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It’s ‘just a bite,’ but experts blame grazing the holiday spread for packing on pounds

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS shot on 11-20-07. 00009696a. Alphabet Soup: Tracy Kock's Christmas food.

It’s called grazing. That mindless movement of hand to mouth, hand to mouth, over and over again. And this is the grazing season, where just like cows on the levee, we park ourselves next to the holiday spread and chew and chew and chew, not paying much attention to what we’re eating or how much.… Continue reading →

Counting down New Orleans theater’s 10 best moments in 2014

Photo provided by Justin Maxwell -- Rebecca Elizabeth Hollingsworth, Stacy Smith, Glenn Aucoin, and James Patrick in 'the offbeat 'An Outopia for Pigeons.'

Theater is a series of transitions leading to arresting moments. In the best shows, those moments encapsulate everything that is right about the production. Of the hundred or so shows I saw in 2014, 10 stayed with me long after the curtain had come down. 10. The French Maid makes a killing in “Clue: A Mystery… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Crèche a little broken, like me

I never met my wife’s Aunt Pat, who died long before I entered the family. But I connect with Pat each Christmas when we unpack her crèche and place it under the tree. My wife inherited the nativity scene from Pat, which makes it an heirloom, I suppose, although nothing so grand as what you’d see on “Antiques… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Seasonal Bonhomie with Brother Martin, Beaujolais, Jefferson Aging and Purple Pants

Crest Cohorts Led off by the name of Brother Martin High School President John Devlin, the annual Extravaganza took place in the New Orleans Marriott with a patron party, the gala itself, music by the Brother Martin Jazz band directed by alumnus (as are some of the following) Chris Bailey, gold-and-red themed decorations by Cara Velez… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central for Dec. 21, 2014

Photo provided by Steven Forster -- Steven Forster, Advocate New Orleans social columnist and photographer

Read columnist and photographer Steven Forster’s coverage of New Orleans’ social events at The New Orleans Advocate. Events featured in this edition: • Ronald McDonald House toy drive at Victory NOLA: Victory NOLA on Baronne Street threw a holiday party and toy drive, hosted by LaTanya Morris-Magana, for the Ronald McDonald House.… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for Dec. 21, 2014

Book events “RESCUED BY A KISS”: 1 p.m., Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St. Colleen Mooney signs the first book in her New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles series. (504) 523-3341. www.hotelmonteleone.com. “IN EMPATHY WE TRUST”: 3 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. E2 photographers Elizabeth Kleinveld… Continue reading →

Who was that man in red?

Christmas Eve lends an air of magic to the hustle and bustle of holiday happenings. Children nestle down for the night, hoping Santa will bring gifts, while adults tend to concentrate on the positives in people and places. When my brother and I were in college, our parents began the tradition of hosting a bountiful celebration on… Continue reading →

A renovated Vieux Carre shotgun makes the cut for Patio Planters tour

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --   Maddie and Dave Jorgensen's French Quarter home Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

It was barely a year ago that Maddie and David Jorgensen were handed the keys to their French Quarter shotgun. Since then they have painted and wired, plumbed and roofed. They have replaced all the major appliances, upgraded the efficiency of the cooling system and installed special LED accent lighting in the kitchen and living area.… Continue reading →

Bright holiday color blooms on Christmas cactus

Photo by DAN GILL  Holiday cactuses provide vivid color with gracefully drooping flat leaves.

Is it really a cactus? Yep, it may not look like it has anything in common with cousins like the prickly, giant Saguaro of the Sonoran desert, but the colorful “Christmas cacti” on sale everywhere right now do indeed hail from the same plant family, Cactaceae. Sometimes called “The Other Holiday Plant” in deference… Continue reading →

New Orleans area home and garden events, Dec. 20-Jan. 24

NORTHSHORE CAMELLIA SOCIETY SHOW & SALE: 11:00 a.m., plant sales begin, noon to 4:00 p.m.., show viewing, St. Scholastica Gym, 122 S. Massachusetts St., Covington. The “Queen of Winter Flowers” makes a star appearance at this annual event. Free. (985) 630-9899, rivercamellia@bellsouth.net… Continue reading →

