. Niko Industries is the awning and canvas resource for contractors and homeowners across Southeast Louisiana in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and on the Northshore. There is no job too small – Niko can customize residential awnings for a single doorway or window or an entire retail shopping center. With over 80 combined years of experience, Niko’s staff has designed and installed thousands of awning covers, outdoor kitchen shade systems, shade sails, tarps, boat tops and boat covers.  Niko Industries offers free estimates and uses sophisticated technology to create visuals of customized metal or canvas awnings on your property. Awnings come in all colors and can be seen on commercial retail buildings, offices, schools, country clubs and homes across the Gulf Coast. For more information or to schedule a consultation and estimate, call 985-318-6456 or visit NikoIndustries. com. Visit Niko Industries on Facebook for photos and more.

Milavo™ is a pocket spritzer that solves all of your hygiene needs while on the go. Created as an alternative to dry paper goods and wasteful wet wipes that wreak havoc on municipal sewer systems, Milavo™ allows you to create moist wipes at any time or place. Milavo’s compact, sleek design makes it easy to discreetly carry in your pocket or purse and prepares you for visits to the restroom whether you’re traveling, shopping the town, busy at the office, or visiting friends. Milavo™ is the answer to making personal hygiene convenient, effective and economical. Just spritz bath tissue and wipe as normal after toilet use. It is also suitable for wiping armpits and other intimate body areas as well as spritzing pets. If you want to freshen up during the day, just spritz some tissue and dab the soothing liquid on your forehead, temples, neck and inner elbows. A mixture of purified water, aloe vera juice, lavender, tea tree, lemon peel oils and naturally derived stabilizers, the lavender-scented solution contains no alcohol and is gentle and soothing to the skin. Learn more and purchase Milavo™ today at MilavoSpray.com. •

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Aging Parents: Resources for Families W

hen adults are close with their parents subtle changes in behavior may be difficult to notice, but there often comes a time when those adults and their parents realize that additional help may be needed – whether that help be with laborious physical tasks like maintaining the lawn or with mental tasks, such as remembering when to take medications. No matter the type of challenge your family faces, there are resources available to help the aging in the community, from retirement living that offers independence and caters to the active adult, to home care services for people who need assistance in their homes, medical or otherwise. Whether you’re seeking assistance or just looking to get information on available services and living options, the following metro area providers can offer their expertise.

Home Care Providing better solutions for aging well in New Orleans since 1991, Home Care Solutions specializes in compassionate in-home care and Alzheimer’s care, in addition to Aging Life Care Management services to help elderly loved ones in the Greater New Orleans area extend their independence. Home Care Solutions’ team of reliable, experienced, caregivers provides older adults assistance with daily living and companionship services. Each caregiver is carefully matched to meet both client needs and personality. The company is committed to providing clients with the highest quality of care in their chosen environment, keeping loved ones safe and comfortable while giving families peace of mind. Care Managers simplify, coordinate and proactively guide the care of a loved one with intelligence, expertise and heart. They are experienced advocates capable of managing 124

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complex situations and finding intelligent and creative solutions for all care concerns. Home Care Solutions is a member of the Home Care Association of America and the Aging Life Care Association and is also a licensed Personal Care Attendant Agency. For more information, call 504-828-0900 or visit HomeCareNewOrleans.com.

Retirement Living Nestled along Broadway at the Mississippi River is

Lambeth House, New Orleans’ leading retirement

community. Amenities focus on choice and flexibility with healthy, active living at the forefront. Lambeth House has beautiful, elegant living and common spaces, many with spectacular views of the river and Audubon Park. The Wellness Center at Lambeth House features a stunning indoor pool, fitness center, art studio, meditation room and all that one would need to maintain and ensure physical and spiritual wellness.  Lambeth House offers luxury retirement living at its best. Most recently, it was awarded the Design for Aging Merit Award by the American Institute of Architecture for the attention to detail in its recent expansion. Fitness Center memberships are available to nonresidents age 55 and older, and Lambeth House’s Wild Azalea Café is Lambeth House now open to the public for


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breakfast and lunch, Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, call 504-865-1960 or explore Lambeth House online at LambethHouse.com.

