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Caffeine Fix: Where to Get Coffee in Metairie and Kenner

Iced, hot, morning, night – there’s no wrong type or time of day when it comes to coffee. While you can always head to Starbucks or local favorites CC’s and PJ’s for a caffeine fix, we’re taking a look at a few other coffee shops and cafes near our properties. Sip a la carte or pair your drink with a pastry or even a full-blown breakfast meal at select cafes. Below, the perfect ways to perk up:

French Press Coffeehouse. (Photo via French Press Coffeehouse on Facebook)

French Press Coffeehouse. (Photo via French Press Coffeehouse on Facebook)

Caffe! Caffe! With locations on Clearview Parkway and N. Hullen Street in Metairie, this local shop has received awards for the past 5 years honoring its standout brews.

Royal Blend Coffee & Tea Much like Old Metairie itself, Royal Blend is a charming and picturesque spot to order a drink. Sip inside its café interior, or take your drink to go and browse the surrounding shops in this small shopping center just off Metairie Road.

French Press Coffeehouse With locations in Metairie and Kenner, this coffee shop has all the convenience of a Starbucks, but better because it’s locally owned and operated. You’ll find comparable drinks to a Starbucks menu (think frappe-style frozen blends, flavored lattes, and more) made lovingly and at a more reasonable price. They also offer loyalty perks like a punch card and coupons for your birthday. Comfy, booth-style seats are an unexpected change from typical cafe seating.

Lakeview Brew – Local art adorns the walls, and both indoor and patio seating let you choose where you want to enjoy your cappuccino, iced coffee, or whatever you consider to be your signature brew. Despite the coffee-centric name, this spot on Canal Boulevard in Lakeview also offers a large food selection. Try the breakfast “brew-rito” with a strong, hot latte to start the day.

Puccino’s Coffee With several locations in Metairie and Harahan, this local chain prides itself on Italian-style coffee. The simple Iced Puccino is a solid choice: just slightly sweetened, the mix of espresso and milk over ice is tasty any time of day. The Skinny Wedding Cake Latte is another favorite, topped with low-fat whipped cream and slivered almonds.

Morning Call Coffee Stand – It’s open 24 hours a day, so you can get your caffeine fix at any time. Another draw? Beignets. Head to locations in City Park and on Severn Avenue in Metairie.

 

 


Soak Up the Sun: Pools Close on Tuesday, Sept. 8

With Labor Day Weekend just around the corner, we’re excited to usher in a new season, filled with cooler days and football games. Labor Day is also when we close our pools for the season. But there’s still a tiny bit of time to relax poolside – take a look at our perfect pool menu. Whip up a batch of crisp, pineapple basil tea and stuffed piquillo peppers with goat cheese perfect for snacking. Get the recipes below (and remember to only use plastic cups at the pool! No glass, please!).

1stlake properties pool

Remember, pools close on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Until then, enjoy!

Pineapple-Basil Tea

Tropical flavors are a delicious complement to a day at the pool. This easy recipe, courtesy of Southern Living, requires just a few ingredients for an inspired result – a unique take on typical Southern-style sweet tea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • Water
  • 8 regular-size black tea bags
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Recipe:

In a saucepan, bring pineapple, sugar, and 1 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Cool slightly and process using an immersion blender or in a regular blender. Strain the mixture.

Next, bring 3 cups of water to a boil and add tea bags. Boil for one minute, remove from heat, and cover and steep for about 10 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir tea into pineapple mixture. Stir in the fresh basil and 6 cups cold water. Serve over ice. 

Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Goat Cheese

Smaller and sweeter than roasted red bell peppers, piquillos make for an elegant, bite-sized snack when stuffed with goat cheese, scallions, and a touch of mint thanks to the recipe from Martha Stewart. Even better? No baking required.

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 jar piquillo peppers (about 15 peppers) drained with liquid reserved
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped mint

Recipe:

Place goat cheese, scallions, red pepper flakes, mint, and reserved piquillo liquid into a bowl. Zest and then juice the lemons into the bowl (take care to strain the seeds). Mix until combined.

Next, using a small spoon or piping bag, fill the drained piquillo peppers with about 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes for garnish. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 


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.

nola skyline

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. 

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.

 

 


It’s Hot Out There! Protect Your Pets

When it’s hot out, you know to wear sunscreen, stay indoors during peak hours, and always drink plenty of water – but what about your pet? Pets can’t tell us exactly how they’re feeling, so it’s important to take precautionary measures during the extreme heat of summer. We’ve seen record-breaking heat in the past few weeks and want to remind all pet owners to take extra care to keep their pets safe and healthy in high temperatures. Here are a few easy ways to help your pets make it through summer safely:

dog water fountain

Keep your pet hydrated during the hot summer months! (Photo via Flickr user Paul Fisher)

Know the risks.

