Monday, November 7, 2016

New Orleans bars hosting parties for Election Night

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 10:07 AM


Tomorrow's a special day in America. It's the day when members of all political parties can unite over one thing: our shared joy that this miserable, fractious election season is coming to its merciful end. 

Toast the occasion  —  and for those of you without cable, catch televised coverage of the returns  —  at one of the venues listed below.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bon Appetit names N7 one of country’s top 10 new restaurants

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 5:02 PM

N7 was named one of the country's top 10 best new restaurants from Bon Appétit magazine. - HELEN FREUND
  • N7 was named one of the country's top 10 best new restaurants from Bon Appétit magazine.

N7 (1117 Montegut St.), the charming 9th Ward French wine bar and bistro, has been named one of the 10 best new restaurants in the U.S. by Bon Appétit magazine.

The culinary magazine’s annual list was released Tuesday, Aug. 16 and called the indoor-outdoor spot “the most romantic French restaurant in the world.” The list included winners from all over the country — from Asheville, North Carolina to Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

New Orleans scores high on the "first annual Pretention Index"

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 4:40 PM

(Is it pretentious to point out it should be 'Pretense Index'?)

So a company called Cafe Valet (which "has revolutionized the way coffee is offered and consumed in more than a million hotel rooms across North America") has done one of those pseudo-scientific surveys — this one a "quantitative analysis of pretension levels in America":
Developed by a team of data scientists, the Pretension Index examines where these modern day latte art lovers are most concentrated, mining data from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, Facebook, local business data and more in the 50 most populous U.S. metro areas. 
And New Orleans now makes the Top 10 — lower than San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver or Austin, but above Chicago and New York:


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Friday, October 31, 2014

New Orleans ranked America's 7th most "budget friendly" dining city

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 10:03 AM


Another week, another list for New Orleans, with the most recent focusing on diners looking to keep their voracious appetites sated on a budget.

The list, complied by financial website WalletHub, ranked New Orleans the 7th most affordable city for food lovers in the country, sandwiched between Reno, Nevada and Austin, Texas. The ranking compared the 150 most populated cities in the US, using 18 different metrics and data compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau and the Center for Disease Control.

While some of the metrics seem spot on (average cost of groceries, number of restaurants per capita), others are a little more questionable in the determination of culinary diversity and pricing (number of ice cream shops, number of craft breweries). The calculations place Orlando, Florida as the top city for culinary affordability, while Henderson, Nevada slides in at the very bottom spot.

Click here to view the full report.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Is Pierre Thomas one of the 10 best New Orleans Saints of all time? Yep

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM

(via Football Schedule)

Twice in the past two weeks I've seen the Pierre Thomas question raised, first in a conversation with friends, well before the New Orleans Saints beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Sunday, and second after the game, when blogger Reid Gilbert tweeted this:
So that's the question. Is Pierre Thomas one of the best Saints of all time?

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Monday, July 7, 2014

We're number four! Louisiana places fourth in Thrillist's ranking of states with the best food and drink options

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Jambalaya, one of the dishes that (presumably) Thriillist weighed before naming Louisiana the fourth best state in the country for food and drink. - CREATIVE COMMONS/JEFFREY W.
  • Jambalaya, one of the dishes that (presumably) Thriillist weighed before naming Louisiana the fourth best state in the country for food and drink.

Rejoice, list lovers! Louisiana is once again near the top of the heap on a national list, and this time for our prominence as a state rich in food and drink.

Thrillist, the national "digital lifestyle brand for men" ranks Louisiana as the fourth best state in the country for eating and drinking, falling in just behind California, New York, and (sigh) Texas.

Using a not-so-scientific method, states were ranked based on what food items they produce, iconic dishes, beer/wine/spirit production, and the food scene in major cities. While Thrillist rolls its eyes at the national hype around New Orleans classics like gumbo and po' boys, it does note that we are, in fact, "America's finest drinking city."

Click here to view the full list.

(My deepest condolences to South Dakota, which rounds out the list at #50 and is one of the few states to have its own official state bread.)

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Parkway Bakery and Tavern gets a thumbs-up

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 6:08 PM


Parkway Bakery and Tavern is among 18 restaurants to make Coastal Living magazine’s “Our Favorite Seafood Dives of 2014” list in its June issue.

