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Foodies and Friends – My Mother

Foodies and Friends – My Mother

She shows up in my mind unannounced, especially in May, the month for mothers. With her hand on her hip and head cocked in a question mark with its slight tilt and hair piled high, her soft smile betrays the...
Waistlines Are Shrinking While Business Is Growing

Waistlines Are Shrinking While Business Is Growing

SENSIBLE MEALS IS continuing to take the south and nation by storm! It’s the fastest-growing and largest meal-prep company in the country, and it’s based here in our area. Creator Ingrid Rinck calls both Mandeville and New Orleans home, as...
Ceasar’s Ristorante: An Authentic Italian Experience

Ceasar’s Ristorante: An Authentic Italian Experience

A BRIGHT BLUE building with fresh flowers and herbs in the front garden sits near the Lake Pontchartrain shore and unassumingly houses a feast for the senses. Patrons are enamored with the smell of freshly baked bread, lively chatter layered...
La Salle and La Belle

La Salle and La Belle

THIS STORY AND scenario came to mind as I looked back on how the tricentennial of the City of New Orleans might have happened 32 years earlier. In the fall of 1996, I found myself standing on the floor of...
Fresh and Feisty Spring Flings

Fresh and Feisty Spring Flings

PUT SOME SPRING in your step…and into your cocktails! Stay cool as you welcome the warmer temperatures with these refreshing quenchers. From fruity and tangy to sweet and spicy, try some of our favorite recipes that are sure to keep...
Business Is Blooming

Business Is Blooming

Spring is here and business is blooming! The Northshore is home to a wide variety of businesses and services. Every month there are new places to go, more places to shop and a tremendous selection of top-notch professional services that...
The Quest for Crabs

The Quest for Crabs

THERE’S USUALLY A line outside the Swan Oyster Depot restaurant on Polk St. in the tony Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. And it was no different when my cab driver, Jonathan from Cameroon, dropped me curbside at 11 a.m....
Corn, Crab, Shrimp and Poblano Bisque

Corn, Crab, Shrimp and Poblano Bisque

Ingredients: Directions: 1. Place whole poblanos rubbed with vegetable oil on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes in a 450 degree oven. Turn every five minutes until evenly charred. Cover with plastic wrap in a bowl for 15...
St. Patrick’s Day Sensations

St. Patrick’s Day Sensations

KISS THE BLARNEY stone and find your four leaf clover. Lucky leprechauns will leap with joy as they sip these special St. Paddy’s Day libations. Enjoy our favorite cocktail recipes as you march into spring and celebrate with these fresh...
For the Love of All Things Art

For the Love of All Things Art

I’VE SPENT A lifetime staring at blank pieces of paper. The creative process is always a struggle. This comes to mind because my three favorite disciplines, writing, cooking and photography, all require a creative process and a starting point of...
Magnificent Mardi Gras Mixers

Magnificent Mardi Gras Mixers

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME! Sidewalk side or neutral ground, second line yourself right into the revelry of Mardi Gras. Get your go-cup ready and meet up with your krewe for a little debauchery as you indulge in some of our favorite...
New Year’s Resolutions Or Not

New Year’s Resolutions Or Not

I’M NOT A fan of New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that I’m averse to promises of self-improvement. It’s just that the easiest promises to break are the ones we make to ourselves. Resolutions I make are usually made on a...