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The Story of Milk Studio – It Does a Body Good

Gather round my friends and you will hear the story of a Louisiana couple who persevered.  Once upon a time Mindy owned a lingerie shop on Decatur Street in the New Orleans French Quarter.  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina the city was in turmoil, and full of construction workers who didn’t need lingerie.  Desperate to save her retail space Mindy put the same artistic talent she had used to do the graphic designs on her lingerie to use on handcrafts.
 
Enter David the limo driver. Katrina also did a number on David. Leaving 10 feet of water in his home and making the need for limo drivers, even 25 year veteran limo drivers, basically non-existent in the Big Easy.  It looked like David needed a plan.  So with no place to stay and no job David moved to the French Quarter to try to find work.  What he found was Mindy.  Mindy needed someone to work her table in the French Market and David needed a job.  Sounds like a plan to me.
 
Mindy and David took their plan and a prayer and together turned a floundering lingerie shop into a flourishing business.  These guys with camera in hand went around the area taking pictures of NOLA landmarks, hotspots, and businesses. In a 3 day process that demonstrates detailed workmanship they create distinctive works of art in each beautiful glazed tile coaster, magnet and apron that are loved by locals and visitors alike.

Appreciating their efforts to keep intact some of the culture and history of the city, people started bringing in old grocery bags, matchbooks, notebooks, etc. The rest as they say is history, three years worth.

Next time you are in the French Market look for David and let him share some of his wonderfully nostalgic NOLA stories or stop in to see Mindy at the Milk Studio headquarters at 1309  Decatur and check out the new line of soy candles.  You can also visit David and Mindy at mindy@milkstudio.com           

I am inspired and humbled by the innovative people all over this great state, people like David and Mindy, who have suffered through devastating hurricanes, the aftermath and just rolled up their sleeves, picked up the pieces and kept right on going. Don’t you just love happy endings, it does a body good!

By Sharon Denise Talbot


New Orleans Characters

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New OrleansIn New Orleans it’s all about the characters you find all over the city. We take a look at some of the characters patrolling the streets of New Orleans the days before Halloween.

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Fiorellas Fabulous Fried Chicken

If you are in New Orleans and you want to try a local favorite then this article “Fiorellas Fabulous Fried Chicken” looks at a great choice. There are additional links below with other great food choices when you are in New Orleans.

People come to New Orleans for all kinds of reasons and for some that reason is food.  If you love food there are few places better than N’awlins to indulge that passion. I always get the question, “Where can I get good food in New Orleans?”  Now really, how am I supposed to answer that?  Just about anywhere you turn are some really great places, but if you are looking for the best fried chicken in the Big Easy it has got to be Fiorella’s. Hands down.  If you don’t believe me just ask Southern Living Magazine.

Fiorella’s is located across from the New Orleans French Market at 45 French Market Place, but also has an entrance on Decatur St.  The menu is quite extensive and includes some traditional N’awlins fare like over stuffed po’boys and thick, spicy gumbo. It even stretches to things like Liver and Onions, pastas and fried pickles to name but a few.  If you don’t feel like getting out, no problem, Fiorella’s delivers in the French Quarter. You really should make the effort to dine in though; the experience is as enjoyable as the chicken and the tab is easy on the wallet .

My suggestion is find a seat and order a big frosted goblet of beer and a plateful of piping hot, crispy fried chicken and prepare to be amazed by this kickin’ chicken.  Just another little tip, let the pieces of the crispy golden brown skin crumble into the bowl of warm home-made mashed potatoes covered in brown gravy.  Yum.  Are you hungry yet?  Fiorella’s is a fun, casual place with the feel of being at your Mom’s for a big family meal.  Don’t be surprised if you are carrying on a conversation with the whole dining room between mouth watering bites.

This is a favorite hangout for locals, and you never know who might stop in. Fortunate are the New Orleans visitors who find out about Fiorella’s fabulous fried chicken before they leave town.  You can bet it will be one of their first stops on the next trip.  Steaming hot from the first piece to the last this chicken is worth a return trip all by itself. We are talking a whole new degree of finger-licking!

