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Mar 032016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

The recent announcement that former state senator and current chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, Foster Campbell, has thrown his hat into the U.S. Senate competition is just another sign that Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana’s Democratic Party are preparing to aggressively compete against the state’s Republican Party in every race. Continue reading »

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Mar 012016
 
Kay Charbonnet of Kay's on Magazine Street

Kay Charbonnet of Kay’s on Magazine Street

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated and projects have been mapped through 2019 and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements! Continue reading »

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Feb 292016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand made some interesting remarks at the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s annual awards luncheon this past week. Taken at face value, they were downright surreal.

“You want us out of the drug business? We’re out,” Normand sputtered. “But I guarantee you this: More policemen will live and more of you will die. Bank on it.” Continue reading »

Feb 262016
 
Tartine’s Daily Quiche Special with Fruit Salade (Kristine Froeba)

Tartine’s Daily Quiche Special with Fruit Salade (Kristine Froeba)

Tartines, Croque Madame, Rillettes, Rustic Pate’, Croque Monsieur, Quiche,
Brioche, Crepes and … AebelSkivers!

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

AebelSkivers! Danish puffed breakfast pancakes. On Laurel Street no less. Have you tried them? If so, you know the only place in town that serves warm, round, puffed Lemon Curd, Maple Syrup, Caramel, Chocolate, or Nutella-filled Danish Pancakes. That’s Toast on Laurel. A sister restaurant of sorts to the Francophile breakfast and lunch bistro Tartine, located on Perrier. On whichever side of the park you live or seek a unique petit-déjeuner, these two cafés deliver. Continue reading »

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Feb 252016
 
Ohio Gov. John Kasich meets with Louisiana voters at a town hall in Metairie. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich meets with Louisiana voters at a town hall in Metairie. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

It was almost comforting listening to presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich yesterday at a Metairie forum attended by almost 200 people. There was no bombast oratory, no inflammatory swipes at the other candidates, no threats of hell and damnation. Instead, attendees heard a sincere, even-keeled centrist who had some pretty good ideas about how to fix many of America’s problems. Continue reading »

Feb 222016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

I’m a big fan of Judge Dredd comics. The dystopian, post-apocalyptic future that Judge Dredd inhabits renders him simultaneously both hero and villain, as the same Judge/Cop hybrid who takes down dangerous criminals who prey on innocent citizens also often turns the innocent into criminals themselves.

Thus, you will often see Judge Dredd take down an armed mugger, only to arrest the victim of the mugging for incitement. After all, the victim was wearing expensive jewelry in a bad neighborhood at night! That makes him responsible!

We would like to think that in our more justice-minded society, we are above such victim-blaming, if not informally than at least under our body of criminal law. Alas, a forthcoming proposal by Councilman James Gray harkens more towards the world of Dredd than to loftier ideals. Continue reading »

Feb 182016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

In the summer of 1987, Felicia Kahn offered several younger activists a ride to the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta to campaign against the reelection of George H.W. Bush. She wanted to ensure these younger women understood their voices were necessary to help bring change. Almost 30 years later Kahn is still speaking out – this time to support the presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Hillary has earned the votes of women,” Kahn said. Continue reading »

Feb 172016
 

By Lindsay Caton for UptownMessenger.com

newmanThe Isidore Newman School boys’ soccer team dominated Westminster Christian Academy with a 4-1 final score on Tuesday, ending the Crusaders’ seven-game win streak and advancing to the next round of the Division IV playoffs. Continue reading »

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Feb 152016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Over the course of the past fifty years, we have been treated to advancements in information technology beyond our wildest imaginations. When it comes to computers and conveying data electronically, technological progress has proceeded rapidly. Virtually everything can be automated and accessed at the push of a touch screen.

This makes the City’s seeming inability to mete out parking citations in a fair and equitable manner all the more galling, if not downright suspicious. Continue reading »

Feb 122016
 
Crab & Crawfish Beignets with Remoulade Sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Crab & Crawfish Beignets with Remoulade Sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Basin Street Blues has always been a mean favorite. Louis Armstrong and a song about old N’awlins. That same Basin Street flavor is being honored at Magazine’s own Basin Seafood & Spirits. Does it get any better than New Orleans’ unique history, jazz heritage and local seafood done right?

