Who Dat! Are You Ready for Saints Season?

The Saints regular season starts on Sunday, Sept. 13 with a game against the Arizona Cardinals. We can’t wait to root for the boys in black and gold, which is why we’ve outlined two ways to watch ‘em (when you’re not in the Dome, of course). Make the best of game day whether you’re enjoying it at home or if you prefer a local bar in Metairie, Kenner, or Elmwood.

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Enjoy the game even if you’re not in the Dome. (Photo via Flickr user David Reber)

If You Catch the Game at Home

Create a tailgate-at-home experience with all the details of a traditional tailgate – in the comfort of your own living room (plus real restrooms and air conditioning!). One of our favorite tailgate recipes is this Creole Gumbo recipe from Smithsonian Magazine. You can make it ahead the night before and have it warming on the stove throughout the game’s telecast. And to keep it truly authentic to a tailgate, don’t even think about fancy silverware or china for your guests. Simply provide plastic tableware instead. It’ll feel more like a real tailgate, and cleanup will be a snap. You can go as over-the-top or as understated as you like when it comes to game-day décor, but we always like having a football on hand to toss around during commercials.

If You Catch the Game Around Town

We wouldn’t dare recommend trying to get into New Orleans proper on game day. Instead, take advantage of awesome sports bars outside the city that are still just a quick drive from many of our 1st Lake Properties. Here are three of our favorites:

Sports Bars in Metairie and Elmwood 

JR’s Sports Bar & Grill: Conveniently located on Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie, this sports bar is open 24/7 –the kitchen is open 24/7, too, churning out delicious regional classics like po-boys and shrimp plates. Big-screen TVs will hold your attention while the game is in play while diversions like video games and a fully stocked bar mean you’ll still have fun even if your team isn’t winning.

Fox & Hound Sports Tavern: If you’re looking for serious eats to go with the game, consider this spot in the Elmwood Village Center on Clearview Parkway. Sweet and spicy bacon flatbread, a London broil French dip, and tequila-lime mahi are all part of the menu – and it’s a really big menu.

Hurricanes Sports Bar: Flat screens everywhere you look, two pool tables, delicious wings. Enough said. Head to Hurricanes on Veterans Memorial Blvd. for all of the above.

Commemorate Hurricane Katrina with Local Events

There isn’t much to say about Hurricane Katrina, the natural disaster that prompted failure of the federal levees and left much of New Orleans and the Gulf South submerged and in shambles. But we can reflect.

The City of New Orleans, through its Katrina 10 program, features several events happening in connection with the anniversary of the storm, which happened 10 years ago as of Aug. 29. Take a look at some of the Katrina-related events happening around New Orleans – whether you choose to remember is up to you. You can also visit Katrina 10 for a full list of events.

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Photo via Flickr user Infrogmation New Orleans

Katrina 10 Media Center Events

When: Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 – Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street

What: This weeklong series of panel discussions focuses on stories of organizations, government officials, and individuals on subjects like civic engagement, criminal justice reform, and culture and tourism since Hurricane Katrina. Registration required. Learn more here.

Katrina Memorial Wreath-Laying Ceremony

When: Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at 8:29 a.m.

Where: Hurricane Katrina Memorial, 5056 Canal Street

What: A morning prayer service at the Katrina Memorial commemorating the unidentified and unclaimed bodies from the storm.

Citywide Day of Service

When: Saturday, Aug. 29 starting at 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Where: Various locations throughout the city of New Orleans

What: A day of service where thousands of volunteers will focus on service across seven parts of the city. All in all, volunteers will help support more than 100 different projects. Learn more here.

Ten Years Gone at New Orleans Museum of Art

When: Through Sept. 7

Where: New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle

What: A multimedia exhibit focused on themes of memory, loss, and revitalization. The exhibit features abstract visualizations rather than overt references to the storm. Learn more here.

