August 30, 2010 |
The first time Paul Harris was in the Louisiana Superdome, he was living side by side with more than 20,000 people he has found impossible to forget. It was during Hurricane Katrina, and everybody who was nobody in New Orleans was there: elderly people so frail they could barely walk, mothers with sweaty babies on each arm, budget tourists whose hotels had closed, down-and-out citizens who didn't have cars — people with no prayer of getting out of town and no shelter but the massive, 27-story stadium that became, for six awful days, a sweltering cesspool of human misery.
August 2, 2009 |
reporting from new orleans I drive alongside the grassy slope of the Mississippi River levee and turn east at Magazine Street, traveling past Audubon Zoo toward downtown. It's a narrow, bumpy street shaded by giant oaks, their roots upending great chunks of sidewalk. But nobody seems to mind. This is New Orleans. I'm on a quest to find the best snowball in a city filled with stands. Don't mistake a snowball for a snow cone. The former is soft like powder snow, the latter crunchy like hard pack.
October 15, 2011
New Orleans We enjoyed a fabulous meal at Herbsaint in the business district: baked crab cakes with eggplant, creamy corn and rice cakes, okra, sweet potato fries and doughnuts with ice cream. Herbsaint Bar & Restaurant, 701 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-4114; http://www.herbsaint.com . Open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 5:30-10 p.m. Saturdays. Small plates from $11; main courses from $26. Cheryl Kohr Redondo Beach
January 29, 2013 |
Here are five hangouts anyone headed to New Orleans should know about, whether going for the Super Bowl or Mardi Gras this month, in April for Jazz Fest, or just any old time. PARASOL'S BAR AND RESTAURANT This slice-of-life landmark probably serves the best po'boy sandwiches in town. It also serves up only-in-New-Orleans-caliber conversation, particularly in the bar area. Tulane students, locals and tourists all flock to Parasol's for lunch. Not far off the St. Charles streetcar route, but probably best to take a cab. 2533 Constance St.; (504)
August 28, 2010
Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines, causing the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Waters flowing over or through shattered levees flooded an estimated 80% of New Orleans, driving out more than half the population and devastating the local economy. Scenes from the flood are being replayed across television networks and websites this week, reminding Americans about the multiple governmental failures that helped cause and prolong the suffering.
December 20, 2009
New Orleans-area nonprofits looking for home-building volunteers: Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat-nola.org Preservation Resource Center, www.prcno.orgCatholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, www.ccano.org St. Bernard Project, www.stbernardproject.org Project Homecoming, www.projecthomecoming.net, (504) 942-0444 Lowernine.org, www.lowernine.org, (504) 278-1240 Historic Green, www.historicgreen.org AmeriCorps, www.americorps.gov/about/programs/hurricane.