Core Meals is your connection to healthy, convenient, affordable and delicious meals. In today’s fast paced environment, healthy eating has become more and more difficult to manage. Our mission here at Core Meals is to teach our clients how to eat healthy by using fresh ingredients that are cooked under the direction of our award winning chef. Our #1 goal is to teach clients what portion control is and how to prepare healthy food in the comfort of their own homes. If you are looking to make a positive change in your eating habits, Core Meals is the perfect choice! Core Meals is based in Hammond, LA and also services Covington, Mandeville, Slidell, New Orleans, Kenner, and Metairie.
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Why Buy Life Insurance on the Northshore?
Facing one’s mortality and the prospect of leaving family members behind is not always easy. Death, financial security, and planning for the future are all difficult subjects, but planning ahead can make matters much easier in the long run. Life insurance needs frequently come up when making plans, and many people find that purchasing a life insurance policy is a worthwhile investment. Life insurance holds an important place in overall financial planning. One of the most apparent benefits of life insurance is that it will provide a considerable sum of cash upon the insured’s death, which can be put toward the cost of funeral arrangements, housing, and dependent care. Beyond end-of-life bills and care, life insurance can offer other advantages, say the experts at Allstate Insurance Company. Life insurance can provide a family with a financial safety net. When a beneficiary is named, life insurance can serve as an inheritance for that person or people. Heirs may face estate taxes after a loved one dies, and life insurance benefits may help offset all or a portion of the costs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]
A Beginner’s Guide to Electric Cars
Electric or hybrid vehicles can be smart additions to eco-friendly lifestyles. Although such cars were once science fiction, EVs are now increasingly more common and traversing roadways around the world. Thanks to several mainstream brands offering EVs and hybrid models, consumers are more informed than ever before about the benefits of a plugged-in ride. Still, even with the wealth of information available, some people still may be unsure about what owning an EV entails and how to make informed decisions when shopping for such vehicles. Going electric means thinking beyond the gas station. Here’s how to navigate the ins and outs of EVs. TYPE OF VEHICLE First, consider that not all EVs are the same. Hybrid vehicles use a mix of gasoline and electricity and tend to have long fuel ranges. All-electric cars will only use electricity that is gained through charging the vehicle for a certain period of time. AFFORDABILITY Consumers can expect to pay more for electric and hybrid vehicles than gas-powered vehicles. But as demand increases, costs may drop. According to a report from USA Today, estimates point to EVs as being as affordable as gas vehicles by 2021. Another consideration is there may be tax incentives […]
Spring Ushers in Grilling Season
The return of warm weather is synonymous with many things. For men and women who love to grill, spring marks a return to grilling their favorite foods and dining outdoors. Burgers and hot dogs may never go out of style, but plenty of additional foods can make for delicious grilled meals. Grilled chicken, for example, makes for a healthy meal the whole family can enjoy. Grilled chicken sandwiches, such as the following recipe for “Grilled Chicken Ciabatta with Romesco and Baby Greens” from Karen Adler and Judith Fertig’s “The Gardener & The Grill: The Bounty of the Garden Meets the Sizzle of the Grill” (Running Press), can make for a nice change of pace from more traditional grilling fare. Grilled Chicken Ciabatta with Romesco and Baby Greens (Serves 4) 2 loaves ciabatta or 4 ciabattini (ciabatta rolls), sliced in half lengthwise Olive oil, for brushing Fine kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1/2-inch thickness 1/2 recipe Romesco Sauce (see below) Small wedge (about 4 ounces) of Manchego or Parmesan cheese, for shaving 2 cups baby greens Prepare a hot fire in your grill. Brush the cut sides of […]
The Benefits of Hiring Professional Contractors
The DIY movement has inspired many homeowners to tackle home repair and remodeling projects on their own. DIY projects can be rewarding, and many homeowners who have embraced the DIY movement have discovered talents they never before knew they had. But no matter how simple popular home renovation television shows make remodeling projects appear, homeowners should know that such undertakings are far more difficult than they appear on television. Homeowners who overestimate their abilities and the time they have to complete projects can cost themselves substantial amounts of money. In fact, there are a variety of reasons homeowners might want to work with professional contractors when tackling home improvement projects. EXPERIENCE A trial and error approach can work with various projects and problems. But applying such an approach to home improvement projects is risky and potentially dangerous, not to mention costly. Experienced professional contractors with strong track records (seek recommendations from friends or neighbors) won’t have to go through trial and error and are therefore more likely than DIYers to complete a project on time and on budget. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]
FOR FULL SCHEDULE – 2018 – www.mardigras.com Mardi Gras entices revelers from all over the world. Notoriously celebrated in New Orleans, LA, and Rio de Janeiro as “Carnival,” the famed culmination of the carnival season is a lively display of pageantry, food, festivals, and general merrymaking. Mardi Gras dates back centuries to the ancient Roman custom of indulging before a period of fasting. Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” traces its origins to France, and these traditions were transfered throughout the world as France colonized different regions. Parties and fanfare are just one of the ways to commemorate the last day before the period of fasting and repentance known as Lent in the Christian calendar. While some people embrace the Mardi Gras carnival atmosphere, others participate in Shrove Tuesday, which is a more sedate celebration. Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians once adhered to. This tradition includes the confession of sins. But indulgence is part of both Mardi Gras and Shrove Tuesday traditions. During Lent, certain foods, which historically included meat, fish, fats, eggs, and milk-based foods, are given up. On Mardi Gras and the period leading up to it, families would feast on all […]
Jewelry is a popular gift come Valentine’s Day. The National Retail Federation says 20 percent of Valentine’s Day consumers are expected to buy jewelry this year, spending a total of $4.3 billion. Many people find buying jewelry for a loved one a little daunting because jewelry is such a personal item. Much like their favorite fragrances, men and women may have signature jewelry pieces and prefer some styles more than others. Buying jewelry can be complicated for the uninformed. Because jewelry can be expensive, it pays for consumers to do their homework. With a little research and some knowledge from professional jewelers, shoppers can find pieces that turn out to be real Valentine’s Day winners. Discover his or her style Consumers may need to have a little Sherlock Holmes in them when buying jewelry for a loved one. Pay attention to the pieces a loved one wears each day or on special occasions. Listen and take notes when others ask your loved one about jewelry. For those who like a direct approach, ask a significant other to point out appealing items in a magazine. This can help consumers determine if a loved one likes classic styles, modern pieces, certain metal […]
Safeguarding Important Documents
We’re still in hurricane season, y’all. After a storm, when you’re without power and you’re trying to assess the damage to your home or business… this is NOT the time to start searching for important documents! Now is the time to consider how best to safeguard vital info. To keep an online copy, you can either purchase a scanner or bring your documents to a local FedEx or Staples store so they can do the scanning. To protect the original documents, you can store them in a waterproof safe or use a safety deposit box at a local bank. What types of documents need protection? PERSONAL: Birth and marriage certificates, divorce decrees, passports, diploma and military documents, Social Security card, and copies of driver’s license and credit cards. HOME AND PROPERTY: Home deed, mortgage and closing statements; car titles; insurance policies and agent contact info; appraisal documents for valuables. ESTATE: Will, executor and estate planning paperwork, including names and phone numbers. MEDICAL: Medicare or health insurance cards, prescription records, and doctor contact information. FINANCIAL: Stock and bond certificates; IRA or 401(k) account numbers; bank statements; and tax records, including W2s and important receipts.
