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Monday, October 29, 2012

Y@ Speak: Voodoo prize bunnies, Saints defense and other misfortunes

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

As our friends in the Northeast began their hunkering down with the onset of Hurricane Sandy, this week we watched the final presidential debates, struggled with what to do with the bunnies we won at the Voodoo Experience, and watched the Saints lose pitifully.

Also, a message from Y@ Speak: I mined the various Voodoo hashtags for roundup-worthy tweets, which is like looking for an earring in a giant Dumpster. One thing I kept seeing were really horrible Instagram shots from Voodoo sets: a faraway shot of a blue light ("Neil Young!"), a stage obscured by hundreds of waving arms ("Skrillex!"), a pixellated zoomed-in shot of Jack White bathed in a filter that makes him look like an X-ray. Friends, it's really hard to get decent shots of bands at music festivals/concerts in general (although it's certainly possible), so instead of worrying about that, maybe just enjoy the show? People will believe that you are a human with friends who goes out and does things without your Instagram documentation of it.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Y@ Speak: Binders full of tweets

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

You want tweets? I got binders full of 'em. Tweets about the second presidential debate, the Tulane University shooter that actually never existed, the fire in Treme and the Saints' win. Also in the tweets this week, things to avoid: the new Chipotle in Elmwood (at least for a few weeks), Magazine Street today and Curren$y, if you see him in baggage claim.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Beyonce to play halftime at Super Bowl 2013 in New Orleans?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The Internet is abuzz with reports that Beyonce will "put a Super Bowl ring on it" in New Orleans. The Associated Press has a source saying the singer will perform at Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, 2013.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Y@ Speak: Bye, Times-Picayune

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:23 AM

This weekend we said goodbye to the the daily Times-Picayune and our favorite reporters who worked there. That loss dovetailed with another loss, that by the Saints, so what a dumb weekend. Also this week: Louisiana people on The Voice, the Fiona Apple show, replacement refs, and people have opinions about Treme.

(Also, sorry for the delay. Your tweet forager was a bit under the weather yesterday.)

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fiona Apple arrested in Texas

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Fiona Apple was arrested in Texas
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  • Fiona Apple was arrested in Texas.

Both MTV and TMZ and other sources are reporting Fiona Apple was arrested in Sierra Blanca, Texas after police reportedly found hashish and marijuana on her tour bus. Her publicist hasn't released any comments yet. She is scheduled to perform Monday at the House of Blues.

Other singers arrested in Texas for drug possession include Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg.

Many have already jumped on this video, here's Apple's "Criminal."

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Channing Tatum's New Orleans bar/restaurant is opening in October

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

In the latest Hollyweird South news (aside from Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds — who totally fell in love while filming Green Lantern here — getting secretly married this weekend), the sexy New Orleans bar/restaurant from Magic Mike star Channing Tatum called Saints and Sinners will open within the first two weeks of October. The restaurant is located on 627 Bourbon St., just "stumbling/staggering distance" (as every media outlet is saying) from Pat O'Brien's for all you French Quarter glug-glugs.

There's scant information about what exactly this place will offer, but here's what we know about Saints and Sinners, a phrase that's never been used before for a New Orleansy thing:

- On Monday's episode of the pinot grigio-soaked Bravo trainwreck Watch What Happens Live, Tatum's wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum talked a little bit about the restaurant. All she said was that it's "burlesque-themed" and that there will be no male strippers involved in an official capacity. The video is below; she starts talking about Saints and Sinners around the :50 mark.

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Monday, August 27, 2012


Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Storm's a comin'! Time to freak out on the Internet!! Twitter during the last 48 hours looks like an episode of The Newsroom. Chill out, guys! Everything will be OK (unless it isn't). Also this week: tweets about Legitimate Ape Todd Akin, a local news anchor and important government spokesman get feisty, Robin Williams eats a hot dog, and tweeters react both positively and negatively to the results of our annual Best of New Orleans readers' poll.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Snowing balls in NYC, second summer in a row

Posted By on Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Neesa Peterson grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Ole Miss before moving to New York to pursue a career in fashion. Things were going great, but she soon felt a void. Some would liken that to a chill in her heart, but she felt the opposite — a burning. She knew the only thing that could extinguish the fire was a snoball, but where would she find one in New York? Enter: Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls.

