CUE magazine editor Missy Wilkinson sat down with Laura Buchtel of the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to show off the big fashion spread from this week's issue — retro-themed swimsuits with 1940s and 1950s touches.
For the month of June, I will be chronicling my participation in the Third Annual New Orleans Eat Local Challenge. Every day, I will post about all the meals I had the day before and the ups and downs of trying to eat only locally-sourced or grown food. Because this is my first foray into being a "locavore", I will be doing the second-strictest level of the challenge.
Days: 16 & 17
Total meals eaten today: 5
Non-local items eaten: 2
Vices: Beer, coffee, bread
Unlike the last time I went more than a day without posting, I have no confessions to make about all the ways I failed to be a locavore. It certainly helps that I'm no longer completely stressing out about every meal and whether it's 100% local (as opposed to 50 to 70 percent). But I found that accepting it's pretty much impossible, in a practical sense, to eat only foods prepared or sourced within 200 miles gave me a lot of freedom to do more with what I could get locally.
A quick trip to the Crescent City Farmer's Market right before it closed scored me some a $5 box of blueberries and a cantaloupe, among other produce. Still concerned with the fact that I didn't have any real meat at home, I went over to Cleaver & Co. to see what would inspire me. Walking in, I was quickly greeted by one of the butchers, Brandon Blackwell. I told him I was doing the Challenge (incidentally, he also said being 100% locavore was practically impossible) and was looking for something that would feed me for the week.
A few minutes later, I found myself walking out of the store with a whole duck.
Update, 5:15 p.m.: 790 The Zone station manager apologizes to the Gleason family and announced the termination of the radio announcers.
Update, 1:25 p.m.: 790 The Zone has suspended "Mayhem In The AM" members. From station manager Rick Mack:
We deeply regret the comments made by Mayhem In The AM this morning on 790 The Zone regarding former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason. 790 The Zone, Lincoln Financial Media, our sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support the unfortunate and offensive commentary concerning Mr. Gleason this morning. The members of the show involved with this incident have been suspended indefinitely pending further management review of their actions.
My apologies to everyone. It was a stupid attempt at humor that backfired. Emphasis on stupid.
— Nick Cellini (@NickCellini) June 17, 2013
The New Orleans Saints literally enshrined former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason for his blocked punt heard 'round the world against the Atlanta Falcons in 2006. In 2011, Gleason announced his battle with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and the forming of his Team Gleason foundation to fund research and raise awareness of the disease.
I guess Falcons fans are still bitter about a 7-year-old game. This morning, JW on TigerDroppings.com wrote that Atlanta morning zoo jockeys on 790 The Zone — the "flagship station" of the Falcons — "had a whole segment making fun of Steve Gleason and him talking through a computer."
The arse clowns from Mayhem in the AM did this 3 minute joke where they pretended that Steve Gleason called in and they asked him questions. Most of his responses were in the form of a knock knock joke and at one point he says he doesn't know if he will be alive next Thursday.
The new downtown restaurant cibugnù is slated to officially open June 26, which should give us all a little time to get accustomed to its unorthodox name. But even before the this new restaurant serves its first meal it has already nabbed some early culinary recognition.
Earlier this spring, chef Octavio Ycaza signed up the soon-to-open restaurant to participate in the New Orleans Food & Wine Experience (NOWFE) and enter a dish in the running for the event’s Fleur di Lis Culinary Awards. Ycaza submitted ravioli filled with a corn and mascarpone cream and topped with a garlicky sauce and garnished with blueberries. It landed a silver medal in the culinary competition, as judged by a panel of local food writers and editors.
The dish is representative of the style Ycaza is aiming for with cibugnù, which he describes as a more progressive rendition of Sicilian cuisine. Don’t look for fettuccine Alfredo or Caesar salads but rather dishes like sausage-stuffed squid with chickpea polenta, braciola rolled with speck, gorgonzola and roasted garlic cream and pizzas from the wood-fired oven with grilled ramps and shrimp. The chef says his focus is on house-made staples (pasta, breads, sausage, etc.) and also creative, sometimes playful presentations.
Over the weekend, a Gambit reader noticed that some recent Blake Pontchartrain columns contained passages that hewed closely to materials that were published elsewhere. In some cases, passages in the Blake columns were identical, or nearly identical, to the work of others.
After analyzing those examples and doing our own preliminary research, we’ve determined that the problem is not an isolated one, nor were the identical passages inserted at some point during the editing process.
“Blake Pontchartrain” is a composite column that has been written by several contributors over the years. These examples can all be attributed to a single writer, who will no longer be working for Gambit.
While we look at more of this writer’s columns and try to determine the depth of the problem, we’ve decided the safest course of action is to remove the Blake Pontchartrain archive from our website. We’ll keep readers apprised of our findings.
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Kenner's Hollywood Cinemas 9 movie theater closed abruptly Friday, according to a NOLA.com report.
"One local moviegoer said he went to the theater to catch the locally shot heist film Now You See Me, only to see employees carrying supplies out of the darkened building."- NOLA.comVishu Mandava, the theater's owner for over a decade, couldn't fund renovations and had trouble passing inspections. The worst thing for Mandava, however, was the impending opening of The Grand, a 2,400-seat, 14-screen movie theater. The Grand is slated to open around August (years after Memorial Day 2009, the opening date authorities originally gave) near The Esplanade, only a seven-minute walk away from where Hollywood Cinemas 9 was.
To say I patronized Hollywood Cinemas 9 often would be a lie. The last time I went there was in 2002 or 2003 to see Brown Sugar with my Aunt Cheryl. It wasn't the best theater, but it wasn't the worst, like The Joy in the '90s. The Joy in the '90s was like the movie scene in Cooley High. To lose Hollywood Cinemas 9 — especially so suddenly — seems to go against what Mandava's idea was in reopening the theater in 2002 — providing Kenner residents with a nearby, inexpensive movie theater.
Total meals eaten today: 3
Non-local items eaten: 1
Vices: Beer, coffee, bread
After trying to find inspiration by going to Boucherie and seeing how one of my favorite restaurants does local food, I woke up once again hoping to find a fresh start with the Eat Local Challenge. And, yet again, I found my enthusiasm tempered by another dumb mistake on my part: I had let my zucchini squash from Hollygrove Market go bad.
Unlike past negative experiences, though, I didn't let this deter me from having a positive day. I headed over to the Eat Local Challenge website and looked for some recipes with all the food I had at my disposal. Now breakfast and dinner were pretty much set thanks to the remaining eggs and red beans and rice I had left. Now I had to figure out lunch. Unfortunately, with Hollygrove and the Crescent City Fresh Market not open on Friday, I couldn't buy more meat.
I had to do something I would never consider otherwise: eat a vegetarian meal.
(NOTE: Gambit's regular second line correspondent, Deborah "Big Red" Cotton was one of the 19 shooting victim's during the Mother's Day second line so I will be taking over her duties until she recovers. A fund has been set up to help with Deb's medical expenses. The video above was taken from the "Big Red Cotton" YouTube channel. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the victims.)
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