Quality of Life for Aging Veterans According to a 2013 census, there are over 9.3 million military veterans age 65 or older living in the United States. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for serving in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. But, beyond gratitude, and in addition to medical benefits from the Veterans Administration, these American heroes also deserve a lesser known benefit, called Aid and Attendance, or A&A. This service covers the cost of caregivers in the home, or in an assisted living or nursing home environment., which can have a significant impact on families who struggle to pay for care. Locally based VetAttend not only provides quality home care services to war-time veterans and their surviving spouses, they also assist with the daunting process of completing the A&A application, providing documentation, submitting completed documents to the VA, and continuing case management to monitor the application until complete. If you know someone who could benefit from these services, or if you’d like to contribute to this worthy organization, call (985) 778-2775 or visit vetattend.com.
Get Your Mind Into The Gutter
Hurricane season can be brutal in Southeast Louisiana. Even if we dodge the major bullets, chances are, by the end of the season, we’ve withstood at least a few storms, with all the leaves and debris accumulation that goes along with them. And your gutters have paid the price. For proper gutter maintenance, you need to: Clean them out, of course Make sure your downspouts are working properly. Check for holes and cracks in the caulking, as well as corrosion, sagging, bending and missing fasteners. Verify that your gutters are firmly attached to your home. Cut or trim overhanging tree branches. As you might imagine, this requires a lot of time, effort, ladder-climbing, and sharp tools. If you have neither the time, inclination, nor coordination to handle all of this for yourself — or if your gutters are beyond help — check out these local services that offer cleaning, repair, and installation. A-1 SEAMLESS GUTTERS (Installation/Repair) Covington (985) 500-3182; a1patiosgutterandmore.com AFFORDABLE ROOFING, SIDING & GUTTERS (Installation/Repair) Abita/Covington (985) 626-7663; nolaroofing.com AUDUBON GUTTERS (Cleaning) Mandeville (985) 626-0213 COUNTRYWIDE GUTTERS (Cleaning) Mandeville (985) 893-0733; cwgutters.com
Mums The Word
When it comes to updating your yard and garden with plants and flowers to reflect the palette and personality of the season, there are plenty of fall options that don’t limit you to chrysanthemums. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with this ubiquitous old standby and its myriad of hues, it’s worth it to browse through other selections that can add a little variety to your autumnal ambience. Here are a few South Louisiana fall-friendly plants and flowers to consider: Crotons Cigar Plants Golden Bell Esperanza Cassia Splendida Shishi Gashira Camellia All Varieties of Sasanqua & Camellia Cassia Candlestick Pansy Snapdragons Dianthus Ornamental Kale & Cabbage Cornstalks Wheat Straw Pumpkins Whether you’re a seasoned pro or you were born without the green thumb chromosome, the knowledgeable staff at the Garden Spot of Mandeville can help you fulfill your vision — or create a brand new one. This retail garden center has a great selection of bedding plants, ferns, assorting hanging baskets, trees, large indoor plants, and more, direct from the grower. They’ll also have Christmas trees, poinsettias, and Christmas cacti in November! THE GARDEN SPOT OF MANDEVILLE is located at 2100 N Causeway Boulevard. You can also reach them at (985) […]
Save Your Teeth, Treat the Troops this Halloween
It’s almost Halloween, and you know what that means… candy! It’s everywhere you look this time of year, and if you are a trick-or-treat enabler, it’ll be in your house soon, if it isn’t already. But, don’t fret. While sweets aren’t exactly good for you, some are better for your teeth than others. You just have to choose wisely! Chocolate lovers, rejoice — it’s one of your best options for dental health. It rinses off your teeth more easily than most candy, and if you choose dark chocolate, it has less sugar than milk chocolate. What you want to be aware of are the sticky, sour, and hard candies. Sticky or hard candy are troublesome because they stay in your mouth and/or on directly your teeth longer, raising the risk of cavities. Sour candy is very acidic, which means it can weaken and damage your enamel. If you really want to limit how much candy you consume AND contribute to a worth cause, the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program is the answer. The program enlists the help of dental practices in offering incentives to donate excess Halloween candy, which is shipped to troops serving abroad. For more information, visit www.halloweencandybuyback.com, […]
Much Ado About the Flu