Parkway was the only restaurant in Louisiana to make the list, which also featured Gulf Coast eateries including Desporte & Sons Seafood in Biloxi, Mississippi; The Gulf in Orange Beach, Alabama; The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin, Florida; and Keys Fisheries in Marathon, Florida.

Coastal Living described the list as its “annual batch of casual restaurants that care plenty about fresh fish, fried sides, and seaside locale.” The magazine recommends Parkway’s fried shrimp and fried oyster po-boys, sweet potato fries and Barq’s root beer. Interestingly, the photo it ran with the writeup was of sweet potato fries, not seafood.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Yelp's 100 Top Places to Eat in the U.S. includes no New Orleans restaurants

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

The #nomnom list, from Yelp.
  • The #nomnom list, from Yelp.

Oh, Yelp. You're so useful when it comes to addresses and hours of operation, and so un-useful when it comes to anything resembling good advice.

Witness Yelp's new Top 100 Places to Eat list ("100 must-try spots in the US to get your #nomnom on") which includes not a single New Orleans restaurant, bar, deli counter, food truck or second-line barbecue rig.

The website uses something called a "Wilson score" to determine its findings: 

click image The "Wilson score." - WIKIPEDIA
  • The "Wilson score."

Very scientific, and a formula that results in a Haleiwa, Hawaii food truck called "Dat Cajun Guy" outranking every place in Louisiana. (No shade to "Dat Cajun Guy," whose food looks pretty good.)

It could be worse: Portland, Ore.'s Willamette Week points out that a closed food cart in Portland outranked New York's Le Bernardin, and a Portland establishment called "Waffle Window" topped New York's Per Se.

Our #nomnom must be off.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Louisiana gets "F" for women's health

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Louisiana ranks dead last and received an "F" grade in a new report from the Center for American Progress, which ranked each U.S. state by its wage gaps, poverty levels, access to health care, and leadership roles in relation to women.

The reports note that "an increasing number of women are either the sole breadwinner for their family or share the role with their partners" while women make on average only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes — and African American women make 64 cents for every dollar white men make.

Women make up 18 percent of Congress, and 15 states have no female elected leaders in the House of Representatives or the Senate.

In Louisiana, more than 22 percent of women in Louisiana live in poverty — while 36 percent of African American women live in poverty. (The report points out that only 11 percent of women live in poverty in Maryland, listed as the No. 1 state for women.)

The state also received an "F" for health care: 19 percent of women are uninsured, while 23 percent of African American are uninsured, and 35 percent of Hispanic women are uninsured. The state also was ranked poorly for its stance on reproductive rights, including requiring an ultrasound before a doctor performs an abortion and so-called "TARP" laws (targeted regulation of abortion providers), which place arbitrary restrictions on abortion clinics or doctor's offices. Louisiana is one of 28 states with such laws.

The report also ranked Louisiana poorly for not having laws that create programs for paid family leave insurance or temporary disability insurance, nor laws that require employers to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.

As far as leadership, 38.6 percent of Louisiana women hold management positions, while 55.4 percent are African American, 36.3 percent are Hispanic, 44.16 are Asian American, and 27.7 are Native American.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Orleans ranked 13th for sugar daddies

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM


From the “Gee, I’m in the wrong business” file:

A national study conducted by the dating website and released this week, shows New Orleans has 2.43 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men in the city, putting the Big Easy 13th on the list. In another survey of sugar daddies released in December 2012, the website broke down statistics by religion, finding the highest number of sugar daddies were Jewish (28 percent), 17 percent were evangelicals (17 percent), 14 percent were Catholic and 8 percent were Protestant. (Twelve percent of sugar daddies in the study were not affiliated with a specific religion, and 3 percent identified themselves as atheist or agnostic.

The new study ranks Atlanta in first place, with 5.98 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men in the city, Scottsdale, Ariz., came in second with 5.23, San Francisco dropped two places from last year with 4.94, Tampa, Fla., takes fourth with 4.48 and Boston places fifth with 4.29 sugar daddies per 1,000 adult men. Charlotte, S.C., came in last (20th) with a 1.49 count.

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