The Landing at Behrman Place, managed by Sunshine Retirement Living, is a warm and welcoming community on the scenic West Bank of New Orleans and voted Best Senior Living this year by SeniorAdvisor.com. Just minutes from the French Quarter, it offers shopping, restaurants and healthcare, with an on-site salon, library and computer center, The Landing offers all-inclusive living with peace of mind, allowing residents the opportunity to age in place. Three chef-prepared meals a day, transportation, housekeeping, home maintenance and 24/7 onsite staff are just a few of the benefits, while happy hours, bell choir, choir practice, games and exercise classes are a small sample of the activities residents enjoy. This month, The Landing celebrates Veteran’s Day with events open to the public. Choose from three floor plans starting at just $1,495 with the convenience of a month-to-month lease. Additionally, Sunshine Retirement’s unique travel program offers The Landing’s residents the ability to explore the country. Join The Landing for an Open House Nov. 5 5:30-7 p.m.at 3601 Behrman Place in New Orleans. For more info, call 504208-2080, or visit TheLandingRet.com and Facebook.com/ LandingatBehrmanPlace. The opening of Poydras Home’s Oak House Assisted Living addition in 2013 brought the full complement of gracious living options to its residents. Located on three acres in scenic Uptown New Orleans, Poydras Home is a continuing care retirement community that has been serving the needs of New Orleanians since 1817. Poydras Home residents can age in place by partaking in Garden House (independent living), Oak House (assisted living) or the Historic House (nursing care), and PHASE (adult day program). All rooms are private and overlook manicured grounds. Poydras Home’s state-of-the-art memory support areas, Seasons and Hunter House, provide unparalleled services with unique individualized activities and a secured outdoor garden and walking path. Poydras Home is known nationally for its quality of care and innovative programs that allow residents to enjoy life to the fullest in a beautiful and historic setting. Known for highly individualized care, Poydras Home is the only full continuum of care community with dementia care and an adult day program in the Greater New Orleans Area. For more information, visit PoydrasHome.com or call 504-8970535. Schonberg and Associates is proud to provide seniors in the Greater New Orleans area with every opportunity to make the very best of their golden years through their award-winning assisted living and memory care communities. At Schonberg communities, you’re not just a resident, you’re family and your loved ones are family, too. Schonberg understands the importance of being close to the ones you care about most, which is why they offer several conveniently located communities throughout the Greater New Orleans area, including Vista Shores in New Orleans, Beau Provence in Mandeville, Park

Provence in Slidell, Ashton Manor in Luling and The Suites at Sugar Mill Point in Houma. Whether you seek an exciting, engaging and luxurious assisted living experience, or the highest quality of specialized memory care, Schonberg & Associates provides a lifestyle custom-designed for you. To learn more about living your best life at a Schonberg community, visit SchonbergCare.com. 

Woldenberg Village is one of the region’s premier healthcare and retirement communities, located just minutes from downtown New Orleans. Offering quality care and an engaging lifestyle across the full spectrum of senior living, residents in the community experience independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care.  As a premier Touro Retirement Community specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia, aging loved ones at Woldenberg are comfortably accommodated with more than 120 skilled nursing beds, 60 assisted living apartments and 60 independent living apartment homes on 18 acres of land. The campus is pet-friendly and features group transportation for activities, errands and appointments, housekeeping and laundry service, meals served daily in a community dining area and private dining for small gatherings or family visits. From a 24-hour emergency response system to short-term rehabilitation and in-patient hospice service, your loved ones are kept safe and healthy at Woldenberg Village.   To learn more or to schedule a tour, call 504-367-5640.

Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing The Sanctuary at St. Joseph of Harahan ensures comfort and compassion while utilizing the newest advances in providing your loved ones with individualized and innovative care. A rehabilitation and skilled nursing center, The Sanctuary assists residents with a variety of amenities and services designed to enhance comfort and recovery while promoting St. Joseph of Harahan’s mission to work together with integrity, compassion, and professionalism. Sometimes it’s difficult to predict whether a physical condition that limits independence will be a short-term or a long-term stay – in either case, the professional staff at The Sanctuary at St. Joseph of Harahan emphasize maintaining a home-like atmosphere, making sure that each resident receives the best balance between independence, comfort, and emotional well-being while enhancing the joy and dignity of life. The Sanctuary of St. Joseph of Harahan is located at 405 Folse St. in Harahan. For more information or to take a personal tour, contact Kim Murphy or Kelly Barber by calling 504-738-7676.

Narrowing Your Search Selecting senior living and care services can be a very emotional and overwhelming process for families. Senior Living Advisors at A Place for Mom can patiently guide you through the search process while providing options, information, and educational resources that empower you to make informed and confident decisions. These advisors myneworleans.com / JULY 2016

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help nearly 150,000 families in the U.S. find care each year. A Place for Mom offers this personalized service at no cost to you and works with a nationwide network of more than 18,000 providers of living services that include independent living, home care, residential care homes, assisted living and specialized memory care. They help identify medical, financial and geographic needs as well as determining social, cultural and personal preferences. The decision of if, when and where to move resides solely with you and your family. If you would like assistance connecting with local resources and discovering options that fit your family’s needs, contact A Place for Mom today by calling 504-2645196 or emailing neworleans@aplaceformom.com. This service is 100 percent free to you and your family.