While we’re slowly easing out of hurricane season, flu season is sneaking in. There’s no way to inoculate yourself against unpredictable weather, but you can certainly do you best to protect against that dreaded annual viral infection! Do you have questions? We have answers, courtesy of the CDC… When should I get vaccinated? Flu vaccinations are usually available beginning in August, and experts suggest getting the shot by the end of October, when the earliest outbreaks can start occurring. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop, so plan accordingly. What are the benefits of flu vaccination? It can… keep you from getting sick with flu. reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults. Serves as an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. protect women during and after pregnancy, and protect a baby by passing on mom’s antibodies. may make your illness milder if you do get sick. protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions. Where can I get a flu vaccine in West St. Tammany Parish? Mandeville […]
Drive-Thru Diet: McDonald’s Healthier Options
As the vast majority of people become increasingly aware of how our diets affect our overall health and wellbeing, the marketplace is responding with healthier options. Natural and organic foods are filling more shelf space at grocery stores, and even restaurant chains like McDonald’s are getting in on the act. CNN recently posted an article on the changes the fast food giant has made to their menu. Counting your calories or cutting back on carbs? They recommend the Southwest grilled chicken salad. Skip the dressing, but the roasted corn and tomatoes, black beans, cilantro lime glaze, and chili lime tortilla strips add plenty of flavor, and only add up to 350 calories. An Egg McMuffin without Canadian bacon or butter has only 250 calories. Keep the bacon and skip the English muffin to cut out the carbs. Make it an Egg White Delight McMuffin for another option. The menu even includes healthy choices like fruit, yogurt, and oatmeal. And did you know a hamburger is only 250 calories, and a four-piece serving of chicken McNuggets has only 180 calories? The article suggest lots of menu items for kids, as well as people with various diet goals and restrictions, including reduced […]
Northshore Fall for Fun & Fun for All
While it’s true, many autumn activities and attractions are generally geared towards kids, why should they have all the fun? We’re lucky enough to have several local farms that go all out with fall festivities for all ages, from hayrides to corn mazes to to farm animal races and shows. Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch (Hammond) Now – November 8 Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm While many of the activities are geared for kids, there’s plenty of appeal for adults, too. In addition to free admission for grown-ups, there’s a hay maze, nature trail, and lots more! For details, call (225) 567-3493 or visit www.thfarms.com. Steele’s Fall Festival (Angie) October 7-29 Saturdays 10am-6pm and Sundays from 1-6pm Highlights include a tractor-drawn hayride, rock wall, duck and pig races, human foosball, hamster race track, Tarzan ropes, a corn maze, and more. Food and drinks will be for sale at the concession stand, and there are picnic tables all over the farm, as well as under the country pavilion, located behind their gift shop. For details, visit www.steeleschristmastreefarm.com or call (985) 848-5133. Cajun Country Corn Maze (Pine Grove) October 7 – November 27 […]
Oktoberfest in St. Tammany: Party Like It’s 1810
If you read up on the origins of Oktoberfest, you’re likely to find two different stories. One credits the Munich celebration of the October 12, 1810 marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The other simply says… in the old days, October was when it was finally cool enough to brew lagers. Hooray! Let’s celebrate. The best place to celebrate Oktoberfest is at a brew pub with plenty of good options on tap. Here are a few really cool establishments in West St. Tammany Parish that can offer just that. Abita Brewing Company (Covington) 21084 LA-36 (985) 893-3143; abita.com Abita Brew Pub (Abita Springs) 72011 Holly Street (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com The Barley Oak (Mandeville) 2101 Lakeshore Drive (985) 727-7420; www.thebarleyoak.com Covington Brewhouse (Covington) 226 E Lockwood Street (985) 893-2884; covingtonbrewhouse.com Old Rail Brewing Co (Mandeville) 639 Girod Street (985) 612-1828; www.oldrailbrewery.com
Cajun Crab Boil Recipe
(courtesy of Louisiana Cookin’ magazine) Ingredients 4 quarts water 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar crab boil 4 bay leaves 4 dried chile peppers 3 sprigs fresh thyme 1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled ¼ cup sea salt 2 lemons, halved 12 fresh crabs 3 pounds new potatoes, scrubbed clean 4 ears corn, shucked and cut into thirds 1 (10-ounce) bag pearl onions, peeled 1 (10-pound) bag ice Instructions In a very large stockpot, bring 4 quarts water, vinegar, crab boil, bay leaves, chilies, thyme, garlic, salt, and lemons to a rolling boil over high heat. Add crabs, potatoes, corn, and onions. Return mixture to a rolling boil, and cook for 5 minutes. Turn heat off, and cover pot for 15 to 20 minutes. Pour ice into pot. (This helps the crabs absorb the seasonings and prevents them from overcooking.) Let crabs stand in water for at least 1 hour before serving. Crabs can be served warm or completely cooled.