The gorgeous Neesa Peterson in her Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls in NYCs West Village
  • The gorgeous Neesa Peterson in her Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls in NYC's West Village

What made you want to start Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls?
I started a snoball shop because I wanted to spread the happiness that one snoball offers! I wanted to combine my love of food, people and music and set an atmosphere I wanted to be in everyday. New York can be a hard city to live in, and many people work twice the amount of time here than in other places, so I wanted to offer a relief for people — a snoball community! One day while standing in line at Hansen's — my senses were stronger I suppose — and the idea came. All of my memories of being at Hansen's and Plum Street growing up resonated with me and I knew I HAD to bring snoballs to New York City, especially since no one knew about a New Orleans snoball here. I like the teaching aspect of food. Snoballs are something…people think they know what they are and they call them snow-cones, but as we New Orleanians know, they are not the same thing.

What were the reactions when you first opened? How is it when locals discover you?
I was lucky to be located on a corner with big windows in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The West Village is known for its charming tree-lit streets that are incomparable to the other streets of New York. The locals have such a strong bond in the neighborhood and really make you feel special and welcome. Other restaurants’ purveyors were bringing me food and giving me business along with all of the other people in the neighborhood. I will always remember the nice people that helped me my first season.

I've heard that you model your snoballs after Hansen's. Are there any other snoball stands that you emulate?
Well I would hope they are half as good as Hansen's. With Mary and Ernest who made/are making their own syrups and used/are using a one-of-a-kind machine, I don't know if I come close, but I hope I spread the cheer as much as they did. Mary used to always smile at me, and Ernest made the fluffiest ice. They were truly my biggest inspirations. Donna from Plum Street was a big help to me, as well. We met at Jazz Fest the spring before I opened the shop and with her guidance, I got the right flavors. Both are truly staples in New Orleans snoball history, and I am lucky to have eaten a lot of snoballs at both places!

What's the biggest challenge with having a snoball business in New York? Are any flavors or concepts strange to them?
The biggest challenge is probably weather. We only have a handful of 90 degree and above days and as we know, snoballs are soooo good when it's sweltering. I get a lot of people asking for ice cream because they aren't used to having a snoball shop to go to. I try to tell them that once they try the Nectar Cream, they won't want ice cream ever again, but sometimes people are set in their ways (laughs). If it rains, I just bring a good book. Flavors that are strange to them are Mardi Gras King Cake, Tiger’s Blood, Nectar Cream, and Birthday/Wedding Cake. No one can comprehend how snoballs can taste like cake! But they do...

Do you get any products from New Orleans?
Yes, I bought my machine from Sno-Wizard and flavors from Southern Snow.

(Peterson's favorite flavors and most embarrassing Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls moment below the jump!)

Neesa Peterson serves authentic New Orleans snoballs in New York.
  • Neesa Peterson serves authentic New Orleans snoballs in New York.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NOPD: warrant out for Cuba Gooding Jr.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Update: Gooding is off the hook, for now, for his alleged pushee, according to the Old Absinthe House. The bartender won't "press charges," but Gooding is due for an arraignment Friday, Aug. 3 when it'll be decided whether to dismiss any charges.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has issued an arrest warrant for actor Cuba Gooding Jr. (Boyz N The Hood, Jerry Maguire... Boat Trip, Snow Dogs... Radio). According to a release from NOPD spokesperson Remi Braden, Gooding allegedly pushed a bartender, twice, at the French Quarter bar The Old Absinthe House earlier this morning (aka "late last night"). Here's the report:

The incident happened in the 200-block of Bourbon Street at about 3 a.m. A female bartender told officers that Gooding entered the bar with a group of people, and after a few minutes, other customers recognized him and started asking him to take photos with them. The bartender said Gooding soon became very aggravated with them. That’s when she says she approached him and asked him to calm down. Gooding then allegedly pushed her away with an open hand. One of the bartender’s co-workers then called 9-1-1. At that point, the bartender says she informed Gooding that the police were on the way, and that he needed to leave. Gooding then allegedly pushed her again, and left the bar.

Gooding is in town shooting The Butler.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Y@ Speak: USA! USA!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

This week was so full of America. President Barack Obama rolled into town, caused a traffic jam and played the bass. In true American fashion, we got mad on the Internet because people are saying we shouldn't eat a fast-food chicken sandwich. And finally, we saw the arrival of the Summer Olympics, whose pageantry and poignant medal ceremonies distract us from the problems going on in our country and around the world. Let freedom ring. Also this week: locals eulogize Hubig's, Nicki Minaj loves New Orleans, and Oprah Winfrey and Anthony Bourdain spent time in the city.

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