The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City at The Historic New Orleans Collection

When: Aug. 22 through Jan. 9, 2016

Where: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street

What: A collection of 77 photographs from local photographer David Spielman touching on themes of destruction and stunted recovery. Learn more here.

Homage: New Orleans at the New Orleans Healing Center

When: Now through Aug. 30

Where: The New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave

What: A fine art photographic journal that will eventually become a coffee table book of the same name. Browse images capturing some of the most influential jazz, blues, soul, and roots musicians as you read accompanying text about these important members of the community. Learn more here.

 

 

Back to School! New Orleans Resources for Moving, Start Dates, and School Supplies

Back to school is sort of the “spring cleaning” of the summer – a chance to get organized, regroup, and start the fall on a fresh note. For students, we’ve collected a list of pertinent school supplies and start dates for area schools below. We also know that the beginning of the school year is often a time when college students move into new apartments, which is why we’re including top tips from our Moving Checklist. Check out the full list here! Is it your first apartment? We have all the resources you need with our First Apartment Essentials Checklist.

And remember – tax-free shopping happens this Friday and Saturday, so stock up on back-to-school items all over town during this statewide tax holiday.

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Photo courtesy Tulane Public Relations on Flickr.

Top Moving Tips for One to Two Weeks Before Your Move

  • Focus on those nitty-gritty details to make your move seamless. Make sure to:
  • Stop or transfer all of your utility services like electric, cable, and water. Don’t forget to transfer your magazine subscriptions!
  • Change your address with creditors, banks, and the post office
  • Ask friends or family in advance to help on moving day
  • Back up all computers and electronics

 

New Orleans 2015 Back-to-School Start Dates and Supplies

JEFFERSON PARISH

John Q. Adams Middle
August 10

School supplies list online

Airline Park Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Alexander, A. C. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Audubon, John James Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Birney, Alice Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Bissonet Plaza Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Bonnabel, Alfred Magnet Academy High School
Aug. 10
No supplies list available

Boudreaux, Geraldine Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Bridgedale Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Butler, Joshua Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Chateau Estates Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Cherbonnier-Rillieux Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Clancy-Maggiore Elementary School for the Arts
Aug. 10

School supplies list online

Collins, Lionel Montessori School
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Cox, George A. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Cox, Helen High
Aug. 10
No official list

Cuillier, Joseph A. Sr. Career Center
Aug. 10
No supplies list available

Dolhonde, Ella Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

East Jefferson High
Aug. 10
No official list

Ehret, John High
Aug. 10
No official supplies list

Ellender, Allen School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Ellis, J.C. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Estelle Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Fisher Middle-High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Ford, Henry Middle
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Grand Isle School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Green Park Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Greenlawn Terrace Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Gretna Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Harahan Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Harris, Mildred S. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Harris, T. H. Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Hart, William Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Hearst, Phoebe Elementary
Aug.10
School supplies list online

Higgins, L.W. High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

International School of Louisiana
Aug. 17 (Grades 1st – 8th)
No supplies list online

Janet, Congetta Trippe Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Jefferson Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Jefferson, Thomas High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Johnson, Shirley T.-Gretna Park Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Keller, Harold Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy
Aug. 12 (1st – 8th)
No supplies list online

Kerner, Leo Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

King, Grace High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Livaudais Middle
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Live Oak Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Marrero, L.H. Middle
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Martyn, John H. Alternative School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Matas, Rudolph Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

McDonogh No. 26 Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Meisler, J.D. Middle
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Pitre, Vic A. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies  list online

Pittman, Ella C. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Riverdale High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Riverdale Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online.