If you’ve ever lived in a land-locked location, you know how awful seafood can taste after it’s been frozen and shipped over long distances. That’s one of the many reasons we’re lucky to live in South Louisiana — access to fresh seafood. Not only does it taste great, but it’s a low fat, high protein food source that also provides a lot of health benefits. Here on the banks of Lake Pontchartrain, we’re even luckier to have direct access to that delicious delicacy — blue crabs. With the St. Tammany Crab Fest happening earlier this month, we thought it was an excellent time to sing their praises. They provide an entire day’s requirement of vitamin B12, which is great for your heart, and with their healthy dose of Selenium, they may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, thyroid disorders, and cancer. Here are some St. Tammany markets that offer fabulous, nutritious local seafood: Lama’s Seafood (Madisonville) 304 Hwy 22 W; (985) 792-9090 Mandeville Seafood 2020 LA-59; (985) 624-8552; www.mandevilleseafoodmarket.com Northlake Seafood (Mandeville) 1770 Hwy 59; (985) 231-7878; northlakeseafoodmandeville.com Pat’s Seafood & Cajun Deli (Covington) 1248 N Collins Blvd; (985) 892-7287; www.patsseafoodcovington.com
Hot & Healthy for the Holidays
Did you completely abandon that New Year’s resolution to get in shape? Was the threat of bathing suit season not enough to motivate you? Well, it’s not too late! Not only do you have time to meet your 2017 goals, but we’re staring down the barrel of that most festive of seasons. Why not get healthy and look hot for the holidays? We’ve pulled together a list of some local fitness centers that offer a wide range of services that address all your exercise and nutritional needs to get you started. Franco’s Athletic Club (Mandeville) 985-792-0210; www.myfrancos.com Highlights include aquatics, tennis, court sports, group fitness classes, and fitness equipment and training. Plus, a grille, retail & apparel store, lifestyle boutique, media and library lounges, and a Starbucks. Stone Creek Club and Spa (Covington) (985) 801-7100; www.stonecreekclubandspa.com Highlights include spacious weight and cardio areas, three group fitness studios, a Pilates reformer studio, adult-only locker rooms, saltwater lap pool and resort pool, basketball gym, childcare, a full-service cafe, and a luxurious spa. Pelican Athletic Club (Mandeville) (985) 626-3706; www.thepac.com Highlights include state of the art equipment, spacious studios, expansive tennis and aquatics facilities, programs for children and seniors, massage therapy, and […]
A recent survey shows that almost 50% of Americans haven’t moved in the last ten years. Is it because they’re happy where they are? No, it’s because moving is the worst! You have no idea how much junk you own or how much your friends and family love you until you beg them to help you pack it all up and haul it to a new location. On second thought, correction: moving isn’t the worst. Having someone guilt you into helping them move is! If you’re ready to downsize, upgrade, or relocate for work or just a change of scenery, don’t stress and don’t strain your relationships with loved ones. We’ve got a trustworthy, professional company right here in Mandeville to do the heavy lifting — and even the tedious packing! Atmosphere Movers is run by local Marine veteran Chat Stockstill who founded the business back in 1998. From residential to corporate to industrial clients, they handle everything with care. They’ve successfully moved Harry Connick Jr’s piano, antiques, fine art, and even a mummy without incident, so they can be trusted with Grandma’s china! It’s no wonder they have an over 95% repeat customer rate with their dedication to service. […]
Local Loaning: Give Yourself Some Credit
Wouldn’t it be great to win the lottery? Or inherit a bunch of money from a long-lost uncle? Or find out that your flea market jar is actually a Tiffany vase worth millions? If you’re not lucky enough to suddenly find yourself flush with cash, and you could use a little help buying a car or covering an unexpected expense, there’s a Northshore company that’s cultivated an outstanding reputation for customer service and professionalism since opening its doors in 2003. Covington-based Tri-Parish Credit offers: Signature Loans with approved credit from $300 – $900 Installment Loans from $300-$2500, regardless of credit history (motor vehicle may be required) Vehicle Purchase Installment Loans to purchase a vehicle for $1000-$4000 Payday Loans with no credit check (requires open checking account) from $50 – $300 All loans are reported to Equifax and will help build your credit. Payments start as low as $85 per month. Located at 19277 Slemmer Road in Covington, Tri-Parish Credit is open from 9am-5:30pm. Call (985) 871-1113 or visit their Facebook page for more information.
Cool Under Pressure: Don’t Neglect Your A/C!
There are places in the U.S. where air conditioning is not necessarily a priority. Most of those places have relatively short summers, and many experience what you might call a “dry heat.” As you’re well aware, that is not the case in South Louisiana! Our summer often comes early, stays late, and the humidity can mildew a couch in an un-air-conditioned house in no time flat. That’s why it’s important to maintain your cooling system to avoid catastrophic problems. It’s recommended that you have a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups before they enter their busy season. According to Energy Star, a typical maintenance check-up should include: Check thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away. Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Lubricate all moving parts. Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation.. But, if the unthinkable happens, and your a/c goes out during our still-toasty late summer/early fall, here are some local repair companies to call with […]
September 1 A Boy Called Po A single father struggles to care for his autistic, but gifted son after his wife dies. New Orleans native Bryan Batt is among the cast members. Jackals In this horror flick, worried parents who hire a deprogrammer to free their teenage son from a murderous cult soon find themselves trapped in a cabin and under siege. Unlocked On the run after her case becomes compromised, a CIA agent (Noomi Rapace) turns to an ex-soldier (Orlando Bloom) to help prevent a lethal biological attack on London. Michael Douglas also stars. September 8 Home Again In this comedy, Reese Witherspoon stars as a recently separated mother of two whose new life in Los Angeles is complicated by her decision to house three young, charismatic guys. It Based on the Stephen King book, neighborhood kids join together to go up against Pennywise, an evil clown with a long history of murder and violence. September 15 All I See Is You A blind woman’s relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and they discover disturbing details about themselves. American Assassin A black ops recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) who […]
St. Tammany Who Dat Headquarters
