Sep 302011

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

When I was in college I got sucked into the world of fine dining. I started out looking for a job, one that would work with my class schedule and provide me with enough cash to pay rent, buy books for school and leave me with some extra spending money.  Being a waitress was the perfect fit: Just like any career, the profession certainly had its pros and cons, but I can’t think of any that are quite so colorful. Continue reading »

Sep 302011

The “NolaLoyola 2011: Live to Eat” conference runs all day today with panels on the city’s food culture, culminating in a roundtable discussion with chefs from Commander’s Palace, Dooky Chase and Upperline. Continue reading »

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Sep 292011

The signs — which depict President Obama as a crying baby demanding “change,” a dunce and a puppet — drew protesters across Calhoun Street, as well as a visit from former Mayor Ray Nagin, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. Homeowner Timothy Reily declined to speak about the signs, but Councilwoman Susan Guidry said she was investigating whether they constituted a violation of city zoning ordinances.

Sep 292011

A rendering of the new design for the Walgreens on Magazine Street. (photo by Sabree Hill,

With some encouragement from City Hall, the developers of the Walgreens store planned for Magazine Street have settled on a historic-style design intended to blend with the existing streetscape, abandoning a more modern look they had previously considered. Continue reading »

Sep 282011

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The suspect in four recent robberies at knifepoint in the Carrollton area was arrested early Wednesday morning after a CrimeStoppers tip led police to his hideout in New Orleans East, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Sep 282011

The American Legion building on Magazine Street. (Sabree Hill,

The developers of the Walgreens pharmacy proposed for the old American Legion building on Magazine Street will share a new design for the store with neighbors tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 28). Continue reading »

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Sep 282011

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Sep 282011

Samuel Square basketball goal along Napoleon before "Fight the Blight." (Jean Paul-Villere)

The same goal after Fight the Blight day. (Jean-Paul Villere)

Note: Immediately below was composed before the recent Fight the Blight day this past Saturday.  Additional thoughts follow.


Recently in a bid to generate enthusiasm for keeping the Hornets in New Orleans, a campaign was launched with billboards, TV spots, and print ads featuring everyone from the governor, to the mayor to Fleurty Girl all pledging their allegiance to our city’s basketball franchise.  “I’m in!” they all repeated over and over again.  “Are you in?”  “I’m in.”  “Oh, I’m definitely in.”  “You know I’m in.”  On and on.  To which I say “Great!  I love it when people are in!”  I’ve always said I’m a fan of fans.  God bless the ones who make it all possible for whatever; without fans every successful franchise athletically or otherwise would be nowhere.  Except, when I walk my neighborhood I feel like the being “in”-ness stops when the director says “cut.”  Why?  Have you seen the condition of some of our more visible parks?  Especially the basketball courts?  I do not profess to be expert of the city’s parks nor of the heirarchy that presumably should be keeping them in check.  But my stomach turns just enough when I think of this campaign, and then visit my neighborhood park: Samuel Square. Continue reading »

Sep 272011

The facade of the proposed Taco Bell. (via

A proposal to use a home on Maple Street as an office for two child psychologists was turned down by the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, but a Taco Bell planned for South Claiborne Avenue was given speedy approval. Continue reading »

Sep 272011

The big news at the Dog is that we are planning on expanding our menu with sausages from around the world.  This is being done for the buildup to our opening across the street at 5030 Rue Freret which will allow us larger indoor and of course cafe’ seating outside with all the smutz. We are also in the process of working on new uniforms to greet the move: we’ll test Tuxedo Fridays as well as Fez and French Fridays over the next few weeks.  Our fans and customers will have a chance to decide which style is best.  We are proud to be a part of Freret St. New Orleans and we are proud that New Orleans now has a Quality Hotdog Stand in the top 10 rated in America.  Go New Orleans.  Go Freret. Go to the Dog.

Sep 262011

The vacant Pizza Hut building on South Claiborne could be demolished to make way for a Taco Bell. (photo courtesy of Jean-Paul Villere)

In Uptown New Orleans, a run for the border may soon get a good bit quicker.

On Tuesday, the city planning commission will review plans for a Taco Bell restaurant in the long-vacant Pizza Hut building on South Claiborne Avenue. Also on Tuesday’s agenda is a child-psychology clinic proposed in an old home on Maple Street. Continue reading »