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What’s your sign, and may I take your order? A zodiac theme is only the start for a new CBD restaurant working from a different playbook

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Ursa Major, a new restaurant in downtown New Orleans, has an astronomical and astrological theme worked across its menu, its cocktails and its design.

Ursa Major (611 O’Keefe Ave., 504-309-8765), the largest and most ambitious restaurant planned for the CBD’s multi-use South Market District development, is slated to open this weekend, and it’s shaping up to be a head-turner that may also raise some eyebrows. That’s because this sleek and modern-looking spot starts with some marked departures from some of… Continue reading →

Three ways to get out and have fun this weekend

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -- Oysters on the half-shell, a Louisiana classic.

OYSTER FESTIVAL: The Louisiana oyster industry celebrates the succulent bivalve with crafts, music, cooking demonstrations and food from 22 restaurants. Shucking competition at noon Saturday; eating contest on Sunday. Woldenberg Park. (504) 835-6410. RUBBER DUCK DERBY: Cheer 23,000 rubber ducks as they hit the water to end hunger in the community.… Continue reading →

Smiley: Only in Iota!

Irma Darphin tells this story to show why she loves her home town, the Acadia Parish community of Iota: “I walked into the beauty parlor to get my hair cut, and jokingly said to the owner, ‘I’m extremely hungry — would you happen to have a sizzling hot steak?’ “I was told, ‘No, but I can get you… Continue reading →

Perfect grilling weather is straight ahead!

Associated Press photo by Matthew Mead -- Goat Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Memorial Day is behind us, so that means there’s nothing but summer — and perfect grilling weather — straight ahead. Try a finger-friendly dish of grilled onions and peppers, grilled sweet potatoes stuffed with creamy goat cheese, smoky chicken bathed in Alabama white sauce (proof that good things actually do come from Alabama), kick up… Continue reading →

Memories of Ebarb: Member of Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb writes cookbook to keep traditions alive

Sun Herald photo by Tim Isbell -- Dorsey Ebarb Bronson talks about her book, 'Louisiana Cooking by Native American Choctaw-Apache.' The book includes recipes and childhood memories.

Dorsey Ebarb Bronson, of Mobile, Alabama, hopes the best way to a lawmaker’s heart is through his stomach. She’s a member of the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb, on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River near the border with Texas. The tribe is recognized by the state but not by the federal government. Bronson compiled… Continue reading →

Smiley: Quick thinking

Kim “Pops” Seago, of Columbia, Tennessee, tells of a quick-thinking youngster: “Whitt, our 2½-year-old grandson, is hungry when he wakes up, and if nobody is around to fix breakfast, he will find himself something to eat. “Although he has learned to climb using the kitchen drawers, he has not learned to be quiet while climbing. “Last week,… Continue reading →

Ian McNulty: How local can you go? From trash fish happy hour to wild game cook out, events aim to expand notion of eating local.

Advocate photo by SARA ESSEX BRADLEY -- A soft shell crab special at Cafe Degas, one way to access local food during the Eat Local Challenge.

Just where is “local?” In the food world these days, the answer is everywhere, from grocery store ads to restaurant menus to the rapidly growing ranks of grassroots brands and homegrown suppliers. But for as much as local food has become common parlance, and in some settings the industry standard, the Eat Local Challenge can still shake… Continue reading →

Bites in Brief: Primitivo dials it back to basics on O.C. Haley; chefs set the table for gale at French Market

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -Primitivo opened on O.C. Haley Boulevard in Central City this week.