Riviere, Marie Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Roosevelt, Theodore Middle
Aug. 10
No school supplies list online

Ruppel, L.W. Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
No school supplies list online

Schneckenburger, Walter Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Solis, Paul J. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

St. Ville  Douglass Connections
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Strehle, Catherine Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Taylor, Patrick F. Science & Technology Academy
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Terrytown Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Thibodeaux, Myrtle C. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Truman, Harry S. Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Wall, Miller Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Washington Montessori School
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

West Jefferson High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Westbank Community School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Woodland West Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Woodmere Elementary
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Woods, Granville T. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Worley, Stella Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Young Audiences Charter School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

ORLEANS PARISH

Audubon Charter School

Aug. 19 (K-8th)

School supplies list online

Benjamin Franklin High School
Aug. 11

School supplies online
Bricolage Academy
Aug. 11 – 1st Grade
Aug. 18 – Kindergarten
Supplies list online

Einstein Charter School
Aug. 18
Aug. 25 (Pre-K & K)
Supplies list will be handed out to students

Encore Academy
Aug. 12
No supplies list online

Alice M Harte Elementary
Aug. 5 – First Day of School
Aug. 12 – Kindergarten boys first day
Aug. 13– Kindergarten girls first day
School supplies list online

Edward Haynes Elementary Charter
Aug. 13(1 – 6th), Aug. 14 (7-8)
Aug. 20 (Pre-K, K)
School supplies list online

Edna Karr High School
Aug. 5
School supplies list online

Langston Hughes Charter School
Aug. 10
Supply list available online

Lake Forest Elementary Charter School
Aug. 10 (1st – 8th)
Aug. 17 (Pre-K & K)
No supplies list online

Lusher Charter School
Aug. 17
School supplies list online

Sophie B. Wright Charter School
Aug. 17 – 9th – 12th grades
Aug. 18 – 7th & 8th grades
School supplies list online

Benjamin Franklin Elementary Math & Science
Aug. 11
No supplies list online

Bethune Elementary
Aug. 11 (1st – 6th)
Aug. 17 (Pre-K, K)
Supplies list online

McDonough 35 High School
Aug. 18
No supplies list available online

McDonough 35 Middle School
Aug. 18
No supplies list available online

McMain Secondary School
Aug. 11
No supplies list online.

 

Where to Eat Lunch in Metairie and Kenner

The midday meal is an oft-forgotten one. Sometimes we eat it quickly and mindlessly at our desks at work, other times we blow through a drive-thru as we use our lunch break to conquer errands like going to the bank or the post office. While most people look forward to breakfast or dinner, lunch is the middle child of the food spectrum. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With so many great, local lunch options in Metairie and Kenner, you can take a REAL lunch break and enjoy some REAL food while you’re at it. Is it noon yet?

Get to the Greek

Mediterranean eats are a popular lunchtime choice, because you can opt for something light like tabbouleh and hummus, or enjoy a full-on feast with a decadent, savory gyro. In Metairie and Kenner, there are a few standouts.

Byblos Located on Metairie Road (one of several locations around Greater New Orleans), Byblos has an attractive but casual atmosphere and authentic Mediterranean menu items. Start with the muhumra dip – a mix of red peppers, walnuts, and pomegranate molasses – for a flavorful vegetarian appetizer.

Acropolis This Veterans Memorial Boulevard staple serves up tried-and-true favorites like homemade hummus alongside creative dishes like Pork Corfu – a center-cut grilled pork loin served with feta cheese and roasted potatoes. You can eat the leftovers for dinner!

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Chargrilled oysters from Drago’s. (Photo via Flickr user Wally Gobetz)

Classic New Orleans

Drago’s Seafood – Oysters, shrimp, and all sorts of Gulf seafood are what’s on the menu at this Arnoult Road restaurant in Metarie. Order the charbroiled oysters first, then try the tuna. It doesn’t get more boat-to-table than at Drago’s – the yellowfin tuna comes directly from local fisherman and is on your plate that very day. Try it just slightly seared to let the flavors shine through.

Martin Wine Cellar – No, we don’t mean a liquid lunch. But you can pick up a French-style meal with gourmet cheeses and charcuterie at this spot on Veterans Memorial Boulevard plus a variety of sandwiches, entrees, soups, and quiches. Try the half-sandwich special dressed to order and served with your choice of the soup du jour, a salad, or a side of fresh fruit.