New Orleans Religion Bulletins for Dec. 20, 2014

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PASTOR GRADUATION: The Rev. Dr. Reginald Holmes, a native of Clinton and pastor of Friendship Community Missionary Baptist Church in Kenner, graduated Dec. 10 from the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. Inc. Sunday School Publishing Board in Nashville. Holmes received his diploma in Christian Education and a certificate of pastor’s advanced training, which enables him… Continue reading →

East Jefferson Parish transfers for Nov. 25 to Dec. 3, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Eloise B. Young sold this home at 806 Newman Ave. in Jefferson to Blaise W. Leblanc for $200,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for Nov. 25 to Dec. 3 STRATFORD DRIVE 442: $321,500, Brent M. Desselles and Joellen B. Desselles to Joel C. Lookingbill and Karin T. Lookingbill. TCHOUPITOULAS PLANTATION SUBDIVISION, LOT 12, SQUARE C: $160,000, Evelyn A. Tliibodeaux revocable living trust, Arthur J. Thibodeaux, David A. Thibodeaux, Carol… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers for Nov. 25 - Dec. 1, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Joseph P. Peters sold this home at 1426-28 Desire St. in New Orleans to Noah N. Himber for $91,180.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Nov. 25 to Dec. 1 NOTRE DAME CONDOMINIUM 425, UNIT 802: $2,400,000, 425 Notre Dame LLC to Michael A. Melancon and Annie V. Melancon. COLISEUM ST. 1301: $385,000, Virginia A. Caldarera, Ferdinand J. Caldarera, Paul B. Caldarera, Anthony L. Caldarera III and Stephen G.… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish transfers for Dec. 1 to Dec. 5, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Rita Anne Bertolino St. Pierre sold this home at 324 Fourth Street in Norco to Marcus Kyle McKinney for $246,000.

St. Charles Transfers for Dec. 1 to Dec. 5 KENNEDY STREET 431: $155,000, Joshua M. Jones and Cindy Manning Jones to Patrick J. Fuller Jr. and Cindy Kleyle Fuller. PLEASANT VALLEY 131: $148,000, Michael P. Hotard and Christina Carroll Hotard to Douglas Gerard… Continue reading →

West Jefferson Parish transfers for Nov. 25 to Dec. 3, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Steven A. and Kaylynn M. Poche sold this home at 129 Oak Ave. in Westwego to Frederick J. Dickerson Sr. and Laura J. Begley for $158,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for Nov. 25 to Dec. 3 MISSION COURT 205: $10 and other good and valuable considerations, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Norhsaun Thomas. WASHINGTON PLACE SUBDIVISION, LOT 13, SQUARE 112: $19,900, Granite Community Recovery Fund LLC to Anthony Q. Bray.… Continue reading →

St. John the Baptist Parish transfers, Nov. 24-Dec. 5, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Karla Castillo Weileman and Nikolaus J. Weileman sold this home at 73 Ridgewood Dr. in LaPlace to Miyanekia Hawthorne Brown and Wendell Justin Brown for $158,500.00.

St. John Transfers from Nov. 24 to Dec. 5 OXBOW DR. 213: $265,000, Troy Wesley Disoso to Robert Taylor, Jr.. HEBERT DR. 2313: $97,500, Donald James Cox, Jr. to Eugene Davis, Sr. and Mary Cummings Davis. MAGNOLIA AVE. 426: $44,900, The Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Wells One Investments,… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish transfers for Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   First United Methodist Church of Slidell sold this home at 1415 Constitution Drive in Slidell to Brandon S. Dussouy for $134,500.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for Nov. 24 to Dec. 01 CHEROKEE DRIVE 199: $221,000, William I. Bobo III and Cathy T. Bobo to Carl M. Marshall Jr. and Sarah S. Marshall. DUNDEE DUPLEXES SUBDIVISION, PHASE 2, LOT 60: $130,000, Edward H. Turner to John D. Diggs and Paulette A.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: SPCA, Christian Brothers and Daughters of the British Empire

Howling Success A paw-rade it was when the Louisiana SPCA held its most recent Howling Success at the Hyatt Regency and, in keeping with the event’s “Masquerade” title, asked guests to don masks. Or costumes. Or both. A purposeful paw-ty, it raised operating funds for the more than 20,000 owned and abandoned animals seen annually… Continue reading →

35 years in the making, Kenilworth yard is bursting with Christmas decorations

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  From nutcrackers guarding to front door to snowmen and candy canes, Norman Borne fills his yard with decorations.