As barbecue pits blazed over the weekend at Memorial Day parties, the coal-fired oven at Primitivo (1800 O.C. Haley Blvd., 504-881-1775; got its first trial by fire, serving test-run dinners of a menu built around the age-old traditions of grilling, smoking, curing and roasting. Primitivo officially opened May 26 as the latest project from… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central: Gary Solomon Jr. turns 29

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Gary Solomon Jr. celebrated his 29th birthday with friends and family in his newly renovated home in the Warehouse District. He's been named to virtually every 30 under 30 list out there for his work with Solomon Group, including Inc. Magazine's. Solomon's party had a traditional kids birthday party theme with an adult twist: sliders and hot dogs from Company Burger and Dat Dog, along with specialty cocktails, including spiked sno-balls. Dr. Frank Berry, Seth Bloom,  Gary Solomon Jr., Aaron Reuther

Gary Solomon Jr. celebrated his 29th birthday with friends and family in his newly renovated home in the Warehouse District. He’s been named to virtually every 30 under 30 list out there for his work with Solomon Group, including Inc. Magazine’s. Solomon’s party had a traditional kids theme with an adult twist: sliders and hot… Continue reading →

Common Ground: The stress before the relaxation

Packing, planning and executing a summer family vacation is not a part of the process that I look forward to. It is tiring and even stressful. One time I waited until the last minute to wash clothes, fold, pack my children’s suitcases, clean the house and load the van in the wee hours of the morning.… Continue reading →

Smiley: One little problem

Another tale of an unsolicited sales call, from Linda Dalferes: “A friend of mine got a call from someone whose accent was not at all out of south Louisiana. “He had this long spiel explaining to her that her computer was slow and needed upgrading, and that if she would give… Continue reading →

Healing Art: Local painters, sculptors, multi-media creators bring genre to new medical center

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  Artist  Page Goss says the abstract acrylics she's working on for the new hospital complex in New Orleans are meant to evoke a 'sea of happiness.'

Images of birds, staring and pecking, can give hospital patients the heebie-jeebies. That’s just one of the lessons that Stacey Serro learned when she was considering the subject matter for the 4,000 works of art to be displayed on the walls of patients’ rooms in the University Medical Center, scheduled to open in August. This was a new one… Continue reading →

Business is picking up ‘American Pickers’ scour Texas and Louisiana, looking for underappreciated collectibles

Photo by Zachary Maxwell Stertz -- Mike Wolfe shows a vintage cigarette machine brought home from a pick.

Louisiana and Texas were ripe for the picking, or in this case, the pickers, when Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz headed south in their white Antique Archaeology van recently. The stars of History’s “American Pickers,” the pair’s mission is to comb the country in search of antiques, vintage memorabilia and other oddities; wheel and deal and eventually… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Jazz Fest gala, Kingsley House fund-raiser, Tulane Emeritus Club

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Jazz Fest Gala. Donna Santiago, Stella Reese

Salutations and socializing fused at three recent events. Night time events occurred at the Hilton Riverside for the Gala 2015 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Heritage Foundation Inc., where Edgar “Dooky” and Leah Chase and Bud Brimberg were honored, and, earlier, at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion of The National World… Continue reading →

Smiley: The first remote

Wayne Weilbaecher, of Covington, says back in the ’50s, when he was dating the young lady who became his wife, “her family was celebrating their new purchase — a TV set. “My best friend and I decided to go see what the fuss was all about, and hoped to get asked to dinner.… Continue reading →

Sunburning questions: Summer is starting, so experts urge precautions to stay healthy

A woman sunbathes in a beach in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, May 15, 2015. The Iberian Peninsula has experienced record high temperatures for May as thermometers shot up to levels normally only seen in midsummer. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) ORG XMIT: EM101

As the days get longer, the outdoors beckon. But longer days also mean stronger rays. Today marks the unofficial start of summer, and getting outside doesn’t mean you have to get a sunburn. Avoiding the sun’s damage can prevent skin cancer — the nation’s most common type of cancer, affecting one in five Americans, according to… Continue reading →

Smiley: Last flight

Russ Wise, of LaPlace, got this story from Stephanie Harris, fiancée of his wife Connie’s brother. “They’re both flight nurses on medivac helicopters in the hills and valleys of the coal country along the Kentucky-West Virginia line,” says Russ. Stephanie says in 1994, when she was a new EMT, she got… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Parkway Promenade, Dancing for the Arts, St. Martin’s gala

