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 102016
 

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Cortrell Bryant (via opcso.org)

A 23-year-old man was arrested late Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly shot two people on St. Charles Avenue as the day’s Mardi Gras festivities were winding down — the second shooting in a Carnival season in which police seized nearly 30 other guns, but none on the Uptown route. Continue reading »

Feb 092016
 
The Krewe of Zulu rolls on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Zulu rolls on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Zulu celebrated 100 years since its incorporation and the Krewe of Rex explored the world’s royal gardens to close out the 2016 Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday on St. Charles Avenue.

The "Floating Gardens of Xochimilco" float in the Krewe of Rex rolls on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The “Floating Gardens of Xochimilco” float in the Krewe of Rex rolls on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 092016
 

A suspect fleeing after an incident at Oakwood Mall on the Westbank was fatally shot Monday evening by Jefferson Parish deputies after his car crashed on Simon Bolivar Avenue in Central City while parades rolled just a few blocks away, according to our partners at WWL-TV. Continue reading »

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Feb 092016
 
The title float, "The Hindu Heavens," in the Krewe of Proteus rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The title float, “The Hindu Heavens,” in the Krewe of Proteus rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Proteus presented the “Hindu Heavens” and the Krewe of Orpheus explored “The Wizard’s Bestiary” as both rolled on the Uptown route for Lundi Gras.

The Orpheus "Trojan Horse" float leads the Krewe up Napoleon Avenue.  (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Orpheus “Trojan Horse” float leads the Krewe up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 082016
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

One man was shot in the neck in Broadmoor on late Monday morning, and another was shot in the leg on Hamilton Street in Hollygrove later Monday evening, New Orleans police said.

The first shooting took place around 10:40 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, when police met the 29-year-old victim in the 3200 block of Toledano Street, said NOPD Officer Frank Robertson III. He told police he was originally shot near Milan and South Galvez streets and drove himself to Toledano, but detectives were still “trying to confirm the original location of the incident” later in the day, Robertson notes.

The victim was taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition afterward, Robertson said.

Around 5:30 p.m. Monday, a 35-year-old man showed up at the hospital in a private vehicle with a gunshot wound to the leg, Robertson said. He told police he had been shot near Palm and Hamilton streets in Hollygrove, but that location was still considered “preliminary” as detectives investigate.

His injury was not considered life-threatening, Robertson said.

Further details were not immediately available in either case. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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Feb 072016
 
Bacchus' "When Time Flies" float makes its way down St. Charles avenue. Bacchus 2016 rolled with the theme "Flights of Delight." (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bacchus’ “When Time Flies” float makes its way down St. Charles avenue. Bacchus 2016 rolled with the theme “Flights of Delight.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bacchus 2016 rolled along the traditional uptown route, beginning on Napoleon avenue at Tchoupitoulas, turning onto St. Charles, turning on Canal St. and ending at the Super Dome. The parade featured the theme “Flights of Delight.” All of its floats had some variation on the term flight. Actor Anthony Mackie, New Orleans native and who played Falcon in the  2104 Captain America movie, reigned as Bacchus XLVIII.

Actor Anthony Mackie, a New Orleans native, reigned as Bacchus XLVIII. Bacchus 2016 rolled with the theme "Flights of Delight." (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor Anthony Mackie, a New Orleans native, reigned as Bacchus XLVIII. Bacchus 2016 rolled with the theme “Flights of Delight.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 072016
 
The Krewe of Mid-City captain's float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Mid-City captain’s float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Okeanos “put on a fright,” the Krewe of Mid-City delivered “champagne wishes and foil-wrapped kisses,” and the Krewe of Thoth showed off “things with wings” as all three rolled under spotless blue Sunday morning skies on the Uptown route.

A rider on the "Black Cat" float teases the crowd with rubber chickens as the Krewe of Okeanos rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the “Black Cat” float teases the crowd with rubber chickens as the Krewe of Okeanos rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Thoth rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Thoth rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)


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Feb 072016
 
The Krewe of Iris rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Saturday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Iris rolls on Napoleon Avenue on Saturday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The white-gloved ladies of the Krewe of Iris showed the Uptown parade route how “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” on Saturday, followed by a frolicking tour of New Orleans neighborhoods by the naughty friars of the Krewe of Tucks.

A rider on the Irish Channel float in the Krewe of Tucks on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider on the Irish Channel float in the Krewe of Tucks on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)


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Feb 062016
 
The "On the Bat's Back I Do Fly" float in the Krewe of Hermes rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The “On the Bat’s Back I Do Fly” float in the Krewe of Hermes rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Donald Trump's takedowns of his enemies are his "Trump Card" as Le Krewe d'Etat rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Donald Trump’s takedowns of his enemies are his “Trump Card” as Le Krewe d’Etat rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes performed Shakespeare on the Avenues, Le Krewe d’Etat brought its blend of satire and skeletal spectacle, and the Krewe of Morpheus took a New Orleans “staycation” as all three rolled on the Uptown route Friday night.

The Krewe of Morpheus rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Morpheus rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 052016
 

22nd Annual Jazz Service Presented At St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church

SCABC-Jazz2016St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church presents its 22nd annual Jazz Service, an Uptown Mardi Gras tradition led by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, at 9 a.m. this Sunday, February 7.  All are invited to the worship service and the king cake reception to follow at the church, 7100 St. Charles Ave. at Broadway. This is a free, community event. Continue reading »

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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 052016
 

Chad Vidrine (via opcso.org)

Chad Vidrine (via opcso.org)

A crash Thursday night at the edge of the Lower Garden District killed one man and left another in critical condition, and a Geismar man was arrested after toxicology tests showed he was driving with alcohol in his system, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Feb 052016
 
The Babylon "Butterfly Messenger" float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Babylon “Butterfly Messenger” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The krewes of Babylon, Chaos and Muses presented parade-goers with three different visions of Carnival on Friday night — Babylon’s meditation on antiquity, Chaos’ no-holds-barred satire, and Muses’ blend of visual spectacle and social commentary.

Chaos fantasizes about replacements for controversial statues and landmarks in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Chaos fantasizes about replacements for controversial statues and landmarks in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Muses is preceded by glowing butterflies and shoes on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Muses is preceded by glowing butterflies and shoes on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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