For Norman Borne, Christmas starts in September. That’s when he plans the outdoor display for his Kenilworth home, deciding where to place the hundreds of wooden figures he has crafted over the past 35 years and continues to make today to create his Christmas scenes. “Everything is handmade,” said Borne, a CPA and chief financial… Continue reading →

3 ways to make magical holiday memories

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --At Right Daryl Dabon Jarvis and Angel Dabon Lee sing

The final weekend before Christmas means last-minute shopping, wrapping and holiday planning. But don’t forget to make time for special events that create lasting memories of the season. 1. CAROLING IN JACKSON SQUARE Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre sponsors the annual candlelight gathering to sing traditional Christmas songs… Continue reading →

Alex Rawls: Kermit Ruffins, on his own terms

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers perform at the Congo Square stage during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Fair Grounds.

Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins is a model for how to conduct a career on your own terms. He made his name as one of the founders of the Rebirth Brass Band, then went solo. He solidified his reputation playing Vaughan’s in the Bywater at a time when you couldn’t get a cab to pick you up there. He’s now… Continue reading →

Attention captains of Carnival krewes: Send in stories

The New Orleans Advocate will publish Carnival ball stories submitted by official Carnival krewes in the New Orleans metropolitan area. To be considered for publication, stories and photographs must be submitted electronically no later than two weeks before the ball. Stories should include the full names of the queen and maids, the names of their parents… Continue reading →

Star-studded benefit honors NOCCA student

Photo provided -- Daniel Price.

On Dec. 19, 2003, New Orleans-born artist Daniel Price was shot and killed in San Francisco trying to protect his wife from an attacker. Price was a young, promising artist who’d attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts during high school, and his family established the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists in his honor to recognize… Continue reading →

Bites of History: Christmas sweets have a long history around the world

Photo by Cynthia L. Nobles  --  The no-bake Nanaimo Bar is common on Canadian Christmas cookie platters and is inextricably tied to the City of Nanaimo.

Let’s all climb on board Santa’s sleigh and take a trip back in time to learn the origins of some of those sweets we love scarfing down this time of year. One of the oldest Christmas cakes is the much maligned, calorie-dense fruitcake, which fueled the Roman army, as well as the armies of Europe during… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central for Dec. 17, 2014

Photo provided by Steven Forster -- Steven Forster, Advocate New Orleans social columnist and photographer

Read columnist and photographer Steven Forster’s coverage of New Orleans’ social events at The New Orleans Advocate. Events featured in this edition: • Dearly Beloved: Family, very dear friends and other well-wishers celebrated the wedding of Amy Reimer and Jack Sileo at Cafe Degas. The ceremony and reception were elegantly… Continue reading →

Digging In: At a Vietnamese deli, banh mi for bigger appetites

Advocate photo by Ian McNulty - Banh mi from Eat Well Food Mart in New Orleans.

CASUAL Banh Mi Po-Boy Eat Well Food Mart 2700 Canal St. (504) 821-7730 Banh mi come in as many varieties as the makers of these popular Vietnamese sandwiches can dream up. Generally, however, they come in only one size — the standard short pistolette, which will sometimes leave… Continue reading →

Ian McNulty: Revisiting renewed wine shop’s vintage

Photo provided by Martin Wine Cellar - A new and much larger Martin Wine Cellar opened Uptown on Friday, Dec. 12.

Almost a decade after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans should be running low on storm-related comeback stories. But finding a gleaming and new Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 800-298-4274; martinwinecellar.com) open again at its original Uptown address does seem to rewind the clock a bit. Of course, this combination wine retailer, deli and caterer… Continue reading →

Common Ground: How’s your Web IQ measure up?

I wrote my last old-fashioned letter on a Hewlett-Packard typewriter about 25 years ago. That machine is now tucked away in the attic along with its dinosaur cartridges and accessories. Today, we use sleek laptops, wireless printers and handheld tablets stocked with apps, photo wizards, WiFi and all kinds of stuff that can make shopping,… Continue reading →

‘Flip My Food’ visits Darrow

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“Flip My Food” host chef Jeff Henderson visits Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow on Wednesday’s episode. Henderson, whose syndicated cooking series focuses on making favorite dishes healthier, will be in the kitchen with Houmas House chef Jeremy Langlois to flip some of his Creole and Cajun recipes. Henderson also will tour the antebellum… Continue reading →