One of the good/bad things about being in the food business in one of the world’s great food cities is the competition. The upsides are many: the continued pressure for innovation and creativity, the consistent high quality of even the most basic places and the ability to socialize and work with some of the best chefs this nation has to offer. There are many, many other great things about the New Orleans food scene, not the least of which are talented colleagues and the very discerning and appreciative customers.
This week, @Sweden is talking on Twitter about an industrial design conference and the proper playlist for an afternoon run. Last week it was scenes from a musician’s 900-kilometer walking tour around the country, and before that it was the minutiae of international hockey drama — each week, another unique view of life narrated by another Swede.
“I thought it was really interesting that they were taking people from one place that had different experiences,” said Champ Superstar, one of the better-known Twitter personalities in New Orleans, and a longtime follower of the @Sweden account. “I’ve been thinking for a long time, like for a year, that this would be cool to do for New Orleans. I kind of waited for someone else to start it and even mentioned it on Twitter from time to time, and finally I just thought, ‘Today’s the day.’”
A year to the day after, 5-year-old Brianna Allen and 33-year-old Shawanna Pierce, a mother of three, were killed by stray gunfire from a shootout near a Central City birthday, their survivors and city officials marked the sad anniversary with a march and vigil, according to our partners at WWL-TV.
Food in many forms is hot in New Orleans right now.
For those of us who remember how awful and dead the city seemed after Katrina with no street lights, no house lights and only wreckage everywhere it’s quite a thrill to drive by the construction sites in Mid-City and Carrollton where three massive supermarkets are being built.
Getting married is an exciting and romantic time for any couple and one to approach with great celebration. Often couples do not understand that in addition to the vows between spouses, marriage is an entry into a legal contract with attached obligations and privileges under the law of Louisiana. A consultation at the Law Office of Sarah Pfeiffer will provide individuals or couples with education and guidance to plan your life together, make fully-informed choices about your future and your property and determine whether a pre-marital agreement (“pre-nup”) is right for you.
Hurricane season. Here again. And possibly the longest measurable annual event we as a society take the time to acknowledge and name its progeny. It begins at the end of spring, sweats you out all summer, and finally gnaws into fall. Daylight savings may be its only contender in terms of expanse, only when you lose or gain an hour it’s never as eventful as losing a week of electricity in the soupy humidity of the Crescent City. Will last year’s Isaac excursion make you better prepared? Or more ready to leave sooner? And don’t tell me you’ve already forgotten or perhaps you’re a new New Orleanian?
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The far-right lanes of both sides of South Carrollton Avenue around the new Costco warehouse will close this week as the city begins a streetscape project around the site, officials announced.
The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, May 28) in a special meeting to discuss “next steps” in the search for CEO, after the previous nominee for the position turned down an offer from school leaders.
When the New Orleans Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected a request by Jimmy’s Music Club last week, it may have seemed like the hand of The Man slapping down the former punk rock haven once again.
The reality, however, is that attorneys, city officials and even the club’s neighbors agree that Jimmy’s may be closer to reopening than it has in the last year.
With summer fast approaching, Kim and I are looking forward to something we haven’t been able to do in what seems like forever – taking a summer vacation.
It’ll only be five days and, though many of our friends will be heading to a beach or the mountains, we’re only going to around Peoria, Ill., for a family event. But, honestly, we could not be more excited if we were headed to St. Kitts or the Andes. We’re also planning to drive, and the 12 hours or so up and back (with an overnight each way) will be a long-overdue chance to explore some spots we’ve never seen. Or at least I’ve never seen, having not spent much time in the Great American Heartland outside of Kansas City, Chicago or St. Louis for business purposes.
All of the proceeds from the “19 Fund” benefit at Tipitina’s on Thursday night will benefit the 19 people wounded in a spree shooting at a Seventh Ward second line on Mother’s Day, and the fund will also benefit future victims of violence as well, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
Uptown Messenger and Gambit have entered into a newsgathering partnership. Stories from Uptown and Mid-City Messenger will appear in the print edition of Gambit, while stories from Gambit and BlogofNewOrleans.com that may be of interest to Messenger readers will be excerpted online. In addition, long-form stories based on reporting in Uptown and Mid-City Messenger will appear in Gambit.
For more than 75 years, the Times Picayune has always won the official journal contract from the City of New Orleans. The official journal is where all mandated public notices are printed, tax seizures, bids, City Council summaries, etc. It is and has always been a great source of revenue that the TP has counted on.
For the first time there is a real chance that John Georges or even Margo and Clancy Dubos could take that contract from the TP. The contract is bid each year and of course the best bid wins. Councilmembers could always expect to hear from TP officials like former TP publisher Ashton Phelps or Editor Jim Amoss around that time. Though never spoken, we’re sure that many councilmembers dared not to vote against the TP for fear of retaliation in the next edition.
“We knock it out of the park in terms of where the state is, where the parishes are,” said Head of Schools Sean Wilson at Wednesday night’s board meeting. “It doesn’t mean we rest on our laurels. It means we now look at where we can improve.”