Good and Good For You
Entrepreneur Bryan Barry has opened a food preparation and delivery service
for people who want to eat well-balanced meals but are too busy to cook them.
Barry's Good Food To You (4947 W. Napoleon Ave., Napoleon Plaza, Metairie,
309-7300) delivers lunches to businesses Uptown and dinner to people working late
in the Central Business District.
"My clients now are mainly people who have long hours ... and don't want to eat
out all the time but want a healthy meal," he says. "I'm diabetic, so I [prepare
my menu] from the low-carbohydrate, diabetic point of view."
He weighs portions and serves each dinner with a 6-ounce meat portion, two 4-ounce
sides and a fresh salad for $12 per person. Lunches have smaller portions and
are $8 each, and he'll deliver orders of at least two meals. Diners also can place
orders ahead and pick them up at his store.
Barry establishes a rotating menu of choices weekly, based on what meats, fish
and vegetables are freshest on the market at the time. Starting Dec. 8, people
will be able to access his menus and place orders through a website: www.goodfoodto
you.net (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
-- Kandace Power Graves
Good News for Heart Patients Touro Infirmary (1401 Foucher St., 897-76011) last month became
the first hospital in the Western Hemisphere to install a state-of-the-art biplane
flat panel cardiac catherization system to help with the efficacy of detecting
and treating heart problems, according to Community Relations Director Debbie
The improved technology of the Axiom ARTIS dBC cardiac catherization laboratory
equipment, manufactured by Siemens Medical Systems and housed at Touro's Goldring
Cardiology Department will allow cardiologists to perform cardiac catheterization
faster and using less dye. This results in less discomfort for the patient, reduced
chances of kidney damage, and reduced exposure to radiation for both patients
and hospital staff. -- Graves
French Quarter Retreat
In the late 1800s, Celie Brune opened the Maison de Beauté, a beauty salon
based on European spas, in the French Quarter at a grand rooming house at 914
N. Rampart St. "She used to work on all the Storyville madams," says the house's
current owner, Keith West-Harrison, who now operates it as the Olde Victorian
Inn with his partner, André West-Harrison.
When the couple planned to open a day spa and hair salon inside their inn, the
name came naturally to them. So far, Miss Celie's Spa Orléans (522-7288;
been a hit with French Quarter residents and tourists staying at the adjoining
bed-and-breakfast, Keith West-Harrison says.
"It's a very unhurried, intimate place," he says of the spa. "We don't rush. We've
been to other spas and it was too hectic, too much hustle and bustle."
Miss Celie's uses products by Astara -- a botanical line that specializes in anti-aging
properties -- and offers a wide variety of facials tailored to different skin
types and problems; massages; and spa services such as a Spanish seaweed mud wrap
or hot lavender salt scrub. Many of their clients are signing up for services
that use coffee-based products, because "caffeine is so good for the skin -- it
increases circulation and assists in getting rid of dead skin cells," West-Harrison
The spa blends all its own products and has its own line, Voodoo Bath Salts, which
come in three varieties: love, money, and health, all concocted with the help
of a voodoo priestess.
Small and intimate, the spa also features a "cabana," a tent in a lush courtyard,
where clients can have outdoor massages and body scrubs. The spa takes appointments
from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily under the watchful eye of "spa manager" Sadie Chanel,
a 1-year-old American bulldog. -- Eileen Loh Harrist
Helpful Holiday Hints The newly formed Alzheimer's Services of the Crescent City (ASCC)
is sponsoring a two-hour seminar to help families coping with Alzheimer's Disease
enjoy a happy holiday season.
Eileen MaloneBeach, coordinator of the Gerontology Program at Central Michigan
University, will present "Focusing on the family, getting through the holidays
with Alzheimer's Disease" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Poydras Home Chapel
(5354 Magazine St.). During the event, MaloneBeach will offer families and caregivers
tips to make the holidays stress-free, including advice about how to modify unpredictable
behavior, and tools for maintaining patience, humor and compassion for Alzheimer's
The seminar is free and open to the public. Call ASCC at 861-8293 for more information.
Tree of Honor
Ochsner Clinic Foundation is holding a decorating ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec.
5 for its annual Tree of Living. During the holidays, people who want to pay tribute
to someone important to them can purchase ornaments with their name on them and
place them on the special tree in the hospital atrium.
You can purchase ornaments for $10 by calling Ochsner Division of Philanthropy
at 842-7113. Proceeds from the sale of ornaments benefit the Arthritis Academic
Innovation Fund, which supports research and development within the Rheumatology
Department. -- Graves
Feel Better All Over A free training session at Tulane Medical School (1430 Tulane Ave.)
this week will explore the idea of caring for the health of the whole person as
well as the historical connection between spirituality and health care.
"Treating the Whole Person," from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday (Dec. 5) in room
4150 of the medical school, will be presented by Harold Koenig, founder and director
of the Center for the Study of Spirituality and Health at Duke University Medical
School. It is sponsored by Tulane and The McFarland Institute.
Koenig, who has discussed his research about religion, health and medical ethics
on hundreds of media outlets and before Congress, specializes in geriatric medicine,
psychiatry and biostatistics.
For more information, call The McFarland Institute at 593-2320. -- Graves
Lots to Lose Dr. Ruary C. O'Connell will discuss the risks and treatments for obesity
during a free seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Friday (Dec. 5) in the large conference
room on the first floor of Methodist Hospital (5620 Read Blvd.).
O'Connell, medical director for Renew surgical weight-loss system, will talk about
risks, treatment and management of obesity as well as Renew, a program designed
for people who are 100 pounds or more overweight.
The seminar is free, but enrollment is limited. Call 887-3291 for reservations.
A Better Eye Exam St. Charles Vision (3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020) is the first
eye care practice in the area to offer the Optomap retinal examination, which
allows early detection of a range of eye problems.
Optomap takes a computer-generated image of the retina that allows doctors to
examine and assess the health of the eye without the pupil dilation, eye drops,
blurred vision or sensitivity to light patients traditionally have experienced.
In addition, it gives doctors a computer-generated image of the retina that can
help them to diagnose such conditions as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment
and macular degeneration before those conditions progress. For more information,
call Dr. Ivan Banks at St. Charles Vision at 887-2020. -- Graves