Saints’ season doesn’t officially kick off until September 11 in the Dome against the Minnesota Vikings, but pre-season got underway back on August 10. Are you suited up and ready to party? If you’re not a season ticket holder, and if you don’t want to deal with the mess and hassle of hosting game day get-togethers at your home, you need to stake out your official black and gold headquarters. We’ve put together a list of fun and festive bars and restaurants in West St. Tammany Parish for you to consider. Walk Ons (Covington) (985)900-2234; www.walk-ons.com Walk-On’s, which started in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2003 and spread to 12 locations, has 106 commitments in the pipelineIn 2012, ESPN named Walk-On’s “The Best Sports Bar in America” on the heels of a banner year in Louisiana. The New Orleans Saints made the playoffs. The BCS Championship featured Alabama and LSU in an all-SEC blockbuster. Beach House (Mandeville) (985) 624-9331; beachhousemandeville.com This super fun Old Mandeville party place typically shows the games (with local coverage, as well as the NFL network for fantasy players) on their multiple televisions and over the sound system, as well as two 70-inch televisions on the big, […]
Harvesting Music with Fall Concert Series
No need to mourn the loss of summer — we’ve got several incredibly cool fall concert series to look forward to! Be sure to visit each website for their full schedules. Abita Springs Opry This concert series is all about about preserving and presenting Louisiana “roots” music, and features everything from country and bluegrass to Southern gospel and Zydeco, and beyond. It’s held in the Abita town hall, where the cypress walls and cool old wooden floor add to the ambience. Shows are on the third Saturdays, 7-9pm, with doors opening at 5:45pm. The first show of this season on September 16 will have country, Cajun, New Orleans R&B, and Spanish guitar musicians. www.abitaopry.org Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall Concerts The world’s oldest virtually unaltered rural jazz dance hall, located in Mandeville, has hosted legends like Louis Armstrong. The Dew Drop’s spring and fall concert series feature traditional artists ranging from jazz to big band to blues to folk. Indoor seating is very limited, but visitors can bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic spreads as they enjoy the music under the live oaks outside. This season starts on September 22 at 6:30pm with Los Hombres Calientes (Bill Summers). […]
Crustacean Celebration: St. Tammany Crab Festival
St. Tammany Parish’s annual two-day festival, held at Heritage Park in Slidell on September 9 and 10, is always a big hit with locals and visitors alike! Though there are lots of attractions, the star of the show is, of course, the delectable crab. Festival goers can sample a variety of crab dishes, along with other local cuisine. Another big highlight is the music, which is featured on two stages, ranging from zydeco and blues to country and rock. Popular acts include Amanda Shaw, Category 6, and Rockin Dopsie, Jr., just to name a few. Here’s the full musical lineup: Sat. Sept. 9 12pm – Voodoo Gumbo 1:30 – Big Al & The Heavyweights 3:00 – Bobbie Rae 4:30 – Pokey 6:00 – Tucka 7:30 – AL B Sure Sun. Sept. 10 12pm – Darcy Malone & The Tangle 1:30 – Amanda Shaw 3:00 – Rockin Dopsie Jr. 4:30 – Leo Nocentelli/Cyril Neville 6:00 – New Rebel Family 7:30 – Category 6 There will also be a car and motorcycle show, karaoke, games and interactive activities for kids, plus “Boat Rides on the Bayou,” short tours of Bayou Bonfouca with Captain Dave of Cat’s Meow Fishing Experience. Festival hours are […]
Hurricane Prep Checklist
September is known to be the busiest month of hurricane season. Considering 2017 has been predicted to be an especially active year, it’s probably time to think like a boy scout, and be prepared! The Red Cross has made it easy for us with this handy checklist: Before the storm: ❏ Be sure your homeowner’s insurance covers flooding associated with big storms! Talk to a local agent or visit the National Flood Insurance Program at www.FloodSmart.gov. ❏ Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. ❏ Get a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service. ❏ Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs, and make plans for your pets to be cared for. When the watches and warnings begin: ❏ Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. ❏ Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture). ❏ Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters, or close and board up windows and doors with plywood. ❏ Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as […]
St. Tammany Who Dat Headquarters
Although the Saints’ season doesn’t kick off until September 11 in the Dome against the Minnesota Vikings, pre-season is underway as of August 10 at Cleveland. So, suit up, people — and let the party begin! If you’re not a season ticket holder, and if you don’t want to deal with the mess and hassle of hosting game day get-togethers at your home, you need to stake out your official black and gold headquarters. We’ve put together a list of fun and festive bars and restaurants in West St. Tammany Parish for you to consider. Beach House (Mandeville) (985) 624-9331; beachhousemandeville.com This super fun Old Mandeville party place typically shows the games (with local coverage, as well as the NFL network for fantasy players) on their multiple televisions and over the sound system, as well as two 70-inch televisions on the big, covered outdoor patio and bar area. Plus, they usually offer wing and nacho specials, plus specials on their beer buckets and 32-ounce buckets of rum punch and margaritas, not to mention Saints trivia and prizes. As always, they have a big, playful coastal menu, sandy play area for the kiddos, and it’s located a block away […]
Backyard Fun for Fall
One of the many benefits of living in South Louisiana is that our summer weather lasts well into fall, granting us way more outdoor fun time. Until recently, the only real options for creating a functional backyard space were basically limited to a pool, playground equipment, or an outdoor kitchen. Now, thanks to new landscaping trends, there are all sorts of creative ideas for aesthetically pleasing, all-ages backyard play. Outdoor Theater. Although this isn’t exactly a physically active form of fun, creating an outdoor screening area is undeniably cool. Whether you choose to mimic a drive-in movie or host your own boisterous Saints game parties, being outside, surrounded by nature certainly elevates the experience. Miniature Golf. A backyard putting green may be nothing new, but mini golf adds a fun twist to an old concept. The size and scope of the green depends on individual taste, space, and budget, but it retains one of the best benefits of a putting green — artificial grass creates a low maintenance zone that requires no pesky mowing or weeding. Giant Chessboards. Whether you repurpose an existing patio or create a board using pavers, what a fabulous, whimsical focal point this creates. Many online […]
Hot & Healthy for the Holidays
