Louisiana Life - July August 2021

Surface Safari

  Connecting her bedroom to her sister’s and to the den, the triangular fireplace in the middle of the old 1910s home designer Hope Johnson grew up in provided not only ample opportunity for post-bedtime whispers — “mostly, I…

Contributors

Photographer Sara Essex Bradley Sara Essex Bradley is a freelance photographer based in New Orleans. She shoots interiors, travel and food for a variety of editorial and commercial clients, in Louisiana and beyond. She has been a contributor to Renaissance…

Healthy   Choice

In 2015, Phil de Gruy was a successful restaurateur in his 40s. He owned and operated three locations of the popular burger restaurant Phil’s Grill. He had a loving wife and four children. But he was beset by severe stomach…

Traveler: Northshore Allure

Tchefuncte's Restaurant in Madisonville offers upscale atmosphere and a Gulf-inspired menu. Commuting rush hour aside, blood pressure appears to drop once north of Lake Pontchartrain. Life slows down in the historic towns…

Kitchen Gourmet: Love or Leave

Tip If your grill doesn’t have large spaces between the bars, you can cook the okra directly on the grill without fear of it falling into the fire. Otherwise, use a finer-meshed grill tray or basket on top of the…

Literary Louisiana: Summer Study

Dive In Cocktail Dive Bar: Real Drinks, Fake History & Questionable Advice from New Orleans’ Twelve Mile Limit by T. Cole Newton T. Cole Newton, owner of the classic New Orleans watering hole Twelve Mile Limit, presents this more-than-just-another-cocktail book.…

TOP HOSPITALS

There is one major source that provides credible ongoing analysis of hospitals: Medicare, which — as the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older, as well as certain younger people with disabilities — often provides funding for many…

Farther Flung: Party Like a Victorian

Despite buttoned up clothing, the Victorians knew a thing or two about pleasurable pursuits. They nicknamed historic Galveston Island “the Playground of the South,” for its more than 30 miles of shoreline, palm-lined Seawall, healthy marine air and bustling boardwalk.…

Art: Art Out of Chaos

  Shutdowns, quarantines, masks, vaccines, hope. While Louisianians and the world deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, artist Kathryn Keller is in the right place — the peace and solitude of her…

Pelican Briefs: Drago’s Sizzling Sixth

In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, Drago’s owner Tommy Cvitanovich (pioneer of the charbroiled oyster) and his team served over 5,000 plates of free shrimp pasta in L’Auberge Casino Resort’s parking lot, consequently…

Jesus And The Bayous

  In a room at my maternal grandparents’ home was a plaster image of Jesus enclosed in a glass case. The image was maybe one foot high; the case had three sides so as to be fastened in a corner.…

Louisiana Travel & Living

The good times are rolling this summer across Louisiana, where outdoor recreation abounds and thrilling attractions welcome families for educational or competitive fun. Louisiana is a wonderful place to spend the summer months for…

Home Grown

1. Artist Paul Schexnayder Artist Paul Schexnayder constructs fun funky facades using repurposed wood and tin. Call Today for your showing 337-321-1956. schex.com. New Iberia, La 2. The Essential Louisiana Seafood Cookbook The easy-to-follow recipes emphasize Louisiana seafood and quality, local ingredients.…

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