R & Os – Italian-accented Cajun dishes are the specialty at this Bucktown spot. The roastbeef po-boys are an excellent lunchtime choice. No-frills seafood platters, spaghetti, and chicken parm are other winners, and be sure to order the Italian tossed salad with olives.

Pan-Asian Eats

Pho OrchidBanh-mi, spring rolls, and vermicelli bun are all great options for lunchtime – you can eat them at room temperature, cold, or hot! Pho Orchid bakes its own bread for the banh-mi, and the pho has a wonderful depth of flavor if you’re craving soup. Wash it down with a Thai iced tea or Vietnamese iced coffee, both of which have a nice kick of caffeine to get you through the rest of the day.

Kanno Sushi – Fresh, California-style sushi in Fat City is a reality with Kanno. Beautifully plated dishes make even an office lunch break seem like an escape to some sort of spa resort. The Protein Roll with tuna, snowcrab, avocado, and salmon is tasty and healthy.

Korea House Get your whole lunch in a single bowl when you order the bibimbap, a mix of fragrant white rice and toppings to your liking, including typical options like beef and a fried egg.

Explore Fat City and Nearby 1st Lake Apartments

The area of Metairie known as Fat City has seen some incredible improvements over the past few years, with even more to come. After a heyday during the 1970s, Fat City’s popularity waned in the following decades. However, a recent resurgence has made it one of the most desired locations in Greater New Orleans. And, lucky for you, we have a range of First Lake Properties located in and around Fat City.

Ready – set – explore! 

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A rendering of pedestrian-friendly details in Fat City. (Image courtesy the Regional Planning Commission and Nola.com)

New Developments

Severn Avenue, a main thoroughfare in Fat City, has several development and revitalization projects in the works. From new hotels to pedestrian-friendly details like widened sidewalks, benches, trellises, and more, Severn Avenue is in the midst of a renaissance.

Enticing Restaurants

It wouldn’t be a part of Greater New Orleans without dozens of incredible restaurants. In addition to Morning Call for beignets, café au lait, and other New Orleans cuisine like red beans and rice, Fat City is home to several Asian-style restaurants.

Sample a variety of Asian dishes at Kanno in Fat City. (Photo courtesy Kannosushi.com)

Sample a variety of Asian dishes at Kanno in Fat City. (Photo courtesy Kannosushi.com)

A few of our favorites include: Ohana for incredible sushi rolls; Korea House for authentic bibimbap (a savory bowl of white rice with a variety of toppings like beef and fried egg); and Kanno for fresh, California-style sushi.

Not craving Japanese or Korean food? No problem. Fat City is home to other enticing restaurants like Mellow Mushroom, Taqueria Corona, Acme Oyster House, and Drago’s Seafood.

 Ways to Work Off Those Calories

Perhaps you ordered the barbecue chicken pizza at Mellow Mushroom (it’s our favorite) or indulged in piping hot beignets from Morning Call. Fortunately, Fat City is also home to a sleek gym called Chronos Body Health and Wellness that features more than 7,000 square feet of space.

From a variety of workout classes to an on-site day spa and med spa to a fresh juice bar, Chronos is a beautiful, fully equipped facility to keep your body in tip-top shape. It’s also open 24 hours – no excuses!

What You’ll Find at First Lake Properties Near Fat City

Gallery Apartments in the Metairie area is nice and close to Fat City. The small, limited-access gated community features attractive landscaping, and inside each apartment you’ll find smartly appointed details like oval soaking tubs, bay windows, recessed lighting, and alarm systems. The interiors speak to contemporary luxury with plenty of space – and you’re just a short drive from Lakeside Shopping Center, Fat City, and the business districts of both New Orleans and Metairie.

In addition to a meticulously landscaped courtyard and sparkling swimming pool, Millstream offers convenient access to the best of Fat City. It’s also just a short drive to Lakeside Shopping Center and other Metairie retail destinations.

 

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