Ian McNulty

The beignet, long an emblem of New Orleans food culture, is experiencing a revival across town, from classic renditions to modern interpretations.

It's easy to imagine how someone could walk into the Morning Call Coffee Stand in City Park for the first time and see the place as an act of historic preservation.

Elizabeth Hudson / It's New Orleans

The post Hurricane Katrina world of demolishing New Orleans buildings and hauling truckloads of rubble off to a landfill isn't a male-dominated industry, it's a male-only industry. At least it was, until Simone Bruni came along with nothing more than a few pink yard signs and a business name that would capitalize on her most unique quality in the demolition business: Demo Diva

This week on The Reading Life: Wendy Rodrigue talks about her life with artist George Rodrigue in an interview about her book, The Other Side of the Painting, recorded earlier this year.

We'll also hear from writer Ann Patchett, whose new essay collection is This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. And I'll have a few thoughts on the literary year 2013.

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed 7-foot-2 center Alexis Ajinca, the team announced today.

Ajinca comes to New Orleans after two years in the Euroleague, where he played for Strasbourg, France. He was drafted 20th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats — after Charlotte, he played for the Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors before moving over to the Euroleague.

The terms of Ajinca's contract have not been released, per Pelicans team policy.

Louisiana SPCA

Let’s talk adoption. 17 million Americans get a new pet each year, but only 3.5 million adopt that pet from an animal shelter.

Many people don’t realize that breeders and pet stores are simply reproducing mass quantities of cats and dogs to sustain their business.

That’s where animal shelters come in! Walk into any shelter in Louisiana and you'll find pets of all shapes, sizes and personalities. They're vaccinated, spayed, neutered, microchipped and ready to be adopted!

This week on The Reading Life: Michael Allen Zell and photographers Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown, who work as Louviere and Vanessa, about their new book, The Oblivion Atlas.

We'll also hear from Marty Mulé about his new book, Game Changers: The Rousing Legacy of Louisiana Sports.

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It’s that time of year again — when the pundits look back over the year just past and announce the most significant events.

While “Year in Review” headlines certainly have their place in history, Nolavie’s Renée Peck finds that looking back at the most insignificant stories of 2013 is a lot more fun.

This week on The Reading Life: Dillard University professor Nancy Dixon, editor of a new anthology, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature and Angela Carll, author of Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans.

We'll also hear from poet Gina Ferrara, whose new collection is Amber Porch Light.


This week's edition of Louisiana Eats! investigates health care in the restaurant industry from an insider's point of view. We'll hear about life in the kitchen and the toll it takes on the workers who prepare our food.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

This week on Out to Lunch, we wonder: what kind of business person looks at the New Orleans landscape and decides we need more booze? Kirk Coco from NOLA Brewing and Jedd Haas from Atelier Vie, that's who.

Plus, what's next for Idea Village prize winning biz Your Nutrition Delivered?