Did you completely abandon that New Year’s resolution to get in shape? Was the threat of bathing suit season not enough to motivate you? Well, it’s not too late! Not only do you have time to meet your 2017 goals, but we’re staring down the barrel of that most festive of seasons. Why not get healthy and look hot for the holidays? We’ve pulled together a list of some local fitness centers that offer a wide range of services that address all your exercise and nutritional needs to get you started. Franco’s Athletic Club (Mandeville) (985) 792-0210; www.myfrancos.com What started as a 27,000 sq. ft. racquetball facility has become a 250,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor lifestyle club and spa, and employs over 260 staff members. Franco’s offers first rate programs for adults, children, and seniors, and they strive to promote, educate and facilitate healthy lifestyles within the community. Amenities include aquatics, tennis, court sports, group fitness classes, and fitness equipment and training. Plus, a grille, retail & apparel store, lifestyle boutique, media and library lounges, and a Starbucks. Stone Creek Club and Spa (Covington) (985) 801-7100; www.stonecreekclubandspa.com It’s especially renowned for its 15-court tennis facility, but Stone Creek has […]
When the Rubber Meets the Road
‘Tis the season to think about… tires. For real, and here’s why: Hurricane season kicks off this month. About 91% of summer travel happens in personal vehicles. Underinflated or worn tires greatly increase your risk of an accident. When it comes to hurricanes, we usually think about the supplies we’ll need to stock up on in the event of a power outage, but officials may call for an evacuation. And whether you have summer road trips planned out in advance, or you enjoy the occasional spontaneous exodus, preparation is key. The aforementioned scenarios beg one question: How are your tires? If you need your tires checked, balanced, repaired, or rotated — or if they’re beyond help, and you need new ones — Supreme Tires, located at 51501 Highway 51 in Tickfaw, has you covered. They stock an inventory of new tires from top name brands in all different sizes to accommodate sports cars, compact cars, sedans, SUVs, large and small trucks, commercial vans, and buses. They also offer a variety of fast, efficient tire services, working with any size vehicle from compact cars to 18-wheelers. For more information on Supreme Tires’ services and inventory, or to schedule an appointment, call […]
Fitness & Fun for All
No matter your age or marital/family status, there’s no excuse for sitting around like a couch potato all summer when there’s a world class recreational complex in Hammond to suit your sporting needs. Chappapeela Sports Park, located within the city limits at 19325 Hipark Boulevard, contains an indoor gymnasium for basketball and volleyball, plus outdoor soccer, baseball, soccer, and football fields. There’s also a 1.5 mile walking trail, multiple playgrounds, and a covered splash pad. Of course, they have plenty of kids’ sports, but there are also leagues for adults. Flag football, softball, or pickleball, anyone? They also host special events, like the annual Easter Eggstravaganza and Turkey Day 5K Run and Mashed Potato Mile, fostering a real sense of community. For more information on the facility, programs, and events, visit the website at www.playcsp.com or call 985.543.6767.
Chilly Treats to Beat the Heat
(Image courtesy of Seredipitous Designs) Summer’s here and temperatures are on the rise. That calls for shorts, flip-flops, trips to the pool, and of course, frozen treats! Lucky for us, whether you’re over or under 21, our region is renowned for two fabulously icy delicacies… snowballs and daiquiris. We’ve pulled together a list of some of Tangi’s best snowballs stands and daiquiri shops to help you chill out this summer! SNOWBALLS Blizzards Snobalz (Hammond) 17290 Highway 190 East (985) 351-4795 Snow Bro’s Snowballs (Hammond) 14514 West Thomas Street (985) 705-2588 Snow King Snowballs (Hammond) 301 Celia Avenue (985) 542-4229 DAIQUIRIS New Orleans Original Daiquiris/Fat Tuesday (Robert) 44191 Highway 445 (985) 340-7770 Rainbow Daiquiris (Hammond, Ponchatoula) 14384 West Thomas Street, Hammond (985) 542-7171 168 West Pine St, Ponchatoula (985) 386-4136 Stray Cats (Ponchatoula) 138 N 6th St (985) 386-2322 Wiseguys Daiquiris (Hammond, Amite) 14474 University Avenue, Hammond (985) 543-0380 1007 West Oak Street, Amite (985) 747-9070
Before You Hit the Road This Summer
Let’s face it. The “lazy days of summer” can get pretty boring if you’re doing nothing but sitting around the house for the next couple of months. Raise your hand if you’re up for a road trip… but your current ride is a little past its prime. If it’s going to cost you more to get your vehicle travel-ready than it’s actually worth, it might be time to do a little car shopping! Luckily, we have a trustworthy, homegrown automotive group to satisfy your particular needs, whether that’s purchasing a new or pre-owned vehicle for yourself or a recent graduate who will be needing their own reliable transportation, or servicing your current vehicle. Bill Hood Automotive Group was founded by A.E. Hood (Bill’s grandfather) in Amite back in 1929 with a dedication to honesty and customer satisfaction. This philosophy has carried over into two generations and the acquisition of five more local dealerships and service centers: Bill Hood Automotive (Amite) 985.748.7118 Bill Hood Ford-Lincoln (Hammond) 985.345.1590 Bill Hood Chevrolet (Covington) 985.892.4663 Bill Hood Nissan-Mazda-Hyundai (Hammond) 985.345.0321 Bill Hood Premium Pre-owned (Hammond) 985.542.0800 Bill Hood Pre-owned Outlet (Ponchatoula) 985.386.7870 As you can see, there are a lot of options to choose […]
TLC for your P-E-T
“Fur babies.” It’s a relatively newly coined term, which reflects the deepening affection we humans have for our pets. Not content to just “own” animals, we’ve now elevated them to actual family member status, and we’re dedicated to keeping them both healthy and happy. Check out these two — soon to be three — Tangi facilities that can help achieve this by providing basic care, as well as going the extra mile with services that pamper your beloved pet. Hickory Small Animal Hospital 40008 Hickory Lane, Ponchatoula This full service veterinary hospital is currently located in Ponchatoula, and they are about to add a second location in Independence. Hickory Small Animal Hospital provides compassionate, innovative veterinary medical care, including surgery, vaccines, diagnostics, and dentistry. They also offer boarding, bathing, and grooming, plus holiday pet photo sessions for Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. (225) 294-3993; www.hickorysmallanimal.com Dog Gone Right Dog Day Care, Training & Grooming 20484 Highway 190, Hammond In addition to offering day care services with plenty of play time, this facility, which is touted as the only one on the Northshore to use force-free training techniques, also offers day training and group training classes, which include K-9 nose work, manners classes, and […]
The Skinny on Summer Insurance
With those temperatures on the rise and school letting out, are you gearing up for a fun summer? Better check to make sure you’re properly insured, so you can actually relax and enjoy yourself. Pull out those policies or call your agent to be sure you’re fully covered on the following… POOL Backyard pools are great, but they can be dangerous and raise your liability risk. Regular homeowners insurance may not provide enough coverage for a pool, and some policies may even exclude pools. BOAT Home insurance or renters insurance may provide all the coverage you require, but you may need a separate marine policy to cover larger, faster boats and personal watercraft, like Jet Skis. CAR Before you accept the rental car company’s policy, check your auto policy and your credit card agreement. They may provide all the car rental coverage you need.