By Sharon Denise Talbot

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Open Table – French Quarter Restaurants

NOLA.com – New Orleans Dining Guide

 


Big Easy Artist – Jon Guillaume

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jon-forweb Practically one of the first people I met when providence brought me back to the Big Easy a few years ago was Jon Guillaume.  I imagine a fish must feel a lot like I did that day when he sees that tempting bait dangled in front of him.  While strolling through the French Market on a perfect spring day I spotted this fabulous framed black and white of a shrimp boat from way across the Market.  Hook, line and sinker, he reeled me in right then and there.  I’ll be a fan for life.

Now my Paw-Paw was a shrimper, a fisherman from way back.   My Mom actually lived the first several years of her life on a houseboat.  Nostalgia could have been what piqued my interest in the beginning, but the closer I got the more enamored I became.  The drawing was absolutely stunning in its simplicity.  Then I noticed the exquisite, meticulous detail. Jon’s work is done almost solely in pencil, color pencil, pilot pen and black marker.  It is phenomenal. The frame, I later learned was made by a friend of his from old re-claimed lumber from the New Orleans area.  Jon’s version of the New Orleans Watermeter is also one of my many favorites.
 
Jon’s personal story is better than any fishing story I ever heard.  I can vouch for this one, it is actually true.  With a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from LSU, Jon started commuting to the French Market on weekends to sell his art.  He could only make the trek on weekends because he was working another job during the week.  It wasn’t long before his haul from the Market was bigger than his weekly paycheck.  Now he gets to live in New Orleans and pursue his career as an artist full-time.

You can find Jon and his distinctive work in the French Market most Fridays through Mondays.  Some of the galleries like Gallery 713 on Royal Street also showcase his work. You can also visit Jon’s website at www.bigezartist.com 
 
By Sharon Denise Talbot

*Update:  Congrats to Jon for being chosen the official 2011 Zulu poster artist!! 

New Orleans


The Story Of Milk Studio It Does A Body Good

 New Orleans

Gather round my friends and you will hear the story of a Louisiana couple who persevered.  Once upon a time Mindy owned lingerie shop on Decatur Street in the New Orleans French Quarter.  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina the city was in turmoil, and full of construction workers who didn’t need lingerie. Desperate to save her retail space Mindy put the same artistic talent she had used to do the graphic designs on her lingerie to use on handcrafts.
 
Enter David the limo driver. Katrina also did a number on David. Leaving 10 feet of water in his home and making the need for limo drivers, even 25 year veteran limo drivers, basically non-existent in the Big Easy. It looked like David needed a plan.  So with no place to stay and no job David moved to the French Quarter to try to find work.  What he found was Mindy.  Mindy needed someone to work her table in the French Market and David needed a job.  Sounds like a plan to me.
 
Mindy and David took their plan and a prayer and together turned a floundering lingerie shop into a flourishing business.  These guys with camera in hand went around the area taking pictures of New Orleans landmarks, hotspots, and businesses. In a 3 day process that demonstrates detailed workmanship they create distinctive works of art in each beautiful glazed tile coaster, magnet and apron that are loved by locals and visitors alike.

Appreciating their efforts to keep intact some of the culture and history of the city, people started bringing in old grocery bags, matchbooks, notebooks, etc. The rest as they say is history, three years worth.

Next time you are in the French Market look for David and let him share some of his wonderfully nostalgic NOLA stories or stop in to see Mindy at the Milk Studio headquarters at 1309 Decatur and check out the new line of soy candles.  You can also visit David and Mindy at mindy@milkstudio.com

I am inspired and humbled by the innovative people all over this great state, people like David and Mindy, who have suffered through devastating hurricanes, the aftermath and just rolled up their sleeves, picked up the pieces and kept right on going. Don’t you just love happy endings, it does a body good!

By Sharon Denise Talbot

New Orleans