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Parkway Promenade. Michele Shane L'Hoste, Jim Kellett, Stacey Shane Schott

Three recent events had the party pack on the go. Jefferson Beautification Inc. winged its supporters thematically to Brazil for Parkway Promenade XXIV, Young Audiences of Louisiana presented its sixth annual Dancing for the Arts to benefit YA’s programs and initiatives, and St. Martin’s Episcopal School rallied revelers for “Show Your Spirit.” Energy went hand-in-hand… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for May 24 - June 11

“MILLION DOLLAR ROAD”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Amy Conner discusses and signs her Louisiana novel of a young woman yearning for a better existence and the secret longings that will change the lives of those around her. (504) 862-2266.… Continue reading →

Human Condition: In a war cemetery, searching for a distant memory

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --  A lone, bare tree stands at the edge of a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach on the Normandy coast.

There will be no mail on Monday. Some will ponder why when they open the empty box. It’s Memorial Day, a paid federal holiday for some, but just another day in the work trenches for others. It’s an easy one to forget, despite the picnics in the parks where bluish smoke of barbecues hangs thick… Continue reading →

For Bryan Windham, ‘the bromeliad was a totally new experience’

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- Bryan Windham, president of the River Ridge Bromeliad Society, holds a neophytum plant at his Kenner home. Some of Windham's collection of 4,000 to 5,000 specimens are behind him.

If you want to understand what Bryan Windham says about his bromeliad collection, it helps to have an ear for Latin. Hechtia, dyckia, neoregelia, tillandsia … the names roll off Windham’s tongue as he introduces the wonderland of exotic tropicals in the rear yard of his home in Kenner’s Chateau Estates Lakefront. Bromeliads are Windham’s… Continue reading →

Bromeliads of every stripe in collector’s garden

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   A cryptanthus plant is shown at the home of Bryan Windham, president of the River Ridge Bromeliad Society in Kenner, Louisiana on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

There are so many bromeliad varieties that it’s hard to make sense of them all until collector Bryan Windham breaks it down into two primary types: Terrestrials that require soil to thrive, and epiphytes, which draw nutrients from the air and do not require soil. Also called “air plants,” epiphytes grow attached to other plants, with roots that… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Great Lady, Great Gentlemen; Tulane Women’s Association; Holy Cross gala

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Great Lady/Gentleman. Sharon Marchand, Mark Romig, Coleen Landry

The 39th anniversary of the Great Lady/Great Gentleman Awards presented by East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary rounded up luncheon legions at the Audubon Tea Room; the Tulane University Women’s Association invited cohorts to the Southern Yacht Club for a “Celebrate Spring” luncheon and laurels; and, with a nod to “Guys and Dolls,” Holy Cross School… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers, April 27 to April 30, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Jonathan D. Irpino sold this home at 2425-27 Governor Nicholls St. in New Orleans' 2nd District to Gary S. Vitrano and Judy R. Vitrano for $271,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for April 27 to April 30 CLEVELAND AVE. 3727-29: $54,000, Marie Olagues to Cody Diblin. D’HEMECOURT ST. 4016-18: $190,000, Omega Enterprises LLC to Homestead Park LLC. EARHART BLVD. 2220: $20,000, Delores William Shelden and James Eugene Williams to CL Ten LLC. Julia St.… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers, May 1 to May 6, 2015

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Norma T. Gregoire sold this home at 413 Lake Ave. in Metairie to Walter L. Pfaff for $164,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for May 1 to May 6 COMMERCE POINT 405, 409: $785,000, Parson Family Properties LLC to Cad Investments II LLC. GORDON AVE. 501: $178,365, Wells Fargo Bank NA to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. HICKORY AVE. 1204: $134,900, Marrone Investments LLC to… Continue reading →