Resources for Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease impacting 84,000 Louisiana seniors and 231,000 caregivers. There is currently no way to prevent, cure, or slow down Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association provides care and support to families and supports research funding. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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Need help? Visit the Community Resource Finder at ALZ.org/crf to find support groups, programs, events and community services from at-home care to medical services. Learn more about the disease and how you can become a champion for the cause at ALZ.org/Louisiana.  For additional help or guidance, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900. You can also follow the association on Twitter (@ALZ_LA) and like them on Facebook (Alzheimer’s Association Louisiana Chapter).

Hearing Loss Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. As people age, there’s an increase in hearing loss that when left untreated will lead to daily embarrassment, social isolation, cognitive decline and undiagnosed depression. Helping your older parent to hear, process and communicate better will improve the overall quality of life for your parent – and also for you. The Doctors of Audiology at Associated Hearing have been impacting patients’ and their families’ lives for over 35 years. Their methods are unique in the sense that they create a customized treatment plan based on each individual’s lifestyle and listening environment. Their mission is to strive to provide the best hearing care


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possible through experienced professionals, expert advice, exceptional technology, excellent value and extraordinary service. For more information, contact Associated Hearing today! Visit online at AssociatedHearingInc.com or call 504-8334327 or 985-249-5225.

Hospice Anyone looking for compassionate and dignified care for their terminally ill loved ones should take a look at the services offered by Canon Hospice. The caring team at Canon is dedicated to a hospice ministry that helps patients and families accept terminal illness positively and resourcefully. Their stated goal is to “allow our patients to live each day to the fullest and enjoy their time with family and friends.” With special expertise in pain management and symptom control, Canon Hospice designs individualized plans of care for each patient based on their unique needs. Home Based Services provide doctors, nurses, social workers, pastoral care and volunteers. For patients with more intensive symptom management needs, Canon has an Inpatient Hospice Unit. This unit provides 24-hour care in a home-like environment where patients are permitted to receive visits at any hour. For more information, visit CanonHospice.com or call 504-818-2723.

Pharmacy & Medical Equipment For over 55 years, people have turned to Patio Drugs for help in managing their healthcare needs. Patio Drugs has helped individuals and families understand their medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, since 1958 and provides free prescription delivery throughout East Jefferson. In addition to being a full-service pharmacy, the oldest independent pharmacy in Jefferson Parish, Patio Drugs is also a leading provider of home medical equipment. For everything from a Band-Aid to a hospital bed, Patio Drugs is your one-stop source for all home medical equipment needs. Patio Drugs has over 55 years of experience in specialized compounding services. No two people are the same. Their pharmacists work with physicians to customize medication doses and dosage forms to meet the individual needs of each patient. Some of their compounding services include: Hormone replacement therapy, gluten-free formulations, medicated troches, sugar-free preparations, preservativefree formulas, transdermal gels and sterile injections. Whether you need prescriptions, medical equipment, or specialized compounding services, call Patio Drugs, 5208 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie, 504-889-7070. Patio Drugs, “Large Enough to Serve You, Yet, Small Enough to Know You.” •

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Poydras House Celebrates Bi-Centennial with Historical Review Available for purchase at $39.95 at PoydrasHome.com; enter 04POYDRAS for a 10 percent discount and free shipping. Poydras Home is celebrating its 200th birthday with the publication of New Orleans Women And The Poydras Home – More Durable Than Marble. The book, by author and historian Pamela Tyler, Ph.D., chronicles the history of the Poydras Home’s all-female board from 1817 through today. First operating as an orphanage for girls during Yellow Fever outbreaks, it now offers elder care. The publication marks the start of a year-long, multi-event celebration of the bicentennial of Poydras Home in 2017. There will be a presentation of the book at The Historic New Orleans Collection on July 27.

