Dec 282012
 

The Christmas duck (photo by Craig Giesecke)

Craig Giesecke

As mentioned in the last column, I opted to go with smoked duck for our Christmas dinner this time around. Honestly, a month’s worth of dealing with turkey and ham every day at work made the idea of doing either of those rather unappealing. I also deal with a fair amount of things like eye of round, so I wanted to do something that would absorb a little more flavor from the outside. There are only three of us in the house, so doing something large like a goose was never really on the radar. Continue reading »

Dec 282012
 

(photo via facebook.com/ParasolsNewOrleans)

Parasol’s bar in the Irish Channel will host an all-day benefit for the Hogan family Saturday starting at 11 a.m. after the sudden death of owner John Hogan on Christmas Eve.

“Friends, neighbors and employees of Parasol’s have organized a benefit to give back to a family that has given us so much, especially their friendship,” reads an announcement about the event on Facebook. “Come honor and celebrate a great man with a huge heart, John Hogan, and wear a Hawaiian shirt to help us send him off in style.” Continue reading »

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Dec 272012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We’re off to a great start in 2013 with the Super Bowl, which is going to be fabulous regardless of which teams end up playing in the game. It will also show the world that our resilient, unstoppable comeback from Hurricane Katrina is almost complete. What will not be so apparent is that there are literally thousands of New Orleanians working their tails off to make it appear that hosting a Super Bowl is effortless for this city — which, of course, it isn’t. There are thousands of details involved in securing and then hosting a Super Bowl and New Orleans excels in both phases. Most of those who do the heavy lifting are virtually anonymous, hardly known beyond the tourism community. A few, like Louisiana Superdome’s SMG exec Doug Thornton, occasionally surface to be given a deserved standing ovation but there are hundreds more whose names never appear in the news media. They just labor away, far from the spotlight. It should also be said that as in every aspect of life in Metro New Orleans, just beneath the surface are scores of rabid rivalries but there is a tradition here of putting these things aside to make the Super Bowl as success. This will be the case again this year, which merits further congratulations to all involved. Continue reading »

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Dec 272012
 

Eric Orlando, the owner of Carrollton Station since 2002, has sold the rock venue on Willow Street to a couple who will keep the business open while Orlando opens a new bar called Red’s Uptilly Tavern at 7601 Maple Street, according to a report by Keith Spera of The Times-Picayune. For his final weekend at Carrollton station, Orlando will present a two-day “Grand Finale” showcase of a dozen singer-songwriters Friday and Saturday (Dec. 28-29), and he hopes to open Red’s by the first week of January, Spera reports.

Dec 262012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

The calender says today is 12/26/12, so we must have all survived the Mayan apocalypse and yet another Christmas season, on to the New Year and resolutions quickly fudged.  I look forward to this day more than Christmas itself because it’s finally over!  The hype and lead up and obligatory this and that of each holiday season leaves me strung out and exhausted, like the last few rigs of the seemingly endless truck parade down Napoleon on Mardi Gras Day.  I live half a block from this silly nightmare of pastiched 18 wheelers in queue for likely miles, and it isn’t the size so much as the noise.  Truck horn after truck horn after truck horn, like a really slow marathon of all the Smokey & The Bandit “films” with a lagniappe viewing of Convoyto bring it on home.  Only this year the drainage work along the avenue is so massive my guess is in 2013 we will get a break from the madness.  And at the pace the work is going maybe 2014 too. Continue reading »

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Dec 242012
 

Owen Courreges

At this time of year I always get to thinking of how the American ideal of Christmas just seems to center around an ideal of a much colder climate than ours here in the Gulf South.  Lines from popular Christmas songs are always the biggest reminder of this.

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know…” Continue reading »

Dec 222012
 

Craig Giesecke

We’ve been cocooning in the house these last few evenings, feeling the wind buffet the siding after the midweek cold front came through.  Those many of us who live in old, drafty houses here in New Orleans know the place never gets completely warm. About the best you can hope to do is dress for the cold occasions, enjoy a stiff toddy and try to not move off the couch or chair too much. Very Southern Winter and, of course, Very Holiday. Continue reading »

Dec 222012
 

The masked gunman at GameStop at left, and at right, a “person of interest” in the case who entered the store just before the robbery. (via NOPD)

A masked man robbed a GameStop video game store in the Lower Garden District at gunpoint Thursday morning, and in a separate case a woman in Hollygrove was attacked inside her home by a man who then stole her purse, police said. Continue reading »

Dec 222012
 

State Superintendent John White has asked the Louisiana Public Charter School Association to fund consultant Jeremy Hunnewell, a CPA with EMH Strategy, to help identify gaps in the leadership at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans, design and lead the search for a new CEO, clarify the leadership roles at the school and possibly help implement the recommendations, according to a letter obtained by The Lens.

Dec 212012
 

An image of Buck Horton from an online commercial for his restaurant, Finger Lick’n Wings.

With the City Council campaign trail behind him, Marlon “Buck” Horton has returned his focus to his Finger Lick’n Wings restaurant on Jackson Avenue — and is hoping for better results for his latest request to sell beer and wine with his chicken. Continue reading »