Notes From New Orleans

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Notes from New Orleans is a peek inside the life and culture of the Crescent City. The late Sharon Litwin, co-founder of NolaVie.com, began “Notes from New Orleans,” and the legacy is carried on by Renee Peck (journalist), Kelley Crawford (journalist), Sarah Holtz (radio producer), and a team of journalists who cover all aspects of the unique and vibrant contributions of this creative society.

From established and emerging visual artists to the new breed of young entrepreneurs; from extraordinary musicians to world class performing artists; from Mardi Gras Indians to pop up restaurants — whether it’s going on Uptown, Downtown or Back of Town, their stories are sure to show up on Notes from New Orleans.

Casa Pelican Es Su Casa If You're A Foodie at Heart

Jul 20, 2017
Casa Pelican

So the saying goes, you can’t talk about New Orleans without talking about the food. But for some people, talking’s not enough – some people have to make it. Karen Duncan is one such individual, a chef who came by Louisiana cuisine at her restaurant in Toronto. Her adopted home is Algiers Point, where she owns the bed & breakfast, Casa Pelican. NolaVie’s David Benedetto sits down with Karen to hear more of her story. 

Tale of a Handsome Cocktail: El Guapo Bitters

Jul 13, 2017
El Guapo Bitters

Next week, the gigantic spirits convention better known as Tales of the Cocktail will descend on New Orleans. Cocktail enthusiasts from around the world will come together to compare notes on everything from daiquiris to bitters. To learn more about the latter, NolaVie's David Benedetto spoke with Scot Maddox, who founded El Guapo Bitters right here in New Orleans.

 

Hive Minds: Beekeepers of New Orleans

Jul 6, 2017
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For Darci Jones, bees are fundamentally misunderstood. She's the president of the New Orleans Beekeepers Club, a group focused on both beehives and the bigger ecological picture. NolaVie's Brian Friedman speaks to Darci to learn about bees and their keepers.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

Blake Bertucelli

Salads used to just be a side, or even an afterthought to the meal. These days, they’ve taken center stage as entrees, often with complex combinations and ingredients. French native and New Orleans transplant Jean-Mark Sens is an authority on leafy greens, and NolaVie’s Renée Peck speaks with him about the once lowly salad and its cultural evolution.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Renée Peck.

Momma Tried

Theo Eliezer and Micah Learned of Momma Tried magazine are taking print media to a new level. Momma Tried is an interdisciplinary art project that you can literally hold in your hands. The magazine asks its readers to question, to experiment, and even to laugh at the world around us. Co-creators Theo Eliezer and Micah Learned joined NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford in the studio just before the release of their newest issue.

Sarah Holtz

It’s often said a good sign maker changes the look of the town she or he works in. Yvette Rutledge of Mystic Blue Signs has been beautifying New Orleans with her hand-lettered signs since 1995. NolaVie’s Joe Shriner spoke with Yvette about her craft and visual influence throughout the city.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Joe Shriner.

NOCCA's Not-So-Secret Garden at Press Street

Jun 8, 2017
David Benedetto

Poet Gary Snyder once said, “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” That sentiment, for those of us living in the middle of a city, can be hard to remember, let alone to follow. NolaVie's David Benedetto caught up with the manager of Press Street Gardens, Marguerite Green, who described what it takes to keep up an educational farm and green space in the middle of New Orleans. 

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.

Arrow Cafe

On any given day when you enter Arrow Cafe on North Rampart Street, you are greeted with coffee and baked goods. Yet, this coffee shop goes beyond the caffeine and sugar with art, pop-ups, community outreach, and a mission all their own. 

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Kelley Crawford.  

Derby Boys: Rolling with the New Orleans Brass

May 25, 2017
Mr. McWheely

The Big Easy Roller Girls now have male counterparts to contend with. The New Orleans Brass are one of the latest additions to the area’s men’s roller derby league. In this week’s edition of Notes from New Orleans, we checked in with one of their players, who was getting ready for the team’s next bout.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

The Ryan School of Irish Dance

Near the end of the 1700s, New Orleans became a safe haven for the Irish fleeing English persecution, and since those fateful days, Irish culture has become woven into the city’s own. Started over a decade ago, The Ryan School of Irish Dance continues to build the legacy of Irish dancing in New Orleans, and NolaVie’s Kelley Crawford spoke to students Sarah Taylor and Rachel Martin about what that legacy entails.  

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