Tis the Season to Sell Your House
Ah, spring. When many people’s fancies turn to — real estate? It’s been a long-held notion that this time of year is the most ideal for selling one’s house. But, is that true? According to a 2015 study, it is. Researchers at Zillow.com found that homes listed in May sold, on average, around 18.5 days faster than other times. Furthermore, homes that sold in the first half of May were also purchased for about 1 percent more than the average listing, which translates to about $1,700. Weather is thought to play a role in this phenomenon, as more people shop for homes when conditions are pleasant. One more reason to love living in balmy South Louisiana! Helpful Tip: If you’re considering selling your home, Zillow.com has a handy “Best Time To List” tool to help pinpoint the optimal timeframe to put it on the market, based on nearby comparable homes and seasonal market conditions by zip code.
Shape Up for Summer
Did you completely abandon that New Year’s resolution to get in shape? Are you freaking out because it’s now bathing suit season? Well, you’re certainly not alone or without options. We’ve pulled together a list of some local fitness centers that offer a wide range of services that address all your exercise and nutritional needs to start working on that beach bod! North Cypress Fitness Center (Hammond) This facility fosters an inclusive environment by offering health, fitness, and fun for all age groups. Highlights include a lounge area, an event and party room, an indoor basketball/volleyball court, expanded free weight room and resistance training areas, a cinema style spin studio with over 70 spin bikes, new tennis courts, a water park, and one of the largest group exercise studios in the state.Group classes include yoga, Zumba, water aerobics, spin classes, Barre, cardio, step, plus classes designed just for kids and seniors. They also offer a Core Meals program, a healthy, convenient, affordable pre-planned meal program that is designed to help customers lose weight or just maintain a healthy lifestyle. www.northcypress.com, (985) 542-3121 Ponchatoula Fitness Center Established in 1980, this 9,000-square-foot, family-oriented fitness facility is designed to serve everyone from young adolescents […]
Carnival Close to Home: Mardi Gras on the Northshore
Here we go, y’all! We’re heading into the last weekend of carnival season. It’s the grand finale, complete with the biggest parades and Mardi Gras day itself just around the corner. If you want to be a part of the celebrations, but don’t want to drive all the way into New Orleans and fight the monster crowds, there are plenty of parades still to come in neighboring communities on the Northshore. Friday, February 24 6:30pm – Krewe of Selene – Slidell 7pm – Original Krewe of Orpheus – Mandeville Saturday, February 25 9am – Krewe of Bush Parade Fat Tuesday, February 28 10am – Krewe of Covington Lions Club, followed by the Mystic Krewe of Covington 1pm – Krewe of Chahta Parade – Lacombe 2pm – Krewe of Folsom Parade For parade routes and other details, click here. Also on Mardi Gras Day, from 10am-4pm, the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center in Hammond will be hosting their own celebration with king and queen parades every hour on the hour starting at 11am. There will also be edible Mardi Gras crafts, a costume contest, raffles and many more fun games and activities. Go here for details.
Tax Season Shakedown: Don’t Get Scammed!
Sadly, in addition to spring, tax season is almost upon us. (Cue the foreboding music.) Whether you’re an organized early filer or a last minute procrastinator, we all have one thing in common: we’re all potential victims of tax scams. Yes, it’s tough enough to prepare the returns and pay the money, but we also have to watch out for savvy swindlers. How do you know if you’re getting conned? Remember these tips from the Internal Revenue Service: It’s a hoax if someone… Calls to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Threatens to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. Demands that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. Asks for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. For more information on tax scams and other tax-related topics, visit the IRS website.