Indeed, New Orleanians KNOW seafood. We cook it like no other and our expectations are both highly attuned and more than a tad sophisticated. We are not a town that will ever suffer a frozen fish chain such as Red Lobster or Long John Silver’s. Whatever that is. Even the youngest of locals are connoisseurs who turn up their small noses at a frozen fish stick. We are a town that has long celebrated the catch, net, or trawl of the day in grand style. Continue reading »

Feb 112016
 
(via Cornell University Press)

(via Cornell University Press)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

New Orleans still struggles with crime — especially murder — inadequate police protection, constantly rising taxes and rents as well as a lack of affordable housing and sufficient funding for basic services like street repair. What long-term benefits will post-Katrina policy changes really bring for the majority of the city’s residents as income inequity continues to grow? Continue reading »

Feb 052016
 
Ignatius Eatery Alligator Sausage & Peppers Poboy, Cochon de Lait with Jalapeño Cole Slaw Poboy, and Chicken & Sausage Gumbo (Kristine Froeba)

Ignatius Eatery’s Alligator Sausage & Peppers Poboy, Cochon de Lait with Jalapeño Cole Slaw Poboy, and Chicken & Sausage Gumbo (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

While New Orleans’ unique culinary history is well known, its influx of new restaurants can be dizzying. Many of the newer restaurants provide an homage to traditional New Orleans culinary dishes, many do not. The choices are endless. On Magazine Street alone, we can chose from African, Mayan, Japanese, Chinese, Caribbean, Italian, Israeli, Lebanese, Indian, Mexican, Korean, French, Vietnamese, and Thai. Gourmet Hotdogs, Elk Burgers, Gluten-Free, Sweet Potato Pancakes and Vegetarian, co-exist with Paleo.

So, where do locals go for local food? Where do we take our never-ending houseguests for an authentic, inexpensive, casual Creole New Orleans meal? Where do I find my New Orleans traditional wash-day Red Beans & Rice?

Lately, I find myself returning to the following three. Continue reading »

Feb 042016
 
Sarah Slamen works at the Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Sarah Slamen works at the Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

With Tuesday’s surprising Iowa caucus results and attention now turning to New Hampshire, New Orleans voters are beginning to focus on Louisiana’s March 5th presidential primary. Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have made fundraising stops in the region. Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened a campaign headquarters in Metairie. While Congressman Cedric Richmond and state Democratic Party chair Karen Carter Peterson are currently leading Hillary Clinton’s outreach efforts, Louisiana chairs have been named for Trump, Rubio and Kasich. Continue reading »

Feb 032016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Prologue: Once upon a crisp and sunny New Orleans Sunday in January 2015, the six-fold brood of my wife and kids found ourselves at a children’s backyard birthday party Uptown–a relatively ordinary scenario for any weekend, really. Until, through some trampoline netting and just the other side of a jungle gym, I spied an unexpected theatrical ruckus erupting, composed of overdramatized yelling and exaggerated grunting paired with kinetic flashes of thrown elbows, flying colors of booted feet, and the like.

Men and women dressed in wrestling masks, tights, and even some capes in the adjacent lot separate from festivities furiously faux fighting along to a foreign soundtrack, ebbing and flowing between this and orchestrated dance.  I stopped, and dumbfounded, I pointed meekly in their direction.  Quizzically, I uttered just above a whisper “What is that?”
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Jan 292016
 
Domilise's Roast Beef Poboy (Kristine Froeba)

Domilise’s Roast Beef Poboy (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

It wasn’t long ago that every Uptown house was within walking distance of a Roast Beef Poboy. Only twenty years ago, almost every second corner had a grocery or bar with a sandwich shop in the back. You can still see their architectural remains Uptown. The historic corner houses with double doors facing the intersection are vestiges of that simpler time. A select few of these locations continue to operate. Clancy’s the restaurant was once old man Clancy’s Bar and Poboy Shop. I rode my bike there to buy candy. Norby’s bar and restaurant has become Patois. An apartment two blocks down was formerly LaCour’s Grocery. In another direction was Mouledous’ Butcher and Grocery, now Fresh Bar. Toast now occupies the defunct Draube’s neighborhood Bar and Grocer. These establishments coexisted with dozen of others in the same few blocks. Most served poboys. Due to gentrification and time, most are now lost. Continue reading »

Jan 272016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

 

“Keep it between the ditches.” So often the parting phrase between folks out in the country and words to live by, no matter the context really. And though born of a more rural and how-to-drive nature, the sentiment echoes truth, even when it comes to how one may want to navigate another carnival season. Keep moving forward and avoid pitfalls. To wit, please embrace the following 10 points to aid in your Mardi Gras journeys this year. Continue reading »

Jan 252016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

In March of 2015, Irvin Mayfield was downright cocky. He had recently opened the New Orleans Jazz Market, a home venue for his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO).

In an interview with Jennifer Odell of Offbeat, he painted a picture colored with lofty notions and ideals. Waxing poetic, Mayfield boasted that “[o]ur work is about conveying truth, love and beauty.” Continue reading »