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November 23rd

Po-Boy Fest

Oak St, 10a.m.-6p.m.

New Orleans 8th Annual festival dedicated to dressed sandwiches on french bread



Dragon’s Den, 10p.m. (Upstairs)

The den’s Sunday get down featuring J. PHLIP + MONTY LUKE “EVERYBODY ON THE FLOOR” TOUR”


Puddle of Mudd

Southport Music Hall, 8p.m.

Rock out to post-grunge rockers + Black Magnolia on the Riverbend


NOLA Comedy Hour

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Comedians and friends from The New Movement


NoDef's Ultimate King Cake Guide

The Gooey Details on 23 Carnival Confections

When ordering a King Cake, Crescent City sweet seekers can no longer uniformly expect the standard braided cinammon twist with more or less the same flavor profile. King Cakes have become a creative canvass for adventurous bakers across New Orleans. Allow NoDef to help you choose which will satisfy your palette. We combined three years of King Cake coverage for one ultimate guide. After reading these diverse offerings, you may even want the baby:

Between the Bread

Oak Street Po-Boy Fest Returns: Details & Lineup

Po-Boys are as essential to NOLA as jazz, the Saints, or glue guns. It’s only fitting that they have their own fest. The seventh annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is returning November 23rd. From Leonidas to Willow, the street will be crawling with Po-boys and other delectables from over 40 vendors from all across South Louisiana. 


Kirk Estopinal's Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is around the corner. The holiday may be nicknamed Turkey Day, but in between the bird and the football, there’s plenty of drinking. NoDef sat down with Kirk Estopinal of Bellocq and asked for advice. The Caliph of Cocktails offered up three drinks perfectly suited for the holiday.

Tropical Oasis

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 Opens on Decatur

Latitude 29 (321 Decatur Street), Tiki God Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and wife Annene Kayes’ long awaited Decatur Street mixology mecca opened on Wednesday (11.12) night. The Decatur debut was celebrated by a lively industry crowd warming themselves with tropical rum drinks as the temperature dropped outside. NoDef took a few minutes to check out the joint and chat with the Beachbum himself.

Far Feast: FQ's Bombay Club Reopening

The historic Bombay Club and Martini Bistro is reopening the first week of December. A lot has changed since the restaurant closed its doors back in August. There has been management changes, renovations, menu revisions, law suits, and a new chef in the kitchen, but the spirit remains. “The bones of the restaurant are staying the same,” says Zeid Ammari, chief operating officer of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts. “It’s the original Bombay its best.”

Drinking Culture

A Few Hours at 12 Mile Limit

Gentle reader, sometimes you just need a drink in a bar with no worldview whatsoever. Un-opinionated was decidedly not what I staggered into at Twelve Mile Limit.  While I realize the indelicacy of quoting a Muslim poet in reference to a joint that serves up pork and alcohol, Rumi’s phrase “A little bit of everything, and nothing at all” describes my destination one hungover autumn afternoon perfectly.

Check Please! Celebrities Waiters Return for Fundraiser

New Orleans is a town that celebrates the service industry. On Tuesday (11.11), the celebrated will join the service industry for a day. Bridge House and Grace House will host their annual Celebrity Waiter lunch at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Local legends like Irma Thomas and former Saint Will Smith will be taking patrons orders and refilling their water throughout the meal.

Mixing Pot

Gumbo Fest Returns this Weekend

New Orleanians love to debate gumbo. Throw a Cajun into the mix, and you might as well be trying to negotiate peace in the Middle East. However, all opinions will be entertained this weekend at the Treme’s Armstrong Park during the 7th Annual Creole Gumbo Festival. Boasting a wide array of signature gumbo, a Vegan Gumbo contest and performances by a host of local brass bands, this free festival will have your taste buds salivating and your feet noodling all weekend as you pay tribute to the file flavors of New Orleans’ most beloved dish.  

Love Styled

King Cake Croissants Roll Out Early on Canal

First the cronut, and now the King Cake croissant? The King Cake has been a time-honored Mardi gras tradition for NOLA schoolkids, grownups, and tourists alike. The sweet treat is usually only available after the twelfth night, but now King Cakes, sort-of, are coming early. In honor of their second anniversary on Canal Street, FroYo is debuting the King Cake croissant. 

Boudin Ball

Emeril's Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer Returns Bigger and Badder

NOLA has few a holy trinities of her own. One favorite are edibles beginning with the letter B: Boudin, Bourbon & Beer. The event that brings it all together is returning for its fourth year at Champions Square on Friday November 7th. Co-chairs Emeril Lagasse and Donald Link (Cochon, Herbsaint, Peche Seafood Grill) head an all star group of chefs cooking boudin to benefit The Emeril Lagasse Foundation. 

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