Archive for May, 2010

Coming Attractions in the Marigny

Thanks to a romance that is uniquely New Orleans, the old furniture store around the block from us will soon be The New Orleans Healing Center. Our neighborhood Voodoo priestess and her long time beau, one of the city’s most successful developers, are transforming the building into a place for healing in the broadest sense of the word. It will house practicioners of everything from yoga and massage, to various kinds of spiritual healing. There was a great piece in Sunday’s Times Picayune about this remarkable couple and the legendary Voodoo priest they rescued from the rubble of his neighborhood in Haiti.

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Number 1 in the World

In TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Awards, travelers from across the globe have named New Orleans the best destination in the world for nightlife in 2010. Not that we’re surprised or anything:-)

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Al Fresco Sunday

We did all al fresco dining yesterday, taking full advantage of the amazing weather. Brunch was at an old neighborhood favorite, Bywater BBQ, which despite the name has lots of other stuff including poached eggs and crab over panéed eggplant. The confederate jasmine that crawls up the old brick wall of their patio was absolutely spectacular in bloom. And as the sun set that evening we grabbed an outdoor table at Nonna Mia, not far from us, overlooking beautiful Esplanade Avenue. Great weather, great lobster ravioli.

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Two Amazing Discoveries

New Orleans was founded on this day in 1718, by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. Last weekend we made our own great discovery-Muffaletta Bread Pudding at Desperados, a new neighborhood restaurant. It’s a savory bread pudding with all the stuff you find in a muffaletta and a killer sauce. Great pizzas and sandwiches too. I had an oyster and artichoke poboy with basil mayonnaise. Awesome. And it’s open way late.

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