Pets can get heat exhaustion and heatstroke just like humans. Dogs in particular, who love to run around and play, are prone to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Unlike humans, dogs don’t have the ability to produce sweat the same way we do. (Dogs, for example, only produce sweat in areas not covered by their fur).

Know the symptoms.

Heat exhaustion symptoms (the early stages when a dog begins overheating) include ailments like vomiting, rapid panting, diarrhea, and a reddening of the skin inside the ears. Heatstroke is the most dangerous hot weather condition. Full heatstroke can cause organ failure, brain damage, seizures, blindness, and even death.

Consider your pet’s breed, age, and weight.

Simply put, certain breeds and conditions can make your pet more susceptible to heat sensitivity. Pets with short snouts like pugs, bulldogs, and Persians can’t breathe as easily in high temperatures (Persians also have thicker coats that can make the heat uncomfortable). Factors like obesity, old age, and heart disease can also put your pet at a higher risk of developing heat exhaustion.

Take preventative measures.

Don’t allow your pet to stand on hot surfaces, which can burn sensitive paws. Limit walks during peak daylight hours, and take advantage of grass and other landscaped areas rather than asphalt (just remember to bring a bag and pick up after your pet!). You can also trim your pets – we recommend using a groomer – to remove excess fur that can contribute to overheating. Above all, never, ever leave your pet in a parked car. Parked cars – even in the shade, and even for just a few minutes – can quickly turn into an oven-like environment with extreme temperatures that can irrevocably harm your pet’s health.

Know what to do, just in case.

At the first sign of heat exhaustion, work quickly to bring your pet inside to a cool area near a fan, offer them fresh water, and dampen their skin with lukewarm water – let the water air-dry to quickly lower your pet’s body temperature. Even if your pet seems OK, seek veterinary assistance as soon as possible to prevent further sickness.

 

 


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.

tulane

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

Airline Park Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10

Alexander, A. C. Elementary
Aug. 10

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

Birney, Alice Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Bissonet Plaza Elementary
Aug. 10

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

Boudreaux, Geraldine Elementary
Aug. 10

Bridgedale Elementary
Aug. 10

Butler, Joshua Elementary
Aug. 10

Chateau Estates Elementary
Aug. 10

Cherbonnier-Rillieux Elementary
Aug. 10

Clancy-Maggiore Elementary School for the Arts
Aug. 10

Collins, Lionel Montessori School
Aug. 10

Cox, George A. Elementary
Aug. 10

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

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

Estelle Elementary
Aug. 10

Fisher Middle-High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Ford, Henry Middle
Aug. 10

Grand Isle School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Green Park Elementary
Aug. 10

Greenlawn Terrace Elementary
Aug. 10

Gretna Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10

Harahan Elementary
Aug. 10

Harris, Mildred S. Elementary
Aug. 10

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

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

Hearst, Phoebe Elementary
Aug.10

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

Jefferson Elementary
Aug. 10

Jefferson, Thomas High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Johnson, Shirley T.-Gretna Park Elementary
Aug. 10

Keller, Harold Elementary
Aug. 10

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

Kerner, Leo Elementary
Aug. 10

King, Grace High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts
Aug. 10

Livaudais Middle
Aug. 10

Live Oak Elementary
Aug. 10

Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10

Marrero, L.H. Middle
Aug. 10

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

Matas, Rudolph Elementary
Aug. 10

McDonogh No. 26 Elementary
Aug. 10

Meisler, J.D. Middle
Aug. 10

Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10

Pitre, Vic A. Elementary
Aug. 10

Pittman, Ella C. Elementary
Aug. 10

Riverdale High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Riverdale Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online.

Riviere, Marie Elementary
Aug. 10

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

Solis, Paul J. Elementary
Aug. 10

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

Strehle, Catherine Elementary
Aug. 10

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

Terrytown Elementary
Aug. 10

Thibodeaux, Myrtle C. Elementary
Aug. 10

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

Wall, Miller Elementary
Aug. 10

Washington Montessori School
Aug. 10

West Jefferson High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Westbank Community School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Woodland West Elementary
Aug. 10

Woodmere Elementary
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Woods, Granville T. Elementary
Aug. 10

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

Bricolage Academy
Aug. 11 – 1st Grade
Aug. 18 – Kindergarten

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

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

Edna Karr High School
Aug. 5

Langston Hughes Charter School
Aug. 10

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

Lusher Charter School
Aug. 17

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

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

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

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.