Composting for the Garden: Easy as 1-2-3
Composting: collecting organic waste, storing it and allowing it to decompose, then recycling it as soil fertilizer. It’s a dirty job. So, why would anyone actually do this? Several reasons, actually… It’s free fertilizer Takes the place of unnatural chemicals Yields healthier soil that retains moisture better, requiring less water Reduces the amount of waste in landfills Produces healthier plants with fewer pests Sounds great. Now what? Step 1: Get a container If you want to keep your compost easily accessible in the kitchen, there are small counter composters available, but the outdoor models hold much more material. For the DIYers, you can simply repurpose a plastic container, bucket or an empty coffee can. Lids are important on all these options to maintain the right moisture levels, but also to keep pests out and stink in. Step 2: Collect materials Compostable materials come from many sources around the house, such as food items like eggshells, coffee grounds, tea leaves, fruit and vegetable peels and scraps, breads, pasta, rice, spices, and herbs. (No meat or fish — imagine the smell and flies!) Paper goods you can use include newspaper, paper towels, cotton balls, cardboard, junk mail, and other paper that’s […]
Where to Pamper Your Pooch
While it’s true that the dog days of summer are still a ways away, any dog lover will tell you that everyday is a dog day! Our furry friends certainly enjoy toys, treats, and walks on the leash, but every now and then, it’s good to bump it up a notch with visits to the dog park and/or doggy day care. Previous generations probably would’ve found these concepts completely insane, but nowadays, we like to go the extra mile for our pets. Check out these two Hammond facilities that are dedicated solely to our canine babies. Zemurray Dog Park Conveniently located in downtown Hammond, in the far southwest corner of Zemurray Park, this modest little dog haven abides by the park’s hours, which are 8am-7pm daily. Water, trash barrels, and bag dispensers are provided, so dog owners are encouraged to pick up after their dogs. Given that it covers only about an acre, it’s imperative to keep it clean! It also features a double-gate entry/exit to the large and small dog areas for the safety of both dogs and owners. 400 South Oak Street; (985) 277-5900 Dog Gone Right Dog Day Care, Training & Grooming In addition to offering day […]
The Micro-Camper Trend: Downsizing the Recreational Vehicle
If you love the idea of hitting the open road this spring break or summer in an RV, but the massive size of those behemoths is too overwhelming, you’re in luck. Whether you’re turned off by the gas mileage or intimidated by the thought of maneuvering such an enormous machine through traffic and into campsites, you might be interested in the newest trend — lightweight trailers that can be towed behind cars and smaller SUVs. One example is the 16-foot-long 2017 Airstream Basecamp trailer, which weighs just over a ton. With a resemblance to a space capsule, it’s among the most distinctive on the road. It sleeps two and comes with options like a fridge, microwave, air conditioning, and stove, plus a hefty price tag of about $40,000. If you’re looking for smaller and more affordable options, inTech RV has one for you. It’s built on an all-aluminum frame and has less head space inside, making it easier to store in a residential garage. Despite its smaller size, it can carry a kayak or bike on the roof, and the inside features a queen bed, premium sound system, USB outlets for charging cellphones, and a slide-out kitchen with burner and […]
Playful Landscaping Ideas
Until recently, your only real options for creating a functional backyard space were basically limited to a pool, playground equipment, or an outdoor kitchen. Now, thanks to a new landscaping trend, there are all sorts of creative ideas for aesthetically pleasing, all-ages backyard play. Miniature Golf. A backyard putting green may be nothing new, but mini golf adds a fun twist to an old concept. The size and scope of the green depends on individual taste, space, and budget, but it retains one of the best benefits of a putting green — artificial grass creates a low maintenance zone that requires no pesky mowing or weeding. Giant Chessboards. Whether you repurpose an existing patio or create a board using pavers, what a fabulous, whimsical focal point this creates. Many online retailers offer giant chess pieces, with and without a roll-out mat, which adds a convenient element of portability. Corn Hole. People are not only creating specialized boards for this brilliantly simple bean-bag-throwing hobby, but their own backyard courts, as well. They can easily fit into any long, grassy corridor on your property, and the portability of the boards makes it easy to store them away when not in use, returning […]
Make Way for Mudbugs!
Cajun legend has it that when the Acadians were exiled from Nova Scotia in the 1700s, the lobsters missed them so terribly that they went in search of them. The forlorn crustaceans’ journey was so arduous that when they finally reached Louisiana, they were only a tiny fraction of their original size. And that’s how we got our beloved crawfish! As you’ve no doubt realized, crawfish season upon us, and good news — there’s a bumper crop of great big ones this year! Mudbug lovers are generally divided into two groups: boil-it-yourselfers and pre-boiled buyers. Luckily, there are several local seafood markets that can accommodate both groups. (NOTE: Always call ahead to check on that day’s availability.) Here are a few: B&J Seafood 2504 W. Church Street, Hammond (985) 350-1400 Berry Town Produce 2600 W Church Street, Hammond (985) 345-0048 www.berrytownproduce.com Michael’s Seafood 1795 S Morrison Boulevard, Hammond (985) 543-6871 Chris’s Seafood 54013 Highway 1062, Loranger (985) 878-2030 It’s generally recommended that you buy 4-5 pounds of crawfish per adult, though you can adjust this number to accommodate the appetites of your burly vs. dainty eaters. Whether you’re boiling or purchasing pre-boiled crawfish, be sure to stock […]
Is it Time to Refinance Your Home?
For most of us, our home is the most valuable asset in our portfolio, so mortgage decisions shouldn’t be made lightly. Refinancing is essentially paying off your existing mortgage by creating a new one. Why might you want to do that? According to The Federal Reserve Board… It’s a good idea if you wish to: Lower your interest rate Increase or decrease the length of your mortgage Change from an adjustable-rate mortgage to a fixed-rate mortgage Negotiate an adjustable-rate mortgage with better terms Get cash from the equity built up in your home It may not work for you if: You’ve had your mortgage for a long time Your current mortgage has a prepayment penalty You plan to move in the next few years Keep in mind that if you choose to refinance, you must first get approved by a lender, who will review your income, credit score, debts, assets, and the current value of your property. Also remember that fees, rates, and terms differ from lender to lender, so be sure to do your homework and shop around. For information on refinancing a mortgage, talk with your bank or financial advisor, or get a copy of The Federal Reserve […]
In Search of the Perfect Patio
While we don’t exactly have to suffer through arctic winters here in South Louisiana, it certainly gets rather chilly, right? So, as the weather warms up, many of us are looking forward to our spring “thaw,” and any excuse to get outside. One of the best ways to enjoy the balmier temperatures is to dine al fresco, which is Italian for “in the fresh air.” Many of Tangipahoa Parish’s fine establishments have patios to satisfy your fresh air and outdoor dining needs, and we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorites. Try them out, and find your favorite! AMITE The Boston Restaurant 100 NE Central Avenue (985) 748-5555 HAMMOND La Carreta 108 NW. Railroad Avenue (985) 419-9990 Jacmel Inn 903 E Morris Avenue (985) 542-0043 Adobe Restaurant Cantina & Salsa 1905 W Thomas Street (985) 419-0027 Cate Street Seafood Station 308 S Cate Street (985) 340-3891 Brady’s 110 SW Railroad Avenue (985) 542-6333 Mariners Inn 117 W Thomas Street (985) 345-9854 PONCHATOULA Mi Patio Mexican Restaurant 120 N. Baronne Street (985) 370-0006