Law Firm Kean Miller Explains Overtime Rules david.whitaker@keanmiller.com “New Department of Labor rules change the salary requirements for certain exemptions from the overtime pay requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act,” says David Whitaker, a partner in the New Orleans office of statewide law firm Kean Miller LLP. Under the final rule, effective Dec. 1, 2016, the Department of Labor has increased the minimum salary threshold that must be paid in order for most executive, administrative or professional employees to qualify for exemption from $455 per week to $913 per week. – Mirella Cameran

Glimpse Your Future Visiting psychic Cari Roy By sarah ravits

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ots of death today,” she said, shaking her head. I caught the tail-end of a whispered conversation between renowned psychic and medium Cari Roy and photographer Cheryl Gerber as I walked into the waiting room of Roy’s sleek CBD office and considered bolting in the other direction. But I’d promised to be open-minded and sit through it even if I was skeptical or scared of what she might tell me. “No, that’s not about you!” she assured me, explaining that earlier in the day, in her capacity as a medium, she’d helped a parent communicate with her deceased child. (I was going to see her for a psychic reading, not as a medium, but Roy has done both professionally for more than 20 years.) She would later tell me that her job gets “heavy” at times.  “Some people come to me for fun; some people come to me because they’re in a kind of crisis situation. I connect with grief and loss and people’s anxieties and vulnerabilities. But I think it’s an honor to be able to do that. I connect with people deeply,” she says.  Her sixth-floor office is minimalist (not a crystal ball in sight), and the lights cast a soothing, pink glow. We faced each other while seated, and she placed her hands on top of mine.  Had it been with any other person I’d just met, I might have felt uncomfortable with this exercise – sitting across from a perfect stranger, touching hands, no distractions or iPhone to play with during those awkward moments of stillness that are hard to handle in this day and age. But Roy, who describes herself as a healer, exudes a disarming sincerity and genuine empathy, and it made me feel like I could handle whatever it is she had to tell me.  At times, she was specific. She told me about options that would present themselves, and encouraged outlets and activities that would mitigate complacency or boredom.  We talked about travel and past lives (she believes I’m an old soul who’s been around since Druid times) and she was spot-on regarding many of my relationships and family dynamics. Halfway through our session, I burst into tears (uncharacteristically, I might add) and after I pulled it together and finished the session, a rainstorm opened up as I left the building, feeling a little tingly. When we spoke the next day for a follow-up interview, she said that the deluge was the sign of a blessing.  Information, NewOrleansPsychic.com More of Ravits’ conversation with Roy is available at MyNewOrleans.com. n

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Braking the Tag By errol laborde

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friend was rejoicing that when she went to get a New Orleans brake tag she was given the option of getting a tag for two years rather than one. Two years cost more but sure make life more convenient. That reminded me about how much the act of getting a brake tag has changed, especially in Orleans Parish, where issuing tags was once a city-run, no-nonsense operation. By comparison tags are now jobbed out to various car places where the process is less demanding. (At the places where I’ve gone the last two times, my inspection had been completed before I could count all the tattoos on the inspector and his cashier girlfriend.) In earlier days most of the inspecting was done at the city’s East Bank station just off of Jeff Davis Boulevard, near Parkway Bakery. There was invariably a long line as the cars moved slowly toward the center of the facility where the inspecting was done.

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As your time drew near an inspector carrying a clipboard approached the driver’s side for vital information. He then scraped off the old sticker. Another inspector checked the horns, lights and wipers. Than came the big moment, the actual testing of the bakes. We were instructed to drive slowly over a metal plate and than at his command to jam the brakes as quickly as possible. (“That always makes me nervous,” my mom used to complain.) Nearby was a gadget that measured the suddenness of the stop. There were valves, which if they popped high enough meant that the brakes were good. The less the pop, the weaker the brakes. If it all went well you paid the fee, a new sticker was slapped on and you drove away. If there was a problem you were given a temporary tag. That meant that after getting the problem fixed you had to come back and do it all over again. And then, for many years tags were only

valid for six months. We had to go through the ordeal twice a year. Then it was extended to annually. The big change, though, came in 2002 during the early Ray Nagin administration, in what was seen as a government efficiency reform. The brake tag station was closed and private enterprise took over. It may be that cars are made better now with fewer needs for inspection, or that government has higher priority spending demands. The empty shell of the old Motor Vehicle Inspection station still stands. A plaque proudly reminds us that the facility was restored in 1999, though its active life after that wasn’t long. Some of the signage still stands. The ones I remember most warned that the inspectors could not be offered tips, and that the facility director’s name was Frank J. Lopiccolo Jr. In case we forgot his name, it was also on the back of the brake tag. (Impishly I wondered about being stopped by a policeman for driving with an expired brake tag. Could I plea, “But Mr. Lopiccolo said I could?”) If you car is less than 10 years old, it can qualify for the two-year sticker. The world of brake tags is changing faster than a screeching car. The standard square brake tag is now being replaced by a circular one. There was a rainstorm as I drove back to the office from exploring the old inspection facility. I didn’t notice a large puddle that had formed on the street that caused a spray to cascade from both sides of the vehicle. Having cleared the puddle I instinctively tested my brakes to be sure the water didn’t affect them. They worked fine. That might have been the most important test of all – and there was no line. n ARTHUR NEAD ILLUSTRATION


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