Jul 172018

Psychiatry – Massage – Counseling – Nutrition

Podesta Wellness is a multidisciplinary collaborative practice that aims to treat the mental and physical health goals of each individual client. As both a massage therapist and biochemist, Dr. Arwen Podesta merged her interests in mind-body wellness and biology by opening Podesta Psychiatry, LLC in 2012.

Now operating as Podesta Wellness, Dr. Podesta collaborates closely with a tremendous team of providers with experience and expertise in whole health.

The team includes experts in psychiatry, counseling, massage, and nutrition, leading to whole health results for patients experiencing anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, grief, and other issues.

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Jul 132018

La Crêpe Nanou’s Classic garlic wine broth Moules et Frites (Kristine Froeba)

France’s La Fête Nationale, or national celebration, commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. La Crêpe Nanou, our resident French bistro, has been an Uptown touchstone since 1983. At 35 years of age, it hasn’t a long history, but in restaurant years, remarkable nonetheless.

In a city where things are changing more often than not, the familiar is appreciated. A plate of steaming Moules et Frites bathed in a garlicky white wine sauce and a crusty baguette at La Crêpe Nanou’s qualifies. Continue reading »

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Jul 122018

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You are feeling it right now. The sudden urge to take a break from the heat and relax. This weekend, we invite you to take that break with us and catch one (or both) of our two new releases. Each one promises to be completely divorced from the reality around you.

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is the directorial debut from Boots Riley, the rapper-turned-filmmaker who’s style is getting compared favorably to filmmakers like Spike Lee and Spike Jonze. We could tell you more about the movie but the fact of the matter is this movie deserves to be seen in full, on the big screen, with as little introduction as possible. It’s good, it’s unique, it’s here this Thursday night. See it. Continue reading »

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Jul 102018

via New Orleans & Co.

New Orleans & Company is hosting its July Job Fest in partnership with District B City Councilmember Jay Banks and . The event is Wednesday, July 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at Dryades YMCA, 2220 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.

Jobs include Electrical Apprentice for Audubon Nature Institute, Concessions Managers for the Zoo & the Aquarium, and more. Continue reading »

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Jul 022018


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Due to the success of the annual culinary series in other cities, Black Restaurant Week (BRW) has decided to expand to New Orleans. Diners can enjoy casual dining options for $15 to $25 per person, and fine dining options from $35 to $45 per person.

BRW, created in Houston, TX, is a culinary series that celebrates the flavors of African-American, African, and Caribbean cuisine. For one week, New Orleans foodies and local influencers can satisfy their culinary cravings with signature events and restaurant menu specials. Continue reading »

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Jul 012018

The Sassy Private Chef’s Shrimp n’ Grit’s Recipe as featured on Bravo

Bravo’s Chef Benny Poppins aka Benjamin Levasseur (photo by G. Doucet)

Each series has one breakout character, and while the Bravo Southern Charm New Orleans series offered little to locals other than indigestion, it did present us with the sass of New Orleans’ private cook, Mr. Benny Poppins.

Poppins, aka Benjamin Levasseur, originally from Algiers, plies his trade amongst New Orleans’ families as a personal cook. “The name ‘Benny Poppins’ came from working closely with families and their children as a personal chef, and it stuck,” said Levasseur. Continue reading »

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Jun 272018

Get a $100 Gift Card for only $50

The Shard Shop is a friendly, make-your-own glass art boutique offering daily classes, birthday parties, and private events. We are pleased to offer a truly unique New Orleans experience that visitors won’t be able to find anywhere else.

To celebrate our one-year anniversary today (YAY US!), we’re offering $100 gift cards for only $50. No special code needed, but the deal will be active only for today. Just visit this link or come by the shop at 3138 Magazine Street where we’ll have treats and giveaways all day! Continue reading »

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Jun 212018

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It was an incredible weekend this past week (pun intended) as Incredibles 2 proved that maybe 14 years was just the right time for a sequel. With that big movie entering its second weekend, we are doubling down with two new movies that have been highly requested.

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM is the fifth entry in the Jurassic Park/World franchise and by now you know the formula: man messes with nature and nature messes with man much harder. The reason why we’re excited for this one is simple, that formula works really really well. Most of the gang from Jurassic World returns, and one Dr. Ian Malcolm comes back to the franchise that made him the most memeable man in the world. We’ve got two sneak previews of this film coming this Thursday and tickets are still available. Continue reading »

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Jun 092018

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum holds a yearly “Made in Louisiana” festival. The fest features merchants, chefs, distillers and all-around interesting people with locally made products available in New Orleans. I was lucky enough to be invited, and I plan to introduce you to some of those people and their products.

Part One
Bulldog Pepper Jelly: Jelly with a Bite

Bulldog Pepper Jelly sisters Kim Johnson White and Cindy Johnson Anders (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Everyone should have the pleasure of meeting the Bulldog Farm Pepper Jelly sisters, Kim Johnson White and Cindy Johnson Anders. These ladies are contagiously happy, high energy, hard-working and Louisiana to the core. These are Robert Harling characters come to life, southern belles, vivacious go-getters whose beloved bulldogs, Jolie Blanc and Rocco, inspired their brand name. Their entry into the food market is Pepper Jelly. It’s good pepper jelly, and it’s now available at Rouses in New Orleans. Continue reading »

Jun 072018

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Do you know what we do on slow Tuesday afternoons at The Broad? We like to tell scary stories around the daiquiri machine (did you know we have a new daiquiri machine?). This week’s new film is scarier than any story the bartenders have whipped up and that’s saying quite a lot.

HEREDITARY is getting lots of comparisons to The Exorcist, and that’s high praise for fans of scary movies. Toni Colette stars in this thriller about family secrets that were best left secret. Continue reading »

Jun 052018

Leadership from the NOPD, along with NOFD and EMS, accepted a generous offer of free swim training for New Orleans First Responders at Dryades YMCA Aquatic and Wellness Center on Monday, June 4.

photo courtesy of the NOPD Public Information Office

In the wake of First District Officer Brian Frank rescuing a driver from flood water under the Carrollton overpass on Friday, May 18, local leaders demonstrated their commitment to First Responders by creating an initiative that gives officers access to the tools they need to serve and protect. Continue reading »

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May 252018

Author Gary Alipio (left) and Illustrator Sarah Gramelspacher at the release of “The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou” (Tyree Worthy,

Hatcher Hampton is turning twelve. Per family tradition, he’ll be entering his first fishing rodeo, hoping to prove he’s better than his older brother. First prize wins $500—money that could save his family from being evicted from their home—and the winner gets his picture in the front page of the paper! But getting stuck in a horsefly-infested swamp with Grampa Grump and no extra underwear isn’t what he had in mind.

This is the premise of New Orleans Author Gary Alipio’s first published children’s book, “The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou.” Alipio celebrated the release with a launch party, book reading and signing at Octavia Books on Saturday, March 3. Continue reading »

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May 152018



There’s No Place Like Home, presented by Leslie & Scott Jacobs, is the largest fundraiser of the year for the New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter (NOWCS).

The gala on Thursday, May 17 will feature live music by Caren Green & Cornbread and a silent auction. NOWCS will honor Debbie Rees with the inaugural Jackie & Dan Silverman Homeless Champion Award as they celebrate 10 years of service to the community. Continue reading »

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May 152018

YAYA, the non-profit arts community for local children and youth, will host their spring fundraiser Brass ‘N Glass this Friday, May 18. The free event will feature a glass demonstration by Juli Juneau, live music by CoolNasty, and an arts market with work by YAYA artists. Continue reading »

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